Upcoming solidarity events with Russian antifascist prisoners and Kevan Thakrar

Cautiously pessimistic

Two important anti-repression events coming up in London in the near future:

On Thursday 27 February, there’s a solidarity demo with the Russian anarchist and antifascist prisoners at 6:30pm outside the Russian Embassy, 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QP. This event is part of the international week of action called by Crimethinc and the Rupression network.

On March 9th, Kevan Thakrar’s birthday, the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee have organised a protest at the Royal College of Psychiatrists to demand that they stop providing humanitarian cover to a system that’s held Kevan in solitary for ten years. In their words:

“Demonstrate to mark Kevan Thakrar’s 10th year in Close Supervision Centres within the British prison system. Close Supervisions Centres (CSCs) are the most extreme form of imprisonment in the UK, modelled on the ‘supermax’ prisons in the United States. People held in CSCs are often kept apart from others, allowed out of their cells for only a short time each day and denied basic human contact.

Kevan is regularly held in his cell for 23 hours per day and is prevented from speaking with other prisoners. Numerous studies and papers have pointed out the severe damage solitary confinement can cause for those placed in it. As a 2006 paper in Washington University Journal of Law & Policy put it, it has ‘long been known that severe restriction of environmental and social stimulation has a profoundly deleterious effect on mental functioning’. To quote from a paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, ‘psychological stressors such as isolation can be as clinically distressing as physical torture’.

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ACTION ALERT: KEVAN THAKRAR

IWOC

Urgent support needed!

Our member Kevan Thakrar is currently being held in the Close Supervision Centre (CSC) at HMP Full Sutton. He is being moved to a cell next to a prisoner who recently attacked Kevan with a metal flask. The cell is in a blind spot with no CCTV, and Kevan and his family are worried he’s being set up for another attack. Kevan has repeatedly been the victim of racist attacks by other prisoners and guards during his time in prison, most recently when he was stabbed with a shank on 23 December 2019. Prison guards have previously ignored assaults, and Kevan has not been allowed to access appropriate healthcare.

We need everyone to get in touch with HMP Full Sutton to demand that Kevan is NOT MOVED TO THIS CELL. Phone calls, emails, letters all help keep Kevan safe and shows the prison governor that we are aware of what’s happening. Numbers matter! We need as many people to write and call as possible.
Write to

Prison Governor Gareth Sands
HMP Full Sutton
York
YO41 1PS
Gareth.Sands@hmps.gsi.gov.uk
Or phone the prison on 01759 475100
Fax 01759 371206
Cite Kevan’s prisoner number, A4907AE.

Call script:

Hello, I am calling on behalf of Kevan Thakrar who is currently in the CSC at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan has been informed that he is being moved to a cell next to a prisoner who has previously attacked him. I am extremely concerned for Kevan’s safety and demand that he is not moved to this cell, but rather is moved out of the CSC and to a safer location immediately.

You can also email the following:

Executive Director for High Security & Long Term Estate for HM Prison and Probation Service, Richard Vince, demanding Kevan be moved from the CSC to a safer location: Richard.Vince02@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Email Sir Greg Knight, MP for East Riding: sothcottt@parliament.uk

Keep Kevan updated with all your actions by email through emailaprisoner.com or letter to:

Kevan Thakrar, A4907AE
HMP Full Sutton
York
YO41 1PS

Interview with Kafeh, Anarchist Movement in Lebanon

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Kafeh

Kafeh, the anarchist movement in Lebanon, has been active in the ongoing revolutionary uprising against the Lebanese state and its capitalist economic policies. We interviewed Kafeh for their perspective on the protests and anarchist organizing in Lebanon.

With so many uprisings taking place around the world, what are some unique features of the uprising in Lebanon?

Lebanon’s uprising is unique by being a revolution against not only one system or one symbol… but against several. Knowing that Lebanon has 18 sects, and each sect having its chiefs and leaders. So this uprising represents the people united against those chiefs that gave us nothing but war and fights and poverty and corruption. Although it has some similarities with other countries’ uprisings, concerning the oppression and the demands.

What issues are people most upset about and what was the turning point that led to such a widespread revolutionary movement in Lebanon?

The main idea is that there is an oligarchy ruling over the country for about 40 years and this regime refuses to give up. We even see fathers giving positions and powers to their sons and grandsons to carry on their corrupted ways of ruling. And as a result of that, the people that are suffering poverty, insecurity, economical and social crisis found no other solution than to revolt, to overthrow this regime.

What are some historical factors that have created the conditions for a revolutionary uprising in Lebanon?

The never-ending cartel of rulers and their families that have deep roots in Lebanon’s history in being regional ruling families over religions, and sects.

As anarchists, what are some of your goals for your involvement in the protests?

The overthrowing of the regime is a great first step, as well as the prosecution and punishment of the corrupt and the abolition of the sectarian laws.

What are some of the anarchist and revolutionary slogans that you have been chanted in protests or painted in graffiti?

  • All of them are in Arabic… but are translated as:
  • The people want to overthrow the regime
  • When the people get hungry, they will eat their rulers
  • Our war is a class war
  • Down with the rule of the military
  • We are the coming nightmare

And of course the anarchist symbol on walls, banks and government buildings.

What long-term preparations can anarchists make to defend the gains made in the revolutionary uprising?

To spread the anarchist philosophy among the people and show them how they can perfectly live without anyone ruling over them.

What current or historical revolutionary movements or figures do you find most inspiring for your group?

The Catalonian revolution, Rojava, Mikhael Bakunin.

Outside of the protest movement, what other organizing has your group been involved in?

Meetings, public debates, social media platforms, research and education.

What kind of actions would you recommend anarchists in other parts of the world taking to show solidarity with revolutionaries in Lebanon?

To be honest, a little funding would be great.

What is your position as anarchists in the Middle East on Trump’s so-called “Peace Plan” for the region?

We show solidarity with all oppressed individuals and groups. Therefore, the people of Palestine should be liberated from the oppression of Israel.

Red And Black Telly: THE “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” CAMPAIGN.

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.

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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Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton

Dear All

Two upcoming events to tell you about:

Firstly: Thursday 24th October at the University of Southampton room 2005 at 6pm Talk by Professor Haim Bresheeth One State in Israel and Palestine. Professor Bresheeth’s work is a major contribution to the way forward for Israel Palestine. A quote from Professor Bresheeth:

“Most of my family was destroyed in the holocaust – in different concentration camps and in the Warsaw ghetto and I was born in a refugee camp in Italy immediately after the war… I’m not saying this in order to elicit some sympathy because this is nonsensical on this audience [mostly Jewish] obviously. I’m saying this in order to explain why its so easy for me to understand the Palestinians in Gaza and in the rest of Palestine. It is very easy for me to understand them because they live in a combination of a concentration camp and Warsaw ghetto for so many years that we have stopped counting”

For tickets go to eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-democratic-state-in-palestineisrael-a-talk-by-prof-haim-bresheeth-tickets-76948782881

This is a free event, organised by our chairman Professor Suleiman Sharkh and everyone is welcome.

Secondly: Saturday 26th October come and join us outside Sports Direct in Central Southampton. We will be there from 11.45 until 1.30 .

Give Puma the Boot. End Sponsorship by Puma until it ends its sponsorship of the Israeli Football Assocaiation. We will have letters to sign and leaflets to distribute. Come and help.

Please remember to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southamptonpsc/

Warm regards
Cathryn Spiller (Secretary Southampton PSC)