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,


North Ireland

Brendan McConville

Roe House,

Maghaberry Gaol,

17 Old Road,


BT28 2PT

North Ireland





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