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(en) 11/8 Day of Action in Poland & Recent Repression

Date Sun, 06 Nov 2005 17:29:45 +0200

Anarchist Friends, In the past months, a wave of repression has struck
Poland with double force. We assess the number of people currently or
lately under police repression to be about 80.
Of course it is not only because right-wing and neoliberals have won last
parliament and president elections. For several years actions of many
different political and social groups that openly protest against the Polish
government's policy are submitted bigger and bigger repressions, with the
use of the police and a machinery of court. This phenomenon is not an
incidental, but on a mass scale. For the past 3-4 years many activists of
anarchist, antiwar, radical left wing, social worker and ecological
movement, have been put on trial. The reason of the government's repressions
is undoubtedly an increase in number of social conflicts (for example a
number of demonstrations, according to the police statistics, raised
from 315 in 2001, to 2054 in 2003, and 1476 in 2004). The government
apparently is not able to manage with so tries to restrict the freedom
of assembly and speech. But we know that not only we have a right to
protest, but we are f r e e to protest!
We announce 8.11.2005 a day of protest against the state and the police
repressions! That day demonstrations are going to take place in few Polish
cities (Poznan, Warszawa, Katowice, Wroc³aw, £ód¼, Szczecin, Kraków,
Gdañsk). If you can do anything to protest and to support us - do it!
You can help us by sending a donation for costs of lawyers, suits etc.
The problem we are facing now:
1) 31.10.2005 - arrest of political dissident Marek Kurzyniec in
Krakow http://pl.indymedia.org/pl/2005/11/16656.shtml
2) Last two weeks two squats have been evicted
(26.10.2005 - Bia³ystok-
31.10.2005 - Warsaw - http://pl.indymedia.org/pl/2005/10/16598.shtml )
3) Several people are charged with demonstration against war in
Chechnya on Lawica Airport in Poznan in 2004
4) From 6 to few dozen defendants and found guilty in connection with
demonstration against Vladimir Putin's visit in Cracow in January 2005
5) One person accused in connection with a "critical mass" (bicycle
demonstration) in Poznan
6) One person convicted of a Nurse and Midwife's Trade Union
demonstration in Warsaw in 2000 (convicted to fine with a possibility
to change to arrest)
7) 11 people are accused with demonstration which took place in Warsaw
on 16th of May 2005 (3rd Council of Europe Summit)
8) We don't precisely know the number of suits against workers
protesters. For example 20 people were arrested on the 22nd of October 2002
after the demonstration of shipyard workers. 11 of them were put under
accusation. No less than 20 people, maybe even 70 have been charged
after the protests in Ozarow on 27-30th of November 2002.
9) Last year gay parades have been banned (11.06.2005
http://pl.indymedia.org/pl/2005/06/14475.shtml )
For more information read detailed report and analysis! (below or
http://rozbrat.org/ulotki/report2.htm )
In solidarity with your struggles,
The Anarchist Federation section Poznan (Federacja Anarchistyczna
sekcja Poznan)
The Polish Anarchist Black Cross (Anarchistyczny Czarny Krzyz)

with anarchist greetings,
Marek Piekarski
Anarchist Black Cross/Anarchist Federation
P.O.Box 5
60-966 Poznañ 31, Poland
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