“Since 2009, ABC Belarus have been supporting political prisoners in a country where it’s difficult and often dangerous to be known as a campaigner against oppressive state structures. They have helped dozens of defendants by raising legal fees, organising prison support, and creating solidarity campaigns.
Belarus ABC rely almost entirely off fundraising gigs which are invariably shut down by the police. Collective members face arrest and imprisonment in a system where it’s common to be beaten and forced to confess to crimes while held in custody.
Now they are trying to raise €5,000 in legal fees for an antifascist who is accused of attacking neonazis last year. If convicted he faces 8-13 years in jail. The collective have asked us for help in raising the funds and we think it’s reasonable to be able to send them £1,000.
Please share with all of your financially stable friends and anyone who can spare a couple of quid, it’s essential that we support groups who are doing important work where it’s that much harder to organise. If you want to find out more about the great work that Belarus ABC are doing, you can visit their blog at abc-belarus.org/?lang=en, and to learn about the prison system in Belarus you can read On the Way to Magadan: A Prisoner’s Diary (https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/ihar-alinevich-on-the-way-to-magadan). Thank you!