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(en) Poland, Warsaw, Action against shale gas conference and repression

Date Sat, 03 Dec 2011 10:01:08 +0200

Comrade in Trouble for Resisting Cop Violence ---- Today (29 Nov) in Warsaw, a group of activists blocked a conference on fracking (shale gas extraction) which was to be held in the Hotel Intercontinental. A small group of people played drums and made noise. - Others went around the hotel, some made speeches against fracking and some occupied the conference room. A banner was put up in the hotel and on a nearby building. The action lasted for two hours and was successful in that the conference had to be cancelled. However the police fined the people playing music. After 2 hours, the people occupying the conference room were brutally removed by police. 11 people were arrested. ---- The people who made the action were activists from Syrena squat, the Anarchist Federation and the ZSP. One of our comrades from ZSP was fined 50 euros for making noise and 2 were arrested.

One was released earlier, but unfortunately the other one is charged with assaulting a police officer. (Ie, her brutal arrest did not go so smoothly for the cops). Several solidarity protests were held in front of the police station.

We are concerned that the authorities are currently looking for some
scapegoats since every day since Nov.11 there are news items about
violent anarchists and the right wing and media are trying hard to
build this image. In reality, the bigger problem is with the police -
for example, in the station where the comrades were held, they often
beat people, and they beat people on Nov. 11. And they can be brutal
during arrests and we understood this is what happened when the police
intervened today. The activists making the occupation were peaceful,
which we will show since we are compiling video and photographic
evidence of these events.

All of the activists involved have been now released. One will face
charges of assaulting a policeman, others will be charged of
"disturbing the peace".

Shale Gas extraction is a big topic in Poland, as the reserves are
said to be quite big. Many local inhabitants are aware of the
environmental destruction brought by shale gas fracking and are
already mobilizing with protests.

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