Eric is due to be released this year and we cannot wait to hear he is out and surounded by his friends and family!
We hate prisons, they are designed to destroy people and communities and no one comes out of these twisted and malicious places unscathed. Eric King has had it rough in prison since he was sentenced in 2016. He has been systematically attacked by prison guards, who on one occassion took him to a closet with no CCTV to beat him up due to his anarchist and anti fascist beliefs. They also retrained him for 6 hours afterwards. He has spent much of his long prison sentence kept in solitary confinement, isolating him as a means of torture.
In 2019, he was falsely accused of attacking a guard and faced an additional 20 years in prison, he was found innocent but the prison system is still set on making his life as hard as possible and transferred him to MAX.
In much lighter news, Eric is due to be released from prison this year and is desperate to be free and reunited with his family. There is currently a GoFundMe set up. Donations will help him do things like see a doctor, have some family days out and just take a bit of the burden off.
We have just sent 150USD to Eric for his release, why not join us?
Via Anarquía, English translation by Anarchist News
A NOTE FROM ANARQUÍA: The following interview of our comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva was carried out on the past December 12. This conversation was granted to a media outlet with which we have no affinity, yet it’s necessary to give visibility to the situation our comrades are living in prison. All the strength and solidarity to our comrade Gabriel. Health and Anarchy!
Gabriel Pombo da Silva (Vigo, 1967) is one of the prisoners who has spent the longest time in Spanish prisons. When he came in he was just 17 years old, now he recently turned 55. Various robberies with his band, one of them with a homicide, lead him to spend many years in Iberian prisons, as well as some time in German prisons. It’s been more than 30 long years behind bars. Now, his defense demands that the Court of Ourense, which condemned him, apply the current Penal Code, a stance also defended by the Prosecution of the Supreme Court. This would imply his immediate release, ten years later than what corresponded.
—Some months have passed since the Prosecution of the Supreme Court requested that they apply the current Penal Code to your sentence, which would imply your immediate release…
—It’s now in the hands of the Supreme Court, but the important thing is we’ve discovered that the court that sentenced me, the Provincial Court of Ourense, is the one that was originally responsible for not applying the latest Penal Code like the law states, which would have benefited me the most. They had sentenced me 28 years and change for the felony of robbery with homicide, which was once the maximum penalty. With the latest Penal Code, which was in force at the time, it’s twelve years and six months.
—How many years have you spent in prison?
—More than 30. I’ve made the rounds through almost every prison in Spain.
—Are you the prisoner that has spent the most years imprisoned in Spain?
—I don’t know. It’s likely. I think there must be some that have spent more time, but they’ve been forgotten because they are poor.
—If they had applied the most beneficial Penal Code, you would be free, and you would have enjoyed ten years of life without being behind bars.
—Yes. I am kidnapped. The Court of Ourense should have revised my conviction to apply the most favorable Penal Code. But I’m still here.
—And how could ten years of life be returned?
—It can’t be done. I take the good part with me, the fact that I’ve had time to delve deeply into myself, into human nature, into the world.
—In what context did your run-ins with the Law begin?
—In the eighties. I remember the neighborhood of El Calvario, in Vigo, poor, miserable, red; on one side the town, and on the other the police. I was raised by my grandparents, who instilled in me class solidarity. So I started to do what I shouldn’t: shoot, expropriate (rob), and hanging out with the rebels. There was a lot of unemployment, a lot of despair, and a lot of emigration.
—And didn’t you consider back then that you could continue your struggle in the political or syndicalist arena, instead of using violence?
—The political and the syndicalist paths were useless. It didn’t work. We used to hand out food and money to poor families. They were hard times. We are also talking about a period of time where the far-right killed, where there were groups of ultras, and we, in the working class, had to defend ourselves.
—And suddenly, drugs arrived…
—It was very strange. Pure heroin began to appear around Vigo. I noticed that, overnight, in all of the neighborhoods in which we were organized and working on a political and social level, drugs suddenly appeared and destroyed the young people, the workers, affecting everyone.
—You spent 8 years of your sentence under the harsh regime of the FIES (Ficheros Internos de Especial Seguimiento). You don’t seem psychologically, nor physically affected.
—I’ve pushed onward by force of inertia.To be able to resist, I concentrated on myself, on reading, on sports, and basically on resisting the day-to-day.
—You’ve always refused to collaborate with the penitentiary center. You didn’t agree to teaching courses to the other prisoners. Did you have to pay consequences for that stance?
—I’m still paying dearly for it. I’ve made the worst enemies in every place: drug traffickers, bankers, judges, and even among those who work inside here.
—Has prison changed much in these thirty long years?
—Most of those who come in are mentally ill or are doped. Today, prison is no longer the surveillance and punishment of Foucault, but instead what Orwell reflected on, the thought police. Rehabilitation is not the goal. This is basically just a business. Those who have money get out of jail. Those who have political godparents, have privileges…
—What will you do when you’re out?
—I will create an infoshop in my farm that will be named after Agustín Rueda, in the county of Mos. I will foster collectives, publishers… based on mutual aid and holistic education and training. We have to return to the land.
—Nothing to do with your previous trajectory
—Yes, it’s a matter of being a realist, of pragmatism. I see myself helping with the formation and education of other comrades, rather than robbing banks. Translating interesting books that are not in Spanish, creating cooperatives…
Ireland solidarity with Italian anarchist prisoner Alfredo Cospito who has been on hunger strike in Italy for 95 days in protest against the isolation torture of the 41bis prison regime.
Update about the health condition of Alfredo Cospito on the 85th day of hunger strike (Italy, January 12, 2023)
On January 12th, the 85th day of the hunger strike to the bitter end against 41 bis prison regime and life imprisonment without possibility of parole, the antagonist radio station Radio Onda d’Urto broadcast a third speech by the doctor who is regularly visiting anarchist comrade Alfredo Cospito, imprisoned in the Bancali prison, in Sassari.
As for the updates on the 71st (December 29th) and 78th day (January 5th) of hunger strike, we report a transcript of the speech and the recording of the broadcast (in italian language):
“He has lost even more weight, and significantly more than last week: he lost another 4.50 kg, so he weighed 80 kg today. So for his height of about 1.93 cm, he is about 10 kg below his target weight. The musculature is getting progressively smaller .He was a bit angry because today four members of parliament from Partito Democratico [Democratic Party, PD] went to visit him [in Italy parliamentarians can, by their own decision, visit prisons at any time] and he reiterated that his struggle is not just for him, but is for all those who are imprisoned in 41 bis. So he does not represent the ‘good one’ to be saved, but it is a struggle extended to all the people who are in 41 bis . [His health conditions] are still quite good, the fact that he has further lost weight… and this time he is losing weight in an important way, week by week, clearly having already consumed what were his fat deposits, now he is slowly moving towards a muscular catabolism, so, this obviously entails – and will entail (because he is still standing well) – an important reduction in physical strength . In my opinion, yes [we must expect a worsening of his health], even if he always mentions these Kurdish comrades who have also gone a year without eating – so he tells me – but on multivitamins, on supplements, which he does not want to take at the moment, because he tells me that they make him feel hungry, so he feels very sick with this feeling hungry, while without taking them he does not feel hungry. But without these supplements, of course, the situation gets much worse .
Alfredo Cospito’s words in front of the farce of judges and against 41bis:
I only read four letters. Before I disappear definitively into oblivion of regime 41 bis let me say a few things and then I’ll shut up forever.
The judiciary of the Italian Republic has decided that, (being) too subversive, I can not have the possibility of seeing the stars, (of) freedom, has been chosen by the ergastolo ostivo, which I doubt you will apply to me, with the absurd accusation of having committed a “political massacre” by two demonstrative attacks (committed) in the middle of the night, in deserted places, which they should not and could not injure or kill anyone. Unsatisfied (with this), it has been decided, since from prison I continued to write and collaborate with anarchist publications, to cover my mouth with the medieval gag of 41 bis, condemning me to an endless limbo waiting for death. I am not for labor and I do not give up, and I will continue my hunger strike for the abolition of the 41 bis and the hostage life until my last breath, to let the world know these two repressive abominations of this country.
In this regime we are 750 (people) and for this I also fight. Next to me (are) my anarchist and revolutionary brothers and sisters.
I am used to censorship and smoke curtains of the media, whose sole purpose is to show any radical revolutionary opposition as a monster.
Abolition of regime 41 bis.
Abolition of life sentence.
Solidarity to all the anarchists, communists and revolutionaries of the world.
On Saturday 28th January 2023, Derry’s Pilots Row Community Centre play host to the 7th annual Derry Radical Bookfair in Rossville Street.
The event organisers have confirmed that the Bogside venue will again host one of the largest gatherings of independent radical press, book sellers, publishers and distributors from across country as part of the one day event.
A spokesperson for the Derry Radical Bookfair said “We are delighted to confirm that we are now planning our 7th annual radical book fair on Saturday 28th January 2023. The first international radical book fair of the year will once again be hosted in the heart of the Bogside as part of the week of events around Bloody Sunday commemorations.
“This year comes with added book launches on ‘Punk and Anarchism’ as well as on ‘James Connolly’ both created by local authors. Our speakers corner comes with talks on ‘Mutual Aid in Practice’ with a number of contributions from several activist groups. We also have some hot vegetarian and vegan food as well as a ‘Pop up Gaeltacht’ corner both of which adds a new dimension to the days events. In all we hope this will make this years radical bookfair yet another successful events.”
Derry Radical Bookfair kicks off on Saturday 28th January 2023 from 12pm until 5pm at the Pilots Row Community Centre in Rossville Street.
Update about the health condition of Alfredo Cospito on the 85th day of hunger strike (Italy, January 12, 2023)
On January 12th, the 85th day of the hunger strike to the bitter end against 41 bis prison regime and life imprisonment without possibility of parole, the antagonist radio station Radio Onda d’Urto broadcast a third speech by the doctor who is regularly visiting anarchist comrade Alfredo Cospito, imprisoned in the Bancali prison, in Sassari. As for the updates on the 71st (December 29th) and 78th day (January 5th) of hunger strike, we report a transcript of the speech and the recording of the broadcast (in italian language):
“He has lost even more weight, and significantly more than last week: he lost another 4.50 kg, so he weighed 80 kg today. So for his height of about 1.93 cm, he is about 10 kg below his target weight. The musculature is getting progressively smaller .He was a bit angry because today four members of parliament from Partito Democratico [Democratic Party, PD] went to visit him [in Italy parliamentarians can, by their own decision, visit prisons at any time] and he reiterated that his struggle is not just for him, but is for all those who are imprisoned in 41 bis.
“So he does not represent the ‘good one’ to be saved, but it is a struggle extended to all the people who are in 41 bis . [His health conditions] are still quite good, the fact that he has further lost weight… and this time he is losing weight in an important way, week by week, clearly having already consumed what were his fat deposits, now he is slowly moving towards a muscular catabolism, so, this obviously entails – and will entail (because he is still standing well) – an important reduction in physical strength .
“In my opinion, yes [we must expect a worsening of his health], even if he always mentions these Kurdish comrades who have also gone a year without eating – so he tells me – but on multivitamins, on supplements, which he does not want to take at the moment, because he tells me that they make him feel hungry, so he feels very sick with this feeling hungry, while without taking them he does not feel hungry. But without these supplements, of course, the situation gets much worse.”
“Two Chitin teenagers Lyubov Lizunovu and Alexander Snezhkov were detained by the FSB employees in late October when they were writing graffiti that read “Death to the regime”.
Now 19-year-old Alexander Snezhkov and 16-year-old Lyubovi Lizunova are facing three criminal charges – calls for terrorist activity (205.2 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), separatism (280.1 Criminal Code of the RF), and vandalism (214.2 Criminal Code of Russia).
Two of charges involve up to 3 years in prison, and the third 5 years in prison.”
We make a big call so, for solidarity and support of our comrade that has been beaten by Neo-nazis group outside of the Antinomia squat in Corfu / Greece. The fascists beat him in his face and he ended up in the hospital with a broken jaw. The cost for this surgery and the healing process is estimated for 3.000 euros.
Image above : [ Silence is complicity, zero tolerance to fascism ]
[ The announcement of -Open Antifascist Assembly- ]
On 5/12 an impulsive gathering-demonstration developed due to the murderous attack against the 16year old Roma boy, named Kostas Fragkoulis who was shot in the head by a cop. The next day a video was brought to our attention, posted by a fascist account “autonomous_kerkuras” (meaning in greek: autonomous [group] of Corfu) on Instagram, whose account was shot down a few hours later. In the video, the block of the demonstration is shown while passing by the Saroko square, and the person that recorded the video was saying “you will remember us tomorrow you cunts, you will see us tomorrow”.
On 6/12 a massive protest of 180-200 people took place as 14 years were completed since Alexis Grigoropoulos was murdered by the police in the center of Athens, in Exarcheia. The protest concluded at the old psychiatrist hospital and two banners were hung in the outside area. The same night a person passing by the area observed that the banners were not there anymore and posters of the squat were ripped. A swastika symbol was carved on the squat’s door, and on the door of the self-organised sports team of Traverso near the Jewish synagogue.
On 8/12 while the squat was getting prepared for the self-organized weekly bar, 3 people entered the squat. They were identified due to their fascist discourse and action and they were immediately asked to leave. A group of people scouted the area to defend the squat and the people who compose it, to make sure that the fascists have left for good. Ultimately, these people came across our comrades and attacked them. During this attack, 6 more people of their team showed up that they were in standby mode to attack, around the squat area. The presence of the 3 at the beginning and another 6 subsequently, doesn’t seem to be random but targeted and is also reminiscent of ambush practices. During the attack, one of our comrades was hit with a helmet and ended up in the hospital with a fracture in the lower jaw and immediate surgical operation was required. It is worth mentioning that a comrade of ours in her attempt to protect the beaten person fell on him and protected him with her body. However, this didn’t stop the hits against them. While the attack was escalating, many threats were heard by the fascists such as “we will slaughter you”, “we will kill you”, and “we will stab you”. On top of that, after multiple commands from one specific person on their team, they stole the mobile phone of one of our comrades. After the attack ended, we were informed that 3 of them were prosecuted by the cops. Some of them are known to be students at the university and trained by a specific school of martial arts. It should be stressed that the phenomenon of cultivating fascist thinking and action is related to these schools of martial arts, and gyms and their relation with cops, mafia, and mob.
We consider that these recent incidents do not concern exclusively and specifically the local society of Corfu. This is a generalised effort of the fascists to regroup in the country of Greece. There is an escalation of their actions as they are trying to gain ground in order to spread out their ideologies. At the same time, their purpose is very clear since they move from threatening to attacking political squats and the people organised around them. We should not forget: the fascist attack on a student in his own school in Corfu and 4 years ago the racist murder of the Albanian worker Petrit Zifle from the neo-Νazi D. Kouris, member of the neo-Νazi political party “Chrysi Avgi” (meaning in greek: Golden Dawn).
We strongly declare that we will never stop fighting against these types of political forms in every way, by any means, keeping alive the antifascist action. There is no chance that we will leave our comrades undefendable or stop protecting our own political spaces.
Τhese parastatal fascist attacks against us, attacks from the state itself (evacuations of political squats, prosecutions, and charges of comrades) will not remain unanswered at all times! We will not make the slightest retreat in our fights or in our values and this from now on is a one-way street process.
For these reasons:
We give priority to participation and contribution in collective procedures and actions
We make a big call so, for solidarity and support of our comrade, as for practical support of the antifascist action
No matter our role in this society, students, and workers, our main concern is to point out the fascists/nationalists and fight for their social isolation and complete extinction.
We cannot turn a blind eye, nor can we conceal this kind of actions! Silence is complicity, while tolerance towards these behaviours and ideologies allows the behaviors themselves to be normalized and become consolidated.
Nothing can erase the flame that is burning in our hearts. No threat can crush our dreams. No one can affect our relations of companionship and solidarity.
Father Frost against Putin has gathered together Finnish and Russian grassroots activists since 2014, being organised altogether 7 times, last time in 2020. Organising the festival has become increasingly difficult, due to unprecedented levels of repression in Russia, and the Finnish visa restrictions also hitting the Russian opposition against Putin. Despite all these challenges, we are once again inviting Russian activists to come to Finland, and we may also provide help with applying visas. But as there are no guarantees that visas will be granted, we will provide more opportunities for participation from a distance.
Together we (organizers / participants / guests) will create a temporary autonomous zone free from hierarchical forms of interaction and discrimination. The festival is organized by local activists, as well as participants from various horizontal initiatives, libertarian, left-oriented and anarchist communities in Russia and the post-Soviet area. During the festival we will co-create and establish new projects and connections, produce situational practices and knowledges, and exchange experiences as activists, artists and disciplinary researchers from different regions and countries.
Father Frost against Putin is a territory for the political imagination, creating and supporting alternative practices of coexisting – a way of thinking, speaking and acting in opposition to outdated cultural codes. A space for strategies and tactics of solidarity, synthesizing theoretical and practical approaches aimed at researching and transforming socio-political and cultural processes locally, while keeping global contexts in perspective.
The aim of the festival is Finding new contacts and supporting “invisible” project groups and initiatives, exchanging experiences, making acquaintances and networking on current projects. Strategic planning.
Joint project activities. Invention and dissemination of alternative infrastructures and interaction algorithms within self-organized communities and nomadic associations. Active participants are representatives of self-organized communities from Russia and the CIS countries, local projects and participants from other countries: activists, artists, representatives of trans / queer / lgbt communities, feminist initiatives / intersectional / cyber / xeno / left feminist movements, decolonial trends, participants of anarchist communities, independent media, representatives of human rights organizations and NGOs. Also – ecologists, philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, practitioners and theorists of contemporary art, critical theory, whose contour of interests lay in participatory projects and alliances.
All information about the festival program will be publicly available.
Dinner will be free for guests from abroad. We offer a vegan only menu in order to make our cuisine accessible to everyone.
The festival program will be held in Russian or English. If needed, they will be translated between English and Russian.
Overnight accommodation will only be provided for the first 40-50 participants who register for the festival (form to be sent via e-mail available below). The rest will have to book accommodation on their own. Only send the form if you need help with accommodation.
Festival will be organised in two locations, Oranssi and Ulrika. Address of Oranssi is Kaasutehtaankatu 1, rakennus 11. It is in a walking distance from metro stations Sörnäinen and Kalasatama. In Google maps.
All festival discussions and workshops will be in Oranssi.
In Saturday evening, there will be afterparty in Ulrika, Leppäsuonkatu 11. Ulrika is located in the basement of Domus Gaudium, and closest metro station is Kamppi. In Google maps.
Both spaces are wheelchair accessible.
There is free space in program for few workshops and discussions, contact us via e-mail (email@example.com) if you would like to participate!
Friday 6th of January
2PM – 4PM Anti-war movement – which way forward?
Russian anti-war movement has organised an unprecedented amount of demonstrations and protests – during first months of the war, police made at least 15 000 arrests in anti-war demonstrations. But repressions have grown, and the movement has failed both to stop war and prevent mobilisation. How could the anti-war movement answer to new challenges?
Introduction to discussion by eco-activist, intersectional feminist and activist of Feminist Anti-War Resistance Lolya Nordik, and other Russian activists. Introductions on-line, interpretation on the spot and another on the stream.
2PM – 6PM Video workshop
Video workshop is an introduction to make short videos for activist projects, with practical hints, short introduction to easy programs and with a hands-on approach to make videos on your own. Take your own laptop if you would like to join, and follow festival announcements to know which programs should be pre-installed. Workshop is organised by youtuber Dimitri Ollikainen from Tampere.
4PM – 6 PM How to support Russian anti-war prisoners?
Dozens of Russian anti-war activists have been arrested, suspected of direct action activities and simply for speaking up against the war. Even prisoner support events in Russia have been harassed, and their participators arrested. What kind of prisoner support initiatives are available, and what can be gained by supporting activities? Introduction to discussion by activist of Solidarity zone Ivan Astashin, and other Russian activists. Introductions on call, interpretation locally and by parallel stream.
6:30 PM Dinner and writing of support mail to political prisoners in Ulrika, Leppäsuonkatu 11.
Program for Saturday 7th of January will be announced later.
Support economically and politically the 4 persecuted comrades, who are under trial at 6 February 2023. The 4 anarchists are being persecuted, under “anti-terrorist” law, for participating in an allegedelly “terrorist” organization named “comrades”. No one alone against the state! International revolutionary solidarity!
The first solidarity banner for the 4 comrades, Exarcheia 10th March 2020. Banner, “In a world that human relationships are being criminalized, we are all comrades”
Chronicle of the prosecution
On March 8th and 9th 2020, after a state security operation three male and one female comrade are arrested. Τhe authorities’ sole piece of evidence was two cops having ‘visually’ identified the first arrested person on a video of the attack against the Mitsotakis* Foundation. The other three were arrested due to their friendly and comrade relationships. They now find themselves charged with an enormous case file which includes 55 attacks.
Based on the anti-terrorist Act 187A, they are charged with setting up and participating in an alleged terrorist organization under the name of “comrades” . The authorities are prosecuting the comrades based on attacks, actions and public addresses uploaded on counter-information platforms which had been signed using the term “comrades”. In this way, the police are attempting to bring any political action signed by “comrades” together under the umbrella of a collective terrorist organization.
A few words on the construct of the organization “comrades”, from the statement of the prosecuted female comrade in May 2020: /… / Behold then, the State, in its attempt to sell the ideological construct of “war against terrorism” fabricating organizations. They claim the terrorist organization they created by the name “comrades” to be a group that has acted since 2016 up to the present carrying out attacks in Athens. This reasoning goes beyond normality or reality in a way that can only be called ridiculous. In fact, the name of this infamous organization is but a sign-off used by the broader spectrum of anarchist/ antiauthoritarian groups for many years now. It was used, it is still being used and it will continue to be used. Anyone who searches can find hundreds of texts bearing the said signature all over Greece, most probably even abroad. This new stratagem, the use, that is, of a broader signature and its conversion into the name of a terrorist organization, is unprecedented and its only aim can be to “lump” together a wide, diverse and multi-faceted range of action on the part of the broader antiauthoritarian movement, as well as to terrorize all who belong there. It´s now the turn of the “solidary”, the “anarchists”, the “communists” to be called terrorist organizations and there’s no end to the lumping /…/
* The ultra-right Greek Prime Minister.
Solidarity action to the 4 comrades (Athens)
After being held for a week at the Athens Police Headquarters, the comrades are set free but on the following harsh restraining orders:
– Present themselves at a police station 3 times a month,
– Ban on communication or socializing between them,
– Ban on participation in any political gathering or protest march,
– Ban on entering the area of Exarcheia,
– Ban on leaving the country,
– Confiscation of their whole property,
while the comrade G.I. is additionally forced to move back to his hometown.
These restraining orders bear very specific consequences on the lives of the four accused, since they aim at the disruption of their social life and political action, as well as their absolute economic exhaustion. What’s more, the displacement of one of them from the city where he lived for years fully cuts him off from his maintenance relationships and his work, making it obvious that the State will target in every way possible those who fight against it.
At a later stage, in November 2020, the following restraining orders were added for comrade G.I.:
– Ban on leaving his hometown,
– Ban on entering any region within Attica (Athens),
– Ban on using any two-wheeled vehicle as a driver or co-driver.
Comrade G.I. has been stranded in this peculiar hostage state for almost three years now. The judicial authorities, despite his repeated pleas for a lift of the restraining orders, make a point of exhibiting their control over all aspects of his life by dismissing them. Without question, the exemption status shows a historical continuity when it comes to political prisoners, the prosecuted and the fighters. In this particular case, the State apparatus, exhausting all possible means at their disposal, has created a stranglehold of political and maintenance isolation for the comrade. Political in that he is banished from his field of action, the metropolis, and maintenance isolation in that he is excluded from choices that concern his everyday subsistence.
The said comrades, from the outset of this ridiculous fabrication, have denied all accusations and publicly declared that they are being prosecuted solely on the grounds of their political identity and their comrade relationships. And that through the usual ways in which the State prosecutes anarchists, with police still trying but failing to find any sufficient supporting evidence (DNA, fingerprints, calls, messages) that would connect the four accused to any attack.
In November 2021 the Public Prosecutor proposes the full acquittal of the four comrades and the lift on all the restraining orders. According to her proposal, there is not enough evidence to bring the four accused comrades to trial.
Two and a half years after the arrest of the comrades, after repeated rejections of the pleas for lifting the restraining orders against the displaced comrade G.I., as well as the rejection of the above-mentioned acquittal proposal of the Public Prosecutor by the First-instance judicial council, the trial for the case of “comrades” has been set to begin on February 6th at the 5th Court of Appeal for Felonies.
Huge solidarity banner to the 4 comrades (Prosfygika squat, Athens)
The trial and the indictment
The number of attacks for which the comrades are brought to trial has now fallen from 55 to 3, while the charge for setting up and forming part of a terrorist organization has been turned into simple participation in a terrorist organization. This reveals how fruitless the attempts of the State have been to set up a case file against those who fight, based on the sole evidence of their political identity and their comrade relationships.
The four comrades are being dragged to a political trial because they found their place among the oppressed of this world and fought against State and Capital, against the systematic impoverishment of the working-class billions, against fascism and patriarchy, against the destruction of nature and the annihilation of non-human lives.
They are brought to trial under the 187A (Antiterrorist) Law, described as members of an alleged terrorist organization under the name “comrades”, a term widely known to be frequently used by the broader antiauthoritarian movement around the world. The deliberate designation of the terms “comrades” and “anarchists” as a terrorist organization in this specific case file thus creates an inexhaustible suspect pool, with the aim of terrorizing and targeting anyone who rebels against any form of power. The hunt for the “internal enemy “ goes on interminably and the case of the four comrades can act as a springboard for politically eliminating more and more comrades.
Comment of one of the prosecuted comrades on the political significance of the “antiterrorist” prosecutions for the international anti-state/ anti-capitalist movement: /… / /…/
One has only to resist, to build relationships based on comradeship, to show solidarity in action, to find oneself displaced or locked up in the dungeons of the state.
They want to spread fear but they will only reap the whirlwind, until the fear changes side.
We ourselves can bring our comrades back.
Solidarity is nothing but dispelling the fear of repression, refusing to abandon anyone in the hands of the State
Anastasia Kukhta was included in the "terrorist list" the KGB updated the list of "people who are related to terrorist activities". One of the new names in it is Nastya Kukhta.
Earlier, she was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment under Articles 342 (Participation in protests), 361.3 (Calling for sanctions or actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus) and 361-1.1 (Creating or participating in an extremist formation).
✉️You can support Nastya by writing her a letter to the address:
Cook Anastasia Sergeevna
str. Volodarskogo 2, SIZO-1