At least 10 people were arrested after the incidents that broke out on Saturday the 4th of December when riot police in Copenhagen prevented antifascist demonstrators from reaching an Islamophobic PEDIGA rally. It gathered only sixty demonstrators who had planned to cross popular districts. But the anti-fascist counter-demonstrators, far more numerous, have obliged them to renounce them and to modify their itinerary. Barricades were built and fires burning. Those arrested were for “assaulting a policeman, vandalism and refusal to obey orders”.
Michelle Smith is an antifascist from Merseyside, who was sentenced to 12 months in prison on the 12th of July for resisting a fascist presence in Dover on January 30, 2016.
Michelle is passionate in her beliefs and in standing up for the rights of people to live without fear of racist attacks. Michelle has never been violent, she has remained dignified even when these thugs have repeatedly threatened her home address, her children and her livelihood. Michelle remained dignified when one of these thugs attacked her in her in her work place. She has spent her life in the service of others. She is a single mother of two children and her involvement in anti-fascism has always been about making this country a safer place for them to live. Her actions were taken to resist racism and fascism.
We believe that anti-fascist action is always self-defence. By confronting fascists and their ideas we strive for people to live without fear. We stand with Michelle and always will do. We ask every one of you to remember the atrocious history of violence that fascists have done and continue to do to our society and to support us by joining, campaigning and donating to the cause.
We will not allow our comrade to be forgotten; we will campaign for her release.
She is in there for us, and we are out here for her.
If you want to write to Michelle please message Merseyside Anti-Fascist Network and they will send you her details, or alternatively send your letter along with a blank, stamped, unsealed envelope to London ABC, c/o Freedom Bookshop, 84b Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX
Roman Bogdan is an antifascist from Brest. Arrested on April 1, 2015 on suspicion of participation in the fight with neo-nazis that took place on May 8, 2013. On October 3, 2015 got 8 years of penal colony with reinforced regime (339.3, 147.2) and 3500 euro of damages to be paid to the injured nazis.
On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted the sentence by 2 years.
The whole amount of damages has been paid by the family of the
antifascist, though later the sum was partly covered by the ABC-Belarus, local movement and a benefit concert in Warsaw. Around 1900 euros are not covered yet, and although we hate to pay anything to the neonazis, we think it’s unfair to have the family pay for the political activity of the antifascist. This responsibility should be placed on the movement and that’s why we appeal to all concerned people to help us collect the money and pay it back to Roman’s family. It is especially crucial now,
because recently he has been transferred back to Brest pre-trial facility to be interrogated about another account of a group fight that happened a few years ago.
Donate to Roman’s family using
PayPal – belarus_abc[at]riseup.net
European bank account (please ask privately)
Write Roman to:
p. Molodezhnyj, IK-17, otryad 12
Spread this call wider!
When mass civil protests in Russia were defeated in 2011-12 the Putinist police regime started open political repressions against militants of social and political movements, including anarchists and antifascists. Many activists have been sentenced to prison terms in the course of the last 5 years in Russia.
We call on comrades from the whole world to show solidarity with Russian anarchists and antifascists – prisoners of the Putinist police state, and distribute information about the international solidarity decade as widely as possible, maybe organise an event in your own town.
It could be an info-party where letters could be written, a film show, a fund-raising event, a benefit gig, a protest action at the Russian embassy in your own country, a solidarity action – only your fantasy is the limit.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1774132002816021/
“Vkontakte” event: http://vk.com/abc_solidarity_days
(from ABC Belarus)
Dzmitry Zvan’ko sentenced to 5 years for a fight with neonazis in Brest was released on parole yesterday. All in all he has spent 3 years in jail.
There are two more convicts in this case – Roman Bogdan and Dzmitry Stsyashenka. Don’t forget them, show your solidarity!
p. Molodezhnyj, IK-17, otryad 12
ul. Sikorskogo 1a, IK-2, otryad 14
via Indymedia UK
A call out for solidarity with Anti-fascist prison resister Jock Palfreeman
We are urgently calling all anarchist, anti-fascist and other anti-authoritarian left wing groups to act in solidarity with Jock Palfreeman (full story of his case is in the attached appeal below). Jock has already served several years of his 20 year sentence in Bulgaria. He actively works towards organising his fellow prisoners and highlights cases of repression by the prison authorities. He is one of the founders of the Bulgarian Prisoners Association. In the last few years, the response to his imprisonment and calls for solidarity with him from the anarchist and anti-fascist movement have been underwhelming. He needs more groups and individuals to join the campaign for his freedom. His family and some liberals have been organising support for him and trying to raise money for his fine; but Jock was always asking for a more direct kind of solidarity other than just politely asking the authorities to be nice. He needs people to not only constantly put pressure on the Bulgarian authorities in the form of letters and emails, but also organise demos and pickets outside embassies and/or any other Bulgarian institutions, generally spreading awareness about his case.
Please keep publishing information about Jock on your blogs, websites and social media. We hope you will all join the upcoming International Week of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman on 22nd-28th April, and use your creativity and imagination to express solidarity.
Brighton Anarchist Black Cross
International Week of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman – 22nd-28th April
Jock Palfreeman is an Australian who, on the 27th December 2007, on a night out in Sofia, Bulgaria; had the courage to stand up against a group of fascist hooligans. Witnessing the fascists chasing and attacking two young Roma boys, Jock ran to the boys’ aid. He did his best to keep the fascists at bay but they ended up turning on and attacking him. Left with nowhere to run, Jock had no choice but to defend himself. Andrey Monov, one of the racist gang, was stabbed and later died. Another, Anton Zahariev was injured. The Roma boys ran away. Jock has since been tried and sentenced for murder and attempted murder. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and has been given a fine running into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Andrey Monovs father is well known in Bulgaria and at his funeral there were a mixture of judges, police and politicians. Jock’s trial was (not surprisingly) a complete sham – yet another example of corruption, secret handshakes in the judicial system and media bias. The prosecutions case was built on the witness statements made by the other racists that were part of the attacking group, all claiming that Jock randomly attacked and chased them, with the intent of killing somebody. Key people and possible witnesses for Jocks defence were never interviewed by police and CCTV footage from the scene miraculously went missing. Many of the statements made at the time were different to the statements submitted to the court by the prosecution., while Jocks statement has remained consistent from the night in question.