Kevan Thakrar moved to HMP Whitemoor

Kev was transferred to the segregation unit of HMP Whitemoor on the 17th of December 2013.

Please use the exact address below as some of his mail is going to his brother who is also there.

Rather than being on the CSC unit he is on a punishment regime. No explanation has been given for this, apart from that he has refused to engage with interventions. This is nonsense as no psychologist came to see him in HMP Manchester. They only moved him because of the Judicial Review that he had taken out against the prison authorities.

Right now he is in a cell with no heating, nor access to showers or phone calls on a daily basis, and no access to gym equipment at all. He expects to stay at least until the 21st of January when there is a CSC Managament Committee Meeting. Please write to him at:

Kevan Thakrar – A4907AE
Segregation Unit
HMP Whitemoor
Longhill Road
March
Cambridgeshire
PE15 0PR

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Ihar Alinevich‘s On the Way to Magadan


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On December, 10, the International Human Rights Day, the Belarusian PEN Centre and Radio Liberty announced the winners of Frantsishak Aliakhnovich award for the best work written in prison. Ironically, as the award is often called ‘prisonous’ its founders would like it to become a thing of the past as soon as possible.

The jury state that in the course of selection procedure they were guided by artistic values of the books rather than the description of prison’s grave realities.

In 2013, Ihar Alinevich‘s book On the Way to Magadan based on his diary was published. The jury recognized Mr Alinevich as the first winner comprised some writers who had experienced prison first hand.

‘Firstly, this book is second to none talking not only about all the books about the man in prison written in Belarus but about world literature in general. Secondly, it was published before the rest and made a greater emotional impression on people. Thirdly, the author’s courage counts,’ Uladzimir Niakliayeu, a poet and ex-political prisoner, says.

On the Way to Magadan is well known not only in Belarus, but also abroad. It has been translated into several European languages.

‘As many as three books have already got to Butyrka [the largest detention centre in Moscow], and people have to wait a bit to borrow it. Prisons’ walls are equally solid in Russia, Spain or Ukraine, they say. Maybe, they are even stronger in Belarus than in other countries,’ Valiantsina Alinevich, the winner’s mother, says. Mrs Alinevich received the prize on behalf of her son; the woman repeatedly voiced support to him, which might well have led to her facing problems at work.

The award was named as a tribute to Frantsishak Aliakhnovich, a Belarusian writer, journalist and Gulag survivor. His experience provided a basis for his 1934 book of In the Claws of the GPU.

Ihar Alinevich was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment in a high-security correctional institution being adjudged guilty of arsoning the Russian Embassy building in Minsk. He did not plead guilty to the charge.

To Download a copy follow this link  http://abc-belarus.org/?p=3890&lang=en

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NEW YEARS EVE PRISON SOLIDARITY DEMO 2013

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START ADDRESS: HMP Pentonville,Caledonian Rd, London N7 8TT

link to facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/724487577561950/

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London ABC Winter Letter Writing Afternoon, Sunday 15th Dec, 2013

As you sit in your cold damp overpriced flat in london contemplating the above inflation ticket price increase in the new year. Spare a thought for those imprisoned within the prisons structures in london the UK and all over the world Unable to walk out of there cell and head to the nearest warm pub or more importantly seek the support of friends and loved ones who provide support while struggling against ever increasing waves of oppression and brutality inside prison.

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1990 Strangeways prison riot – london abc christmas card

Come join London ABC at freedom bookshop on Sunday 15th December at 2.00 pm. To write letters and sign cards to send to comrades struggling all over the world. From anti-fascists to feminists no radical movement is not under vicious and coordinated attack by states and security agencies determined to totally crush resistance to capitalist oppression.

LDN ABC

Sunday 15th 2.00 pm

freedom bookshop, angel alley 84b whitechapel high street, london, E1 7QX

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UK to build supersized jails

FROM PRISON REFORM TRUST.

STOP PRESS
New Bromley Briefing Prison Factfile launched today

The Autumn 2013 edition of the Bromley Briefing Prison Factfile reveals that nearly half of people in prison in England and Wales could be warehoused in 1,000-plus supersized jails under government plans to transform the prison estate.

Headlines from PRT’s flagship publication include:

• Government plans could see close to one in two people behind bars held in prisons of 1,000-plus
• 2000-place prison in Wrexham planned with prospect of second giant sized establishment in London
• 40 % of prisoners are currently held in prisons of 1,000 places or more
• Ten years ago 18% of prisoners were held in prisons of 1,000 plus
• The number of supersized jails has nearly trebled in the past decade with 28 out of 124 prisons in England and Wales currently holding over 1,000 men
• Largest supersized jails are all in the private sector. G4S-run Oakwood (1,600) Birmingham (1,436) and Sodexo-led Forest Bank (1,348)
• Evidence from the HM Inspectorate of Prisons shows that larger prisons are less safe with fewer opportunities for rehabilitation
• Previously David Cameron has said that “the idea that big is beautiful with prisons is wrong.”

The pressure of budget cuts and economies of scale have led to the roll out of “Titan prisons by stealth” with a drive to close small community prisons, build larger jails and add additional capacity to existing establishments.

This is despite evidence published by the Prison Reform Trust and included in the briefing, based on data provided by HM Prisons Inspectorate, showing that smaller prisons tend to be safer and more effective than larger establishments, holding people closer to home and with a higher ratio of prison staff to prisoners.

The government plans to build a 2,000-place prison in Wrexham and is conducting a feasibility study for a second giant-sized institution in West London. Since 2010 there have been 13 closures of smaller prisons and a further six still to come.

In January the Justice Minister Jeremy Wright announced plans to open up an additional 1,260 places in four new house blocks across the prison estate.

On current trends the proposed changes will result in around 38,000 people held in 30 supersized jails across the country, the Prison Reform Trust’s analysis of the latest prison population statistics and projections reveals. This represents nearly half of the total number of people behind bars in England in Wales.

Read more about the facts and figures revealed by the latest edition of the Bromley Briefing Prison Factfile here. Early coverage in the media includes ITV News, LBC and local BBC radio, Evening Standard, Huffington Post and Belfast Telegraph.

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Belarusian anarchist political prisoner Aliaksandr Frantskevich released

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He will be under police supervision for 6 months after the release.
Aliaksandr Frantskevich, who served his term in correctional colony No.
22 in Ivatsevichy, was released early in the morningof 3rd of September.
His mother and activists of opposition organisation met him outside the
prison. He will go to Navapolatsk to register with the police.
Frantskevich was arrested in connection with the “anarchist case” on
September 3, 2010.Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and him were tried in
the Zavadski distirict court on May 27, 2011.
The activist was charged with violating part 2 of article 351 of the
Criminal Code (deliberate destruction of computer information) and part
2 of article 339 (hooliganism). He was charged with carrying out attacks
on government buildings and hacking the website of the Navapolatsk city
executive committee. He pleaded not guilty at the trial.
Frantskevich was sentenced to 3 years in a medium security correctional
colony. Belarusian human rights defenders declared him a political
prisoner in September 2011. The activists served his term in
correctional colony No. 22 in Ivatsevichy.
Source
The political prisoner gave an interview to charter97.org on his way
from a penal colony in Ivacevichy to Minsk.
Aliaksandr Frantskievich, who served the term in the colony number 22 in
Ivacevichy, has been released today early in the morning. He was
sentenced to three years in prison in May 2011 on the case of anarchists
that made a lot of noise. Frantskievich, as well as other
representatives of the anarchist movement Ihar Alienievich and Mikalaj
Dziadok, was accused of organizing a series of arsons of administrative
buildings. Despite the guilt had not been proven and the damage caused
had been insignificant, the activists were sentenced to prison terms
from three to seven years.
- Aliaksandr, congratulations on the release. The authorities by all
means tried to present your, Mikalaj Dziadok and Ihar Alienievich’s case
as a usual criminal case, which made many human rights organizations
hesitate for long whether to call you political prisoners. How do you
assess your arrest and the arrest of your comrades?
- The goal of the authorities was not find the guilty, but to neutralize
the anarchist movement, regardless of what fighting methods we stick to.
For example, that in the course of the process another suspect Maksim
Vietkin was released, but me, Dziadok and Alienievich put in jail, says
that the position that we stack to in court was more important as well
as the corpus delicti that they tried to ascribe to us.
This an absolutely political case related exclusively to our political
beliefs. We are convinced that there is a dictatorship in the country,
and it should be fought. The more time I spent behind bar, the more I
was getting convinced of that.
- Does it seem coincidental to you that you were arrest three months
before the presidential elections?
- A catalyst for that was the attack on the Russian embassy. This had
international resonance, Lukashenka claimed that Russian special forces
were behind that. Of course, the approaching elections also played a role.
But had we been arrested not in September, we would have still ended up
in prison in December together with all the oppositionists, arrested
after the elections. Sooner or later this would have happened – with or
without corpus delicti – in any case we would have ended up under the
roller.
- There were allegations that your arrest before the elections and the
nature of the charges were a special operation, planned in order to
picture the opposition as radicals before the provocation on 19 December
2010.
- To a certain extent it was preparation for the elections. Although a
bit different agencies were involved in our case. It was the organized
crime department that dealt with the case’s major part, whereas it was
less involved in the 19 December events. But, in principle, their goal
was to stop our symbolic actions, which irritated the authorities and
then completely stop civil activities in the country in general.
Personally I think that on 19 December 2010 the authorities did not only
want to crush all the civil society. Lukashenka set the goal to keep his
own nomenclature, his own bureaucracy submitted to him, as at some point
they started considering him an insufficiently effective manager.
- What part did KGB play in your case?
- These were mainly organized crime department officers who spoke with
me. But it was obvious that KGB supervised their work, oversaw how they
managed to fulfill their duties.
- Did special service agents try to recruit you?
- Yes, at the investigation stage. Actually, my whole charges are based
on that I refused to cooperate on the investigation. They demanded
secret addresses, passwords, which I could not give them because of my
principled beliefs, that is why I ended up in prison.
- Do you have any information about Ihar Alienievich? He was kidnapped
in Moscow and sentenced to a tremendous term of 8 years in prison.
- Ihar Alienievich was a strong anarchist leader, he could speak
convincingly, knew the anarchist theoretical base very well. This is
what the charges against him were mainly based on.
In his book “Going to Magadan” Alienievich tells how special services
tried to recruit him. This tells that special services simply wanted to
use him for their own purposes, but when he refused to do that, they
dealt with him shortly, trying thus to break him psychologically.
- Did you manage to communicate a little during the trial?
- Yes, during the trial Ihar personally told me how he had been
kidnapped in Moscow. They were going for a meeting with one of our
comrades, who turned out to had been recruited by special services. Ihar
did not calculate it right, he thought that repressions would not reach
him in Moscow, but it turned out that Belarusian authorities had quite
long arms.
They were detained and taken to the border by car. Their detention was
registered in a kilometer from Belarus-Russia border. According to the
protocol, he was allegedly detained by some lieutenant.
- In three years of conviction you went through penal cells and prisons,
you were deprived of parcels, newspapers, books and letters from
relatives. Why did they treat you so harshly?
- To some extent it is connected with the pardon process, which
Belarusian authorities started. To some extent – with the conflicts with
the administration itself. All the influence methods, used against
political prisoners, are known.
I repeatedly heard of what was going on with Mikalaj Statkievich, Ihar
Alienievich. Such methods are used against everyone, who has principles,
beliefs, is not going to be recruited or cooperate with the administration.
- How specifically did they demand to sign a plea for pardon from you?
- I was specifically suggested that I signed a plea for pardon two
times. This was done by the colony’s head. He said that otherwise I had
to spend the whole imprisonment term, which actually did happen. Then,
as the pressure started, they hinted at that: everything that was going
on with me was related to my having to sign a plea for pardon.
This was done if not by the representatives of the administration, then
by their agents among the prisoners.
- How did these agents act?
- They created unbearable conditions around me. Not all the prisoners
openly cooperate with the administration, some do that in secret and
have the trust of other prisoners. They tried to create artificial
isolation around me, deprive me of the possibility to fully communicate
with anyone and thus break me psychologically.
- What help you to hold on all these three years. You went to prison as
a 20-year old boy.
- My beliefs and principles, my comrades, who constantly supported me. I
have kept my beliefs and am not going to refuse from them.
- Mikalaj Statkievich reported that the authorities try everything in
their attempts to break political prisoners, up to rape threats.
- They did not threaten me personally with that, but I believe that
Statkievich’s situation is very complicated, because as for today he is
the only presidential candidate in prison, he has quite a principled
position, he has a strong influence in the media and, of course, this
strongly irritates Lukashenka and his entourage.
- Now you’ll be under supervision for half-a-year. What does it imply?
- I have to be at home from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., inform police if I move
to another place of residence, do not leave the district without police
department’s approval. I cannot go to bars, restaurants, places, where
they sell alcohol, although this ban is quite weird, since I do not
drink alcohol at all.
- What are your nearest plans at large?
- I am going to Minsk now. There I will make a job agreement. After a
short adaptation period at home in Navapolatsk I will come back.
I will be living in Minsk, participate in the anarchist movement, work
and provide for myself in some way.
I started writing in prison. At some point I thought that I the time had
to be spent intelligently. I had long had the idea to write sci-fi
stories, take up on literature. Now I am interested how readers will
perceive that.
Photo: Nasha Niva
Source

http://charter97.org/en/news/2013/9/3/74985/

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London ABC at Tattoo Circus 2013

Tattoo Circus Fundraiser
Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 11:00 – Sunday, September 22, 2013 – 18:00
Tattoo Circus is back in town!

11am – 10pm Saturday September 21

12noon – 6pm Sunday September 22

Join in the amazingly fabulous London ABC  at DIY Prisoner Support Benefit Fundraiser!

Come down and get a tattoo or piercing, find out about prisoner support projects, attend a talk or workshop, catch some music, films or just join in for a great social scene….There will be cabaret, a cafe, info stalls, and cinema with all proceeds benefiting prisoner support projects – including Bent Bars.

Last time Tattoo Circus was in town it was amazing, so you won’t want to miss it!

Phone from Saturday Sept 21 at 10am for the location:

07539 316 878  or 07539 316 822


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#4: Prisoners of the World Unite

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Summary

In this episode, we at the Ex-Worker’s Collective steal enough hours from our jobs to discuss the state of the US prison system, the prison abolition movement, and the destruction of prisons. A comrade from supermax lock up and Midwest Pages to Prisoners Zine Distro join us! News and a review of Between Predicates, War by the Institute for Experimental Freedom round out the episode asking us to wonder, “What’s the fastest way outta this?!” {June 16, 2013}

http://www.crimethinc.com/podcast/4/

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Support Irina Lipskaya, imprisoned anarchist and anti-fascist from Moscow

iraupload2 27th of June 2013, arrest of Irina was prolonged until 2nd of October. She was arrested 2nd of July 2012, so now Irina has already spent more than one year in prison without a court! Arrest of Irina was prolonged due to dubious claims of her alleged “victims” that they still have not acquintanced themselves with the results of the investigation.

Irina is accused of having taken part to an armed assault against a Nazi concert in Moscow club “Barrikada” the day she was arrested. She has been charged with three felonies, including “hooliganism, committed by a group and with a preliminary intent” and “involving minors to a felony hate crime”, as one of the persons arrested with her was 17 years old at the moment of the arrest.
Irina was arrested just few days after her graduation from the Journalist Faculty of the Moscow State University. She needs a medical care for her hand, as she was stabbed by Nazis during a fight in 1st of May of 2011, but in remand prison she may not receive proper medical care.
During the remand court session of 27th of June, Irina was strong and showed that system is not about to crush her. She is also not in a need of material support. However moral support is necessary, full year of remand prison is hard for anyone and during the investigation she has been betrayed by some of her former comrades.
You may write to Irina to address

Irina Antonovna Lipskaya, k. 308
SIZO-6 “Pechatniki”
ul. Shosseynaya 92
109383 Moscow Russia

But note that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so if you do not have a chance to write in Russiam (f.e. by using simply phrases and translating them by google translation program), just send photos and postcards.

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URGENT: LONDON PROTEST WEDNESDAY 31 JULY, 5-7PM US EMBASSY, 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ

In solidarity with the racist murder of Trayvon Martin and the prisoners currently on hunger strike in California. London ABC supports the callout for this demonstration. London ABC supports those struggling and resisting within prison walls where ever they are. Both these cases are examples of the brutality and racist inhumanity of the ‘United States system of justice’  from protecting racist murderers to creating regimes of torture within prisons. London ABC oppose these systems of oppression and urges people to show visible solidarity by
attending this demonstration at the American Embassy.
URGENT: LONDON PROTEST
WEDNESDAY 31 JULY, 5-7PM
US EMBASSY, 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ
Dear friends,
This Wednesday 31 July, there will be mass actions in the US for both Trayvon Martin & California prisoners, on hunger strike since 8 July (see below). The action is called by a group that includes the families of hunger strikers. It’s more urgent every day — as one of the hunger strikers has already died, after asking for and being refused medical help.
People around the world have committed to fast for 24 hours if they can, and take other action in solidarity.

There will be a demonstration this Wed, 5-7pm, outside the London US Embassy in solidarity
.
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