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(en) Armenian anarchist seeking asylum from Czech Republic

Date Mon, 6 Mar 2006 11:53:19 +0100 (CET)

In January, editorial collective of avtonom.org was contacted by our
comrade Eduard from anarchist communist group Proryv (Break-through),
which is member group of Autonomous Action from Yerevan contacted us with
bad news. Another member of the group Vaagn is currently in Czech
republic, forced to leave his homeland.
First trouble was when his father was refused medical aid in a military
hospital, notwithstanding father's long service and his former post in
military. He also got some trouble in work, various forms of pressure were
put on him, he was not allowed to take an exam for further qualification,
he was refused bonuses and so on. In November, Yerevan anarchists were
preparing protests against referendum on amendment to constitution.
Planned amendment was planned to be on double citizenship, but really it
was to be just another show-off of the power, government machinery
prepared to show that everyone was obediently participating where really
it was only a minor fraction, almost exclusively cops and army.

In night between 26th and 27th of November anarchists were distributing
leaflets with calls to boycott referendum. Around midnight of 9th of
December Vaagn and his friend were in a car accident with two other cars,
his friend hurt his foot. When Vaagn got off the car, someone stepped out
from one of the car, began shooting to the air and shouting "stop!". Vaagn
escaped the spot and called paramedics. His friend was taken to hospital,
where he was thrown down the stairs two days later, he broke his spinal
column. Unknown people also assaulted home of Vaagn and beat up everyone
there, fortunately Vaagn was not home. Premises of "Proryv" were robbed
the same day, various technology, including mini printworks were stolen.
Attempts to solve issues through mafia did not bring any results. He heard
that a bounty of 5000 dollars was promised for any information on him.
14th of December he took a flight to London. First he was planning to
leave his country just for a few weeks, but eventually he learned that
there was no way back. Right now he is appealing for an asylum from Czech

You may see picture of Vaagn in http://www.avtonom.org/index.php?nid=82

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