Solidarity evening for anarchist prisoners was held in Moscow

An evening of solidarity with anarchist prisoners was held in “Tol’ko Sami” space in Moscow on August 27th. Several dozen people came to support the imprisoned comrades.

Historian and philosopher Peter Ryabov (on picture) told how and why the Anarchist Black Cross groups emerged worldwide in the early 20th century and what was their work. He shared how the resistance continued in the USSR in the period of 1930-1985 – people didn’t want to put up with authoritarianism; how in the 1990s-2000s, along with the development of the anarchist movement in Russia, anti-repression groups emerged and the ABC tradition was revived.

An activist Ivan Markov also spoke about the history of the leftist movement in Crimea in 2009-2018, as well as the criminal case against anarchist Yevgeny Karakashev, who is now held in Russian prison.

The participants of the event honored the memory of the anarchists who died during the armed conflicts and fell victims of the prison system, with a minute of silence.

Letters and postcards were collected. And at the very end of the evening its participants were photographed with posters in support of political prisoners: the photos will be given to the imprisoned comrades through the lawyers.

The event was held as part of the annual International Week of Solidarity with anarchist prisoners.

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An Introduction to the IWW: Derry Event

This coming October will see a public event in Derry organised by the radical trade union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). The recently formed union was established several years ago throughout Ireland as part of a growing energy into international revolutionary syndicalist ideas, a rejection of reformist trade unionism, its methods and the political parties that seek to dominate and control them.

Already the IWW has witnessed steady growth in its ranks in most towns and cities across the island of Ireland, making the connection with the international union’s historical past and that of the radical Irish migrants which first influenced it’s thinking, when it originally formed in North America back in 1905.

The IWW is a revolutionary workers’ organisation with a storied past, and its unique class struggle traditions carry on to the present. As the rich and their politicians intensify their class war on workers and the poor, working people are seeking out ways we can fight back and win.

The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organising on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organising to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.

Irish Migrant: Eva Lynch, IWW member arrested by New South Wales Police while addressing a meeting in the Sydney on Sunday 16 September 1917

We are the Industrial Workers of the World because we organise industrially. This means we organise all workers producing the same goods or providing the same services into one union, rather than dividing workers by skill or trade, so we can pool our strength to win our demands together.

Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have made significant contributions to the labour struggles around the world and have a proud tradition of organising across gender, ethnic and racial lines – a tradition begun long before such organising was popular.

We aim to organise the worker, not the job, and recognise that unions are not about government certification or employer recognition but about workers coming together to address common concerns.

Sometimes this means refusing to work with dangerous equipment and chemicals. Sometimes it means striking or signing a contract. Other times it mean agitating around particular issues or grievances in a workplace or industry.

The IWW is a democratic, member-run union. That means members decide what issues to address, and which tactics to use and we directly vote on office holders, from stewards to national offices.

We encourage anyone interested in learning more about the IWW and engage in trade union activity in their workplace to come along to the workshop “Introduction to the IWW” workshop at the CCA on October 1st 2022 12pm-2pm.

For further information please email derry@iww.org.uk

Facebook event page HERE

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Belarus Overview: A summer of repression

Mikita Jemialjanau was transferred to the correctional facility in Vokovyssk where he was regularly sent to punishment cell on manufactured pretext, including communication with Siarhei Ramanau.

Emelyanov Nikita Vladimirovich
IK-11, ul. Rokossovskogo 118, Volkovyssk, Volkovysski r-n, Grodnenskaya obl., 231900, BELARUS

Pavel Bialanau, the guitarist of the Deviation band, who had been charged with insulting the prеsident by the “Fuck Luka” tattoo was released due to the expiration of the period of limitation for the institution of criminal proceedings.

Upon arrival in correctional facility IK-20, Ihar Alinevich was put in the punishment cell for a month. Then he was transferred to secure housing unit and the facility administration started the process of transferring him to prison. In August, the anarchist was sent to the prison in Zhodino.

ST-8, Zhodino,
222163, ul. Sovetskaya, 22A
Igor Vladimirovich Olinevich

Siarhei Ramanau was also regularly put in a punishment cell. He was deprived of calls and care packages from family. Reportedly, he lost 10 kilograms. At the end of August, it became known that he was put in a secure housing unit.

IK-11, ul. Rokossovskogo 118, Volkovyssk, Volkovysski r-n, Grodnenskaya obl., 231900, BELARUS
Romanov Sergey Aleksandrovich

Dzmitry Dubouski was put in a punishment cell on the day of his birthday, 29 July. 30 days later, he’s still staying there.

IK-3, Vitebskaya oblast, Vitebski rayon, Vitba, 211300
Dmitry Nikolayevich Dubovsky

At the end of the June, the court ruled to transfer Mikalai Dziadok to prison. He’ll spend the rest of his sentence in prison in Grodno. Since the 3rd of August he’s been staying in a punishment cell. He is generally kept in solitary confinement.

Dedok Nikolay Aleksandrovich
Turma-1, ul. Kirova 1, Grodno, 230023, Belarus

On the 5th of July, the court in Minsk sentenced Aleh Audzejenka to three years of home confinement. The anarchist was detained on the 25th of February 2022 on administrative charges but later he was charged with organising activities violating public order). During the search, the police found several anarchist flags and literature at his place.

Anarchist sentenced under the “Pramen” case were transferred to correctional facilities. You can support them by sending letters to the new addresses:

Evgeny Aleksandrovich Rubashko
IK-2. ulica Sikorskogo 1
213800, Bobruisk
Belarus

Artem Dmitriyevich Solovey
IK-17, Shklov,
213004, 1-ya Zavodskaya ulica, 8
Belarus

Artem Sergeyevich Solovey

IK-15, Slavgorodskoe shosse 183,
Veino, Mogilev, 213105
Belarus

Aleksandr Andreevich Belov
IK-22, Brestskaya oblast, Ivatsevichi,
225295, stantsiya Diomanovo, a/ya 20
Belarus

They also were included in the list of “Citizens involved in extremist activity”. This document was formed and published by the cops allegedly to strengthen security and prevent the recurrence of extremist acts. It includes those who were convicted in criminal cases of “extremist nature.” At the moment, the list includes 469 people.

While serving the sentence, as well as within five years after release, a person on the list will not be able to engage in educational and/or publishing activities, as well as hold public office and perform military service. The financial transactions of such people will be subject to control.

Ihar Bantser was detained again on the 4th of August and brought to Minsk. The police drew up 18 administrative offences reports. At the moment, he served 30 days for two counts and is awaiting trials for the rest.

On the 9th of August, antifascist Hanna Pyshnik was sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment. She was accused of facilitating extremist activity by sending videos of Russian helicopters to one of the protest Telegram channels. She has a 9-year-old daughter and a grandma who need support

Pyshnik (Chimpoyesh) Anna Gennadyevna
SIZO-3, ul. Knizhnaya 1A, Gomel, 246003, Belarus


It became known that the verdict of the so-called “international criminal group” case will be announced on the 6th of September at 15:00 in the Minsk City Court.

10 people are defendants in the case: Aliaksandr FrantskevichAkihiraKhanada-HajeuskiAliaksei HalaukoPavel ShpetnyAliaksandr KazliankaAndrei Marach, Mikita DranetsDaniil ChulMarfa Rabkova, and Andrei Chapiuk. They are charged with 10 articles of the Criminal Code for the activities in 2016-2020. Some of the anarchists face up to 20 years in prison.

Source: ABC Belarus

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ACTION ALERT: Get Samantha To Hospital After Her Heart Attack

Please complete the action using this tool: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/action-alert-get-samantha-to-hospital-after-her-heart-attack

Samantha Faulder is a long-term prisoner at HMP Eastwood Park. She recently lost her life-partner, Taylor.

She has now had a suspected heart attack in prison but has not been taken to hospital. Please contact the prison to demand she is taken to hospital ASAP, her life depends on it.

Sam has had two previous heart attacks in the last 3 years. She uses an angina spray and is awaiting valve replacement surgery. In this recent attack, she had debilitating chest pain, nausea, lost control of her bladder and was unable to move to press her buzzer and call for help. When she was finally found, prison healthcare staff did not call an ambulance. All they did was an ECG and checked her blood pressure. The nurse informed her that HMP Eastwood Park had missed two previous cardiology appointments with the local hospital. They have told Sam she will go for an appointment ‘soon’ in the coming weeks but did not specify when. They did not acknowledge the severity of her symptoms and were dismissive and neglectful.

An NHS doctor has informed us that it is essential she is taken to hospital ASAP so that they can urgently:

– identify myocardial ischemia changes to see if they need to start treatment;         

– see if there is a troponin rise to know if she actually had a myocardial infarction, which again needs treatment.

She cannot afford to wait for these vital assessments. She deserves equal access to healthcare, the same as anyone else. 

Demand HMP Eastwood Park takes Samantha Faulder to hospital ASAP! No more deaths in prison!

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Support anti-fascists arrested in “Tyumen case”

The support group of antifascists, defendants of “Tyumen case” issued a call for fundraising.

You may donate for lawyer costs of the arrested via bank (in Russia)https://www.tinkoff.ru/cf/6PJPbxpphDt

Or PayPal of Anarchist Black Cross (ABC)- Moscow: abc-msk@riseup.net (indicate in the description “Tyumen case”)

Address for letters: SIZO-1, ul. Yalutorovskaya, d. 42, Tyumen, 625000.

You can also write through the Russian services of FSIN-Pismo and Zonatelecom, or by sending e-mail to anarchist black cross of Moscow (abc-msk@riseup.net) (note that many countries have halted postal services with Russia).

Deniz Alattinovich Aidin (born 1999)
Nikita Vitalievich Oleynik (1995)
Yuriy Evgenievich Neznamov (1995)
Danil Germanovich Chertikov (1994)
Roman Vladimirovich Paklin (1997)
Kirill Alekseevich Brik (1998)

Note that all letters should be written in Russian, you may use a google translate.

At the end of August in Tyumen, Yekaterinburg and Surgut 6 antifascists were detained. August 30, Kirill Brik and Deniz Aidin were arrested in Tyumen. Security forces claim that the young men had explosive materials, that they allegedly wanted to test in the area of Tyumen’s thermal power plant (TPP). August 31, around 22-23 hours – accompanied by the “Grom” special forces – Yuriy Neznamov was arrested in a rented apartment in Yekaterinburg. At the same time, Danil Chertikov was detained. After the raid in his house,15.000 rubles (circa 250 dollars) were stolen by officials. In the same day, they detained Nikita Oleynik and Roman Paklin in Surgut. After the raid of Nikita’s house, 200.000 rubles (circa 3300 dollars) were stolen .

September 1, they placed them on Malygina 54 in Tyumen (Federal Drug Control Administration). All of them are accused of “Organization and participation in terrorist group”. Maximum penalty – 10 years of imprisonment for participation, up to 20 for organization.

Yuriy recounted in details to his lawyers the tortures with electricity and water after the arrests. He signed papers under pressure, and he didn’t had the opportunity to read the. Relatives of Roman Paklin reported about the tortures of Roman Paklin his relatives. As a result of the tortures, he may not use his arm.

The official version of the investigation became known from an anonymous source in the law enforcement agencies. Allegedly, the leader – that’s 27 years old Nikita Oleynik from Surgut – “created a terrorist group” due to “his hatred of current regime”. During the last year, he allegedly involved in this group his friends and “assigned them roles” in order to “undertake terrorist activity” in Tyumen of Sverdlovsk Oblast and in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. With that claim of that, they opened a case against Oleynik with charges of “Creation of terrorist community”, while against the rest – under the “Participation in terrorist community”

The 24 year old auto mechanic Kirill Brik and 23 year old Deniz Aidin from Tyumen are considered by the investigation as bombers: in the case file they are listed as “manufacturers” of the explosive. Therefore, they are additionally accused of “Production of improvised explosives”.

According to security forces’ data, Oleynik wanted to use Danila Chertikov from Yekaterinburg as a doctor, so that he would provide the “terrorist group” with medication. Which medication in particular is unknown, but as veterinarian Chertikov was working in “Vetpuls” clinic and treated animals, not people.

As the source claims, the investigator believes that Oleynik organized secret meetings of the six, during which they were discussing “how they will overthrow the government”, and was also involved in recruitment, manipulation and “propaganda of terrorist activity” within the group. According to investigation’s version, the accused were involved in “destructive activity” on the territory of Ural region all year. The source didn’t mention what that activity involved.

More details about the arrested antifascists

Telegram channel of “Tyumen case in Russian

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Barricade Bulletin No. 19 Out Now!

Barricade Bulletin No.19 is out now. You can receive it directly from members locally or from the usual local outlets.

For those of you who live outside of Derry and the North West you can download the online version which now carries news, articles and other information.

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International Solidarity With Anarchist Prisoners

As part of an international Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners, members of the Industrial Workers of the World joined with a number of anarchists and non-aligned activists in central Dublin as part of an event organised by the Irish Anarchist Network.

The event itself began at the James Connolly Statue near Liberty Hall before moving to Talbot Bridge on the River Liffy. There, those gathered unfurled several prisoner solidarity banners as part of a banner drop at Talbot Bridge to highlight the ongoing incarceration of anarchist prisoners and the Craigavon Two who continue to fight against their wrongful imprisonment. As the action came to a close, those in attendance listened to a statement written by IWOC Ireland member John Paul Wootton, who along with Brendan McConnville from part of the Craigavon Two.

The statement on behalf the Incarcerated Workers of the World (Ireland) was read out by a member of the Industrial Workers of the World as those present gathered along side the Liffy.

It read:

IWOC STATEMENT AUGUST 2022:

The state justice system is a failure. We talk in particular about the abusive cages, comes to those who it considers perpetrators, to provide relief to those who it considers victims.

On a daily basis those of us on the inside experience the harm it inflicts, not only on us directly, but on our families, friends and comrades.

Prisons are the side of the state’s tendency towards authoritarianism, mostly to express itself. Typically, through arbitrary punishment, whimsical impositions and degrading acts such as strip-searching.

Although the state claim to afford us rights and protections. Their systematic disempowering of everyone they hold makes these rights and protections impossible to assert.

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Instead we are left in a daily struggle of increased violence and oppression on the inside.

It’s not only people in prison who suffer, the system consistently demonstrates its inability to meet the needs of those it seeks to protect or serve justice.

Women, members of the Traveller community, those living in poverty or experiencing mental ill-health, to name a few, are constantly let down or ignored. As a consequence, it is left up to our communities to pick up the pieces.

We seek to abolish prisons, about that we make no apology.

We seek to replace prison and the ‘injustice’ system as a whole, in fact we seek to empower everyone to achieve truth, justice and freedom.

Standing together in solidarity inside and out we can overcome this broken system and create a better alternative, which is why we are grateful to all involved in organising the events this week, and to all those who have attended events throughout this important week of international solidarity with anarchist prisoners.

Such actions are a step towards a better future.

We ask that you do not lament our incarceration, instead organise, mobilise and fight for justice and freedom for all.

John Paul Wootton

IWOC Ireland

In other parts of the country, similar actions throughout the Week of Solidarity in Belfast, Derry and Galway. A number of workshops are planned to take place in person or online as part of an international effort of solidarity and action with anarchists prisoners throughout the world.

#JFTC2

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Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners: Belfast

In Belfast last night a small group of anarchists and anti-authoritarians came together to mark the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners.

We joined with anarchists around the world in sharing solidarity with those locked away by the state for their convictions. Gathering at Belfast’s Anti-fascist Memorial, we shared updates from anarchist prisoners around the world and paused to consider the case of the Craigavon 2 and their ongoing struggle for justice.

We were particularly grateful to the family members of miscarriage-of-justice prisoner John-Paul Wootton for joining us. Having been imprisoned alongside Brendan McConville for a crime neither of them committed, JP found anarchism on the inside and is actively fighting the brutal prison apparatus in the North of Ireland, and fanning the flames of discontent amongst his fellow prisoners.

Continuing our efforts to reach out to prisoners we will be holding a letter writing session in Paperxclips in Blackstaff Mill, Belfast on Wednesday 31st August from 6:30pm. This is a chance to hear a bit more about John-Paul and Brendan’s case as well as learning about anarchist prisoners from around the world. This will be geared towards folks who are new to prisoner solidarity so no prior experience is required. We will talk through how to write to prisoners and provide materials for anyone attending to use.

Justice for the Craigavon 2 and free all prisoners of the state now. Dlúthpháirtíocht, neart ‘s grá go ár gcomrádaithe. Cealú anois!

If you want to support John-Paul and Brendan you can write to them at:

John Paul Wootton H5573

Magilligan Prison,

Point Road,

Co. Derry,

BT49 OLR

North Ireland

Brendan McConville

Roe House,

Maghaberry Gaol,

17 Old Road,

Lisburn,

BT28 2PT

North Ireland

#jftc2

#woswap2022

#IWOC

#IWW

www.jftc2.ie

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Musical tribute to Craigavon Two

In this Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners, a beautiful solidarity tribute to John Paul Wootton & Brendan McConville by Industrial Workers of the World folks singing duo Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino. #JFTC2

Our song in homage to Lucy Parsons, co-founder of the IWW.

Lucy Parsons Oh, Lucy Parsons, your light perseveres For a hundred and fifty years They’ve tried to put you in a box With lies, untruths, chains and locks Your personhood, your truth deny, To nullify your battle cry And didn’t you just confound them all And hurl down a knuckleball Oh, Fellow Worker, we sing this song for you And all our other Fellow Workers, too Oh, Fellow Worker, we sing this song for you And all our Fellow Workers in the I double double U Were you black or brown or red? To them It didn’t matter what you said If your line could be verified They could just sweep it all aside One thing is true it’s plain to see A rainbow’s flight is truly free With the rain that fell when the sun shone bright That fleeting arc fades out of sight Working for the revolution all of your many days “More dangerous than a thousand rioters” Isn’t that what they say? Around the world in many lands Fightin’ for the rights of working hands A voice that would not be confined Controlled, conquered or left behind Oh, Fellow Worker, persevere, We hear you still year after year The lies, untruths, chains and locks Couldn’t keep you in a box

© July 29, 2022 words & music by Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino

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IWOC: Week of Action & Solidarity

This year, members of the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee will join with prisoners and their families to call for an end to their incarceration.

IWOC will reach out to members incarcerated in Ireland and extend it solidarity with them directly. This year we will draw attention to the case of our member John Paul Wootton who is an anarchist, a wobblie and of course a miscarriage of justice victim who, along with Brendan McConville, forms part of the Craigavon Two.

Members will be taking part in making banners to help highlight prisoners by way of banner drop and also gathering for a protest actions in solidarity with them. If members or those interested can also do similar actions themselves an gather with like-minded people. Choose a noted or central location nearest you, bring your flags and banners and encourage others to join in.

You can find updated info on Anarchist Prisoners week of action 23rd – 30th August.

To get in touch with organising group of International week of solidarity you can write us to tillallarefree@riseup.net.

Take in account that we are not responsible for organising individual events in your place. We encourage you to create events wherever you live and send statement photographs of solidarity with us.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @solidarity_week & @IwocIreland

Send protest or banner drop images to tillallarefree@riseup.net and ABC Derry at derryanarchists@gmail.com for International publication on social media etc.

Derry ABC: https://t.co/DvwQG0aCg0

IWOC Ireland: iwoc.ireland@iww.org.uk

IWOC Ireland on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Incarcerated-Workers-Organising-Committee-Ireland-111781777110100

Protests or Pickets suggested in Ireland for this coming Saturday & Sunday at agreed/suitable locations. Banners posters or placards, banner drops highlighting solidarity actions.

Prepare now and make a banner in solidarity with anarchist prisoners. Arrange with local anarchists locally and supporters for solidarity photographs of actions.

We are asking you to help highlight the case of Irish Anarchist Prisoner John Paul Wootton and his friend Brendan McConville at this time of the Craigavon Two who continue to fight their miscarriage of justice #jftc2

You can also send a direct letter of solidarity to John Paul Wootton at:

John Paul Wootton H5573, Magilligan Prison, Point Road, Limavady, County Derry, BT49 0LR, North Ireland.

Brendan McConville Maghaberry Prison, Old Road Ballinderry Upper LISBURN BT28 2PT, North Ireland.

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