3 anarchist comrades accused of attempting to torch police cars, 1 beaten in custody + Open letter from anarchist groups in Warsaw (Poland)
Update : An open letter from anarchist groups in Warsaw is published below.
Correction: Radykalne Ogrodki Dzialkowe (ROD) was attacked with a raid and searches only, there was no attempted eviction.
On the night between Sunday the 22nd & Monday the 23rd of May three comrades were detained near the car park of South Warsaw police station. Cops claim to have found an explosive device under a police car. All three comrades were taken into custody at the station and one comrade was severely beaten. The comrades refused to cooperate and denied all accusations of ‘terrorism’ and attempting to bomb the police station. The comrades received support from the anarchist community and 3 squats from Warsaw (Przychodnia, Syrena, Radykalne Ogrody Działkowe) and were provided with legal representation.
The same day police raided and tried to evict Radykalne Ogrody Działkowe squat where one of the arrested comrades lived and search for evidence. According to the “Reclaim The Fields” website: “Cops arrived between 4 and 5AM. They invaded the squat area by cutting fences and demolishing the gate with a forklift. Six undercover police invaded people’s rooms. One friend woke up and found himself surrounded by cops questioning him about his identity. They then proceeded to search the entire squat.”
Warsaw anarchist collectives all released statements saying that they reject the terrorist accusations that have been made by the mainstream media and that they stand in solidarity with the accused comrades. Humiliating photos of the 3 anarchists in handcuffs and taking alcohol tests were published in the press.
The anarchist community of Warsaw has pointed to the fact that the media reaction to the latest events are an attempt to legitimize the new antiterrorist act that is being discussed by the Polish government. They also pointed out that about two weeks ago a young man named Igor was beaten to death at a police station in Wroclaw and that the legal system is protecting the murderers.
Poznań Anarchist Federation released a statement which strongly pointed out that “In these times where state power is shifting rapidly into authoritarian rule and state of emergency conditions are applied more severely each day the attempt to torch some police cars is called ‘terrorism’ and two bottles filled with petrol are called a ‘bomb’. This is nothing more than an attempt to distract the public from obvious incidents of police brutality and abuse of the law”. The comrades from Poznań reminded people about the dramatic death of Romanian prisoner Claudiu Crulic who died in Kraków prison after two months of hunger strike.
Another statement came from Łukasz Bukowski, our imprisoned anarchist comrade who is behind bars because he refused to pay court fines imposed on him as an act of judicial revenge for his political activity helping poor families resist evictions in Poznań.
He wrote: “I just received the news about the three comrades taken into custody in Warsaw accused of the so-called bomb attack on the police station. Regardless of the validity of the accusations we must support them. Throughout history the struggle for freedom has always used a variety of methods and tactics to fight oppression. Even if we don’t support insurrectionary tactics we cannot deny the effectiveness and strength of solidarity support. I know this because I myself have experienced it’s uplifting strength. Solidarity is our weapon”.
Grecja w Ogniu stands in solidarity with the arrested comrades who were forcibly and illegally abducted by the state regime and suffered acts of physical and psychological terror while in custody and whose lives now depend on regime puppets in uniforms.
We will publish separate statements in the coming days.
We are all calling for action in solidarity and support of all of the three prisoners of the state!
Police bastards we are going to remember every one of your assaults and aggressions against our comrades!
Eternal war against banks, cops and prisons!
via Grecja w Ogniu, Insurrection News
On Monday, May the 23rd, 3 anarchists were arrested in Warsaw and accused of possession of explosives and attempt of arson of a cop car. What follows is an open letter of Warsaw’s anarchist groups regarding that event and giving a bit more background context as it all happens in the wake of the new anti-terrorist law about to be implemented in Poland.
The arrestees have been sentenced to 3 months preventive jail and got lawyers to take care of their case. they are facing two charges (from 8 months to 8 years in prison)
Open letter in connection with the arrest of three anarchists in Warsaw
There are increasingly more absurd, one sided reports being released through the mass-media about the arrest of three anarchists on Monday May 23rd. We interpret this as an attempt to intimidate and criminalize social protest in Poland.
It is no coincidence that the closer the time comes for the so called ‘Counter-terrorism Act’ to come into force that the media and politicians increasingly construct a reality so that this law seems to be necessary. The heated reports and analysis about police actions preventing the alleged arson attempt on a police car stand in stark contrast to the silence around events which challenge the image of ‘police heroes’. At almost the same time police in Wrocław murdered Igor.
It is hard to find a reaction or indignation from the multitude of politicians, media, police officers and experts on terror to this. There are hardly any journalists which are critical when police kill a person. But police killings are only the tip of the iceberg. Extortion, beatings and unlawful protection of the interests of the influential – every year from 16000 complaints filed against the police only 5 percent of them are deemed appropriate. Due to media selectivity and omissions, the police have no fear of legal consequences. One can assume that people are discouraged from filing official complaints with expensive legal costs. The truth is that only loud protests and riots stop police repression being forgotten. The media meanwhile de facto do not lose any opportunity to pave the way towards permanent expansion of police jurisdiction and to further reduce public control over the activities of these bodies of repression.
Today the panic over an alleged, failed attempt to burn a police car forces consent to a draconian law allowing uncontrolled surveillance, ungrounded detention and unlimited police violence against the whole of society. Today, irresponsible journalists use sensationalism about ‘terror’ and fabricate consent to systemic repression in an attempt to persuade those not yet convinced: even official political trends in Poland express doubts in relation to this ‘anti-terrorist’ law.
The anarchist movement is active within groups of workers, tenants, environmental and anti-racism struggles and the fight against land-grabbing. It works uncompromisingly towards social justice, fighting against repression by business and political elites. The lack of public control over the police force for years condones the uncontrolled violence it uses against people opposed to systemic violence in various fields. More broadly, the witch-hunt atmosphere after the wider anarchist movement is building consent for repression and surveillance on communities challenging the most influential interest groups in this country.
Today, the sheer volume of media reconstructions about the alleged attempt to set fire to a police car, included the psychology of would-be arsonists and the subsequent press conferences with police and the prosecutor’s office. With undisguised anger we recall the public reaction to the repression against people fighting our causes. When the activist Jolanta Brzeska – living 50 meters from a police station – was repeatedly harassed and eventually brutally murdered, we could not count on similar indignation from the political elite and on the media immediately releasing press conferences and expert opinions. In fact, whenever attacks are made on workers’ rights or tenants, public opinion does not pay them any attention.
In contrast however, a media storm explodes around an arson, which de facto did not take place. Arrested anarchists are called terrorists. This forces social acceptance of using physical and psychological violence against them. Labelling them as such leads to the prisoners being tortured with no repercussions, as evidenced by their current state of health.
We will not be intimidated, nor stop our struggle for the maintenance of and expansion of social gain – even against the wishes of an increasingly police state. We appeal to the media: until you have the courage to loudly condemn many years of police violence, with the weight of its privileges and the complete state apparatus, you have no right to condemn the imprisoned anarchists and create a campaign against the whole anarchist movement. This movement never stands still for any authority, business or church. It has however a history of thousands of social struggles, many of which you are afraid to even speak of. This story will survive any repression.
Solidarity with the arrested and a call for it from all!
Enough of a state founded on fear and police violence!
Warszawskie Stowarzyszenie Lokatorów
Ruch Sprawiedliwości Społecznej
Kancelaria Sprawiedliwości Społecznej
Warszawska Federacja Anarchistyczna
Jedzenie Zamiast Bomb sekcja Warszawa
Anarchistyczny Czarny Krzyż Warszawa
No Borders Warszawa
This entry was posted on Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 12:14 pm and is filed under Social Control.