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International Days Of Struggle Against Isolation

29. November 2003

19-21 December, Florence, Italy

19-20 December 2003: Symposium
21 December 2003: cultural event

PROGRAM OF THE SYMPOSIUM

TOPICS

Political prisonership and the prison resistance:

– historical reasons, strategic meaning, position of the class struggle (the national and people´s liberation struggles and social struggles)

The reasons or pretexts for the isolation practice:

– treatment (practices of rules of behaviour), rehabilitation demagogies, political pressure, destruction of oppositional identity

Practices in the isolation prisons:

– practice and experiences from the F-Types (Turkey), Control Units (USA), FIES (Spain), QHS (France), Stammheim (Germany), Greece, Italy, Spain and other countries.

The national and international aspects of the prison resistances:

– from the method of the middle age dungeons to the recent globalisation of isolation prisons, isolation politics after the 11th September (the fight against terrorism demagogies and black lists), from the F-Types to Guantanamo…

The dimensions of the isolation practices:

– human, juridical, medical and political dimension

Globalisation of the struggle against isolation:

– Communication with the prisoners, international cooperation of prisoner´s relatives and solidarity organisations, the need of an international organisation, which organizes international actions against attacks on prisoners.

Death fast:

– Background, the situation today, attitude of the left, attitude of imperialism (EU-USA), attitude of silenceness and ignorance.

ORGANISATIONS, CIRCLES AND PERSONS TO WHOM THE SYMPOSIUM IS DIRECTED:

– All prisoner solidarity committees worldwide, the organisation of prisoner´s families and human rights associations

– Political organisations (revolutioary, socialist, anarchist, trotskist, non-parliamentary and parliamentary, legal or illegal)

– All ex-prisones of the whole world

– Intellectual, artists and persons who are engaged with social matters

– All jurists, psychologists, doctors and scientists, who are sensible on the question of isolation and work scientifically on the juridical and medical results.

OTHER ACTIVITIES WE WANT TO ORGANISE IN THE FRAME OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF STRUGGGLE AGAINST ISOLATION:

Hungerstrike from 19-22 December:

– We´ll organise an international hungerstrike action, in which above all political prisoners from France, the Basque Country, Ireland, Turkey, USA and Germany are involved.

Demonstrations in front of parliaments, embassies and representatives:

– Days of Struggle against isolation, the isolation prisons were created and introduced by the EU-countries. Therefore we are going to organise demonstrations in front of the parliaments of these countries. And in Italy we´ll also demonstrate primarily in front of the representatives of following countries: Turkey, USA, France and Spain.

The campaign “Ourselves behind the walls”:

– We aim an international network to give prisoners the possibility for writing and contacting. The major problem of the political prisoners for the international communaction is the barrage of language. A prisoner from Turkey has a lot of communities with prisoners from the Basque Country or USA. But simply for language reasons they are not able to communicate.

If we put before eyes that communication is a form to break through the isolation, its meaning will be clearer.

We as International Platform against Isolation take on the responsibility to create such a network for communication worldwide. To realise this aimed campaign we have a basis, that could be helpful with translations from Turkish, Italian, English, French, German, Spain and Russian.

But to realise this campaign we´ll constantly need people to help us with the translations.

We will send the prisoners a list with all prisoners worldwide.

Those prisoners who want to write somebody from the list send their letters to the International Platform against Isolation. We, as the platform are going to translate the letter and forward it to the right person.

The long-term aim of this work is to create a possibility of communication for the prisoners and an international organisation, which is organising common international activities .

THE ADDRESSES IN FLORENCE:

19 December 2003

Address: PALAZZO VECCHIO (building of the municipality)

Salone Cinquecento

Piazza Della Signoria, Firenze

(Florence)

08.00-09.00 am: Breakfast

09.00-10.00 am: Press meeting

10.30-13.00: Morning session

13.00-14.00 pm: Lunch

14.00-16.30 pm: Afternoon session

16.30-16.45 pm: Coffee break

16.45-19.00 pm: Meeting

Information evening:

Address: CIRCOLO ARCI

Via Pisana no: 809,

Ponte A Greve-Firenze (Florence)

21.00-23.30 pm: Film and discussions about the death fast and the massacre of December 19.

20 December 2003

Address: AUDITORIUM REGIONE TOSCANA (Toscana parliament)

Via Cavour 4, 50129 Firenze (Florence)

08.00-09.00 am: Break Fast

09.00-12.30 am: Morning session

12.30-13.30 pm: Lunch

13.30-16.30 pm: Afternoon session

16.30-16.45 pm: Coffee Break

16.45-19.00 pm: Final session

Information evening:

Address: CPA (Centro Popolare Autogestito, Firenze Sud)

Via Villamagna 27/a, 50100 Firenze (Florence)

21.00-23.30 pm: War and Occupation, Black Lists, common struggle against isolation

The main languages will be English and Italian. There will be a simultanious translation into Turkish, German, Spanish and Russian.

21 December 2003

Festival: GREETINGS FROM ANATOLIA…

Time: 15:00 pm

Address: CASA DEL POPOLO GRASSINA

Piazza Umberto 1 no:14, Grassina-Firenze (Florence)

PROGRAM:

Introduction of the participants of the symposium and welcoming of the visitors

Music:

– Grup YORUM (Turkey)

-Pol MACADAIM (Ireland)

-FIATI SPRECATI (Italy)

-SICURTUBE (Italy)

Presentation of the final declaration of the symposium

Participants:

1- Neurologist Gianfranco di Maio (Italy, specialist in Wernicke
Korsakoff)
2- Grazia Cecconi, lawyer and writer (Italy, she will present a book
and a film, which she prepared on the detah fast)
3- Vainer Burani, lawyer (Italy)
4- Orsola Casagrande, journalist (Italy, for the newspaper Il
Manifesto)
5- Muhammed Safa (Lebanon, Rehabilitation Center of the El Khiam
Torture Victims)
6- Ibrahim Mahajna, lawyer (Palestine, Human Rights Committee)
7- Representative of the Cuban Consulate in Rome, as the brother and
lawyer of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban 5)
8- Committee “Free the Five” from Austria
9- Pol MacAdaim, musician (Ireland)
10- BEHATOKIA (Basque Country, Observatory for Human Rights)
11- Julen Arzuaga, lawyer (Basque Country)
12- Rote Hilfe (Germany)
13- Unity 18 October (Germany)
14- PAME (Worker`s Front Greece)
15- OLME (Federation of Teacher Trade Unions)
16- Tayad Komite, Hamburg (Germany)
17- Initiativ e.V. (Germany)
18- Ramon Bada (PCPE- Communist Party of the People`s of Spain)
19- Iranian Association for political refugees (Germany)
20- Andrea Bertolini, journalist (Italy)
21- Peter Novak, journalist (Germany)
22- Vesile Yücel, lawyer (Germany)
23- Murat Demir, lawyer (Germany)
24- Silvia Petrini, lawyer (Italy)
25- Professor Antonella Sapio, (Italy, University Florence)
26- Sandro Targetti, parliamentarian (Florence regional parliament,
Rifundazione Comunista)
27- Giovanni Barbagli, parliamentarian (Toscana parlament, PRC)
28- Alessandro Leoni, (Florence municipal, PRC)
29- Heidi Giuliani (Italy, mother of Carlo Giuliani)
30- Professor Marcella della Donne (Italy)
31- Doktor Paola Cecchi (Italy, WILPF- Women`s International League
for Peace and Freedom)
32- Emmanuela Rubini (Italy, AZAD)
33- Mammad Süleymanov, journalist (Azerbaijan)
34- Renato Romei, parliamentarian (Florenz parlament, DS-Left
Democrats)
35- Abderrahim Mhassini (Marocco, Annahj Addimocrati)
36- Martin Mulholland (Ireland, IRPWA)
37- Christopher Kelley (Ireland, IPSC)
38- AIK (Antiimperialist Coordination)
39- Fausto Schiavetto (Italy, Soccorso Popolare)
40- Laboratore Marxista (Italy)
41- International Forum (Denmark)
42- Karla (Italy, Novo Unita)

THOSE WHO STILL HAVE TO CONFIRM THEIR PARTICIPATION:

1- NDF (National Democratic Front, Phillippines)
2- Break The Chains (USA)
3- Dario Fo, writer (Italy)
4- Revolutionary Communist Group (England)
5- Rote Hilfe International/Revolutionärer Aufbau (Switzerland)
6- Marco Camenisch Solidarity Committee
7- International Solidarity Committee for Milosevic
8- PRD (Indonesia)
9- Arab Palestine Club (Austria)
10- Palestine Association (Austria)
11- Iranian Students Concil (Austria)
12-Bulgarian Communist Party
13- Nederlands Palestina Komitee

PARTICIPANTS FROM TURKEY:

1- Bilgesu Erenus, writer and artist
2- Selà§uk Kozagaà§li, lawyer
3- Ahmet Kulaksiz, relatief of martyrs in the death fast
4- Sadi Özbolat (ex-prisoner, Association for Fundamental Rights and
Freedoms)
5- Abdurrahman Dilipak, writer
6- Cezmi Ersöz, writer
7- Tekin Tangün (Tayad)
8- Sanar Yurdatapan, artist
9- Ruhan Mavruk, poet
10- Hüseyin Karabey, stage director (“Silent Death”)
11- Mazlum-Der Association

THOSE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THE SYMPOSIUM

1- Henri Alleg, writer (France)
2- Angela Davis, Law Professor (USA)
3- Mark Barnsley, Ex-Prisoner (UK)

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