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Athens, Greece: Responsibility Claim from Revolutionary Armed Forces for the Grenade Attack Against Kaisariani Police Station

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:44

via insurrection news

Received on 02.03.18:

We claim responsibility for the grenade attack against Kaisariani Police Station at dawn on Monday, 26/02 as a direct and first response to the unprecedented and violent kidnapping and transfer of comrade Konstantinos Giagtozglou from Korydallos Prison to Larissa Prison while he was already on hunger strike (since 21/02) in order to break his morale. This attempt by the state failed after the comrade escalated to a thirst strike on Sunday 25/02.

Our attack was carried out to add to and to escalate a diverse series of offensive actions in conjunction with the escalation of the strike and to connect the uprising in Korydallos Prison (Saturday 24/2) with a direct anarchist attack outside the walls. The State would do well to realize that whenever their hand is raised against an imprisoned anarchist then one of our own hands will rise to destroy the temples of dominance and shift the fear into the camp of authority.

Our action was not symbolic. It was aimed to hit at the heart of the repressive apparatus and to shatter the false veil of its security. Direct anarchist action attacks every power structure and attempts to restrict it. As long as you guard the targets of attacks, and as long as you guard your own stations we will be there to destroy them.

There is a beautiful contradiction in our actions. As we struggle to live free, we risk our own freedom. We are not seeking compromises or longer chains but the frontal clash with power. Through our attacks we liberate moments. We claim and win seconds of freedom, where your time freezes and ours begins. Where your security fails and you sink into fear.

MIND BODY AND SOUL FOREVER IN THE STRUGGLE

IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION OF THE DEMAND FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE COMRADE TO KORYDALLOS

VICTORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF THE PRISONERS

ARMED REVOLUTIONARY FORCES

PS: The attempt to silence the attack was done only to conceal the action of revolutionary solidarity with comrade Konstantinos Giagtozglou. This will convince us more to multiply our anger in the coming attacks. As for the ravens of the regime’s thugs who dare to degrade a revolutionary act, they can be sure that they will take the consequences.

(via Athens Indymedia)

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Negazine no. 1 / 2017 A new journal published by anarchists.

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:40

via act for freedom now

When reading the following pages it would be well to put everything that we already know about technology aside. Indeed, what knowledge or hypothesis passed off as certainty makes up the scientific aspect of technology? Not much.

Negazine is not an easy read. On the contrary, reading it requires a certain level of effort and the will to put oneself on the line. And it couldn’t be otherwise, given the subjects it goes into. Negazine offers neither certain answers nor slogans to write on the next wall.

The main theme (but not the only one) of this first issue is technology. The central point of the discussion is the difference between the various techniques (the single capitals and the techniques that they develop, often in conflict with each other) and technology as such, which is an anonymous process devoid of a centre, a process that is continually eroding reality and replacing it with virtual pre-confectioned surrogates.

Technology’s action goes deep. It is not simply the way that it supplies power with the means for more control. In fact, this is perhaps its least important aspect. The main point is the way in which technology is modelling and rendering inoffensive individuals, acting on their tastes, their desires and reducing their critical and cognitive capacities, uniforming them and flattening them through quite visible processes. All said and done, the technological utopia will be nothing other than a world of idiots where repression will simply be superfluous.

Other arguments are faced as well as technology: culture (and its significance for the individual and power), the role of drugs in anarchist circles, the future migratory surge – where will the anarchists be?, as well as aspects of anarchist ‘information’.

It should be clear that these questions are not being taken up for the love of discussion but to give one more weapon to individuals who want to attack. It is a question of acutening one’s vision in order to identify an enemy which often passes off as invisible, in fact which has in its invisibility its main point of strength.

Even if faced only in passing, the ‘when’ to attack is clearly now. ‘How’, although not gone into explicitly, remains affinity and informal organisation, small attacks spread throughout the territory in an insurrectionalist projectuality that has been experimented by many anarchist comrades in recent years. What has been lacking, leading to a generalised stagnation, has not been the methods of attack but what to attack: where and in what form does the enemy manifest itself today.  These are the convictions that Negazine starts off from and which should be borne in mind to understand the sense of what is written.

The journal is coming out in both Italian and English, now the world lingua franca, with the explicit desire to address oneself to all comrades interested, in spite of the fact that the context in which they find themselves living and acting are very different.

Contents

 Editorial

Technology

Two languages

Technological control

Sleeping

Drugs

Litanies

Seeing

How, when, why and if it still makes any sense

And now?

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Negazine n.1 / 2017

68 pages  19-28cm

4.50 (5.00 including UK postage)

For distribution:

5 copies – 12.00       (15.00 including UK postage)

 Contact: Elephant Editions

 elephanteditions@riseup.net

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Chile: Urgent! Anarchist Compañera Tamara Sol has been Transferred Once Again to the Extermination Center in Valdivia

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:29

via insurrection news

01.02.18: On February 28th, 2018, the prison administration decided to transfer Tamara Sol from the maximum security prison, where she has been held hostage since January 25th.

This time, the jailers decided to move Compañera Sol, despite her having pending medical examinations in the penal hospital of Santiago, to the extermination center of Llancahue located in Valdivia, in southern Chile.

The Llancahue extermination center is a private prison and in recent years has been recognized for the particular brutality of its internal regime along with the beatings and torture carried out by its prison guards – many of them have been televised and exposed to the public.

Remember that the transfers of Tamara Sol, from Valparaíso to Rancagua, from Rancagua to Santiago and from Santiago to Valdivia, have taken place following the escape attempt that she carried out in January.

Insurrectional Solidarity with Tamara Sol!

(via Publicacion Refractario, translated by Insurrection News)

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ATUBES: February 2018, Digest of the Anarchist Tubes

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 03:57

Welcome to volume #4, issue #2 of ATUBES: Digest of the Anarchist Tubes; for the month of February 2018.

This month we're taking a closer look at 4 texts published on the website. Enclosed as a PDF, [Letter and A4 compatible,as well as an imposed PDF* of Letter and A4 compatibility] - the February Digest of the Anarchist Tubes.

PDF- https://anarchistnews.org/atubes/atubes_feb_2018.pdf
Imposed PDF- https://anarchistnews.org/atubes/atubes_feb_2018_imposed.pdf

ATUBES
volume #4, issue #1
January 2018

The four texts included are:

- William (Bill) Koehnline (1949-2017) Anarchist, Militant, Friend By Paul Z. Simons

- Horror Vacui from anonymous

- Coping with the End of the World by anonymous

- The State unveiled: Spain’s anarchist hunt comes to a temporary end by anonymous

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* music while compiling: Anonymous, "(No) Stress Justice" https://youtu.be/hF7lalEn7Es

un abrazo muy fuerte,
teh editor of ¯\_(ATUBES)_/¯

* Note about printing the imposed PDF: Pages are reordered, in one or more groups (signatures), then folded in half. If you have more signatures, you will have to bound them together like a book. With this option, you may want to decide the size of the signatures. This can be a fixed value (4,8,16, etc.), the whole book in a single signature, or an optimized size to reduce the number of blank pages.

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The Hotwire #20: February 28, 2018

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 23:23

From CrimethInc.

West Virginia teachers strike—Student walkouts everywhere—Youth liberation NOW!

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While students walk out of classes all over the country (and occasionally fight cops) we make the pitch for an anarchist youth liberation movement. In wild, wonderful, and apparently rebellious West Virginia, striking school employees have shut down every public school in the state, while treesitters are putting up resistance to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. We also share calls to support political prisoner Joy Powell, as well as a fundraising drive for a radical café in Istanbul. Listen until the end for announcements of three different speaking tours in March: one about anarchist responses to natural disasters, one about the anarchist critique of democracy, and one all about the J20 case and why the remaining 59 defendants deserve your utmost support.

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Anarchist Zines & Pamphlets Published in February 2018

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 23:15

From Sprout Distro

The following zines and pamphlets were published across the broad anarchist space over the past month. There are a variety of different issues discussed and perspectives articulated, some of which come into conflict with each other. It’s our opinion that anarchy is strongest when different ideas clash rather than promoting a false unity or theoretical hegemony.

As always, we welcome suggestions for next month’s round-up. Contact us with suggestions. Previous monthly round-ups can be found here.

Zines & Pamphlets Published in February 2018 Star Wars and the American Imagination

star wars and american imagination coverThis is a short essay by Mumia Abu-Jamal excerpted from the compilation Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. It’s a reflection on why Star Wars became a cultural phenomenon and what that says about about American society. Specifically, it talks about the close relationship between the rebellion and the empire and the light side and the dark side as metaphors for American culture.

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Some Notes on Antifascism

some notes on antifascism zineThis zine from 1312 Press is a collection of two essays on the nature of anti-fascism. As everyone within the anarchist space (and even many in the broader world) know, anti-fascism became a major focus after Trump’s election with the rise of racist attacks and harassment. In the midst of this uptick in interest and activity, there hasn’t been a lot of time for reflection. This zine aims to change that by presenting the essay “On Antifa: Some Critical Notes” and “What Do Anti-Fascists Actually Believe?”. The first raises some friendly criticisms of antifa while the second responds to many of those criticisms from the perspective of long-term participants in the ant-fascist and anti-racist movement.

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A Shift in the Balance of Power

shift balance of power coverThis zine is a short excerpt from the novel The Unseen by Nanni Balestrini. The novel famously deals with the Italian Autonomia movement and the repression that followed it. This excerpt gives an example of the author’s style while discussing the experience of one of the characters in a prison for radicals. Its discussion of prison as a spectrum – where compliance is gained by the threat of being somewhere worse – is an important distinction and something worth considering when we think about prison.

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Anarchist Tactics at Standing Rock

anarchist tactics at standing rock zineThis zine reprints an interview from The Final Straw with an anarchist who was involved with the Standing Rock camps. There are a lot of valuable insights into how the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline played out on the ground with discussions about the dynamic between non-violence and a diversity of tactics, elders, allyship, and more. It’s definitely worth reading for people wanting learn from the highest profile anti-extraction struggle in the so-called United States.

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Resist Grand Juries: The Front Line is Everywhere

resist grand juries zineThis zine explores the Grand Jury that was convened in response to the Standing Rock encampment. It consists of an interview from The Final Straw with an anarchist legal worker who was involved in providing legal support for the hundreds of people who faced legal consequences in the aftermath of Standing Rock. The zine does a good job of talking about the importance of never cooperating with a Grand Jury, establishing a cultural of non-cooperation and refusal, and providing a clear explanation of how that can be done.

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Now

now invisible committeeThis is the latest from the Invisible Committee out of France, well-known for The Coming Insurrection. This latest text is a follow up to To Our Friends which came out a few years ago and expanded on the ideas raised in The Coming Insurrection in light of a wave of worldwide revolts. It starts off strong with the chapter “Tomorrow is Cancelled” asserting:

“All the reasons for making a revolution are there. Not one is lacking. The shipwreck of politics, the arrogance of the powerful, the reign of falsehood, the vulgarity of the wealthy, the cataclysms of industry, galloping misery, naked exploitation, ecological apocalypse—we are spared nothing, not even being informed about it all. “Climate: 2016 breaks a heat record,” Le Monde announces, the same as almost every year now. All the reasons are there together, but it’s not reasons that make revolutions, it’s bodies. And the bodies are in front of screens.”

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Prison Action News 11.1 – February 2018

prison action news zineThis is the most recent issue of Prison Action News, a newsletter for prisoners worldwide to report on their struggles and acts of resistance behind bars. It formed out of the 2007 Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) Network conference. This issue features the usual updates on prison groups, direct action, calls to action, etc. It’s a good place to get updates on what is happening behind bars.

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Extract from Bang Up and Smash!

bang up and smash coverThis is an extract from the booklet titled “Bang Up and Smash! Women’s Prisons, Bail Hostels and Probation” about the prison system in the United Kingdom. Some of the goals elaborated in the intro include providing ideas for people facing prison, to highlight gender issues and feminist analysis, to provide an anarchist critique of “prison abolition”, and to discuss how the frameworks of control developed in prison extend far beyond prison walls and create a “prison society”. The full book will be published later this year and distributed by Active Distribution.

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Buffalo Red & Black: An Anthology

buffalo red and black zineThis zine collects writings produced by Buffalo Red & Black over the past year and presents them in one easy-to-read collection. It is a good overview of the activity of this anarchist organization out of Buffalo, New York. There are writings on anti-fascist activity, community clean-ups, and other activities undertaken by the group. There are also more theoretical pieces that attempt to draw lessons from their activity, the most interesting of which is a discussion of gentrification in the city and what it could mean to fight it.

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Soaring Beyond the Walls

soaring beyond the walls zineThis zine presents a series of exercises and tools intended to help us gain a deeper sense of what our bodies are holding and what they are telling us. Most of the exercises are specifically oriented towards being able to cultivate a more healthy relationship between our minds and bodies. There is writing about stress, anxiety, grounding, etc as well as several exercises designed to address those feelings and experiences.

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Invisibility: Perspectives on Queer Utility, Passing, and Drawing Blurry Lines

zine cover in/visibilityThis submission-based zine from Back Pocket Press presents an interesting discussion of queer identity. The editor writes that the zine:

“….dissects the double-sided coin that is invisibility/visibility, erasure/violence, alienation/belonging in the context of a queer identity. With contributions from people who are coming into a queer identity, people who have been marked as queer their whole lives, people who are walking away from queer as it shape shifts, people who aren’t sure they can claim queer, people who have queer thrust on them whether they claim it or not, people who yearn to be seen by queers, and queers who yearn to disappear, this zine seeks to give shape to the discussions we all hold in hushed tones and catalyze constructive and thoughtful dialogue around what queer means, what queer does for us, and how we do queer together in alliance against cisheteropatriarchy.”

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No Platform: An Interview with Mark Bray

zine cover no platformThis is a zine format interview with author Mark Bray who has gained some notoriety over the past year as the author of Antifa: A Handbook. It serves as a good introduction to the anti-fascist idea of giving fascists “no platform”. It could be particularly useful as a tool for sharing with friends, family, co-workers, etc who struggle with the question of “free speech” as it relates to fascism. Alongside this, it provides a good historical overview of anti-fascism to ground the discussion.

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Nightfall #10

nightfall #10 coverThis is the latest edition of the Twin Cities based “agitational newspaper” Nightfall. Alongside the usual regional action reports and upcoming events, there are some interesting reflections on the state of the project and what motivates the people working on into continue. The challenges they face – not knowing if anyone is reading, difficulties with distribution, etc are common to all many radical publications and they may be useful to others working on or considering similar projects. Similarly, the piece “Why Write?” offers some useful perspectives on doing anarchist print media in the age of Facebook by way of some reflections on past anarchist media projects in the Twin Cities.

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Queering Protest Sites

zine cover queering protest sitesThis zine is based on the experience of women and queers in at ecological protest sites in the United Kingdom. These stories recount the painful experiences of feeling alone and unsafe in spaces where men often either participate in or allow sexist and misogynist behavior. It was written to air frustrations and desires after years of living in communities where the authors felt their sexualities and genders were dismissed. While the context is a UK-based ecological protest culture, these kind of experiences are common place in the so-called United States as well.

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ATUBES: January 2018, Digest of the Anarchist Tubes

zine cover atubesThis roughly monthly publication from AnarchistNews.org collects four articles that were published on the website over the past month or so and presents them here in print format. The articles are: “A Review of Anarchism in Korea” by José Antonio Gutiérrez, “Iran: The Working Class Raises Its Head” from insurrection news worldwide dot com, “Notes Concerning the Black Clothing Worn by Some Anarchist Men and Muslim Women” by Duane Rousselle, and “Illegalist Praxis: Notes on a Decade of Crime” by Paul Z. Simons. There are no comments included this time.

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Antifascist Self-Defense: Reflections from Russia

antifa self-defense coverThis is a zine-formatted reprinting of a text that originally appeared on the Crimethinc website as “Notes on Anti-Fascist Self-Defense Training: 10 Lessons from the Russian Anti-Fascist Experience. It offers a series of tips drawn from the Russia about antifascist self-defense, as well as a brief overview of antifascist activity in Russia. It’s a good example of how dialog and tactics can be shared across international borders and still have relevancy in different contexts.

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Anathema: February 2018

This is the latest issue of Anathema, a monthly anarchist publication out of Philadelphia. It features the usual list of recent actions along with articles on current events and topics such as gun control, immigration, and the recent riots in Philadelphia around the Super Bowl. As always, it’s a solid example of a locally focused anarchist print project – and the kind that should ideal exist in every city.

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Break Away from Break Free

zine cover break away from break freeThis zine criticizes the model of environmental organizing employed by groups like 350.org. We’ve all seen it: the heavily Internet-centric, non-violent direct action (NVDA) that seems to be the dominant response to environmental devastation. While the author writes from Australia, this model has circled much of the globe and has become a stifling practice that even seeps into more radical circles. The zine does an excellent job challenging the ideas of romanticizing arrest, dependency on large activist groups, media-orientation, and often complicity in colonial discourses.

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Italy – Issue 6 of Vesuvio libertario [Libertarian Vesuvius] is out

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:43

via act for freedom now

Vesuvio libertario is not the name of a group or its logo: these are pure media inventions. Vesuvio libertario is simply the name of an aperiodical of anarchist ideas.

It used to be distributed at the Vesuvius anarchist circle in Via Fontana 3 in Ercolano (Naples), which was sequestrated following the episodes of 15th November 2016 and given back to the ‘owner’ by the authorities. For various reasons the owner decided not to have anything more to do with us, so we declare the experience of the Vesuvius anarchist circle definitively over.

The aperiodical is not written unanimously; we are individuals who don’t want to renounce our peculiarities. Our relations are based on basic certitudes: the rejection of politics, ‘from above and below’, and all forms of authority. The paper also wants to give information and instruments to foment the struggle against power and improve it, by offering reflexions, suggestions and methods useful to the attack and by trying to generate discussions aimed at practical actions.

Printed publications have a fundamental importance in preventing the anarchist message from falling into oblivion, carrying on revolutionary ideas and action.

Our social critique is the product of our observations in society, a subject that is adverse to our desires and projections, but which merits analysis in order to be subverted. The contents of the paper signed with pseudonyms are expressions of single individualities. This paper is an aperiodical, its coming out depends on the possibilities and availability of those editing it. It has ‘no price’ but Anarchy is solidarity among equals.

The editors of Vesuvio ​libertario

To request copies, send contributions and criticisms, write to: anarchicivesuviani@canaglie.org

via:Croce Nera Anarchica

Translated by act for freedom now!

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Italy – The first edition of Anarchici di Bialystok 1903-1908, Bandiera Nera editions, is out.

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:31

via act for freedom now

Anarchici di Bialystok 1903-1908

“This little book is out at last following various vicissitudes. A translation was first done in 2013 by the comrades locked up in high surveillance units first in Alessandria and then in Ferrara, awaiting trial for the kneecapping of Adinolfi. The translation was later revised and extended outside the walls of prison; we are now bringing out the final version, after more episodes of repression, between the AS2 units of Ferrara, Alessandria, Rome, with the support of some comrades of the anarchist library Sabot. A small demonstration of the fact that even the down times imposed by imprisonment and censorship can’t stop ideas and will.”

Summer 2017 – ​Rome, ​Alessandria, ​Ferrara.

“Some might wonder; why rummage in such a distant past? What can these old stories teach us, anarchists of the twentieth century? We’re certainly not historians and precisely for this reason we think that the lives of comrades who came before us are of value if they transmit us strength, tenacity, coherence, living experience.”

Alfredo Cospito

For info and request of copies write to bandieranera@autistici.org

10€ per copy

For distributors with orders over 5 copies: 7€

via:Croce Nera Anarchica

Translated by act for freedom now!

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Rome [Italy]: Atennas and phone masts torched (12/02/2018)

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:16

via anarjia.info

On the night of 12 February, in the vicinity of metro/bus station Ponte Mammolo in Rome, antennas and cell masts have been torched.

Against technological domination, let’s sabotage the alienation caused by smartphones, social networks e by everything that produces fictive social interactions and misery of human relations.

Solidarity to all anarchist prisoners locked up in jails.

A greeting to Cello, Greg and Ghespe

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Bra$il: Meeting in solidarity, against operation “Érebo” (04/03/2018)

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:14

via anarjia.info

On Sunday (04/03), at 4:00 p.m., there will be a talk in solidarity with the anarchists persecuted in the southern region of the territory dominated by the Brazilian state.

The meeting will take place in the “center of social culture”, in São Paulo downtown.

During our conversation, there will be reading of counter-informatives and exchange of similar ideas.

For this, we prepared a booklet with some of the texts written on this subject. The material is available in Portuguese, Spanish, English and Italian for free distribution.

From reading... to complicity...
TDF

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Revolutionary Organizing: Black Rose Interview with Revolutionary Left Radio

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:34

via Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra

Revolutionary Left Radio is a top source for discussion of radical left politics and ideas and is unique in hosting guests from a range of political ideologies and organizations that you won’t hear anywhere else. We were humbled to be featured on their most recent episode, “Revolutionary Organizing,” discussing our ideas on revolutionary political organization, relationships to social movements, state power, feminism and more.

The two members of Black Rose Anarchist Federation interviewed are Jen Rogue and Servio. Jen Rogue is based in Austin, Texas and is active around healthcare, feminist and queer social struggles. Her writings on feminism, queer politics and intersectionality can be found here and here. Servio is based in Providence, Rhode Island and is active in student struggles, the Anti-Criminalization Committee of Black Rose as well as the IWW and it’s Incarcerated Worker Organizing Committee. He was also one of the editors of the Black Anarchism Reader.

Listen to: Revolutionary Organizing with Revolutionary Left Radio

We also recommend checking out other podcasts featuring members of Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra:

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Hamilton, Ontario: Action against Hamilton pig mobiles

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:34
Hamilton, bookfair

Posters and stickers have been distributed for an upcoming anarchist bookfair in Hamilton on March 3 and 4 2018.

Why not have the pigs advertise the event for us!

Stickers with adhesive were placed on the bumpers of pig mobiles.

www.steelcitybookfair.ca

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Athens, Greece: Anarchists Trash Stores on Ermou Street, 5th Most Expensive Shopping District in Europe, In Solidarity with Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:25

via insurrection news - see more images there

28.02.18: We attacked last night in the heart of the metropolis, just a few meters away from units of the DIAS (Hellenic Police) and the MAT (Riot Police) squad, breaking the windows of various stores without being detected. This action is part of the general wave of solidarity that has broken out for our imprisoned comrade, K. Yiagtzoglou who is on hunger and thirst strike. We will destroy the city if they continue to delay their response to his fair request for a transfer to Korydallos Prison.

ALL OR NOTHING
WE WILL BECOME YOUR NIGHTMARE

Anarchists

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Anarchy Radio 02-27-2018

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 05:40

LISTEN HERE: http://archive.org/details/AnarchyRadio02272018

Cliff co-hosts. FRR's send-up of Anarchy Radio. "What's Up With Derrick Jensen?"
Hunter-gatherer story-telling. 32* at the North Pole - 50 degrees above normal.
"Tech Eyes the Ultimate Start-Up: An Entire City." Alexa everywhere, action briefs,
crypto-currencies NOT de-centralized.

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An Anarchist Explains How Hackers Could Cause Global Chaos

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 01:24

From all tech considered: NPR

Artists and criminals are often the first to push the boundaries of technology. Barrett Brown is a criminal who has actually helped inspire art — the TV show Mr. Robot. Its protagonist is a hacktivist — a hacker who breaks into computer systems to promote a cause.

Brown was connected to Anonymous, a group that hacked a private security firm to reveal secrets. He is now out and living in a halfway house in Dallas.

He had spent years in a prison cell thinking about what he might do when he got out. And he says he is ready to change, so next time he gets involved in hacking a corporation he is able to inflict maximum damage.

"Certainly, I haven't gotten any less militant in the course of having these things done to me," Brown says.

Since most hacktivists operate in the shadows, Brown offers the best look at these cyber-revolutionaries and their motivations.

The 36-year-old Brown was born in Dallas. His father was a wealthy real estate investor, until he was investigated by the FBI for fraud. Brown's father was never charged, but the family lost all its money and his parents divorced.

"It was something that I'm sure instilled in me the idea that there was a degree of arbitrary power out there that could come down at any time and disrupt your life, as it did to me when I was a child," Brown says.

He hates arbitrary power and always has. He is an anarchist who believes the U.S. government is fundamentally corrupt. And he says most Americans are too complacent to do anything about it.

"That's what ... in part brings me to contempt for the American citizenry," he says. "Obviously, I have no respect for the laws, for the government or for the voters."

Instead, he says, his own code of values drives him.

He became a radical intellectual — more interested in spreading revolutionary ideas than in protesting in the streets. But in 2006, Brown saw a potential outlet for his anarchist dreams — the hacktivist group Anonymous. It was leaderless, crowdsourced and militant.

Anonymous managed to organize a massive attack on Scientology, even taking down its website. Brown started covering Anonymous as a journalist but soon became deeply involved.

"I saw this as the very first ripples in something that would grow to be one of the great dynamics of the 21st century, that we would see more of this emergence [of] online warfare essentially against institutions including nation-states," he says.

For many years, Brown was a sort of unofficial spokesman for Anonymous, appearing in interviews dressed in a beige corduroy or navy blue jacket and dress shirt, a cigarette dangling from his hand. He looked more like a preppy than a revolutionary.

In 2011, the group began targeting companies that contracted with the U.S. government. One of them was Stratfor — a global intelligence firm. Emails released after an Anonymous hack included sensitive information on top-secret government missions like the killing of Osama bin Laden. The emails also show Dow Chemical hired Stratfor to spy on activists trying to get money for families who suffered during the Bhopal disaster.

Brown viewed this as a private corporate version of COINTELPRO — the FBI's effort in the 1960s to discredit activists like Martin Luther King Jr.

Brown created Project PM, an online chatroom where participants looked through thousands of hacked emails to find the most incriminating. One email contained thousands of credit card numbers — and stealing credit cards is a crime.

In September 2012, Brown was at home talking online with members of Project PM. "I heard a rustling at my door and I walked over to the door. I was holding a beer in my hand," he says. "[I] thought it was another friend of mine."

But when he opened the door there was a SWAT team equipped with shields and helmets. Brown says they were yelling, "Put your hands up buddy." Brown says they had him on the floor and put a boot on his back. The audio of the arrest was recorded by someone in the Project PM chatroom.

Brown faced up to 100 years in prison. His mother was charged with hiding his laptops.

Brown admits he went a bit off the rails. He posted a video on YouTube attacking an FBI agent.

"I was a former heroin addict," Brown says. "I was getting off Suboxone at the time, which is a synthetic opiate. And I was sort of suddenly feeling emotions again that have been kind of bottled, kept down a few months. I was very upset about my mother being threatened with indictment."

Still, Brown was a cause célèbre among certain activists and journalists. Many felt he was being put away for simply looking through hacked emails — something any journalist would do.

Brown eventually pleaded guilty to threatening a federal officer and to two other charges. The government imprisoned other members of Anonymous. The group kind of faded away, but its tactics did not.

During the 2016 election, Russian state-supported hackers used some of the same tools as Anonymous — hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee and posting them on WikiLeaks to embarrass Hillary Clinton.

I wondered, is there really any difference between a foreign agent trying to undermine our democracy and hacktivists like Anonymous? Is Brown a hero or a villain?

I turned to an unlikely expert to help me figure that out — Sam Esmail, the creator of the TV show Mr. Robot. "Their spirit is in activism," Esmail says. "Their spirit is in exposing these frauds and abuses by people in power. And that's just something on a human level I respect."

But Mr. Robot is hardly a glowing portrait of hacktivists. Its hero, Elliot, is a drug addict who can't access his own emotions. Sound familiar? Elliot leads a group called fsociety that takes down the world's largest corporation — erasing everyone's debt. Chaos erupts.

Esmail says he is looking at an age-old dilemma. "Do we commit a criminal act for something that we feel is just, even though the consequences could be great?" he says. "That's such a kind of loaded, huge, but very relevant question today."

Brown doesn't seem interested in examining the moral ambiguity of hacktivist crimes. But he says he is learning from past mistakes. Ultimately, Brown feels that Anonymous was disorganized and lacked leadership.

So he is designing a software program called Pursuance, which he says will take hacktivism into the future. It will be fully encrypted, anyone could use it to sort through a trove of hacked documents, and it could even be used to recruit a team of hackers.

Brown says when people tweet and post their opinions on social media it's just "slactivism." "The next great act of hacktivism, if it really is going to be great, it has to be an act of reaffirming the idea of civic duty," he says. He says he wants to provide a mechanism for people who do feel that sense of civic duty to really have impact.

Brown is ready to be a martyr for the cause if he has to be. He would even go back to prison.

"I want to be in a position to defeat my powerful adversaries in public," he says, "where everyone could admire the pluck in which I did it."

Brown is casting himself in a starring role in the new world. And in his mind Mr. Robot is no fantasy. It's what the future really looks like.

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Greece: Update on the Hunger & Thirst Strike of Anarchist Comrade K. Yiagtzoglou & Latest Solidarity Actions

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:25

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Received on 27.02.18:

Comrade Konstantinos Giagtzoglou is now on hunger strike for 5 days and on thirst strike for 2 days. Today he was taken to the prison infirmary after feeling heavily illdisposed. He now weighs 55 kg (he originally weighed 61 kg). Despite their promises, there is no news today (Monday) from the Justice Department regarding his demand to be permanently transferred to Korydallos prison.

As far as solidarity actions are concerned, a few dozen anarchists have occupied the central building of the National University of Athens which is located right in the middle of the city.

There have also been a few more attacks in the name of Dinos:

  • A group of anarchists attacked the outside area of Volos prison with Molotov cocktails on 25/02/2018
  • A group of anarchists attacked some riot police squads that were stationed around Exarcheia neighborhood in Athens with Molotov cocktails on 25/02/2018
  • A group of anarchists attacked banks and corporate offices in the central street of Patras on 26/02/2018
  • A FAI cell called “Collaboration of Unyielding Anarchists -FAI/IRF” claimed responsibility for 5 incendiary attacks against a known fascist’s cars, the offices of an extreme right wing TV station, a diplomatic vehicle and the offices of a fashion design firm that belongs to the wife of the leader of the “New Democracy” political party (it’s the largest right-wing party in Greece and also the leading opposition in the parliament nowdays)
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Land and Liberty: A Review of Anarchism in Latin America

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:07

by Sasha Berkman, via Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra

Review of “Anarchism in Latin America” by Ángel Cappelletti. Translation by Gabriel Palmer-Fernández with introduction by Romina Akemi and Javier Sethness-Castro. AK Press, 2018.

The translation of Ángel Cappelletti’s expansive Anarchism in Latin America, itself a small preface for an even more expansive anthology of Latin American Anarchist texts, into English is a welcome crash-course into a virtually unknown past (at least north of the Rio Grande). As Cappelletti notes in the preface, the history of Anarchism in Latin America has been largely downplayed and obscured by professional historians (liberal, revisionist, and Marxist) for perhaps obvious reasons. And as Romina Akemi and Javier Sethness-Castro remark in their thoughtful introduction to this translation: “[t]he publishing [of Anarchism in Latin America]…feeds a growing hunger by Latinx anarchists who want to read more about their history, and for gringo anarchists to become further acquainted with a history to which they are historically bound.” The book at times reads like a breathless series of heroic strikes and near revolutionary climaxes, at other times like a bibliographic list of revolutionary figures, books, poems, newspapers, and plays. The book lands short of its mark in a few significant regards, but it accomplishes a great deal in its ambitious endeavor.

Compelling and a breakneck pace

Anarchism in Latin America is at its most compelling when it recounts, at breakneck pace, the lives of the revolutionaries who managed to fit what seems like several lifetimes of work into one. Towering figures such as the Spanish-born anarchist Diego Abad de Santillan who moved to Argentina at a young age loom large across several decades and numerous countries. A participant and chronicler of the Latin American anarchist movements, he also edited La Protesta the most influential anarchist newspaper in Argentina, was a militant in the Federación Obrera Regional Argentina (FORA), helped found the Asociación Internacional de los Trabajadores, and was one of the primary economic theoreticians of revolutionary Spain. Many of his works are yet untranslated into English, including a documentary detailing the rise and fall of revolutionary Catalonia from the perspective of its participants.

The book makes anarchisms’ immense influence throughout Latin America evident, he weaves his way from the Southern Cone north to the Rio Grande, country by country laying out the general structure of the movement. From Argentina, where the Federación Obrera Regional Argentina (FORA) led the workers to expel the ruling class in a fierce general strike that nearly turned insurrectionary and was subsequently bloodily repressed in what has come to be known as Tragic Week. To Mexico, where the Partido Liberal Mexicano (PLM) led by figures such as Ricardo Flores Magón and Práxedis Guerrero helped topple the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz, fought for libertarian communism, and even gave the Zapatista movement it’s slogan “Tierra y Libertad!”. Not to mention the many combative workers federations in Cuba, Brazil, and others. Even in the countries that did not have fully realized anarchist movements such as Bolivia, many dedicated anarchists organized in local unions, ran newspapers advocating for libertarian communism, and faced repression as a result.

The “Why?” of Anarchism in Latin America

Cappelletti largely attributes the growth of Anarchism in Latin America to the influence of the large immigrant populations from Europe. As in the United States, Latin America experienced large waves of European immigration throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. To give just one indication of the extent of immigration, according to Cappelletti in the early 20th century nearly half of the economically active population in Argentina was foreign born. These immigrants were primarily from Spain and Italy, two of the countries most influenced by the Anarchism of Bakunin and Proudhon. While certainly important, the texts reliance on the thesis of European influences in Latin America is one of its primary weakness. As Akemi and Sethness-Castro in their introduction so acutely diagnose, “…[Cappelletti] begins his historical arch with Spanish, Italians, and Greek proselytizers of the faith as active subjects while indigenous and mestizo people are described as the object’s who consume the faith.”

It is a strange oversight, that a book so dedicated to retrieving a lost history would not grapple in a more nuanced way with the question: why was anarchism was so successful in so many Latin American countries?

The important question of, “Why?,” is left unexplored in several significant ways. Cappelletti doesn’t tend to highlight the ties of the anarchist movement to the indigenous communities (ideologically or materially). To his credit he does, though almost in passing, suggest that there were commonalities and intentional efforts by anarchists to make explicit connections to indigenous systems of communal agrarianism (such as the Andean ayllu and the Aztec calpulli social systems). One of the more interesting episodes noted in the book was the short-lived Peruvian Federacion Regional Obrera Indios which according to Cappelletti was, “…immediately and violently repressed by the government, which declared it a special danger.” The nature of this “special danger” is left for the readers speculation, but can almost certainly be attributed to the threat such a multiracial, anti-colonial challenge might pose. Additionally, Cappelletti notes that the anarchist movement was derided by the Leninists for its strong overlap with indigenous forms of organization, with the typical racist derision applied to indigenous thought by more crude Marxists (“romantics”, “idealists”, “utopian”, etc). Its curious then that Cappelletti shys away from highlighting that connection and the potential strength of the anarchists to appeal to indigenous modes of organization and thinking. This connection may have exposed a bit more clearly the unique character of the anarchist movement in Latin America, if not at least have vindicated the anarchist position morally.

The question of anarchist women is also noticeably overlooked. Again, the introduction smartly remarks that while the book notes some of the women leaders in the movement it, “…nevertheless overlooks the contributions by women in the development of Latin American anarchism.” A serious history of revolutionary movements, in order to avoid simplifications and romanticization, should contend both with the contributions made by women to the movements growth and the limitations of the movement in it’s reproduction of patriarchal and misogynistic antagonisms (subordinating women and non-men to gendered roles, etc).

Remains lucid and groundbreaking

Nonetheless, Anarchism in Latin America lucidly details numerous successful movements and gives an amazing cross-section of the “resistance communities” which built robust and in some respects prefigurative proletarian and peasant social organs. In Brazil for instance, unions and mutual aid societies created: a Universidad Popular in the city of Santos offering hundreds of courses, a workers’ commission to aid drought victims, workers’ lecture halls featuring libertarian writers and speakers, and more. And of course, the brilliance of the workers’ federations, many of which were founded partially if not primarily by anarchists and had explicit goals of establishing libertarian socialist societies. Organizations such as: the Federación Obrera Regional Argentina, the Federación Obrera Regional del Peru, Federación Obrera Regional Uruguay, the Confederación Nacional Obrera de Cuba, the Partido Liberal Mexicano, and others gave the worker’s movement its bite throughout Latin America. As many organizations grapple with how to build movements independent of election cycles that can supplant and ultimately replace established power understanding these mass organizations may prove instructive.

Despite its limitations, Cappelletti’s work, as the introduction so aptly describes, is “groundbreaking,” if for no other reason than its ambitious scope. Anarchism in Latin America is hopefully just the beginning in a series of reflective studies, translations, and “rediscoveries” of anarchist literature and thought from throughout Latin America. Cappelletti argues that anarchisms eventual decline was largely tied to the rise of dictatorships in the 1930’s (in Argentina, Brazil, and elsewhere) and the rise of Bolshevism throughout Latin America in the wake of the Russian Revolution. A century later, authoritarianism and fascism are experiencing an ominous resurgence and state socialism has largely collapsed. Against this rising tide, decentralised resistance movements have begun to take shape and anarchism has to a certain degree become in vogue. New libertarian and socialist resistance movements may do well to draw lessons and inspiration from the expansive history of Latin American anarchism.

If you are interested in learning more about the book, we recommend checking out an excerpt of the introduction to the book, “Anarchism in Latin America: The Re-Emergence of a Viable Current.” The book is available for purchase from AK Press.

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Review of repressions against anarchists in Russia

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:57

via Freedom News

Moscow Anarchist Black Cross released the review of repression of anarchists by Russian state in 2017 and early 2018. During this period, the authorities continue to frame and persecute the Russian comrades. Anarchists are also a subject of repressions in prisons. Here is the extract of recently published list of repression in Russia.

St. Petersburg and Penza

In October 2017, Russian Special Services (FSB) fabricated a large-scale criminal case against anarchists and anti-fascists, whom they declared members of the terrorist organisation called The Network. Russian authorities allege that the accused planned and prepared terrorist acts to be conducted during the coming presidential elections in March 2018 and the World Cup over Summer the same year.

In Penza, Yegor Zorin, Ilya Shakursky, Vasily Kuksov, Dmitry Pchelintsev, Arman Sagynbaev and Andrei Chernov were detained. In St. Petersburg, the cops arrested Victor Filinkov and Igor Shishkin. The relatives of the arestees reported that their loved ones were tortured in order to extract confessions from them. All detainees in this case are in a difficult situation, under the threat of repetition of tortures, and very much need your support – and your solidarity. You can make a donation towards their legal costs here. The arrested will also be delighted to recieve letters of support. Here are their addresses:

St. Petersburg: 191123, St. Petersburg, Shpalernaya St., 25 PKU SIZO-3 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Shishkin Igor Dmitrievich
Filinkov Victor Sergeevich
In Penza:
PKU SIZO-1, st. Karakozova, 30, Penza, Penza region, Russia, 440039 Shakursky Ilya Alexandrovich Pchelintsev Dmitry Dmitrievich Chernov Andrey Sergeevich Sagynbaev Arman Dauletovich Moscow

Two activists, Elena Gorban and Alexei Kobaidze, are charged with criminal damage of Putin’s United Russia Party offices. They were charged after, at the end of January 2018, unknown activists smashed the window of one of the branches of the United Russia Party in Moscow and threw a fire inside in protest against the upcoming presidential elections.

“No matter who becomes president, their policy is always the oppression and exploitation of a simple working people. We, as anarchists, offer self-government and direct democracy in exchange for presidents and other state institutions. Join our fight! “- the people responsible for that action in their statement.

The police broke into the apartments where Gorban and Kobaidze lived on February 13. After the interrogations, the activists were released on bail, and now they are on the run.

Chelyabinsk: criminal case for anti- FSB banner

In Chelyabinsk, five activists were detained on 19th February 2018 after the action near the local branch of the FSB. Persons unknown hanged a banner saying “FSB – the main terrorist” and threw a smoke bomb over the fence of the FSB property. The action was held in support of the anarchists arrested in Penza.

The activists, who prefer their names to be published, reported that the FSB officers tortured them with a taser gun, demanding that they admit that they hung the banner. They were eventually released on bail, but with a condition preventing them from leaving the country or changing address. You can help them with legal costs by transferring money

Crimea: Yevgeny Karakashev arrested for “justifying terrorism”

In February 2018, Crimean FSB arrested anarchist Yevgeny Karakashev. He is accused of “inciting hatred” and “justification of terrorism”, or in other words, posting a video on Russian social media page VKontakte. Karakashev is currently under arrest.

Eugene has been busy with activism for some time. Prior to his arrest, he took part in a picket near the FSB building in Crimean city Simferopol, and in November 2016, along with like-minded people, planned to hold a picket “against police arbitrariness in the Crimea” near the building of the Ministry of the Interior. This picket was banned by the local authorities.

Administrative Persecution of Anarchists

In Janury 2017, on the anniversary of the political assassination of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova, there were memorial events across the country, which the cops tried to break. Anarchists were detained in Moscow, Petersburg, Murmansk and Sevastopol. The police conducted more arrests this year during commemoration actions for Markelov and Baburova.

On 23rd February 2017, dozens of people were detained on left-wing “Desertir Fest” in the southeast of Moscow. The festival was held in protest against army conscription. The police considered such a cause unduly radical. In 2018 the festival did not take place because the cops prevented it in advance.

In Irkutsk in April 2017 searches were conducted with the participation of the SOBR (Russian Special Forces) unit and the Center for Countering Extremism. Nine people were detained. With regard to one of the activists – Dmitry Litvin – under Article 148 of the Criminal Code (insulting religion). The rest were interrogated as witnesses in the case – the detainees themselves were sure that the main reason is different: local anarchists are the most active participants political life of the city and repeatedly intensified social protest.

In November 2017, when Russian antifascist traditionally commemorate Timur Kacharava: a musician and antifascist murdered by neo- nazis, the police broke the celebrations. As result, one person was arrested.

Persecution of Russian Activists Abroad

In April 2017, an anarchist Alexei Polykhovich was deported from Belarus after 12 days of arrest for participating in a rally in Minsk, where people protested against new taxes. During Summer, in the Belarusian city of Baranovichi, the riot police rushed into the lecture of Alexei Sutugi. The subject of the lecture was how to oppose the authorities from prison. Almost all those present were detained until evening. On October 12, a local court the materials confiscated at the lecture were extremist.

In October 2017 in the Belarusian city of Grodno the riot police interrupted a lecture of the philosopher Pyotr Ryabov. Pyotr Ryabov is sympathetic to anarchists associate professor of philosophy at the Moscow State Pedagogical University. He specialises in the history of anarchist thought. After the lecture entitled “Informal movement of Belarus 1991-2010” in Baranovichi, Ryabov was sentenced to 6 days of arrest for “dissemination of extremist materials”. After that, the Citizenship and Migration Department of the local militia deport Ryabov and barred him from entering the country for 10 years. In Moscow, a series of pickets took place against the arrest of Pyotr Ryabov in front of the embassy of Belarus.

“The state overestimated my contribution to revolutionary propaganda: several of my lectures would have produced less hype than their prohibition. I think that the whole thing is in the term “anarchism”. The authorities remember, and the fact that the anarchists were condemned for the arson of the Russian embassy in 2010, and the fact that the anarchists in many cases led a mass protest against the law on parasitism, Ryabov in an interview after his release.

In 2017 anarchists of Belarus were the most active force of protests against the tax on parasitism, which the Belarusian authorities wanted to introduce for the unemployed.

News from prisons

The Crimean anarchist Alexander Kolchenko celebrated his 28th birthday in prison where he is still kept – despite the recent exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia. On his birthday, the anarchists from Ukraine, Czech Republic and Poland held actions at airports in solidarity with him.

Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the case of the so-called “Crimean terrorists” – he participated in actions against the entry of Russian troops on the peninsula, in particular, the arson of the local branch of United Russia and the office of the nationalist Russian community of Crimea. In November, the convict was diagnosed with a “weight deficit”. At the same time, the FSIN denied him the opportunity to study in absentia at a Ukrainian university.

You can write a letter to Alexander Kolchenko at the address: 456612, Chelyabinsk Region, Kopeysk, ul. Kemerovskaya, 20, IK-6, detachment 4, Kolchenko Alexander Aleksandrovich.

In Mordovia, anarchist Ilya Romanov continues to serve his sentence for terrorism: a conviction he acquired after he was injured with fireworks in October 2013. Due to the accident, Romanov lost his hand, but still, he was convicted for terrorism and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In April, the ECHR considered one of the complaints of Romanov and awarded him 3,400 Euro in compensation for unreasonably long detention during the investigation. However, it is unclear how the prisoner will be able to receive this money – all his accounts are blocked by the state. The elderly relatives of Romanov, who tried to transfer the money to Ilya via the post office, were detained by the police. In May, Romanov was placed in solitary for four months, and in July, new terrorist case against him was launched

Ilya Romanov is detained in IK-22 Mordovia, the address: 431130, Mordovia, Zubovo-Poliansky district, st. Potma, n. Lepley. Write a letter to him, he will really appreciate it.

Finally free

In May 2017, anarchist Alexei Sutuga was released from prison. In September 2014 Sutuga, known by the nickname Socrates, was convicted to three years and a month after he allegedly took part in a fight in a cafe. The anti-fascist himself did not admit guilt: he says that he tried to break the fight, but he did not beat anyone. The victims in the case were Russian neo-Nazis.

In October 2017, the antifascist from Tomsk, Yegor Alekseev, before he was due to be sentenced for “public calls for extremist activity”, or posting a YouTube video on his social media profile. At the moment he is safe in unknown location. According to Yegor, he decided to hide from the Russian justice system, fearing to get a conviction with a real term of imprisonment.

In early November 2017, historian and anarchist Dmitry Buchenkov escaped from house arrest and is currently in undisclosed European country. His escape was possible because he was not fit with electronic bracelet due to lack of resources. According to investigators, on May 6, 2012, Buchenkov allegedly attacked a policemen.He was charged despite of evidence clearly indicating that on the day of alleged attack he wasn’t even present: he was visiting his family in other town. The complaint of his arrest and politically motivated persecution is directed to the European Court of Human Rights.

This review was prepared by the team of the ABC-Moscow. It is not a complete list of the prosecutions of anarchists by Russian state – at the request of some of the comrades, the review does not mention all the misadventures of post-Soviet anarchists. If you want to help, you can find out how to transfer money for the needs of the ABC Russia .

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Introducing the International Anarchist Defense Fund

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:47

via IT'S GOING DOWN

An introduction to the International Anarchist Defense Fund, a project which aims to offer aid to those in legal trouble who are in need of funds.

Worldwide the forces of repression are cracking down on anarchists. In the summer of 2017 a few activists discussed the idea of creating an International Anarchist Defense Fund (A-Fund) and today it’s finally in action.

Our collective support structure provides support to anarchists around the world who are persecuted or find themselves in a difficult life situation because of their political ideas or activities.

We are very much different from other solidarity structures in the way that we offer direct involvement into distribution of funds instead of usual charity-style solidarity. The Anarchist Defense Fund incorporates the model of solidarity introduced by the International Anti-Fascist Defense Fund.

We think it’s important to organize something like the international A-Fund because it’s a very easy and successful way of informing people about repressions and involving them into direct financial support and solidarity. There are not enough ABC (Anarchist Black Cross) groups in the world where people can ask for support, and most local groups have a lot of pressure, if the context is highly repressive or if the movement is really small and lack funds to support local anarchists. With the Fund, they have easy access to international finance from anywhere.

We are a collective structure because anyone who makes an annual donation of $20U.S./€20/£15 can join the decision-making body that determines if a certain request is supported by the Fund. Decisions are taken online by consensus, or by a simple majority vote if consensus is not possible.

Join us in the struggle for a better world and supporting comrades who strive for the same goals! You can donate to the Fund and become part of the decision-making crew, or even join the collective which is keeping the whole structure going. Donations will help us a lot especially now that we are just starting. We are welcoming any attempts to collect money for the fund in places you live by organizing benefits or other means necessary.

We are also already open for requests for support, though you should not expect the support to be substantial until we are able to build a strong base of donors.

Until all are free!

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