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'Germany and the Prison Industrial Complex' by long-term prisoner, John Bowden (UK)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

From a comrade of ABC Brighton:

The growth of what some have described as the “prison industrial complex” and the unleashing of economic free market forces upon the prison system by a government ideologically-driven to sell off or “out source” virtually every state function has created the spectre of a prison population utilised as essentially a source of cheap, forced labour for an increasingly avaricious neo-liberal capitalism. There is no starker example of organised modern slavery.

In the US, the epicentre of the prison industrial complex, the exploitation of cheap convict labour takes place on an industrial scale and in poor urban areas, especially districts with a majority poor Afro-American population, prisons are increasingly replacing factories as places where the criminalised poor are confined and exploited by multi-national security corporations.

In Britain, whose criminal justice system is becoming almost a mirror-image of it’s American counterpart, the exploitation of cheap convict labour by private companies is increasingly as is the ownership of entire chunks of the prison system. More and more prisoners are dealt with and treated not as offenders to be rehabilitated but as a source of considerable profit for an economic elite not hamstrung by wishy-washy concepts such as public service or moral conscience in the treatment of prisoners. (more…)

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Resoconto sugli scioperi della fame svoltisi in Germania e Svizzera a sostegno dei prigionieri Greci, dal 18 al 20 luglio 2014

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Vi hanno partecipato complessivamente sette detenuti: Ahmet Duezguen Yueksel, Andreas Krebs, Oliver Rast, R., Sadi Özpolat, Thomas Meyer­Falk e Marco Camenisch in Svizzera.

Ahmet Duezguen Yueksel

In Turchia esercita la professione di avvocato e, dato che lavora a favore dei prigionieri politici, ha dovuto lasciare il paese ed è stato arrestato in Germania nel 2007 in base all’art. 129b. E’ stato processato, condannato e incarcerato nella prigione di Stoccarda-Stammheim. Dopo aver scontato la pena è stato sottoposto a restrizioni rispetto alla residenza, ad esempio gli è stato concesso di stare solo in certe zone. Non ha rispettato quest’obbligo ed è stato arrestato in Grecia ed estradato in Germania nel maggio di quest’anno. Lì attende di essere estradato in Turchia. (more…)

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Report on the solidarity hunger-strikes for the Greek prisoners (Germany & Switzerland)

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

The hunger-strike took place 18-20 July 2014. The participants were a total of seven prisoners: Ahmet Düzgün Yüskel, Andreas Krebs, Oliver Rast, R., Sadi Özpolat, Thomas Meyer-Falk in Germany, and Marco Camenisch from Switzerland.

Ahmet Yüksel Düzgün

Because of his work as a lawyer for political prisoners in Turkey, he had to leave the country and was arrested in Germany in 2007 because of § 129b [terrorist association]. He was imprisoned in Stuttgart-Stammheim and was also on trial and sentenced there in the process bunker. After his imprisonment he was subjected to the residence rule, e.g. he was allowed to remain in a certain district only. He disregarded this rule and was arrested in Greece and delivered to Germany in May this year. There he faces the extradition to Turkey.

About the strike he wrote: “I was able to do my solidarity hunger strike without any problems.” (more…)

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