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5th September Day of Solidarity With Austrian AR Activists


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Joanna
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Please join the International Day of Solidarity and organize Demos in your City! Let's spread the word for the freedom of the 10 activists in Austria and demand an end to repression of social activism."



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Joanna D (216)
Monday September 1, 2008, 9:19 am
Organise a demo outside your Austrian Embassy: Get in touch with info@austriasolidarity.com so they can let you know if there are demos already happening in your area. Check out the resources section at http:www.austiasolidarity.com for leaflets, banners etc See here for previous demos and tips and ideas.
 

Joanna D (216)
Monday September 1, 2008, 9:32 am
Demos:
UK: London, Birmingham, Edinburgh
Netherlands: Hague
Italy: Milano
France: Strasbourg, Lyon, Montpellier
all info - follow a link in the news title
 

Joanna D (216)
Monday September 1, 2008, 9:46 am
from VGT site:
100 Days Custody - Animal Protection Custody Scandal
Evidence implies special commission (Soko) intends to deliberately damage animal protection association

On 21 May 2008, the largest police operation against NGOs in Austrian history went into its hottest phase. After months of large scale surveillance – with undercover agents infiltrating groups, tracking devices on cars, twenty people under observation, bugs in animal protection offices and wire tapped telephone conversations – 23 masked and armed police officers stormed offices and apartments in the early hours, questioned 30 people and took ten into remand in custody, where they remain, today, three months later.

From the onset, it was noteworthy that there was no recognisable provocation for the large scale operation: animal protection related criminality is far lower in Austria than elsewhere; animal protection and in particular the Association Against Animal Factories (VGT) is more successful in Austria than in other countries; fur farms and battery farms are forbidden here - a successful animal protection movement that has lead to the most brutal police action. But surely only conspiracy theorists would see any connection.
Meeting Minutes prove the Soko is deliberately damaging the VGT!

The VGT now has evidence that there is a larger context for these actions. The animal protection association has a copy of the signed minutes of a Soko meeting, in which the sole point of discussion is how one could damage the Association Against Animal Protection. A further meeting on the same subject is agreed to take place 4 days later, on the 24 June 2008.

VGT president Martin Balluch, who is still on remand in custody, comments from his prison cell: “Since our biggest animal protection success in 2004, we have been feeling the increasing repression by the police. That was when the Animal Protection Federal Law was passed leading to major costs for industrial livestock owners. We have evidence that the police has been advising our counterparts, for example companies practicing cruelty to animals, how to effectively combat our legitimate campaigns and has been taking increasingly brutal steps against us. In 2005, an article was printed in the Austrian daily newspaper “Salzburger Nachrichten” in which a high-ranking official of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Action Against Terrorism claimed that Animal Protection was the biggest threat to national security in Austria.

After that there were wide-reaching prohibitions for our demonstrations. Any action we took was combated with massive police presence and rigorous penalties. Now we have the evidence in our hands, just in case any more was needed, that the special commission setup by the Ministry of the Interior in 2006, was not meant to cast light on criminal offences but to cause major damage to the animal protection movement.

It is then easy to understand ongoing refusal [by the Authorities] to return the seized computers and data archives, rendering five of the most active Austrian animal protection associations incapable of action to this date.
The authorities' attitude of oblivion towards constitutional and human rights must come to an end immediately!”

Release our children. It’s enough now 4 months remand custody is too much. Mr Public Prosecutor, do something!
Parents of the imprisoned animal protectionists protested on the 6th August in front of the Ministry for Justice in Vienna. They expressed how appalled they are at the continuing remand custody of their children. The parents are extremely concerned about the psychological damage that their children are undoubtedly suffering due to this forced separation from their loved ones, and how this may affect them long term. They also talked to media of their own pain at not having seen their children in such a long time.
In the midst of journalists, a letter was handed in to the Minister for Justice
To meet with the Minister for Justice herself, Dr Maria Berger, is what the delegation of parents wanted, and to have her explain her position on this matter to them herself. But, it was not to be; they were not allowed past the porter, who gave the desperate parents his word that he would pass the letter on to Dr Berger.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 1, 2008, 10:48 am
noted.thanks.
 

Joanna D (216)
Monday September 1, 2008, 11:15 am
The great day in Viena is 6th of September:
Großdemomarsch: § 278a abschaffen!

Stopp der Kriminalisierung von politischen AktivistInnen

Samstag: 6.9.2008
Auftaktkundgebung: 14:00 Uhr vor dem Justizministerium
Museumstraße 7, 1080 Wien
Abschlusskundgebung: ca. 16:30 am Ballhausplatz

Der österreichische Staat hält seit 21. mai 2008 zehn TierrechtsaktivistInnen gefangen (einer wurde am 13. August zumindest vorübergehend aus der Haft entlassen).

Deer abstruse Vorwurf: Sie seien Mitglieder einer kriminellen Organisation. Mit diesem Vorgehen sollen unangenehme politische AktivistInnen kriminalisiert werden. Dieser Vorwurf kann uns alle treffen, ob NGO, politische Initiative oder einfach AktivistIn. Polizei und Staatsanwaltschaft können keinen einzigen konkreten Tatvorwurf gegen eine/n der zehn TierrechtsaktivistInnen vorbringen. Auch die vollständige Akteneinsicht wird den AktivistInnen und ihren AnwältInnen immeer noch verwehrt, trotzdem sitzen diese seit mehreren Monaten in U-Haft.

Verschiedeste Organisationen rufen zu dieser Kundgebung auf!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 1, 2008, 12:12 pm
Please add this as a comment to your homepage! Its the DEMO INFO!
http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view?g2_view=core:DownloadItem&g2_itemId=8226695
 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Monday September 1, 2008, 1:37 pm
Thanks. Read, will crosspost and share.
 

Joanna D (216)
Monday September 1, 2008, 2:32 pm
New info:
5th Sept
Austria:
Friday 5th September: INNSBRUCK, GRAZ, SALZBURG, LINZ, VIENNA
France: Paris
 

Morgan Griffith (225)
Monday September 1, 2008, 2:42 pm
I'm so glad that more and more evidence is coming out about the authorities targeting VGT. With this evidence in place----anyone seen Amnesty International around anywhere???? Or do they still consider the ten people guilty of some unknown offence? These type of police actions are happening everywhere. Already USA is experiencing this with the RNC meeting. Same thing--guns drawn on innocent people, when did the citizens of the world lose the right to stand up and speak?
 

Joycey B (750)
Monday September 1, 2008, 4:30 pm
Noted with thanks Joanna.
 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Monday September 1, 2008, 5:05 pm
Thanks Joanna and as usual: I will crosspost and share.
You will be under the "crosspost" unfortunately. Love from me!
 

Joanna D (216)
Monday September 1, 2008, 6:09 pm
Make a mess in Austrian Authorities' mailboxes these days
- don't write letters (wasting time - instead send as many mails as you can) just send a message:
Mail the Authorities
 
And for the people who haven't signed yet:
 
Online Petition against Arbitrary Police Operations Against Animal Protectionists
 
FREEDOM FOR THE AUSTRIAN Animal Rights Advocates


BOYCOTT AUSTRIA! No visits, no products!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 3:17 am
Thank you Joanna we should try to combine all the actions on friday september 5! If we start sending a few mails today and tomorrow the servers will not crash if we combine all our power
for friday and we send thousands of mails the right way they will notice it and have serious problems......Plus we get that in the news in Austria...just like the nomination of Dr. Dr Balluch for the green party! We need more press!
 

Elena P (549)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 5:08 am
Thanks Joanna.
 

Hans L (958)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 7:27 am
THEY ARE ALL FREE! THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE TO HELP THEM!
 

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:52 am
The controversial pre-trial detention for a group of 9 austrian animal
rights activists has been lifted today, following an order of the
appelate court.

Since the end of may the 9 activists (one had been released earlier)
have been charged with "Forming a Criminal Organization," under �278a
StGB of the austrian penal code. The Appelate court explained that there
is still a danger of commiting further crimes, but the pre-trial
detention cannot be upheld if the expected penalties are in no relation
to it.

The second reason for detention, danger of suppression of evidence is by
law limited to two months, which have long expired.

The first activists have been set free already.

Source: http://wien.orf.at/stories/304601/
 

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 8:54 am
Now you see what works???? Make a cause LOUD!!!! Austrian gov has been scared by latest media infos and maybe by the Global Day
They would have been free 100 days before - in the same way
 

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 12:09 pm
The Appelate court explained that there is still a danger of committing further crimes, but the pre-trial detention cannot be upheld if the expected penalties are in no relation to it. The second reason for detention, danger of suppression of evidence is by law limited to two months, which have long expired.

As you see they are still terrorists for Austrian gov!!
 

Joanna D (216)
Tuesday September 2, 2008, 12:25 pm
All today's news here:
http://www.care2.com/news/member/457397809/866165
 
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