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§278a: Trial Against Animal Rights Activists in Austria -- Solidarity Worldwide

solidarity for freedom | 02.03.2010 09:31 | Animal Liberation | Repression | Terror War | World

On May 21, 2008 the repression against animal rights activists reached a new high: numerous raids, 10 arrests and three and a half months of pre-trial detention. There were numerous solidarity actions, yet the investigations into the activists continued. Starting on March 2, 2010 thirteen activists will stand trial in Wiener Neustadt in Lower Austria. They are charged with Forming/Being Members of a Criminal Organisation according to §278a of the Austrian Penal Code. Thereby they all face 6 months to 5 years jail time.

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Around the opening day of the trial there are actions planned to support the defendants. On the one hand the actions focus on direct solidarity, on the other hand they protest against a political tendency towards surveilling and eventually criminalising revolutionary and critical structures. The actions were kicked off by 800 activists with a protest on Saturday, February 27, 2010 in Vienna. There is a call out for a global day of action on the opening trial date, March 2. Further actions are expected during the (minimum) 32 trial dates in Wiener Neustadt.

Links: Newsticker March 2nd, 2010 (de) Feature in german (de) main solidarity page (de/en) The Story So Far Court Dates The Trial〈=en Background Knowledge to §278a of the Austrian Penal Code〈=en International Repression Solidarity Actions Downloads solidarity page from germany

Call for global action day on March 2, 1010: Globaler Aktionstag gegen Repression Global day of action against state repression Всемирный день акций против репрессий Día de Acción Global contra Represión Journée globale d’action contre la répression

Demonstration on February 27th, 2010: report photos video (de)

Background Information from 2008 - arrestations and solidarity: english german español Ελληνικά polski

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