Bristol Defendant Solidarity is organising this fundraiser.
People in Bristol standing up to unprecedented new police powers have faced immense police violence since Sunday March 21st. The last week has seen police charging crowds with horses, releasing attack dogs on protesters, pepper-spraying people indiscriminately and physically attacking journalists. Those arrested will face harsh charges as the state seeks to make an example of them.
We believe that no one taking part in protests for social justice should face the system alone. If you do too, please donate.
Hidden behind the police statements branding demonstrators “a mob of animals” and the later-retracted claims of officers facing broken bones and punctured lungs, is the hard work of activists pushing for police accountability. Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS) have been working for over a decade to support people facing police and state violence as a consequence for their activism. Now, we need your help.
We are aiming to raise an initial £15,000 with a stretch target of £30,000 to support people following Bristol’s #KillTheBill protests.
Avon & Somerset Police already have a long history of committing violence in our communities. The proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill currently making its way through Parliament would give police sweeping new powers to criminalise protests, intensify the attack on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities way of life, and increase the harsh effects of the criminal justice system with longer sentencing. And while people take to the streets to oppose it, the police have cracked down hard on the demonstrations.
Depending on need, and in this priority order, we will use this fund to support those targeted by police in connection with the Kill the Bill protests by:
• Supplying money for legal fees not covered by legal aid.
• Paying any travel costs to court.
• Covering loss of earnings sustained as a result of attending court.
• Supporting legal cases made against the police.
• Helping pay rent to ensure they can return to their homes after any custodial sentences.
In the unlikely event of there being any money left over from this, it will be held by BDS to support people in a similar way in the future. Solidarity is our best defence.
In solidarity, Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS)
Written on 27th March 2021
On 24th February the Digos of Genoa raided 5 members of the Collettivo Autonomo Lavoratori Portuali (CALP, Autonomous Collective of Dock Workers) and of Genova Antifascista [Antifascist Genoa]. The investigative hypothesis of the police is criminal association (art. 416) aimed at opposing the fascist presence in the city and arms trafficking in the port of Genoa, with particular reference to the struggle against the transit of ships owned by Saudi company Bahri, with their cargos of weapons destined for wars.
We express our solidarity with the comrades under investigation not only because we think the struggle against fascists and against all wars is right and legitimate but also because we were together in these struggles – on many occasions. The Police are trying to present these struggles as the work of a restricted group of people who “exploit” others, and this attempt must not pass.
Continue reading Genoa, Italy – In solidarity with those searched for organized crime
Six months since Liebig 34, as the constellation of the haus on the corner of Liebigstrasse and Rigaerstrasse, ceased to exist. Six months since years of struggle culminated in an eviction in the morning, a riot in the evening, countless other acts of solidarity -including an attack on the ringbahn which left it out of service for days- and ultimately the loss of a global symbol of anarcho-queer-
But six months on and Liebig lives; in Bristol where last week a demonstration -following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard by a Metropolitican police officer- against gendered violence and a new authoritarian policing bill escalated into a night of violence against the police; in London where the same struggle resulted in the occupation of a disused police station; in Mexico City on International Women’s day, where militant feminists broke down the fence surrounding the National Palace and set fire to the riot cops‘ shields; in the last week in Berlin where the eviction of Meuterei and the ongoing threat to Rigaer 94, Potse, Koepi Wagenplatz and other projects saw demonstrating and attacks. With the haus gone Liebig is at once nowhere and everywhere.
Continue reading 6 Months Undead. Liebig is Everywhere! (Germany , Berlin)
Comunicado público de inicio de Huelga de Hambre.
A los pueblos, individuxs, comunidades y territorios en lucha y resistencia.
A quienes se rebelan ante este presente de opresión y miseria.
A nuestras manadas, familias, amigxs, complicidades, compañerxs y amores repartidos por el mundo.
Hoy lunes 22 de Marzo, siendo las 00.00hrs en Santiago de Chile, lxs prisionerxs de la guerra social:
– Mónica Caballero Sepúlveda en la cárcel femenina de San Miguel.
– Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda,
– Joaquín García Chanks,
– Juan Flores Riquelme y
– Juan Aliste Vega (en la C.A.S. adhiriendo más no en huelga dada su situación médica) todos en la cárcel de alta seguridad.
– Francisco Solar Domínguez en la sección de máxima seguridad.
– Pablo Bahamondes Ortiz,
– José Ignacio Duran Sanhueza,
– Tomas González Quezada y
– Gonzalo Farias Barrientos en los módulos 2 y 3 de la cárcel empresa de stgo 1, damos por iniciada una movilización con características de Huelga de Hambre Líquida e indefinida por:
– La Derogación del art.9 y la Restitución del art.1 del Decreto ley 321!!!
– Salida a la kalle del kompañero Marcelo Villarroel y de todxs lxs prisionerxs subversivxs, anarquistas, de la liberación mapuche y de la revuelta!!!
De modo simple es que no haya retroactividad en la modificación de la ley que regula la «libertad condicional». Y que ésta vuelva a ser un derecho adquirido de la persona presa y no un beneficio como hoy lo estipula la ley transformada permanentemente en función de la razón de estado para mantener secuestradxs a quienes luchan contra la normalidad de lo existente.
Continue reading Prisiones chilenas: Comunicado público de inicio de huelga de hambre por parte de compañerxs subversivxs y anarquistas [Es/Fr/It/Pt/En]
25th March 2021
On the constant struggle against reclusion and the war to the death against the prison society and those who support it
To live resisting reclusion for days, weeks, months, years, whole decades is a constant and millimetric struggle against those who keep us behind bars, strengthening our will to persist and keep going. These caged days are not a simple picture of reclusion but rather the everyday struggle of a prisoner where there is no real resistance without concrete praxis, no matter how words embellish falsified reality with the skills of a scriptwriter.
A long inalienable path of conflict against every authority, inside and outside the conflict, continuing a practice of combat written in rebel and subversive blood, insurrectional and autonomous, warrior blood of word and action. Because by sustaining a constant confrontation with the world of power and merchandise, authority and borders, State, prison and capital, we give continuity to the memory of attack of the libertarian autonomous subversive resistance of the last 25 years.
Continue reading Chile – Words from anarchist comrade Marcelo Villaroel