International repression news: Bulgaria, Belarus, Indonesia, the US and more


In Bulgaria, antifascist prisoner and prison organiser Jock Palfreeman continues his hunger strike, which has now gone on for a month. The Bulgarian families and friends of prisoners group write:

“Jock Palfreeman’s hunger strike is in its 30th day today, May 21st. On April 21st 2019, Palfreeman declared a hunger strike due to the systematic pressure and harassment that he has been subjected to over the last two years from the prison administration and the Ministry of Justice because of his human rights work with Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association and as a form of protest against widespread corruption and abuse of power in Bulgarian prisons.

Palfreeman and BRPA are targeted for the political work they are doing within prisons and for speaking up against its administration and representatives of the Ministry of Justice!

Four weeks after Palfreeman has declared his hunger strike, amidst the deafening silence from both the Ministry of Justice and the prison administration of Sofia Central Prison, to whose hospital ward he has been recently moved, the danger of a permanent damage to his health is becoming increasingly real. WE SHOULD ACT NOW OR THE LOSS OF A HUMAN LIFE WILL LIE ON OUR CONSCIENCE.


Further coverage can be found at, the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association site, Green Left Weekly and Bulgarian Diaspora and Friends.

In Belarus, anarchist Dzmitry Palijenka is being held in pre-trial detention on charges related to alleged anti-police graffiti, and will be spending his 25th birthday behind bars on Friday. If you email belarus_abc(AT) with a greeting for him, they can translate it and pass it on to him free of charge.

In Indonesia, a huge crackdown on the local anarchist movement has been taking place since May Day. Further coverage from Organise Magazine here and from It’s Going Down here. You can donate to help Indonesian anarchists at or at this Gofundme for the local anarcho-syndicalist organisation.

In the US, FBI raids have been targeting antifascists in South Carolina, and they’re fundraising to help cover legal costs here. Also, Lucasville prisoner Bomani Shakur is on death row awaiting execution for his alleged involvement in the 1993 Lucasville Uprising and has his 50th birthday this month, so his friends are collecting donations to get him a surprise birthday gift. Fellow Lucasville Uprising inmate Greg Curry is still asking people to buy shirts to help with his legal fundraising and to raise awareness of his case.

Back in the UK, more blacklisted workers have won financial compensation, and the Blacklist Support Group are fighting on to expose the full story of the blacklist. Solidarity, a film about the blacklist struggle, will have its premiere at the Sheffield DocFest in early June. On a related note, on Thursday the 23rd in Newport, “Alison”, one of the women deceived into a relationship with an undercover spycop who posed as a construction worker, will be speaking out about her experiences.

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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