Request for support from Bristol Defendant Solidarity

Hello friends and comrades.

Please circulate and share this with anyone who may be interested to get involved with anti repression and solidarity work in the new year.

Thanks and see you on the streets!

Bristol Defendant Solidarity has been working since 2011 to support defendants facing charges from demonstrations and actions in Bristol and beyond. We provide active solidarity and unconditional support to anyone going through the courts as a result of involvement in social movements and struggle.

This support includes help with case and court preparation, finding witnesses, help with travel costs and fines and organising solidarity demos. We organise know your rights sessions and skillshares to prepare for demos and actions as well as providing police station support for arrestees.

We understand that if people feel supported they are more likely to stay involved despite the hassle from the authorities and their punitive processes designed to keep us off the streets. BDS maintains a radical perspective and is opposed to the state “justice” system and its enforcers.

We need more people to be involved and share the vital work of standing together in the face of repression. Antirepression and solidarity work is everyone’s responsibility. There are lots of tasks and roles. Anyone interested can contact us; we’ll arrange to meet and chat about our work in more detail. Get in touch and get involved! Contact us at:

bristoldefendantsolidarity@riseup.net

In solidarity,
BDS.

Greece: Anarchist Kostas Sakkas starts hunger strike

Originally published by Blog YY. Translated by Enough 14.

Deprived of several of his fundamental rights for six months in the Korydallos prison, including the possibility of studying, Kostas sakkas wrote this open letter yesterday (December 16, 2019, Enough 14):

“Over the past six months in Korydallos prison, I have been imposed an informal exceptional regime, depriving me of the right for benefits, excluding me from educational programmes, forbidding me to carry out any activity within the prison and anything that could help me to support and improve my situation.

As of today, December 16, I start a hunger strike in order to put an end to the exceptional regime that I am subjected to, as for all the other prisoners and comrades in struggle.

Kostas SAKKAS, December 16, 2019
Korydallos prison, Athens.”

Indigenous Prisoner in Struggle, Juan de la Cruz Ruiz, Released After Spending Over 12 Years in Prison

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Below we publish two statements, translated from Spanish, following the release of Indigenous prisoner in struggle, Juan de la Cruz Ruiz. One comes from Juan himself, and another from the imprisoned Indigenous organizing groups, La Voz de Indígenas en Resistencia and La Voz Verdadera del Amate

On March 15, 2019, six Indigenous prisoners in struggle began a hunger strike in three different prisons in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, demanding their immediate and absolute freedom. In the weeks that followed, other Indigenous prisoners in Chiapas joined the hunger strike. Others who weren’t capable of hunger striking due to health or prison conditions, supported the strike with their solidarity from the inside. The strike lasted for more than 130 days bringing direct attention to the racist-colonial legal system in Mexico which fills its prisons with Indigenous peoples. The release of Juan de la Cruz Ruiz, on December 9, 2019, is just one success of the hunger strike and the ongoing organizing efforts of various Indigenous prisoners in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

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Autonomous Organizations of Oaxaca Demand Freedom for Fredy García and an End to the Criminalization of Social Movements

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On November 6, 2019, Fredy García Ramírez, of the Indigenous organization CODEDI, was detained in Oaxaca and charged with various fabricated crimes. This communique comes from the Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA), demanding freedom for Fredy García and an end to the criminalization of social movements.

Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA)

Oaxaca de Flores Magón, City of Resistance

November 11, 2019

The Indigenous organizations that make up the Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA): APIIDTT (Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio), CINPA (Coordinadora Indígena Popular Autónoma), CODEDI (Comité por la Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas), OIDHO (Organizaciones Indias por los Derechos Humanos en Oaxaca), UCIO-EZ (Unión Campesina-Indígena de Oaxaca ‘Emiliano Zapata´), outraged by the increasing repression against our organizations and the Indigenous and popular movement in general, declare the following:

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Member of the Indigenous Organization CODEDI Arbitrarily Detained in Oaxaca

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State repression against the Indigenous organization, CODEDI, continues in Oaxaca. Yesterday, November 6, compañero Fredy García Ramírez was detained by state forces. Below we publish a communique from CODEDI regarding the arrest.

To the People of Oaxaca

To the National and International Human Rights Organizations

To the Free and Paid Media

To our sister organizations, we denounce that today, November 6, 2019, at approximately 7:00 pm, our compañero Fredy García Ramírez was detained.

Fredy is part of the Political Commission of the Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI). The arrest was carried out by elements of the State Investigations Agency. He was detained in the company of a compañero who has already been released.

The arrest took place when our compañeros were in route to a meeting with functionaries of the government. This makes us think that this was a set-up, just like two years ago when a vehicle carrying compañerxs of CODEDI was ambushed. In that ambush, three people were killed, including two minors. On that day also, compañeros of CODEDI were summoned to a meeting with the government.

We see that the government doesn’t change its methods to silence the voices of resistance. All of this takes place within the framework of mobilizations being carried out against impunity, for justice and for human rights. We were denouncing the criminalization, persecution and harassment against the communities that make up the organization CODEDI and the ten assassinations against the organizations that participated in these mobilizations. Five of these assassinations have taken place since 2017 against members of our organization.

We demand the immediate liberation of our compañero and that the demands that were made in today’s mobilizations be met.

Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights, CODEDI

Catalunya and the libertarians. Conversation with Embat about the Catalan crisis.

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(en) anarkismo.net: Catalunya and the libertarians. Conversation with Embat about the Catalan crisis. by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. (ca, it, pt) [machine translation]

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The past few weeks have been hard in Catalonia. The images of the crowds protesting the sentences for “sedition” to former members of the Generalitat, and the subsequent repression, have gone around the world. That the wave of protests that travels around the world reaches a corner of Europe and exposes the system in its violence, stripped of its democratic pretensions, is a remarkable fact. With its own modalities, with its limitations, and with its specificity, Catalonia is also demonstrating the crisis faced by capitalist democracies in the supposed “end of history.” To understand this moment a little better, we talked with members of the Catalan libertarian organization Embat.

1. What does the “procés” judgment issued by the Supreme Court mean?

The sentence condemns between 9 and 13 years to various politicians who in 2017 were part of the government of the Catalan Generalitat. They are condemned for “sedition”, although the penalty of “rebellion” has fallen which, according to the Spanish Constitution, would require a violent uprising against the state. The sentence has wanted to be exemplary so that it is not repeated again. As an anecdote, it appears written in the sentence that a counselor of the Generalitat was in charge of the Department of Education when it was not, so it should be an invalid resolution. In addition, the president of the Catalan parliament is condemned for allowing the debate where the independence resolution was voted. This limits the autonomy that any parliament could have within Spain to discuss the issues you want.

Finally, the leaders of the civil entities Assemble Nacional Catalana (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural are sentenced to a sentence of 9 years in prison. This conviction is for getting into a police car to call off the demonstration that was warming at that time. They sent people to their house and condemned them. This raises a jurisprudence towards social and trade union movements, since any concentration, however peaceful and calm, could be considered seditious by the authorities. And if there is violence, it can be treated as a crime of rebellion, with sentences from 10 (to mere participants) to 30 (to inductors or leaders) years in jail, depending on the degree of responsibility or involvement of each.

It can be seen that in order to condemn these political and social leaders, the Supreme Court passes over justice to take revenge.

2. How was the protest of the Catalan population? What sectors have been mobilizing and who have organized or called the protest?

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Support antifascist prisoner David Campbell and anti-ISIS prisoner Aidan James

Cautiously pessimistic

David Campbell, a New York-based antifascist, is starting an 18-month sentence after being convicted of “gang assault”, a charge that sounds similar to the notoriously terrible principle of “joint enterprise”, allowing people to be convicted for someone else’s actions. To make things a little easier while he’s inside, you can donate money here, send him a message using this form which his friends will print out and pass on to him, or pick something off his very extensive reading list (or even choose a book you think he’d like that’s not on there) and order a copy to be sent to:

David Campbell #3101900657
Eric M. Taylor Center
10-10 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

If you’d like to write to David, but aren’t sure what to write about, here are some suggestions:

  • the last time you saw a good play, or your favorite …

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