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(en) Poland, Bialystok, <alter-ee> anarchists actions

Date Thu, 04 Aug 2005 19:13:39 +0300

There has been some action on starting to put English on the FA page.
Here is the first news story from Bialystok.
Below is a short report of what has been going on with FA Bialystok over the past month.
Unfortunately due to technical problems, we haven't been able to report regularly.
On June 22 there was a picket at the General Consulate of Belarus in
Bialystok in protest against the Lukashenko regime. We spoke about the
journalists who were inconvenient for the authroities and have
disappeared as well as members of the opposition. You might ask why
anarchists would also mention repressed politicians but we think that
every person has the right to speak out against the regime,
totalitarianism and injustice. We don't care if the protestor is a
normal person or a politician because, as we said, everybody has the
right to demonstrate. These are still people, so we do not accept the
reaction of the authorities towards the opposition (which includes
kidnapping and disappearances).

None of the workers at the consulate wanted to come out and answer our
questions, nor did anybody answer when we rang the bell. We burned
candles for those who paid the highest price for their anti-government
activity. We also promised to burn the same kind of candle on
Lukashenko's grave.

There was a lot of media there and a very positive reaction.

On 24 of June there was an anti-fascist demo organized by the DeCentrum
Collective with the help of some people from FA. There were problems
with the municipal authorities and it almost led to an illegal demo.

On 27 of June in Warsaw was a case in court appealing the decision
to make people report to the police in the period before trials related
to arrests at the anti-summit. A few people from FA Bilaystok organized
a solidarity picket at the regional prosecutor's office in Bialystok.
The slogans were "Enough Repression for Political Views" and "Stop State

On the 5th of July there was a picket at the Voivodship office against
visas for non-EUcitizens. We mainly highlighted the case of the
Belarussians. During the action, a few anarchists went into the building
with a letter but they were stopped by police. Too bad - we wanted to
talk to the head of the Voivodship. Back to the action, we talked about
the problems of Fortress Europe and the closing of the eastern border.
After that we moved from their to the Belarussian consulate to remind
them of what our comrades living there are going through.

On 7 of July, during the G8 summit in Edinburgh, there was an action in
Bialystok organized by FA with help from DeCentrum Collective. There was
a picket in front of McDonald's where we gave out leaflets and free
vegan food.

On 14th of July there was another case related to the Warsaw
anti-summit. Two people had appealed their arrests on the 16th of
May. There was another solidarity picket in Bialystok at the regional
court. It was outside the court because we were asked to leave the
inside. We had a banner that read "Enough Repression for Political
Views" and we gave out a few hundred leaflets.

FA Bialystok

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