The Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association (Warning Facebook link) have made an urgent call for solidarity in response to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice taking repressive measures against their members and suspected members.
Originally published by Libcom.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
The BPRA* has had many successes in struggle to establish better conditions for prisoners and against the arbitrary rule of the prison authorities. For this reason Jock and his comrades became a target of repression. Recently he had been charged by the prison administration with the distribution of BPRA stickers. According to the authorities, stickers with a slogan “When injustice becomes the law, resistance becomes a duty” are promoting racism and are hate speech! No-one explained against which race or national group those stickers are supposed to be directed, but as a result Jock had been stripped of all privileges for a period of 2 years. That means he had been stopped from continuing his university studies, his visits have been severely limited, he is not allowed any of the supervised leave that he had previously been granted and he has been refused any paid work.
This is a clearly fabricated charge and Jock, an anti-fascist prisoner, must be the only person in Bulgarian prison ever prosecuted for racism! This is an act of vindictive repression against him and all those connected with BPRA as the authorities are clearly unhappy about their activity. They need our solidarity.
What can you do?
– Sign the online petition:
– Send a protest email or letter to the Minister of Justice, Tsetska Tsacheva, and demand that the repression against Jock and others associated with BPRA cease, and that his privileges are reinstated:
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister of Justice
ul. “Slavyanska” 1
1000 Sofia Centre, Sofia, Bulgaria
– organise a solidarity protest outside the Bulgarian embassy or consulate nearest you
– spread the information about this case
– donate to the BPRA: http://bpra.info/en/home/
– write to Jock with messages of support:
Brighton Anarchist Black Cross
* the organisation uses the names “Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association” and “Bulgarian Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Association” interchangeably, hence the acronym BPRA.
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