International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners!

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TILL ALL ARE FREE:

International Week for Anarchist Prisoners

In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasize the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries, to say nothing of the names and cases involving many of our incarcerated comrades.

This is why we have decided to introduce an annual Week for Anarchist Prisoners on August 23-30. We chose August 23 as a starting point, because on that very day in 1927 the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in prison. They were convicted of murdering two men during an armed robbery at a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. Their arrest was a part of a bigger anti-radical campaign led by the American government. The State’s evidence against the two was almost totally non-existent and many people still today believe that they were punished for their strong anarchist beliefs.

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Given the nature and diversity of anarchist groups around the globe, we have proposed a week of common action rather than a single campaign on a specific day making easier for groups to be able to organize an event within a longer target period.

Therefore, we call on everyone to spread the information about the Week for Anarchist Prisoners among other groups and communities and think about organizing event(s) in your city or town. The events can vary from info-evenings, screenings and benefit concerts to solidarity and direct actions. Let your imagination run free.

Check out the flyers in different languages. Please send reports of your activities to tillallarefree (A) riseup.net

Till all are free.

Translations:
Turkish
Russian
French
Spanish
Finnish

“325” anarchist counter-information group
ABC Belarus
CNA/ABC Bogotá
ABC Brighton
ABC Bristol
ABC Cardiff
ABC Czech Republic
ABC Denver
ABC Dresden
ABC Forssa
ABC Helsinki
ABC Hurricane
ABC İstanbul
ABC Kiev
ABC Latvia
ABC Leeds
ABC London
ABC Mexico
ABC Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod antirepression group
NYC ABC
Publicacion Refractario
ABC Rio de Janeiro
ABC St.Petersburg
ABC Tampere
ABC Vienna
ABC Warsaw

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Denver ABC Event:

vivir-la-utopiaJoin us for a very special movie night, as we engage with comrades world wide for the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners. Hosted by Denver Anarchist Black Cross at the Mutiny Information Cafe on Broadway and Ellsworth.

Wednesday 8/26 at 8pm we will be showing Vivir la Utopia
https://www.facebook.com/events/669951106482742/

Vivir la utopía es un documental de 1997, producido por TVE y dirigido por Juan Gamero, en el cual se describe la experiencia anarcosindicalista y anarcocomunista vivida en España que transformó radicalmente las estructuras de la sociedad en amplias zonas del bando republicano, evento denominado revolución española, durante la guerra civil de 1936-39.

Live the Utopia is a 1997 documentary, produced by TVE and directed by John Gamero, which describes the experience anarcho-syndicalist and anarcocomunista lived in Spain that radically transformed the structures of society in large areas of the Republican party, event called revolution spanish, during the civil war of 1936-39.

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Call for solidarity with Belarusian anarchists from February 25th to March 1st

ABC-Belarus:

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The forth presidential term of Alexander Lukashenko will expire in 2015. In 21 years Lukashenko has managed to suppress almost all social struggles in the country, kill several political opponents in the 90s, and eradicate nearly all of the official opposition. Lukashenko didn’t allow Belarusian society to transcend the limits of Soviet mentality. Any complaint or criticism of the government are met with repression from the police or the KGB. Any attempts of organizing face with prosecution and hysteria from the state. The policy of the government can be described simply as follows: “Everything that cannot be controlled must be destroyed”. At this moment Belarusian state is slowly but steadily getting to the extermination of any dissent or independent thinking.

With the elections planned for November this year the pressure on social movements is increasing. Authorities are afraid of the Ukrainian scenario occurring in Belarus and do everything to fight “extremists”: all the people who are calling for the change of the current regime.

Over the last two months 10 people connected with the anarchist movement have been arrested. Eight of them got from 10 to 25 days of arrest based on made-up cases of resistance to the police and minor hooliganism. Two of them were already arrested before in December and spend 5 and 10 days in prison and later were fired from work. This time they were arrested a couple of days after they had found a new job. Activists connect repressions with several solidarity actions against police brutality at a New Year punk concert. Police raided the concert, made a list of all the participants and filmed them. Two people were arrested at the concert for distribution of “extremist” materials. After that all the people listed at the concert started receiving visits from the police who brought official notices demanding people to stop their “extremist” activity. There are also frequent threats in social networks coming from people obviously connected with the police.

In November 2014 the prison authorities started another criminal case against Mikalai Dziadok, who is serving a four-and-a-half-year sentence in prison after repressions of 2010. This time he is accused of severe violations of prison rules. During the four years in prison Mikalai was many times in solitary confinement as the authorities were trying to pressure him and break his spirit. Now Mikalai, who was to be released in March this year, is facing charges that can keep him in prison for one more year. Relatives and friends have no doubts about the court ruling as the same tactic had been used against one of the conservative opposition activists. Thus the government will be able to keep Mikalai in prison during the upcoming elections.

Moreover, anarchist Ihar Alinevich, who is serving an 8-year prison sentence for a solidarity action with Russian antifascists, was once again thrown into a punishment cell – the fifth time in the last 4 months.

During the electoral campaign in 2010 dozens of anarchists and later also opposition activists went through detentions and arrests. Over 50 people ended up in prison for political charged including five anarchists. Three of them are still incarcerated. No doubts that the government is getting ready and will try to silence any dissent by all the means. These days most of us expect only a higher level of repression.

Therefore we appeal to everybody who is reading this to take to the streets in the period from February 25 to March 1 and make solidarity actions with anarchists and social activists of Belarus in their struggle for a just world and against the dictatorship. It is up to you to decide the form of the actions, but we can only point out that the two solidarity actions in Minsk, where people exposed their bottoms, caused vivid interest in society and high fever among the police. That’s why we think that it’s time to show your ass to the authorities and take possession of your life.

For a free society

Against dictatorship and oppression

Anarchist Black Cross Belarus