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News on Repression
Jun 4, 2009
The 10th June as International Day of Protest is still on. Please do
join in and hand in a petition to the Austrian embassador to your country asking for Austria to drop the case
against her animal activists. Visit
http://www.vgt.at/index_en.php to find out more.
moment there is an exhibition in castle landeck in
the tyrol by an artist, who was one of the 10 activist remand prisoners last
year. His arts exhibition deals with repression and with his time in prison.
Below is an update on what has been happening in the past week:
On 30th May, a theatre group played street theatre in the city of linz on
the topic of repression.
On Sunday 31st May, the minister of justice
(on sunday!) Phoned Greenpeace to ask them for an appointment together with
other ngos, which are not accused, to talk about the threat for them of
§278a. The minister wants to know why Greenpeace and others feel threatened.
On Tuesday 2nd June, the prime political weekly published another very
positive article on the case, saying that the minister is softening up and
that there is the possibility that the case may be dropped.
2nd June also saw a flashmob action on a major highstreet in Vienna. About
30 people put tape on their mouths with "§278a" written on it and walked up
and down the highstreet in silence.
Also on that day, a meeting with
a very prominent Austrian TV talkmaster took place, where she agreed to go
public in support of the activists. The statement ist being prepared.
Wednesday 3rd June there was another flashmob in the museumaquarters in
Vienna during the opening of an exhibition, where also a minister was
present. Again 30 activists put tapes on their mouths and stopped dead in
their tracks while others held up placards and one person explained the
action using a megaphone.
Wednesday evening, there was a panel debate
at one of the universities of Vienna. Martin Balluch spoke on the final
police reports and Sabine Koch spoke on her experience in prison and a
spokesperson of the initiative against section 278 mentioned the wider
picture of this case.