International Solidarity With Alfredo

Today Alfredo Cospito has entered his 116 day on Hunger Strike.

Around the world there this week there has been a call for solidarity actions to help highlight the urgent help needed to save the life of the Italian anarchist prisoner, Alfredo Cospito on hunger strike.

Here in Ireland as elsewhere, anarchists are organising solidarity gatherings and protests to help highlight the urgency needed to end the hunger strike and put and end to the 41-BIS torture regime imposed upon prisoners within the Italian prison system.

The international call-out is asking anarchists and supporters to create and take part in solidarity pickets, banner drops and protests in an effort to help highlight what is currently happening in Italy and to help end the torture treatment that Alfredo is subjected to. End the nightmare – stop the torture of Alfredo Cospito Now!

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Bloody Sunday: Solidarity Action With Alfredo Cospito

On 30 January, Alfredo Cospito has been transferred from Bancali Prison to the SAI (Intensified Assistance Service) of Opera Prison in Milan.

Late night there was a protest action in solidarity and to demand his immediate release with banners declaring Against 41 Bis, State torture! United we are all, not a step back! Everybody’s out of jail, nobody’s in, just rubble!

The location of Alfredo Cospito’s has been stated as being transferred from Sassari to the integrated care service of Opera prison in Milan due to his health condition that is constantly deteriorating.

But in the statement released after the Council of Ministers which faced the topic, it is explained that “for the part of his own competence”, the Northern Minister “resists not to revoke the regime under Article 41 bis”. We can’t accept the words the government is spending on the case.

From the national coordination of Power to the People we wanted to reiterate it once again: the 41 bis is torture and is often used as state revenge!

Our banners read ‘Alfredo must not die!’

In Derry at the weekend as anarchists gathered for the annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice, a protest action in solidarity was held at Free Derry Wall for Alfredo to demand his release.

News footage: https://www.facebook.com/tg3rai/videos/1999483746926643

https://www.facebook.com/tg3rai/videos/684327173377527

The new address is:

Alfredo Cospito

Milan Opera House of Reclusion

40 Camporgnago Street

20141 Milan

Learn more at https://lucharcontrael41bis.noblogs.org/

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Euro News: “‘It is torture’: Protest against conditions of jailed Italian anarchist Alfredo Cospito”

On February 5, 2023 hundreds of people marched in Rome on Saturday afternoon to protest against the conditions of jailed Italian anarchist Alfredo Cospito.

Alfredo Cospito has been on hunger strike since October as he is being held under highly restrictive conditions usually reserved for Mafia members, drug traffickers, terrorists and other categories of serious offenders.

One of the demonstrators said the problem with Article 41-bis, the law that governs prison conditions, was that it could become a form of torture.

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Meanwhile supporters Of Imprisoned Italian Anarchist Alfredo Cospito, 55, And Police Clashed In Milan

Cospito is jailed under a strict isolation regime, known as 41-bis in Italy. He is accused of kneecapping an Ansaldo nuclear power company leader and involvement in the 2006 attack on the Carabinieri school in Fossano.

Cospito has been on hunger strike for over a hundred days over his treatment in prison.

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Urgent Update on Alfredo Cospito

On 30 January, Alfredo Cospito has been transferred from Bancali Prison to the SAI (Intensified Assistance Service) of Opera Prison in Milan.

Late last night there was a protest action in solidarity and to demand his immediate release with banners declaring Against 41 Bis, State torture! United we are all, not a step back! Everybody’s out of jail, nobody’s in, just rubble!

The location of Alfredo Cospito’s has been stated as being transferred from Sassari to the integrated care service of Opera prison in Milan due to his health condition that is constantly deteriorating.

But in the statement released after the Council of Ministers which faced the topic, it is explained that “for the part of his own competence”, the Northern Minister “resists not to revoke the regime under Article 41 bis”. We can’t accept the words the government is spending on the case.

From the national coordination of Power to the People we wanted to reiterate it once again: the 41 bis is torture and is often used as state revenge!

Our banners read ‘Alfredo must not die!’

In Derry at the weekend as anarchists gathered for the annual Bloody Sunday March for Justice, a protest action in solidarity was held at Free Derry Wall for Alfredo to demand his release.

News footage: https://www.facebook.com/tg3rai/videos/1999483746926643

https://www.facebook.com/tg3rai/videos/684327173377527

The new address is:

Alfredo Cospito

Milan Opera House of Reclusion

40 Camporgnago Street

20141 Milan

Learn more at https://lucharcontrael41bis.noblogs.org/

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ERIC KING DUE FOR RELEASE THIS YEAR, PLEASE SUPPORT HIM!

Eric is due to be released this year and we cannot wait to hear he is out and surounded by his friends and family!

We hate prisons, they are designed to destroy people and communities and no one comes out of these twisted and malicious places unscathed. Eric King has had it rough in prison since he was sentenced in 2016. He has been systematically attacked by prison guards, who on one occassion took him to a closet with no CCTV to beat him up due to his anarchist and anti fascist beliefs. They also retrained him for 6 hours afterwards. He has spent much of his long prison sentence kept in solitary confinement, isolating him as a means of torture.

In 2019, he was falsely accused of attacking a guard and faced an additional 20 years in prison, he was found innocent but the prison system is still set on making his life as hard as possible and transferred him to MAX.

In much lighter news, Eric is due to be released from prison this year and is desperate to be free and reunited with his family. There is currently a GoFundMe set up. Donations will help him do things like see a doctor, have some family days out and just take a bit of the burden off.

We have just sent 150USD to Eric for his release, why not join us?

If you can support our comrade Eric then do it, solidarity is everything.
www.gofundme.com/f/release-funds-for-political-prisoner-eric-king

Do send him a letter and help him get through the last months of imprisonment, his address is this:

Eric King 27090045
USP FLORENCE ADMAX
PO BOX 8500
FLORENCE, CO 81226
USA

For further updates and more info about Eric and his experiences as well as a number of poems he has written while inside, check out: https://linktr.ee/supportericking

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INTERVIEW WITH THE COMRADE GABRIEL POMBO DA SILVA

Via Anarquía, English translation by Anarchist News

A NOTE FROM ANARQUÍA: The following interview of our comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva was carried out on the past December 12. This conversation was granted to a media outlet with which we have no affinity, yet it’s necessary to give visibility to the situation our comrades are living in prison. All the strength and solidarity to our comrade Gabriel. Health and Anarchy!

Gabriel Pombo da Silva (Vigo, 1967) is one of the prisoners who has spent the longest time in Spanish prisons. When he came in he was just 17 years old, now he recently turned 55. Various robberies with his band, one of them with a homicide, lead him to spend many years in Iberian prisons, as well as some time in German prisons. It’s been more than 30 long years behind bars. Now, his defense demands that the Court of Ourense, which condemned him, apply the current Penal Code, a stance also defended by the Prosecution of the Supreme Court. This would imply his immediate release, ten years later than what corresponded.

—Some months have passed since the Prosecution of the Supreme Court requested that they apply the current Penal Code to your sentence, which would imply your immediate release…

—It’s now in the hands of the Supreme Court, but the important thing is we’ve discovered that the court that sentenced me, the Provincial Court of Ourense, is the one that was originally responsible for not applying the latest Penal Code like the law states, which would have benefited me the most. They had sentenced me 28 years and change for the felony of robbery with homicide, which was once the maximum penalty. With the latest Penal Code, which was in force at the time, it’s twelve years and six months.

—How many years have you spent in prison?

—More than 30. I’ve made the rounds through almost every prison in Spain.

—Are you the prisoner that has spent the most years imprisoned in Spain?

—I don’t know. It’s likely. I think there must be some that have spent more time, but they’ve been forgotten because they are poor.

—If they had applied the most beneficial Penal Code, you would be free, and you would have enjoyed ten years of life without being behind bars.

—Yes. I am kidnapped. The Court of Ourense should have revised my conviction to apply the most favorable Penal Code. But I’m still here.

—And how could ten years of life be returned?

—It can’t be done. I take the good part with me, the fact that I’ve had time to delve deeply into myself, into human nature, into the world.

—In what context did your run-ins with the Law begin?

—In the eighties. I remember the neighborhood of El Calvario, in Vigo, poor, miserable, red; on one side the town, and on the other the police. I was raised by my grandparents, who instilled in me class solidarity. So I started to do what I shouldn’t: shoot, expropriate (rob), and hanging out with the rebels. There was a lot of unemployment, a lot of despair, and a lot of emigration.

—And didn’t you consider back then that you could continue your struggle in the political or syndicalist arena, instead of using violence?

—The political and the syndicalist paths were useless. It didn’t work. We used to hand out food and money to poor families. They were hard times. We are also talking about a period of time where the far-right killed, where there were groups of ultras, and we, in the working class, had to defend ourselves.

—And suddenly, drugs arrived…

—It was very strange. Pure heroin began to appear around Vigo. I noticed that, overnight, in all of the neighborhoods in which we were organized and working on a political and social level, drugs suddenly appeared and destroyed the young people, the workers, affecting everyone.

—You spent 8 years of your sentence under the harsh regime of the FIES (Ficheros Internos de Especial Seguimiento). You don’t seem psychologically, nor physically affected.

—I’ve pushed onward by force of inertia.To be able to resist, I concentrated on myself, on reading, on sports, and basically on resisting the day-to-day.

—You’ve always refused to collaborate with the penitentiary center. You didn’t agree to teaching courses to the other prisoners. Did you have to pay consequences for that stance?

—I’m still paying dearly for it. I’ve made the worst enemies in every place: drug traffickers, bankers, judges, and even among those who work inside here.

—Has prison changed much in these thirty long years?

—Most of those who come in are mentally ill or are doped. Today, prison is no longer the surveillance and punishment of Foucault, but instead what Orwell reflected on, the thought police. Rehabilitation is not the goal. This is basically just a business. Those who have money get out of jail. Those who have political godparents, have privileges…

—What will you do when you’re out?

—I will create an infoshop in my farm that will be named after Agustín Rueda, in the county of Mos. I will foster collectives, publishers… based on mutual aid and holistic education and training. We have to return to the land.

—Nothing to do with your previous trajectory

—Yes, it’s a matter of being a realist, of pragmatism. I see myself helping with the formation and education of other comrades, rather than robbing banks. Translating interesting books that are not in Spanish, creating cooperatives…

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Solidarity with Alfredo: 41 BIS = Torture

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Ireland solidarity with Italian anarchist prisoner Alfredo Cospito who has been on hunger strike in Italy for 95 days in protest against the isolation torture of the 41bis prison regime.

Update about the health condition of Alfredo Cospito on the 85th day of hunger strike (Italy, January 12, 2023)

On January 12th, the 85th day of the hunger strike to the bitter end against 41 bis prison regime and life imprisonment without possibility of parole, the antagonist radio station Radio Onda d’Urto broadcast a third speech by the doctor who is regularly visiting anarchist comrade Alfredo Cospito, imprisoned in the Bancali prison, in Sassari.

As for the updates on the 71st (December 29th) and 78th day (January 5th) of hunger strike, we report a transcript of the speech and the recording of the broadcast (in italian language):

“He has lost even more weight, and significantly more than last week: he lost another 4.50 kg, so he weighed 80 kg today. So for his height of about 1.93 cm, he is about 10 kg below his target weight. The musculature is getting progressively smaller .He was a bit angry because today four members of parliament from Partito Democratico [Democratic Party, PD] went to visit him [in Italy parliamentarians can, by their own decision, visit prisons at any time] and he reiterated that his struggle is not just for him, but is for all those who are imprisoned in 41 bis. So he does not represent the ‘good one’ to be saved, but it is a struggle extended to all the people who are in 41 bis . [His health conditions] are still quite good, the fact that he has further lost weight… and this time he is losing weight in an important way, week by week, clearly having already consumed what were his fat deposits, now he is slowly moving towards a muscular catabolism, so, this obviously entails – and will entail (because he is still standing well) – an important reduction in physical strength . In my opinion, yes [we must expect a worsening of his health], even if he always mentions these Kurdish comrades who have also gone a year without eating – so he tells me – but on multivitamins, on supplements, which he does not want to take at the moment, because he tells me that they make him feel hungry, so he feels very sick with this feeling hungry, while without taking them he does not feel hungry. But without these supplements, of course, the situation gets much worse .

Alfredo Cospito’s words in front of the farce of judges and against 41bis:

I only read four letters. Before I disappear definitively into oblivion of regime 41 bis let me say a few things and then I’ll shut up forever.

The judiciary of the Italian Republic has decided that, (being) too subversive, I can not have the possibility of seeing the stars, (of) freedom, has been chosen by the ergastolo ostivo, which I doubt you will apply to me, with the absurd accusation of having committed a “political massacre” by two demonstrative attacks (committed) in the middle of the night, in deserted places, which they should not and could not injure or kill anyone. Unsatisfied (with this), it has been decided, since from prison I continued to write and collaborate with anarchist publications, to cover my mouth with the medieval gag of 41 bis, condemning me to an endless limbo waiting for death. I am not for labor and I do not give up, and I will continue my hunger strike for the abolition of the 41 bis and the hostage life until my last breath, to let the world know these two repressive abominations of this country.

In this regime we are 750 (people) and for this I also fight. Next to me (are) my anarchist and revolutionary brothers and sisters.

I am used to censorship and smoke curtains of the media, whose sole purpose is to show any radical revolutionary opposition as a monster.

Abolition of regime 41 bis.

Abolition of life sentence.

Solidarity to all the anarchists, communists and revolutionaries of the world.

Always for the anarchy.

Alfredo Cospito

#fuorialfredocospitodal41bis

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Derry Radical Bookfair: Sat 28th Jan 2023

On Saturday 28th January 2023, Derry’s Pilots Row Community Centre play host to the 7th annual Derry Radical Bookfair in Rossville Street.

The event organisers have confirmed that the Bogside venue will again host one of the largest gatherings of independent radical press, book sellers, publishers and distributors from across country as part of the one day event.

A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “We are delighted to confirm that we are now planning our 7th annual radical book fair on Saturday 28th January 2023. The first international radical book fair of the year will once again be hosted in the heart of the Bogside as part of the week of events around Bloody Sunday commemorations. 

“This year comes with added book launches on ‘Punk and Anarchism’ as well as on ‘James Connolly’ both created by local authors.  Our speakers corner comes with talks on ‘Mutual Aid in Practice’ with a number of contributions from several activist groups. We also have some hot vegetarian and vegan food as well as a ‘Pop up Gaeltacht’ corner both of which adds a new dimension to the days events.  In all we hope this will make this years radical bookfair yet another successful events.”

Derry Radical Bookfair kicks off on Saturday 28th January 2023 from 12pm until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street.

For more details please visit our site: http://www.derryradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

To book your place as a stall holder, groups, publishers, distributors or independent traders/sellers, please email: radicalbookfair@gmail.com *please note spaces are limited.

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Italian Anarchist’s Hunger Strike Continues

Update about the health condition of Alfredo Cospito on the 85th day of hunger strike (Italy, January 12, 2023)

2023/01/13

On January 12th, the 85th day of the hunger strike to the bitter end against 41 bis prison regime and life imprisonment without possibility of parole, the antagonist radio station Radio Onda d’Urto broadcast a third speech by the doctor who is regularly visiting anarchist comrade Alfredo Cospito, imprisoned in the Bancali prison, in Sassari. As for the updates on the 71st (December 29th) and 78th day (January 5th) of hunger strike, we report a transcript of the speech and the recording of the broadcast (in italian language):

“He has lost even more weight, and significantly more than last week: he lost another 4.50 kg, so he weighed 80 kg today. So for his height of about 1.93 cm, he is about 10 kg below his target weight. The musculature is getting progressively smaller .He was a bit angry because today four members of parliament from Partito Democratico [Democratic Party, PD] went to visit him [in Italy parliamentarians can, by their own decision, visit prisons at any time] and he reiterated that his struggle is not just for him, but is for all those who are imprisoned in 41 bis.

“So he does not represent the ‘good one’ to be saved, but it is a struggle extended to all the people who are in 41 bis . [His health conditions] are still quite good, the fact that he has further lost weight… and this time he is losing weight in an important way, week by week, clearly having already consumed what were his fat deposits, now he is slowly moving towards a muscular catabolism, so, this obviously entails – and will entail (because he is still standing well) – an important reduction in physical strength .

“In my opinion, yes [we must expect a worsening of his health], even if he always mentions these Kurdish comrades who have also gone a year without eating – so he tells me – but on multivitamins, on supplements, which he does not want to take at the moment, because he tells me that they make him feel hungry, so he feels very sick with this feeling hungry, while without taking them he does not feel hungry. But without these supplements, of course, the situation gets much worse.”

Anarchist Black Cross Derry

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Russia’s Draconian Reality: Until All Are Free We Are All Imprisoned!

“Two Chitin teenagers Lyubov Lizunovu and Alexander Snezhkov were detained by the FSB employees in late October when they were writing graffiti that read “Death to the regime”.

Now 19-year-old Alexander Snezhkov and 16-year-old Lyubovi Lizunova are facing three criminal charges – calls for terrorist activity (205.2 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), separatism (280.1 Criminal Code of the RF), and vandalism (214.2 Criminal Code of Russia).

Two of charges involve up to 3 years in prison, and the third 5 years in prison.”

Source: Anarchist Black Cross

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