Sunday, June 08, 2008

The following notice is from the Asian Anarchist Network, an online board for anarchists in or interested in anarchist events in Asia. It concerns the pre-emptive strikes that the Japanese police are making against activists in that country in preparation for the G8 conference coming up this month. Read it and give what solidarity you can. Molly would also like to note in passing about how the ABC in Asia (and eastern Europe for that matter) is true to its presumed original function ie supporting anarchists who have run afoul of the law for political reasons. This is in stark contrast to the situation in North America where the vast majority of the efforts are directed either to Maoist and nationalist criminals or those of these groups who have made a "jail-house conversion" to anarchism (about as much to be trusted as a jail-house conversion to Jesus-there is no greater concentration of "born-again Christians" than in maximum security-can we say "parole board"). The situation in western Europe is mixed, and has been the matter of much debate there where the American concept of "political correctness" is less overwhelming than here. Molly wants to state here and now that anarchist prison solidarity should be restricted to either anarchists who are not guilty of childish attempts at terrorism (leave that field to the Islamists where it belongs) and legitimate ordinary people of whatever political persuasion who are struggling against the ruling class of their country without trying to become a new ruling class ie no commies- who are never "ordinary people" anyways.
But enough of the rant. Here's the notice.

Anarchist in Kansai area (West Japan) arrested (Rebel-Jill)‏
Tabi Rounin, better known as 'Rebel_Jill' has been detained by police on minor charges in the run-up to the G8 in Japan, as the police attempt to investigate his international connections and disrupt his revolutionary activities. This is a known tactic of the Japanese political police, see here for more information about this tactic and an interview with Tabi:
Interview with Comrade 'M
Interview with Rebel-Jil
No Justice, No Peace - Fight the Police
----------(From Osaka ABC)---------
We denounce the arrest of our comrade, Tabi Rounin! Release him now!
On the morning of June 4th, 2008, comrade Tabi Rounin, a squatter liberation activist, was arrested on the charge of "Illegal Address Registration" (in other words, living somewhere he is not registered to live at). His house was searched and more than 14 items were taken including his computer, his phone, resume and fliers. Clearly searching someone's house simply because their address is still registered at their parents' house goes beyond simple police work.
This is pre-emptive repression with one eye towards the economic summit being held on June 14th and 15th. He is currently being held in Koriyama police station in Nara prefecture and in 5 days will be put in front of the judge. There are hundreds of people every year who have their IDs registered to their family's residence. To be arrested on 'Illegal Address Registration' is unheard of beyond political repression.
Tabi Rounin had stopped his activity within Osaka city, where the high class apartment buildings of the rich stretch on for miles, and had been active around the working class cities and suburbs around Osaka and Kawachi, connecting to squatters with no organized political presence or assistance, connecting to foreigners working for low wages in factories around his area. He is a working class revolutionary from the roots who fought an isolated battle. There are many anarchists overseas who have found sympathy with his selfless style of activity.
We fiercely protest this repression against the movement that we have helped build! Police, release Tabi Rounin immediately!
June 6th, Anarchist Black Cross Osaka
We are requesting contributions for Tabi Rounin's early parole.
Please send contributions to the address below.
We also would appreciate support packages.
Osaka city, Kita-ku Nakazakichou 3-3-1-401
Jiyuu Roudousha Rengou Kizuke]
Anarchist Black Cross

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