ABC Belarus has set up a fundraiser to support anarchists in their struggle against the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Below, Freedom publishes their callout for donations.
For over three months, people in Belarus have been fighting against the authoritarian regime. In 26 years, dictator Lukashenko has built a system aimed at suppressing any political life. The coronavirus and a number of economic problems have greatly changed what is happening in the country. In a few months, Belarusians have learned to self-organize. The presidential elections provoked a wave of the largest protest in the country’s history! But the tyrant does not want to give up his throne. At least 5 people were killed (some died under strange circumstances). Thousands of people were beaten and disabled by the violence of the police. More than 15 thousand have been detained and sentenced on administrative cases. More than 500 criminal cases have been initiated. At least 200 people are awaiting trial in the pre-trial detention center (including at least four anarchists and four anti-fascists).
Since the first days of the uprising, anarchists have been actively participating in street demonstrations and various initiatives in their places of residence. Activists are agitating for self-organization and decentralized protest. Some organized a partisan group. The determination and persistency of anarchist movement of the country has made us one of the most organized political forces in the fight against the dictatorship.
But the anarchists are not ignored by repressive structures as well. Because of the problems, some of our comrades were forced to go underground and quit their jobs. Left without the means to exist and their place of residence, they now live solely on the solidarity of their comrades! With resources scarse we are forced to callour comrades and friends outside of the country for the support. The money for many things are quite urgent and we would appreciate every contribution from small to big!
For today, constant help is needed with:
- payment for safe housing, rent of meeting rooms and other infrastructure;
- purchase of protest equipment (megaphones, walkie-talkies, personal equipment, medical kits, etc.),
- printing leaflets/stickers/pamphlets,
- supporting those who now live in the underground and cannot earn money,
- support for activists who have survived violence by the Belarusian state.
To make it clear, this is not the campaign to support legal costs and lawyer fees. For this specific type of contribution, you should donate to ABC-Belarus directly via abc-belarus.org
Photo: Women’s March against Lukashenko regime, Minsk, 29th August, by