Some background on the case::
We are not Slaves, We are Dynamite
They’'re old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job. The first robbed it, gun in hand. They say the second helped him, holding the money. It happened in a small Greek village, this past October 1.
And so? There are things that happen. And then that is a far away country, with an incomprehensible and untranslatable language.
Who do you want to be interested in it? The robber is Christos Stratigopulos, already arrested and convicted here in Italy fifteen years ago on a similar charge. The penalty served, he returned to Greece. Remembered by a few, unknown to most. But the other one arrested is Italian; it is Alfredo Bonanno.
Yes, precisely him; who hasn'’t heard his name? In its own small way, the news has gone quickly around the world, revived by many press agencies: “one of the major theorists of insurrectionalist anarchism”, “among the major ideologues of anarchy”, “anarchist activist and writer”, “international fugitive anarchist robber”, “theorist of revolutionary violence”, has ended up behind bars again. The promoters of antiterrorism, both Greek and Italian, have rushed in, ready to exploit the juicy occasion. The elements for concocting a fine theorem are all there: a country in which there are still fires blazing after the great insurrectionary conflagration that flared up last December, a Greek anarchist active in the movement, a foreign anarchist known for his subversive theories who travelled around the country holding meetings, a bank robbed.
Christos has taken full responsibility for the act, caused by economic problems, denying Alfredo’s involvement. But, clearly, the judge didn’t believe him. So both are still in jail. The first, because he dared to reach out a hand toward wealth rather than resign himself to dying in misery. What’s more, he is an anarchist. The second, because… because… because maybe he helped his comrade. And, for sure, he is an anarchist. And that’s enough.
They are old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job. Outside, solidarity is organized. Funds start to be collected; initiatives are prepared. But that'’s not all. In Athens, the two prisoners get explosive greetings from the group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, which had just disturbed the crowning of the new Greek premier. In Villejuif, France, someone renders their homage by smashing the windows of the local offices of the Socialist Party. One of the beauties of anarchy is that it doesn'’t recognize borders.
And in Italy? Bah, here it has been limited to communicating the news, faithfully and coldly reporting the journalists’ poisons. No comment. The drafters of daily virtual communiqués say nothing. The tenders of militant gardens fall silent. The little strategists of the new alliances hush up. The movement has now become a community, and anyone who doesn’t share its rules and language doesn’t exist. He is nameless. In the rush to follow the masses, have individuals been forgotten?
Perhaps it’s better this way. Better a sincere silence, if in the face of such an act, one no longer knows what to say, than hypocritical chatter about solidarity. Let’s leave that to the Stalinist annoyances and other ruins. Or to a few third millennium fascists, who on one of their forums rendered “honor” to the two arrested anarchists.
They are old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job.
The first is 46-years-old, the second 72. Whether guilty or innocent, for them being anarchists doesn’t even have the excuse of being an infantile disorder of extremism. Stubborn as they are, they haven’t understood that now is the time to ride the wave of social movements, to defend who knows what in front of places of power, to act as social workers for the damned of the earth. No, they haven’t understood this. The dream that they have in their hearts is much too big to adapt itself to the tick-tock of modern times.
No pardon, no pity.
Good-bye, beautiful Lugano.
Solidarity with Alfredo Bonanno and Christos Stratigopoulos!
The two comrades can receive post at:
TZAMALA 3 33100 AMFISSA GREECE
To finance the solidarity campaign for the two, solidarity concerts are organised in Greece and elsewhere. People who are interested to get more information or to support the solidarity fund raising can write to the following email address:
smolikas2 [at] gmail.gr
You can Paypal money to them via:
email@example.com (include a message saying it is for Alfredo & Christos)
Revolutionary solidarity with Alfredo and Christos and all the people who struggle against the world of prisons and banks.
Anarchists from Greece and elsewhere
Open Letter from Christos to the Minister of Justice (Greece)
SAMPLE LETTER TO GREEK STATE (you are welcome to write your own)
We write to you concerning the case of Alfredo Bonnano and Christos Stratigopoulos, held in prison in Amfissa. It came to our attention that they are held in outrageous conditions, in “facility” thats is infected with rats and lice, with no access to running water, with 50 people in same cell. Prison of Amfissa, as you should know, doesn't even met your own standards and should be immediately closed. On top of that, 72 years old Alfredo Bonnano has serious health problems and should be immediately released. His continuous imprisonment simply proves that you want to exact revenge on well known anarchist and you are prepared to put men in conditions that are dangerous not only to their health, but also to their lives.
If you persist on keeping Amfissa prison open and holding our comrades and anybody else in this outrageous conditions, you should know that it will not go unnoticed as you were most likely hoping.
Freedom for Alfredo Bonnano and Christos Stratigopoulos!
Close Amfissa prison now!
Consulate General of Greece in London, England (UK)
1a Holland Park
London, W11 3TP
Phone: (004420) 72293850
Fax: (004420) 72297221
Web Site: http://www.greekembassy.org.uk
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Belfast
Hurst House, 15-19 Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AJ, Northern Ireland
Phone: (02890) 242242
Fax: (02890) 235776
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Birmingham
229 Hagley Road , Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 9RP, United Kingdom
Phone: (0044121) 4543369
Fax: (0044121) 4562722
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Edinburgh
12 Queens Crescent EH9 2 AZ, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Phone: (0044131) 6205496
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Gibraltar
Imossi House, Ste 1C, 1/5 Irish Town, P.O. Box 167, Gibraltar
Phone: (00350) 73500
Fax: (00350) 73550
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Glasgow
1 Kirklee Quadrant, Glasgow G12 OTR, United Kingdom
Phone: (0044141) 3340360
Fax: (0044141) 3340360
Honorary Consulate in Leeds
8 Street Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS8 2ET, United Kingdom
Phone: (0044113) 2262672
Fax: (0044113) 2262672
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Southampton
64 Wilton Gardens, Southampton SO15 7QR, United Kingdom
Phone: (00442380) 788060
Fax: (0044870) 7424752
Pantagruel - Some writings of Alfredo M.Bonanno, in English, or almost...
Insurrectionalist Anarchism (Part one) by Alfredo M.Bonanno
From Riot to Insurrection: Analysis for an anarchist perspective against post-industrial capitalism - Alfredo M.Bonanno
About a Robbery in Greece
There have been many solidarity actions with the imprisoned comrades already, here are a few of them:
Solidarity with flames on X-mas day! (Greece)
Arsons and attacks against the police, the federal criminal office and the customs police (Germany)
Royal Bank of Scotland HQ attacked in Brighton (UK)
SOCIAL WAR AGAINST CAPITALISM