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(sup) (en) Serbia, I'm out...

From "Ratibor Trivunac" <rata@beotel.yu>
Date Sun, 23 Mar 2003 21:06:53 +0100 (CET)


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This message is sent to inform the people on the present situation...
Our syndicate will make a statement when time and circumstances allow...

Message to the companer@s who contacted me personally or over the list
(I'm sorry I have to write it in this "collective" manner but I'm lacking
time): I was arrested on the 14th because of the statement we made about
Zoran Djindjic's (recently killed Serbian Prime Minister) death - the one
whose translation we sent to this list also. Order for investigation and
arrest was signed personally by Serbian minister of labor Dragan Milovanovic
and it
was sent to the minister of police. My house was raided and searched, my
computer and several copies of our newspaper were taken away. I was held in
prison for 3 days, and I was released in the late evening of the 16th. There
were
no grounds, even according to the martial law, for me to be arrested. Our
statement was not published anywhere so I was arrested for the, so called,
"thinking crime" - that is I was arrested because we had those positions and
because I wrote it down. In Serbia, as in all "democratic" states, there is
no such thing as political prisoners - everybody can think what they want -
except some times...
I'm, more or less, ok now. Since martial law is still on power (and it
seams that it will be on, at least, until the end of April - this is very
problematic and it seams we will have to cancel our Balkan
anarcho-syndicalist conference) I'm under surveillance and I can not comment
on things that had happened in the prison etc. until the martial law is
taken
down. Several thugs are spotted in front of my flat today, and I am
obliviously followed. Police is warning people who know me that they should
be careful who are they having contacts with. Situation is very similar to
some of Latin American states. Heavily armed police and army forces are
controlling all the streets in Belgrade, and you can basically feel police
state on your back. I'm thinking of going out of Belgrade for some time.
I'll see if I'm going to go to some other city or to some other country...
Or, maybe, I'll just stay here... I'll write about that when the
circumstances allow...
Thank you all for solidarity and care.

Rata

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