Solidarity banners in Helsinki, Finland

A group of anarchists were dropping banners in three different locations around the Finnish capital on Saturday 29th of August to support the international days of solidarity for anarchist prisoners.
The banners focused on the struggle against prisons and gave a special greeting to Alexander Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov who were sentences to ten and twenty year sentences in a frame up by the Russian authorities.

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Days of solidarity for anarchist prisoners – TillAllAreFree.noblogs.org

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Solidarity to prisoners – fire to prisons!

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Strenght & Solidarity for Kolchenko & Sentsov

Solidarity to comrades in prisons all over the world!
Struggle continues until the last prison has been burned to the ground!

Finnish version: http://takku.net/article.php/20150830164010644

Summary of short reports about actions have occurred during the week of solidarity 2015

Actions and events reports overview during week of solidarity 2015*

Screening and a letter writing event at Columbus, Ohio was well attended and people there wrote letters to the Cleveland 4.
Also, the Chaos Virxus collective is putting out a 4 part monthly anarchist nihilist majik newsletter and the SEPT BLEAECK is out vi@ https://www.tumblr.com/search/anarchist+nihilist+majik

In Philadelphia, people have put up posters for international prisoners around different neighborhoods in Philly, West Philly, Center City and Grey’s Ferry.
There was also going to be a letter writing and information night, but, it was canceled due to a last minute emergency.
Posters were in solidarity with Tamara Sol and those arrested in the security Case in Chile, Alfredo and Nicola, and Gianluca in Italy, as well as a general poster about multiple kinds of repression in Mexico.
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In Colombia there was some graffiti made, information day was occurred and special anti-prison brochure “Derriba los muros” (“Shoot down the walls”) entirely written by the CNA/ABC Bogotá was published.
Read online or download: boletc3adn-c3baltima-versic3b3n
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As follow up for movie screening in Riga, Latvia the film “Cutting Edge: Confessions of an Undercover Cop” was shown in two different locations: in “Chomsky Bar” and in “Books, Tea, Coffee” club. The audience in both places was not numerous but those who came saw the film with big interest.

The series of deliveries of brochures and books to further deepen together in abolitionism topic and prisoner’s solidarity was made in Venezuela by some individuals.
They began these deliveries with the booklet “Unruly conspiracy, anarchist riot and evasion in French Guyana”, that could be readed online here.

Note: some actions was not mentioned here as they has complete reports, and you can find them in the News section.

* This post might be updated later.

Action report from Dortmund

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We greet all fighting comrades that advocate for the freedom of all anarchist prisoners while these week of action. We think it’s always sensible to not leave imprisoned people alone with their isolation but to support them with words and actions. Though we are defending the freedom of all prisoners – because we are fighting for a society in wich noone must be imprisoned – we think it’s necessary to put the focus on anarchist prisoners while this action week since they are often not seen as political prisoners and thus the support is left to the anarchist movement.

Specifically we want to bring up three examples.
Since the 22nd of July 2015 Jus – an activist from the Hambach forest – is in custody for the involvement of a living blockade. After his imprisonment he started a hunger strike, to continue his protest against the abuse of nature by brown coal mining. He’s been denied to be visited, his mail has been kept back, and for the finally allowed visit, his visitor got the requirement to only talk in german to him – indeed Jus is speaking only in english. No Jus, no peace!

The growing prisonerunion, which is advocating for free unionization behind bars, is another worthwhile recipient for our solidarity. In North-Rhine-Westphalia the union is growing as well. Sadly the structure of solidarity outside the walls is in the early stages of development despite the size of this phenomenon. Because of this it is important for us to draw attention to the prisoner union while this week of action as well, so the outcry of the colleagues won‘t become silent behind the walls – what it will do if we won‘t get off our backside.

Repeatedly we want to renew the claim for the immediately release of the anarchist comrade Thomas Meyer-Falk out of the dungeon of preventive detention.

Freedom for all prisoners!
Freedom for all fighting prisoners!
Freedom for all anarchist prisoners!

29.08.2015, Some People of the Anarchist Federation Rhine-Ruhr

Wieso sind wir gegen Knäste, gegen alle Knäste?
Why are we against prisons, all prisons?

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Source: http://afrheinruhr.blogsport.de/2015/08/30/dortmund-bis-alle-frei-sind/

Report from the solidarity action in Helsinki

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Today, Saturday the 29th August 2015, we participated in the international solidarity week and went around with few people in Helsinki demanding freedom for Aleksander Kolchenko and Oleg Sentsov, who got really long prison sentences few days ago.

Below the text from our leaflets, which we were spreading in Finnish, English and Russian.

– Helsinki Anarchist Black Cross

Free Kolchenko and Sentsov!

Alexander Kolchenko is sentenced to 10 years and Oleg Sentsov to 20 years in prison. They were both charged with committing ”acts of terrorism” and ”belonging to a terrorist community”.
Kolchenko, a Crimean anarchist, social activist and antifascist was kidnapped by the Russian FSB (ex-KGB) along with other Crimean activists and held as a political hostage in Lefortovo jail in Moscow up till now. Alexander has undeniably proved his antifascist stance over many years, but faced preposterous accusations of belonging to “Right Sector”, a radical Ukrainian right-wing organization, whose real role in Ukrainian events is blown out of proportion by Russian official propaganda.
The case against antifascist Alexander Kolchenko and civil activist and film director Oleg Sentsov (investigators enrolled them into the same ”terrorist” group) is political. The whole case is considered to be part of the Russian campaign to take over Crimea, which includes repressions against anyone who doesn’t comply with the new authority. It is meant to intimidate inhabitants of Crimea, prevent any resistance on the peninsula. Many people were obliged to leave Crimea because their life and freedom were threatened.
It is important to spread information about this case. We need to dissociate ourselves from any forces that support aggressive expansion of Russian nationalism, even if they cover it up with “leftist” and “anti-imperialist” rhetoric. Putin’s regime is doing just fine without your sympathy, better save it for those who have become its victims.
No one is free until all are free!

1. Repressions against Crimean activists: political context (also the bank accounts for donations) –
https://avtonom.org/en/news/repressions-against-crimean-activists-political-context
2. The call of international solidarity campaign in April –
https://avtonom.org/en/news/join-international-solidarity-campaign-alexander-kolchenko

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Banner drop in Riga, Latvia

At 26 of August in Riga, near the island bridge, banner drop action occurred.
The text on it invites everybody to fight for release of prisoners, who are fighting for a free and just society.

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Action description (in Russian):

26 августа в Риге возле островного моста был вывешен баннер призывающий всех к борьбе за освобождение заключенных, которые сражаются за свободное и справедливое общество.

Из года в год в конце августа, во всем мире происходит неделя действий за освобождение из мест заключений всех анархистов. Радует, что и в Латвии уже второй год подряд, при поддержке “Anarchist Black Cross Latvia”, проходят разнообразные кинопоказы и лекции.

В наше время в большинстве стран мира везде говорят про свободу и права человека. И в тоже время эти же люди отдают приказы на арест, тех кто по их мнению для них опасны. Кинорежиссеры, репортеры, конкуренты по бизнесу или простые прохожие, оказавшийся не в том месте. Никто не застрахован от тюрьмы!

Например в Чехии, в ходе полицейской операции против активистов, в разных городах было задержано около 20 человек. В Испании, а так же в Италии, за решеткой находятся более десятка анархистов. В Греции, которую так пытается спасти Европа, до сих пор сидят активисты задержанные ещё в 2008 году, в ходе массовых протестов против
полицейского беспредела начавшийся когда один из “защитников порядка”, без какой либо причины, застрелил 15-летнего подростка Александроса Григоропулоса, стоявшего в 50 метрах от него. С 2012 года в России в тюрьме сидят анархисты Степан Зимин, Алексей Гаскаров и Алексей Полихович участники протестной демонстрации против диктатуры Путина. А так же протестовавший против оккупации Крыма Александр Кольченко, которому вчера суд дал 10 лет. По сфабрикованным делам заключены в тюрьму Алексей Сутуга и Илья Романов. В Белорусии ради имиджа своей страны, президент Лукашенко освободил трех активистов отбывающих длительный срок в тюрьме. Но в заключении остались
антифашисты из города Ивацевич и Бреста.

Борьба должна продолжаться, пока все не будут свободны!

Подробнее о заключенных и о том, за что они выступают можно прочитать здесь:

http://tillallarefree.noblogs.org/
https://publicacionrefractario.wordpress.com/listado-de-prisioneros-revolucionarios/
https://abc-belarus.org/?cat=3
http://wiki.avtonom.org/index.php/Категория:Заключённые
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anarchist-Black-Cross-SPb/1380755592180579?ref=profile