Hi I’m Jus and in 2015 I spend “alone” 3 months, 23 days on hunger strike,(which for me was a protest of ecological injustice inflicted on the whole planet by RWE and the State Prison Industrial Complex that sustains them – it is the same form of protest that the 4 seem to be maintaining among many other reasons of responding to repression and injustice by their refusal to provide personal information and identify themselves). This was in JVA Cologne Ossendorf the same facility where the 4 are presently detained. Thanks to La Domain for asking me to write and not internalize bull shit
On the 3rd day of my detention in the Ossendorf Prison I got moved to new cell still in processing Block 1, where prisoners are held for up to two weeks before being moved into “general population”. In that cell there was aready one inmate. He spoke my non-German language, at the time when I was especially linguistically alienated and also seemed to have experience and affection for large European anti-globalists demonstrations. It was a pleasant if a cautious surprise. We shared experiences from protests and struggles and occupations which this person quickly followed by lists of European capitols followed by questions of whether I knew anybody there, covering the whole western and southern Europe. Ok at that point I thought that he might be just stupid as it is widely held knowledge that most jail cells are most likely bugged but this offers cops a dilemma as they can act on that information secretly and include it in their files but not admit it or use it in the court of law as evidence. I became much, much more cautious as the cell shrunk a little. The questions were followed by another rapport building round on his part. Being more cautious this time there was something I recognized in this “ah we all together in this” story from other disruptive and suspicious people you run into in the movement, the story was full of cynicism and even thinly covered ridicule and lacked any political, social or ecological depth or dimension, it was an anecdote and a joke. Somehow it was obvious that the next round of questions was coming. Before it did my cellmate proceeded to do push ups, then took his shirt off bearing his nicely cut physique and facing me while lifting up a chair in arm curls asked “So do you have any funds for your defense?” It was this question, its precise wording and the fact that in high profile and political cases it is not secret cops but the people they hire and turn, the so called CIs “Criminal Informants” that most often incriminate others very often their cellmates and even their former comrades it was this knowledge that shrunk this already small cell even further and it was about to get worse: Besides refusing food the only simple and symbolic other form of resistance I could offer in that situation was to ring the bell alerting the prison guards to multiplicity of issues to which the present cellmate was just a distraction from*. After pressing the bell another time my cellmate walked right up to me still bare chested clenched his fist in a body building pose puffed up his chest and said “If you don’t stop that I am going to break something!” said with a face full of hate. “What are you going to break?” was a response that I saw gave him a certain dilemma and that he did not want to make this threat more precise. He looked around and pointed to an open glass window open to the inside with the bars outside of it. I moved from the corner of the door and toilet, pass him and opened that window wider as I peered outside through the bars at the open space of the courtyard now getting some serious fucken psychological claustrophobia. The courtyard on on side was closed off by agate that leding to the outside and at that precise moment from the other side of that gate came sounds that filled me with ellation and euphoria. Outside at that very moment a solidarity with Hambi Prisoner demo has just arrived and was chanting, yelling and singing expression of solidarity that at precise moment when they were needed the most. All caution in regards to psychological instability of the politically suspect cellmate went straight out of the window followed by my screams which I could not be sure were being heard as the soli demo was so loud and would not take breaks to listen and seemed much louder no doubt than their number, I could recognize individual voices…. Well the demo outside might not have heard me but the jailers sure have as only 10 – 15 minutes into this wild screaming out of the window as if out of sinking ship the door open quickly and 3 prison guards rushed in grabbed me and threw me into a solitary cell. Little more space for reflection on the mechanism of State being the repressive arm of globally destructive corporations such as #RWE. Job well done for Soli Action! THANK YOU!!
*In the the eco and anti-authoritarian movement, there is a refusal to talk to the cops. Which gives most prisoners a dilemma as for just every day functioning, writing, and joining prison activities one needs to make constant requests. This is where most eco and political prisoners being such creative multitaskers become a general pain in the ass for prison guards. The decisions is up to each prisoner to make however the writer of this letter would recommend that if anybody reading this finds themselves in the similar situation that legal record is made with the lawyer and request form if filled for solitary cell. It is a request that is by no means guaranteed however it does generate a record of what could be most likely state initiated intimidation. That doing so is even possible now reflects being here Germany in a global peak of pyramid or privilege that outsources a great deal of its repression to the Global South. Position many of our comrades in Earth Defense Struggles around the world do not have as they are being killed in record numbers, with the single largest segments of deaths being caused by mining interests. It is also a position of privilege that will vanish quicker than expected as once again time of perpetual emergency caused by the very interests we are fighting like RWE and other Fossil Fools with the states that support them destabilizing and destroying crucial ecosystems after ecosystems including the Global Climate being taken pass points of no return and numerous runaway effects. If no resistance and transformation processes take place we can only expect more prison, more repression and ever growing and wider number of prisoners and the repressed.
Coming across individuals in jail who are oppressive and violent is an exception as most prisoner exercise affinity and even respect to those involved in direct action struggles as many of them also were and continue to be repressed themselves by authorities, establishing solidarity with them is a must. The minority of people to be cautious of are the ones intentionally assigned to you by prison guards and those taking a great effort to get to know you, like always determine affinity by interests, politics and social issues as not too infrequently those attempting to cozy very closely to you are also those who harbor pretty extreme right wing sentiment and getting to know you is just a preparation for pulling a Jekyl and Hyde on You, The Dr. Jekyll for the Cops and Mr. Hyde for you. That is why it is crucial not just how one behaves in situations like this but how much support flows from the outside as tactivists in jails who are generally more outspoken in the jails are often used to “make an example out of” keeping others in line and project an atmosphere of fear among other prisoners. Prisoners collaborating with the prison staff often are let out their jail cells and even hang out with the prison guards in the control booth, get a chance to have more food and case of testifying against other prisoners they are given lighter sentences or have their accusations dropped altogether. A same if not much, much milder but still psychological dynamic as that of using “Kapos” concentration camp inmates to brutalize and instill fear in their “Comrades” also for more food and more “freedom”…. Oh yeah do write and do organize soli Demos!
Take Care Y’all especially all of you on the inside, You Are Never Really Alone!!