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Anarchistisches Radio Berlin: Interview with ABC Belarus on repression and other topics (Germany, Belarus)
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
We would like to present you an interview the Anarchist Radio Berlin (Anarchistisches Radio Berlin: aradio.blogsport.de) made with a member of the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) in Belarus about the anarchist prisoners in the country, the situation in Belarus and the neighbouring countries and the planned infotour through parts of Europe starting in April 2014.
This audio has been re-recorded with a different voice in order to protect the identity of the original speaker.
You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes)
The length is: 9:25 min.
Enjoy! And please feel free to share!
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Anarchist from Gomel – Dzmitry Rezanovich – was detained on March 13-14 by Russian security forces when he tried to cross the Russian-Ukrainian border. He is now at one of the Kursk pre-trial facilities, relatives are not allowed to visit him. It’s not yet clear what was the reason for detention. He had the passport of his brother, but it looks like the special services were not interested in this misdemeanor, they allegedly suspect him of a conspiracy to launch an attack on Kursk nuclear power plant as well as participation in Maidan protests.
We think this story is connected with the Russian hysteria about possible war with the Ukraine and expected diversive acts from Ukrainian side.
From ABC Belarus
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
In March two antifascists from Brest, Belarus were found guilty of attacking local neonazis.
Dzmitry Stsyashenka was accused of aggravated hooliganism for threatening to attack a neonazi with a knife last summer. He was sentenced to 4 years of custodial restraint.
Dzmitry Zvan’ko was accused of malicious bodily harm inflicted to a group of neonazis, who provoked antifascists on May 8, 2013. He was sentenced to 5 years of colony with reinforced regime. More on this story http://abc-belarus.org/?p=3156&lang=en
Both court sessions were closed because the complainants asked so.
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
During the night of new 2014 year we joined the celebrations of burning symbols of oppression. A quarry excavator was torched in one of the active quarries of Krasnoselsk district in Belarus. 10 liters of gasoline and significant number of rags was used for the act as the thing was huge, the size of country cottage. Security guards invited a streetwalker for the night (this happened in front of our surprised eyes). So in 30 minutes after they started socializing we lighted up the night of passion and happiness with flames of burning vehicle.
Merry crisis and a happy new fear!
- Friends of Freedom, FAI-FRI
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
During the night of December 31 – January 1 we torched 2 vehicles used in development project in Southern Moscow. Security didn’t expect us to show up as they were busy drinking themselves into oblivion at the guardhouse. So we used 2 jelly cans of gasoline and some rags to destroy unguarded machinery. No harm came from our actions (only harm being made was that to the developer’s purse).
We dedicate this action to anarchists from Belarus, those who stay imprisoned. Guys, we remember you, we miss you and wait for you to become free again. We ask for ABC Belarus to help us in spreading this information and letting our imprisoned comrades know of our words and deed. We hope the news will help to lighten up the mood and keep you warm and smiling in the grey prison reality.
As for our ecodefence activism, we are not planning to make a U-turn. Unlike Mrs. Chirikova [self-proclaimed leader of mass protests during Khimki forest struggle - trans.] we are not looking for a comfortable chair in local administration. So we can afford to do what needs be done. We don’t accept moanings like: “Violence is bad, we shouldn’t be torching vehicles, we should get more signatures under petition, so as to be heard by federal government.” This reminds us of the fears of a person who’s afraid to loose the goodwill of powers-that-be. If we allow somebody to commit violence against ourselves, it means we’re raising the white flag. It is time to question the rationale behind continuous withdrawal under the blows of authorities. It is time to stop hiding your inability to act behind phrases like: “we shouldn’t act, this is violent tactics” or “this is too macho-ist” or “this is illegal”. If you want to ask for permission to protest, you must understand that you’re in fact selling yourselves. Only uncontrollable forms of resistance can hope to remain free. Any protest coordinated from under liberal umbrella organization is doomed to a failure. Gather your strengths, stay free and be wild, god damn it!
Tags: ABC Belarus, Arson, Belarus, Earth Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front (Russia), International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, IRF/ELF-Moscow, Moscow, Russia
Posted in Direct Action
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Jauhen Vas’kovich spent 10 days in a punishment cell at the beginning of August. He regularly writes and calls his mother. The prisoner prefers not to have a lawyer, because he thinks it is pointless. The next date with relatives is planned on January.
Mikalai Dziadok celebrated his 25th birthday in prison on August 23. He claims to have received many cards and letters, as well as some stationary and empty envelopes, which he values the most. Generally, his health state is OK, however, he has lost another tooth. In the beginning of September he spent 10 days in punishment cell for wearing a sports suit inside his cell.
Artsiom Prakapenka was deprived of a long-term date with parents, with had been planned for December. He could explain the reason on the phone. He feels fine and doesn’t complain about the health. Before he worked in the night shift, now – in the first shift. He also wants to attend prison classes, but the prison administration didn’t let him do it by far. His monthly ‘expences sum’ has grown from 10 to 20 euro. End of November he will have a short-term date with relatives.
Ihar Alinevich turned 30 on September, 24.
On September, 3 Aliaksandr Frantskevich was set free after 3 years of imprisonment. He claimed that his convictions haven’t changed during this time and he will continue taking part in the anarchist movement. Next 6 months he will have preventive police supervision – he can’t visit mass events, leave the place of living without permission and stay out from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. He will have to regularly check in with the police.
Source – abc-belarus.org
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Dmitri Zvanko – is anti-fascist from Brest. He was arrested 9th of May 2013, as one of 5 anti-fascists who were suspected of fighting with far-right activists the day before. Arrested anti-fascists were beaten up and put under psychological pressure by cops, Dmitri filed a complaint about his treatment although he was pressured not to do so. On the 19th of May four of the arrested were released, but Dmitri was charged with statute 339.3 of the Belarusian criminal codex (malicious hooliganism with a group of people), which carries a prison sentence from 3 to 10 years. Lawyers are afraid that statute 147.2 (grievous bodily harm) may be added, which would mean a prison sentence between 5 and 10 years.
For support for the legal costs of the arrested, contact ABC-Belarus:
Address for support letters:
Dmitri Nikolayevich Zvanko
SIZO-7, ul. Sov. Pogranichnikov 37
Send a letter online:
Sunday, May 26th, 2013
In the night of 30/04-01/05 several power pylons were cut with hacksaws in the vicinity of Belarus nuclear power plant.
- Electric Love
Friday, February 15th, 2013
325 recently received an email from London ABC who are part of organizing a tour for a member of the Belarus ABC about repression in that country. London ABC asked us to publicize their meeting in Freedom Bookshop, but instead we publish the details of the entire tour. We’ve previously reported repression and resistance news from Belarus. You can find the reports in our Belarus section.
1. London (first meeting): Friday 15th February 2013, 7pm. The Autonomy Club. Freedom Bookshop. Angel Alley. 84b Whitechapel High Street. London E1 7QX. Nearest Tube Aldgate East.
2. Brighton: Sunday 17th February. Cowley Club, London Road, Brighton. 6-8pm.
3. London (second meeting): Tuesday 19th February, 8pm. University of London SOAS, Room 116, Main Building, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.
4. Egham: Thursday 21st February. Royal Holloway University, Room & start time TBC.
5. Cardiff: Saturday 23rd February, 6pm Wells hotel, 77 Craddock St. CF11 6EW.
6. Leeds: Sunday 24rd February. Wharf Chambers, 23 Wharf St Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7EQ. Start time TBC.
7. Manchester: Tuesday 26th February, The Kings Arms, Salford. Time TBC.
8. Glasgow: Thursday, 28th February, Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall Street, Glasgow. 7.00pm.
9. Edinburgh (probable date, TBC): Saturday 2nd March.
10. Nottingham: Tuesday 5th March. 7.30pm. The Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham, NG7 6HX.
11. Oxford: Wednesday 6th March. Albion Beatnik Bookshop, 34 Walton Street. 7.30pm.
12. Bristol: Thursday 7th of March 2013, 6.30pm. Kebele Community Co-operative, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol
For more information about the prisoners and the ABC in Belarus: http://abc-belarus.org
Friday, October 5th, 2012
We’re glad to announce that after 620 days in prison Pavel Syramolatau was released from prison by president pardon on September 27th.
Pavel was arrested on January 17th 2011 due to attack on KGB building in Bobruisk, which was announced as solidarity action with anarchists arrested in Minsk in September 2010. In may 2011 after more than six months of investigation he was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Their action were classified by court as destruction of private property.
Under pressure of colony administration he signed petition for pardon this June.
Currently five more people supported by Anarchist Black Cross are in prison: Artsiom Prakapenka, Jauhen Vas’kovich, Ihar Alinievich, Aliaksandar Frantskievich and Mikalai Dziadok. All of them are strongly against petitions for pardon and ready to spend all of the sentence in the prison, rather than asking president for release.
Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Update: Belarus Embassy communications blockade declared for London demo – 1pm September 23rd.
On 06/09/2012 representatives of Brest KGB made an appearance at homes of 4 Brest antifascist and social activists.
Notebooks, PCs, flash-cards, cell phones and various books have been seized. KGB states that it suspects anarchists of planting a fake bomb on 8 February of 2012 in a garbage bin. Although the case is under police supervision, somehow KGB got involved in the matter. Three of our comrades got “invitational letters” from KGB for an interview. (more…)
Tags: Aliaksandr Frantskievich, Artsiom Prakapenka, Belarus, Demo, Ihar Alinevich, Jauhen Vas'kovich, Mikalai Dziadok, Pavel Syramolatau, Repression, Solidarity Action
Posted in Prison Struggle, Social Control
Sunday, July 8th, 2012
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On June 11th a booth that provided power to granite quarry in Mikashevichi (Belarus) was burnt by a group of dedicated earth liberation warriors. Resulting short circuit left quarry and nearby village in total darkness. It was a strange feeling to suddenly hear silence where just a minute before there had been constant industrial noise. To see stars in the sky that had been blocked out by quarry lights just moments before.
2 incendiaries (5 liters of gasoline each) were used for this action.
We salute imprisoned Belarus anarchists (Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Aliaksandr Frantskievich) persecuted for their acts of sabotage against Lukashenko’s regime. This new act of sabotage on territory, occupied by Belarus state, is in your honour.
Words of gratitude to Ted Kaczynski. Your thoughts served as a light-beacon to us in this action.
To every anti-authoritarian and eco-activist: keep fighting, stay strong and free!
- Friends of Freedom
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
It has been a long time since the last call for solidarity with the Belarusian anarchists appeared. Today we have to admit that the new wave of solidarity is needed urgently to help them out from the prison. That’s why we call you to participate in days of action in solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners from June 30 to July 2.
The activists Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Artsiom Prakapenka, Pavel Syramolatau, Aliaksandr Frantskievich, Jauhen Vas’kovich that were detained in Autumn 2010 and Winter 2011 and then sentenced to 3 to 8 years of prison in May 2011 for a series of attacks on state and capital symbols are finishing their second year in jail. During this time their comrades and relatives did their best to help them feel comfortable in custody and set them free. (more…)
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
The following communique was originally published in the Finnish anarchist portal Takku.net. During the last weekend an Islamist blogger tried to take credit for the bomb and molotov cocktails, until an anarchist communique was published on Monday 6.6.11, putting the attacks within the anti-state/anti-capitalist frame of struggle. Mainstream media news can be found here: 1 & 2
From the comrades:
“Tuesday night 13.4.2011 we burned five dumpsters at Pukinmäki train station in Helsinki. We also wrote some slogans for free spaces on some walls.
During the next two nights we burned dumpsters at several places in the city of Vantaa.
Tuesday 19.4. we attacked the police; we set up a bonfire on the street, and when the police showed up, we greeted them with stones and paint bombs. The police responded by attacking the nearby Social Centre Satama, which they found empty after a long siege and assault inside.
During the night 31.5.-1.6. in the district of Pukinmäki, Helsinki, we closed the Kenttätie-road, frequently used by the police, by setting several dumpsters on fire.
Early Friday morning 3.6. in the Helsinki district of Pasila, we put a bomb under Turvatiimi’s (a private security company) car. Although the bomb was fully functional, we decided not to explode it, to ensure that bystanders and workers in other nearby companies wouldn’t be put in danger. This is also why we placed the bomb so that everyone in the courtyard could see it.
Early Saturday morning 4.6. we attacked two gas stations with molotov cocktails in the Helsinki district of Tapaninvainio.
Monday morning 6.6. we called bomb threats to the following embassies: Belarus, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Chile, United States, Germany, Greece, Italy.
We chose these countries because of the ongoing struggles there. We wanted to make the representatives of these countries feel a bit of the fear, that our anarchist comrades face in their everyday struggle against the violence machine of the state.
With these attacks we want to show our solidarity to the comrades of Social Centre Satama and their struggle for free space. We also send revolutionary greetings to the Roma migrants in Helsinki, who are oppressed daily by the violent apparatus of the state.
With these attacks we also express our support to every anarchist prisoner, and want to remind that the struggle will continue despite the attempts at repression by the state. The time of empty talk is over, long live anarchy!“
Tags: Arson, Belarus, Bomb threats, Chile, Finland, Germany, Greece, Helsiniki, International Solidarity, Italy, Mexico, Roma, Russia, Sabotage, Social Centre Satama, Spain, Turvatiimi, United States
Posted in Direct Action
Monday, May 30th, 2011
Belarusian anarchists sentenced – up to 8 years of hard regime, evidence lacking.
On the 27th of May, judge Zhanna Khvoynitskaya sentenced the Belarusian anarchists Ihar Alinevich, Mikalaj Dziadok, Aliaksandar Frantskievich, Maxim Vetkin and Yeveni Slivonchik. The young men were accused of a number of political actions, amongst which was the attack against the Russian embassy in Minsk in August of 2010. (more…)
Thursday, April 14th, 2011
It’s been 7 months now since the “case of arsons” was started in Belarus.
All this time our friends and comrades have been held behind the bars. Having started with random detentions of activists of radically different political views in September last year, the case is finally coming to an end – it is being brought to trial. At the moment 7 people targeted in the investigation of “the anarchists’ case” are staying under arrest. (more…)
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
As of right now, four Belarussian anarchists are under arrest, accused of having organised a series of direct actions 2009-2010.
Everything started long before this past September (2010). The years 2009-2010 were rich in radical actions claimed by Belarussian anarchists. (more…)
Monday, September 13th, 2010
30 August 2010
“On the evening of 30.08.2010 a group of anarchists have attacked by Molotov cocktails Russian embassy in Minsk. One of the diplomat cars was burnt. By this action we express our fury and protest to the arrests and repressions against defenders of Khimki forest in Moscow.
While our friends are beaten up by fascist mercenaries, riot police are pressing and arresting innocent people – treats and arrests became everyday routine. Our friends now have to suffer in jails or live in fear to be imprisoned just because they fight for freedom, people and environment.
But bureaucrats and capitalists care just for their bribes and profits, they don’t care what happens tomorrow, they are ready to abolish every protest or disagreement with cruelty. What comes next – the death squads?
We declare solidarity with our comrades and support only method of direct action, because government are afraid of power only and nothing else.
It is really funny to read some comments on Internet forums. Both clans, called “Government of Republic of Belarus” and “Government of Russian Federation” disgust us. Poor workers of both countries never take any benefit from this fighting for power. It is foolishly to imitate politicians. People, come to your senses! Is it really impossible to explain any act of protest by theories of conspiracy? We meet stealing and humiliation every day – but around there are only fear in the eyes and whisper in the kitchens. It is time to summon our forces and believe that we are worthy of a better life.
Free all imprisoned comrades! Stop political repressions! Down with officials, gangsters and policemen!
Human rights and social justice!”
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
5 December 2009 : In early morning hours of 5th of December anarchists of Minsk threw smoke bombs and made graffiti at elite casino “Shangri-La” of Minsk.
Graffiti says “you already lost”