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Topic - Direct action (11)
"Before we had ever done a night-time direct action, we felt hesitant to begin. We had no one to teach us the basics, and feared making stupid, easily preventable mistakes. For that reason, we want to share several logistical tips that we feel may be helpful in carrying out these actions."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topic
Direct action
Type
Text
Date added
29 July 2022
"There are several ways to do this (which are far from being exhaustive, let's be creative): attacking the camera, opening the hatch, attacking cables."
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(fr) Détruisons les caméras
"Pour cela il existe plusieurs moyens (qui sont loin d’être exhaustifs, soyons créatifs) : s’attaquer à la camera, ouvrir la trappe, s'attaquer aux câbles."
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Direct action, Video surveillance
Types
Image, Text
Date added
16 February 2022
by Deutsches Polizeiblatt
"Eine Diskussion polizeilicher Taktiken im Hinblick auf sich ausbreitende Brandstiftungen an PKW in Hamburg sowie Berlin, mit einem besonderen Fokus auf sowohl Präventionsstrategien, als auch Ermittlungsansätze der Bullen."
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Origin
State institution
Topics
Direct action, Other physical traces
Type
Text
Date added
21 July 2021
"A guide to putting Toulouse’s cameras into early retirement. This guide only deals with methods of destroying camera cabling. To destroy the camera itself you have to knock down the mast or climb to the top to break the camera, this requires heavy and cumbersome equipment (disk cutter, ladder...) and is therefore another story."
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(fr) Moudenc nous surveille : crève lui les yeux
"Un guide pour mettre les caméras toulousaines en retraite anticipée. Ce guide ne traite que de méthodes visant à détruire le cablage des caméras, pour détruire la caméra elle même il faut abattre le mat ou grimper en hauteur pour péter l'optique, ça nécessite du matériel lourd et encombrant (disqueuse, échelle...) et c'est donc une autre histoire."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Direct action, Video surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
8 July 2021
by Animal Liberation Front
"We need to stress the importance of choosing your "friends" wisely. As we have seen, even cell members can turn into informers when the heat is on and fear has taken over their reasoning. Here are a few words on how to better choose the people that you take action with."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Direct action, Security culture
Type
Text
Date added
12 May 2021
by RTMARK
"All methods described in this guide have been thoroughly tested in practice."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Direct action, Video surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
12 May 2021
by CrimethInc (crimethinc.com)
"I climbed up the fire escape onto the air conditioner and finally to the roof. I crept up behind the camera, grabbed it with both hands, twisted it from its bracket, and snipped the wire with my clippers. Having never done this before, I wasn’t sure if some silent alarm was going off or if somebody watching a screen somewhere had just had their creep-fest interrupted, so I hastily shoved the camera and clippers in my bag and retreated to my bike."
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(es) Cegando a los Cíclopes: Cazando Cámaras en la Metrópolis
"Subí la escalera de incendios al acondicionador de aire y finalmente al techo. Me arrimé detrás de la cámara, la agarré con ambas manos, la retiré de su soporte y corté el cable con mis cortadores de alambre. Como nunca antes había hecho esto, no estaba seguro de si una alarma silenciosa estaba sonando o si alguien mirando una pantalla en algún lugar justo había experimentado una interrupción, así que metí la cámara y las tijeras en mi mochila y me retiré a mi bicicleta."
(it) Accecare i Ciclopi: A Caccia di Telecamere nella Metropoli
"Mi sono arrampicata sulla scala antincendio sul condizionatore d’aria e, infine, sul tetto. Sono scivolata alle spalle della telecamera, l’ho afferrata con entrambe le mani, l’ho girata sulla sua staffa e ho tagliato il filo con il mio tronchese. Non avendolo mai fatto prima, non ero sicura se qualche allarme silenzioso si sarebbe attivato o se qualcuno che guardasse uno schermo da qualche parte avesse appena dovuto interrompere il proprio festival-del-brivido, quindi ho sbattuto in fretta telecamera e forbici nella mia borsa e mi sono diretta verso la bici."
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Direct action, Video surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"Dozens of Amazon Ring and Google Nest surveillance cameras were removed and destroyed this week from residential neighborhoods in Portland (United States) during nighttime walks. [...] Removing these cameras is an easy and direct way to attack the reach of corporate and state surveillance, helping to keep folks safe from steadily rising techno-authoritarianism."
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(fr) Des sonnettes-caméras de surveillance enlevées et détruites
"Des dizaines de caméras de surveillance « Amazon Ring » et « Google Nest » ont été enlevées et détruites cette semaine, lors de promenades nocturnes dans les quartiers résidentiels de Portland (États-Unis). [...] Retirer ces caméras est un moyen facile et direct de s’en prendre à l’emprise de la surveillance des entreprises et de l’État, en contribuant à protéger les gens de la montée constante du techno-autoritarisme."
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Direct action, Video surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Francisco Solar
"This text aims to contribute to the development and deepening of the informal anarchic combat, taking into consideration the increasingly specialized technological advances of control and surveillance of the population in general and, specially, of those who venture to rebel against what is established."
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(de) Auf dem Drahtseil: Beiträge und Überlegungen aus und für den anarchistischen Kampf
"Dieser Text versucht ein Beitrag zur Entwicklung und Vertiefung des anarchistischen informellen Kampfes zu sein, wobei die technologischen Fortschritte betrachtet werden, die sich immer mehr auf die Kontrolle und Überwachung der Bevölkerung allgemein und vor allem derer, die sich darauf einlassen gegen das Bestehende zu rebellieren, spezialisieren."
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(es) En la cuerda floja: Aportes y consideraciones desde y para el combate anárquico
"Este texto pretende ser un aporte al desarrollo y a la profundización del combate anárquico informal tomando en consideración los avances tecnológicos cada vez más especializados en el control y la vigilancia, de la población en general y sobretodo hacia quienes se aventuren a rebelarse contra lo establecido."
(fr) Sur la corde raide : Contributions et considérations à partir du et pour le combat anarchiste
"Ce texte se veut une contribution au développement et à l’approfondissement du combat anarchiste informel en prenant en compte les avancées technologiques toujours plus spécialisées dans le contrôle et la surveillance, de la population en général et surtout envers celles et ceux qui s’aventurent à se rebeller contre l’ordre établi."
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(it) En la cuerda floja: Spunti e considerazioni da e per lo scontro anarchico
"Questo testo vuole essere un apporto allo sviluppo e all' approfondimento della lotta anarchica informale, prendendo in considerazione gli sviluppi tecnologici sempre più specializzati nel controllo e nella sorveglianza della popolazione in generale e sopratutto nei confronti di chi si avventura a ribellarsi contro l’ordine stabilito."
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Origins
Friends & other activists, Friends in jail
Topics
Clandestinity, Direct action
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"Chceš vědět jaké existují typy kamer, které nás šmírují a jak je vyřadit z provozu? Čti dále."
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(ru) Саботаж камер видеонаблюдения
"Вы хотите знать, какие виды камер существуют, которые следят за нами, и как вывести их из строя? Давайте рассмотрим."
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Direct action, Video surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"To je smyslem Černorudé příručky - podpořit v nás sebevědomí, zmenšit náš strach a zároveň přiložit další kámen do pevnosti s názvem bezpečnostní kultura. Nejde přitom jen o jednotlivce, důsledný musí být každý jeden z nás. Pokud všichni budeme pevní a důslední, pak se výrazně sníží riziko, že budeme chyceni a nakonec rozbiti jako celek."
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
DNA, Digital surveillance, Direct action, Fingerprints, Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Security culture
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021