Why refugees to Greece are sewing their mouths shut

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ATHENS — Greek authorities call them migrant pre-removal facilities, but they look more like prisons. Many of the residents are locked up not for committing a crime, but rather simply for trying to get asylum in Europe. For this, they say they’re held months, packed scores to a room, and often beaten.

“We didn’t have any choice so we started a hunger strike, we sewed up our mouth and we stopped eating and drinking,” said Farhad, who has asked not to be identified, fearing retribution for speaking out. “Anyone will do whatever it takes to get his freedom. Some people have tried to commit suicide to get free, others went crazy in there.” Continue reading

Today: Call in to Support Chicago Prison Hunger Strikers

From Facebook page

From Facebook page

From comrades in Illinois

“The conditions here are inhumane & repressive. So much that we are forced to make a stand as men in righteous indignation.”–anonymous letter from Menard prisoner on hunger strike

A group of prisoners in a high security unit at Menard, a prison in southwestern Illinois, went on hunger strike on January 15. They put their lives on the line to protest inhumane conditions and placement in severe isolation, without reason or ability to challenge that placement. The conditions at Menard are intolerable; prisoners have described a lack of adequate heat and hot water, filthy, vermin-infested cells, a lack of access to basic cleaning and sanitation supplies, insufficient food and clothing, and a lack of access to legal resources and educational programming.

As of yesterday, several prisoners have been on strike for four weeks. The Department of Corrections has said they will not negotiate with prisoners while they are on hunger strike. In retaliation, one prisoner was beaten and another transferred. On February 7, several prisoners escalated the strike and began refusing liquids. Guards have threatened protestors with force-feeding if they do not end their strike. Continue reading

[Video] UPDATE : 10 Escape in Migrant Rebellion In Notorious Greek Detention Center

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Migrants and Refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria, among others, burnt down container-like holding cells and fought prison guards in one of the world’s most notorious immigrant detention centers.

10 police officers are said to have sustained injuries in clashes with stone throwing refugees. There have been frequent reports of deplorable conditions with beatings and torture being wide spread in what many describe as a concentration camp in Amygdaleza, near Athens.

BAI NOTE: The following are unconfirmed unedited updates from anonymous sources on the ground:

-10 migrant detainees managed to escape the camp during the riot (two people from Afghanistan and eight from Pakistan) and there is a huge police operation at the surrounding area and Athens at the moment for their arrest

– 41 migrants are being prosecuted and face deportation (17 from Pakistan – 9 Afghanistan – 14 Bangladesh – 1 Morocco).

– There are still no confirmations of injuries or the shooting (Many suspect a cover up is taking place)… as this was reported by the people inside the camp and there is no report or contact with people inside the camp once police blocked all phones and forbid all communications

The police have released a video showing the aftermath the riot torn detention center with burnt out holding containers and heavily damaged barbed wire gates.

Bai Note: Instead of the video’s intended purpose of demonizing the rebelling refugees, Greek security forces instead released footage of a concentration camp-style detention center with containers, which were used to hold inmates. The conditions shown give obvious reasons to why a riot would erupt. Many of the prison guards (along with police and other security forces) belong to the rapidly growing Golden Dawn, a far right political organization gaining strength in parliament, as well as on the ground through social programs and political outreach. On a daily basis, Golden Dawn members target immigrants all over Greece, using harassment and brutal violence, which oftentimes, leads to death. The group does this with impunity, due to its close relations with police and security forces–the majority of who are Golden Dawn party members.

The situation in Greece looks increasingly dire and headed toward fascism. Sources on the ground say that Golden Dawn has a chance of taking over many political positions in Athens, which would effectively give them control over implementing laws that their party members (police & security forces) can then enforce.

Read BAI original post on this situation here

For Mainstream Meida Reports on the Migrant Rebellion see here & here

For more information on the plight of migrants in Greece watch “Into the Fire” .

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From the Sonoran Desert to San Quentin: Solitary Confinement, White Supremacy and a recent mass murder by the US Border Patrol

DarkCellHandPosted by Carla Hays. Nogales, Mexico

In Nogales Sonora I met a man who had just been deported from the United States.  Before his deportation he was held in solitary confinement for three months.  He was arrested after the van he was traveling in was rammed off a cliff by Border Patrol agents in the hills of the Sonoran desert, in southern Arizona.  The van rolled down the side of the cliff and six of its passengers were killed.  15 people survived the crash, all of whom were arrested and taken into border patrol custody.  The man I met had also been held in solitary confinement up until his deportation – a period of three months.  He told me that another man arrested with him was stiill being held in solitary after being accused of being a guide for the group. Continue reading

A letter to Oakland’s striking workers

Oakland, California

Posted by Oakland Strikes

A letter to Oakland’s striking workers,

This Monday, BART workers, Oakland city workers and potentially some AC
Transit drivers will strike. Our first reaction to this news is to rally up
solidarity, come out to the streets and flex our muscle with a huge show
of force. Together we can shut down the city. After all, the workers
struggle is our struggle for we are workers too.

Oakland General Strike Nov, 2nd, 2011

Oakland General Strike
Nov, 2nd, 2011

But let’s be clear about a few things. The 99% is a myth. An illusion that
needs shattering; we’re not a monolithic body of people with identical
struggles. The poor, unemployed and precarious class struggle is connected
but not the same as that of the folks with jobs, pensions, and private
health care. We take these symptoms of austerity seriously, but you need
to recognize that while we talk about what your life looks like tomorrow,
we do not have food to eat today. Continue reading

Black Rider Liberation Party: Building the Intercommunal Solidarity Committee

Oakland, California

Building the Intercommunal Solidarity Committee

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BRLP Oakland

Author’s note: The Black Riders Liberation Party (BRLP) launched the Inter-Communal Solidarity Committee in Los Angeles, CA with a gathering at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research on Saturday, November 10, 2012. At this event, numerous activist and community members from different races, philosophies and ideological lines came together to form the Inter-Communal Solidarity Committee. The idea to form this committee comes from our study of the Black Panther Party’s (BPP) forming the National Committee to Combat Fascism (NCCF), which would later become the Inter-communal Committee to Combat Fascism (ICCF). This paper is a historical analysis of our theoretical framework for this development.

“Unitary Conduct implies a ‘search’ for those elements in our present situation which can become the basis for joint action. It involves a conscious reaching for the relevant, the entente, and especially, in our case the reconcilable. Throughout the centralizing authoritarian process of Amerikan history, the ruling classes have found it necessary to discourage and punish any genuine opposition to hierarchy. But there have always been individuals and groups who rejected the ideal of two unequal societies, existing one on top of the other.”

George Jackson, Blood in My Eye   Continue reading

Hunger Strike Declaration by Kostas Sakkas

Art by http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Palestinian%20prisoners_132448

Art by Sabaaneh on ToonPool.com

Koridallos prison, Greece. 

29 May 2013

On the 4th of December 2010 I was captured along with the comrade
Alexandros Mitroussias in the district of Nea Smyrni, Athens, while I
was leaving a rented warehouse where arms were being stored.

Since the beginning, I have admitted my connection with this place as
well as the weapons found there. I have stated, since the first moment,
that I am an anarchist and that my presence in this specific place was
related to my political identity and the choices I make as a consequence
of this.

On the 7th of December 2010 they brought me before the head
investigator and I got in pretrial detention on charges of participation
in an unknown terrorist organization as well as aggravated possession
of weapons.

On the 12th of April 2011, when I had already been in the prison of
Nafplion for more than four months, I was called upon again by the
investigators Baltas and Mokkas, and without any new evidence, nor even
any new developments on the investigation, I was remanded for
participating in the R.O. CCF. It was obvious that this was because the
principal investigators realized that a case against an unknown
organization that hasn’t any registered actions, doesn’t have any bombs,
nor communiqués, that has not used guns, an organization without a
name, couldn’t stand up in a courtroom. Continue reading