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Editor of Turkish anarchist paper jailed for “terror propaganda”

The editor of Meydan Gazette in Istanbul was jailed for a year and three months on December 22nd for “propagandising the methods of a terror organisation” in a free-speech case which dragged on for nearly a year.

Hüseyin Civan and the Gazette were taken to court after an investigation by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor over a December 2015 issue of the paper, which has supported Kurdish revolutionaries fighting in… Continue reading

London New Years Eve Prisoner Solidarity Demos

As is usually the case there are two prisoner solidarity demonstrations taking place in London this New Years Eve. North of the river London ABC are organising a noise demonstration starting at 8pm outside Pentonville Prison before moving on to HMP Holloway a short walk away. In South London another noise demonstration and speak out has been organised by a host of groups including London Campaign Against Police and State… Continue reading

This Black December

Banners are dropped across the first and fourth wings of the Korydallos Prison in Greece. Weeks earlier, prisoners, including hunger-striker Nikos Romanos, called for a “detonator for the restart of anarchist insurgency, inside and outside the prisons” in the stirring insurrectionist communique ‘For a Black December’. The banners ring true: “Insurrection is always timely”, as is proven by this Black December’s recent revolts. People have been hitting back at… Continue reading

Silhan Ozcelik’s imprisonment is another vicious example of today’s counter-insurgency

Silhan Ozcelik, an eighteen-year-old Kurdish woman from London, was sentenced to 21 months at the Old Bailey two days ago. Silhan’s conviction is the first in the UK against someone for attempting to fight alongside Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The verdict comes within the wave of patriotism engulfing Europe after the Paris attacks on 13th November. State criminalisation and street violence against Asian people and migrants has disturbingly and unsurprisingly… Continue reading

‘Anything But A Crisis’ or How To Make A Prison Riot

As a crisis in our prison system intensifies, Saul Jay assesses the current state of the UK prison system, and how the situation is ripe for an explosion.

Imagine you’re the Secretary of State for Justice– you’ve got a die-hard commitment to appearing ‘tough on crime’, which results in in a constantly rising prison population and in the same instant maintaining a neo-liberal commitment to efficiency and cost cutting. You’ve recently closed several prisons, resulting in massive staff layoffs.The remaining prisons that are left to you are dangerously over full and their budget is next to nothing. What do you do?

If you’re the kind of person who reads anarchist news websites, you’re unlikely to ever find yourself in a position anything like this. But it’s exactly the situation that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has created for himself. And his solution is one only a Tory could love – ignore the overcrowding, staff the prisons with ‘reservist’ screws on zero hours contracts and continue to massacre the budget. Continue reading

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Books behind bars

Rob Ray talks to Lee Humphries, founder of prisoner support charity Haven Distribution, which specialises in educational literature Continue reading

Obituary: Herman Wallace

A tribute to the Angola Three member, who tragically died three days after his release from prison Continue reading

Attica Prison riot

(taken from Freedom, October 2011) It was inevitable that the 10th anniversary of 9-11 would be ubiquitous in September’s media, just as inevitably there would be scant coverage of a different, though still significant, anniversary of a rather different atrocity perpetrated on American soil on almost the same day 30 years earlier – the brutal ending of the Attica Rebellion.

For four days in September 1971 more than… Continue reading

‘Rehabilitation revolution’

A brave new outsourced world?

Another month of Coalition policy making gone by and more of the already tarnished veneer of the ‘Rehabilitation Revolution’ has peeled away to further reveal what we already knew: a) that the policy bares little or no resemblance to anything any rational person would consider to be in any way revolutionary; and b) the notion of the ‘rehabilitation’ of ex-prisoners was never really the core… Continue reading