Statement of support for ASI comrades in Belgrade


On September the 4th, five* political activists were arrested in Belgrade on trumped up charges. The five, Tadej Kurepa, Ivan Vulović, Sanja Dojkić, Ratibor Trivunac and Nikola Mitrović, are activists in or associates of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative (ASI), the Serbian section of the International Workers’ Association (IWA). (* The sixth person sought by police, Ivan Savić, was also arrested some days later.)

The arrests are allegedly related to a direct action which took place at the Greek Embassy on Aug. 25. Negligible damage was done; a crack in one window, a tiny burn mark on the facade and a circled A graffiti on the embassy as an act of symbolic solidarity with Thodoros Iliopoulos. The prosecutor however imagines this as an act of “international terrorism” and would like to charge our comrades with such. If the state allows such charges to be pressed, they could be facing 3-15 years in prison.

Since then activists were held in prison waiting for the trial. The phones of other activists are being tapped at this moment and some of the associates of ASI are followed by the police 12h per day. During last 25 days numerous protests took place all over the world.

The coalition of anarchist movements of Budapest against the political repression demands immediate release of the imprisoned comrades from Belgrade. With this act of support for the anarcho-syndicalists, we are clearly stating:

The imprisonment of one comrade is the imprisonment of us all!

STOP THE REPRESSION! Budapest, 29.09.2009