Support Russian activists September 17-20

Tord Björk | Action,Environmental movements,International action,police,Repression | Monday, September 13th, 2010

Spread the message!: Support Russian activists September 17-20

Alexei Gaskarov, imprisoned spokes person for Antifascists in Moscow

We call upon the whole European and World Social Forum movement and all concerned about the environment and stopping repression to support our friends in Russia. Take action on 17-20 September in solidarity with arrested, maltreated and oppressed activists. Follow the call made from Russia enclosed below and go and make protests at the Russian embassies or other places representing Russia. Among activists under threat are people that have been participating in the social forum movement and the European Social Forum in Istanbul 2010.

In a similar or even broader historical unification of movements as in the social forum process Russian civil society and political actors have worked together in defence of the Khimki forest and to stop political repression against protesters. Environmentalists, human rights activists, journalists fighting corruption, Anarchists and other antifascists, alter globalization movement, Liberal, Communist and Left wing parties have courageously been struggling in solidarity with each other in spite of different ideological positions and views on tactics.

This has resulted in a historical victory when president Medvedev decided to halt the construction of a high way through the forest. But at the same time the witch hunt against antifascist activists is continued. Solidarity with the activists is the only way to both stop repression and to save the Khimki forest more permanently. Please join the action called for by our Russian friends!

European Social Forum network Prague Spring II against Right Wing Extremism:
Matyas Benyik, Attac Hungary
Tord Björk, Friends of the Earth Sweden
Igor Gotlieb, Alternatives, Russia
Leo Gabriel, Suedwind (South Wind), Austria
Mirek Prokes, Czech Social Forum
Victor Shapinov, Institute New Democracy, Ukraine
Vera Zalca, Hungarian Social Forum Network

You find information and the call for action September 17-20 in many languages at www.khimkibattle.org.

A callout to the global justice and environmental movements to support the international day of action at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1919

Friends of the Earth Sweden August 27: The Khimki forest is saved – Now save the activists!
http://www.mjv.se/2010/statement-the-khimki-forest-is-saved-%E2%80%93-now-save-the-activists

Continiously updated information at two facebook groups/sites:
Freedom for Russian antifascists Alexei Gaskarov & Maxim Solopov!:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115#!/group.php?gid=123233894390151&ref=ts
Defence of the Khimki Forest:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zasita-Himkinskogo-lesa-Defence-of-the-Khimki-Forest/152500571430115

A longer article with links on the subject: ”Why we need solidarity with Russian environmentalists and antifascists” at http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1748

The Prague Spring II Network was established at a conference in Prague in March 2010. You find more information here:
The Alternative to the Right-Wing Extremism in the Time of Social and Ecological Crisis
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1543
And more contributions to the conference Prague and the activities of the network at ESF in Istanbul here:
http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?s=prague

Maxim Solopov, imprisoned spokes person for Antifascists in Moscow

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