Note by Bifurcación: This letter is written by two Colombian political prisoners who for some time have become closer to the anarchist struggle. [Castellano]
Bogotá D.C. Colombia. June 2012
Solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners
From the Colombian prison of La Picota in our condition of political prisoners, of insurgent fighters who took up arms against state terrorism at the service of a criminal and disgraceful oligarchy that rules our country; we sympathize with all those anywhere in the world who rise up against all forms of oppression and domination over human beings and over the people.
Specifically, we support the day of action in solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners from June 30 to July 2, most notably with fellow anarchists who were arrested in the fall of 2010 and sentenced to spend 3 to 8 years in prison in May 2011, by a series of attacks on symbols of state and capital. In October 2011, it was recognized their status as political prisoners thanks to the support of civil rights organizations, but even when in August 2011the penalties were remitted to 30 political prisoners, this didn’t happen with any of the anarchist political prisoners, because of their refusal to accept their guilt and apologize to President Alexander Lukashenko, who in retaliation refused the amnesty to them. Continue reading Colombian Political Prisoners sent greetings of solidarity to anarchist prisoners in Belarus
Ihar Alinevich was turned into a “malicious offender of prison rules” some days before the amnesty after a year of good behaviour.
The political prisoner wrote this in a letter to his mother Valyantina Alinevich on June 27, Belorusski Partizan reports.
“It was fault-finding – they said I was badly shaven and read too much during lights out time,” Ilar Alinevich explains why he was put on a list of malicious offenders of prison rules.
“I am an officially recognized ‘malicious offender’ since 19 June,” the political prisoner writes. “I saw my son in late May. He did not have any violations. Ihar became the last malicious offender among political prisoners. Maryna Lobava was told Eduard read too little, Mikalai Dzyadzok was seen in unbuttoned clothes 10 times. Ihar’s faults are that he is badly shaven and reads too much during lights out time. It’s the same as with other political prisoners – there was an order and Ihar was turned into a malicious offender after a year of good behaviour,” Valyantina Alinevich says.
“I have less money to buy food and cannot hope for amnesty,” Alinevich writes. Continue reading Alinevich called “malicious offender” for reading during lights out time
Political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok has 12 violations of prison rules during the year.
The prison chief offered Artsiom Prakapenka to apply for pardon. Aliaksandr Frantskevich does not hope to be amnestied. Ihar Alinevich does not write letters and phone, Radio Svaboda reports.
Family of Ihar Alinevich, who serves 8 years in a penal colony in Navapolatsk, has not received letters from him for more than a month. He does not phone home. Ihar’s father wrote to the colony chief that the criminal procedure code allows phone calls.
“The prison chief sent a formal reply that ‘telephone calls are allowed in accordance with internal rules of the correction facility’. Prison rules turn out to be more important than the criminal prosecutor office. He also writes that they had a talk with Ihar about the importance of keeping in touch with family,” Valyantina, Ihar’s mother, says. Continue reading 10 of Dziadok’s violations are for unbuttoned clothes
Giannis Skouloudis was released from prison on Friday afternoon, June 22nd, 2012.
The comrade had been remanded in custody in Avlona juvenile prisons since October 13th, 2010. Following the court decision on March 26th, 2012, for Giannis Skouloudis, Sokratis Tzifkas, Babis Tsilianidis, Dimitris Dimtsiadis and Dimitris Fessas regarding the case of arson on vehicles of the public electric power corporation (DEI), Skouloudis was sentenced to 5 years and 5 months imprisonment. He had already served 2/5 of his prison sentence, therefore he was due to be released from prison within days. Nevertheless, the judicial council delayed its respective decision, thus granted the comrade’s release only after three whole months had passed.
Let us remind that ‘the 4 of Vyronas’ (Tsilianidis, Dimtsiadis, Tzifkas, Fessas) are currently on remand, awaiting further trials against them.