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Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Nemesis Project – Act 2 (Parcel-bomb attack against the German Minister of Finance)

Nine Years after the first appearance of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire in January 2008.

After more than 300 attacks against targets of domination that resulted in tens of millions of euros in damage and the transferring of fear to the camp of power.

After more than 60 arrests of comrades and other individuals over the years who have been accused of being our members and the thousands of years of imprisonment imposed upon them.

After so many times that Ministers and Police Chiefs have declared in the media that they have managed to ‘dismantle’ us and that “the CCF is finished.”

After the inclusion of the CCF in lists of ‘terrorist’ organizations by the State Department in the US and by Europol in the EU.

…we continue even louder.

With the creation of an international conspiratorial network of FAI and CCF cells in dozens of countries that have carried out and continue to carry out guerrilla attacks.

With even greater passion and tenacity to not only attack the infrastructure of the system but also the people in power.

Always against social apathy.

Always against the oppressors of our lives.

Still they cannot understand that the CCF is an idea and that the idea cannot be imprisoned because it is like the Hydra. For each comrade that is imprisoned, new comrades are ready to take their place and continue on the path of attack.

We still have the rage…

We sent a booby-trapped parcel bomb to the German Minister of Finance within the context of the campaign of the second act of Project Nemesis.

A communique will follow in the coming months.

Comradely greetings to the FAI direct action groups in Chile and Greece for their contributions to Project Nemesis.

Rebellious greetings to the FAI comrades in Italy and the imprisoned members of CCF in Greece who remain unrepentant.

Forward for the Black International of Anarchists of Praxis.

 

Nothing has ended, everything continues.

 

LONG LIVE ANARCHY

 

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire / FAI

(via Athens IMC, translated by Insurrection News)

(Greece) CCF: Anarchy has reminiscence.

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(Received 20/12/16)

[Text for a gathering in memory of Sebastian Oversluij that took place in an anarchist squat in Chile]

One can never be really lost unless oblivion wrapps one in her arms.

It ‘s been three years now that comrade Sebastian Oversluij does not walk anymore through the paths of searching for the wild beauty of anarchist action. It’s been three years now that some of our brothers and sisters there in Chile feel his absence stretching their hearts. It is three years since the bullets of a sneak-security guard of the “Banco Estado” took his life, extinguishing the flame of the anarchist spirit that used to burn inside him.

But we, in our turn, as well as many others, we are not willing to let our comrade  disappear in the fog of oblivion. We honor our brother just like we honor his choice of passing into action, attacking a bank-a temple of money, emptying the enemy’s wallet, expropriating the minimum that we should get comparing to what authority expropriates from our own lives. The bank robbery carried out by an anarchist always carries inside the seed of refusal. The refusal to submit to a world where you ‘re restricted to sell your soul to the cruel laws of free market, so that you can live to work and work to consume and consume to fill in your existencial gaps with a pile of useless objects.

We know that we are very far away and that our words have to cross an entire ocean to reach you. But we hope you’ll be able to feel the affinity we all feel with all those who discover the ways to keep our brothers close to us at the events, in discussions, in our imagination, but above all at the continuing of spreading the constant anarchist revolt itself.

The members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire- FAI/IRF

Mihalis Nikolopoulos
Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Haris Hatzimihelakis
Theofilos Mavropoulos
Panagiotis Argirou
Damiano Bolano

(Greece) CCF: For Sebastian-from the refusal of work…to the rebuff of the authority.

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(Received 20/12/16)

[Text for a gathering in memory of Sebastian Oversluij that took place in an anarchist squat in Chile]

The real death is the forgetfulness.

On the 11th of December 2013 a robbery took place on a bank at the district of Pudahuel.when the anarchist Sebastian Oversluij walked in the bank announcing the robbery, he received the bullets from the armed guard-keeper of the bank-defender of the wealthy and authoritarian. Sebastian fell down dead after he emptied his machine gun…

But every day there are deaths without deads. Deaths that they are repeated every day…because of the mornings alarm clock so you won’t be late at work, because of the sad routes between the lonely crowd that goes to offices, factories, stores, because of the boss’s yells who wants more from you and faster, because of the mechanical movements during the work that kills the creativity, because of the feigned politeness, because of the abaser salary as a recompense for the life that they have stolen from you.
A life that is measured based on money.

When we rob a bank, we don’t steal the money, we take back the life that they have steal from us.

But a robbery can be an addict job also. A job like every one’s else, with the only difference that the “salary” isn’t sure and in case of industrial accident jail or death waits you. Often the robbers are not different from the salaried workers, they only work less in condition of high risk. But they share the same cast of mind. The one of a consumer who deify the money, who admires the power of riches and his car, his clothes, his watch are the prolongation of himself.

Sebastian Oversluij was not a robber. He was an anarchist. He refuse to be a slave on the boss’s blocks. He was a disclaimer of work because he refuse the morality of working, the morality of a slave who thinks like a consumer. A robbery by itself isn’t a revolutionary action. But it is a mean of the anarchist fight so we take back from the bosses the stolen time and organise it aggressively against them, planing anarchists actions, helping comrades in captivity, strengthening publishing ventures and creating armed infrastructure of attack against the dominion.

We belong at the generation that Sebastian belong. A generation that gap no age no nationality. At the generation of the inpatients the incompromisers and the dreamers.

We don’t need for heroes, we want comrades who set fires with their ideas.

When we keep alive in our memory Sebastian and all the comrades who fell on the battlefield, we keep the struggle alive. A fight against the dominion and we know that the jail or death are often the cost. But as one’s said “five free birds started the journey to the south.only one arrived, but what their journey for certain wanted to say, it was that it worthed for trying to fly…”

CCF
Polidoros Giorgios
Tsakalos Christos
Tsacalos Gerasimos
Iconomidu Olga

CCF-NEMESIS PROJECT [An open proposal]

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(Reveived 22/11/16)

”He who speaks of war, must have a plan…”

The most insidious authority is the one that carries the promise of inclusiveness. This is why we transitioned from monarchy to democracy but not freedom. ”Safety” is a word favored by democracy. The more we hear about “safety”, the more our lives and freedom regress.Worst of all, contemporary power and democracy have elicited the compromise and submission of society almost voluntarily. Democracy operates as a transparent factory that produces social relations. People submit to governmental ideology, mainstream standards and disciplined behaviours and consider that what we experience today (the economic tyranny, the extortion of wage slavery, the dictatorship of the spectacle, the technological surveillance) are the inevitable natural world order.

But even in a pervasive authority, bosses, officials, managers and proprietors will always exist. Nowadays,the visibility of people in power is particularly clear. Politicians, businessmen, ship owners, publishers, journalists, judges and police officers are the persons in authority. The Nemesis Project aims to attack those persons. The Nemesis Project is our turn to make fear move into the backyard of the enemy.

Instead of attacking impersonal symbols of justice, we think that it is very important to transpose our hostilities to the personal environment of the enemy, their homes, offices, hangouts and vehicles. We know that to authority ”nobody is irreplaceable” but we also know that a personal hit against one of them would instill fear in another 100. We create a legacy of fear for their kind and whoever becomes their replacement. It is our own minimum counterweight in balancing the terror controlled by the enemy. In balancing the terror caused by the murders of workers by their bosses, the accidental shootings by cops, the thousands of years in prison sentenced by judges, the lies by journalists, the laws and the orders by politicians. In all of these cases, the enemy has a name and an address.Attacking them proves that people in authority are not invincible. At the same time,instead of confining anarchist insurrection in incidents of occasional conflict with cops, we can make revolution a permanent component of our daily lives by discovering those that hide behind orders and decisions which govern our lives, by studying their moves and routes and by organizing our own offensive cells which will respond to the challenges of authority. We do not anticipate a social short-circuit that will lead in mass mobilizations, but we become the accelerators of history through our actions, by creating the dilemma ”with authority or with freedom”. We create spaces and eras where history is written by our own hand and does not just happen. Anarchist urban guerilla is a way of looking life straight in the eye, in order to form an authentic collective ”we”. It is the construction of an anarchist process of liberation with courage, consistency and determination. Our actions are not evaluated in relation only to the blow against the enemy but also to the possibility of changing our own lives.

The Nemesis Project is an international proposal to create a list with the names of people in authority so that we can attack them where they feel safe, on the sidelines… at their own houses. The bomb explosion at the house of District Attorney G. Tsatani was the first attack, the first act of the Nemesis Project. We share this plan with all the FAI-IRF cells and all the anarchists of action across the world, wanting to start a dialogue on the diffusion of the anarchist struggle. And we know that the best dialogue for the assessment of an action can be no other than a new action…

Through the Nemesis Project we salute allour comrades that are held captive in the cells of democracy across the world and are no longer by our side. It is especially dedicated to the members of the CCF Olga Economidou, George Polydoros, GerasimosTsakalos, Christos Tsakalos, our anarchist comrade AngelikiSpyropoulou and the Italian comrades of FAI Alfredo Cospito και Nicola Gai.

To all those who did not burry the axe of war…

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire / FAI-IRF

We will return soon.

Solidarity: A crack of the time in captivity.

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(Received 16/11/16)

There are many times where the harsh awareness of our weakness to express ourselves like we would’ve wanted comes, with its dithyrambic countenance of a winner tightening our hearts. It always irritated us to limit our manifestation of desires, let alone to just trap them with just ink in a piece of paper, transforming them into words that are being repeated so often, that their power has begun to perish from the burden of this almost typical repeatability. But there are also some words, that no matter how much they get worn down by their repeated use, they keep radiating by the glimmer that camaraderie gives to them. Words that give you strength, that give smiles upon our faces, that break through the imprisoned solitude. Words like solidarity.

We would’ve of course preferred if these words were accompanied by the vital strength of an action, an attack, the intensity of a fire in the dark, the sound of an explosion, the twisting of a bullet in a barrel. And if nevertheless the grey reality of captivity deprives us of similar choices and opportunities, we want to at least hope that the warmth of our words can impart a bit of the strength of our feelings in order for our imprisoned comrades abroad to feel the power of solidarity which we feel for them.

So we are writing for our anarchist brothers and sisters in Chile that are being held as hostages of justice, accused for the incendiary attack at a police research department in November 2014 – also known as the PDI case- whose trial is expected to commence after another postponement in 28/11. Maria, Natalia, Amaru, and Felipe our thoughts are with you and we wish you within our hearts to have strength during your trial. We’re hoping that the awful days of captivity to soon be an unpleasant past that you’re leaving behind.

We’re also writing for our Italian anarchist brothers and sisters that were arrested and accused within the framework of the Scripta Manent Operation and especially for the comrade and member of FAI- Olga Cell, Alfredo, as well as for the comrade Anna who lately won their fight to end the special solitary confinement conditions that were brought upon them. A fight using their own bodies as pawns and barricades, since they’ve risked their lives through hunger strike. We want to wholeheartedly express our happiness for their victory that may look small to some people, but to us it means everything since we’ve been through similar choices ourselves. Besides, victories like these, regardless of being small dots in the map of the total liberation perception of a prisoner, at the same time, they don’t cease to be “breaths of freedom” in an already suffocating environment.

So from within our cells we’re sending this signal of solidarity, and at the same time we’re winking at all the comrades who endure the torment of captivity, because of the choice they made in the struggle against domination. We know by experience now that when solidarity is genuine and authentic, it can escape from the soulless paper to travel thousands of kilometers, and punch through fences and walls in order to give warmth to the hearts of the prisoners by reminding them that they are not alone. That someone else, close by or far away, is thinking about them, worrying about them, feeling the actions that were trickily attributed to them or the actions that they proudly claimed as a part of the overall geography of the anarchist struggle against authority. This by itself is enough to fill with strength a political prisoner, lend him/her a mental uplift and strengthen his/her resilience. This is the only way that solidarity fulfills its purpose, which is no other than to form with one way or another, a crack of the time in captivity.

The members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF

Michalis Nikolopoulos

Harris Chatzimichelakis

Damianos Bolano

George Nikolopoulos

Panagiotis Argyrou

Theofilos Mavropoulos

Greece: Text from CCF members for the US Prison Strike and anarchist prisoners in Italy

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NON SERVIAM – I WILL NOT SERVE YOU

“Worse than enslavement is getting used to it…”

Life in the modern civilized world comprises false representations, false patterns, and false formalities. Formalities that determine our upbringing within a family, our education, our professional career, our relationships, our emotions, our smiles or tears. Patterns that castrate the scope of our perception so that our thoughts are directed onto a moving walkway going only one direction. Representations that disguise the system’s functions and pathogenies so that we see life unfold only on stage, and never wonder what’s hidden backstage. So, the thousands of suicides of desperate debtors is just another statistic among the unpleasant consequences of the economic crisis, the impoverishment of the so-called third world is just an unfortunate fact, and its wounds will heal by charity organizations, the countless dead of modern crusades, the unfortunate victims of the absurdity of war, and the convict slaves in American prisons are simply antisocial elements that provide social services to Democracy.

Prison itself is exile from life; a non-place and non-time behind the screen of a decent society, to make the ugliness that bothers the eyes of reputable citizens unseeable. Prisons are a proof of the perverse intelligence of authoritarian minds. They’re built onto walls echoing the screaming and weeping of thousands of people who’ve learned to sleep with anguish and despair. Prison is the country of captivity, the country where one learns to kneel before the “Forbidden”, a landfill for the disposal of human waste, an industrial dump where the social machine’s hazardous waste ends up. For most people, however, for all those who never learned to doubt, to question, to look beyond the obvious, prison is a security wall necessary to protect their peaceful and quiet life.

It’s certainly hypocritical on the part of a society to display the supremacy of its democratic civilization, its humanitarian values and social sensitivities so vulgarly, when those deemed unfit to exist within the same society are piled up in souls’ warehouses. But it’s infinitely more hypocritical, and infuriating at the same time, to turn these imprisoned existences, these living dead, into a marketable value through a modern and sophisticated slave trade.

Yet this is the reality for nearly 2.5 million inmates in US prisons, whom the modern Empire has turned into slaves. These prisoners-slaves are the lowest caste of social margins. They don’t only experience the cruelty of captivity, but are condemned to lose their human beingness altogether; to become slaves in the modern galleys of American hellholes to the financial benefit of privatized prisons and multinationals that, using part of this dirty money, support election campaigns of various politicians who promise order and security to their voters. In turn, the voters—predefined coefficients in a rigged equation—fulfill their role, and the solution is always obedience. That’s exactly why the happiest slaves are the greatest enemies of freedom.

But there are other slaves who aren’t so happy. They are the “fallen angels” in a society whose authoritarian perversion treats humans as cogs. But these human cogs are slowly turning against this very society. Throughout the US and the prisons in that territory, an increasingly growing whisper starts to spread. On September 9th, this whisper is transformed into an angry cry of freedom, screaming in the face of the almighty corrections system the ancient cry of rebellion: “Non serviam – I will not serve.”

September 9th is a landmark day for inmates in American prisons because 45 years ago, on September 9th 1971, the fire of Attica prison was lit. Nearly 1,500 prisoners rioted, took jailers hostage, and put forward a series of radical demands. Power replied with zero tolerance: four days later, on September 13th 1971, New York state troops stormed and retook the prison. The crackdown took a heavy toll, killing almost 40 (about 30 inmates and 10 hostages) and wounding 89 others. Because of this exact symbolic character, September 9th is a landmark day for the new coordinated prisoner mobilization, too.

Struggles as this one, despite their intermediary nature, are qualitatively upgraded—compared, for example, to strictly personal claims or unionist demands. Because this particular struggle concerns the total abolition of an institution that’s a pillar of repression and economy, social control and the security doctrine policy. Moreover, prisoners are waging a struggle under extreme and multifaceted oppression, so even calling it an intermediate struggle is something that may not eventually apply to the situation. Because forced labor in prisons is an institution that serves the system in many parallel ways. This is precisely the institution that defines a gray-zone status of millions of slaves for a limited or lifetime tenure. The fact that these are humans designated criminals one way or another, legitimizes this gray zone in the eyes of the rest of society, that don’t care to express some moral or values-related objection and, worse still, benefit from its existence. A struggle for the abolition and the denial of such an institution, a fight which also includes a form of sabotage against the interests served by this very institution, is nothing but a barricade of the most basic dignity against the cruelest face of Power. Certainly, this struggle alone will not determine the entirety of the repression policies that domination may adopt. Regardless of its outcome though, this struggle can be a civil disobedience beacon against the system, and the fact that this beacon will owe its strength to all the damned, the outcast, the socially disinherited—who nowadays receive “revolutionary” anathemas on some occasions—has its own special meaning.

Of course, we don’t seek to make any idealization or embellishment of the entirety of prisoners. Being exiled in the country of captivity for several years already, we’ve seen the composition of a prison population up close, and we don’t harbor any illusion whatsoever that they’re deterministically some kind of revolutionary subjects. In most cases, in fact, an abyss of values separates us from other inmates because of their choices or contradictions over the course of their lives. However, being captives ourselves, we cannot but feel the agony of all those prisoners in the US.

Beyond all this, it’s also a lucid political composure that allows us to put aside any differences we feel we may have with the subject of detainees, as these differences are not enough to make us stand indifferent and unmoved in front of the size, the moral implications, the stakes, the historical and political legacy of such a struggle. In other words, our solidarity reflexes haven’t been activated by emotional and experiential criteria only, but also originate in a political consistency. For all these reasons, we feel the need to express our support to the concerted campaign that began inside the US prisons from September 9th onward, during which prisoners deny the role of the slave imposed upon them by the democratic society, and factually demonstrate defiance and disobedience. And, as has been said: “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.”

The internationalization of this struggle through call outs of prisoners themselves, who ask support from every solidarity initiative, enhances the dynamics of international solidarity in total, making it, even coincidentally, another piece in the mosaic of international solidarity calls such as June 11th or the International Solidarity Week every August. But, for us, it’s not about limiting solidarity to dates marked on the calendar; instead, it’s about highlighting the beauty and authenticity of an informal anarchist coordination. That’s why we’ve endorsed the proposal of ABC Anarchist Solidarity Cell, to coordinate solidarity gestures on an International Solidarity Day (October 1st), as we believe their call out contributes to this direction.

Finally, we want to send our warm greetings to all anarchists and all politicized prisoners willing to be part of this struggle, regardless of their reasons for doing so.

PS: Words are sometimes not enough to capture all the intensity of one’s emotions in certain circumstances. The truth is we were struck at the news that the filth of the Italian counter-terrorism unit (DIGOS) launched yet another anti-anarchist attack against comrades in Italy, under the imaginative name “Scripta Manent” (written words remain). Raids, house searches, persecutions, suspect lists, arrests, pretrial detentions…

Once again the target of repression is the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), but now they remembered to dig up cases concerning the placement of explosive devices back in 2006 and 2007. Anna Beniamino, Marco Bisesti, Emiliano Danilo Cremonese, Valentina Speziale and Alessandro Mercogliano passed the prison threshold, while a new detention order was issued against our incarcerated brothers Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, members of FAI’s Olga Cell (that claimed responsibility for the shooting of Roberto Adinolfi, the chief executive of Ansaldo Nucleare). In a separate investigation, during a house search where police found an electrician’s manual and some batteries, another comrade, Daniele Cortelli, who’s active in Croce Nera Anarchica (Italian Anarchist Black Cross), was charged with possessing materials for potential manufacture of explosive devices, and then sent to custody, too. We may be familiar with the notion of captivity, but we will never be able to accept the bad news of comrades’ arrest, no matter how far they are, without feeling tightness in our heart. Our thoughts are with them and everyone else who’ve abruptly entered into a new chapter in their life—the prison chapter.

Finally, we send our warmest salute to our brother Alfredo Cospito. On August 30th 2016, with complete disregard for any consequences, he smashed the glass partition window of the visitations room in the security wing of Ferrara prison in solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire in Greece, after the 115-year prison sentence that was recently imposed on all of its imprisoned members.

Comrade, your act brightened our hearts and filled us with emotion. Such fraternal gestures prove the real beauty of authentic anarchist solidarity. We wish you strength to go through whatever might come next.

The Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members:
Haris Hadtzimihelakis
Theofilos Mavropoulos
Damianos Bolano
Panagiotis Argirou
Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Michalis Nikolopoulos

September 12th 2016
Korydallos prison (Athens, Greece)

(via Contra Info)

 

C.C.F. – For Alfreddo and Anna – until we meet.

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(We received 24/10/16)

In Italy, comrade Alfredo Cospito since October 3rd and comrade Anna Beniamino since October 10th, are on a hunger strike against the isolation imposed on them and on the anarchists imprisoned for the attacks of FAI too (“scripta manent” operation). We know that the struggle against authority is unequal ..Nevertheless we choose the war for freedom instead of the peace of fear.

Because we know that there are “free” people, which are more slaves than the prisoners, and alive people more dead than most of our dead comrades who fell in the battle for freedom.

Because for every battle that we lose, a new one begins.

“Because if I don’t get burnt, if you don’t get burnt, how will the darkness turn to shining…”

For us solidarity is not simply a “touching” word, but a way of life, of becoming people with the dream as our measure.

We stand by our comrades Alfredo and Anna with all our heart and mind, until our dream meeting..

STRENGTH AND SOLIDARITY TO THE COMRADES HUNGER STRIKERS ALFREDO COSPITO AND ANNA BENIAMINO

NEVER REGRETFUL NEVER DEFEATED

CCF / FAI- Urban Guerrilla Core

George Polydoros

Economidou Olga

Gerasimos Tsakalos

Christos Tsakalos

Korydallos prison.

Athens: Conspiracy of Cells of Fire Bomd to the house of the district attorney Georgia Tsatani

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NEMESIS PROJECT

FIRST ACT

We claim responsibility for attacking the house of the district attorney Georgia Tsatani, in Ippokratous street in Athens city center, next to the Exarhia police department.

We knew that G. Tsatani has a police escort and that she is a guarded target, but this didn’t stand in our way to accomplish our attack. We chose a symbolic action with only material damage as a sole purpose, but the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire won’t be limited to that…

We have two reasons for choosing this particular district attorney.

The first one is that G. Tsatani is a member of the para-judicial network whose job is to take out of sight case files that impinge the interests of the business and politics mafia (with a view to profit of course). She is the judicial vanguard of her masters.

The apex of her tainted career is the Vgenopoulos case, where G. Tsatani closed the case, aiding him to be discharged of his certain conviction. Her venality by the businessman Vgenopoulos pumped up more her invisible para-judicial account. These inconspicuous courtesies of businessmen can built the villas of the judges as an exchange for their “justice”.

Another sample of this district attorney’s writing, that is being kept diligently secret from the media, is Meimarakis’ case. Georgia Tsatani is the one who took on the case file regarding the equipment and the bribes of Vagelis Meimarakis, the former minister of national defense back then and she made sure to “forget” to send these files in the parliament, with her sole purpose being to cover for him. The exchange of this conciliation was the placement of Tsatanis’ daughter and husband as minister candidates in New Democracy on Meimarakis’ presidency.

Georgia Tsatani had involvement in the Vatopedi case, making clear once again the mafia-like partnership between Church and Justice, as well as in many other famous cases that she would “chop off” in order to conceal and protect the interests of authority.

The second reason for choosing to attack the district attorney Georgia Tsatani was her participation in the judicial thralldom of our comrades’ relatives.

G. Tsatani was the one who viewed as unacceptable one of applications of release by Evi Statiri, who is the wife of Gerasimos Tsakalos, member of the C.C.F. Thus, she contributed in the anti-guerrilla campaign and in one of the most immoral extortions against anarchist revolutionaries.

The vengeful obsession of the judges against the families of our comrades is a choice that all judges involved will be asked to pay and at a great cost. We have remembrance and most of all patience, persistence and diligence…

We are dedicating this action to the imprisoned members of C.C.F Gerasimos Tsakalos, Christos Tsakalos, Giorgos Polydoros and Olga Economidou.

We are sending our solidarity to the anarchist comrade Aggeliki Spyropoulou, to all unshakeable political prisoners that lie in the cells of the Greek Democracy, as well as to the Italian comrades Alfredo Cospito, Nicola Gai and the anarchists persecuted in Italy within the undertaking “scripta manent” against F.A.I.

Soon the complete version of this proclamation will follow, as well as our initiative for “Nemesis” Project.

We will be back…

(Translated by A-politiko)

Italy: Text from anarchist prisoner Alfredo Cospito in solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

Genova - processo ai due anarchici accusati del ferimento del manager Ansaldo, Adinolfi

On the 30th of August Alfredo damaged the glass partition windows of the interview room in the high surveillance section of Ferrara prison in solidarity with the prisoners of the CCF who were recently sentenced to more than a hundred years in prison for an attempted escape.

Today August 30 almost 4 years since my arrest I wanted to celebrate the anniversary with the destruction of the interview room window panels. This action is my contribution of revolutionary solidarity with my brothers and sister of the CCF-FAI-FRI who were condemned by yet another judicial process and sentenced to 110 years each for a failed escape attempt. The anarchist prisoner is not a flag, nor must we build a monument around them, sometimes they are a piece of our heart, sometimes not…nevertheless they continue to struggle, to live…not to be remembered, but wanting revenge, freedom, but ultimately they may also be alone because by nature they do not belong to any flock…

Long live FAI-FRI

Long live CCF

(via Croce Nera Anarchica, translated by Insurrection News)

‘Sacco and Vanzetti: A journey through time’ by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

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Here is a text that several imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire in Athens, Greece, wrote for an event at the squatted anarchist centre Bibloteca Kaos in Brazil.

To all comrades, to all our anarchist brothers and sisters who are present in this event organized by the anarchist library Kaos. Let our thoughts break out and travel to Brazil so as to send these few words with the hope that maybe a little, you can feel our presence beside you.

In response to the subject of the event taking place during the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners and on the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartholemeo Vanzetti we would like to throw in our personal and historical contribution. The Conspiracy of Cells of Fire was from the very beginning an anarchist group of direct action that aspired to an upsurge of the anarchist aggressive presence in Greece. Thus, the CCF did not hesitate to often criticize that which was believed to be preventing the generalization of this intensification. But when the oppression finally made it to our doorstep, we fully understood that we would not own up to our standards should we refuse to defend our identity, our political viewpoints and our very substance. Furthermore we could have ended up being in complete contrast with our critiques against others in the past. So seven years after the day that repression struck us, we remain at the forefront of anarchist dignity, at least so as we perceive it. We refused to dishonor ourselves in any way and defended what we believed we had to defend, still paying the price of our uncompromising attitude.

Going back to the past in a time when two comrades, anarchists of praxis forged in the fire of revolt, Nicola Sacco and Bartholomeo Vanzetti were arrested with the charges of armed expropriation and murder, we face challenges not in the least unprecedented. A fact which accrues by ample evidence is that both Sacco and Vanzetti, participated in informal militant networks of anarchist affinity all of which were affiliated to publications such as the anarchist newspaper Cronaca Sovversiva, in whose publishing they helped themselves, and which supported the need of propaganda by praxis. It is also known that these informal militant networks were responsible for a series of attacks that shook the United States from 1914 onwards and that they were being funded by armed expropriations. Finally, it is a fact that some of the comrades of Sacco and Vanzetti have confided, after the murder of the two comrades, that they were two of the five robbers of the shoe factory in Braintree, Massachusetts. One of Sacco and Vanzetti’s comrades Mario Buda, for example, in an interview, when asked about the financing of his team he responded, “We would usually go and take them (the money) from where they could be found”, meaning the banks and factories. Many years later, in 1955, he received a visit from the anarchist Charles Poggi who was investigating historically the case of Sacco and Vanzetti. In the discussion between them, Buda admitted at least to the participation of Sacco in the robbery in Braintree with the phrase “Sacco was there” (“Sacco c’ era”). Poggi had the impression that Buda was one of the robbers as well, but due to his discretion he didn’t raise the issue.

The two comrades were arrested after a chase and although armed, without the technique of ballistic investigation, which hadn’t been perfected at that time, there was no incriminating evidence against them since all the witnesses could not testify to anything reliable. Thus both comrades chose to defend themselves declaring they were innocent of the robbery, yet guilty as anarchists, at a time, when as little as this is, could be enough proof for someone to be prosecuted, tortured, imprisoned or even deported, as the wave of anarchist attacks that rocked the US had caused the state to take emergency measures against anarchists and anarchist immigrants with a series of laws.

At the highlight of the anti-anarchist hysteria which was baptized Red Scare, the two comrades tried to balance on a thin line as to both avoid the death penalty, and maintain their dignity, since they stubbornly refused to forfeit their identity despite the fact that this alone could prove sufficiently condemning.

Unfortunately the case of Sacco and Vanzetti is solely remembered today, as a prime example of government fabrication. The historical narrative that has prevailed, is attempting to cast a veil over the broader historical context of the era in which the prosecution of two comrades enveloped, and deliberately mislead portraying them merely as organized unionists, when Sacco and Vanzetti and nearly all the comrades aroundCronaca Sovversiva had deeply anti-formalist feelings, distancing themselves from the official anarchist organizations.

Ultimately the case of the two comrades, has been degraded into a story that elevates the value of victimization, instead of being a timeless example of proud anarchist insurrection. Such a theme is hardly unknown even to this day. Naturally every comrade always retains the right not to give away even an ounce of himself to the enemy, especially when they have insufficient evidence -if any- to convict him or her.

Yet that is one thing, whilst the political fetishism of victimization, that deliberately and utterly forgets those who choose to personally defend their militant commitment to anarchy, is another. And if one is in doubt, let them wonder as to why the names of Sacco and Vanzetti’s comrades are to be cast into oblivion. For how many still remember or know even, about the ‘dynamite-girl’, the 19-year old comrade Gabriella Antollini, who claimed responsibility for transporting weapons and explosives? How many remember Nicola Recci who lost almost all of his hand while manufacturing explosive devices? How often is Carlo Valdinoci mentioned, who died by a bomb explosion that he was planning to plant in the house of the Minister of Justice Palmer; or Andrea Salsedo, who was thrown out of a window by cops during an interrogation about a claim of responsibility that was discovered in his print shop? All of these and many more, were destined to be left out of the history books, because as it happens, they were not “innocent”.

At this point, we have to stress that Sacco and Vanzetti, despite declaring themselves innocent of all accusations, never did they denounce their insurrectionary heritage. A fact proved by the number of offensive actions throughout the world made as an indication of solidarity to both comrades. From the bombing, using a wired car, of Wall Street to the parcel bomb sent to the US ambassador in Paris, as well as dozens of bombings of American embassies in a number of countries. The comrades would often themselves urge the movement to retaliations against the state and judges. In June 1926 in an issue of Protesta Umana Vanzetti wrote among other things: “I will try to see Thayer dead before his announcement of our sentence” and asked fellow comrades for “revenge, revenge in our name and in the names of our living and our dead.” The article concluded with “Health Is In You” which was the title of a manual about explosive devices published by Cronaca Sovversiva (some say translated by Emma Goldman herself).

Even to this day, the rich contribution of insurrectionary anarchy in the solidarity movement with Sacco and Vanzetti, is largely neglected. On an occasion such as the call for the International Week of Action for Imprisoned Anarchists the legacy of such militant solidarity is definitely worth remembering in its whole perspective. Anyone who believes the dissociation with militant acts of solidarity is new or lacks roots, is deeply mistaken. A noteworthy fact is that, all the while certain anarchist circles in Argentina slanderedSeverino Di Giovanni, accusing him even of being a fascist, Sacco’s widow in a correspondence a few days after the execution of both comrades expressed her gratitude for his support to their case. In the same letter she indicated that the director of a certain firm of cigarettes named “Combinador” had offered to give to a particular kind of cigarettes the brand “Sacco and Vanzetti”, shamelessly trying to make profit from the notoriety of their case. On November 26, 1927 a bomb planted by Di Giovanni and his comrades blew up a branch of said company in Buenos Aires. Part of the very same group was the comrade of Sacco and Vanzetti, Ferrecio Coacci, who had since been deported from the US. Coacci was also a suspect in the robbery for which Sacco and Vanzetti were convicted and his house was the very first to be raided in regards with the case investigation.

We hope these few words to incite interest to those attending the event, and set the grounds for an authentic and comradely discussion on all aforementioned issues since unfortunately, we are doomed to learn nothing of our history, thus condemning ourselves to the same mistakes time and again .

From the heart, we send to all of you, our warmest greetings.

For the end we ought to remind ourselves the phrase of anarchist Luigi Galleani, comrade of Sacco and Vanzetti and one of the publishers of Cronaca Sovversiva:
“No act of rebellion is useless; no act of rebellion is harmful.”

The members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
Michalis Nikolopoulos
Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Haris Hatzimihelakis
Panagiotis Argirou
Theofilos Mavropoulos
Damiano Bolano

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