On 22nd August president Lukashenko has signed papers to release all the political prisoners, including our comrades Ihar, Mikalai and Artsiom as well as the nationalist Jauhen Vas’kovich.
This release comes after 5 years that they had to spend in prison. All the time prisoners were subject to psychological and physical torture. Numerous days were spent in solitary confinement as a punishment for struggle aginst the prison oppression.
We are glad to meet our comrades and see them in good spirits! They are now together with their families and friends. They will be under constant police control for next 5 years.
With this happening we would like to thank everyone who was helping ABC-Belarus all these years. We enjoyed incredible support of communities all around the world and through this we manage to create a really encouraging atmosphere of solidarity. Thank you very much!
Though these people are free, there are still several comrades who are in prisons in Belarus. They also need your support.
Till all are free.
Today Alexander Lukashenko has signed papers to release all official political prisoners in the country. This includes anarchists Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and Artsiom Prakapenko.
We would like to congratulate our comrades and thank everyone for the solidarity with them!
On 23 August Mikalai Dziadok will become 27. Once again he will have to celebrate his birthday in prison. Relatives and friends of the anarchist were hoping to have him outside of the prison that day, because he was supposed to be released march this year. However out of fear for political protests and loosing power state have decided to keep Dziadok one more year in Prison.
You can send him your warm words at:
213410, Gorki, ul. Dobrolubova, 16, IK-9, PKT
Dedok Nikolai Aleksandrovich / Dziadok Mikalai Aliaksandravich*
You can also send him a letter through our online form – https://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=579&lang=en
We call everyone to congratulate our friend on that day with actions of solidarity and letters.
In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasise the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries, to say nothing of the names and cases involving many of our incarcerated comrades. Continue reading Call out for an International Week for Anarchist Prisoners
We are publishing a letter by Ihar Alinevich where he commented on the trip of the human rights organization Platforma (The Platform) representatives around the correctional colonies and described in detail the system in which he had been forced to live for the last 5 years. Currently, the political prisoner is serving time in the Vitba 3 colony.
– Leaving, once again, the punishment cell, I found that the situation with prisons was being discussed in the press again. With a smile, I read an article by Elena Krasovskaya-Kasperovich [head of the human rights organization Platform-Innovation- Ed.] telling how “the situation has changed for the better in the last five years.” I personally saw the arrival of Krasovskaya-Kasperovich and Likhovid at the prison and their so-called inspection. Continue reading Ihar Alinevich on conditions in Belarusian penitentiaries: suicides, abuse and lawlessness.