Posts Tagged ‘Belarus’
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
The Solidarity Apothecary is screenprinting tshirts to help raise funds to send to Anarchist Black Cross Belarus.
You can buy one here: https://solidarityapothecary.org/store/
People in Belarus are no stranger to state violence or repression living under a Dictatorship. However, as people have taken to the streets to protest, thousands are experiencing state violence at an unprecedented scale. In the first three days of the uprising in August, more than 5000 were detained by police. Many are experiencing beatings, torture, rape and sexual assault. One person was murdered. Despite the repression, people continue to fight on the streets.
Income from this t-shirt will go towards defendant support, meeting people from jails, legal costs and other anti-repression work. Solidarity is the peoples’ self defence!
Please note this is a pre-order. An order will be placed with the printer on the 3rd of October and may take longer than usual to screenprint due to covid-19 restrictions. Thank you for your patience!
To learn more about the situation in Belarus check out:
ABC Belarus – https://abc-belarus.org
Belarus: Anarchists in the uprising against the Dictatorship – https://crimethinc.com/2020/08/12/belarus-anarchists-in-the-uprising-against-the-dictatorship-an-interview
Pramen (for translated news) – https://pramen.io/en/main/
Атрад Супраціву (The Resistance group) claims responsibility for the attack on police car in Belarus
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Encouraging news from Belarus (received by mail). We urge our comrades and all who decide to follow their example – to use gloves. Do not leave any prints and DNA!
We, Атрад Супраціву (The Resistance group), declare war on the existing fascist government!
We don’t see another option apart from inflicting physical and material damage on all power structures – from district administrations and police stations to direct individual confrontation with Lukashenko’s followers.
We have nothing more to say about the current regime, it’s all obvious to everyone. The only possible sentence it deserves – death!
This night we tried to be with you. We visited some fascist police stations and have made our best to reduce the number of police vehicles that could get to the peaceful demonstrators.
We call upon the people of Belarus to use partisan tactics, that their ancestors are famous for!
Only self-organization, mutual support and direct action together with our resolute will can destroy this fascist infestation and break the yoke of Lukashism.
Together we will win!
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Inspiring message from Minsk partisans:
On the night of September 21-22, Minsk anarchists from “Copless neighborhoods” initiative ripped off 3 surveillance cameras above communal entrance doors of residential buildings (6, Soltysa and 86, Soltysa).
Criminals in uniform have direct access to the resident’s records of movement and activities. Security forces have lost all credibility. They carry out violent raids on courtyards trying to strangle budding self-government at birth.
Won’t let them control our political activity which nowadays lives not only in the squares but also in courtyards. We urge you to organize people’s self-defense groups and self-governance assemblies. Our security and freedom is in our own hands.
All those who are struggling to bring about self-government should place a large level of importance to such actions: stay anonymous and don’t get caught by police cutthroats.
Hope we didn’t disturb local residents too much;) Yours truly, anarchists.
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Minsk anarchists continue to fight a battle against Lukashenko’s junta. Received this message via mail:
We, Атрад Супраціву (The Resistance group), continue our uncompromising war against fascism of Lukashenko’s police junta.
We take responsibility for the attack on Zavodskoy District Court in Minsk, which we see as an occupying part of the government.
We declare that, if mass repressions and forceful breaking up of demonstrations continues, our group will do everything we can so that not all of those helmeted bastards with batons will live to see the trial.
That’s not a threat, that’s a fact! We – among you, we know your addresses and positions, we have your photos.
Stop now or the end of you will be dreadful and inglorious!
Sunday, September 6th, 2020
“Bread, Salt, Land and Freedom” can be heard in the streets of all Belarus at present. Everywhere people and our friends have been streaming onto the streets since August 9th. Unusual for a country where activists disappear, are tortured or draconian prison sentences are supposed to suppress any thought of another world. But the population is looking for alternatives and our companions are right in the middle of it:
“We should not forget that anarchists are against not only this presidential election, but against any president in general. The Belarusian people have long known that power corrupts everyone. Lukashenko may be replaced by an opposition politician, who will keep power in the country and continue repression against his own population. We must rise up not to get a new president, but to live without presidents. Decentralization of power should be a key factor in the transition from dictatorship to a free society.“
While the madman from Belarus, self-proclaimed president, congratulates his murderous cop units and symbolically walks through Minsk with a Kalashnikov, the strikes and attacks on these units continue. The fear must be deep-seated of losing power, so he had the Internet turned off, sent the military to fight the demos and his whole family ran through the streets with weapons.
In Berlin, too, we follow the events and were inspired by the attack on the Belarusian embassy in Paris.
We send our greetings and strength to our anarchist friends and all the other rebels in the streets, following the call for international solidarity:
“Support from the outside inspires not only the hearts of anarchists, but also the hearts of everyone on the street.“
For this reason we threw stones and paint bottles at the Belarusian embassy near Treptower Park during the night of August 27. We crossed their disgusting emblem at the gate with an A in a circle.
For a upheaval of the circumstances – until anarchy!
Fear turned into rage, rage into victory!
To all our comrades in revolt, courage, hold on!
(Translation from http://zf2r4nfwx66apco4.onion/node/1598520077610523)
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Belarus: Rebellion Against Dictatorship
As the Anarchist Radio Berlin, we gladly present this interview with an anarchist in Belarus on the current situation in the country. Since weeks people are in the streets in the aftermath of the last election.
In the interview, recorded on the 31st of august 2020, we learn about underlying reasons and the built up to the current protest movement, as well as the role of alternative media and the current state repression.
Links mentioned in the interview:
ABC Belarus: ways to donate to support anarchists (add note “STREET FUND” to direct money towards actions instead of repression costs)
Pramen: news from an anarchist perspective (also in english)
Belarus97.org: support people detained in general
Support people who lost their job because of their political views (Caution: links to Facebook!) https://bit.ly/344ANgH
Length: 56 min
You can find other English audios as well as all issues of the monthly anarchist show “Bad News” here.
Sunday, August 16th, 2020
Repressions against anarchists in Belarus!
WE NEED SOLIDARITY! PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS INFORMATION!
On August 12, anarchists Alexander Frantskevich and Akihiro Khanada were detained in Belarus. Frantskevich is a former political prisoner, in 2010-2013 he was imprisoned on charges of attacks on government facilities. The police call him “the leader of the most radical group of anarchists, “Revolutionary Action.”” At the moment, Alexander is accused of organizing mass riots (sanctions – from 5 to 15 years in prison). It is currently unknown what the second detainee, Akihiro Hanada, is accused of.
Anarchists have been the most radical and one of the organized forces opposing the regime of Alexander Lukashenko for a long time. They actively participate in all mass protests of Belarusians against the dictatorship, and have long been the object of persecution by the authorities.
Now, with the start of unprecedented protests for Belarus, the authorities are concerned about the popularity of anarchists, and they are beginning another round of repressions. State TV channels directly accuse Russian and Belarusian anarchists of “coordinating the riots,” and Frantskevich and Akihiro, apparently are suitable candidates for the role of “organizers of protests.” Now our comrades are facing long imprisonment for fighting against the dictatorship, and we call on everyone don’t be indifferent. Conduct actions of solidarity, demand the release of Frantskevich, Akihiro and all the detainees, translate and disseminate this appeal in all languages of the world. Belarus is a country very sensitive to global pressure. By drawing as much attention as possible to the case against the anarchists, we can influence its positive outcome.
We also remind you, that anarchist Nikita Yemelyanov is still imprisoned in Belarus, sentenced to four years in prison for symbolic attacks on court buildings and an isolation ward in Minsk.
You can send reports on the conducted actions to our Belarusian comrades from “Revolutionary Action” to revolutionaruaction(AT)riseup(DOT)net
Or you can send us news about the conducted actions
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Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
For the first time in the history of Belarus, people across the country rebelled against the dictatorship. Many thousands of demonstrations are held not only in the capital, but also in small towns. People take to the streets and not only peacefully protest against the authorities, but also fight against the state apparatus – they help friends and comrades and clash with punishers.
August 10, barricades appeared in the streets of Minsk for the first time, while protesters began using molotov cocktails. Some enterprises and firms went on strike.
In recent days, standing shoulder to shoulder, we have felt what the energy of the people means. We have realized that together we can overthrow a tyrant!
The blockage of the Internet could not stop the news flow. People all over the world have learned that the Belarusian dictatorship is ready to drown the population in blood just to stay in power. In three days, police and internal troops detained more than 5000 people, hundreds suffered from cop violence. At least one person has been killed.
Now more than ever, international solidarity is important in the fight against Lukashenko. Therefore, we call you all to join the international day of actions in solidarity with Belarusian people! In what format can you express your solidarity? You can hold rallies and demonstrations at Belarusian embassies and other institutions of Belarusian power in your country. Take collective photos. Take part in direct actions. Any, even the smallest solidarity can support the fire of rebellion that will tear down the dictatorship in our country!
Send your reports to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on social networks with the #Belarus hashtag.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
Elephant in the room – Bringing down the dictatorship. Interview on protests in Belarus
Since Sunday streets in Belarus are filled with rage of protesters trying to bring down the dictatorship. People from all parts of the society have been clashing in the night of August 9 in 33 different cities around the country. They are fighting against president Lukashenko who is ruling the country for the last 26 years.
We got together with one of comrades from Belarus who is living in emigration and clarified some things that are happening in Belarus right now.
How did the Belarusians come to rebellion against the dictatorship
If you had asked people in Belarus how long the dictatorship of Lukashenko was left in early 2020, they would have looked at you like a fool. In a respected dictatorship, such questions are not asked, because you know what can happen. And in general, it so happens that the reign of the great leader is timeless. But the situation has changed so radically over the last 8 months that Belarusians took to the streets and for the first time in the new history of Belarus they fought back the police in at least 33 different cities of the country.
Today Belarusians have woken up in a new country. In it, people openly talk about hatred for the government and prepare for a violent confrontation with the police and state. They discuss online and live effective methods of struggle. Several factories went on strike the day after the elections. (more…)
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
Yemelyanov studied at the Belarus National Technical University in the 3rd year, worked as a courier after study. He was detained on October 20, 2019, together with an accomplice on suspicion of an attempt to set fire to Minsk remand prison- SIZO1. The action was held in solidarity with political prisoners. He was convicted by judge Alexander Yakunchikhin for 7 years in a reinforced regime colony.
Yemelyanov came to anarchism gradually, having evolved from a social democrat with a brief stop on the left-leaning nationalist ideas. He was an administrator of the ”Chorny Supracivus” telegram channel.
“I didn’t want to communicate with leaders, I wanted to be autonomous”.
Realizing himself as an anarchist, Nikita made a wise decision not to join the existing organizations. Anarchist groups, which are under massive police surveillance, can only teach you intrigue and how not to go beyond the limits established by the system, thus turning the anarchist struggle into a farce. Instead of simulating activity, Nikita chose the path of direct attacks against the state.
Carrying out a fiery attack on the prison and having successfully escaped, the comrade came across the arrived patrol of the Department of Security and was detained along with an accomplice. (more…)
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
On February 12, 2020, Mikita Yemelyanau and Ivan Komar were found guilty of intentional destruction of property on several accounts.
Activists were detained on October 20, 2019, just after an attack with a Molotov cocktail on the pre-trial detention facility in Minsk made in solidarity with another anarchist Dzmitry Paliyenka (who was kept there at the time) and other political prisoners in Belarus. From day one, Ivan Komar made a statement of Mikita Yemelyanau being guilty in it. He also talked about two other attacks – one similar attempt to attack the same pre-trial facility when Molotov didn’t start burning and an attack with light bulbs on the Minsk City Court as a protest against the judge who decided to hold a closed court hearing of Paliyenka’s case.
Mikita Emelyanau refused to make any statement, but some time later he talked to cops informally and confirmed his involvement in the attacks.
Although Mikita said in court he planned the attacks alone and Ivan Komar didn’t know about them and was just asked to film his action, they were considered as a group and both were sentenced to 7 years of prison.
The total damage made to both buildings amounts at 70 euros.
Belarusian human rights defenders issued a statement demanding reconsideration of sentences and called them political prisoners.
Independent journalists and photographers initiated an open letter in support of the activists.
ABC-Belarus refused to support Ivan Komar for his collaboration with the police. You can support Mikita Yemelyanau here.
via ABC Belarus.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
In the night from 19 to 20 October unknown people have thrown Molotov cocktail on territory of the prison. The same night two anarchists Nikita Yemelyanov and Ivan Komar were detained on the streets for this attack. In the rucksack of Nikita police found clothes containing traces of Molotov mixture and GoPro camera. Several days later both are charged with property damage and vandalism with sentenced going from 3 to 10 years.
During the first interrogation Ivan Komarov cooperates with police and gives all the information about the attack claiming that it was done in solidarity with another anarchist. The responsibility is put on the shoulders of Nikita. During the same time Nikita doesn’t admit any guilt for the attack.
Right now both are under arrest before the trial. Charges are mostly based on testimonies from Ivan Komar. Taking in account his cooperation Anarchist Black Cross Belarus have decided to support only Nikita Yemelyanov in this case.
We are calling for solidarity actions and donations to support the anarchist struggle in our country! Send your reports of solidarity actions to email@example.com. To figure out the way to transfer money you can check our page on donation (we accept paypal, bitcoin, credit cards) – https://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=8661&lang=en. If you would like to do direct bank transaction – write us an email and we will give you the details.
Anarchist Black Cross Belarus
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Collective Anarchy Today | a2day.net gave answers to the questions that we were asked by comrades from France. The interview was prepared for this event: https://foireanarchistemarseille.noblogs.org/
The interview in English is available here: https://a2day.net/anarchy-today/
Friday, April 19th, 2019
Dzmitry Palijenka was detained on March 20, 2019 on suspicion of committing a crime under part 3 of Article 339 of the Criminal Code (“Extremely gross misconduct”). He was accused of pepper spraying a drunk man at the entrance of the block of flats where the activist was expecting a friend. The man tried to warn him against smoking and initiated the conflict. Only a week later the police raided Dzmitry’s flat and detained him.
Having spent about 20 days in detention, he was finally charged with three crimes: extremely gross misconduct, desecration of buildings or other structures with cynical inscriptions or drawings, and inciting racial, national or religious hatred or discord; intentional actions aimed at inciting racial, national or religious hatred or discord, humiliation of national honour and dignity. (more…)
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
At the beginning of the year everybody were shocked by “Network case” in Russia where anarchists were tortured and detained. According to the FSB, a chapter of the “Network” also operated in Belarus. The KGB hasn’t publicly reacted to this statement, however, we noticed increased efforts to recruit youth associated with the anarchist movement in different parts of Belarus.
At the beginning of February 2018, the KGB started investigating a regional educational organisation Critical Thinking. One of the volunteers was summoned to an informal chat via phone – previously he had been detained together with Russian anarchist Piotr Ryabov and sentenced to a fine for “public display of Nazi symbols” and the confiscation of his hard drive. At the same time, his mother was called for an informal conversation. Several friends of this volunteer were picked up by the police, questioned and later released. The police was interested in the activity of Critical Thinking, as well as attempted to force people to sign cooperation papers.
On February 8, the anti-extremist police in Mogilev visited parents of an activist. They were asking about their child’s activity, her political interests and so on. The flat was searched with a warrant issued under a criminal case initiated in 2017, when red paint was spilt on Lenin’s statue in the city. The raid happened in one more flat of parents of another activist. This activist was considered a witness on the same criminal case . (more…)