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Operation Fenix, police infiltration and possibly fabricated case
Recently, in April 2015, Police of the Czech Republic commenced an operation against the anarchist, anti-authoritarian and animal liberation movement. This operation is known and called Operation Fenix (Phoenix). During the initial stage many individuals have been questioned and interrogated, some arrested and several places raided. Police confiscated servers, computers, flash drives, cameras, mobile phones and other digital devices or data carriers. So far we do not know to what extend the operation goes and how many people are being monitored and what the intentions of the police are. On a number of occasions the police fabricated or purposely concealed important facts in order to obtain permission to search different properties and arrest people. Read more here.
The closest media attention has so far focused on the affair of “far left terrorism.” From the original 11 detainees, three individuals remain in custody where they await trial. Petr and Martin are accused of “conspiracy to plan a terrorist attack” and Ales with the offense for illegal arms possession.
Today we know that the entire “action” to attack the train, which the police claimed to prevent by arresting Petr, Martin and two other people (currently investigated without detention), was scheduled and co-planned by (at least) two undercover operatives. Specifically trained undercover police officers infiltrated a group of people and gained their trust to obtain information. After a while, when surveillance of their new “friends” was established, they began to talk more about the necessity of actions more militant in nature and they actively participated in the preparation of such a plan.
Martin’s lawyer mentioned in an interview:
“My defendant considers the whole case as the result of police provocation and he had no intention whatsoever to plan or carry out a terrorist attack. As he stated, if he would not have met the undercover police agents he would most likely never have gotten into the current troubles.”
It was the police themselves who invented the whole event. Without their initiative, the whole affair would not even exist. The aim of the police was most likely to discredit, intimidate and divide the entire anarchist movement and to collect as much information about the groups, activities and individuals as possible.
More about police infiltration https://antifenix.noblogs.org/post/2015/07/01/the-czech-undercover-police-agents-reveald/ and https://antifenix.noblogs.org/post/2015/06/22/the-crimethinc-ex-workers-collective-podcast-17-conspiracy-state-repression-strategies-and-anarchist-resistance/
New accusations: Fenix 2 is spinning up
It was quite clear, that releasing Lukáš Borl from the prison doesn’t mean the end of another continuing of Fenix operation. More precisely Fenix 2 (The case of Lukas Borl). One of the charges brought against Lukáš is establishing, supporting and spreading a movement leading to suppressing human rights and freedoms. But the police will have kind of a hard time to prove existence of a group, where ther is only one person. Even for terrorism are needed at least three people, every newbie at the police academy knows that. And members of police units are not counted as part of the group! And so genius idea was born and it was clear that at least the second episode of Fenix needs a better reputation. After “unbiased“ judge in Fenix 1 ( the entrapment case where five anarchist facing charges for a “terrorist attack” against the train with military equipment in a state of preparation), who worked 13 years for ÚOOZ (the same unit who infiltrated and later arrested the group), would love to shoot refugees, hates Roma people and very probably women too, and after embarrassing apology from the Ministry of injustice to Igor after Igor was found “innocent” by the supreme court two weeks ago (doesn’t mean much, he still faces the deportation procedure), would policemen look like total losers if they kept claiming that Borl supports movement consisting of himself.
So the police shifted up a gear and came up with a plan. Into Fenix 2 were added four more people. On June 9th the police launched a prosecution against 3 aanarchists and one environmental firebrand, all charged with 16 felonies in total. Those 68 pages of accusation almost sound like a stupid joke if we consider that charges are based on who may wrote what on the internet some years ago, what kind of literature was kept at home or what does he thinks. But unfortunately we know that this is only another repression from the police and those five fellow troublemakers persecuted in Fenix 2 (Lukáš plus four new ones) face bullying, have to search for lawyers and can end up in jail and that’s where the “fun” stops.
We are actually not kidding at all. After sentence in Aachen, few days ago, against anarchist who was sentenced to 7,5 years, are these accusations showing again and again that any kind of apology from the ministry of justice (as they just sent to Igor) is only a strategic move to legitimize another repression, control and bully. But no state will ever get our legitimacy.
In solidarity with the accused in Felix 1 and Fenix 2, Igor, Warsaw Three,
anarchist sentenced in Aachen and all the other rebels behind the bars. With desire for freedom in our hearts.
We call for support of all three defendants.
The possibilities are many, even small groups can organize a successful event:
- Tell people about the case: There’s a lot of misinformation being spread about theFenix. The police and the media have worked hard to establish a narrativein which anarchists set out to destroy anything and attack if not try to kill people and the police quickly snatched up terorrists in the process of planning attack. This story is grounded in the interests of the authorities, not in reality. This narrative must be dispelled before the Fenix 4 come to trial to prevent similar repression in the future.
- Distribute this and other support material: Plenty of support material is avail-able, including this and other flyers, awesome T-shirts and so on. You can set up a table at your next event, distro at social spaces and community centers like our comrades did in Stockholm, Edinburgh and Dresden. Or pass them on to friends and neighbors. Support material can be found at antifenix.noblogs.org or by reaching antifenix@ riseup.net.
- Donate: This is unfortunately only the beginning of a very long and expensive legal battle. Funds are still needed for lawyer and court fees as well as other legal expenses and for vegan food.Donations, benefits, and fund raising efforts are both desperately needed and immensely appreciated. Bank details: 8760190237/0100, IBAN: CZ98 0100 0000 0087 6019 0237
Swift code: KOMBCZPPXXX (KOMBCZPP)
- If possible you can organize solidarity protests such as those organized by Solidarity Group in St. Petersburg.
- Abroad, you can apply political pressure on the Czech embassy as our friends in Edinburgh have.
- You can disseminate information and a link it to ANTIFENIX.noblogs.org or support any of the scheduled events with your presence, spread informations or distribute materials.
- Support can also be expressed through creative actions or good old benefit concerts, skate sessions, graffiti, banners, squatting, composing songs. All power to the imagination. Creativity has no limits, same as our will to help. However, think about what sort of events/actions to choose so you are not making the situation worse.
Almost anything can be directed against the repression and to support imprisoned comrades. As Peter mentioned in his letter:
My greatest and most fervent desire is that you stay the way you are, and don’t get intimidated. My lifelong motto was always to have faith in people and my imprisonment only confirms it to the greater extent. Even here between prisoners and guards, so much the desire for real freedom can be found.
Take care and thank you.
With a fraternal embrace of Peter S. “
In addition to theoretical, informative and communication activities we also organize regular coordination of support and solidarity correspondence with prisoners. The letters are essential for prisoners contact with the outside world from which they were isolated. If it is not possible for you to attend events organized in the Czech Republic, or organize a writing to prisoners event, but you want to write to imprisoned comrades there are are several ways to do it. You can:
Send a letter via email to antifenix (at) riseup.net and we will forward for you.
Send an email requesting the address where to send a letter.
Downloadable guide on how to write letters to prisoners is available at AntiFénix website and we recommend reading it first before sending an actual letter.
A few people with whistles or loud shouting spontaneously passing by the walls of the prison can deliver a lot of strength and energy to the prisoners. Although individuals may not hear anything, the information about the event will usually find its way. It is possible that their conditions may be aggravated, but all three warmly welcome such a visit.
Solidarity is our true weapon
With appeal to the presumption of innocence we would like to point out that the forces prosecuting and arresting people are in paradoxically non-compliance with laws (with which we do not agree, and it is beyond our control to change it) and we would like to clear Martin, Peter, Ales and I. from a lot of lies that have been written about them. In our eyes, all three remain friends, comrades, or at least people deserving much support, even in the case of loosing and conviction.
Convicted and imprisoned for the action they never carried out and which was most likely the result of coordinated undercover police work. Convicted in another ‘witch’ hunt, where the same fate could befall to any of us. Convicted for expressing disagreement with domination and inequality.
The functioning and necessity of a prison does not have our support and legitimacy regardless of whether the “Fenix four” are found guilty or not.
Solidarity is for us, as anti-authoritarian-minded individuals, the basic idea and also one of the most powerful initiators, because it is impossible to destroy it with just physical strength.
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