John Paul Wootton New Years Message

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John Paul Wootton New Years Message #JFTC2

Firstly I like to wish everyone a happy New Year and thank all those who sent me cards and letters over Christmas.

As I move forward into the New Year and with it a new decade, the possibility of getting a resolution to our case inches closer.

Having spent the whole of the previous decade (and more) a captive of the state, it has been a challenge to stay resolute in the face of such overwhelming odds.
However the love and solidarity shown by my family and friends and many others around the world has given me the strength to continue to resist the villainy of the so called British justice system.

This coming year it is expected that the Criminal Cases Review Commission will deliver its report and hopefully send us back to the Court of Appeal, where release from this injustice can be achieved. I am under no illusions however the court will not go out of its way to rule in our favour the state would be content to allow this injustice to continue indefinitely.

Our situation will only be put right if we renew our efforts over the coming months, if we continue to raise awareness and ensure the courts know that people are watching and will except nothing but the end of this miscarriage of justice.

I ask once again for you all to join with me and my family championing our cause and demanding justice.
Help make 2020 the year of our freedom!

John Paul Wootton
The Craigavon Two
Maghaberry Gaol

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Russian Prosecutor Demands Long Prison Sentences For ‘Network’ Case Defendants

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The prosecutor in charge of the so-called ‘Network’ aka Penza/St Petersburg case demanded on December 26th prison time between 6 and 18 years for seven defendants:

Dmitry Pchelintsev – 18 years of the strict regime colony
Ilya Shakursky – 16 years of the strict regime colony
Andrey Chernov – 14 years of the strict regime colony
Maxim Ivankin – 13 years of the strict regime colony
Mikhail Kulkov – 10 years of the strict regime colony
Vasily Kuksov – 9 years of the general regime colony
Arman Sagynbayev – 6 years of the general regime colony
If convicted, all but two will serve their sentences in a high-security prison colony.

The Network case had begun in October 2017, when the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested six people in Penza, western Russia, accusing them of participation in a terrorist organisation “The Network”. Two other Penza residents disappeared and were put on the wanted list by the FSB. They were subsequently detained in Moscow. In January 2018, two more people were arrested in the same case, and, in April that year, charges were brought against one more person.

Most of the defendants in the Network case are antifascists and anarchists. They stand accused of participating in “anarchist terrorist community” intending to use bombs to trigger “destabilisation of the political climate in the country” during the Russian presidential elections in March 2018 and the football World Cup held in the country in July that year. The Network allegedly had cells functioning in Moscow, Petersburg, Penza, and Belarus.

According to the prosecution, the “anarchist terrorist community” was set up in May 2015. After the group formation, the defendants allegedly “assigned roles among themselves and explored ways of committing crimes” in order to overthrow the Russian regime by “establishing combat groups and recruiting individuals who shared their anarchist ideology.”

The activists claimed that they were tortured to extract confessions and that weapons and other incriminating materials were planted by the Russian police in their flats and cars. Despite repeated claims of torture, evidence supporting such claims, and the FSB itself describing electrocuting one of the detained activists as “professional necessity”, no investigation against the FSB commenced. However, the highly anticipated trial of the accused anarchists begun in front of three judges from Volga District Military Court in April 2019, amid presence of riot cops, regular police, media and supporters.

The next court hearing, during which the defence will be heard, is scheduled for January 13, 2019.

What can you do to support the Russian antifascists and anarchists who have been tortured and imprisoned by the FSB?

Donate money to the Anarchist Black Cross via PayPal [abc-msk@riseup.net]. Make sure to specify your donation is earmarked for “Rupression.”
Spread the word about the Network Case aka the Penza-Petersburg “terrorism” case. You can find more information about the case and in-depth articles translated into English on this website.
Organise solidarity events where you live to raise money and publicise the plight of the tortured Penza and Petersburg antifascists.
If you have the time and means to design, produce, and sell solidarity merchandise, please write to [rupression].
Write letters of support to the prisoners and their loved ones via [https://rupression.com/en/#support].

http://www.facebook.com/pg/rupression/

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Solidarity With Craigavon 2

80802586_2930274517016684_8136027798025273344_nPrisoner solidarity with John Paul Wootton and the ongoing miscarriage of justice of the Craigavon Two.

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) express their continued support and solidarity with the campaign known as the Craigavon Two.

During a panel discussion in relation to the Craigavon Two held in Derry at the beginning of 2019 at the Bloody Sunday March for Justice Week of events a statement read out on behalf of both men on their continuing fight for justice and please share.
https://player.vimeo.com/video/312628204
https://player.vimeo.com/video/312630022

Both the IWW and the IWOC believe it is vital for anyone who believes in human rights and social justice to step forward and highlight this case and the continued imprisonment of these two innocent men, who will be going into their 12th year locked up Maghaberry prison in March 2020.

There are many ways in which you can help demand justice for John Paul and Brendan and the main one of which the campaign and the families a calling for people to assist with it their online petition. There are currently over 11,170 signatures of which you can play your part in assisting.

Please continue to sign and share the petition.

https://www.change.org/p/ccrc-the-craigavon-2-deserve-justice-now?recruiter=110931870&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition&fbclid=IwAR3gr3Oy5ns7DdGG4xqKr_C5hvz5ZTAaKBe8oXmXNM9QO6Z6UpRXsL3G_s0&use_react=false

The IWW Ireland, along with other trade union organisations have statements voicing their continuing support and solidarity: https://iwwireland.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/iww-demand-justice-for-the-craigavon-two/

If your union or community organisation hasn’t issued a message of solidarity then it is time to ask, why not?

Lastly, you to can write to political groups or figures in your location to raise awareness of the campaign for justice and solidarity. Likewise, you can highlight the case at British Embassies or Consulates where you live.

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Kevan Thakrar Is The Victim Of Racist Attack In HMP Full Sutton

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On the afternoon of December 23rd Kevan Thakrar a known racist attempted to take Kevan Thakrar’s life. Kevin McCarthy stabbed Kevan more than four times while Kevan was at the food servery. He used a wooden shank. Kevan has four puncture wounds on his back and bruises and scratches after also being hit on the head. Kevin walked past two prison officers neither of whom intervened to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned round to defend himself. The prison failed to take him to hospital but he was treated by two nurses on the wing.

This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months. Kevan is shaken and in need of support to demand the prison move him to a safer location and take action to stop further racist attacks on his life. Feel free to use your own words as well as the sample scripts below.

Call script:

Hello, I am calling on behalf of Kevan Thakrar who is currently in the CSC at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan was stabbed four times yesterday by a known racist prisoner. Two prison officers were present and did not act to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned around to protect himself. This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months and yet he is still held in the CSC.

I am really concerned about Kevan’s safety in the CSC and I am calling to demand that he is moved out of the CSC and to a safer location immediately.

Letter template:

To –

I am writing as a concerned community member on hearing of a physical attack against Kevan Thakrar that occurred on 23rd December at HMP Full Sutton. The person who stabbed Kevan is known to have racist views.

Two prison officers were present and did not act to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned around to protect himself.

This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months. Kevan has made complaints about threats of violence from known racist prisoners but no action had been taken.

I am extremely concerned about Kevan’s safety and wellbeing in the CSC. Kevan has PTSD and these acts of violence add further traumas.

The environment created in the Close Supervision Centre makes it more likely for these acts of extreme violence to occur and Kevan is at riskof further attacks there.

I am urging you to move Kevan out of the CSC and to a safer location immediately.

Yours Sincerely,

Write to Governor Gareth Sands at HMP Full Sutton or phone the prison on 01759 475100.

Email the Executive Director for High Security & Long Term Estate for HM Prison and Probation Service, Richard Vince demanding Kevan be moved from the CSC to a safer location: Richard.Vince02@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Email Sir Greg Knight, MP for East Riding: sothcottt@parliament.uk

Keep Kevan updated with all your actions by email through emailaprisoner.com or letter to:

Kevan Thakrar, A4907AE
HMP Full Sutton
York
YO41 1PS

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Support Bristol Antifascists

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-antifascists-from-bristol

“Please support antifascists from Bristol who have been repeatedly targeted by the police for being active antifascists. A particularly heavy fine of £1500 was imposed on one antifascist, a person of colour, who has also been experiencing significant intimidation and harassment from local officers.

Three antifascists are currently facing bogus charges from a “total policing”, Draconian operation to prevent opposition to a far-right demonstration in Dewsbury on 12th October.

This repression is intended to wear us down and intimidate us. It is also designed to waste our time and effort with fundraising to pay for numerous journeys to court and to pay the fines imposed.

We need to show the authorities that it will not work. Please show your solidarity and support by making a donation towards our target of £1000. “

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Support anarchist and antifa prisoners in St.Petersburg and Penza!

abc5Anarchist prisoner support in Russia are currently fundraising to pay the lawyers working on several cases related to the police raids and arrests of anarchists and antifascists in St. Petersburg and Penza, Russia.

As of now, two people in St. Petersburg and five in Penza are under arrest, while many others have been connected to their cases as witnesses. The raids and repressions are likely to continue.

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Imprisoned anarchist comrade Eric King facing up to 20 more years in jail after beating by guard (USA)

Untitled-collage-12-1024x446For folks who are unaware Eric is an anarchist and anti-fascist prisoner who was sentenced to 10 years for an attempted arson, an action in solidarity with the Ferguson uprising in Kansas city. Throwing two Molotov cocktails into a state representatives office at night time. He has since remained outspoken against the prison system. Exposing abuses and standing tall in the face of constant attacks and oppression.

In august of last year Eric was dragged into a broom closet and attacked by Lt Wilcox at FCI Florence. Attacked because he is an anarchist and anti-fascist. It was timed to line up with the surgery for his wifes cancer. He was subsequently tortured and abused and never checked out medically despite being kicked in the head for 5 plus minutes. And tied to a 4 point restraint for 8 hours, having to urinate himself resulting in nerve damage to his wrists. Read the rest of this entry »

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