Solidarity: THE BARCELONA 8

Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel -who barricaded himself inside the University of Lleida, defying a court order for his arrest- was finally kidnapped by Catalan police on 16th February 2021 and jailed on a nine-month sentence for “insulting the Spanish monarchy, insulting the Spanish army and police forces, and praising terrorism and banned groups” both in his statements on social media and the lyrics of his songs.

Almost two hours after officers from the Catalan police force went in early on Tuesday, Hasel was led away shouting “they will never silence us; death to the fascist state”.
Dozens of supporters had earlier built a barricade at the university in Lérida (Lleida in Catalan), 150km (90 miles) west of Barcelona. Pictures from the scene showed activists spraying fire extinguishers at police before he was arrested in the university rector’s building.

On Tuesday night protests broke out in cities across Spain. In Barcelona thousands gathered, waving placards reading “Free Pablo” before the protests turned ugly as police charged and demonstrators set barricades and rubbish bins on fire to protect themselves from the foam projectiles used by BRIMO (Catalonia’s infamous riot police).

After 12 days of demonstrations and riots, the state authorities were overwhelmed by the resistance and huge display of solidarity and decided enough was enough. We should also mention that Catalan police image has recently plummeted even further after they blinded a woman when she was shot in the face with a foam projectile, during the Pablo Hasel solidarity demos.

On February 27, police had decided to end all this by arresting 8 activists and accused them of belonging to an “organised criminal organisation”, attempted murder and public disorder.
Not only they have been made responsible for setting a police van on fire, the evidence supplied being the fact that they all “use the same type of cigarette lighter”, but have also been selected by the state and the press as the leaders of the riots. The 5 men and 3 women happen to be involved in different anarchist community and cultural centres in Catalonia, such as El Lokal in Barcelona and other groups in Canet de Mar and Mataro. Obviously the cops and the media made it also very clear that the majority were Italian, in
an attempt to criminalise them because of their nationality.They would have been already known to the Catalan police as infiltration and surveillance ance of libertarian and community-led spaces is a regular occurrence The press has since published their names and faces and consistently pointed out their anarchist political background. Prison without bail awaiting trial. No real evidence, no real connection to the events, but already sentenced by the police and the media.

It is sickening -but perhaps not surprising- that the state is still using the same techniques to destroy the mobilisation on the streets as in the case of the Haymarket martyrs, 135 years ago now… just to name one example of many. Anarchists are the perfect scapegoat, since we do not have much support from institutions or political parties. No politician is going to risk losing the precious vote by openly supporting a group of anarchists…So anarchists naturally don’t have many friends in positions of power, and can make us very vulnerable to the state. With these selected arrests, the police are sending a clear message to the rest of society.

Who wants to go next?

21 days later, one of the Barcelona8, the woman directly accused of setting the van on fire, has been released. After being named, insulted and threatened both on the press and on social media, no real evidence has been found of her connection to the events. After viewing of the video footage, the court realised she is nowhere to be seen… She remains under charges for now, but the fact is that this is good news for the remaining comrades, as their solicitors have followed the same procedure and expect everyone of them to be cleared of all charges. The case is to tumble down for the Catalan police. The whole thing is a big fat lie.

From the Derry Anarchist Collective, we demand the immediate release of all imprisoned comrades and an end to police harassment of anarchist spaces and individuals. Both Barcelona mayor Ada Colau and the Catalan government,as well as the media were screaming in unison against the horrible Italian anarchist terror group. One thing is for sure, they will not apologise.

We are facing a strong authoritarian drift of European governments that are taking the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to repress any dissent and open the doors to dictatorship. We will not tolerate being imprisoned for our ideas.

Freedom for the Barcelona 8!

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Ruymán Libertad!

The trial that was to be held on March 24th in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias against the anarchist union organiser Ruymán Rodríguez, accused by the Civil Guard (Spanish military branch of the police) of an alleged crime of “attack on authority” was finally postponed, at the request of three cops.

Anarchist Prisoner: Ruymán Rodríguez

In 2015, Ruymán was abducted by the police and tortured for hours. When Ruymán threateaned to tell his lawers and take them to court for illegal detention and toruture, one of the cops claimed he had been kicked in the leg by Ruymán.

The police demand now that the case against them must be held at the Audiencia Provincial (the higher court in the region), under the claim that as police officers, they have a right to a special trial. They are also hoping to get some extra time and let things cool down. The Guardia Civil were not expecting the huge solidarity that the case of Ruyman has received. The trial will eventually go on and if Ruyman was to be found guilty he would be facing an 18 month prison sentence.

Ruymán has been involed with both FAGC (Anarchist Federation of Gran Canaria) and the Tenants Union for years. Back at the time of his abduction, the libertarian activist already denounced that his arrest was part of “a police campaign to destabilize the occupation project known as La Esperanza Community”, of which he himself had been one of the main promoters.

La Esperanza (Spanish for Hope) is today the largest housing self-managed project in the Spanish State, with more than 200 relocated people.
Currently, there are already 10 self-managed housing communities in Gran Canaria, with 1,000 people living in recovered homes. These are houses that, in all cases, have been abandoned for more than two years, and are owned by banks and vulture funds. The Tenants Union, with the support of FAGC, have found homes for families with no other alternative housing, migrants in a situation of police persecution or women victims of violence who are not receiving the necessary support from the state.

Ruymán has been selected once again to send a warning to the rest of the community and to protect the financial interests of banks and corporations. The Tenants Union has no leaders, but this is something that seems to escape the understanding of the police. We call for solidarity with Ruymán Rodríguez, union organiser, repressed, tortured and prosecuted by the Spanish state for housing the dispossessed.

Derry ABC

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Kill The Bill: Derry Solidarity with Protesters!

The Derry Anarchist Collective stands in solidarity with our comrades in Bristol and other cities in their continued resistance to the Police Bill. 

The Government says that this Bill “will allow the police to take a more proactive approach in managing highly disruptive protests causing serious disruption to the public.

The bill will “widen the range of conditions that the police can impose on static protests, to match existing police powers to impose conditions on marches”. And “Broaden the range of circumstances in which police may impose conditions on a protest.

What this means is that the police will have increased powers to oppress the freedom of assembly and our right to protest introducing lengthy prison sentences.

 The Tories have brought this Bill in under the cover of COVID, but in reality, it is a reach to protect the status quo against legitimate protests ranging from organising for workers’ rights, Black Lives Matter protests, to the successful tactics used by Existence Rebellion in protesting climate destruction. 

This is an appalling piece of legislation but an unsurprising one coming from the cowardly Tories, as the Bill went through a second reading after the brutal suppression of a peaceful vigil commemorating the life of Sarah Everard and the raising awareness of women’s safety and rights.

The media, as per usual have sided with the ruling class, by demonising the protesters in Bristol and other cities. Also there is no real opposition to this bill in parliament. So, it is up to us to stand up in solidarity with our comrades to resist this Bill, and protect the rights of women, minorities and other disenfranchised voices to organise and protest without the threat of lengthy prison sentences.

The Derry Anarchist Collective stands in solidarity with our comrades in Bristol and other cities in their continued resistance to the Police Bill.

*Fundraising to support Bristol defendants*

Fundraiser to support people who have been arrested in connection with the protests in Bristol recently. Money to be used for court fees, travel fees to court, legal cases against the police, and personal support if necessary. By Bristol Defendant Solidarity – they have supported IWW members before, financially and by showing up to things in person, so any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Link here –

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Barricade Bulletin No.13 Out Now!

Barricade Bulletin No. 13 is created by the Derry Anarchist Collective is now available from members locally or directly from the usual local outlets.  

For those of you beyond Derry and the North West you can download the online version which now carries news and other information.

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Justice for the Craigavon Two Website

The family and relatives of John Paul Wootton have created a new website for the ongoing campaign to demand their release. The new website comes as the campaign itself gathers strength both locally and nationally to help raise the profile of the families demands the release of Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton. You too can play your part by sharing the website and social media pages to a wider audience. Click on the following link:

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Letter from Belarusian Prisoner Ilya

Letter from Ilya Shakursky to Belarusian prisoners:

′′ Hello friends.I write to you from places that were once known for their political camps, which were called Dubravlag.I may have already known some of you. At the time when I was just in prison, I received many news from Belarus with words of support from comrades and caring people.

Today, when many of us were captured again, as it was a hundred years ago, I think it’s important to remember each other and take advantage of mutual support.

Your strength and aspiration has always been respectful, and 2020, in my opinion, inspired many, bringing hope and faith to the people. As far as I know, your situation is much harsher today than the one I’m in.

But still, I ask you not to fall in spirit.Tyranny will fall under the oppression of its own crimes.I wish you freedom, resilience and strength.

With a friendly hug ′′Information about prisoners of anti-fascists and anarchists of Belarus with addresses for letters – on the website of ACHK-Belarus:

Address for letters to Ilya Shakursky:

FCU IK-17 UFSIN of Russia in the Republic of Mordovia431161, Zubovo-Polyansky district, p. Lakeside, st. Forest, d. 3Shakursky Ilya Alexandrovich, 1996

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Anti-fascist musician ′′ Dill ′′ forced to seek asylum in France

Famous Russian anti-fascist and musician Vladimir ′′ Dill ′′ Skopintsev was forced to seek asylum in France due to persecution in Russia.

Next, we publish his letter.′′ How I became a political refugee!My life is like a Netflix series, current is more real. Not comfortable at all, but very interesting)Now I have filed a petition for political asylum in France, and here’s how it all happened:

I’ll start from far away.November 17, 2017, I decided to go to Minsk (Belarus), to congratulate my son on his 6th birthday.I bought gifts, came, congratulated, hung out with my son for a couple of days, then celebrated a friend’s birthday from Minsk…

And so we were already going to go to Moscow with a friend to celebrate my birthday – as I know I had a search at home.I call a lawyer, they tell me that ′′ FSB-Penza ′′ has done a search in the ′′ Network ′′ case (there are papers about it), they took away comps, phones, and what’s going on: people are electrocuted, and it’s better for me yet not to come back.A month passes, I’m contacting a lawyer again, they say, it’s still getting worse, people are arrested and tortured throughout Russia, and that you can easily get into a binding without even being guilty. I understand that I’m stuck in Belarus for a long time, and I decide to take my time with maximum benefit: I went to blockchain meetups, weaned in blockchain school, took part in crypto projects…

And so we launched services for the effective distribution of tokens in the Etherium blockchain, and went to celebrate this case in Grodno.I rented a house for two days on my passport. My data went on some list, and on the second day I came to see the KGB and four OMONovites.They put me face in the floor, and let’s ask where is my Ukrainian passport, and when I came from Ukraine.

And I never had a Ukrainian passport, and in Ukraine I was long ago. Even before the war…It turned out that in 2015, Russia sent a paper to Belarus, in which it wrote that I was closed to enter Russia from the territory of Ukraine. And if I try to get to Russia from Ukraine, I must be stopped.But all 2015 years I stayed in Russia, and I did not go to Ukraine.In 2016, Russia lifted the ban on entry, but in 2018 vigilant Belarusian KGBshniki decided to check who was closed the entrance to Russia there 2 years ago.

I found 0,26 grams of prohibited substances during the search, and I was sent to jail for that. There I was put on ′′ preventive accounting ′′ as ′′ extremism and other destructive activities “. I am the leader of the anti-fascist group.GUBOPIK came to learn about my relations with anarchists and antifascists from Russia and Belarus. I told them everything you can read on the Internet, and also about Physical Immortality, Artificial Intelligence and Space Ships. GUBOPIKI are shocked, they don’t understand anything themselves, but they are afraid to show their ignorance. This is a different story in general…

In the end: court, I was given 2 years of the general regime, and sent to IR-15 Mogilev.My term started 11.08.2018 and had to end 11.08.2020.I was in prison for 1 years and 1 months, and the amnesty was coming – in honor of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from the German fascist invaders.I got a year from my amnesty term, and deported from Belarus. Closed the entrance there for 5 years.On September 14, 2019, I ended up in Russia.My son in Belarus, the entrance is closed to me…

The cops didn’t care about me, ′′ FSB-PENZA ′′ returned my dad’s computer and other things they took during the search.I already thought that everything was fine, the term was creeped, they would fall behind me…Did what I love most: talked to friends, went to blockchain meetups, hung out at events… But somehow I didn’t feel safe.Friends from Germany wrote, invited to visit. I decided to go see old friends. I’ve issued a French visa for three months, within six months. French visa – because it is faster than German, even twice!On December 1, 2019, went to Germany. Helped there at the Youth Alternative Center. Conducted ′′ social games ′′ to strengthen connections within the community. I read lectures on Digitalization, talked about blockchain, smart contracts, web3. 0, DAO…

I read that the business of ′′ Net ′′ was over, the guys were given crazy time. I thought that when the ′′ Network ′′ case was closed, and after the search everything was returned – it means that I am no longer interested in offenders, and I can live quietly further, doing positive and constructive activities.The visa came to an end, I bought a return ticket Berlin-Moscow on February 27…On February 17, I am sent a link to the fact that Russia has started a new case about the ′′ extremist community “, and there is a huge list of people suspected of participating in ′′ People’s Self Defense “.

Here, in the public domain this text: of February 17, at 12:49. There are almost 15.000 views at the moment.I was not in ′′ People’s Self Defense ′′ but I was on the lists of these. There’s a photo of my passport, my passport data, a passport… In general, everything that only cops have. Besides that, there was Egor Bassist on the list – he is a great musician, we played together, and he is definitely no extremist.Still on the list was my tattoo artist and old friend Tanya Anti. She is a wonderful and kind person raising a gorgeous daughter Lena. But on the list she is listed as ′′ dangerous left-wing radical “. It all looks like some kind of madness!In general, I realized that I will never get behind again.

Too much I’ve been right, thinking too much, talking too much, doing too much…Generally speaking, ′′ do not forget, do not forget, never forget…”My friends from Germany are also shocked. They say do what you want, don’t go back, and we will help you as much as we can.I appealed to human rights activists, then to workers with refugees, and they told me: ′′ There is an agreement Dublin-3. And under this agreement you should seek asylum in a country that issued a visa.”And I have a French visa. Well, ′′ I won’t be scared by the change of places, the snitch won’t give away, the pig won’t eat…” Let’s go to France. It’s good that the world is not without good people. I was connected to people who support refugees in Franci, they advised me, told me where to apply, what documents should I apply…February 27, on the last day of the visa, I applied for political asylum in France. The process has begun. Now I have to wait 6 months to 2 years and can’t leave France.France turned out to be a very expensive country. Almost everything is twice as expensive as in Russia. But here I feel safe, and it costs a lot).I don’t know when I can return to Russia, and will I return at all… Although Kropotkin hung out in exile for 40 years, and ended up returning to his native pinates. Maybe something like this will happen for me too? ))

I already really miss my family, friends, blockchain meetups, poetic readings, robotics conferences, laboratories to prevent global risks… I actually love Moscow very much, this is my favorite city! And it’s so stupid that such a beautiful city has such terrible offending authorities!Now I’m doing what I carry documents from one place to another: received papers from the refugee association, took them to the prefecture, gave them other papers, brought them back to the refugee aid association.

There’s new papers again, back to the prefecture, again new papers to carry back… What prevents them from emailing documents – it’s not clear, but what you’ll do to avoid being in prison in a fabricated case…I have helped a lot of people in my life. And my whole life went through trying to make this world a little better.And the person who helps other people is difficult to ask for help. But on the other hand, we need to step through our EGO, and admit that we all sometimes need help, and there are times when we can’t handle it alone!I admit I’m in a situation where I can’t handle it alone!

I need your help!If you can help me somehow, help me.

Even 100 rubles is a great support!Here is my Sberbank card:4276 3800 6949 1079Vladimir Dmitrievich S.

Here is my

Here is my BTC wallet:12MHpdkcqQTE3Sq5dp2QgBoosBbzTfQTQEHere is my ETH wallet:0xcbfb5ef589010d99f519c8f9830beb8bbff23d27 “

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Anarchist Ekaterina Muranowa Targeted

Criminal proceedings have been opened in Russia, and precisely in the Republic of Karelia… due to Facebook comment under the address of the FSB officer.

It started in 2019 Under the post of anarchist Ekaterina Muranowa about the criminal case being opened against her, someone wrote an unflattering comment about the FSB Repnikov officer who was investigating anarchist case.For this reason Ekaterina was called as a witness for questioning.

The investigator who questioned her was interested in three comments and how actively she uses Facebook.

Source: Sever. The real thing is!

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Belarus: anarchist and antifascist Igor Bancer released from prison

Belarussian activist, antifascist and the singer of street punk band Mister X– Igor Bancer have been released from prison following a court verdict sentencing him to 18 months of forced labour. He has spent nearly 5 months under arrest prior to sentencing.Bancer was arrested and subsequently charged with hooliganism on 20th October 2020. His “crime” was a street performance involving dancing in front of a police car and showing his bare buttocks in front of it. However, the real reason behind his arrest and detention was his uncompromised opposition to the Belarussian dictatorial regime, his participation in the protests last year, and his long-term political activity. Igor is no stranger to state oppression and has been arrested multiple times in the past.

During his imprisonment, he has faced multiple repressions. His detention was unreasonably prolonged, and his trial postponed. He was also denied family visits and was barred from receiving parcels. Additionally, he was moved between multiple prisons and subjected to isolation, under the pretext of the Covid-19 pandemic, in each one of them. Despite this, Bancer kept demanding his basic rights. As punishment for that, he was sent to a psychiatric prison facility, where he refused medical consultation without the presence of a legal representative.

On 3rd March, to protest his detention and treatment, Bancer commenced a dry hunger strike, meaning that he refused both food and drink. In response to this action, the court intentionally delayed his trial date to, as Igor said, break him both physically and mentally. He was finally released due to his uncompromised attitude combined with an international solidarity campaign.

Currently, Bancer is recovering from his hunger strike and detention. He will however, have to serve 8 months of forced labour (with the remaining 10 months from his original sentence deducted due to the length of his pre-trial detention). Igor plans to appeal his sentence.

There are currently 302 political prisoners in pre-trial detention in Belarus, and multiple anarchists and antifascists are already serving their prison sentences or are awaiting their verdicts. We encourage you to follow the situation closely and express your solidarity. As can be seen from the example of Bancer, international attention can make a difference.

Solidarity is our weapon!

This text is a loose translation of the piece published in Polish by 161 Crew.

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Barricade Bulletin No. 12: Out Now!

Barricade Bulletin No. 12 is created by the Derry Anarchist Collective is now available from members locally or directly from the usual local outlets. 

For those of you beyond Derry and the North West you can download the online version which now carries a much more detailed section for Anarchist Black Cross news and other information. 

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