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(en) Solidarity Needed for Bakers Without Borders* in Brazil

From Biotic Baking Brigade <bbb@bioticbakingbrigade.org>
Date Mon, 22 Sep 2003 10:51:33 +0200 (CEST)

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Solidarity with the four arrested at the pieing in Cuiabá
During the celebrations of September 7 (Brazil's "Independence" Day), Bakers
Without Borders threw a pie in the face of the governor of the state of
Mato Grosso, Blairo Maggi. The act was undertaken as a form of protest against
the false idea of independence promulgated by the government and
the military. A country that has always been controlled by first world
countries (the UK and US) and now by institutions like the IMF, WTO,
and World Bank, cannot be independent. The action was also a protest
against the celebrations that are organized by the State and by the military
(remember the dictatorship?). For more information see the group's statement below.

What's important now is to not only publicize the
action itself but also the repression that is
being brought to bear against activists tied to
the Bakers and against people who did not even
participate in the action. J is a photographer
who was taking pictures at the time of the
action; he was detained while trying to have a
dialogue with the officer who was violently
attacking the activist L (the only one
responsible for the act itself) while arresting
him. While trying to free himself from the
officer, he INVOLUNTARILY struck the Military
Police Major. As a result of the supposed blow,
the Major was hit in the nose and bled. But the
police is saying that the activist reached from
behind the Major and gave him a punch, breaking
his nose. Because of these false accusations, J
is being charged with forming a gang
(conspiracy), assaulting an officer, resisting
arrest, and disrespect to authorities, and has
been ordered to appear in Criminal Court on
Getúlio Vargas Avenue on Sept. 18, 2003 to offer
clarifications on the case. In addition, the
photographer J was threatened several times by
the Major while inside the police precinct.

The activist L, who organized the action and
threw the pie, is having to answer for moral and
physical aggression, resisting arrest,
disrespect, and forming a gang (conspiracy), and
he too received a summons to appear in court.
These accusations are absurdly exaggerated, not
to mention false; since he organized and carried
out the action alone, he cannot be convicted of
conspiracy. These charges are an exaggeration for
an infraction that was not serious and which did
not cause any injury to the governor of Mato
Grosso. In addition, the aggression suffered by
the activist cannot be justified in any way. We
demand that the charges be dropped and that the
police officers who assaulted the activist L be
charged with having caused him physical and moral

Lastly, there are the cases of D, who was not
participating in the action and was
coincidentally present at the moment when
everything happened, and who was arrested while
asking the officers to stop assaulting the
activist L, and of G, who was called in to give
testimony and was arrested without cause when he
entered the police precinct.

All those detained suffered physical and moral
aggression. D and G were arrested unjustly
without any evidence against them. The activist L
and the photographer J may be brought to trial
charged with false and unnecessary accusations,
considering that L's action did not result in any
serious consequence and did not cause any injury
to the governor.

We ask for everyone's solidarity. We support the
action and hope that thousands more pies will be
thrown as long as we live under the control of
the IMF, WTO, and World Bank. Contacts for more
information and how to lend support:


"O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchersŠ.
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the pies of war."

-William Shakespeare

The Biotic Baking Brigade.....coming soon to a pie-o-region near you.

Look for "Let Slip the Pies of War: The BBB Cookbook," to be published by
AK Press <akpress.org > in early 2004.

PLEASE NOTE: the BBB has a new email address and website...


Friends of the BBB: c/o POB 40130, San Francisco, CA 94140, Amerika


* [Ed. note: BBB are anti-authoritarians - see:
Subject: (en) BBB, New communique re: Casarini pieing,....]

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