Terror charges brought against 5 anarchists comrades in Denmark

Posted on August 20, 2011

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Today, after four months of imprisonment we finally heard the charges against our friends and comrades in the city court. The five who were arrested the 26th of April 2011 have been officially accused of carrying out a number of arson attacks against two fur companies, the headquarters of Nordea bank (the second largest bank in Denmark), the central police station, the Greek embassy, a police school, and a number of other banks in Copenhagen. While some of these charges were expected based on previous police statements, the worst news came when the severity of their charges were increased from simple acts of arson to official terrorism charges under the Danish terror laws passed in 2002. The five are being accused of attempting to destabilize the Danish state and police through these supposed attacks.

Terror charges brought against 5 comrades in Denmark

Arson attacks to destabilize the state

Today, after four months of imprisonment we finally heard the charges against our friends and comrades in the city court. The five who were arrested the 26th of April 2011 have been officially accused of carrying out a number of arson attacks against two fur companies, the headquarters of Nordea bank (the second largest bank in Denmark), the central police station, the Greek embassy, a police school, and a number of other banks in Copenhagen. While some of these charges were expected based on previous police statements, the worst news came when the severity of their charges were increased from simple acts of arson to official terrorism charges under the Danish terror laws passed in 2002. The five are being accused of attempting to destabilize the Danish state and police through these supposed attacks. They have also been charged with attempted arson and attacks (which were supposedly never carried out due to their incarceration) against the parliament building, the queen’s royal guard, the judicial building, and a fundamentalist christian sect responsible for the eviction of the youth house in Copenhagen in 2007. The absurdity of these final charges emphasize the ridiculousness of the whole case and show that the police are using the case as a political tool. Recent research by antifascist groups in Denmark has uncovered a secret extreme right wing group which has many ties to police, the government, nazi parties, as well as fascist hooligan groups. The police are fabricating this ‘left terrorist’ group to distract the public from these recent findings, and to scare them in advance of upcoming national elections. The five continue to profess their innocence for all of the charges, especially the most recent and ridiculous allegations.

As anarchists opposed to both prisons and the state, we support our comrades and friends as they struggle against the state. Because we have not been able to talk to them freely since they have been imprisoned, and they have been kept from making public statements, we stand behind them in their denial of responsibility for these actions, while at the same time supporting the actions themselves as valid methods of resistance. Regardless of their guilt or innocence in the eyes of the state, they have been forced into this conflict with the state and are fighting for their freedom. We are calling out for direct international solidarity with the prisoners.

After the results of the court hearing today, the prisoners will remain in custody for at least the next month, and possibly until their trials. Their names are being kept out of print at the request of their lawyers, but know that they are comrades and friends of many people struggling in Copenhagen. You can write them letters by sending email to solidaritetshilsner@gmail.com, and it will be printed and passed on to one of the five. Their mail is being controlled along with their visits, so everything will be read by the police. All of the prisoners speak good english and danish. As well, all expressions of solidarity are welcome. No one is forgotten in the struggle against capitalism and the state!

Some anarchists in Copenhagen

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