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(en) Call for solidarity with belarusian political prisoners (30.06.12-02.07.12) ( fr, ca, de, ru, )

Date Tue, 05 Jun 2012 17:18:57 +0300


It has been a long time since the last call for solidarity with the Belarusian anarchists appeared (http://abc-belarus.org/?p=133&lang=en). ---- Today we have to admit that the new wave of solidarity is needed urgently to help them out from the prison. That’s why we call you to participate in days of action in solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners from June 30 to July 2. ---- The activists Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Artsiom Prakapenka, Pavel Syramolatau, Aliaksandr Frantskievich, Jauhen Vas’kovich that were detained in autumn 2010 and winter 2011 and then sentenced to 3 to 8 years of prison in May 2011 for a series of attacks on state and capital symbols are finishing their second year in jail. During this time their comrades and relatives did their best to help them feel comfortable in custody and set them free.

In October 2011 they were acknowledged
political prisoners by right-watch organizations. This fact gave them
bigger chances to be freed as soon as possible, because at the moment
the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, faces pressure from the
European Union with the demands to set free all the political prisoners
and decriminalize them. From August 2011 he has already pardoned more
than 30 of them, but none of our comrades was granted freedom.
Lukashenko said publicly, that he will pardon only those, who will write
the petition for pardon, thus admitting their guilt and asking him
personally for mercy. All the rest will remain in prison, he stated. In
fact two comrades, Mikalai Dziadok and Alexandr Frantskevich were
already asked if they want to sign the petition in August 2011, both
refuses to do it. Now there are 13 political prisoners left in Belarus,
among them are 5 our comrades and 1 more, imprisoned for the action of
solidarity with them. We are sure that none of them will ask for mercy,
because it would a shame for an anarchist or any honest person to do so.
All the prisoners are experiencing different kinds of pressure from the
administration of the prisons they are held in*, because Lukashenko
wants to be a winner in this situation and make it as if it is not the
EU that forces him to set free the political prisoners in fear of more
political and economic sanctions, but as if it is his good will to
pardon them, again only if they ask for it. We strongly oppose the fact
that our comrades are now traded for benefits form the EU and condemn
the pressure that they experience*. We call everybody to protest against
this tortures and demand the immediate liberation of the political
prisoners of Belarus, including anarchists.

We welcome solidarity actions of ANY kind starting from now on to
accumulate amount of it on days of solidarity, we also ask you to make
solidarity actions at least once a month if you find it possible even
after the days of solidarity. We need constant pressure on the regime
and the EU politicians in this situation. Let it be a non-stopping roll
of action all over the world, until our comrades are free!

*The cases of pressure on the prisoners include: transfers to another
penal institutions, deprivation of food supply from the outside,
deprivation and cuts on the dates with relatives, deprivation of phone
calls, delays and gaps in letters’ supply, placing to the solitary cell,
transfers to a penal facility with special regime, etc.

To know more about the attacks, visit abc-belarus.org/?p=6&lang=en
To know more about the sentences, visit abc-belarus.org/?p=326&lang=en

Anarchist Black Cross Belarus (belarus_abc[at]riseup.net)
Friends and Relatives of arrested
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