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(en) Poland, rozbrat.org: Press conference and solidarity picket "Enough repression!" [machine translation]

Date Sun, 14 Apr 2019 09:36:36 +0300

Yesterday, 9 April, a picket was held in connection with the repressions of people associated with the Poznan anarchist community. ---- Below, we publish the text of our statement, and thank you for participating in all of the participants. ---- Statement on the repression of people associated with the Poznan anarchist milieu. ---- Several times, several activists and activists associated with the Poznan anarchist movement were brought to trial in various cases. The police and the prosecutor's office seem to have exhausted the penal code, putting all kinds of charges against them (though equally absurd!), And some of these cases have been going on for several years. ---- For two years, the trial of six activists and activists who took part in the Black Protest in 2016 has been underway. Despite the fact that the police brutally pacified the demonstrators using clubs, tear gas and arranging round-ups of random persons, only the protesters sit on the bench today. They are accused of, inter alia, violation of bodily immunity of officers or participation in a violent gathering. All cases against the police were discontinued. It is a peculiar fact that some people heard allegations only after she complained to the prosecutor's office about the behavior of the police during the action.
In September last year, in the middle of the night, a police patrol stopped an anarchist for a reason returning home. One of the policemen threw him into the police car and then hit him in the face. He was transported to the police station, where he was even more battered, kept in handcuffs and a protector on his head. They were brought closer to him, mocked at political views and anarchist activities. He was released only before noon, when the prosecutor presented him with allegations of insulting an officer.
A few weeks ago, a valid sentence passed in the case of Maciej Hojak, a longtime activist of the Anarchist Federation, who was to attack police officers. In fact, Maciej only ran to help a colleague ruffled by a few fallen men who jumped out of the unmarked (as it turned out later) police car. Maciej was returning home from a solidarity demonstration with Lukasz Bukowski, who was serving a three-month sentence of imprisonment for blocking illegal eviction!
In April there will also be another meeting against the activist, which the police stopped during the anti-nationalist demonstration. He was seated on charges of participating in a fight, on one bench accused of nationalists who attacked demonstrators. Most of the nationalists accused in this case decided to cooperate with the prosecutor's office, pleaded guilty and voluntarily submitted to punishment. Due to the number of accused persons and the number of witnesses, the length of the proceedings alone is a punishment for an activist who has been detained by the police, despite the assurances of the organizer and participants of the protest that he is not a member of the nationalist attacking protest but an anti-fascist participating in a legal demonstration.
Last month, the first sentence against the anarchist from Poznan came, which blocked the already recognized illegal logging of the Bialowieza Forest. He was accused of violating the integrity of forest guards and obstructing their official activities, for which he was sentenced to four months' imprisonment. An Anarchist appealed.

We know that the police and the prosecutor's office are well aware of how much these processes cost us. We devote our time to many hours of hearing and meetings with lawyers, writing appeals and reviewing files. Each process is also a considerable financial expense for us. We would prefer all of this energy to be spent on political activities, money for legal assistance to harassed tenants or persecuted employees. Meanwhile, we are still distracted from our activities, and the police are convinced that it is at their own request. We get a clear signal: if you are sitting quietly and you are polite then you have peace, and if you want to protest, we will set you straight and straighten you.

However, we will never allow state oppression against activists from our side! We have the right, sometimes even an obligation, to protest, act, and engage in political actions. We must also show strong resistance to police impunity and officials who increasingly organize themselves and escape social control. That is why we do not agree to the continuous increase of police powers, the use of wiretaps and the monitoring of ever larger areas of our private lives. Today, the system between the police and the prosecutor's office is an everyday life, and there is more and more violence and torture on the police stations, which often end in the death of detainees. We are creating a police state, perfect for use by fanatical politicians or thirsty for the absolute power of psychopaths.

We express our opposition today! Our weapon is solidarity, which we show through joint participation in processes, physical, financial or even symbolic support. We are with all the accused until the end of their trials, and sometimes longer in the event of an unfavorable sentence. Above all, however, we are acting further and we do not give up in the fight! We will not be intimidated, we will never give satisfaction to the police and the prosecutor's office.

Anarchist Black Cross / Anarchist Federation section of Poznan

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