marco camenisch, known for his active role in the anti-nuclear movement during the seventies, has been a political prisoner for almost 20 years. as a militant green anarchist he has been taking part in struggles, campaigns and protests in and outside prison during all these years. He is currently detained in the penitentiary pöschwies/regensdorf near zurich.
in two years comes the case of his conditional release that should basically be granted since in the swiss prison system, conditional release is the rule.however marcos situation is a particular one. all special privileges and preparatory measures for release are refused. the medical treatment he needs because of his cancerous disease continues to be insufficient. the furlough usually granted is refused on the grounds that he does not renounce his political convictions and has to many friends all over the world who might help him escape. yet having good social contacts is a criterion for conditional release – one out of many criteria which marco would fulfill.
the juridical authorities give the strong impression that conditional release is only granted for broken and/or conformist prisoners. this tendency can be observed with nearly all political prisoners in metropolises. prisoners defending their political identity are buried alive in prison although they have served their sentence already – with the intention to weaken them and the progressive movements they come from and to keep up the fear of prison as a weapon of those in power. some examples among many are the situation of leonard peltier in the usa, the one of the prisoners from action directe in france or of the basque prisoners in the spanish state.
together with the international red aid, we therefore call for an international solidarity campaign for marco camenisch coordinating with struggles for the release of long-standing prisoners in other countries. meanwhile we do not want to lose the prospect of a society without prisons. that is why we set the start of the campaign for june 19 which is the international day of action for antagonist prisoners and against prisons.
sign the call of the international red aid, spread this information via your websites and other channels. join the campaign adding your own focal points. Take part in the international day of action on september 18 2010.
solidarity is a weapon!
friends and supporters of marco camenisch
write to marco (remember to put sender's address):
account no. 87-112365-3 (PAN-IG, ch-8005 zürich)