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(en) Germany, Die Platform: Freedom for all political prisoners! (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 3 Apr 2024 09:33:50 +0300

101 years ago, on March 18, 1923, the "Day of Political Prisoners" was launched by the International Red Aid. This date was chosen symbolically to commemorate the Paris Commune of 1871, the first modern social revolution of the working class. The Paris Commune fought for 72 days against the bourgeois French army and the Prussian siege ring before it was defeated militarily on May 21, 1871. The bloody week of civil terror that followed led to the deaths of at least 20,000 Communards, and around 45,000 were sentenced to long prison sentences and deportations to penal colonies.

Even today the number of politically persecuted and imprisoned people continues to rise. Whether left-wing movements from Turkey and Kurdistan, the climate movement, the anarchist and communist movements or convinced anti-fascists - in addition to the fight for a better life for everyone, we are united by the threat of the repressive hand of the state, which breaks us, silences us or should fill people with fear in order to maintain the status quo.

Our answer is solidarity and class struggle, because for us it is self-evident: it is not the resistance that is criminal, but the system that creates political prisoners. People are criminalized and imprisoned because of their political beliefs or commitment to social justice, while those responsible for this oppression remain unpunished. It is important to realize that solidarity with prisoners can be a powerful weapon in times of oppression and injustice. Outside support can help overcome the harsh reality of prison and continue the fight. The vital dynamic of our movements also depends on how we work for the release of those who advocate or have advocated for our common goals.

It is therefore our responsibility to support our fellow activists and fight for their release. In this sense, we (not only) remember the political prisoners from our movements today and continue to fight for their release.

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