REPRESSSION IN BELARUS AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC – ABC INFOTOUR
7.15pm Thursday 25th June 2015
Forest Centre Plus, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
We are lucky to provide a rare chance to talk with comrades from the
Anarchist Black Cross in Belarus and learn about the repression they
face from those fighting against it.
Despite the welcome release of Pavel Syramolatau in September 2012,
comrades supported by the Anarchist Black Cross are still in Belarusian
jails facing years of incarceration. These convictions form part of an
ideologically driven repression of anarchists in Belarus. They follow
the revitalisation of Belarusian anarchism in the past few years. Unlike
in some other ex-Soviet Union countries and other modern dictatorships,
anarchists do not form a minor part of a dissident prison population.
Instead anarchists make up just under half of the ‘political’ prisoners
The Belarusian ABC has campaigned consistently for them to be released
and, in the immediate term, for them to be allowed visits, medication,
letters and literature, and raises money for solicitors’ fees and to buy
the comrades’ food. They have also recently been supporting comrades in
the Czech Republic who have been under sustained attack by the state.
Supported by the International of Anarchist Federations (IFA-IAF) they
are undertaking a tour of to raise awareness of the situation in the
region and spark further solidarity.