Anarchist Solidarity

Posted: October 27, 2010 in Anarchist Solidarity

Anarchist Solidarity

At the end of last year we had received news of Andrzej Mazurek’s state of affairs, a Polish man who has been kept in prison since December 2008, he is a prisoner of Greek state (see: Inny Świat nr 1(36)/2012, dział ACK s.29, http://grecjawogniu.info/?p=5921. Comrades tried with Andrzej Mazurek had already described his situation, but the description was fragmentary and ambiguous. Thanks to Greek anarchists we were able to contact Andrzej himself and ask about many circumstances resulting in his arrest and imprisonment.
Andrzej comes from a small town Nowa Dęba in Podkarpacie, Poland. He left Poland in 2007 because of ilegal issues. He led his life as a working immigrant. On the 6th of December 2008 two policemen, , Epaminondas Korkoneas and Wasilios Saraliotis had shot a young anarchist Alexandros Grigoropoulos on one street in Athens. This event resulted in unexpected chain reaction putting together every day experiences of thousands of young Greeks, immigrants and all other groups existing on the margin of “normal life”. The streets of majority of Greek towns were full of anger towards capitalist civilisation of death. This event is even now called the Greek Revolution 2008/2009. Andrzej was not indifferent to police murder showing antagonisms lurking under the surface of capitalist normality. He joined groups fighting against the police and taking back the life-giving space from the city desert. Let’s read what Andrzej has to say about his experiences. This is a part of a letter we have received:
“On the 7th of December 2008 I was in one of Polish bars with my friends from work and I heard about the murder committed by the authority created to protect the society and keep the order on the streets. The murder had led to the social revolt in which thousands of people in the whole Greece. They were students, teachers and common people, elders and youngsters because everyone felt he could be the victim.
As I was sitting in this pub, hearing other people talking I thought we should not just sit and leave it indifferently. I decided to join people who went out on the street to show that there are people opposing authority that kills. I did not know Greek language and I did not know any of the protesters, I decided to join the people who were fighting with the police.
This night me and quite a lot of local anarchists were surrounded and blocked inside one of local schools (schools used to serve as asylum and the police could not enter the school ground then. Nowadays this asylum is not available any more, the government had changed the law). One of the groups had approached me to ask where am I from etc. I did not know Greek but we managed to talk in English. They told me that we were surrounded by police and no one can live the place this night. They took me to one of lecture halls where most of them rested and some of them were asleep. They told me to take any place, rest and sleep.
Next morning, an alarm that I had put on in my phone to go to work woke me up. Some people at the lecture hall were about to leave, others were asleep. Leaving the hall I wondered what is going on outside. As I reached the main door I saw a group of girls ( I had seen them in this university before) giving tyropita( typical Greek breakfast- a cake with cheese) and a cup of hot tea to everyone leaving. I was very surprised with the morning organised like that.
Greek streets were very peaceful. Cleaning services were working. I could smell the smell of burning and tear gas.
I went home as usually, changed my clothing and went to work, where I learned that there is a march through the city to commemorate the killed 15 years old Alex. After work I had went to eat something and I went towards Omonia square where people where gathering and preparing for the march through the city. Thousands of people came.
When the demonstration started I joined the group of people that were on the external part of the march, walking arm by arm, holding one another like a chain so the demonstration could not be divided by the police waiting in every backstreet. The police tried to break the chain many times attacking from those backstreets, using teargas and stun grenades. After some time I left the group of peaceful protesters and joined the group concentrated on the fight with police attacking the march. When the police had come out from the back streets and approached the march, we responded with bottles filled with petrol and stones. Face to face clashes were very frequent. They were armed from feet to teeth, we had planks from some benches in one hand and a piece of marble in another, our eyes were full of hate not allowing us to make a single step back. We struggled all night long. I was frequently leaving one group and joining another.
Somewhere around 3am I was going towards the school, groups fighting the police could still be seen. As we were going back streets, me and some other people had been surrounded by police just in front of the school. We were trapped. The only thing coming to my mind was running towards them in attempt to break they wall and jump over them. It was actually the only way of getting out of this trap. Unfortunately, I failed, I was pushed away and I fell down on the ground and they started to beat me with their truncheons. I was lying down being beat up by the pigs using truncheons and kicked for some time. Finally they stopped, raised me up as I was unable to stand after the hard beating. They took me to a nearby square, full of police. I was handcuffed and sit on the lawn where some other people were kept. After some time I was put into a police jeep and driven to police station.
On the 9th of December, early morning, I was taken for interrogation with the translator from local Polish Embassy. I’ve been asked what were I doing on that street and I’ve been told that I am charged with an assaulting a police officers, throwing stones and petrol bombs at them. Obviously, I did not confess to anything claiming to be an ordinary passer- by on my way home from one of nearby pubs. I testified and was taken into the custody.
On the 10th of December me and some other people were taken into the court. As I was waiting for my turn some man of Arabic or Pakistani origin( I still have no idea where was he from) has approached me and started to chat in Polish. He said he knows Polish and he can translate. He told me in what situation I am at the moment, that I was joined into some group of 5 people, three Greeks, one Palestinian and me. An Official Solicitor had been brought to defend me, one Greek and Palestinian. The translator told to rely on him, he had talked to the Solicitor and he knows what to speak. I just had to say anything so the lawyer thought that he is translating.
We went to the court in a group of five and the first question was if we know each other. Nobody knew others so they started to examine as individually. My number was 4. As I was waiting for my turn the translator kept telling that there is nothing to be afraid of, that everything would to be ok, they were going to examine us and leave us home. Finally it was my place. I went to the court room, introduced myself and they started to ask questions: what I am doing in Greece, where do I live, they asked if I work etc. When they asked what happened on the riot the Arabic translator was answering in my name, he told me to present my wounds and the marks of beating up by the police. The whole right side of my body (luckily I had a crash helmet that I took from one of the devastated and robbed shops). The public prosecutor’s office ordered o take me to the hospital for the x-ray examination what did not happen. The examination was over, we were waiting for the verdict. The Arab kept smiling and repeated that everything is going to be ok.
After some time we were called into the court room. They were reading our surnames and some sentences in Greek. I could read from the faces of the Greeks who were judged with me that we are going to be punished. The prosecutor kept reading and the Arab said that we are going to be retained until the trial. We were taken back to the custody where we spent another night and next evening we were taken to the prison.
Like in every prison, the start was rather difficult, I was the only Pole in the prison wing and it was difficult to communicate. Greek prison is completely different than those in Poland. The wards are open for the whole day and we can use the telephones. It resembles more the dormitory rather than prison.
After 6 months of waiting I had received the paper from the court, the case in which the decision concerning my future was about to be carried out. The trial was rejected, just like after 12 months later. At the end of December I was called to the court at the 16 of January 2010.
Few days before the trial the same advocate that was helping me in the first trial came and told me to gather documents that may serve as a proof that I had been living in Greece for longer time and that I worked legally etc. He told me it was going to be hard way through because they had prosecuted me with a lot of charges, but he believed that they should let me free with suspended sentence.
In the day of the trial I had learned that I was the only person kept in prison, that the rest of them had been set free until the trial. The trial was deferred because someone was absent. It was deferred on the 1 of march and next on the 11th of march and so on, it was adjourned 11 times. The trial was carried on on the 18th and 19th of May.
On the 18th of May I was interrogated as number 4. This Arab was my translator once again, he did not translate anything. He told me that he had discussed everything with the advocate and he knew what to say. All I was meant to do is pretend I testify.
They though I came from Poland only to protest. In order to prove that I had left in Greece for a longer time and I had worked I brought all the documents that the advocate had asked me to bring and my boss came to the trial as a witness. The advocate has not even taken them out during the trial, he has remained quite silent.
The next day, on the 19th of May I went to hear the sentence. The judge started to read: numbers 1,2,3 are found innocent. Numbers 4 and 5 (me and one of Greeks) were found guilty, the judge started to read the accusations and the sentences. I could not understand anything, I could only see the Arab counting years and months in Greek. The advocate had objected and asked t e judge to lighten the sentence. All the jury left for the deliberation. When they had left, the translator told me that they propose 12 years for an attempt to killer the police officer by throwing the petrol bombs and around 100 months for the rest of charges. The advocate has objected several times, the verdict was changed into 7 years and leaving the Greek free until he appeals. The advocate stopped tithing since that moment. When I asked him after the trial what is my final sentence he replied that it is 7 years and we will discuss it later, that he will come to visit me and we shall talk. I haven’t seen him since then.
After few months I was taken away to a different prison, where I met few anarchists who were interested in ma case. They were surprised that anyone is still kept in prison for the December 2008 revolt. They told me that my sentence is much bigger than I thought: 7 years and 55 months and I was accused of:
-Using explosives with an attempt to kill a police officer
-Possessing explosives (petrol bomb)
-Possessing of explosives (petrol bombs)
-Production of explosives (petrol bombs)
-Property devastation
-Devastation of banks, shops and other objects
-Theft
-And another one that I am unable to recall now
To sum up, I am charged with 7 crimes. I am waiting for an appeal trial at 11th of June 2012. Local anarchists will probably gather at the court entrance to protest and demand an immediate release .
Perhaps I will go to the next course with a new advocate provided by local organizations. I will find out what did the Arabic translator say in my name.
When it comes to the charges:
-In the moment of the arrest I did not posses any bottles with petrol, sticks or stones. My face was not hidden
-As we were surrounded no clashes with the police happened. I was walking peacefully before I got surrounded and arrested
-None of the charges are proven and they are based only on the testimonies of police officers that had attacked me”
According to Andrzej description, the verdict of this case was predestinated. An immigrant not knowing the Greek language, remaining at the mercy of departmental representatives, whose activity during the trial remains at least unclear, was practically defenceless when dealing with Greek (In)Justice Administration. According to the rule in which the law is a web in which only minnow can get caught, a lonely protester, isolated from others, became a victim of a revengeful framing, bamboozling into long term sentence by the court authority. Despite previous law problems Andrzej was not afraid to go out on the street and joined other disappointed young people, anarchists, uncontrolled in an act of solidarity. He joined people answering the police authoritarian violence of the “bank junta” system.
Today, when the day of Andrzej appeal trial is getting closer it is a good moment to show our solidarity for the last prisoner of the December Revolt. No participant of a social war closed behind bars can be left on his own in prison and forgotten. We encourage all those who are interested in Andrzejs good, who want to raise their voices of disobedience and join the turbulent waves of Greek struggle to take up solidarity actions that will prove Greek authorities that Andrzej is not alone! Solidarity is a diverse way of opportunities allowing acting on many different grounds. We provide addresses of Greek diplomatic posts in Poland for those who wish to express their opinion sending letters and e-mails. You can send letters of protest and demand setting our comrade free. The appeal trial is planned for the 11th of June 2012. It is good to raise our voice earlier so they can pass it to their bosses. Even if they ignore our voice, we shall let them know, that we are conscious, we don’t forget and they are not able to hide their repressive moves against freedom.
WE DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE FREEDOM FOR ANDRZEJ MAZUREK!
SOLIDARITY FOR ALL IMPRISONED FIGHTERS OF SOCIAL WAR!
DESTROY ALL THE PRISONS!
INNY ŚWIAT quarterly editorial staff
grecjawogniu.info portal editorial staff
raf.espiv.net portal editorial staff
Anarchist Black Cross
You can mail Andrzej at the address:
Αντρέ Μαζούρεκ/André Mazurek
Filaki Larissas, B Pteriga (Larissa Prison, 2nd Wing)
Larissa 21110, Ελλάδα/Greece

 

Leeds ABC have released our pamphlet PRISON WAS CREATED FOR THE POOR as a PDF file (downloadable from the Leeds ABC website at http://www.leedsabc.org).

The 36 page pamphlet was originally released by Leeds ABC in 2007 and focuses on two tireless militants of the Spanish prison struggle, Xose Tarrio Gonzalez and Gabriel Pombo Da Silva, who fought against the brutal F.I.E.S. isolation units. Xose was killed by a life behind bars, and Gabriel now rots in a German prison. As well as biographical pieces on Gabriel and Xose and a short excerpt from Xose’s book ‘Huye! Hombre, Huye!’, the pamphlet contains a first-hand account of the Aachen trial (see below) and an introduction by Mark Barnsley. The main part of PRISON WAS CREATED FOR THE POOR though, is the text of an interview with Xose and Gabriel’s mothers, Pastora and Julia. The interview took place during the trial of Julia’s son, Gabriel, and her daughter Begoña, and of Gent ABC activist Bart De Geeter and Gabriel’s fellow escapee, José Fernandez Delgado, in Aachen, Germany, in 2005. Through this medium, they tell a powerful and emotional story, which not only takes us inside the world of Spanish high security prisons, but reflects on jails throughout the world.

Like far too many comrades, Gabriel and Jose remain in the dungeons of The Enemy, and as with so many long-term prisoners, attention has shifted away from them to the point where little recent material can be found about them on the internet. In view of this, Leeds ABC have agreed to a request to release our pamphlet as a PDF file. While Leeds ABC remain committed to publishing material in ‘hard copy’, which we believe is more universally accessible, and also raises funds for the direct support of prisoners (and not for the arrogant North American parasites who constantly rip-off our publications), as with some of our other pamphlets, we have decided to publish PRISON WAS CREATED FOR THE POOR as a PDF in the hope that its wider circulation will increase solidarity with Gabriel and Jose.

We hope that you will enjoy reading PRISON WAS CREATED FOR THE POOR and that it inspires you to revolutionary action or at least to support those comrades who find themselves behind bars. Gabriel and Jose’s prison addresses are as follows:

Gabriel Pombo Da Silva,
JVA Aachen,
Kefelder Str. 251,
52070,
Aachen,
Germany.

Jose Fernandez Delgado,
Aachenstr. 47,
53359,
Rheinbach,
Germany.

Advice on writing to prisoners, as well as the details of other imprisoned comrades in need of support, can be found on the Leeds ABC website.

If you would prefer to read PRISON WAS CREATED FOR THE POOR in hard-copy, it can be obtained directly from Leeds ABC (details on the Leeds ABC website) or from radical booksellers such as AK Press. As with all Leeds ABC publications, all profits made from sales are used for the direct support of class struggle and Anarchist prisoners.

Leeds ABC
- e-mail: leedsabc@riseup.net
- Homepage: www.leedsabc.org

Poster displayed at the demo
Poster displayed at the demo

A Bulgarian flag being burnt outside the Embassy
A Bulgarian flag being burnt outside the Embassy

One of several leaflets that were given out (front)
One of several leaflets that were given out (front)

One of several leaflets that were given out (back)
One of several leaflets that were given out (back)

Over 30 people gathered outside the Bulgarian Embassy in London yesterday to show solidarity with Jock Palfreeman as part of an International Day of Action to highlight his situation. Jock is a young Australian lad who went to the aid of two Roma boys who were being attacked by a racist gang and who is now serving 20 years in a Bulgarian prison. More details about the case at  http://www.freejock.com/

At yesterday’s London demo, banners were hung on the railings of the Bulgarian Embassy and pictures of Jock put on display. Hundreds of leaflets were given out during the 3 hour demo and a Bulgarian flag was also burned outside the Embassy.

Leeds Anarchist Black Cross
- e-mail: leedsabc@riseup.net
- Homepage: www.leedsabc.org

Jock Palfreeman is a 24 year old Australian who, on the 27th of December 2007,
had the courage to stand up against 16 fascist hooligans on a night out in Sofia, Bulgaria.
He witnessed the fascists chasing and attacking two young Roma boys. Jock ran to
the boys’ aid, he did his best to keep the fascists at bay by waving a knife at
them but they attacked him. Jock was left with nowhere to run and had no choice
but to defend himself. Andrey Monov, one of the racist gang, was stabbed and killed
and another, Anton Zahariev was injured. The Roma boys ran away.
Jock has since been tried and sentenced for murder and attempted murder. He has
been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and has been fined 375,000 Australian
dollars. Jock has spent much of the time he has already served in isolation due
to a legal loop hole used by the prison authorities.
Andrey Monovs father is well known in Bulgaria and at the funeral there were a
mixture of judges, police and politicians. Jocks trial was (not surprisingly) a
complete sham – yet another example of corruption and secret handshakes in the
judicial system. The prosecutions case was built on the witness statements made
by the other Nazis that were there that night, all claiming that Jock randomly
attacked the group and chased them with the intent of killing somebody. Key
people and possible witnesses for Jocks defence were never interviewed by police
and the CCTV footage from the scene miraculously went missing. Many of the
statements made at the time were not the same as the statements submitted to the
court by the prosecution.
Jocks statement has remained consistent from the night in question.

You can read Jocks official statement at www.freejock.com You can also watch a
documentary about his case that contains interviews with Jock at the following
links:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8rLrOW1g1k&feature=related
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdhA9UzRGqo&feature=related
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NRJF5x-D0&feature=related

Jock appealed against his sentence and few court hearings took place between October 2010 and January 2011. Despite police officers confirming his version of events, one of the fascists making totally incoherent statements in court trying to explain why he changed his original testimony , mounting evidence of judicial errors during the initial trial and all other factors pointing to his innocence his sentence of 20 years was upheld. (For Jocks statement about this please go to: http://anarchistsolidarity.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/jocks-sentence-upheld-after-an-appeal )

Jock now lost all the appeals and only one left to him is to appeal to European Union Court in Strasbourg. He is also trying to secure his transfer to Australia which proves difficult as Bulgarian prosecution service seems to be determined to keep him imprisoned in Bulgaria.

It is now more important than ever that we collectively put as much pressure on
the Bulgarian authorities as possible to accept Jocks transfer. We are in it for the long run- we need to let Jock now that he is not alone in his struggle and any solidarity actions can go long way to assure that. There will be Week of Actions organised at some point in March but we need to build up for that with protest messages being sent continuously as well and awareness being raised about the Jock’s case.
The more creative the actions the better. Don’t let Bulgarian state bury this courageous man alive in prison!  Don’t let them think that they can get away with it!

Another important aspect is, especially for people in Australia , to keep pressure on their authorities to do something in Jocks case and officially demand his transfer as well.

If you are short of ideas why not try one of the following;

Organize solidarity actions outside Bulgarian Embassies and Consulates etc.
(for a list of the Bulgarian Embassies and Consulates please see,
http://www.buldir.com/bulgarian_embassies_abroad.html).
Phone the Bulgarian Embassies and Consulates with your protests.

Help us to bombard the Bulgarian Authorities with letters of protest and
requests  for Jocks appeal to be accepted. It is also vital that we we send as many protest messages to prosecutors directly responsible for blocking his transfer.
(please see below for a list of addresses).

If you want us to help promote your events send us the details at
anarchosolidarity@yahoo.co.uk
Ideally protest letters are best written in your own words BUT we have provided
a sample letter (attached) that can be sent if you do not want to write your
own. Just print it out, sign it and post it, it’s as simple as that. Feel free to
reprint it and distribute it to anyone you think may send a copy.

We need to get the pressure up and
keep it up.

Addresses to post, fax and email your letters of protest to:

Krassimira Vocheva

Head Prosecutor-Sofia

No.2 Vitosha blvd

Sofia

Bulgaria

phone no: +359 28051500

email: infocenter@prb.bg

Borish Velchev

Head Prosecutor-Sofia

No.2 Vitosha blvd

Sofia

Bulgaria

phone no: +359 28051500

email: infocenter@prb.bg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: 2 Aleksander Zhendov Str
Sofia 1040
BULGARIA
Tel: +359 2 948 2999

http://www.mfa.bg/en/contact/     (ready form for sending messages from their website, very helpful)

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria LONDON
186-188 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5HL
Tel.: (0044) (0) 207 584 9400, (0) 207 584 9433
Fax: (0044) (0) 207 584 4948
E-mail: information@bulgarianembassy.org.uk

Information, Public Relations and European Communication Directorate
Director: Sofia Vladimirova
Tel: +359 2 971 1408. OR +359 2 971 3778. OR +359 2 948 2218.
Fax: +359 2 870 3041
E-mail: iprd@mfa.government.bg

Ministry’s Reception Desk
Tel: +359 2 948 2018 OR +359 2 971 1054
(opening hrs 09.30 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00)

Ministry of Justice
E-mail: pr@justice.government.bg

Finally, please write to Jock, even if it’s only a ‘good luck’ postcard. Any
letters and postcards help to keep Jock feeling positive and high spirited and
all are gratefully received. You can write to Jock at the following address:
Jock Palfreeman,
Sofia Central Prison,
21 General Stoletov Boulevard,
Sofia 1309,
BULGARIA

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you in regards to Australian National Jock Palfreeman.

Mr. Palfreeman is currently imprisoned in Sofia Central Prison in Bulgaria.
After defending two young innocent boys from a viscous attack by a group of
drunken football hooligans, and later being forced to defend himself against the
same assailants, he was sentenced to twenty years incarceration under charges of
murder and attempted murder.

He is clearly only guilty of causing accidental death while using self defence.

Mr. Palfreeman witnessed the gang (of around 16 men) attacking the two boys and
ran to their aid. While trying to keep the gang at bay he suffered a viscous
attack and was left with no choice but to defend himself. His version of events
has remained consistent since the night in question and is supported by numerous
witnesses. All of whom are prepared to testify in his defence.

It has since transpired that at his trial, to my astonishment, key people and
possible witnesses were never interviewed by police, the CCTV footage from the
scene went missing and many of the statements that were submitted to the court
by the prosecution were not the same as the statements made (by the same people)
on the night in question.
Anything working in favour of Mr. Palfreemans’ defence was completely
disregarded by the judge and the prosecutions case was built on the witness
statements made by the football hooligans that initially attacked the two boys,
all claiming that Mr. Palfreeman randomly attacked them and chased them with the
intent of killing somebody.
The trial was a farce so were all appeals

I ask that the Bulgarian Authorities allow him to be transferred to Australia where he can be closer to his family and stop their attempts to try and keep him imprisoned in Bulgaria.

We will continue showing our solidarity and highlighting his case until we are satisfied with the progress.

Mr. Palfreeman selflessly saved the lives of two young boys, risking his own
safety and costing him his own freedom. He should be deemed a hero, not a cold
blooded killer!

Signed

 

“Knowing there’s guys and girls like you on the outside supporting us makes such a difference…It’s really nice not to be forgotten and I’ll be eternally grateful to everyone.” – Ravi Gill

At the end of June, six antifascists were sent to jail for between fifteen and twenty one months on trumped-up ‘conspiracy’ charges. All are long-standing activists who deserve to be supported.

Austen and Thomas are still being held in Wormwood Scrubs prison in London, while the others have been moved to separate jails in the south of England.

Please send them letters of support at the addresses given below. They may each receive postage stamps and Postal Orders (made payable to ‘The Governor’ and with the prisoner’s name and prison number written on the back). For advice on writing to prisoners please see the Leeds ABC website.

A solidarity fund has been set up to support the prisoners in jail and upon release. It is administered by Leeds Anarchist Black Cross, a long-standing and reputable prisoner support organisation, and the fund will ONLY be used to support the prisoners directly. If you would like to contribute to the fund please send a cheque (made payable to ‘The Cable Street Society’) to Leeds ABC, 145-149 Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ. Details for bank transfers are:

The Cable Street Society
Sort Code 070093
Account number 33333334
Ref 0827/704169523

We would like to thank the groups and individuals who have already contributed to the solidarity fund, including Antifa England, Brighton & Hove TUC Unemployed Workers Centre, Bristol ABC, Kate Sharpley Library , and Rebel Soul (Shambala Festival).

The Anarchist print co-op Sabcat have also produced two benefit T-shirts in support of the prisoners (designs above). They are printed on organic cotton, fair wear, carbon neutral, Earth Positive T-shirts and cost £14.95 including UK postage. Sabcat are donating their labour for free, so apart from the cost of the unprinted garment itself and the postage, all money raised goes to the antifascist prisoners support fund. To order a T-shirt check out the Sabcat website at http://www.sabcat.com. They will also be available to buy at this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair.

Andy Baker
A5768CE
HMP Highpoint
Stradishall
Newmarket
Suffolk
CR8 9YG

Thomas Blak
A5728CE
HMP Wormwood Scrubs
PO Box 757
Du Cane Rd
London
W12 OAE

Thomas is Danish and would appreciate European/International stamps to keep in touch with his family and with comrades abroad.

Sean Cregan
A5769CE
HMP Coldingley
Shaftesbury Road
Bisley
Surrey
GU24 9EX

Sean can receive books (they must be new or in very good condition).

Phil De Souza
A5766CE
HMP Elmley
Eastchurch
Sheerness
Kent
ME12 4AY

Ravinder Gill
A5770CE
HMP Wayland
Griston
Thetford
Norfolk
IP25 6RL

Ravi can receive posters, so if you hold a support event consider sending him one in.

Austen Jackson
A5729CE
HMP Wormwood Scrubs
PO Box 757
Du Cane Rd
London
W12 OAE

Anarchist/Antifascist Prisoner Thomas Blak Writes From Wormwood Scrubs:

To comrades worldwide,

I send out this communiqué from inside the prison HMP Wormwood Scrubs in London, UK. I have been sentenced to imprisonment for 18 months.
This sentence has been intensely pursued since 2009 by the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, and the greedy barristers of the ancient and outdated English judicial system, which in my case was presided over by the dinosaur H.O. Blacksell QC and his posh puppy Mark Trafford.
During a profitable 17 days, in which various worms in wigs paraded their knowledge of the rich man’s law, while filling their pockets at public expense, as well as strutting their vivid imaginations, to keep each other awake. Then they sent out their twelve handpicked blind sheep for deliberation. Thirteen hours later and six comrades were en route to HMP Wormwood Scrubs, courtesy of the privatised justice courier Serco.
The outcome was a given from the very start and the Victorian master-race puppeteer H.O. Blacksell made no secret of which way these cowardly people, who so viciously decided to stand up against the bigoted racists from “Blood And Honour”, were to end up. It was obviously paramount for “Blacksellaurus Rex” to ensure that the public of Welling wouldn’t have to be exposed to such an act of free-will in terms of an antifascist opposition to fascism. It is much preferred to simply allow fascists free reign to exercise their hatred and occasionally to murder, as long as it’s done out of sight of his beloved public. After all, the fascists pay his wages and are ideologically alike.

Under the context of conspiracy, the court invented a guilty verdict, whereby no evidence was required. One for all and all for one, unless of course you hadn’t previously had the nerve to challenge the way in which a system, made by the rich and to protect the rich, wants us to live. Despite serving a sentence, it is forever held against you, which is quite handy, should one be a tad short of the annoying thing called evidence.

In a straight contradiction to what the justice system tries to preach, they have exposed themselves as nothing more than a posh gang of thugs, with huge prisons to keep us locked-up, out of sight, out of rights!

This is not unique to England and it is evident in most countries. With the breakdown of their economic system, their thuggish behaviour is becoming more and more exposed. From Athens, our inspiration, to London, it’s time to stand up and stand united, with passion and determination.

Democratic capitalist society and dictatorships alike, their failure is shining brighter by the minute, as with any system which is unfair and only serves to benefit a tiny minority of the population.

I send my support and solidarity to the comrades, in prisons and on the streets, who have courageously decided to say enough is enough. No more of the “Rule of the Rich”. No more shall they be able to hide behind their legal arguments and pseudo-democratic excuses. No more shall they be able to hide behind their polluted cloud of justice when it’s so apparent that it’s nothing more than a tool of repression, by which a big, fat, wigged-up bastard can, without remorse or humanity, destroy the lives of people on a daily basis, without any consequences or questions being asked of him. Only a few dictators have had such powers at their disposal.

It’s time to judge our judges. I know about 85,678 people in England alone, who’d like a word or two with these infallible keepers of the rich man’s democracy.
To the rich man’s justice – Fuck you hard and rot in pieces!

Anarchist Prisoner:
Thomas Blak

At Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday August 19th Jonathan Wood – one of the anti-fascists found guilty of “conspiracy to commit violent disorder” in June – was given a suspended sentence.

The convictions of Jonathan and the six other anti-fascists were complete travesties, but we are over the moon that our friend and comrade avoided being sent to prison, as this was a real possibility for him. In the end, Jonathan was given a non-custodial sentence for reasons relating to his personal circumstances.

Prisoners had been moved to different nicks now, their current addresses and prison guildelines are in this link:

http://antifascistprisonersupportuk.wordpress.com/addresses/