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Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative statement regarding their arrested comrades
balkans region | repression / prisoners | feature Tuesday September 08, 2009 01:18 by Akai - Sindikalna konfederacija „Anarhosindikalistička inicijativa“
Free the Anarcho-Syndicalists!
On Saturday, Sept. 4, five political activists were arrested in Belgrade on trumped up charges. The five, Tadej Kurep, Ivan Vulović, Sanja Dojkić, Ratibor Trivunac and Nikola Mitrovic, are activists in or associates of the Sindikalna konfederacija „Anarhosindikalistička inicijativa“ (Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative), the Serbian section of the International Workers’ Association (IWA).On September, 4th 2009 District Court in Belgrade decided that arrested members of ASI will be held for thirty days in detention. Our comrades are accused of an act of international terrorism. [...] We use this opportunity to remind the public once again that these methods of individual political struggle are not methods of anarcho-syndicalism, quite the contrary – we proclaim our political positions publicly and through our work we seek to bring masses to the syndicalist movement and all the libertarian and progressive organisations.
We express solidarity with the arrested comrades and their families and demand the truth about this case! FREEDOM FOR THE ANARCHO-SYNDICALISTS!
Send a protest letter today, here: www.asi.zsp.net.pl/
Statement of Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative on Arrests of their Members
On September, 4th 2009 District Court in Belgrade decided that arrested members of ASI will be held for thirty days in detention. Our comrades are accused of an act of international terrorism.
Union Confederation “Anarcho-syndicalist Initiative” found out about the attack on Greek embassy, and of the organisation that took the responsibility for this act, through media.
We use this opportunity to remind the public once again that these methods of individual political struggle are not methods of anarcho-syndicalism, quite the contrary – we proclaim our political positions publicly and through our work we seek to bring masses to the syndicalist movement and all the libertarian and progressive organisations.
Wanting to brutally suppress its fierce critics the state, through its mechanism of repression, acts with banal logic and maps as suspects those who explicitly stated their libertarian beliefs, and by their imprisonment ends the case and gives a false picture of its efficiency to the public.
Unscrupulous actions of regime’s organs can be observed from the first moments of arrest, unlawful searches of their apartments, intimidations of their families to extreme charges of international terrorism.
Given the fact that we do not support the acts of now famous anarchist group “Crni Ilija” (Black Sun) we still cannot characterise what happened as “international terrorism”, because terrorism, by definition, entails threats to the lives of civilians, whereas in this case no one was even hurt and only symbolic material damage was done.
It is clear that this state produced farce is just one way of intimidating anyone who decides to point out the injustice and hopelessness of contemporary society.
In times of general social numbness individuals reach for the most unbelievable, sometimes even self-destructive, actions in order to break through the media blockade and to put their case in the centre of attention – let us remember the workers who cut off and eat their own fingers, or, for example, the unlucky, distressed man who threatened to activate a hand grenade in the building of the Presidency of Serbia – that is, trying to shed some light on their problems in a broader social space.
Let's not allow them to persuade us that one symbolic act of solidarity, even if expressed in a certainly ill manner, together with any other act of rebellion of those who are left with no rights should be treated as an antisocial act and an act of terrorism.
We express solidarity with the arrested comrades and their families and demand the truth about this case!
FREEDOM FOR THE ANARCHO-SYNDICALISTS!
ANARCHO-SYNDICALIST INITIATIVESept. 5, 2009
An independent blog (not affiliated with ASI) covering the news regarding the arrests in Serbia with updates in English and Greek: http://asisolidarity.squat.gr/. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hey, I know it's only a symbolic action, but send a protest through our website:
There's over 1400 letters already sent from there.
You can change the text of the letter to anything you like by deleting the letter and writing your own statement.
You can also change the recipients of the email in the same way.
The advantage of this machine is only that we can see and prove that hundreds and maybe thousands of people from around the world are protesting these arrests.
Also, there are solidarity demos going on. London, Vienna and Warsaw this Friday. We'll put a list of demos on the above page later today.
SOLIDARITY WITH SERBIAN ANARCHO-SYNDICALISTS
Six anarchists have been arrested in Belgrade following an attack on the Greek Embassy the 24th of April. The attack was claimed by a previously unknown group, and was said to be in solidarity with the recent uprising against the Greek state.
Those arrested deny all knowledge of the group and the attack, and believe that this is an attempt to criminalise the growing Serbian anarchist movement. The activists are members of the Serbian section of the International Workers’ Association. They have been remanded in custody for 30 days while the Serbian state prepares its case.
SUPPORT OUR SERBIAN COMRADES!
PICKET THE SERBIAN EMBASSY
28 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QB (near Hyde Park Corner & Knightsbridge tube stations) Friday, September 11th, Noon – 2pm
Bring banners, flags, placards, loudspeakers
Other Upcoming Solidarity Protests:
Vienna / Wien
Freitag 15:00, Schwedenplatz.
Warsaw / Warszawa
w piątek o godz. 15:30
ul. Rolna 175 (metro Służew)
There are also demos in Melbourne on Friday, Croatia on Monday and there was something today in Prague. I heard rumours of other demos planned, but I don't know if they are confirmed.
You can add a Bulgarian translation of this statement here. Copy it from www.asi.zsp.net.pl
There's also a solidarity demo in Athens outside the embassy at 6pm, Wednesday 16 September
Συγκέντρωση στη πρεσβεία στην Αθήνα 16 Σεπτεμβρίου στις 18:00
The IWA/AIT Secretariat and Serbian comrades have just informed us of some terrible news - the 6 anarcho-syndicalists from Belgrade, arrested and held in confinement since 5th September last, are to be tried for international terrorism. They face 15 years in prison.
They are accused of being the authors of graffiti painted on the Greek embassy last 25th August, and of having thrown a petrol bomb which only damaged a window. The fact that the comrades deny that they had anything to do with these events clearly does not worry the Serbian State in its obsession to find someone guilty. Indeed, from Paris to Belgrade, the international police are all very much alike... They must have had the same instructors...
So, the comrades are being charged with international terrorism. In the near future, this means they will remain incommunicado in jail for at leastseveral months.
Those comrades who are still free are trying to see if there is any way to appeal the decision. Further information will follow.
Meanwhile, the worst case scenario has now happened. The battle will be long and difficult and these comrades will need all our support.
Lawyers' fees will obviously be extremely high, so anyone who wishes to contribute financially to solidarity efforts can send a cheque made out to the CNT AIT, with the words "Solidarité Belgrade" on the back, to the following address:
108 rue Damrémont