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Message to the international animal rights movement regarding my hunger strike on my 43rd day of incarceration
I suppose you will know by now that 43 days ago, Austrian police undertook 28 armed raids on homes of animal rights activist and on offices of 7 animal rights groups all over Austria . 10 people were put on remand, and still are, one of them being me. Because these police actions were completely out of any proportion and no well – founded reasons for the raids and arrests were forthcoming, I immediately went on hunger strike. I used my last means of protest against this unbelievable level of police terror and state repression.
Initially, I had no access to fruit juice or sugared tea, and then only after days of no food or drink other than water, I felt already nauseous and weak. I had to move slowly to avoid a blackout. After a week on hunger strike I was given sugar and fruit juices, which I chose to drink. The prison doctor did warn me that a water only hunger strike very rapidly leads to brain function impairment. As I need my brains to defend myself and to show these terrorists for what they are I chose to drink juice.
I still lost weight very rapidly, about 1.5 kg a day. On my 13th day of the hunger strike – I was down 18kg by then – I was moved to the hospital wing of the prison. Actually, I was moved from Wiener Neustadt prison to the one where I am now in Vienna because this prison has a hospital wing.
On the 15th day of my hunger strike I passed out for the first time. From then onwards, I would have to stay in bed.
Since on day 17 I was to be put before a judge to decide whether my prison stay was to be extended, I ate 2 pieces of fruit and a muesli bar in the morning, so that I could travel. I immediately felt a lot better. But the court appearance was a farce. The judge had her decision ready before I entered the court room, and – contrary to the law – she did not allow me to give a statement to my defence. Indeed, till today, neither police nor prosecutor nor the judge have questioned me at all or given me the opportunity to give a statement, although my solicitors have been requesting this for weeks!
After the court, I was moved back to the prison hospital and resumed hunger strike. Over the next days I felt a lot stronger, although I had only eaten once and such a little bit, but from day 22 onwards, my state of health deteriorated.
On the 25, authorities started to force feed me. I allowed them to do that without physical resistance.
The force feeding prevented me from dying. However, it does not stop the deterioration of my health, it only slows the process down. Doctors informed me that they did not have proper vegan food to force feed me with.
On day 36 I reached a new low point, which gave me near death experiences. I had this strong impression of being suspend above a complete void. I was about to fall into it. I pictured my situation as being up to the neck in a crevice, standing on such thin ice that could not hold my weight much longer. I could not get out anymore by myself.
My solicitor had appealed the outrageous decision of the judge and I was asked by him to give a statement to support my case. I needed to concentrate. Also, in a few days I have my second court appearance, which would have been impossible in my state. So, on day 39 I decided to try and bring some strength back into my body by eating a little. Since I was still on hunger strike, I was given no food into my cell at the hospital wing. I managed to take a little orange from the hospital kitchen bin, and I tried to eat it. It was terrible. I just couldn’t. I could not swallow properly – I just sucked on it – and I got unbelievable stomach pains and had diarrhoea.
I asked to speak to the chief doctor of the hospital wing.
Incidentally, this guy is a paid up member of our animal rights group! He said to me that now he is a criminal too – because he is funding a criminal organisation. And he supported me. If I was to defend myself and appear in court, I needed to get back to health at least somewhat. We set up a plan, and from day 40 onwards, I had a little ground up fruit and porridge with soya milk.
What a strange feeling to have food in my mouth after such a long time! And one little spoon full of porridge filled up my stomach completely. Apparently, it had shrunk to the size of a pea. In any case, I am at the movement slowly moving back to being alive. I still cannot eat much at all. I am also not hungry. And I have not been on a toilet for 43 days and still have 24kg less body weight than before my arrest. My hunger strike has not ended yet, though. I will go to court and defend myself. If the new judge and the appeal court both decide to keep me in prison, I will have to make a decision. Either I will stop my hunger strike, or I will resume it and drink water only.
Nothing inbetween anymore. In the latter case I will actively refuse being forcibly fed too, as long as I am able to. Those responsible for this police terror shall face the consequences. The prosecution and police have produced absolutely no evidence against me whatsoever, although they had agents in our group and listened to all my phone calls, read all my mails, filmed the entrance of my home and followed me around. So they tried to fabricate evidence. They went to a person, who they know had animosities against me, and tried to push him to say that I am likely to have committed arson. He has gone public with that and revealed how police have tried to influence him and put words in his mouth.
Police also made up an arson attack and tried to blame it on me. Although their own expert found no evidence of arson, but rather that it was an accident with a poorly insulated oven, and that the owner indeed had been careless. Police fabricated an animal rights communiqué claiming responsibility for the arson. In addition, police shifted the date of accident to 2 days later, in order to blame it on me, since I was indeed 2 days later in the region!
What is happening here to me and the other activists imprisoned, is a violent crime of extreme proportions. I ask you to keep putting pressure on Austria and its government in whatever way you can. The case is crumbling, there are signs of this all over the place.
Senior prosecutors have already admitted that there is no concrete evidence and that the police raids were unlawful. They still insist on keeping us on remand, because by our mere (legal!) activism we prove to be companions in crime of ALF activists, and hence all form a huge criminal organisation – even if we don’t know each other! Police and prosecutors are trying to hold out as long as they can. Let us pull together and push them over the cliff. They must be publicly shown to be the criminals they are. And they must be prosecuted themselves for what they have done!
Martin Balluch, political prisoner, cell 75 / 05 hospital wing of JA Wien – Josefstadt, on the 2nd July 2008
Jeste, mineva 14 let od hrabrega trenutka naše novejše zgodovine. Pozabite na histerijo v osemdesetih, punk je očitno bil le igrišče novih oblastnikov; pozabite na 1987 in famozno 57. številko Nove revije, ki je napovedovala miselni in nacionalni okvir novih oblastnikov; pozabite na 1991, ko so ti dokončno prišli na prizorišče, pozabite na 1992, ko so omenjeni še polni obljub, pozabite na 1993, ko so obljube že kazale svoj pravi obraz in je tranzicija odprla zasebne bančne račune... Če že potrebujete mejnik, si izberite 1994, takrat so jurišni oddelki AGD Gustaf in Društva prijateljev delfinov ter posamezniki zasedli kompleks bivše vojaške Pekarne. V zasedbi ni nič mitskega. Dan prej so enostavno namestili svojo obešanko in si potem odklenili vrata. Vse ostalo je zgodovina. Mesto je medtem pokleknilo pred nesposobnostjo menedžerjev in, glej kakšno naključje!, sposobnostjo privatnega kapitala, da si nekdanjo družbeno lastnino prilasti po najnižji ceni. Kultura se je zlizala s kapitalom, njene izpostave so postale zastopniki reda, ki ga živimo. Umetnost je vendar lepa. In urejena. In pospravljena v galerijske prostore. Še najraje uvožena, ker sledi trendom. In sledi razpisom. In sledi kapitalu. In dobila je še novega mecena, ki v obupnem iskanju, da bi pridobil skupno identiteto pod slogani medkulturnosti in ustvarjalnosti nadeva uzde ustvarjanju. EU! Napredek in identiteta, ki svojo kreativnost prevajata v kriterije storilnosti, odzivnosti in uspešnosti. Od kdaj je umetnost proizvodno naravnana, odzivna, uspešna? Od nekdaj, drži. Zato smo tukaj. Ker ji ne zaupamo! Ker ustvarjamo, se družimo, prirejamo, namigujemo, tresemo, aplaudiramo in veseljačimo zaradi življenja samega! Ker verjamemo, da potrebujemo nove načine bivanja, ne pa novo produkcijo, ki bo označena za kulturo, umetnost, avantgardo, glasbo, že kaj, kar se da imenovati – zamejiti – prodati. Ker zasedamo prostor, ki ga osvobajamo izkoriščevalskih prvin, ki so nam zapisane v telesa – od smislov, ki so nam zarinjeni v možgane, od nebrzdanih teženj privatnega kapitala... enostavno od porabništva svega in svačega, ki vse omenjeno povezuje. Tukaj smo, ker verjamemo, da je osvobajanje proces, prekleto dolg proces. In svoboda je utopija le zato, ker še iščemo sredstva, da bi jo dosegli.
Verjamemo, da je drugačen način ustvarjanja in bivanja ne le mogoč, temveč nujen!
ZATO DOBRODOŠLI V KULTURNEM, MLADINSKEM IN SOCIALNEM CENTRU PEKARNA! PRAZNUJEMO 14. OBLETNICO DELOVANJA!
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Pekarna je odprt prostor, ki temelji na skupnosti, solidarnosti, sodelovanju, samoorganiziranosti in avtonomiji. V njej delujejo različni posamezniki in kolektivi.
Tukaj lahko kvalitetno preživljate svoj prosti čas in ga nadgradite z novimi izkušnjami, znanjem, prijateljstvom, kreativnostjo in originalnostjo.
V naši sredini ne toleriramo seksizma, rasizma, izključevanja, nasilja in idiotizma.
S tem, ko vstopate na teritorij kompleksa Pekarne, prevzemate del odgovornosti do tega prostora, skupnosti in ljudi, ki v Pekarni ustvarjajo.
Pekarna ni samo prostor. Pekarna smo ljudje, skupnost in način zavedanja.