The gang hit for the first time at the Aachener Bank in July 2012. Around noon, they ran into the bank and demanded money at gunpoint. Then they shut the bank employees in one room. One woman wearing a blond wig, sunglasses. They spoke good German.
The Dutch press reports highlighted that the German police had been harassing and seeking to arrest the Dutch woman dubbed by them and the predatory media as the ‘leader’ for years and she had previously been held for 5 months and released as there was no evidence.rescue people not banks
The Dutch anarchists who demonstrated and continue to campaign for the release of the 3 described the charges as fabricated. The leaflets and declarations emphasize support for the arrested comrades whether ‘guilty’ or ‘innocent’ and some justified bank expropriations in the context of trillion euro bank fraud, capitalist extortion and planetary destruction. (see translations and signed communiqué below).
The police claim they have ‘DNA trace evidence’ on at least one of the women, but of course thousands of people go to banks, DNA evidence is unreliable, easy to plant and left behind on all kinds of objects..
They also claim to have photo proof and have released both security camera images and arrest photos of the accused, which show their ”proof” to be ridiculous. See below.
‘Then exactly one year later a woman appeared in a bank robbery, police immediately suspected that it had to be the same group. Again, an affiliate of the Aachener Bank was the target.The loot: 42,000 euros’.
In November 2014 the band pulled off their master stroke : 300,000 euros were seized in the raid of the Pax Bank in Aachen. The gang entered in the morning and as the bank employees arrived they were tied up. ,, It was an extreme bank robbery “said spokesman Sebastian Fiedler in German media. ”A bank robbery of this size you rarely see.” He described the gang as very professional.
Signed Communiqué supporting colleagues accused of expropriating banks in Germany
Posted 10/13/2016 by Rebel Solidarity. translation by thefreeonline
With this statement we the groups here express our solidarity with colleagues accused of a series of robberies that occurred in the city of Aachen.
What we sign here is not just a statement of brother/sisterhood, but also an affirmation of our belief that, despite the criminalization suffered by our comrades, we recognize that they were accused for practicing politics practiced by historically legitimate and revolutionary movements, and we see this as a clear sign that there is still hope in a time when persecution and repression are the order of the day.
Between 2012 and 2014 there were a series of 3 robberies in banks in the German city of Aachen. After these events, the police brigade in charge of the investigation launched a media campaign of denunciation spreading publicly the details of robberies and offering rewards to anyone who could provide information about suspicious people.
In the summer of 2015 the first accused was stopped at the border between Greece and Bulgaria on a European arrest warrant issued in Aachen against a female colleague on charges of having participated in a robbery in July 2013. After several months of custody in Bulgaria she was extradited to Germany only to be released for lack of evidence.
On April 13 this year in the city of Barcelona, huge numbers of Catalan Police carried out three raids; one in the Occupied Social Center los Bloques Fantasma, and the other two in private homes, arresting our comrade.
The arrest was carried out through a European arrest warrant issued by the prosecutor of Aachen with charges of bank robbery in November 2014 in the same city. The comrade passed to the High Court under the order of Judge Eloy Velasco, already notorious and she was jailed in Soto del Real until her extradition on 29 June. Currently she’s incarcerated in a Cologne Prison awaiting trial..
The latest arrest occurred on June 21 in Barcelona, when another colleague was accused of having participated in the robbery of November 2014, imprisoned in Soto del Real prison and extradited to Aachen in Germany, where he is a awaiting trial in a situation similar to the two colleagues.
All these arrests are the result of an intense and close cooperation between European police forces. A collaboration which is specified through the exchange of information and favors. The case is based on traces of DNA that German police decided to compare with data from other European police forces. From that moment police tightened ties that continue materializing through euro orders and technical collaboration.
Moreover, both the German, Catalan and Spanish media have not missed the opportunity to identify and speculate about our partners and develop the story in the interests of State power.
But we remain firm, both in our convictions and with our own discourse:
Whatever the evolution of the judicial process, we want to publicly show our support for our colleagues, claiming as our revolutionary political goals, their struggle and their militant activity. The attempt by the media to turn them into a public danger could not be more perverse.
Especially when this operation involves media manipulation portraying the banks as victims, a total inversion of reality that dignifies those who have been stealing, squeezing, ripping, cutting and evicting with impunity for years, while criminalizing those who rebel against their order and dare to attack them.
To us it is quite indifferent whether or not they are really responsible for these robberies. The practice of expropriating banks is an ethically correct and politically legitimate method of struggle that is part of the history of revolutionary movements.
The police and media persecution deployed after these robberies in Germany should not make us lose perspective or confuse who is our enemy. The detention of our colleagues is one more reason to fight these elites and the system they represent; a system driven solely by the accumulation of money in a few hands at the expense of suffering, dispossession and exploitation of the rest.
Neither the police, the prosecution nor the massive propaganda of the regime can hide what is already obvious to everyone, that, as the poet said,..
What crime is robbing a bank compared to founding it?
Freedom for anarchist prisoners !!
Down with the prison walls !!!
original en Catalan
Comunicat de suport amb les companyes acusades d’expropiar bancs a Alemanya
L’estiu de 2015 és detinguda a la frontera entre Grècia i Bulgària una companya per una euro ordre emesa des d’Aachen sota l’acusació d’haver participat en un dels atracaments el juliol de 2013.
Sigui quina sigui l’evolució del procés judicial, volem mostrar públicament el nostre suport cap a les companyes, reivindicant com a nostres els objectius polítics revolucionaris, la seva lluita i la seva activitat militant. L’intent mediàtic de convertir-les en un perill públic no podria resultar més pervers.
La cacera policial i mediàtica desplegada arrel d’aquests atracaments a Alemanya no ens ha de fer perdre la perspectiva ni confondre’ns d’enemic.
A terra els murs de les presons!!!
Firmen / Signatories:
- Arran Sant Andreu,
- Banc Expropiat,
- Assemblea Popular de Joves El Tramvia de Foc del Clot-Camp de l’Arpa,
- Casal Popular Tres Lliris,
- CNT-AIT Tarragona,
- CNT Catalunya,
- CSO Blokes Fantasma,
- Elissa (Grup Llibertari del Palomar),
- Federación Anarquista de Gran Canaria (FAGC),
- Heura Negra (Assemblea Llibertària de Vallcarca),
- Kasa de la Muntanya,
- La Cinètika,
- Ateneu Llibertari de Sant Andreu del Palomar,
- Llibreria Aldarull,
- Acció Llibertària de Sants,
- Sindicat de barri de Gràcia,
- Bar Restaurant Resolís,
- Anarquismo en PDF,
- Procés Embat,
- Trespass Journal,
- RESCAT (Col·lectiu de suport a les preses polítiques catalanes),
- Rereguarda en Moviment,
- Ateneu Llibertari de Gràcia,
- El Berenjenal (Cuina autogestionada de l’Ateneu Llibertari de Gràcia),
- Assemblea de festes feministes de Sant Andreu,
- CSA La Rampa,
- Bio-lentos (col·lectiu de poesia),
- La Bretxa (Llibertàries del Poblet),
- Ohdiosas (Equip de futbol femení),
- Punkbilles (Colla bastonera feminista de Barcelona),
- Radio Bronka (radio lliure de Barcelona),
- Dinamo DIY espai (Nou Barris),
- Ateneu Anarquista La Ruda (Manresa),
- Assemblea llibertària de Lleida,
- CSOA La Teixidora (Poblenou),
- FCAB (Festival de Cinema Anarquista de Barcelona),
- Virus Editorial,
- Distri La Polilla,
- Ateneu Zitzània (Clot – Camp de l’Arpa),
- Ateneu Columna Terra i llibertat (Berga),
- Assembla de Joves l’Aixada (Sant Vicenç dels Horts),
- FEL Zaragoza,
- Red de apoyo a las detenidas y detenidos en las Operaciones Pandora y Piñata,
- El Nudo Transfeminista,
- Diario de Vurgos (diariodevurgos.com),
- Centro Social Recuperado de Gamonal (Burgos),
- Salut entre Totes (col·lectiu de Vallcarca),
- Agência de Notícias Anarquistas-ANA (Brasil),
- Feministes Indignades,
- Assemblea Llibertària L’Oca de Gràcia,
- Ateneu Flor de Maig (Poblenou),
- Anònims (restaurant, llibreria, cervesaria de Granollers),
- Assemblea de Dones Feministes de Gràcia,
- Oca Negra (Assemblea Llibertària del Clot),
- Adherentes a la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona de Barcelona,
- Ateneu Llibertari de Reus,
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