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(en) Poland, Court case in Krakow and other news

Date Tue, 25 Oct 2005 10:59:53 +0200

Jan. 26, 2005 when Vladimir Putin came to Poland, anarchists organized a
protest against the war in Chechnya. The action in Krakow was attacked by
the police and 33 people were arrested. Many anarchist activists have charges
against them. Unfortunately local activists have not written complete reports
on all the charges, but we know about many individual cases of resisting arrest,
etc. Among the more serious cases, Grzegorz Sobieszak from Warsaw has 6 charges.
Marek Kurzyniec from Krakow is being charged with organizing an illegal demonstration.
Kurzyniec had many such charges in the past and they were usually suspended
or he was given fines. It is possible this time that the court can give him
a jail sentence due to recidivism.

We are waiting for developments in this case. The Warsaw Anarchist Group and
others have been coordinating fundraising for Marek. Mutual aid efforts for
others unfortunately has been weak due to lack of coordinated solidarity
campaigns for all involved.

On Nov. 8, anarchists from several cities will organize actions against
repressions. This is only one of many cases of mass arrests during
demonstrations. Anarchists also point out that they tried to legalize some
of their demonstrations and authorities refused and that the authorities
have also banned some other types of events, like the Gay Parade.
Repressions have taken place not only against anarchists, but against some
workers' demonstrations.

One small piece of good news is that the Prosecutor in Warsaw has decided
that none of those arrested during the Summit of the Council of Europe will
have felony charges against them. This does not mean that they drop all
misdemeanour cases and fines but it is clear from the most recent court
cases that 1) the reasons the police gave for holding people were not true
in the cases already heard and 2) the police failed to provide evidence
asked by the court.

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