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(en) Germany, LIKOS: Political Prisoners Day (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 2 Apr 2024 08:14:54 +0300

We would like to use today, "Political Prisoners Day", to express our solidarity with the people who have been dragged to court and are behind bars because of their consistent commitment to an anti-fascist, climate-just and classless future. ----- Activists who denounce the existing conditions and fight against them are being imprisoned all over the world. It is unacceptable that fascists walk through our streets and that they become spaces of fear for queer, non-white or poor people. This is a fundamental component and consensus of left-wing radical politics. The same applies to the fight against the progressive destruction of our planet. The same applies to the fight against patriarchy. The same applies - to put it briefly - to the fight against the state, nation and capital. These battles must be fought consistently and with the necessary means. They are legitimate and necessary.

It is not surprising that this leads, for example, to conflicts with "Orbán's Hungary" and the ruling Fidesz, which would rather lock up anti-fascists for many years instead of stopping Nazi folklore and historical revisionism in its capital - which had to be stopped. Ultimately, our focus here is on a nationalist government and a state that is becoming increasingly authoritarian.

But we don't even have to look abroad. The German state is also increasingly subjecting the left-wing movement to repression. In a lengthy trial, Lina E. and other anti-fascists were sentenced to prison sentences of several years. The evidence was thin, particularly for the offense of "criminal organization", and the verdict was based on circumstantial evidence.

And to draw a link to Budapest again: there, in the aftermath of the so-called "Day of Honor" in 2023, arrested anti-fascists (from Hungary, Italy or Germany) are sitting in prison under inhumane conditions. Hungarian and German authorities are trying to outdo each other in their investigative zeal. Statements from those imprisoned in Hungary, which could never have been obtained according to constitutional standards and which can be explained by the violent everyday life in prison and the miserable conditions, are also being tried by the German judiciary to use to fantasize about left-wing structures or networks in this country to brand "criminal organizations" and to be able to act more aggressively against the left-wing movement. (It's not that this surprises us or that we can or want to trust in this rule of law, it's just that Germany is too happy to claim this rule of law.) This is how connections to Lina E. are constructed, for example - it's probably supposed to be an "all-round blow". be taken out... As part of a broad search, Maja was arrested in Berlin at the beginning of the year. Maja suffered cuts during the attack and has been in custody ever since and is threatened with extradition to Hungary. Maya is non-binary. In addition to long-term imprisonment, this would represent another danger for Maja in the Hungarian prisons. This does not seem to be a problem for the German state and its judiciary.

This small glimpse alone is enough to make clear the importance and necessity of our solidarity with political prisoners in Germany and every other country. Regardless of the substantive focus on the processes in and around Budapest, our solidarity also extends to comrades worldwide, e.g. in Belarus or Iran (to name just a few countries where the situation is currently acute).

Let's put our solidarity into practice. Let's write letters to our comrades to break through everyday prison life. Let us be present in their processes and show them that they are not alone. Let's not leave them stuck with the costs of procedures, lawyers, etc. and let's donate. Let's not let ourselves be divided.


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