SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS IN CHILE ON HUNGER STRIKE SINCE 21.2.11
On August 14 2010 an absurd spectacle of suppression took place in the cities of Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile that resulted in the prosecution of 14 people, 8 of whom are held facing charges for all the armed, explosive, and incendiary attacks that took place during the last three years against the state and capitalist targets inside the country. The only evidence is their political identity.
Andrea Urzua, Camilo Perez, Carlos Riveros, Felipe Guajardo, Francisco Solar, Monica Caballero, Rodolfo Ratamales, Venicio Aguillera, and Omar Hermosilla began a hunger strike on 21/2/11 demanding their release as well as the abolishment of the anti-terrorism law.
Through this struggle they make clear that they are not willing to be submissive in the cages of democracy. The arsenal of laws possessed by all modern totalitarian regimes are a tool for the elimination of anybody who is a conscious enemy of authority.
Our solidarity and passion for freedom we share cannot be contained by borders.
FREEDOM TO THE PRISONERS OF 14A AND ALL OTHER PRISONERS OF THE SOCIAL WAR, EVERYWHERE
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON
INFO NIGHT/ FUNDRAISER
18:00 Film and discussion (The Chicago Conspiracy)
Continuing the campaign for Jock; Jock Palfreeman is a 23 year old Australian who, on the 27th of December 2007, had the courage to stand up against 16 fascist hooligans on a night out in Sofia, Bulgaria. He witnessed the fascists chasing and attacking two young Roma boys. Jock ran to the boys’ aid, he did his best to keep the fascists at bay by waving a knife at them but they attacked him. Jock was left with nowhere to run and had no choice but to defend himself. Andrey Monov, one of the racist gang, was stabbed and killed and another, Anton Zahariev was injured. The Roma boys ran away.
Jock has since been tried and sentenced for murder and attempted murder. He has
Andrey Monovs father is well known in Bulgaria and at the funeral there were a
You can read Jocks official statement at www.freejock.com You can also watch a
Jock appealed against his sentence and few court hearings took place between October 2010 and January 2011. Despite police officers confirming his version of events, one of the fascists making totally incoherent statements in court trying to explain why he changed his original testimony , mounting evidence of judicial errors during the initial trial and all other factors pointing to his innocence his sentence of 20 years was upheld. (For Jocks statement about this please go to: http://anarchistsolidarity.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/jocks-sentence-uphel... ) He has one last chance of appealing against that decision.
If you are short of ideas why not try one of the following;
Organize solidarity actions outside Bulgarian Embassies and Consulates etc.
Help us to bombard the Bulgarian Authorities with letters of protest and
If you want us to help promote your events send us the details at
We need to get the pressure up and keep it up.
Addresses to post, fax and email your letters of protest to:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
http://www.mfa.bg/en/contact/ (ready form for sending messages from their website, very helpful)
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria LONDON
Information, Public Relations and European Communication Directorate
Ministry’s Reception Desk
Ministry of Justice
Finally, please write to Jock, even if it’s only a ‘good luck’ postcard.
Below is Jock’s comment on the sentencing:
To say I’m dissapointed would be an understatement. But I am not dissapointed in the “Manaf” family’s demands for unjustified punishment. I am dissapointed in the judges and legal structure that seems to have the moral backbones of jellyfish. When I saw the 15 men attack the two homeless men, I was presented with a choice. Stand back and let the injustice continue or intervene in an attempt to save human life. The Sofia city court and the Sofia court of appeal were all presented with a much easier choice than that. Their choice was not one that could result in their own deaths as mine was. Yet still they chose to take the easy way. They chose to bow to the political pressure from the Bulgarian Socialist Party and it’s beaurocrats which float around the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice like bad smell. Although this latest decision keeps me with a 20 year prison sentence, it is useful as evidence to show the depth and width of corruption in the Bulgarian courts and justice system. As disheartening as this blatantly corrupt decision is, we all must take encouragement from the 10 neautral witnesses who did have the moral backbone to come forward and tell the truth. Also from the 5 police who too eventually told the truth despite overwhelming pressures from their superiours. To all those who fight against racism, nationalism, corruption and injustice- I tell you not to loose focus or direction. Do not loose hope. Those who wish to hide the shame that the 15 skinheads brought on Bulgaria have only been successful in increasing it and legalizing it. Ironically Andrei “Manaf” was not ashamed of his nationalism and I doubt he would have lied about actions he and his family are clearly proud of. “Bulgaria for Bulgarians” was what Dr Monov said he and his son believed in. “Defending the underdog” is what I believe in, be it Bulgaria or Bangladesh. The supreme court of appeal will not remedy the injustice. The head judge of the supreme court of appeal was even present at Andrei “Manafs” funeral. My prison sentence although outrageous, will be served easier now that the evidence is overwhelmingly in concurance with my statements and that I know I was correct in opposing racism in it’s most disgusting form, violence. My gratitude to my family, friends and comrades who have not supported me as an individual but supported me based on the evidence in my case and the reason for my involvement with the 15 skinheads.
This is a repost from the website Anarchist Solidarity
Hey kids, what did you learn at Anarchist Summer School?
Come along to share your experiences of Summer School 2011 and catch up with folks in our Anarchist Library and Social Centre.
What did you like about A school?
What would you like to see happen next time?
How can we build on skills, knowledge and relationships from A school to work together in the future?
Food and drinks available by donation, all proceeds to Black Rose.
5-9pm @ Black Rose Anarchist Library & Social centre
RSVPs would be appreciated to estimate numbers for food. Please contact anarchistsummerschool[at]gmail[dot]com
Hope to see you there!
Mutiny Zine #58 has been printed, folded and stuck in some envelopes! hard to tell how much it will cost us this time as guess what? its 150% SIZE! look forward to receiving them in all all o y'all letter boxes real soon or if yer not a subscriber then look to your local anarchist social centre or whatever centre and get yer reading on.
in the zine this time:
2 articles on the uprising in Egypt
Learn to crochet @ the Black Rose Crochet cafe – it's radical!
You want to be that person who puts up crochet graffiti around your neighbourhood.
You want to make your own doilies with little pirate skulls and circle a's in the pattern.
You want to make your own presents for friends and loved ones, just one way you can refuse to participate in capitalism.
You want to join a knitting circle with your grandmother and share skills, wisdom, stories & tea.
You want to use crochet to model hyperbolic space for your university geometry class.
Join us in an afternoon of reclaiming a craft that is traditionally feminine and undervalued. Doing DIY granny style. Crochet can also be a good way to destress from our hectic lives, taking the time to slow down. Making something on your own terms (and not for the man).
Will we talk about the history of textile worker's struggles, crochet lacemaking and Marxism? Possibly!
Will we skill share crochet techniques from granny squares to 3D forms & figures? Absolutely!
Some yarn and hooks will be provided but bring your own if you have 'em. Everyone is welcome!
It'll be rad. Saturday 19th March, 5pm to 9pm in the Black Rose library.
!MOVED TO THE 14th!
SOLIDARITY WITH JOCK PALFREEMAN
Jock Palfreeman is a 23 year old antifascist from Australian currently in prison in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is accused of murder and attempted murder, following an encounter with a group of 16 far-right football hooligans. After 2 years of trial he was sentenced in December 2009 to 20 years imprisonment and forced tp pay a $350 000 fine.
In December 2007, Jock witnessed a gang of fascist football hooligans attacking two Roma men in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia. Jock went to the aid of the men, putting himself in the middle of the attack. The Roma were able to escape, but the gang then turned on Jock. The fascists kicked and punched Jock, and then started collecting pieces of broken concrete and throwing them at his head. Jock was alone, and forced to defend himself against the gang of 16 drunken, violent fascists. As a result, one fascist (Andrei Monov) was killed and another (Anton Zahariev) injured. Monov’s father, Dr Hristo Monov, is a prominent Bulgarian doctor, with ties to the government and contacts in the legal system. The enormous $350 000 fine is being used as a ransom to prevent his extradition.
The appelate court has upheld the first court's decision and maintained the 20 year sentence. This despite all the evidence supporting Jock's story. The family finds this appalling and will file for a further appeal with the court of Cassation.
We are sure Jock would appreciate our support right now.
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