Indonesia: Update on the Anarchist Prisoners in Yogyakarta
«Prison is a milestone in the revolutionaries’ path towards freedom. It’s an intermediary stop, but not the end» – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
As of May 1st, 2018 to today (July 4th, 2018), the anarchist prisoners in Yogyakarta have still not faced court proceedings. Information received is that the anarchist prisoners should have been transferred to Cebongan Prison in Sleman on June 29th, 2018, as the prosecutor’s office has been holding them in Yogyakarta police station since May 1st for the investigation process. However, the planned transfer was cancelled and the period of detention at Yogyakarta police station has been extended until July 30th, 2018 on the grounds of further investigation. We believe that the extended investigation process is due to this case being politicized, it’s evident by the many opinions that appear on the surface that the May 1st action was an act of opposition against the government.
As for the condition of the anarchist prisoners of Yogyakarta, one of them, Brian Valentino (UCIL) was taken to hospital due to suffering shortness of breath and stomach problems. Ucil is still recovering now, but he remains in good spirits and is always spreading laughter to other prisoners. As for the other anarchist prisoners, they are all in good health both physically and psychologically, however we know the pressure they are under from various parties, especially the police and the state.
We will continue to provide information on the situation of the anarchist prisoners and the progress of the case. Thank you to all the friends who have shown solidarity for the anarchist prisoners of Yogyakarta.
«Unfortunately the dream we carry in our hearts is too great to avoid the risk of finding ourselves up against the monstrous wall of authority raised in defense of the state and capital» -Nicola Gai
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