Berlin: Counter-information event for Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger

Freedom and happiness for Sonja and Christian, who were delivered from France, after 33 years in exile, to the German justice and may be put on trial in 2012 before the Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main due to actions of the Revolutionary Cells (Revolutionäre Zellen, RZ) from 1977 —against nuclear companies, Apartheid and urban renewal. Sonia is 79-years-old and currently imprisoned; Christian is 70 and ‘free’ under restrictive conditions. Both have denied any cooperation with the so-called State Security.* The charges are based on the one hand on forced ‘testimonies’ of a seriously injured person, who was under drug influence at the time, on the other hand on a key witness, who was already years ago legally classified as untrustworthy. He remembered after 24 years that Sonja may have known of the action against the oil ministers’ conference at OPEC headquarters in 1975.

The whole case is a judicial scandal, as is typical in any prosecution against left activists.

March 29th, 2012, at 19.30 (MEZ, local time), in SO36 concert hall in Kreuzberg, Berlin

* In German: Staatsschutz. Police departments have separate Staatsschutz sections within the criminal investigation agency Kriminalpolizei (or Kripo, existing from Nazi-era) to investigate ‘politically motivated crime’. When intelligence agencies request police or judicial measures against people, they hand the matter over to the Kripo state security (Staatsschutz) officers, the public prosecutors and the courts.

Solidarity event in downtown Athens

On March 17th, 2012, in the self-managed café of Skaramaga squat, anarchists from the western neighbourhoods of Athens and Piraeus, who also participate in this squatting project, held an event in solidarity with Sonja, aged 79, and Christian, aged 70. During the evening, the background of the ongoing prosecution against the two was discussed, as well as the international solidarity campaign for their case. The film ‘Zeiten des Zorns/Times of Wrath’ (Berlin 2001) was also screened, which is essentially a recording of an event with Klaus Viehmann (former Bewegung 2. Juni/Movement 2 June) and Stefan Wisniewski (former RAF) on Revolutionary Cells as well as Red Zora/Rote Zora. In addition to the subtitling of the documentary in Greek, counter-informative texts and a brochure about the Revolutionary Cells and Red Zora were available in the context of the international call for solidarity with Sonja and Christian, who have been prosecuted for whole decades. The event was attended by more than 100 people.

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