September 25th, 2012
An Open Letter to Striking Prisoners in Greece
We, the Red and Black Umbrella Anarchist Social Centre, wish to extend solidarity to the striking prisoners of: Larissa, Trikala, Grevena, Domokos, Malandrino, Komotini, Koridallos, Patras, Corfu, Chios, Nafplion, Diavata and Alikarnassos prisons in Greece; and every rebel that is mobilizing against the inherently unjust and inhumane prison system.
Due to the lack of information in English, we do not know the depth and breadth of the situation but feel an urgent need to show our support for your actions.
As a small gesture we have reprinted the demands of the Larissa prison (see here), posted them up along with a copy of this letter and hung a banner on the exterior of the social centre. We do this not only to express our solidarity, but to echo the voices in your struggle for dignity and to inspire other people in their personal and collective struggles.
We hope that your spark amongst many others will ignite the fires that turn the prison system to ashes.
Love & Rage
The Red and Black Umbrella Social Centre (Cardiff)
From Act For Freedom Now:
“At 5:00pm the 12th of June there was a banner drop and hundreds of flyers were thrown from a multi-storey car park in the centre of Cardiff, as part of the international day of soliarity for the nine imprisoned Anarchists in Turkey.
The banner read: “Free the Anarchist May-Day Prisoners In Turkey”.
Two weeks later, the homes of activists were simultaneously raided and sixty people were arrested in connection with these actions.
Nine of these people remain detained in prison. We demand the immediate release of those nine anarchist comrades in prison.
Solidarity with anarchists in Turkey.”
The flyers were blown throughout the city and many people picked them up out of interest. The banner remained on the car park the entire night, but was taken down at some point the next morning.
Fire to the banks and prisons!”
From Act For Freedom Now:
At 3:30pm on Saturday 31st of March around 25 local residents, children and anarchists gathered outside a local leisure centre for a noise demo at Cardiff prison, to show support for the prisoners and raise awareness about I.P.P. sentencing, a type of sentence that has destroyed lives in the local community.
They came accompanied with black flags, a sound system and two large banners (reading “Abolish I.P.P.” and “Solidarity”).
The police presence was completely disproportional to both the size of the group and the nature of the demonstration. They demanded that the participants made their way to the prison in groups of no more than 3. The entire group was opposed to this, and the police resorted to pushing people around to try and keep the group split up. However, with a bit of dodging, diving and determination the group remained united on the way to the prison.
The local community was receptive to the demonstrators on the way to the prison and many cars honked in support. Information was distributed, music was played and chants were shouted by young and old alike. Upon arrival at the prison the demo was met with yet more police, whose presence had now doubled. With whistles and airhorns the group went about making as much noise as possible, and chants of “Free the I.P.P.’s” and “Freedom for all! Break down the walls!” broke out.
The prisoners did their best to reciprocate the noise being made outside and the police got a torrent of abuse directed at them. The group moved along the prison to make contact with more of the prisoners and ended up on a small hill, just outside the walls, where the banners could be seen from the busy road opposite the prison. The group continued with their messages of solidarity through a megaphone, threw fists and waved red and black flags.
After at least an hour of noise the group gave their parting messages, and a promise to return time and time again until all are free.