Report on criminalization of anarchist and anti-fascist community in Bialystok/Poland with some history of Anti-Fascist resistance by ABC Bialystok

  Report on criminalization of anarchist and anti-fascist community in Bialystok/Poland with some history of Anti-Fascist resistance by ABC Bialystok

Bialystok is a 300 000 city in North-East of Poland. It has proud history of Anti-Fascist resistance going back to II World War.

In present times we can see again old monsters rising their ugly heads. Almost since beginning of organized nazi movement in Bialystok, militant anti-fascist groups emerged. First they were just little groups of ver dedicated, militant activist, then movement grew bigger and bigger, there were more actions and nazis started slowly loosing control over streets. Few times in our recent history we faced new waves of nazi activity but there were always people who opposed them directly and without limits. It costed us a lot. Few years ago one of our friends got killed in suspicious circumstances in a city 80 kilometres from Bialystok, killed by unknown nazis. Many people suffered continuous harrasment of themselves and their families, many people suffered pfysical injuries. Still, resistance never stopped. On a place of activist who left movement, there were new ones. situation changed dramatically in last two years. We managed to squat a place in Bialystok which became center of all anarchist and altenrative activity. Our movement received many new people and a lot of energy. Almost immadietely this place became priority target for nazis. Till now it was attacked about 40 times, from small groups throiwing stones to regular attacks with 30-40 nazis throwing molotovs etc. We resisted all the time. Moreover, we decided not to wait for them but attack them first. We formed something what we call Antifa Patrol- group of anti-fascist street fighters patrolling streets of Bialystok and attacking nazis everywhere. We started being succesful in driving nazis out of streets, although we are far away from coplete success. Compiling this together with the fact, that we managed to defend our squat few times against police and we destroyed their public relations image totally, someone decided to fight us with another means. We expereinced something what never happened before-planned and cynical criminalization of our movement. Our people became landing in custody and jails for almost everything.

Present legal situation of our groups is very serious.

– One person from the squat is finishing his prison sentence for assault on a nazi skinhead (he will be out at the end of Septemebr/beginning of October 2002)

– another activist just received 2 years on 5 years probation for alleged assault with dangerous weapon, action he never took part in, but nevertheless he spent 4 months in jail for that

– 5 people are framed in assault on a singer of a nazi band from here, one person additionally charged with threatening behaviour

– one anarchist already having sentence in probation (2 for 4 years) for assault and robbery on nazi skinhead, now is being framed up in grevious body harm, after he succefully defeneded himself along with other Anti-Fascist against nazi attack. This charge can end up in 10 years sentence for him.

– one anarchist charged with assault and robbery on a nazi skinhead, he pleaded guilty and is awaiting a trial (he preferred to admit his “guilt” becasue he was caught by police moment after attack on nazis)

– one person charged with violent resistance and insulting a police officer after cops raided a squat in an attept to evict it

– two squatters charged with attept to break to police radio transmitter

– over 20 misdemeanor trials for things like participation in illegal gathering, failing to disperse on police request, not giving an ID to police officer etc. While we never surrendered and we continue to fight nazis and authority all the time, we need your help to continue our struggle and not to get stuck with legal proceedings. Therefore if you can help us with money for our activity and trials, or you can send us some interesting materials to use like leaflets, stickers, vidoe films etc, we would be more than happy!

Our contact is: ABC Bialystok/ANTIFA PO BOX 43, 150662 BIALYSTOK 26 POLAND

for things like prisoner support and similar stuff contact soja2 [at] poczta [dot] onet [dot] pl

Warhead Info Service

Repression against Gypsies in Belgrade and protests

Message from Mon, 2 Sep 2002 : Gypsies exiled from squated land

These days Roms (gypsies) in Belgrade experienced that they don’t have rights to live. Many of them live in one piece of land which ‘is property’ of the factory called IMT (Industry of Motors and Tractors) 15 years already. After crisis in Yugoslavia, many factories are ruined, this one also. Director decided to sell that piece of land where they are living so many years, so they don’t have anywhere to go. Director stopped electricity and water for them & he put cages around them and private security guard, so when somebody go out that person can not come in back.

So, they decided to make protest and today 2.sept.’02 they came in front of town-hall of Belgrade. 200 of them & they told me that exists many more gipsy’s colonies in Belgrade, but they are still not united in protest. I met them when they came in front of town-hall and after one hour some spokesman of authority come to speak with them. They said to him about director’s behavior so he went with them to find him and to move bodyguards. It passed 2 hours and they didn’t come back, so I had to go. Tomorrow, protest will continue…

Spokesman of authority said them that they’ll try to find tomorrow solution for them, on the level of government, so tomorrow after 15 o’clock delegation of gipsies can come to government to hear what they decided and to choose one of solutions (first solution is to find some destroyed caserne, second is to put them in places for refugees, third is to wait that government build some colony for them). All three solutions are bad. Gypsies doesn’t have jobs so they live from shrinking of cartoons and selling it so casernes are far away from town. Places for refugees are bad also and building of colony is long job. So, tomorrow we will see what Gypsies will (not) accept.

Message from Thu, 5 Sep 2002
Continuing of Gipsy’s protest in Belgrade

Gipsies started with their protest at afternoon 2.9.’02 & still they were in front of town-hall (3.sept.’02). This afternoon somebody from Government should come to speak with them, but nobody came.

First day of protest, Gipsies refused idea of authority: to find land for people who are more that 10 years in Belgrade, but others, who arrived ’cause of wars, could go in camps where are refugees. Gipsies didn’t accept this ’cause it would be separating of their community (and protest) – so authority doesn’t want to speak with them. Caserne is bad solution also, ’cause it is far away from town & they must collect cartoons in order to sell it and survive.

In any case, nobody came to speak with them, cops told them that they are lucky ’cause children are with them so they can’t beat them, 5 babies finished in hospital ’cause nobody came to help them with food, they slept in the park with babies… and result of it was that many people started to go back in their colony, where director said (after pressure from authority) that they can stay on that land one month yet. So, protest was ruined about 17 p.m. on 3.sept.’02.

Rebel Mouse <rebelmouse [at] hushmail [dot] com>



The only squatted centre in Lisbon “KASA ENKANTADA”, was evicted and destroyed in 28 of august after 5 years of squating. The squatters resisted for two days, but the 40 pigs came at 6 o’clock of the morning and caught the people inside with surprise. No one was hurt or arrested … After that more 3 houses were squatted but without sucess and were evicted too… There’s people trying to get a new place but it’s starting to get harder to squat here in Lisbon.

anonymous correspondant