On Tuesday December 16th, a large police operation took place in the Spanish State. Fourteen houses and social centers were raided in Barcelona, Sabadell, Manresa, and Madrid. Books, leaflets, computers were seized and eleven people were arrested and sent to the Audiencia Nacional, a special court handling issues of “national interest”, in Madrid. They are accused of incorporation, promotion, management, and membership of a terrorist organisation. However, lawyers for the defence denounce a lack of transparency, saying that their clients have had to make statements without knowing what they are accused of. “[They] speak of terrorism without specifying concrete criminal acts, or concrete individualized facts attributed to each of them” 2. When challenged on this, Judge Bermúdez responded: “I am not investigating specific acts, I am investigating the organization, and the threat they might pose in the future” 1; making this yet another case of apparently preventative arrests.
Four of the detainees have been released, but seven have been jailed pending trial. The reasons given by the judge for their continued detention include the posession of certain books, “the production of publications and forms of communication”, and the fact that the defendants “used emails with extreme security measures, such as the RISE UP server” 2.
We reject this Kafka-esque criminalization of social movements, and the ludicrous and extremely alarming implication that protecting one’s internet privacy is tantamount to terrorism.
Riseup, like any other email provider, has an obligation to protect the privacy of its users. Many of the “extreme security measures” used by Riseup are common best practices for online security and are also used by providers such as hotmail, GMail or Facebook. However, unlike these providers, Riseup is not willing to allow illegal backdoors or sell our users’ data to third parties.
The European Parliament’s report on the US NSA surveillance program states that “privacy is not a luxury right, but the foundation stone of a free and democratic society” 3. Recent revelations about the extent to which States violate everyone’s right to privacy show that everything that can be spied upon will be spied upon 4. Furthermore, we know that criminalizing people for using privacy tools also has a chilling effect on everybody, and human-rights defenders, journalists, and activists, in particular. Giving up your basic right to privacy for fear of being flagged as a terrorist is unacceptable.
onAnarchagland, an autonomous-research project in Catalonia, has renamed female sex glands after 3 slaves, Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy, who were abused as guinea pigs by the maverick doctor J Marion Sims. anarchagland
Sims bought up to 20 black slave women suffering gynecological disorders and experimented on them, without anesthetics , for 4 years in his ”medical Plantation” in Alabama .
along with continued resistance to new turkish laws outlawing many forms of protest, dissent, and journalism, activists in turkey remembered fallen comrades, even as two policemen were given light sentences for beating a peaceful protester to death.
One defendant policemen has been convicted to a reduced sentence of 10 years and 10 months in the case of Ali İsmail Korkmaz, a Gezi Resistance protestor who was beaten and lingered 38 days comatose, before finally he died on July 10, 2013.
The case involved 8 defendants: 4 policemen and 4 civilians. In his opinion, the case prosecutor charged Mevlüt Saldoğan with life sentence, acquittal for Şaban Gökpınar and Hüseyin Engin, 12 years of prison for Yalçın Akbulut and 6 years and 8 months of prison for remaining defendants İsmail Koyuncu, Ramazan Koyuncu, Muhammet Vatansever and Ebubekir Harlar.
security camera footage shows police beating fleeing protesters, including ali korkmaz
The final distribution of sentences were as follows:
* Jailed defendant Mevlüt Saldoğan: 10 years and 10 months of prison after a reduction from 13 years of prison for “causing death by purposefully assaulting”
* Non-jailed defendants Şaban Gökpınar and Hüseyin Engin: Acquittal
* Non-jailed defendant Yalçın Akbulut: 10 years of prison after a reduction from 12 years of prison.
* Jailed defendants İsmail Koyuncu, Ramazan Koyuncu, Muhammet Vatansever: 6 years and 8 months of prison after a reduction from 8 years of prison.
* Jailed defendant Ebubekir Harlar: Release considering his arrest period and benefitting from reduction as he was sentenced to aiding the plot after initially being sentenced to 8 years of prison. (BK/BM)
Reduced Prison Sentence for Murderers of Teenager during #OccupyGezi
Ali İsmail Korkmaz, a lively teenager at the age of 19. A university student. Socially aware and responsible young person. He was beaten to death during Turkey’s Occupy Gezi protests in Eskişehir by a team of policemen, shopkeepers and pro-government fanatics. The young man was one of the 14 people who were murdered by police or state related people during the protests, and the court case regarding him took a very rocky road as there have been several attempts to hide evidence, prevent court case, protect murderers, change the city where court proceedings would take place; as in many other state-related crime cases.
A ceremony of commemoration dedicated to the former editor-in-chief of the Istanbul-based Armenian Agos periodical Hrant Dink will be held in Istanbul on January 19, the day of his assassination.
Hrant Dink, editor-in-chief of Agos, was murdered outside his office by 17-year-old Ogün Samast on January 19 2007. An earlier investigation showed that the prosecutors who worked on the case ignored serious allegations into the involvement of top police officers in the murder.
* 20.30: GOOD NEWS!The prognosis remains reserved but received by the comrades of the CSA Dordoni news finally positive.Emilio woke up and responded to two commands on three by doctors. (Upgrading from Cremona 17.30: comrades CSA Dordoni remember that the prognosis remains “highly confidential” with drug-induced coma.)
On the 18th of January 70 fascists of Casapound party (brother party of the greek neonazi party Golden Dawn) attacked the social center Dordoni in the city Cremona of Italy. The fascists, who were mostly from other cities (Parma and Brescia), took advantage of the football match which was scheduled in the city and attacked the social centre.At that moment there were about 7-8 antifascists in Dordoni . The result of the attack was the serious injury of the 49 year old comrade Emilio. Emilio is in coma with serious traumatic brain injury.
Police, faithful to its positions, let free the fascists after control and violently charged the antifascist picket which gathered on the spot. Something we have lived in Greece as well.
In Greece and Italy, State and fascists are murdering. Behind the crimes of fascism are hiding the approaches of the new state totalitarianism.
We hope to see again comrade Emilio with us in the struggles and in the streets. Our solidarity to the social centre Dordoni and everyone who is fighting against fascism is more than definite.
Mediterranean. A region of freedom in which important social movements and political tendencies that have tried –sometimes with insurrections, sometimes by creating their own societies- to realize social equality and brotherhood of people.
Mediterranean.A region of brutality, devastated by wars and slaughters, caused by governments and empires, by religious obscurantism, nationalism, racism and statism. A battleground in which conflicts between economic interest and state powers follow one onother, massacring the people around that sea.
Today, the Mediterranean region continues to be one of the regions in the world beset by popular uprisings and protests. These range from north to south of the Mediterranean, following the global economic and financial crisis, causing an increase in insecurity and poverty and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.
Even if the circumstances differ from one region to another, the population remains at the mercy of the capitalists and their cliques. Following the global crisis, a series of popular uprisings swept the region. They started in Tunisia and we do not know where it will end. These uprisings and these events, facing the Mediterranean region, gave hope in the ability of people to change their lives.
However, despite the popular revolts, the situation in Tunisia and Egypt deteriorated sharply over the past three years. Indeed, the RDC militias of the old regime (Tunisia) and the military junta (Egypt) took advantage of the post-revolutionary floating to consolidate their power through the cooperation and support of former members of these clans. They now have the upper hand in all the key positions of power and wealth, thus condemning people to more instability and misery.
As for the situation in Syria and Libya, Islamist mercenary groups financed by some Arab Emirate and / or Iran, confiscated the people’s struggle against oppression and dictatorship for their own account. The Syrian people, in particular, find themselves in the fight against the barbarism of Bashar al-Assad and against fighters for the Islamic Caliphate.
Although the ruling classes of these countries intimidate and suppress blood demonstrations and uprisings, population, and anarchists, continued to resist and fight for their emancipation, to self-organize and build solidarity and mutual aid.
It is in this spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance that we call all anarchists, anarchist and anti-authoritarian to join us in creating a network for the exchange and sharing of information, projects and solidarity between anarchists of the Mediterranean.
For this, the Tunisian libertarian group “The Libertarian Commons”, the Anarchist Federation and the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF-IFA) invite you to the Mediterranean anarchist meetings to be held in Tunisia from 27 to 29 March 2015. This invitation is open to all and all our comrades, including those who do not belong to this region.
The meeting will focus on the situation faced by the peoples of the Mediterranean, during economic crises, and the popular protests that seek to overthrow regimes that exploited and exploiting even people.
Mediterranean libertarian Meeting Tunisia, March 2015
I / Topics for discussion and conduct of days :
1- Friday, March 27
Welcome delegations (provide airport trips)
2- Saturday, March 28
The morning will be dedicated to the exchange of experiences on social struggles, proposal to ask one or two organization to talk about his current struggle (eg. The Kurdish / Turkish and Greek). The afternoon will involve discussion and adoption of the text / charter by the delegations which formally ratify the existence of the Mediterranean network.
3- Sunday, March 29
Morning : Presentation by the Greek delegation of the next A-Med meeting to be held in October 2015 probably in Greece.
Afternoon : Closing of the meeting.
A project of founding text for this network, developed by the co-organizers, will be offered to all the organizations invited well before the end of March meeting so that they can discuss, propose amendments, additions and eventually signed on behalf of the participating organizations.
II / logistics and conditions
The meeting will be held in a place, which will be at the disposions of the participants by the collective Tunisian libertarian “The Common” from Friday 27 to Sunday, March 29, 2015. Delegations (1-2 persons / organizations) will be hosted, meals will also be provided to the same local. To do this, a participation of 15 euros per person is requested.
On January 31, we will launch all the machinery for the sexual revolution. Activation sexual dissidence.
Two years ago, we began the constitutional process of the youth movement for sexual liberation, with the aim of creating a new organization. To make that decision, we pushed the socio-political and economic changes incurred by a party; and the need to develop a political project against heteropatriarchy.
We have not proposed a project to improve the quality of life of homosexuals. We wanted to put on the table, a process of liberation for society. Because for the system to control everything else, you first need to control our sexuality, our bodies and our identities. We have developed a political project that addresses the three political regimes that enable social control. It is a political project anti system which we discussed during these two years.
Now, it’s time to put that project on the road. To do this, we appeal to attend the presentation of the new organization, which will take place on January 31, at 17:00, in the Old Jail Bergara.
Making the presentation of the organization outside the cities, it indicates a clear commitment to spread the movement throughout Euskal Herria. We aim to combine forces county to county.
Promoting autonomy of county assemblies, as we have done during these two years.
Encouraging participation in decision-making. We chose the Old Jail, because the disappearance of these is a major commitment for us. Because it involves a continuous blackmail as an ultimatum. Because not perform the work that we sell. Because they are used for the suppression of political dissent, as we have seen in recent days. And we chose the Old Jail Bergara, because Gaztetxes and self-managed spaces are part of our strategic commitment.
The January 31, we will launch, all the machinery for the sexual revolution. Activation of sexual dissidence. His conversion revolutionary political subjects. So that in the future, as it was in the past, they are protagonists of large ruptures.
reposted from la haine, with the help of google translate, from the original in basque and castillian (see text in original below)
[Eusk/Cast] Disidentzia sexualaren aktibazioa
Orain bi urte hasi genuen sexu askapenerako gazte mugimenduaren eratze prozesua; antolakunde berria sortzeko helburuarekin. Erabaki hori hartzera, egoera sozio-politikoaren aldaketak eragin zuen; baita heteropatriarkatuaren kontrako borrokan proiektu politiko ausarta garatzearen beharra ere.
Ez dugu planteatu homosexualen bizi kalitatea hobetzeko proiektu bat.
Jendarte osoaren askapen prozesu bat da mahai gainean jarri nahi izan duguna: Sistemak, gainontzeko guztia kontrolatzeko, gure sexualitate, gorputz eta identitateak kontrolatu behar dituelako lehenik eta behin.
Kontrol hori ahalbidetzen dituzten hiru erregimen politikoei aurre egiteko proposamen politikoa garatu dugu. Sistemaren kontrako proiektu politiko iraultzailea da bi urte hauetan eztabaidatu duguna.
Orain, proiektu hori bidean jartzeko unea da. Horretarako, urtarrilak 31, arratsaldeko 17:00etan, sexu askapenerako gazte antolakunde berriaren aurkezpen ekitaldira gerturatzeko gonbitea luzatu nahi dugu, Bergarako Kartzela Zaharrean.
Antolakundearen aurkezpena hirietatik kanpo egitearen erabakia, proiektu hau Euskal Herrian barna hedatzearen apustuaren seinale da.
Eskualdez eskualde, indarrak batzea dugu helburu. Orain arte bezala, eskualdeen asanbladetako autonomia bermatuz eta partaide guztiak gidari bihurtuz. Kartzela Zaharra aukeratu dugu, kartzelen desagerpena, aldarrikapen inportante bezala kokatu dugulako. Txantaje moduko betiereko ultimatum bat suposatzen dutelako. Saltzen diguten helburua betetzen ez dutelako. Azken egunotan berriro ere agerian geratu den bezala, disidentzia politikoa zapaltzeko erabiltzen delako. Eta Bergarako Kartzela Zaharra aukeratu dugu, espazio autogestionatu eta Gaztetxeen aldeko gure apustu estrategikoa irudikatzeko.
Urtarrilaren 31n, martxan jarriko ditugu iraultza sexualaren aldeko makinaria guztia. Disidentzia sexualaren aktibazioa. Subjektu politiko iraultzaileak bilakatu. Etorkizunean, atzo bezala, haustura berrien protagonistak izateko.
“On the evening of today, Sunday 18 January, about sixty fascists attacked the headquarters of the CSA Dordoni in Cremona with iron bars and other instruments of offense. Many of these were from out of town.”
the rest of the original post is below, but here’s a much better post in english, from struggles in italy:
On Sunday 28 January, around 6pm, a group of about 50 fascists (mostly from CasaPound) attacked activists from Cremona’s Dordoni social centre. The attack on seven or eight activists was launched by around ten people, and very soon bolstered by 40 more. Emilio, one of the activists and someone very well known in Cremona, was beaten with a bar and then kicked in the face and head as he was lying on the ground.
The attack appears to have been prepared in advance, taking advantage of a football match to bring together fascists from Parma, Brescia and other towns with those from Cremona. Emilio is now in a very serious condition and his life is in danger. Dordoni’s activists have made a complaint that the fascists were merely identified by the police and then released but that the activists who were defending Dordoni were charged.
Anti-fascists from Cremona and from all over Italy have called for a national anti-fascist demonstration in Cremona on 24 January, and for solidarity demonstrations in many different cities.
This episode is not isolated: there have been many different attacks led by CasaPound or other far-right movements over the last few months. In September, in Naples, for example, a high school student was beaten by some far-right individuals because he was wearing an anti-fascist t-shirt. In Rome, in November, a group of far-right militants used bars and sticks to attack supporters of Ardita San Paolo football team.
The incident happened after the Cremonese-Mantova match, yesterday afternoon at Zini stadium.The fascists were present at the stadium, as well as fans of both teams, even people of the extreme right from Brescia and Parma. The fascists of Brescia had found a place in the stadium where they were fans of Mantua, in which a portion of the curve north of Brescia is twinned. Reconstructions of yesterday’s events that are emerging suggest it was at this time very likely that the attack were planned, and to achieve it, the fascists gathered within the supporters of the Cremonese, of Mantua, Brescia, Parma and area Casapound, which were gathered after the game. As a trap against 7-8 comrades working at the social center, ten fascists with straps and bars occurred at the front door. The companions chased them away from the center, and from around the corner of the road, another 40 -50 Nazis emerged, who attacked the militants from Dordoni. One of them was hit in the head with a board and fainted. Fascists continued to beat him – with kicks to the head – while he was on the ground, until with the help of some extinguishers, his companions managed to drag him back inside the Dordoni. They then barricaded the door the fascists had tried to break down (without success) in order to enter the social center.
Compa Emilio appeared to be in bad condition. He suffered severely, and was immediately taken to a hospital. As reported on 1/18, he is in a coma and, unfortunately, his injuries are life threatening because of extensive cerebral hemorrhages. Other people were injured the clashes as well.
Immediately after the event, there was a protest held outside a community center located in Mantua 7 (red doors) at the stadium (ex-hole Boario).
This vile episode follows another assault which took place on November 29 against four militants of Dordoni, by approximately twenty fascists.
Updates from Cremona will follow. We shake strong around Emilio and express utmost sympathy to the entire CSA Dordoni.
Now and always antifascists.
The colonies are collapsing – it's a scorched earth policy, a war of attrition, so the survivors are left with NOTHING!