Support the 9 Reykjavik and COP15 Activists!

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Support the 9 Reykjavik and COP15 Activists!

Support 9 activists on trial in Reykjavik as well as spokes persons for Climate Justice Action in Copenhagen. Their protests were nonviolent, but they are still accused of violent attack. Do this on facebook now:

http://www.causes.com/causes/567523-support-the-9-reykjavik-and-cop15-activists

WHY?

The Icelandic people are the only ones so far that has been able to oust their neoliberal government by a popular movement mass protests. Interestingly from a climate justice perspective that much of the rebellion was heralded by protests against the environmentally destructive corporate projects opposed by Saving Iceland. The struggle during the escalating economic crisis became so fierce that many windows of the parliament was smashed but only property and no persons was attacked while the police used tear gas for the first time since 1949 which did not stop the escalation. The government had not much choice according to the Icelandic call out for solidarity with rvk9. (http://www.savingiceland.org/2011/01/january-12th-16th-international-week-of-solidarity-with-the-reykjavik-nine/#more-5852). Give in or call in the Danish military who waited in the outer harbour on their ships as the country is to small for having police and military resources to control its people when they are making a rebellion. The government chose to resign and for the first time in 20 year the government was not dominated by the right wing party. As such the Icelandic have set an example for the rest of Europe. The only activists charged for anything during this rebellion are the nine accused of violent attack on the parliament when in fact it was a small non-violent action which one can see as heralding later more violent attacks and thus has been singled out by the general secretary of the parliament to tell the prosecutor to do something about, directly in contradiction with the rule of separation of power in a democracy.

Climate Justice Action have confronted the neoliberal climate carbon trading regime by a mass non-violent protests at the gates of the UN summit in Copenhagen opening a space for everyone including Bolivia’s government to challenge the present development model. In both cases the charges against the activists are that they have been in different ways promoting violent attacks, in both cases this is not true.

In both cases Nordic states that before were known to have more tolerance towards protests now seems to turn into spearheads in new ways of oppressing popular movements claiming non-violence to be sentenced as if it was violence. At the same time in both cases this has gone so far that the repressive systems shows some cracks. In Copenhagen spokes persons who were preventively arrested and thus not at the spot during the non-violent action have been sentenced by the court as not guilty and the mass arrests of thousands of demonstrators declared illegal by the court. In the case of Iceland all mass media have been promoting a view of the 9 activists as violent and also many politicians from all parties. But the foreign minister have now witnessed in the court in favor of the activists, he claimed to have done the same thing in 1976 without anyone then pushing charges and the social democratic prime minister have also on facebook stated that it is somewhat odd that the first trial that takes place after the economic collapse is against 9 activists when there has been much more severe things to address, which for everyone is interpreted as the severe economic corruption that sometimes lies behind the economic collapse were some few made fortunes and many lost much of their savings in both Iceland and abroad.

So by supporting the activists in Iceland and in Denmark you can make a difference and help dismantling the repressive politics carried out by a symbiosis between mass media and politicians and strengthen democracy which can be of international importance.

Tord Björk

Support the 9 Reykjavik and COP15 Activists!

Right now a trial takes place in Reykjavik of 9 activists who protested from the parliamentary gallery against the economic policies that brought Iceland to the brink of bankruptcy. Their protest was nonviolent, but they are still accused of violent attack with a term of imprisonment of minimum 1 year or up to life. Prosecutor redefines the traditional understanding of violence and makes the practice of much civil disobedience to violence. This is a gross assault on ordinary language and common sense of justice. If the charge is recognized, will Gandhi inspirational non-violent actions be ‘violent’ and it will in future be harder to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner.

Something similar happened recently in Copenhagen during the climate summit, as spokespersons for Climate Justice Action were convicted of violence and sentenced in a lower court to four months imprisonment because they as speakers had urged demonstrators to push the police cordon.

Support the 9 activists in Reykjavik!

Revoke the imprisonment sentences for Climate Justice Action spokes persons in Copenhagen!

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