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

Four people arrested after solidarity actions with arrestees of New Year Punk Gig in Minsk

ABC Belarus:

abc-belarus2On January 20-21 four activists were arrested in Minsk after solidarity actions with people previously arrested at New Year Punk Party in Minsk. One person was captured by the police at the prison gates, when people came to meet their comrades, who were supposed to be released after 10 days of arrest they were sentenced to after the concert.

Four people were sentenced to 15 days in prison for disobeying police orders. Some activists connect the continuation of repressions with solidarity actions that were carried out on January 16. That day several autonomous anarchist groups organised protest actions in three places simultaneously: at the Court where their comrades had been tried, at the Prison where they had been kept and at the Police station which had been in charge of the raid. There they made a picture with hands behind their heads to show their protest against the police raid at the New Year Punk Gig and the following detention of three people that were doing distro tables during the concert.

After the concert police officers started visiting people that gave their IDs during the gig privately as well. Anarchist Black Cross Belarus reports at least about one person who got official warning of unacceptable extremist activity. Several more people reported police attempts to meet them or arrange “private” talks.

With elections in Belarus getting closer repressions against the local anarchist movement intensify. Only in January all in all seven people were arrested six of which got from 10 to 15 days in prison. All these people face or will face problems at work, some of them had to change their workplace because of the previous arrests.

Riot cops raid punk concert in Minsk

From ABC – Belarus:

belarusOn January 10, 2015, in the club “Pirates” there was supposed to be a concert of several punk bands including italian “Kalashnikov”.

However, on information received from witnesses, this never happened. Approximately during the middle of the set of the first band, the club was surrounded by police cars and “branded” vans of Riot police without numbers. Front doors were locked, people were banned to leave the building. After that riot police in masks broke into the building. Without explanations they put everyone face to the walls with hands behind the head. This was followed by ID check and control of personal belongings. The whole procedure took around one hour and a half with constant video recording from police. Distro with anarchist and other political literature was of particular interest for them – they were searching for owners of items without any success. However they confiscated all the items from distro including political books, musical CDs and Vinyls. The whole raided as abruptly as it had begun: after checking everyone they left the place without any explanations.

3 detainees reported after this. The concert just ended before it could even begin. Apparently the preparation for the elections of the President of the Republic of Belarus has already begun.

Update on yesterday’s raid on the concert:

3 people were detained who were selling items at the distro table. Initially, all of them were charged with distribution of extremist materials, later one of the detainees was released, but on Monday there will be court on minor Hooliganism. The trial of two other detainees will also be held on Monday in Minsk. Pre-court will be held at 11:00. Till the trial 2 people will stay in jail.

New shortfilms on Belarusian anarchist political prisoners Ihar Alinevich and Mikalaj Dziadok, Mikalaj transferred to high-security prison

From Anarchist News:

Two new shortfilms with subtitles in English, dedicated to Belarusian anarchists political prisoners have been released on Belarusian series “Chronicles of the times of courts”, one is dedicated to Ihar Alinevich, and another to Mikalaj Dziadok.

Ihar was kidnapped in Moscow by plain-clothes Belarusian officials in Moscow 28th of November 2010, and only several days later it was revealed that he was in remand prison of Belarusian KGB in Minsk.

27th of May 2011 Savodsky district court of Minsk sentenced Igor to 8 years of imprisonment in a colony of hardened regime. He was accused according to statutes 339 part 2 (hooliganism committed with a group of people) and parts 2 and 3 of statute 218 of Belarusian criminal codex (large property destruction with dangerous means).

According to Belarusian human rights organisations, principles of fair trial and due process were violated during trial of Ihar Alinevich and his co-accused. Legal procedures were bypassed during arrest and extradiction of Ihar from Russia to Belarus. He had no any access to lawyer during his extradiction.

During investigation, accused endured heavy psychological and physical pressure. During court process, testimony was not handled with an unpartial manner. Court did not fulfill appeals by the defence, and refused to hear witnesses of the defence, which compromised objectivity of the court.

Igor and other prisoners were tortured during his time in KGB remand prison. Ihar was repeatedly proposed by authorities to work as a hacker for purposes of the authorities, but he refused.

Co-accused of Ihar, Mikalaj Dziadok was recently transferred to a high-security prison (“indoor prison”, in opposition of regular camps where prisoners are held in barracks) in Mogilev. Transfer was sanctioned by a special court process, and it took place after spending 6 months in isolation unit due to “systematical violations of the prison regime”.

New adress of Mihalaj is

Nikolay Dziadok
ul. Krupskoy 99A, tyurma 4
212011 Mogilev Belarus

(Nikolay Dziadok is Russian version of Mihalaj’s name – Belarusian prisons keep their files in Russian language). You may also send letters through online form in website of ABC-Belarus: http://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=579&lang=en. A number of other Belarusian (non-anarchist) political prisoners have been transfered to high-security “indoor prisons” already before Mihalaj, these include Nikolay Statkevich, Dmitry Dashkevich, Nikolay Avtuhovich and Jauhen Vas’kovich.

ABC-Moscow list of addresses of political prisoners in former Soviet Union:
http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Category:Prisoners_in_former_Soviet…

“Condemned to be free” – a film on Ihar Alinevich:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYh1QzWfv2M

“Freedom, equality, brotherhood” – a film on Mihalaj Dziadok http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BirGJHIjX5M

Belarus: Update on anarchist prisoners

*Mikalai Dziadok* (4,5 years) is finishing his 3rd month in a solitary cell after having refused to work on Saturdays. Work is obligatory in Belarusian penal colonies, but is regulated by the Labour Code, which prescribes that a person shouldn’t work more than 40 hours a week. Mikalai was forced to work more on Saturdays, but refused to do so. He was punished with 6 months of solitary confinement on June 1st. During this period he is deprived of all dates, phone calls and food supply from the outside.*Ihar Alinevich* (8 years) served 14 days in a punishment cell for refusing to clean the inner yard of the colony. This work is done only by certain prisoners who relate to the downcasts*. Thus, the prison administration tries to make him the downcast as well. In Belarusian prisons the downcasts do all the dirty work, eat and work in the distance, they are objects of humiliation and often used for sex by other prisoners. The pressure can be the result of the fact that Ihar’s mother started publishing his prison diaries. Earlier he refused to sign a petition for mercy.

*Aliaksandr Frantskevich* (3 years) was put in a punishment cell for refusing to clean the cell, which is the work for the downcasts. Before that he was visited by a top-rank policemen, who had organised the arrests of anarchists in autumn 2010. He tried to intimidate Aliaksandr and hinted at the necessity to sign the petition for mercy. Moreover, other prisoners get punished for having contacts with Aliaksandr.

Jauhen Vas’kovish (7 years) doesn’t receive any letters from people other than his parents. The censor only shows him empty envelopes. He informed that he had been also asked to sign the petition for mercy, but refused to do so.

Artsiom Prakapenka (7 years) conducts a hunger strike since August 8th and is now in a punishment cell. Artsiom was forced to work in the first shift, thus he cannot make a special vegetarian lunch for himself, as he had done before, when he worked in the second shift. He also refused to sigh the petition for pardon and receives letters only from parents.

Pavel Syramolatau (7 years) signed the petition for pardon in June, but has not been released yet.

/* There is a strict hierarchy in post-soviet prisons, according to which several “casts” are distinguished. Every cast has a certain scope of rights and duties. The hierarchy is now not so strict as before, but still the prison authority has to put up with it. Sometimes it uses the hierarchy in it’s own interests./

/”Blatnye” — professional criminals, part of ‘mafia’ or organised groups outside of prison, are on top of the hierarchy. They are in charge of illegal supply of food, tea, cigarettes and cell phones in prison. They guarantee the ‘prison law’ and judge conflicts between other prisoners. Usually don’t work./

/”Muzhiki” — ordinary prisoners, the most numerous group. The work, don’t fight for the power in prison, don’t collaborate with the prison administration./

/”Kozly” (trusties, ‘activists’) — prisoners, openly collaborating with the prison authority, working for the administration (librarians, different managers, etc.). It is frowned on to get in touch with this cast./

/”Opuschennye” (the downcasts) — gays, people that are used for sex (even if they are not gay), prisoners, sentenced for paedophilia, rapists, and people that get in touch with the previously mentioned. It is enough to take something from the downcast, to touch him or to eat with him at one table to be considered a downcast as well. They don’t have any rights and usually do the dirty work — washing toilets, etc. They always live separated from other prisoners./

/The prison authority tried to break the ‘laws’ and mix all kinds of prisoners, but it always resulted in mass disorders and suicide attempts. For any prisoner it is better to die or get punished than to be labelled a downcast by others and serve the rest of the sentence in humiliation. It is almost impossible to change your cast.
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/Source: http://abc-belarus.org/?p=2384&lang=en
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Via
https://avtonom.org/en/news/update-situation-belarusian-anarchist-prisoners

Addresses of prisoners in former Soviet Union

http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Category:Prisoners_in_former_Soviet…

Call for solidarity with imprisoned Belarusian Anarchists

FromABC Belarus:

It has been a long time since the last call for solidarity with the Belarusian anarchists appeared (http://abc-belarus.org/?p=133&lang=en). Today we have to admit that the new wave of solidarity is needed urgently to help them out from the prison. That’s why we call you to participate in days of action in solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners from June 30 to July 2.
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Short Update of Recent Repressions Against Anarchists in Belarus

From avtonom.org via the Anarchist Black Cross Moscow

As of right now four Belarussian anarchists are under arrest, accused of having organized a series of direct actions 2009-2010.

Everything started long before this past September (2010). The years 2009-2010 were rich in radical actions claimed by Belarusian anarchists. Such as:

An illegal anti-militarist demonstration in September 2009 against a mutual Russian Belarusian war exercise, when a Joint Staff was attacked with a smoke grenade.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iQ3kz0hVDM

An attack on a Minsk casino using paint bulbs and flares in protest of the relocation of most Russian casinos to Belarus after the law banning casinos in Russia was passed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXKjrVVAHXw
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