We receive the declaration of Anna Beniamino read out during the appeal hearing for the recalculation of sentences as part of the Scripta Manent trial. (Turin, 5 December 2022).
This is a political trial, which has aimed from the outset at the administration of exemplary punishment, a trial of our anarchist identities rather than deeds, a trial of those who do not renounce their ideas.
A massacre without a massacre attributed without evidence is the culmination of a growing commitment of Antiterrorism and Prosecution to exorcise the spectre of anarchism of action.
The imposition of the 41 bis regime to Alfredo Cospito, guilty of engaging in relations with the anarchist movement from the prison, is in the same vein. The hunger strike to the end that the comrade has been conducting since October 20th is the last resort against isolation and sensory, physical, psychic deprivation, against a political gag. A gag that even prevented him from reading the reasons for the strike itself.
41 bis is the extreme degree of doggedness of differentiated regimes: prisons where continual solitary confinement and the overcrowding of the common sections are the two faces of a system aimed at annihilating the individual. Prisons where massacres, real ones, have occurred and continue to occur: in the suppression of the 2020 uprisings, in the incessant suicides, in the treatment of the poorest and most fragile of prisoners as ‘residual material’ of the dominant techno-capitalist society.
It was during the early hours of Monday 5 December 2022, when a 16 year old boy was shot in the head by a Greek cop of the DIAS motorcycle unit during a car chase in Thessaloniki.
He was accused of filling up his pick-up truck with 20 euros worth of petrol and leaving the petrol station without paying. Following the news and his dire physical condition, riots erupted in the city of Thessaloniki, in the north of Greece, later the same day. At the same time, in Athens, several different protests were held in the evening of December the 5th. The protest in Exarcheia, held in front of the memorial of Alexis Grigoropoulos, (a 15 year old anarchist who was shot dead by a cop on 6 December 2008, sparking the events that would lead to massive riots all over Greece, known as the December Revolt) soon turned into a march that led to a riot, as seen in the video.
It has to be noted, that today 6 December, protests have been planned in dozens of cities and towns all over Greece, in remembrance of the December Revolt and the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the police in Exarcheia 15 years ago to this day.
Today 23.11 around 100 people took the streets of Berlin in solidarity with the hunger strikers Alfredo, Juan, Ivan and Anna.
The demonstration started with a gathering in front of the Italian Embassy in Tiergarten. There many speeches were given in different languages. Voices from all over the world could be heard. After one hour of gathering, the demonstration went through the dead streets of the embassy district where international slogans were shouted. At Potsdamer Platz the streets were crowded and with speeches and flyers passers-by got informed. Passing the US embassy, the demo made a reference to Mumia’s struggle and ended shortly after at the Brandenburger Tor. Continue reading Berlin,Germany: In solidarity with the hunger strikers Alfredo, Juan, Ivan and Anna.→
On the evening of Saturday, November 19, chainsaw-wielding militants took action to close down the Atlanta Police Department’s shooting range inside the Weelaunee Forest, where APD trains weekly to kill and maim the people of Atlanta. A few small trees were selectively felled in order to block the access road to the shooting range. One of the felled trees hit a power line which provides electricity to the shooting range, leading to a power surge which blew a transformer and disabled the cameras, which were then destroyed with fire and hammers. The power line only services the shooting range. No residential areas were impacted by the outage.
In the middle of the range is a yellow school bus. The windows are shattered from bullet holes, and spent munitions –flash grenades and tear gas – lie under the seats. Its purpose on the range is clear: the only ‘protection’ police offer is violence and death.
The decision to cut a living tree should never be taken lightly. The ongoing presence of the shooting range was an affront to the forest and all who live in or near it; the gunfire and explosions at all hours of day and night, the toxic lead ammunition poisoning the soil and leaching into the water, the way Black and brown people living nearby were forced to listen daily to the police training to murder them. Continue reading Concerning the Closure of APD’s Firing Range (Atlanta,USA)→
We are still here … The Community remains strong and united … Prosfygika will win!!!!
On 22/11/2022, at 5.45 am, all kinds of police forces, riot police MAT, state security, Delta, OPKE and EKAM, invaded the squated neighbourhood of Prosfygika on Alexandra Avenue and more specifically the 7th block, on Tikhonidos Street (behind the Elpis Hospital). They broke through the outer door of the building, breaking it. Then they went up to the second floor where two community companions, the arrested companion and another refugee from Iran live. They kidnapped both of them and proceeded to carry out a thorough search of the building. At the same time, the entire neighborhood was surrounded by the repression forces, not only at the site of the search but in total, attempting to occupy it.
The operation was spotted by the community’s daily morning patrol who began to inform the neighborhood. Comrades and compañeras took to the rooftops to wake up the rest of us. Not knowing exactly what was happening, we recognized that the operation was limited to a specific building, but we also realized the serious possibility of a general attack. In retrospect, we judge that the invasion that took place was premeditated from the morning. All the time that elapsed until the moment of the invasion was the result of preparation, judgment on costs and gains, as well as a measurement of our determination, by the officials of the GADA and the ministry.
Turin, Italy: Solidarity presence outside the court Monday, December 5th
Important appointment in Turin, Monday 5th December at 11am, outside the court, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 130, Turin where the hearing for the sentence recalculation for Alfredo and Anna will be held.
Naples, Italy: Conference at architecture department interrupted in solidarity with Alfredo Cospito and against 41bis
Conference at architecture department interrupted in solidarity with Alfredo Cospito and against 41bis
Yesterday, 2nd December, at Federico II University’s architecture building in Naples, a solidarity group interrupted a conference ‘on the right to university studies in the penitentiary system’, which was taking place as part of the National Conference of Italian Penitentiary University Poles. The Provost of the Penitentiary Administration of Campania, a representative of the Supervisory Court of Naples, the Cnupp president and the National Guarantor of Persons Deprived of their Liberty were taking the floor.
There were chants and an intervention in solidarity with the anarchist comrade Alfredo, for a month on hunger strike against the 41bis regime he is being subjected to and life imprisonment, a banner was opened with written “41bis and life imprisonment State torture” and some flyers were thrown commemorating the 2020 prison state massacre.
In the night from first to second December 2022 we set fire to a car of G4S. This was an act of solidarity for the anarchist prisoners Alfredo, Anna, Juan, Toby and Ivan.
G4S is actively profiting from prisons and runns prisons in United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
solidarity means attack!
In der Nacht von 1. auf den 2. Dezember 2022 haben wir ein Auto von G4S den Flammen übergeben.
Dies war ein Akt in Solidarität mit den anarchistischen Gefangenen Alfredo, Anna, Juan, Toby und Ivan. G4S profitiert aktiv von Gefängnissen und betreibt Gefängnisse in Großbritanien, Australien und Süd-Afrika.
Welcome back to Bad News, the monthly English-language podcast from the international A-Radio Network. This month you’ll hear five short segments from two member projects.
Anarchists involved in the Stop Camp Grayling Offensive, a land defense project in the state of so-called Michigan, USA, to double the size of what is already largest military and police training facility on the continent. Hear the rest of the November 6th episode of The Final Straw. [00:02:43 – 00:13:13]
Then, Frequenz-A shares an interview with anarchists organizing against the 41 bis hard prison regime in Italy and the hunger strike spreading among anarchist prisoners, Alfredo Cospito, Anna Beniamino, Juan Sorroche Fernandez and Ivan Alocco (in France). On November 23rd there will be a demonstration in front of the Italian embassy in Berlin in solidarity with the hunger strikers and against 41 bis. You can find info about the protest on the telegram channel “No41bis”. [00:13:20 – 00:24:43]
Bristol, Banner hung in solidarity with anarchist nihilist comrade Alfredo Cospito
On a typical bleak winter night on this grey prison island, during a typical poster sticking session, we hung a banner, in the Easton area, as a minimal sign of solidarity with our anarchist nihilist comrade Alfredo Cospito, who is on hunger strike since 20th October & is in conflict with the Italian fascist state after it put him in the torturous isolation prison system of 41 bis.
Our hearts are still with anarchist comrade Toby Shone who is also on partial hunger strike in solidarity with Alfredo.
He is well and sends a strong hug in solidarity to Alfredo, Juan, Anna, Toby and everyone outside the prisons.
On Thursday, November 24th, during the interrogation by the investigating judge, Ivan made a brief statement and then said he had nothing to declare in response to the judge’s questions. His statement, as far as we know, was more or less this: