Сообщение опубликовано: 31.05.2011
Сообщение опубликовано: 31.05.2011
On the 27th of May, judge Zhanna Khvoynitskaya sentenced the Belarusian anarchists Ihar Alinevich, Mikalaj Dziadok, Aliaksandar Frantskievich, Maxim Vetkin and Jauhen Silivonchyk. The young men were accused of a number of political actions, amongst which was the attack against the Russian embassy in Minsk in August of 2010.
Ihar Alinevich was accused of attacks against the Russian Embassy and Belarusbank (“Property destruction with intent”, statute 218 paragraph 3 of the Belarusian Criminal Codex), an attack against the remand prison of Minsk (also statute 218, paragraph 2), an attack against a Casino and an illegal demonstration at the military headquarters (“Aggravated hooliganism”, statute 339 paragraph 2 of Belarusian criminal codex). The prosecutor asked for a 9 year sentence in hard regime, eventually he received 8 years of hard regime (1).
Сообщение опубликовано: 27.05.2011
Today, when the sentence was passed on Belarusian anarchists, Anarchist Black Cross-Belarus considers it a must to say the words of gratitude that had accumulated during the 8.5 months of waiting and struggle.
Out experience has proven that really ‘a friend in need’s a friend indeed’.
First of all we would like to express gratitude to all the people, groups, collectives and organisations which responded to our calls for solidarity with Belarusian anarchists.
We got support from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Omsk, Novorossiysk, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, Kazan’, Cheboksary, Nizhniy Novgorod, Volgograd, Voronezh, Belgorod, Rjazan’, Smolensk, Simferopol, Mariupol, Donetsk, Kyiv, Lviv, Chishinau, Minsk, Bobruisk, Gomel, Grodno, Bereza, Zhlobin, Vilnius, Riga, Lublin, Warsaw, Szczecin, Budapest, Prague, Sofia, Vienna, Tirol, Berlin, Rostock, Hamburg, Marcelle.
On the whole, within 8 months 74 solidarity actions of all kinds took place, from info-meetings and leaflets spread to radical actions (the blockade of the Moscow-Minsk road, attacks on KGB, police stations and detention facilities).
After some actions our comrades got sentenced to 7 (arson of KGB in Bobruisk) and 8 years of prison (Ihar Alinevich – the attack on the detention facility with the demand to set free the arrested anarchists).
Just imagine how important was EVERY action, any news from outside that nobody is forgotten and nothing is forgiven, for the guys behind the bars. We took every opportunity to pass all the information about your concern to them.
*You can view the solidarity map here
The same words of gratitude we want to say to those who helped us financially (gathered money in the concerts, organised benefit-gigs and info-meetings, passed money from collectives and individuals). With your help the arrested got timely lawyer’s help and all the necessary things. We’d like to point out those who helped organise the ABC-tour.
We also grateful to any person that helped in spreading information about the repression in Belarus by all means, to every journalist that took interest in our case and was unbiased covering the events. We’d like to mention reporters from “Belsat”, “Nasha Niva”, Radio “Freedom”, “Euroradio”, “Belgazeta”, “Novaya gazeta”, “ORT”. Without your support the situation wouldn’t get so much publicity.
We are gratefull to right-watch organisations, such as “Spring96″, “Belarusian Helsinki Committee”, “Amnesty International” for legal, financial and informational support.
But still the warmest greetings go to the law-enforcement authorities. We know that you read out web-sites so this message is especially for you.
Thanx for being the so-called sanitation force who picked out those who doesn’t deserve to be called an anarchist. Now each of them is less free than any o the guys who sentenced to prison terms because of them. Thanx for opening our eyes of to them and we saw who is who.
Thanx for teaching us how to behave in your presence and under pressure and for reminding us the importance of legal education.
Thanx for changing the outlook of our parents who were so vehemently standing for us, that we were shoked ourselves. Now they are angry with you, not with us.
Thanx for putting all kinds of pressure on us, that helped to finally figure out the most important things in life and practice the will power.
We are grateful for this lesson. But we will mend our ways. For we have just started our struggle.
The state prosecutor asks to give different terms of imprisonment to five anarchists.
The state prosecutors asks the court to find them guilty in violation part 2 of article 339 of the Criminal Code (malicious hooliganism) and part 3 of article 218 (intentional destruction of or damage to property). Besides, Frantsevich is charged with unauthorized access to computer information, computer sabotage, using and spreading malware programmes, BelaPAN reports.
The state prosecutor thinks the statements by witnesses on giving them evidence under pressure were not true, because they did not complain to any agencies.
He demands to sentence Mikalai Dzyadok to six years in a medium security penal colony, Ihar Alinevich to nine years in a medium security penal colony and confiscation of property, Alyaksandr Frantsevich to five years in a medium security penal colony, Maksim Vetkin to four years of restriction of liberty, Yauheny Selivonchyk to three years of restriction of liberty.
The trial is conducted by judge Zhanna Khvainitskaya.
Сообщение опубликовано: 24.05.2011
Сообщение опубликовано: 19.05.2011
On May 18 the trial began on the criminal case against Belarusian anarchists – Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Aliaksandar Frantskevich, Maksim Vetkin and Eugene Silivonchik. They are all young people accused of committing a series of political actions, in particular, the attack on the Russian Embassy in Minsk in August 2010. They were charged under articles “hooliganism” (Part 2 art.339 Criminal Code), “intentional destruction or damage to property” (Part 2 and 3 st.218 Criminal Code) and “computer sabotage” (Part 2 of Art. 351 Criminal Code). Defendants face up to 12 years imprisonment.
As follows from the statements of the anarchists, the goal of activities was to draw attention to the situation in the country. Their actions were directed against social inequality, repression of activists, the police state and militarism. The Federation of Trade Unions (government-controlled) of Belarus has been accused of bureaucracy and the oppressors of the workers. An attack on the police station in Soligorsk was intended to remind the public that the year before, a citizen of this city and civil rights activist Yana Polyakova commited suicide, after being abused and beaten by police. The procession near the Headquarters of Armed Forces of Belarus had been protesting against the allocation of national budget funds for military exercises, when social problems are growing in the country. The action near the Russian Embassy in Minsk, was an expression of solidarity with the defenders of Khimki Moscow region forests, which were repressed in Russia.
On suspicion of the attack on the Russian Embassy on August 30, 2010 in Minsk 18 people were detained. These were anarchists and activists of social and environmental initiatives.
In Belarus, to hold people in detention without charges for more than three days unlawfully, so every 72 hours they were taken again. The heroes of this material were not charges yet.
Human rights activists call such actions of the authorities an arbitrary detention.
Сообщение опубликовано: 16.05.2011
June 11th began as an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoner Jeff “Free” Luers in 2004. At the time, Jeff was serving 22+ years. Infuriated by the environmental devastation he saw occurring on a global scale, Free torched three SUVs at a car dealership in Eugene, OR. The sentence imposed on him was meant to send a clear message to others who were angered by capitalism’s continued war on the Earth’s ecosystems – and to those who were willing to take action to put a stop to it. Free is, after all, not alone in his concerns about climate change, fossil fuels, pollution and genetically modified organisms.
After years of struggle, Jeff and his legal team won a reduction in his sentence and he was released from prison in December 2009. But in the years intervening Jeff’s arrest and release, the FBI had carried out a series of indictments and arrests in an attempt to devastate the radical environmental and anarchist communities. Two of the people caught up in this maelstrom of repression were Eric McDavid and Marie Mason.
Eric McDavid was arrested in January 2006 after being entrapped by a paid government informant – “Anna” – and was charged with a single count of conspiracy. Eric – who never carried out any actions and was accused of what amounts to “thought crime” – refused to cooperate with the state and took his case to trial. After a trial fraught with errors, the jury convicted Eric. He was subsequently sentenced to almost 20 years in prison. More information on Eric’s case can be found at www.supporteric.org
Marie Mason was arrested in March 2008 after her former partner – Frank Ambrose – turned informant for the FBI. Facing a life sentence if she went to trial, Marie accepted a plea bargain in September 2008, admitting her involvement in the burning of an office connected to GMO research and the destruction of a piece of logging equipment. At her sentencing in February the following year, she received a sentence of almost 22 years. More information on Marie’s case can be found at www.supportmariemason.org
Marie Mason and Eric McDavid share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of any environmental prisoners in the United States. Please join us in an International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners Marie Mason and Eric McDavid on June 11th. This is a time to remember our friends who are in prison – who are continuing their struggles on the inside.
This is a time to continue and strengthen the very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time – to struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more diffuse forms of control in this prison society.
Free Marie and Eric! Free all prisoners!
For more information or if you will plan to organize some solidarity events please write here (English)