10th-13th of December were international days of solidarity with repressed Belarusian anarchists and social activists. Actions took place in 13 cities of six countries. In upcoming days, there will be discussions and fundraising in three more cities of Poland and Belarus. Currently there are four persons in Belarusian prisons, who are accused of having taken part to various political actions between September 2009 and September 2010. All of these actions were announced by officials as "hooliganism", to be prosecuted according to Belarusian criminal codex.
Thus, voicing ones political position is still considered a crime in Belarus. Mikalaj Dziadok and Aliaksandr Frantskevich have already spent more than three months in a prison, Ihar Alinevich was kidnapped from Moscow to Belarus 28th of November in a common operation of Belarussian and Russian police and secret services, bypassing the legal extradition procedures.
11th of December a banner was hanged from Rumlyovski bridge, with a
text “Freedom to arrested anarchists!”. This bridge is one of the main
carriageways to unite two parts of the city, plenty of public and private
transport is using it.
11th of December there was a small Samba action of Food not Bombs to support
anarchist prisoners. Group “Rhytms of resistance” performed in one of the
city squares and distributed leaflets about repressions against anarchists.
12th of December a group of anarchists organised a solidarity action in metro
station “Nemiga”, hanging a banner “Free anarchists Dziadok, Frantskevich,
Vetkin, Alinevich”, and also anarchist Red and Black flag.
13th of December group “Antiauthoritarian action for free society” organised a
solidarity picket at the embassy of Belarus in Sofia. Participators of the
picked had banner “Freedom to Belarusian anarchists! Down with the
dictatorship! In Bulgarian language, and they scanned slogans in Bulgarian
and Russians - “Solidarity is our weapon against the power!”, “Rise the black
flag higher, state is the main enemy!”, “Down with all power!”, “Our
fatherland is the whole humanity!”.
10th of December anarchists of Omsk organised an un-sanctioned demonstration
in main street of the city in solidarity with Belarusian anarchist political
prisoners Maksim Vetkin, Mikalaj Dziadok, Aliaksandr Frantskevich and Ihar
Alinevich. Participators distributed leaflets, burned flares and
scanned “Belarus is a concentration camp – Lukashenko is new Hitler!”, “Today
it is them, tomorrow it is you”, “Let the lads go!”, “Freedom to political
prisoners!” and had banners “Freedom to prisoners of a fascist regime”
and “Lukashenko, let the lads go”. There were no arrests.
10th December as a protest agains state terror of Lukashenko regime, walls of
the houses in neighbourhood of the consul of Belarus in St. Petersburg were
painted with stencils, with demands to free the prisoners. 11th and 12th of
December St. Petersburg Food Not Bombs organised a solidarity action for
Belarus political prisoners. Activists distributed free warm food and
distributed leaflets on the situation in Belarus, and also unrolled a
banner “Freedom to Belarusian anarchists!”. Although action was not
sanctioned by authorities, there were no police provocations.
In Moscow, there were actions both 11th and 12th of December, with demands to
free imprisoned anarchists. 11th of December 40 people gathered in front of
the Embassy of Belarus with banner “Stop repressions against Mikalaj Dziadok,
Aliksandr Frantskevich, Maksim Vetkin and Ihar Alineich!”. A performance with
four persons in prisoner suits, were walking hands behind their backs as ina
prison yard. Next day, there was an unsanctioned demonstration, which
bypassed embassy of Belarus, with around 30 participators on Maroseyka
street. Colon burned flares and shouted “Freedomto Belarusian
anarchists”, “Luka is scum, free anarchists!” and others.
12 декабря в Иркутске инициатива «Еда вместо бомб» провела акцию в знак
солидарности с заключенными анархистами Беларуси. Участники инициативы
бесплатно кормили бездомных горячим вегетарианским супом, а рядом с местом
акции они расположили баннер "Свободу белорусским активистам!". В ходе акции
прохожим раздавались листовки. Акция прошла успешно, несмотря на сильный
мороз. Накануне объемные трафареты с призывами освободить белорусских
анархистов украсили подземные переходы Иркутска.
12th of December in Irkutsk local Food Not Bombs organised a solidarity action
for imprisoned anarchists Belarus. Activists distributed vegetarian food to
homeless, hanged a banner “Freedom to Belarusian activists” and distributed
leaflets. Action was succesfull despite very cold weather. The previous night
underpasses of Irkutsk were decoraed with stencils, with demands to free
12th of December anarchists of Volgograd organised a solidarity march for
arrested Belarusian anarchists. Slogans “Freedom, equality,
brotherhood”, “Freedom to people, death to empires”, “Freedom to Belarusian
anarchists!”, “We hate pigs!” and “A.C.A.B!” were scanned. Police was
following the march, but did not took any measures to arrest anyone.
According to mainstream news, 14th of December anti-fascist activist threw a
paint bomb to embassy of Belarus in Smolesk. He was arrested and sentenced to
14 days of imprisonement.
11th of December RKAS (Revolutionary Confederation of Anarcho-Syndicalists of
N.I. Makhno) and unorganised anarchists from various cities of Ukraine and
Russia had a solidarity action for illegally arrested Belarusian social
activists and anarchists. Protesters organised a performance, which described
state of freedom of speech, freedom of press and human rights in Belarus
under Lukashenko regime. “President”, a person with a mask of yelling
Lukashenko was observing young “prisoners” with hoods over their heads and
strangleholds around their necks. Picketeers attempted to pass an appeal to
embassy, but security refused and proposed to send it by mail. Ukrainian
secret service SBU was filming the action, but there were no police excesses.
Anti-fascist movement “Sotsialni Opir” joined the solidarity actions 11th of
December. A solidarity graffiti for repressed activists was painted to one of
the walls of the city.
11th of December, the day of the human rights, a picked with theme “Freedom to
Belarusian anarchists” was organised by local sections of RKAS and SAU (Union
of Anarchists of Ukraine). Picket took place in memorial of victims of
Golodomor and political repressions in Theater square, and it was attended by
13th of December members of RKAS, Autonomous Action and unaligned anarchists
hanged a banner to railway bridge over Leninski prospekt, with a
slogan “Freedom to anarchists of Belarus”. Thus Ukrainian anarchists showed
their solidarity with repressed Belarusian activists. Video of the action is
available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znB06qj45C0.
10th of December a picket was organised outside consul of Russian federation.
Participators were solidarising both with Russian anti-fascists, repressed
after action at the Khimki city administration in July, and Belarusian
anarchists repressed for their political activities. A declaration of support
was read. Action was organised by local section of the Anarchist Black Cross.
Anarchists of Prague organised a solidarity action at the Belarusian embassy.
Protesters held banner “Freedom to social activists” in Russian and English
languages. A letter of protest, demanding immediate release of arrested
anarchists, was passed to embassy, and it was promised that embassy will face
problems unless demands are fulfilled.
Besides these actions, in upcoming days ABC-Belarus will organise a solidarity
evening for imprisoned anarchists, in Cracow of Poland there will be a
discussion with theme “Free Belarus?”, and in Warsaw there will be a concert
were donations will be gathered for imprisoned anarchists of Belarus.
Reports are gathered from Indymedia, avtonom.org and other activist websites.
Prison addresses for imprisoned:
Дедку Николаю Александровичу, тюрьма №8, ул. Советская 22а, 222160, Жодино,
Минская обл., Беларусь
same in latin letters:
Mikalaj Dziadok, Tyurma N. 8, ul. Sovetskaya 22a, 222160 Zhodino, Minskaya
Францкевичу Александру, к.46, СИЗО-1, ул. Володарского, 2, 220050 г. Минск,
same in Latin letters:
Aliaksandr Frantskevich, k. 46 SIZO-1, ul. Volodarskogo 2, 220050 Minsk,
Веткину Максиму Ивановичу, СИЗО-1, ул. Володарского, 2, 220050 Минск, Беларусь
same in Latin letters:
Maksim Vetkin, SIZO-1, ul. Volodarskogo 2, 220050 Minsk, Belarus
Олиневичу Игорю Владимировичу, а/я 8, Главпочтамт, 22050 Минск, Беларусь
same in Latin letters:
Ihar Alinevich, c/o P.O. Box 8, Glavpochtampt, 220050 Minsk, Belarus
(For photos, check source at http://avtonom.org/node/14410)