CALL FOR AN INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF SOLIDARITY ACTIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE IMPRISONED MIGRANTS FROM HARMANLI
On 24th of April, 2018 was the first hearing against 21 arrested migrants accused of participation in a violent riot in the so-called „open camp“ of Harmanli, in 2016. The riot broke out when the camp was put under unlawful quarantine after pressure from the far right’s anti-immigrant propaganda. 21 Afghani people were sent to court despite clear evidence of police brutality and of random mass beatings after the riot. No police was investigated.
The next hearing will be on the 5th of June, 2018 at the Regional court in Harmanli.
- We are planning a week of local actions in solidarity with the Harmanli 21 until the new date of the trial.
- We call for solidarity actions in front of each Bulgarian embassy or consulate, demanding the immediate еnding of the trial, release of the 21 migrants and investigation of the police brutality against the people in the camp.
The 21 migrants continue to be held in the detention centre of Lyubimets, facing the threat of deportation back to Afghanistan or of prison sentence in Bulgaria. The whole trial is totally absent in most of the media and society in general. We believe that only pressure from inside and outside can help put this trial out in the public eye, especially in these last 2 months of Bulgarian presidency of the EU council.
The week of actions is from Monday, 28th of May to Tuesday, 5th of June, 2018.
Apart from that you can help by starting campaigns in your countries and cities in order to inform your local society about the Harmanly 21 case.
Only united we can resist the brutality of the Bulgarian state and of „Fortress Europe“!
SOLIDARITY, JUSTICE AND FREEDOM FOR THE HARMANLI 21!
Antifa Sofia and comrades