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Imprisoned Anarchist Comrade Alfredo Cospito speaks Out

by  Alfredo Cospito  in Ferrara Prison via  

Originally published in Vetriolo, anarchist journal, number 1 /  Autumn 2017 (this text is also online here).

Note from Insurrection News: This English version of Alfredo’s  text was translated by us from the French language translation by the comrades from Attaque.

Note from Vetriolo: Alfredo wrote this text of salutation for the number zero edition of Vetriolo, in November-December 2016. This letter, as is well known, was blocked by the prison censorship. Now we can publish it. We recall that in recent months the censorship has increased a lot, a tightening vise obviously ordered by the Prosecutor Sparagna, and not just the simple zeal of the prison guards. Apparently there are definite orders about what can and cannot be sent or received (Vetriolo, for example, was not received by anybody) [comrades imprisoned for Operation Scripta Manent]. To protest the censorship,
Alfredo went on a hunger strike from May 3 to 13.

Break the isolation!

With charges that could lead to 30 years of prison time hanging over my head like a sword of Damocles, the need to communicate projects and reflections may seem absurd. Under the influence of censorship, which modifies all that I write and say, the fact
that I am continuing imperturbably to communicate and write reflections that inevitably lend themselves to repression, may seem stupid and insane. It is stupidity and madness that I cannot do without, to feel alive and active.

One choice, back against the wall: continue the fight. Continue with all means at my disposal.

The inspiration for writing this article was given to me by the inquisitor Sparagna, who during his ‘monologue-interrogation’, maintained, with barely concealed embarrassment, that he would have broken us [the 22 comrades under investigation from Operation Scripta Manent] by isolation, thanks to the ‘scorched earth’ that the anarchist movement would have made around us in Italy. Is it possible that the anarchist movement has fallen so low in Italy, feeling no empathy for comrades who have fallen
into the net of repression, even to consider us as a foreign body?

The truth cannot be found in the instrumental and insane ‘logic’ of a Prosecutor from Turin. The truth is hidden in the folds, in the different expressions of solidarity that have been addressed to us, in the opportunity that can be given to us, even by a wave of repression like this one.

To demonstrate this, there have been many actions of solidarity with us, all over the world; there are a few, but significant communiques of solidarity that have reached us. At first glance, these communiques seem to be the usual facade of solidarity, but in reality they take on a great importance to me.

Perhaps, because of their origins, comrades with different projects between them but who, despite everything, felt moved inside themselves. Perhaps because all these comrades participate one way or another in this anarchism of praxis that keep alive, vivacious and reactive anarchy in this world. For these reasons and many more, these words of solidarity are not small things and can become an opportunity, especially it they manage to go beyond the repression.

The opportunity that presents itself to us is the real possibility that routes that are different, but are all determined and aggressive, may, at times, intersect. It’s not for nothing that power tends to separate anarchists between good and bad.

And there Vetriolo comes in. I cannot help myself. When realism and logic tell me to shut up and wait, I rise. Vetriolo, an anarchist periodical of a deepness where one can confront in a clear and fair way, without false pretences, different positions and ideas: ‘social’ and ‘antisocial’, ‘organizing’ and ‘anti-organizing’ attitudes, partisans of anonymity or not.

I am convinced that until some knots are undone, we will continue to be tangled. I am not interested in the sterile, mathematical, quantitative unity; but in the real possibility
that comrades with different perspectives can collaborate without reciprocal conditioning, without yielding anything and without distorting their own projectuality.

It’s a simple question of method. In my head I have a thousand questions and some answers to which a journal of theoretical deepening like Vetriolo should face. Like all of those who try and put into practice what they say, I have many more doubts than certainties.

On a theoretical sphere, new suggestions could come out of confrontations between different ideas, offering us more possibilities and instruments.

Affinity groups, individual actions, organizations. Simple techniques to use according to the opportunities that are presented in turn, or something deeper to put into practice
according ones own predispositions of character and their individual aspirations?
Simple techniques, to use coldly, with calculation and determination according to the social situation, to trigger a revolutionary process that will turn us into revolutionaries, projecting ourselves into the future?

Or are these existential choices that are invested by our deepest being and make us live our own anarchy now, right now, in a continual confrontation with the existing?
Affinity groups, individual actions, organizations. Techniques, instruments, weapons to strike, each of them has defects and qualities. The only ‘unit of measure’ that we have, to know how we can act in the way most suitable for us, is the natural disposition that each individual carries within themselves.

It is an ‘exchange’ between the freedom we lose and the new possibilities we obtain. For some, limiting their freedom (by giving themselves rules) in exchange for a stronger impact may be worth it, for others not. It is also a character element, the factors are numerous, and all touch our freedom, our sensitivity.

The hatred we feel for the system is sometimes so strong that it can make us lose our supposed freedoms in exchange for greater virulence, greater strength and greater capacity. The important thing to know is that organizations, individual actions and affinity groups are all an equal part of those ‘instruments’ that anarchists have always used throughout history. It is ridiculous to cry scandal if an anarchist chooses to use an organization as an instrument for themselves, be it ‘informal’ or ‘specific’, it is useless to be indignant, everyone makes their own choices.

The problem, in my opinion, is quite different: how to succeed in ‘communicating’, at given moments, between comrades who do not know each other, who have different ways of acting, without negating each other, without stepping on each other, without the hegemonic coordination and superstructures that pass over organizations, individuals and affinity groups without ever coming into contact with each other.

But who must join forces by giving themselves common temporalities of action. I believe that this is the real challenge that lies ahead, the main knot to undo.

Alfredo Cospito

Palestine a total Prison for 11 Days as Israelis take a Holiday

Zionists recreate vast ‘Warsaw Ghetto-like’ Concentration Camp  in October 2017

Israel seals off West Bank and Gaza. 11-day border closure traps 4 million Palestinians for week-long Jewish holiday.

(photos have been added)  Source: Al Jazeera News  Palestinians prohibited from entering Israel despite having work permits stand to lose their livelihood for the next 10 days

Israeli authorities have sealed off the occupied West Bank and the already besieged Gaza Strip for 11 days, as Jewish celebrations for the Sukkot holiday commence.

At midnight on Tuesday, all crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip were closed off to some four million Palestinians in the territories.

Many of those affected by the move hold Israeli work permits and cross over to go to their jobs daily.

Banned from entering Israel, they now stand to lose their livelihood for the next 10 days. Continue reading Palestine a total Prison for 11 Days as Israelis take a Holiday

Agosto Negro: Presxs en Pie de Lucha .. Pdf del libro Aquí

Un libro para cruzar muros y océanos: Agosto Negro: Presxs en pie de lucha

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Este libro es resultado del esfuerzo entre colectivas en México y el Reyno de España, nosotrxs como Pensaré cartoneras lo movemos y distribuimos en el estado español aportando una parte de las ventas al colectivo Amigxs de Mumia en México. El libro está escrito por Caroliña Saldaña, editado por Subversiones y es un libro de todxs.  Ahora preparamos una reimpresión para distribuir por Europa durante el otoño de 2017.

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El texto reproducido a continuación incluye la Introducción del libro y unas líneas de la sección del Capítulo I titulada “La tradición de Agosto Negro”.

Introducción

En conmemoración a la tradición de Agosto Negro (Black August) que surgió en los años 70 para honrar a George Jackson y otros compañeros del movimiento revolucionario dentro de las prisiones de California, nos solidarizamos con decenas de presas y presos políticos del Movimiento de Liberación Negra encarcelados en las prisiones de Estados Unidos durante décadas.

En este libro compartimos el espíritu revolucionario de personas de enorme compromiso y valor, con impresionantes historias de lucha en sus comunidades y dentro de las prisiones. Estos hombres y mujeres se han mantenido dignos e inquebrantables ante todo tipo de trato cruel y degradante.

A pesar de la guerra desatada contra ellos a través del programa COINTELPRO del FBI y los continuos esfuerzos de la policía organizada y los medios comerciales para borrarlos de la historia es posible encontrar información verídica sobre sus casos en algunos libros, documentales o sitios web, pero casi todo en inglés. Continue reading Agosto Negro: Presxs en Pie de Lucha .. Pdf del libro Aquí

Catalonia Revolution: Hundreds of Thousands block and defy Military police Repression

 Yesterday 20th Sept 2017 was a key day in Catalonia as thousands of military police invaded Barcelona city and began searching government offices of the local government, which is having its finances seized, and arresting public officials.
The response was unbelievable, on an ordinary weekday gigantic crowds appeared in Barcelona, Catalonia and around Spain. The police were blockaded and frustrated and withdrew when they finally could.
The day was a victory despite everything in that it showed it will be impossible to stop the Referendum without tens of thousands more imported police  who are needed elsewhere. the only other option would be to call in the army.
we reproduce here part of a live feed, roughly translated
Kaosenlared.net

Catalunya: Multitudinous mobilization against the ‘state of exception’ and in defense of freedoms and referendum

By the National. cat

From this morning and in response to the police intervention against the institutions of the Generalitat and the headquarters of the CUP, mobilizations continue in defense of democratic freedoms and the right to decide, and against the state of emergency and de facto suspension ‘of Catalan self-government, including the control of its finances by the state.

  see also:  Flood of Escalating Repression boosts Catalan Referendum Resistance

 From this morning and in response to the police intervention against the institutions of the Generalitat and the headquarters of the CUP, mobilizations continue in defense of democratic freedoms and the right to decide, and against the state of emergency and de facto suspension ‘of Catalan self-government, including the control of its finances by the state.

We reproduce the live information about the events published by El Nacional. cat.Mostra la imatge al Twitter

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Assange: “Rajoy is doomed”

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The father of Guillem Agulló, the young man killed by a fascist group in Valencia, has attended gatherings against repression

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The father of Guillem Agulló, the young man killed by a fascist group in Valencia, has attended gatherings against repression

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Exclusive images of the Guardia Civil within the Department of Economy right now. Though they had finished searching they stayed inside till 6.oo am for fear of the 40,000 strong picket outside Continue reading Catalonia Revolution: Hundreds of Thousands block and defy Military police Repression

anti-G20 supporter ‘Linksunten Indymedia’ raided, closed by German State Repression

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German Government Bans #Linksunten  #Indymedia

The German government banned the linksunten.indymedia.org  website today. According to German mainstream media the decision was given to 3 alleged “operators” of the indymedia platform.

 

este logo es ahora ilegal.. .All Linksunten Indymedia logos are now also banned in Germany.

 

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Innenministerium verbietet linksextremistische Internetplattform

Screenshots: Report that the German federal interior ministery banned linksunten.  Submitted to Enough is Enough……photo NOT FOUND

German Government Bans Linksunten Indymedia

The German government banned the linksunten.indymedia.org website today. According to German mainstream media the decision was given to 3 alleged “operators” of the indymedia platform. German federal ministry tweeted announcing the ban of Linksunten Indymedia:

Cops raided buildings, confiscated computers but until now the cops did not made arrests. Thomas Strobl (CDU), state interior minister of Baden-Württemberg told reporters that raids in “multiple objects” are ongoing. Federal interior minister Thomas De Mazière said that Linksunten is acting against the “constitutional order”.

The federal interior ministery motivated the ban saying that the purpose and activity of the Linksunten Indymedia website: “adverse criminal laws.” All Linksunten Indymedia logos are now also banned in Germany. Continue reading anti-G20 supporter ‘Linksunten Indymedia’ raided, closed by German State Repression

Free G20 Prisoners! Demo Sept 3 at Billwerder Prison. …G20 hostage’s Letter…

#UnitedWeStand: Free All #NoG20 Prisoners! Demo on September 3 at Jail…

  On Sunday September 3 there will be a demonstration to the JVA Billwerder prison in Hamburg. Today we publish the call for the demonstration …

On Sunday 3rd of Sept we want to march to the prison JVA Billwerder in Hamburg again to visit our friends who are hostaged by the City of Hamburg behind high walls. Our friends inside could hear us last time, even the yard time was changed to hold them back from our solidarity. Thats one more reason to visit our NO G20 brothers with a huge crowd and a lot of noise in front of the Billwerder Prison

Come with us, bring muffins and cup cakes, have coffee, music and speeches on Sunday the 3rd of September at the JVA Billwerder.

Please let us know any music wishes of the prisoners beforehand so if you write letters to them or make visits just ask what they would love to listen to, we will arange it.

United we stand!

via  Enough is Enough. You will find all our No G20 stories HERE.

the letter

HAMBURG SUMMER 2017: I AM THERE, I STAY THERE!

”It’s been almost a month and a half since I was imprisoned during the twelfth G20 summit in Hamburg, in a city that was besieged and taken in hostage by the security forces, but which also saw an important local and popular protest. Continue reading Free G20 Prisoners! Demo Sept 3 at Billwerder Prison. …G20 hostage’s Letter…

Sat. Aug 19: MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS MARCHES in Washington and San Jose

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The Washington March & Rally

Prison Advocacy Network is forever humbled to be hosting the upcoming March on Washington DC.

Date:Saturday August 19th
Time: 11:30am-12:00pm March
12:00pm- 5:00pm
Rally Location: White House (Lafayette Park)
Pennsylvania Ave NW & 16th Street
Northwest, Washington, DC 20001



Sat. Aug 19, San Jose: MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS MARCH – in solidarity with March in Washington DC

also in San Jose 

On AUGUST 19, 2017 please join in solidarity with the historic Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March. People from all over the country will be marching and hosting a rally at the White House to formally issue and demand the removal of the 13th Amendment “exception” clause that legalizes slavery. People are traveling from as far as California to join the March. Solidarity marches, rallies, and protests are being planned across the country to coincide with the DC event.  Here’s San Jose!  Continue reading Sat. Aug 19: MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS MARCHES in Washington and San Jose

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