Alfredo Maria Bonanno in trouble (again)

Italian anarchist Alfredo has got himself arrest — again.

Anarchist bank robber caught
October 2, 2009

A well-known Italian anarchist and a Greek man have been arrested in Trikala, central Greece, on suspicion of carrying out an armed robbery at a local bank.

Police sources named the men as Alfredo Bonanno, 72, and Christos Stratigopoulos, 46. Bonanno has served 18 months in jail for his 1998 essay called “Anarchist Tension” [PDF] and was also given a six-year term in 2003 for armed robbery and other crimes when he was found to be the ideological leader of an armed group. [See : The Marini Trial: Italian State Repression of Anarchist Revolt and Anarchist Responses, Venomous Butterfly Publications, 2003 (PDF); Chronology of events related to the Marini Trial (September 1994–April 2004).]

According to police, Stratigopoulos carried out the robbery at a branch of Piraeus bank on Thursday. He forced employees to hand over 46,900 euros, which he then apparently handed to Bonanno, who was waiting outside in a rented car. A witness noted the license plate of the vehicle and informed the police, who stopped the car on a road leading to Kalambaka. Officers found the stolen cash in the vehicle. Stratigopoulos was arrested in Kalabaka.

Bonanno is widely regarded as being one of the chief propagandists on behalf of the insurrectionary trend within anarchist thought. In Australia, the clarion call to action has been responded to by relatively few, but it did inspire Melbourne band the Cosmic Psychos to record the track ‘Go the Hack’ (1989), which manages to encapsulate the insurrectionist philosophy in a few minutes of bulldozer punk.

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I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2021 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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