<alter-ee> trial of an anarchist in Krakow

Zaczek alter-ee@lists.most.org.pl
Sat, 17 May 2003 11:35:30 +0200


An anarchist from Krakow has been sentenced to a fine of 38$ for putting
posters for a Food Not Bombs action.

Below is the translation of the defence speech the accused pronounced during
a court
session:


"It can't be denied - i have broken the law. I am guilty. I admit i have
posted the poster, and
according to the law this is illegal. The testimony of the witness are true
strictly speaking,
however they are biased. The witness has testified that i allegedly acted
with full knowlege
of the punishment i would have to face.

This is true. However i have explained during arrest why i decided to break
the law.
I am an anarchist, and that means no worshipper of chaos, but i praise
freedom. I do
accept however the limitations of freedom which come from life in society. I
have broken
the law consciously. It was an act of civil disobedience. The Anarchist
Federation has
no access to popular newspaper columns, radio shows or television programs.

This poster hung on an electric box - so as not to cause problems to
anyone - is
one of the few mthods of communication with society which is available to
us. By issuing
a condemning verdict in this case, the Court puts the right of freedom of
expression
under question. And anyone willl agree that the freedom of expression is
the 'conditio sine qua non' of democracy.

[here come quotes from the Declaration of Human Rights]

I have quoted those legal documents, because i would like to
assume that this Court intends to uphold those rights. I would like to ask
in a rhethoric manner if distributing information about an action consisting
of giving food is an act which should be subjected to punishment?
I would like to believe that feeding homeless people is not an act which
is harmful for society."


The court has stated the following in justification of the verdict:

"The speech of the defendent richly illustrated with quotations shows that
he has an entirely different idea about the social order. Therefore it is
pointless to
discuss with the defendent." The judge also stated:

"I do not have any particular aversion to anarchists, and the low extent
of the punishment comes from the fact that the motives f the defendent
were altruistic, despite the fact that the acts were a grave danger to
society."
The judge also quoted the words of pope Leon XIII: "Freedom is not the
freedom
to do whatver you want".

Zaczek