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(en) Czech, AFED: "It is important that attention to Belarus does not abate" [machine translation]

Date Sun, 7 Mar 2021 08:31:39 +0200

How are protests unfolding in Belarus and how are anarchists resisting intensifying state repression? We talked about this with the Belarusian anarchist Maria. ---- During the previous six months of repression, the Belarusian anarchist movement has affected a lot, affecting groups and individuals. Why are anarchists so afraid so much? ---- No state likes anarchists, because we will always be in opposition to every power. The Czechia is no exception, I read about Operation Phoenix - and this is a European country where there is no dictatorship like in Belarus. ---- Anarchists have been actively involved in Belarusian political life since the 1990s. Anarchist unions were active in Homel, anarchist newspapers were published in Minsk, and anarchist ecologists opposed plans to build a nuclear power plant until 2009. In 2006, anarchists and others protested against the results of the presidential election in a tent town on October Square in Minsk. Friends in the Czech Republic will certainly remember the case of the Belarusian anarchists in 2010: these were harsh repression and heavy punishments. However, the movement managed to knock, the anarchists became involved in new projects, they did street agitation. For example, in 2017, they became one of the driving forces behind the protests against the so-called "decree on subsistence".

In the same way, in 2020, anarchists took part in protests: someone in the black block, someone just in the crowd. Anarchists were perhaps the only organized force - political parties did not have their blocs at the demonstrations. Anarchists have experience with such actions, they can advise others on how to form a so-called chain, how to defend against water cannons, and so on. It must be said that the protests in Belarus are largely governed by anarchist principles: there are no leaders, the initiative comes from the bottom up, people are organizing together with their neighbors from the courtyard, everything is decided collectively. All this bothered the Belarusian state very much.

And one cannot underestimate the fact that Fizals are building a career in anarchist cases. For example, the anarchists Akihiro Hajevský-Hanada, Andrej Cepjuk, Alexandr Franckevic and many others are accused of participating in a criminal organization. They face years of imprisonment, and the rewards for the Phiz will be commensurate with the importance of the case.

Repression is also a fight against influencers. For example, Mikola Dziadok had a channel with eleven thousand subscribers in the Telegram, it was the largest anarchist Telegram-channel in Russian ever. In addition, he had his YouTube channel, Radix, where he tried to spread anarchist ideas in an accessible way. All this is inadmissible for Lukashenko's regime.

Mikola was arrested particularly brutally, then tortured. What do you think provoked this brutality? Do you have any news of him from prison?

It's a very painful topic for me. It never occurred to me that one day I would read about how my friend was trying to suffocate with poison gas, they let him in, strangle him, humiliate me, to watch disgusting videos in which my friend with a stony face would talk completely strangers. in words... Only the Nazis acted in a similar way in Belarus during the war, torturing the peasants, filming it and then showing it in Germany, saying that the guerrillas regret their actions... Mikola behaved very with dignity despite the torture. From my point of view, he is a prisoner of this hellish regime and I am very proud of him.

Why are his tormentors so brutal? It is clear that Mikola is a publicly active anarchist, a popular blogger, the reasons for his arrest have a lot of pheasants. But in his case, the brutality was completely unprecedented. I think the reason for the brutality was the personal hatred of high-ranking physics towards him. Mikola wrote a lot about the activities of the so-called Organized Crime Unit (Russian Gubopik) long before all the Belarusians saw their brutality with their own eyes, when these bastards beat people on the street, smashed glass in shops, etc. Mikola exposed their corruption, he named. specific people, publishing their data. It was the Gubopik physicists who had deliberately deliberated on Mikol, for example, accusing him of "Nazi propaganda" and similar absurdities. One of those whom Mikola mentioned in his contributions, a Tarasik,participated in his torture. It's just disgusting revenge, nothing else.

A few months ago, information came out of prison (from several sources) that they wanted to liquidate Mikol. According to his father, the Phizles want to provoke him with the tips of the underworld: as Mikola is to offend one of them and then be punished for it. I have no 100% proof that something like this is planned. But in my opinion, the rumors probably have a basis. Political prisoners do not have it easy in prison: the Philosophers do not leave them alone, organize provocations, stir up conflicts between prisoners, send them to solitary confinement, force other prisoners to watch them. The Fizls are vindictive, but it is the attention of people from the outside that gives Mike a chance to make it alive and well.

She is relatively well at the moment, she is not complaining about her health, even though she has long-term stomach problems, from a previous five-year imprisonment. He was recently taken from Minsk to a prison in Žodina, but then returned to custody on Volodarského Street in Minsk. I don't understand why they did it, apparently to throw him out mentally. His correspondence address is now: Minsk, st. 220 030, . Letters are difficult to get to prisoners, but you still have to try to write there. For prisoners, every letter or postcard is a ray of sunlight in the dark. ---- What is known about the case of the so-called Olinevich group? She was detained on the border with Ukraine, with weapons, so they will be accused of terrorism? Igor Olinevic is also known in Bohemia as a political prisoner, the author of the book Jed to Magadan ...

Dmitry Dubovsky, Igor Olinevich, Sergei Romanov and Dmitry Rezanovich are being investigated under sections 289.2 (terrorism) and 295.3 (illegal arms transfers). They are suspected of raiding objects with increased security in Soligorsk and Mozyr. The accused do not deny that their direct action damaged property, but did not want to harm people. So far, it looks like they will be officially charged with terrorism. They are currently in custody at the KGB in Minsk (the so-called Americans), they feel normal. Rezanovic has recovered from the coronavirus, the letters are not delivered to them very often.

And what "terrorist act" was committed by friends from the Minsk Food Not Bombs collective? Why were they arrested for?

Above all, the FNB has been in the sights of the Belarusian police since the very beginning of its operation, that is, since 2005. The Fizl have never liked the fact that homeless and needy people meet in the center of the capital of "thriving Belarus". The Belarussian regime has always tried to hide this problem - for example, during holidays and various official events, girls normally arrest homeless people and take them out of the city, unload them somewhere by the road. It also happened that people who live near the food outlets called the police at the FNB because they did not like the fact that homeless people were staying near their place of residence.

Second, the FNB has always distanced itself from charity. Although FNB participants did not use banners or megaphones, they always told passers-by about the meaning of this initiative, that it was based on self-organization and mutual help. And that was why since 2009 the police have been trying to disrupt these actions: they arrested people who came for food, legitimized and arrested the organizers, wrote complaints about their workplaces and schools. In 2012, a concert was held in support of the FNB, where the Phizls arrested all visitors, legitimized them, took their fingerprints, sent some to prison, and brutally beat one activist. Also during the 2014 World Cup, the FNB was very persecuted.

I tell all this so that readers can understand that the FNB in Belarus is still operating under enormous pressure, although it could occasionally allow it. The immediate cause of the latest repression was an interview with the FNB team for the anarchist Pramen website. The Phiz talk was very annoying. According to them, the FNB should be "grateful" that they have not yet stepped on them and let them work somehow - instead, the participants in the interview in their conversation espoused to anarchist principles, criticized the regime and supported the protests.

As a result, police officers have recently arrested everyone, including casual passers-by, while distributing food. They also arrested members of the Street Medicine initiative who use FNB actions to provide medical assistance to those in need. In court, the Fizls claimed that the activists were waving flags (they didn't have them at all), shouting the slogan Žyve Belarus, in short, the fabrications themselves. At other times, they claimed that handing out food as such was an anti-government protest. Most of those arrested were therefore sentenced to 15 days in prison. Conditions in the Minsk prison Akrescina were appalling, which is customary in Belarus, it was forbidden to send prisoners clothes, shoes, food, they only allowed medicines. The cells in the prison were not heated, they had to sleep on iron cots without mattresses, the toilet paper had to literally fight, not to mention the terrible food. It was better in the Žodín prison.Although for one cell with four prisoners, the bachelors provided one toothbrush for all! And at the time of coronavirus! They did not hand over any letters to activists in either Minsk or Zhodin, although there were many letters. Fortunately, everyone is free now and they are fine.

I do not know how it will all turn out in Belarus. But I want to say that Belarusian anarchists and FNB members are enthusiastic about the wave of solidarity from Czech friends. It's something unreal.

The frontman of the band Mister X was also arrested...

Igor Bancer of Mister X was arrested last October on suspicion of rioting - which is why he has not yet been recognized by human rights organizations as a prisoner of conscience, he is said to be a "non-political" accusation. He has all Czech fans greeted from prison. In addition, anti-fascists Tamaz and Timur Pipija, Vladislav Zinevich, Denis Boltut, Denis Zuk, Vitaly Shishlov, Andrei Kazimirov are being prosecuted. There is no point in detaining anarchists for so-called "administrative offenses", there are hundreds of them.

A logical question in conclusion: how else can Czech friends help Belarusian anarchists?

It is important that that attention to Belarus does not abate. I understand that the situation has dragged on for a long time and will continue for a long time. I know that it is difficult to keep Belarus in mind when there are so many horrors going on in the world. But those actions of solidarity, especially when they respond to specific events, are like a breath of fresh air. We have to put pressure on Lukashenko's regime, even if it hardly works: these cannibals do not react to the pressure. But it will warm the heart of activists!

Material and financial assistance is always up to date. Lawyers, packages, drugs, fines - these are all huge sums and activists can't do it without help. I would like to mention Mikola Dziadok in particular: his family receives a lot of solidarity help, but the expenses are still huge, in addition, Mikola has serious stomach problems and suffers from migraines.

You can help via ABC-Belarus, here are the data:

Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/abcbelarus or belarus_abc@riseup.net

You can send money by card via: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/abcbelarus

If you would like to help Mikol in particular, write "?????" in a note or write separately to the e-mail address belarus_abc@riseup.net that this and that gift is for him.

And finally, I have one note that may seem strange to you, but it's important. It will be a great benefit for the anarchist movement if we take care of ourselves. If we love and take care of ourselves, we will find the strength to be active in activism and we will have enough to help anarchists in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Syria and anywhere in the world.

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