Debbie Vincent sentenced to 6 years in prison

Debbie Vincent

 

Debbie Vincent, long-term animal rights campaigner, comrade, and friend to many within the movement, was sentenced on 17th April to 6 years in prison, after a five-week long trial at Winchester Crown Court. Further to time in prison, she was given an Anti-Social Behavioural Order for an additional 5 years after her release.

Found guilty of ‘conspiracy to blackmail’, Debbie is the latest in a line of people persecuted for campaigning against the notorious animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences, where 500 animals are killed daily. As part of the ‘Blackmail 3’, there are two more defendants currently awaiting a possible extradition from Holland to face trial. To find out more about the case and how to support the other, visit http://blackmail3.org. Debbie was found guilty, despite the judge not finding her guilty of any actions herself, with Michael Bowes QC, the case prosecutor, stating “there is no evidence that Ms Vincent was present at the scene of any of the attacks, or incidents in Europe. There is no evidence that she was outside of the United Kingdom at the time of any of these attacks”, whilst the Met Police deployed an undercover officer, posing as a private security manager, as part of a sting operation to implicate her in acts she had no involvement with.

Debbie’s case is part of a series of convictions against animal rights campaigners, and serves as a wake-up call to all activists to show support and solidarity to those who are victims of state repression following effective resistance to corporate and state power. For additional information on the ongoing repression of UK animal rights activists see http://stopukrepression.org/

When Nijmegen ABC asked Debbie what sort of support she might need if the received a custodial sentence, she replied – “Practically, I’m not sure what my needs will be in prison, it will depend to a degree to where I go. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to cope, but being isolated from nature and friends will be the worst part. I will try to make the best of the bad situation, it’s all a bit daunting and new. The whole charge and court case are still amazingly surreal.”

“Keep on campaigning against all oppression and capitalist domination. Don’t be afraid to speak out and never apologise for trying to make a difference and caring.”

 

Support is as ever vital; write letters to Debbie in prison at:
Debbie Vincent  A5819DE
HMP Send
Ripley Road
Woking
Surrey
GU23 7LJ
UK

 

“What is scary in this world is oppression and injustice, when people hurt people, animals and nature. What is beautiful in this world is resistance, when people say ‘enough is enough’ and act.

Oppression and injustice are everywhere, but so is resistance. Because some people know that if you fight you might lose, but if you don’t fight, you’ve already lost.”

Debbie Vincent

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

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