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Pushing Forward writes


Here is a follow up of what is happening to Ali, parts of it are similar to what we already released, however, this has more details, a few corrections, and also a sample letter with the appropriate addresses in hopes that people will raise their voices as an act of solidarity during our comrade's time of need.

Thanx for all your work,


Anarchist lawyer writes "The article is some more detailed information about the judgement of 5 anarchists in State Security Courts in Turkey.

As you must have seen at some sites on the net (including infoshop.org), 5 anarchists in Turkey are judged. The first trial was on 13th of February in Izmir State Security Court (SSC) and it is postponed to 3th of April, 2002 (as the lawyer demanded additional time for defence). One of the anarchists was released because he had not been a perpetrator in the mentioned events (as the court decided), but he is still judged with the other four who were decided to be judged under arrest.

The anarchists were arrested while they were distributing "Usak Anarchist Autonom" signed pamphlets in a Turkey-wide demonstration day on 1st of December, 2001 in Usak. Because of the pamphlets and some wall-writings, anarchists were detained and accused of "participation in an illegal organization". The judge of the minor court in Usak decided to arrest them and send the file to the Izmir SSC.

FBI Lets Anarchist Web Geek Go Free

By James Middleton [18-02-2002]

The 18-year-old arrested by the FBI for content published on
his anarchist website was released without charge last week.

Sherman Martin Austin was released on 14 February after
charges against him were dropped.

Italian Indymedia and Florence, Torino and Bologna Social Centers Under Attack

This morning around 7.00, police knocked at the doors of a few social
centers: Gabrio in Torino, Cecco Rivolta in Firenze, TPO in Bologna,
as well as those of the Cobas offices in Taranto. The huge
mobilitation (a lot of cars, vans, and riot cops) was due to an order
from Genova's attorney.

The attorneys Andrea Canciani and Anna Canepa ordered to seize audio
and video material referring to Genova facts, focusing on what could
deal with the police raid at the Media Center and the massacre at the
Diaz-Pertini school.

The search warrant explains that such material would have been
collected through the Italy Indymedia website, and would be situated
in the social centers Gabrio, TPO, Cecco Rivolta, and in Cobas
offices in Taranto, and in other places (using an aleathory form
which allows them to search and seize at their pleasure).

Searches are still going on. Police is seizing computers, archives,
and all of the stuff that hundreds of italian activists need for
their daily cultural and political activities.

Peru Supreme Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Lori Berenson

After months of delay, Peru's highest appeals court upheld the conviction
and 20-year sentence imposed against Lori last June 20. The five-judge
panel turned down her appeal that she was innocent of all charges and was
imprisoned solely for her beliefs. Dr. Sandoval, Lori's lawyer, had argued
that during the course of the civilian trial that commenced on August 28,
2000 there were numerous violations in fundamental due process and that no
evidence was presented nor did any witness testify that would warrant a
conviction. Dr. Sandoval said that the judges relied extensively on the
tainted evidence taken from other prisoners under duress and threats of
torture during the original 1995-6 military tribunals. Dr. Sandoval had
also pointed out that Chief Judge Ibazeta had prejudiced Lori two years
earlier but refused to recuse himself from the case and that the media, now
known to be corrupted by the discredited Fujimori-Montesinos regime, had
built up a strong negative public image of Lori that was impossible for her
to overcome and that there was never one moment where she was presumed
innocent requiring the State to prove guilt.

Press Statement by Rhoda and Mark Berenson

We are not surprised at the decision by the Peruvian Supreme Court and are
prepared to continue our efforts to bring Lori home. We remain convinced of
Lori's innocence and the decision of the Supreme Court today only indicates
that the Peruvian judiciary is still in need of reform. The anti-terrorism
laws under which Lori was convicted have been universally condemned and need
to be changed. Lori is but one of hundreds who wrongfully remain in
Peruvian prisons because of this injustice.

As to Lori's future, we remain optimistic. We believe in the strength of
the rule of law and we expect Lori to be released. First, we will call upon
President George W. Bush to right this wrong, to use his power under U.S.C.
22, Section 1732 and come to the rescue of a U.S. citizen who has been
wrongfully held in a foreign country. Second, we hope that the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American
States, which has had Lori's case under review for four years and which has
already publicly condemned the Peruvian laws under which she was tried, will
now be ready to call for Lori's release. And third, we call upon President
Alejandro Toledo to pardon Lori. She was a victim of the
Fujimori-Montesinos dictatorship that used her as a political pawn for their
personal gains. Given that Lori has already been held for more than six
years under extremely harsh conditions that have caused permanent damage to
her health, we ask him to pardon her immediately.

Website: Free Lori

Pushing Forward writes "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!!
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002

Political Prisoner Ali Khalid Abdullah Transferred
After Cell Search, Five Days After 6th Parole

***UPDATE: The International Campaign to Free Ali
Khalid Abdullah has learned that Ali may have been
transferred to the Kinross Correctional Facility
in Kincheloe, Michigan. CALL FOR PHONE SUPPORT

The International Campaign to Free Ali Khalid
Abdullah received word from Ali Tuesday night
(Feb. 12th) that he was to be transferred from Thumb
Correctional Facility in Lapeer, Michigan (where he
has been held captive for the last several years of
his 12 year imprisonment) to an unknown location. He
has told us that he will not be able to contact any of
us for the next several days until he is transferred
and his money (which isn't much) catches up to him.

Anonymous Comrade writes "There have been 2 firebombings of Pakistani run deli's and a shooting murder of a Yemeni deli worker over the past two months. This is in addition to scores of other harassment incidents that have not been reported officially but are shared among "brown" people on the island.

Staten Island has been a place that the far right has targeted for recruitment and developing bases. In the early 90's the local Staten Island Advance reported the establishment of a KKK chapter on the island. Since then there has been neo-nazi activity of the Aryan Nations, Aryan Brotherhood, USA Nationalist Party, just to name a few that I've heard of or run into. Staten Island of course is Giuliani country and Mafia country and cop country.

Derleyici from Otonomedya writes "Anarchists in Usak (a small city in Turkey) were arrested on the 1st of December, 2001. Their first trial was held on the 13th of February in Zmir State Security Courts.

The anarchists from the Usak Anarchist Autonom were arrested at a public demonstration against the current economic crisis. They were accused of "distributing illegal pamphlets" and "joining an illegal organization".

The anarchists were in held in prison until the 13th of February without given a trial. Their first trial in court was on this day. They were accused of violating the Article 7/2 of Anti-terror Laws ("making propaganda for an illegal organization"). One organization cited was the Anarchist Youth Federation (AYF), which is in the Anarchist Platform. The anarchists refused this accusation.

The court set one of the anarchists (Serkan) free due to insufficient evidence, but he is still going to be judged with the others who are still under arrest.

The next trial will be on 3th of April, 2002. We will keep on informing you.

Fuller information can be found at this website: otonomedya

Annia Ciezadlo writes "In the summer of 1996, the city forcibly evicted squatters from five
city-owned tenements on East 13th Street so they could be rehabilitated by a
responsible affordable housing developer.

But barely six years after the dramatic predawn eviction, featuring hundreds
of police officers in riot gear, ambulances, helicopters and an armored
vehicle, the five buildings are right back where they were when the
squatters first moved in: on the city's list of tax-delinquent properties.

Phuq Hedd writes "

Apparently the Swiss indymedia has had a lawsuit filed against it because of its Open Publishing policy of allowing all postings on the newswire, some of which are anti-Semitic.

This is reported on uk.indymedia in English, but the original German post is here and can be translated to something along the lines of:

[Note, that the site is available in French, German, Italian]


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