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Date Fri, 5 Dec 2003 07:29:44 +0100 (CET)

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From: Victor Chernov <wsany-A-hotmail.com> IWA Secretariat
We see how easy it is for you to forget the positive cotributions of the
WSA-IWA. Perhaps a reminder of one of the more positive examples of WSA-IWA
campaigning to extend IWA solidarity and ideas in the third world is
Anarchism in Nigeria
[From Unrest # 2- an anarchist magazine from South Africa, published in
February 1994 by the Anarchist Revolutionary Movement/ ARM]

Partial Victory for Nigerian Anarchists, by Bob McGlynn in Love and Rage
April/ May 1993. Although a bit dated this article is worth reprinting. The
current situation of the Awareness League is unknown to us but given the
current wave of repression before and after the aborted June and August
[1993], we are less than optimistic. More info: WSA, 339 Lafayette St., Rm
202, NY, NY 10012, U.S.

ANARCHIST/REVOLUTIONARY SYNDICALIST prisoners from Nigeria's Awareness
League (AL)- Udemba Chuks, Garba Adu, Kingsley Etioni, and James Ndubuisi-
won some reprieve January 29th when they were unconditionally released on
bail (they must report to the State Security Service each week). Arrested
seven months ago during a wave of student/worker unrest protesting IMF/World
Bank imposed austerity plans , they were detained under the notorious
"Decree no.2"- a catch-all "preventative detention"law.

At a Calabar court hearing on Jan. 25th their lawyer, Ifeanyi Nnajiofor,
demanded a grant of bail. On hand were a 100 AL members plus (according to a
Feb.1 AL communique) "scores of journalists, activists, members of the
Nigerian Bar Association, and interested members of the public." Then on
Jan. 29th "we won our greatest legal battle yet ... (when for) the first
time we set our eyes on them in seven months. They looked badly emaciated,
weak and sick." Setting a legal precedent poking a whole in Decree #2, the
judge granted bail, and set the next court appearance for February 18th.
Then as the four left court "there was an attempt to have our colleagues
rearrested outside the premises, but this was stoutly resisted by the
crowd." They were then promptly hospitalized and advised to have a two week

AL has info that the military may try to have the men re-arrested once
again.This would not be uncommon in Nigeria where the judiciary and the
military are constantly at odds.

At press time in our letter from the AL Feb. 28 the 4 have had their bail
extended but must report to the State Security Service daily.One of them
still remains hospitalised. The AL says "Judgement in the main suit is not
expected before the end of April 1993." The central suit maintains that the
State action in dealing with the 4 without charge was illegal and that
Decree #2 against them should be dropped.

"We thank you immensley for your solidarity so far in our struggle to free
our four colleagues. We can only ask you not to relent in your efforts."-
from AL letter Feb. 28.

The U.S. Workers Solidarity Alliance(WSA) and Neither East Nor West- NYC
(NENW-NYC) have successfully spearheaded a worldwide campaign for the AL. A
week of protests at Nigerian embassies was calld for Feb. 22-26 with
confirmations of actions by Anarchists in Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Dublin,
New York, London, Berlin and Hamburg. (Anarchists were ready to demonstrate
in countries like Bulgaria and Norway but lacked Nigerian targets).
Petitions and protest letters have been recieved from Argentina, Japan,
Turkey, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, India, Norway,
Ireland, Holland, Spain, Poland, U.S., South Africa, Bulgaria (almost 700
names on petitions!), Germany, and the U.K. Anarchist publications worldwide
have covered the story. Special thanks to Love and Rage newspaper who mailed
an international appeal for AL, and the International Workers Association
and Spain's National Confederation of Labour for sending $500 each to AL for
legal fees.

The question of money is of special priority. Ifeanyi Nnajiofor, the AL's
lawyer, must travel 1000 kilometers from Lagos to Calabar, Nigeria. As of
last Dec., the AL had a $12,000 debt for legal and other fees. Ifeanyi is
being extremely helpful and generous acxording to the AL, but his expenses
are obvious and he must be paid. WSA and NENW-NYC know that over $1000 has
been recieved by AL from Anarchists abroad, and since that has helped keep
Ifeanyi afloat, it's no exaggeration to claim that the international
campaign has played a part in AL's bail victory, possibly saving the lives
of these men (you don't get fed in Nigerian jails).

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