Solidarity is Our Weapon!
Since 24 February 2022, the eyes of the world have been focused on Ukraine and the ongoing war initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. For many anarchists, this has meant supporting our comrades engaging in frontline mutual aid and active defense to protect themselves and their communities. Their praxis is worthy of our admiration and wherever necessary---our emulation.
But the Anarchist and Antifascist Territorial Defense Brigade isn't composed solely of Ukrainians but also Belarusians, Russians, and people from the Baltic States and other parts of Eastern Europe.
Why? Because they understand that the fight for the freedom of Ukraine's Anarchists is the same as the fight for their own. Because solidarity is our weapon. It is our sword and our shield against the repression and persecution of the Putin or Lukashenko regimes and against the daily misery wrought by western imperial capitalism.
In Belarus itself, our comrades have been at the forefront of the movement against the Lukashenko dictatorship. And now, more than ever, imprisoned Belarusian Anarchists need our solidarity.
The Anarchist Black Cross Belarus is coordinating the payment of legal fees and sending food packages (prison food is inedible) to our imprisoned comrades. However, the failure of their crowdfunding campaign to cover legal expenses means that they are rapidly running out of options to cover these costs.
For that reason, we have created the page edist.ro/solidarity to collect information on how to help support the ABC-Belarus, Operation Solidarity's frontline mutual aid for displaced Ukrainians and our comrades fighting the Russian invasion, and the ABC-Dresden, which has played a critical role supporting Ukrainian refugees in Germany and in coordinating supplies to those who need it most in Ukraine.
For their freedom and ours!