Update On Andrea Stauffacher, Zurich May Day Prisoner

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Thu, 15 May 1997 21:24:35 -0400 (EDT)


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[The following is an update on the situation of Zurich May Day prisoner Andrea Stauffacher, as well as a re-posting of our original call for solidarity. In our initial posting of that text, we sometimes referred to Andrea as Angela, which was a careless typing mistake which we sincerely apologize for. Sorry if it caused any confusion. Freedom For Andrea Stauffacher! - ATS]

Press Release May 13, 1997

The Arrest Of Mrs A. S. On May 1, 1997

Being Mrs A. S.'s lawyer, I have been repeatedly asked by the media these last few days to comment. Mrs A. S. is still in custody. The media's smear campaign before and also after May 1st (giving A. S.'s full name and showing a picture of hers) has born fruit. For instance, the district attorney thinks he can continue keeping her in custody (saying she might coordinate her testimony with others). The command of the cantonal police is acting out a power game which defies description and shows a rarely seen contempt for human beings. During a search of her house, Mrs A. S. had her hands tied behind her back and her feet were tied together so that she could neither walk nor even stand. She had to lie on the floor for two hours. During that time, the house was being guarded by at least 4 officers in uniform; the actual search of the house was done by 7 (!) officers of the cantonal and city police. Mrs A. S. is only allowed on her daily walk in the prison courtyard when isolated from her fellow inmates, guarded by numerous police officers, and surrounded by the bars in the Kaserne yard. During her walk, her hand are tied behind her back with handcuffs. A note on the door to her cell warns that only two officers together may open the door. After each visit by her lawyer she has to go through a full body search including intimate areas -- an utterly degrading procedure. This demonstration of power ordered from the top of the hierarchy can only be understood as a manifestation of the climate created by the media and by bourgeois and social democratic politicians alike.

Attorney Bernard Rambert Postfach 3249 8031 Zurich, Switzerland Telephone +41-1-271 80 86 Fax +41-1-271 80 94

(Source: Pressebuero Savanne, http://www.savanne.ch, savanne@savanne.ch)

Solidarity With Andrea Stauffacher!

On May Day 1997 in Zurich, Switzerland, Andrea Stauffacher, a leading member of the revolutionary collective "Aufbau", was arrested by police after part of the May 1st demo was surrounded by riot police. This surrounding of the demo ('Einkesselung') was supposedly to hinder militant actions "before they happened", according to police commander Marcel Bebie during a May 2 press conference. Massive police presence and planning by the Swiss police turned May Day into a virtual state of emergency zone. Anyone who looked "suspicious" was detained by police even before the demo began. The main police deployment was around the train stations of Winterhur and Zurich. Then the cops surrounded the demo on the Sihl Bridge. The police knew that this would cause a panic, with bad consequences. There were also firemen and sea police stationed near the bridge. The 130 comrades who were arrested, including Andrea Stauffacher, were taken in busses to the police station. They were interrogated and documented until 9 at night. Now they face charges of "participating in a illegal demonstration". Further repression could follow, because the entire demo was filmed by the cops, and this film is now being analyzed. Of the original arrestees, only Andrea Stauffacher remained in custody. According to the authorities, she is part of the "hard core" of Zurich's autonome scene. She is being charged with destruction of property and riot. The capitalist press in Switzerland decided to spread its own lies as well about Andrea Stauffacher. The TAS on 4.5.1997 reported that the sister of one of Andrea's friends was killed while fighting as a PKK guerrilla in 1993. The Sonntagszeitung that same day tried to link Andrea to some graffiti that was written in front of a reporter's house. But that's not all. According to a report by the Zurich Senate concerning the confrontations on May Day 1996, hints are dropped that Andrea Stauffacher was mainly responsible. Andrea Stauffacher has faced repression for her political orientation for years. The 47-year-old social worker has been convicted of riot charges in the past. In 1994, she lost her job when she had to spend a month in prison. Now it seems that she is being made an example of yet again. The case of Andrea Stauffacher needs to be publicized outside of Zurich! Andrea Stauffacher needs our solidarity! If you'd like to write to her in prison, she is being held at:

Andrea Stauffacher c/o Kantonspolizei Polizeigefaengnis CH-8004 Zurich Switzerland

Revolutionaeren Aufbau Zurich "Newspaper for Revolutionary Class and Women's Struggle!" aufbau@access.ch http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/9082/

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