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(en) Czech, AFED: Big police embarrassment

Date Tue, 5 May 2020 11:31:48 +0300


On April 28, five years passed since the police raid, which was the media culmination of the so-called Operation Phoenix. ---- In 2015, the anarchist movement in the Czech Republic was affected by extensive repression organized by a specialized unit of the Police of the Czech Republic. The goals of the police were clear: to infiltrate the movement, expose it, discredit it in the eyes of the public, and paralyze it with various accusations. Police carried out large-scale raids at the end of April and detained eleven people. She did not forget to properly publicize this truly megalomaniacal event under the name Fénix and scare the public with the threat of terrorism. Five people were charged with something that did not happen, for allegedly preparing to attack a train with military equipment. It soon turned out to be a pre-constructed case with the help of police-appointed provocateurs' agents. The police also used the raid to seize computers and servers, shutting down a number of anti-authoritarian sites, including ours. This was followed by a massive police attack on the Prague squat Cibulka and subsequently detention for another anarchist, whom the police accused of throwing incendiary bottles at the garden of the Minister of Defense, even though he was demonstrably in another place at the time. Dozens of people went to the interrogations and the police set out to make further accusations against the prosecuted.

Although the repression affected us, it did not destroy us, on the contrary, it even strengthened it in many ways. First of all, she showed that insisting on a culture of security is not a sign of unreasonable paranoia, but a necessity in the face of systematic fizzle. A discussion developed about the place of insurrectionism in the movement and the outputs of the so-called Network of Revolutionary Cells. In this debate, the AF was firmly in the position of social anarchism and perceived the activities of the SRB as counterproductive. Although there were different attitudes within the movement, its coherence, with a few exceptions, was not compromised.

We tried to develop the topic of police repression and the deployment of agents more widely as the main topic of one of the issues of the anarchist review Existence , where we turned to experiences from the past and abroad and tried to state what challenges this entails for our movement.

A long series of support and solidarity actions have taken place since the raid.

As the case began loudly, it ended even more quietly, after three years with a final verdict acquitting all defendants. Nevertheless, the Fizls are not giving up yet, and in the Fénix II case they are trying to convict several anarchists of publishing information about SRB actions and spreading insurgent pamphlets.

You could follow the course of the case on our website. Here are some of the links:

2015
Story escorted no. 8 (a description of the Phoenix police actions from the perspective activist who was among the detainees from the raid 28. 4. 2015)
Such an ordinary afternoon (Peter, arrested as part of Operation Phoenix, describes his stay in the detention center)
We break! (letter on Operation Fénix from imprisoned anarchist Martin Ignacák)
Support for prosecuted activists (report on actions in support of prosecuted anarchists)
Message through prison walls (report from solidarity action in front of Prague remand prisons)
Our solidarity is stronger than your prison! (brief report from the St. Petersburg demonstration against the repression of anarchists and anti-fascists)
In Pankrác and Ruzyne(report from Prague solidarity actions with activists imprisoned in Operation Phoenix)
again at remand prisons (report from other solidarity actions in front of Prague's remand center)
Martin's birthday (prison walls or bars on the windows did not prevent wish veznenému Martin's birthday)
guards in the viewfinder ( report from the panel discussion, which took place on August 26 at the Clinic)
Freedom for political prisoners as part of the International Week of Solidarity with Imprisoned Anarchists! (report from a demonstration in support of anarchist prisoners, which took place on August 28 in Prague)
Solidarity with imprisoned anarchists (cultural and charitable events in eastern Bohemia)
About alleged terrorism(report from the information and benefit evening in support of imprisoned anarchists)
You are not alone behind the wall (solidarity greeting to our friend Martin)

2016
Boxes for Martin (collection of food for the anarchist-vegan imprisoned in connection with the case of Phoenix)
About protianarchistických repression (brief report of Podebrady discussions about police activities against antiautoritárum)
When the cops threaten ... (another story in a series of police bullshit)
Year Fenix - the first court the process is over (report from the court with Igor cobblers, which took place on 26 and 27. 4. 2016)
Phoenix celebrates 1st birthday (report from the concert in front of Pankrác prison custody to support prosecuted anarchists)
Šlachta is a liar! (official statement of the sister of Martin Ignacák, who is being prosecuted)
Freedom for Martin! (activities in support of Martin Ignacák)
Before Pankrác with fireworks (report of solidarity actions before the remand prison)
Story of the court (on 2. 8. 2016 began trial in the case Fénix)
new charity CD Sounds of Anti-Fenix (Anarchist Federation in cooperation with Error Records released a compilation benefit)
Martin released from custody

2017
Knockout in the fourth round (report from the fourth trial in the police-fabricated case of Fénix)
Fénix in ashes (report on acquittal for anarchists accused in one of the trials of Operation Fénix)

https://www.afed.cz/text/7163/velka-policejni-blamaz
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