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Statement - Torun alterglobalists + UA

Torun alterglobalists | 19.04.2004 23:52 | May Day 2004 | Globalisation | Repression

statement by Torun alterglobalists regarding systematic
police scare tactics; urgent support action requested from

Statement - Torun

As representatives of anarchist and libertarian groups in
Torun (, we would like
to express our unease at the actions of the Bydgoszcz
District Police Command whose aim is the surveillance of
the Torun alterglobalist community with regards to the
28-40 April protests against the European Economic Forum
in Warsaw. The methods used by the police (including
visits to private homes without warrants, attempts to
engage in "private" contacts with participants in the
movement, psychological pressure exerted on third parties)
are a threat to the fundamental democratic right to free
expression of one's point of view and free speech. If this
type of police action were to escalate, then the
alterglobalist community of Torun and the whole
Kujawsko-Pomorska district would be interested in the
situation and in reports by colleagues in the Helsinki
Foundation for Human Rights (

Alterglobalist groups, Torun

email: partizan79 at
tel: +48 603 248 845 (after 16:00 GMT+2)

Please send polite but carefully worded emails to the
local politicians and corporate media organisations below,
* [to both] expressing your discomfort at the fact that
the Kujawkso-Pomorska police are returning to systematic
scare tactics against independent political groups in
Poland just as they did during the Communist epoch
* [to politicians] requesting political leaders to
guarantee that this systematic scare campaign ceases
immediately and that a public apology is made to the Torun
alterglobalist community
* [to corporate media] expressing the hope that the media
will expose these systematic human rights violations

Michal Zaleski, Mayor of Torun
fax: +48.56.622.1670

Jozef Jaworski, Chair of Torun City Council
fax: +48.56.611.8688


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