Statements in Solidarity with RCIT Activist Johannes Wiener

Statements in Solidarity with RCIT Activist Johannes Wiener who is charged with „sedition“ because of a Pro-Palestine Speech at a Gaza demonstration in Austria on 16.11.2012 (regularly updated list of messages)

 

In the following we begin publishing statements in solidarity with RCIT Activist Johannes Wiener who is charged with „sedition“ because of a Pro-Palestine Speech at a Gaza demonstration in Austria on 16.11.2012. (1) We thank those comrades who did already send messages of solidarity and ask all organizations and individual activists, who are in solidarity with the Palestine resistance against the Apartheid state Israel, to send us similar messages.

 

In solidarity,

Michael Pröbsting (International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency)

 

(1) For a first report about this charge see the statement of our Austrian section RKOB which can be read in English and German.

English: http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa/no-to-criminalization-of-rcit-activist

German: http://www.rkob.net/international/nordafrika-und-der-arabische-raum/keine-kriminalisierung-von-johannes-wiener

 

 

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Statement from Arbeiter*innenstandpunkt (Austrian LFI-Section), December 30, 2012


Solidarität mit Johannes Wiener!

 

Nach dem israelischen Angriff auf Gaza und der (leider besonders in Österreich nicht allzu breiten) Solidaritätsbewegung mit den Menschen in den besetzten Gebieten Palästinas schlagen pro-zionistische, also mit dem Staat Israel solidarische, Kräfte wohl zurück. Die „Israelitische Kultusgemeinde“ (IKG) hat Anzeige wegen „Verhetzung“ gegen den Aktivisten Johannes Wiener (Revolutionär-Kommunistische Organisation zur Befreiung) erstattet.

Schon in der Vergangenheit ist die IKG durch ihre unbedingte Solidarität mit allen Formen israelischer Apartheidspolitik – von rassistischer Vertreibung über Entrechtung palästinensischer Staatsbürger*innen bis zu den regelmäßigen Massakern in Gaza und Westbank – und Hetze gegen antiimperialistische Aktivist*innen aufgefallen. Mit der Anzeige gegen Johannes zeigt sich wieder einmal, dass es sich bei der IKG nicht um eine „überparteiliche“ religiöse Vertretung der Jüdinnen und Juden in Wien handelt, sondern um eine zionistische Organisation.

Die Anzeige gegen Johannes richtet sich gegen jede Kritik an der Politik Israels. Hier soll jeder Protest gegen die israelische Besatzung in Palästina, jede Solidarität mit dem Widerstand pauschal als anti-semitisch diffamiert und, geht es nach der Kultusgemeinde, kriminalisiert werden.

Dieser Angriff auf Meinungsfreiheit und fortschrittlichen Aktivismus ist untragbar!

Wir fordern daher die sofortige Einstellung der Ermittlungen gegen Johannes – auch wenn wir etliche Formulierungen der RKOB auf den Solidaritätsdemonstrationen wie in ihrer Propaganda ablehnen und politisch kritisieren (1).

Die Notwendigkeit einer Auseinandersetzung mit diesen Formulierungen ändert freilich nichts daran, dass es der IKG, darum geht, ihre eigene reaktionäre Politik und offene Unterstützung der israelischen Besetzung Palästinas gegen Kritik zu immunisieren. Es ist außerdem blanker Zynismus, dass österreichische Behörden, die klar auf der Seite der Besatzungsmacht Gazas und der Westbank stehen, nun auch noch entscheiden sollen, welche Kritik am Zionismus und am israelischen Staat erlaubt ist oder nicht.

Der Versuch der IKG und anderer pro-zionistischer Kräfte, Johannes und in Wirklichkeit alle linken Aktivist*innen mit einer Strafe, besonders unter dem undemokratischen Verhetzungsparagraphen zu bedrohen, ist ein Schlag gegen fortschrittliche linke Politik in Österreich.

Daher:

- Solidarität nicht nur mit den Kämpfer*innen gegen die israelische Unterdrückung, Solidarität auch mit Johannes Wiener!

- Für Meinungsfreiheit und antiimperialistischen Kampf!

- Sofortige Einstellung des Verfahrens gegen Johannes!

(1) Fußnote:

Wir beziehen uns dabei vor allem auf die Verwendung des Begriffs der „Auslöschung Israels“ (anstelle der „Zerschlagung des zionistischen Staates“ und seiner Ersetzung durch einen gemeinsamen, demokratischen, säkularen sozialistischen Staat aller Jüd*innen und Palästinenser*innen) wie auf Michael Pröbstings falsche Position „Alle Jüdinnen und Juden, die akzeptieren, dass die Palästinenser*innen in ihre Heimat zurückkehren dürfen, dass sie die gleichen Rechte haben, alle Juden, die akzeptieren dass die Palästinenser die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung Palästinas sind, alle Juden die das akzeptieren, die dürfen bleiben.

Beide Formulierungen spielen – wenn auch sicher entgegen der Absicht der RKOB – letztlich dem Anti-Semitismus und der zionistischen Behauptung in die Hände, dass ein einheitlicher, gemeinsamer Staat zur Vertreibung eines Teils der jüdischen Bevölkerung führen müsse.

 

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Solidarity statement from OKDE (Organization of Communists – Internationalists, Greece)

 

We stand in solidarity with young revolutionary Johannes Wiener, militant of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency and its Austrian section.

Comrade Wiener is facing the charge of “sedition” by the Austrian authorities, because of his courageous, open support for the Palestinian people and resistance, during the demonstration held in Vienna on 16/11/2012 against the bloody Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip.

We have no doubt of the nature of the charges comrade Johannes is facing, as well as the apparatuses pointing at him.

It’s the Zionist and pro-Zionist war mongers, trying to crush the just case of the Palestinian people and pave the way for even further wars in the Middle East.

It’s the repressive apparatuses of European imperialists and of the European Union, wholehearted allies of Zionist butchers. They are trying to silence every militant, radical and revolutionary voice in Europe. All the more as they are fully aware of the vast social and political explosions awaiting them, as they try to make workers, people and youth pay for the fierce capitalist crisis with brutal anti-social attacks.

Drop immediately all charges against Johannes Wiener

Defend the democratic freedoms, the working class and revolutionary organizations against the repressive apparatuses of EU imperialists.

Victory to the Palestinian Resistance. For a Free and Independent Palestine - Defeat the fascist-Zionist State of Israel and its US/EU allies. For the perspective of a Socialist Federation of the workers’ and the people of the Middle East

28.12.2012

 

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Solidarity statement from Maide Aybala Petek (Migrant student from Turkey, living in Austria)

 

Ich fordere die sofortige Einstellung des Ermittlungsverfahrens gegen Johannes Wiener!

Keine Kriminalisierung der Solidarität mit dem palästinensischen Widerstandes

 

 

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Solidarity statement from Isci Cephesi (Workers Front, Turkey)

 

Avusturya'da demokrasi düşmanlarına karşı Johannes Wiener'in yanındayız!  

Cuma, 21 Aralık 2012 http://iscicephesi.net/uluslararasi/avrupa/1812-avusturyada-demokrasi-dusmanlarina-karsi-johannes-wienerin-yanindayiz

 

Avusturya'da RKOB (Kurtuluş için Devrimci Komünist Birlik) sözcüsü 20 yaşındaki Johannes Wiener, Filistin'e yapılan son saldırıyı protesto etmek için gerçekleştirilen kampanya sürecinde yaptığı halka açık bir konuşmadan ötürü, Anayasayı Koruma ve Anti-Terörizm Federal Bürosu tarafından “isyana teşvik” ile suçlanıyor. Ve Avrupa demokrasisi Wiener'i iki yıl hapis cezasına mahkum etmek istiyor. (1)

Bu tablo Avrupa'da demokrasinin maliyetli bir hale geldiğini ve en temel demokratik haklara dahi tahammül gösterilmediğini işaret etmektedir.

Açılan dava yalnızca Avrupa demokrasisinin geri çekilişi ile sınırlı değil. Aynı zamanda Avusturya parlamentosu ve bürokrasisinin Siyonist işbirliğini de gözler önüne sermektedir. Hasta adam Avrupa, Siyonist soykırımın ne denli destekçisi olduğunu bu suçlama ile bu kez de Viyana'dan haykırmaktadır.

Siyonistlerle yapılan işbirlikleri ve Avusturya'da baskıcı eğilimlerin güçlenmesi de yine bir paralellik içerisinde yaşanmakta. Irkçı söylemleri ile meşhur Avusturya Özgürlük Partisi (FPÖ), Filistin saldırısı gerçekleşir gerçekleşmez İsrail'e tebrik ve dayanışma mesajları iletmişti. Şimdi de Johannes Wiener'e yönelik suçlamayı sahiplenerek RKOB'a ve benzeri organizasyonlara yönelik saldırılarını sürdürmektedir.

Bu son derecede anti-demokratik olan suçlama karşısında Johannes Wiener'in ve RKOB'nin yanındayız.

Filistin ile dayanışma gösterilerinin terörize edilmesi çabalarına son!

Johannes Wiener'e yöneltilen suçlamalar derhal geri alınmalıdır!

 

(1) 16 Kasım 2012 günü Johannes Wiener'in konuşması için bkz: http://www.rkob.net/multimedia/video-gaza-16-nov-2012

 

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Solidarity statement from the Revolutionary Workers Collective (US Section of the RCIT)

 

The Revolutionary Workers Collective stands in solidarity with Johannes Wiener of the RKOB who is being attacked for speaking out against oppression and exploitation.  We strongly urge all like minded citizens and organizations to defend Johannes Wiener.

The Zionist war mongers must not gain one step in their attacks on the oppressed.

If Johannes Wiener can be imprisoned for using his inviolatable right of free speech to defend the cause of the international working class then there is clearly only hypocracy and empty promises behind all rights that are "guaranteed" by the Austrian government.

All of those who gain from state sponsored attack on a defender of the international working class will become more emboldened with every victory. They will continue to arrest and repress all who try to end their domination. This must be stopped before there are more victims.

If Johannes is thrown behind bars who is next?

Solidarity with Johannes Wiener and the RKOB - defenders of the exploited and oppressed.

All charges against Johannes Wiener must be dropped immediately!

 

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Solidarity statement from the Corriente Obrera Revolucionaria (Chile, Argentina)

 

From the Revolutionary Worker's Current (COR), from Argentina and Chile, we express our solidarity with young comrade Johannes Wiener and the RKOB-RCIT against this attack of the Austrian imperialist justice system and the Zionism. This situation reveals how tight are the bonds between the imperialist states and the Zionist occupation of Palestine. It also reveals clearly the true character of the justice system in an imperialist democracy

Our solidarity is also a reaffirmation of our struggle against imperialism and specifically for the victory of Palestinian masses who fight day after day the Israeli occupation army. It´s fundamental that the organized workers movement take the flag of anti-imperialist struggle and make actions in solidarity with Palestinian people and against the criminal offensive of Israel. There will be no working class liberation if there is no liberation of the nations oppressed by imperialism. In a moment of global crisis like this and when the imperialism doubles it’s offensive. That´s why the different groups must go forward in organizational and programmatic discussions to build an actual and organized internationalism, based in the reconstruction of the IV international.

Stop prosecution of comrade Johannes Wiener!

For the destruction of the State of Israel!

For a Federation of Socialist Republics of the Middle East and the Maghreb!

For a Federation of Socialist Republics of Europe

December 17th, 2012

 

Corriente Obrera Revolucionaria COR (Chile – Argentina)

corchile@gmail.com, cor2digital@gmail.com, www.cor-digital.org

 

Desde la Corriente Obrera Revolucionaria (COR) de Argentina y Chile nos solidarizamos con el joven compañero Johannes Wiener y con la RKOB-RCIT en contra de este ataque de la justicia burguesa austríaca y el sionismo. Esta situación revela los profundos lazos que unen a los estados imperialistas con la ocupación sionista de Palestina. Revela también claramente el carácter de la justicia de una democracia imperialista.

Nuestra solidaridad es también una reafirmación de nuestra lucha en contra del imperialismo y particularmente en favor del triunfo de las masas Palestinas que luchan día a día contra el ejército de ocupación israelí. Es fundamental que el movimiento obrero organizado tome la bandera de la lucha antiimperialista y que se realicen acciones en solidaridad con el pueblo Palestino y en contra de la ofensiva criminal de Israel. No habrá liberación de las clases trabajadoras si no son liberados los pueblos oprimidos por el imperialismo. En un momento de crisis mundial como este donde la ofensiva imperialista se redobla. Por esto los diversos grupos existentes debemos avanzar en lo programático y en lo organizativo para constituir un internacionalismo concreto y organizado, basado en la reconstrucción de la IV internacional.

Por el desprocesamiento inmediato del compañero Johannes Wiener

Por la destrucción del estado de Israel

Por una Federación de Repúblicas Socialistas de Medio Oriente y el Magreb

Por una Federación de Repúblicas Socialistas de Europa.

17 de Diciembre 2012

 

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Solidarity statement from the Revolutionary Workers Organization (Pakistani Section of the RCIT)

 

 

In the name of the Revolutionary Workers Organization (Pakistani Section of the RCIT), I want to send you our message of solidarity. Johannes Wiener, a Palestine Solidarity Sctivist and RKOB spokesperson, has been accused of sedition. His sin is that he made a speech in solidarity with the Palestine Resistance at a mass rally during the recent Gaza War. As a result comrade Wiener faces the threat of up to two years in prison.

The allegation of sedition is nothing but an attempt to criminalize a long-standing socialist and anti-imperialist position to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance and to characterize Israel as an Apartheid state. We condemn this act by the state of Austria and it also shows what bourgeois democracy is in reality. We stand with our comrade Johannes Wiener.

Red Greetings

Shujat Liaqat (Revolutionary Workers Organization (Pakistan)


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Statement from Shmuel Yerushalmi (Israel)

 

Hello and revolutionary greetings!

Write you Israeli poet and revolutionary Shmuel Yerushalmi.

Firstly I want to express my solidarity with Johannes Weiner and with his consistent position against Israeli Apartheid policy in relation to Palestinian people and against the last war in Gaza strip.

And second, I want to be assured in soon victory of the World Revolution of the Worker Class. The Israeli ruling class in cooperation with World Imperialism trying all time to divide between workers around the world. The class of capitalists organizing more and more new imperialist wars and conflicts between people. And according to my opinion just revolutionary uprising of the worker class and total demolition of the capitalism can to resolve the problems of the world, the problems of humanity.

 

With best revolutionery wishes!

Shmuel Yerushalmi (Israel)

 

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Statement from Kollektiv Yakov Perelman (Spain)

 

Dear comrades of RCIT, please receive our message of solidarity with Johannes Wiener.

Sedition. According to the Dictionary of the Spanish Royal Academy of Language Sedition (from latin seditio) means collective and violent uprising against official authority, public order or military discipline, without reaching the gravity of rebellion. We are not sure about the exact meaning of sedition in German, but for sure it is quite the same. One only man can hardly be accused of collective uprising, one speech can hardly be accused of violence, continuous killing of innocent people for decades in Palestine can hardly be defined as public order; one civilian can hardly violate military discipline. Still Johannes Wiener was accused of Sedition by Austrian authorities. Such is bourgeois democracy, such is bourgeois law, simply the justice of the most powerful, the justice of the boss. Please receive our message of solidarity with comrade Johannes Wiener. 

 

Kollektiv Yakov Perelman

 

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Statement from Collectif Révolution Permanente / Autriche, France, Pérou

Comité Communiste Internationaliste (trotskyste) / France

 

Veuillez trouver ci-joint une délaration du COREP et du CCI(T) en soutien avec JOHANNES WIENER , militant autichien 

HALTE AUX POURSUITES CONTRE JOHANNES WIENER !

Une plainte pour « incitation à la haine » a été déposée contre le militant du RKOB Johannes Wiener, âgé de 20 ans, en raison de sa prise de parole lors d’une manifestation de solidarité avec les Palestiniens de la bande de Gaza qui s’est tenue à Vienne le 16 novembre dernier. Cette infraction est passible d'une peine de deux ans de prison.

Derrière cette plainte, se tiennent très vraisemblablement des forces pro-israéliennes à Vienne qui vont des organisations ouvertement sionistes de la communauté juive jusqu’à des groupes de la périphérie du Parti communiste autrichien, en passant par la célèbre « Anti- nationale », des sectes chrétiennes, la jeunesse Alternative Verte anarchisante, le « Café Critique », Stefan Grigat, etc.

Avec cette plainte et l'enquête ainsi déclenchée par la police politique («Agence nationale pour la protection de l'État et contre le terrorisme»), toute critique de l'Etat d'apartheid israélien et de sa répression militaire, policière et juridique du peuple palestinien peut être étouffée dans l’œuf.

Dans le même temps, cette tentative de criminaliser Johannes Wiener montre combien est dangereuse l’approbation par certains courants opportunistes de lois qui visent officiellement les fascistes mais ont toujours été mises en branle par les États bourgeoise contre les militants qui se réclament de la révolution socialiste.

Sans nécessairement partager les positions du RKOB, dont le camarade Wiener est le porte-parole, ni le contenu de chacune des phrases du discours qu’il a tenu, nous pensons qu'il est de notre devoir évident de défendre le camarade Wiener contre cette accusation. Toutes les autres organisations du mouvement ouvrier doivent également le faire, parce que cette criminalisation menace tous les courants qui militent contre l'oppression nationale, la colonisation sioniste, l'impérialisme et pour une perspective socialiste.

En ce sens, nous exigeons la levée de l'enquête sur Johannes Wiener. Toutes les organisations qui se réclament en Autriche et en Europe de la classe ouvrière ont le devoir d’en faire autant.

 

14 décembre 2012

Collectif Révolution Permanente / Autriche, France, Pérou

Comité Communiste Internationaliste (trotskyste) / France

 

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Solidarity Message from the Fracción Leninista Trotskista Internacional (FLTI), 15-12-12


STOP PERSECUTING SOCIALIST FIGHTERS WHO FIGHT FOR THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE AND AGAINST THE ZIONIST OCCUPATION STATE OF ISRAEL

WE DEMAND TO DROP IMMEDIATELY THE CHARGES AGAINST THE PRO-PALESTININ ACTIVIST JOHANNES WIENNER

 

Comrades of the RKOB,

The Fighters in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance and against the imperialist wars in Middle East are under attack and chased by the reactionary and imperialist government of Austria.

The Arab Maghreb and Middle East rose up for bread against imperialism and bourgeoisie. All the exploiters and reactionary forces of the planet gathered their forces to sustain the counterrevolutionary bastion of Zionism that occupies the Palestinian nation. That’s why because there it will be defined at great extend by the revolutionary crushing of Zionism, the processes of worker and socialist revolutions that started through the Tunisian spark, the Libyan militias, the working class’ combats in Egypt and the heroic exploited masses betrayed and massacred of Syria.

It is not casual that the historically murder State of Austria gathers forces persecuting anti imperialist and socialist fighters who are brave in the imperialist nations to combat the oppressors of the working class and oppressed people of the world.

The attack against the comrade Johannes Wiener is part of the attack, the suffering of all the anti imperialist and socialist fighters of the world at the head of the exploited`s fights.

In Argentina, and Austria, Guantanamo, India with the Suzuki workers in jail; in the Zionist jails and in hundred of countries, the ruling classes need hostages to strengthen the war they have launched against the world working class.

The cynicism of the exploiters and their governments does not have limits. They already sustain openly those who massacre masses like the counterrevolutionary forces of Zionism and look the other way before the massacre and brutal attacks against the world working class. All of them yesterday supported the murderous Khadafy, Ben Ali, and Mubarak and today they pretend to look other way sustaining the sabers of the murderous Bashar Al Assad, who making the dirty work of the imperialist powers filled the tormented Syria of exploited’s blood.

The working class of Austria sooner or later will understand that his government sustaining Zionism today will not stop till put the own Austrian working class under the apartheid conditions and concentration camps like the imperialism and Zionism do with the tormented Palestinian masses in Gaza and the West Bank. This and no other is the objective of the counterrevolutionary attacks of Maastricht and the imperialist European Union against the European working class.

To defend the Palestinian exploited against the Zionist occupation is to fight also for making justice with the textile women workers from Bangladesh assassinated like dogs in factory fires in that country on account of transnationals; it means to be in the barricades of the fighting Committees of the miners from South Africa against the imperialist transnationals; it means to fight from Homs and Aleppo the killer Al Assad; it means to fight for the returning of the Libyan revolution to Tripoli, this time to defeat the khadafist government of the LNC that expropriated the revolution and for imposing a government of the militias and revolutionary worker organizations and their factory committees.

But fighting from Austria with the Palestinian masses is something the forces of the imperialist reaction cannot allow and thus, they attack the comrade. This brave fight in the imperialist Europe is an action road for the working class from Europe not less tormented by the big capital to understand their liberation only will come if they declare bravely that THE ENEMY IS AT HOME and their ally is fighting in the colonial and semi colonial world.

Comrade Johannes Wiener is not and will not be alone in the fight for his freedom and dropping his charges. The working class and his organizations he defends at worldwide level must lead the fight to stop the Austrian reactionary government and the reactionary forces that sustain it.

From our organization, FLTI, we defend and will defend unconditionally the fight and cause of the internationalist comrades from Austria against every attack on the part of the bourgeoisie and imperialism and counterrevolutionary Zionism.

Drop the charges against Johannes Wiener!

The shout for his freedom and for dropping the charges will take Libya, Bengasi; it must be heard in Tharir square. Our fighters will take it in the combats of Aleppo and Homs, and in a great mass movement of international action we must take this demand for the fight for his non-prosecution to be part of the fight for the release of all the Palestinian prisoners rotten in the Zionist jails!

We are all Johannes Wiener!

For the destruction of the fascist Zionist State of Israel!

From Jordan to the South of Lebanon and from Gaza and the West Bank to Jerusalem, a single Palestinian nation: secular and democratic. It will be only conquered by a revolutionary government of workers and peasants based on the armed masses of Middle East and the North of Africa.

For the socialist united states of the Arab Maghreb and Middle East!

Down with the Rafah Wall! A single revolution from Tunisia to Jerusalem!

The European working class of the imperialist powers have and will have the last word in this fight together the US and Japanese workers.

For a day of international fight for the Palestinian cause; for the destruction of the Zionist state of Israel; to stop the massacre in Syria and every attempt of imperialism and NATO with his lackey governments and general of the Free Syrian Army that don’t fight of expropriating the Syrian revolution; and for the freedom and non prosecution of all the chased anti imperialist and socialist fighters.

We will make this campaign in support reach all the anti imperialist and worker organizations of the world.

 

Fracción Leninista Trotskista Internacional (FLTI) integrated by:

Argentina: Liga Obrera Internacionalista-Cuarta Internacional (LOI-CI)

Siria: Brigada Sevian Al-Laith (Brigada León Sedov)

Libia: Movimiento de las Milicias Revolucionarias – Comité de Voluntarios Obreros Internacionalistas

Zimbabwe: Workers International League (WIL)

Bolivia: Liga Trotskista Internacional (LTI)

Chile: Partido Obrero Internacionalista – Cuarta Internacional (POI-CI)

Colombia: Grupo Socialista Revolucionario Trotskista Leninista, “Comuneros”

Brasil: Comité por la Refundación de la IV Internacional

Perú: Liga Trotskista Internacionalista (LTI) - Núcleo Obrero Revolucionario (NOR)

Venezuela: Liga Comunista de los Trabajadores (LCT)

 


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Statement from Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

 

Dear comrades of the RKOB, Austrian section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency,

 

We have learned today that the Austrian state is charging your comrade and spokesperson Johannes Wiener with sedition because of a pro-Palestine speech during the Gaza War.

I have read your statement very carefully, and as an Israeli revolutionary activist for many years and in the name of our group the International Socialist League, I salute you for your courage and for your position in defense of the oppressed Palestinians by the Israeli apartheid state during the latest assault on Gaza .We join your demand : Drop immediately the charges against the pro-Palestine activist Johannes Wiener.

As he indicated in his speech, the Palestinians are in a very similar position to the situation of the blacks in South Africa during the time of the racist Apartheid. Israel is an apartheid state where the Jewish minority rules over the Palestinians, who are a majority even today, even before the return of the Palestinian refugees that were removed from Palestine by force and out of fear of massacres. The simple truth is that all Israel is stolen land.

 

Yossi Schwartz,

Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

Our recent statement on the Gaza war is at

http://www.the-isleague.com/gaza-war-2012-english.php


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Statement from the League for the Revolutionary Party (USA)

Defend Austrian Palestine Solidarity Activist!

 

Johannes Wiener, a young socialist and Palestine solidarity activist in Vienna, Austria, has been accused of “sedition” and has been ordered to appear at offices of the “Federal Bureau for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism.” His alleged crime was to deliver a speech in solidarity with Palestine at a rally on November 16 against the recent Israeli war on Gaza.

Wiener, who spoke for the Austrian group RKOB (Revolutionary Communist Organization for Liberation), faces a sentence of up to two years in prison. In his speech he called for victory for Palestine and “Down with Israel!” He led the chant, “Palestine Will Be Free, From the River to the Sea!” (His speech, in German, can be seen at http://www.rkob.net/multimedia/video-gaza-16-nov-2012.)

As the RKOB observed, the charge is part of an effort to suppress anti-Zionist and anti-imperialist positions. They write: “The accusation of sedition is nothing but an attempt to criminalize a long-standing socialist and anti-imperialist position: to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance and to characterize Israel as an apartheid state. Those who dare to speak out the truth should be sentenced, fined or even put in prison. Such an attempt to criminalize even the public expression of this position is unique in Austria.”

Today, sympathy for the Palestinians' plight is growing, even in the United States. Meanwhile the apartheid state of Israel, a colonialist state created on the basis of the ethnic cleansing and brutal repression of the Palestinian people, is becoming exposed for its racist and war-mongering crimes in the eyes of more and more people around the world. In this context, we can expect Israel's allies to increase their attempts to repress voices of solidarity with the Palestinians. That is why it is important to stand in solidarity with Johannes Wiener and join the campaign demanding that the charges against him to be dropped.

For further information, see the RKOB’s report, in English, at http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa/no-to-criminalization-of-rcit-activist

 

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Message from John Leslie, Philadelphia Against War, USA (personal capacity)

Defend Activist Johannes Wiener! Opposition to Israeli Apartheid is not a crime!

 

I am writing to express my solidarity with activist Johannes Wiener, who is the target of state repression for speaking out against the monstrous Israeli attack on the people of Gaza. Wiener is charged by the government of Austria with "sedition" for a pro-Palestinian speech given at a rally during the recent Israeli bombing campaign.

Speaking out against war, genocide and repression is not a crime! It is an obligation for all working-class organizations and progressive forces to speak out and stand in solidarity with the oppressed against the oppressor. The capitalist state is the instrument of the dictatorship of the ruling rich. This is true of even the most "democratic" state.

Capitalism in its death agony will increasingly turn to repressive state measures to preserve the wealth and privileges of the rich. As the crisis of the capitalist system deepens, millions will rise in resistance. Our solidarity with this system's victims must be unconditional, without regard to any political differences. In the United States, the state has repressed Muslims and antiwar activists - raiding the homes and offices of anti-imperialist activists. The Occupy Wall Street movement was repressed by cops.

This is nothing new. State repression in the US goes back as far as the slaveholder system's state murder of Nat Turner and countless other rebellious slaves. We should never forget the execution of the Haymarket martyrs, the repression of the labor and communist movements after the First World War and during the Depression of the 1930s. We should never forget the McCarthyite witch hunts, and the COINTELPRO repression of communist and Black Power organizations during the 1960s. The US continues to hold framed-up Black Panther Party members and other activists like Mumia Abu-Jamal, the MOVE 9 and Leonard Peltier. State repression and spying has increased in the aftermath of the 9-11 terror attacks and the expansion of US imperialist wars and aggression overseas.

The ruling class in the USA has attempted to criminalize solidarity with the Palestinian people, labeling solidarity with the Palestinian people as terrorism. At the same time, the US government and both the Democrats and Republicans have uncritically supported the crimes of the Zionist settler regime.

 

Free Palestine! Lift the Siege of Gaza!

End all US and European imperialist aid to Israeli apartheid!

Hands off Palestine Solidarity activists!

Hands off Johannes Weiner!

 

in struggle, John Leslie, Philadelphia Against War, USA (personal capacity)

 

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Message from Joao Evangelista (Brazilian worker)

 

To defend the right to free speech!

To defend the right of resistance in Gaza against Israeli aggression!

To Defend the right to demand an end to the apartheid state of Israel!

No judicial proceeding by the simple reason of speaking the truth!

To call solidarity of all working people and youth against the attempt to silence those who fight oppression!

Drop all charges against the young militant of RKOB Johannes Wiener!


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Gruppe Klassenkampf (CoReP, Austria):

EINSTELLUNG ALLER ERMITTLUNGEN GEGEN JOHANNES WIENER!

 

Gegen den 20jährigen Aktivisten der RKOB Johannes Wiener wurde wegen einer Rede, die er bei einer Gaza-Solidaritätsdemonstration am 16. November 2012 in Wien gehalten hat, Anzeige wegen „Verhetzung“ erstattet. Dieser Tatbestand kann mit bis zu zwei Jahren Haft geahndet werden.

Hinter der Anzeige stehen mit an Sicheheit grenzender Wahrscheinlichkeit pro-israelische Kräfte, die heute in Wien von offen zionistischen Organisationen über die Israelitische Kultusgemeinde, christliche Sekten, die anarchistisch orientierte Grün-Alternative Jugend, der KPÖ nahestehende Gruppen bis hin zu den bekannten „Anti-Nationalen“ à la „Café Critique“, Stefan Grigat und Co., reichen.

Mit dieser Anzeige und den dadurch ausgelösten Ermittlungen der politischen Polizei („Landesamt für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung“) soll jede Kritik am israelischen Apartheidstaat und seiner militärischen, polizeilichen und juristischen Unterdrückung der palästinensischen Bevökerung im Keim erstickt werden.

Ohne die Positionen der RKOB, deren Sprecher Genosse Wiener ist, oder jeden Satz seiner Rede inhaltlich zu teilen, sehen wir es als unsere selbstverständliche Pflicht an, Genossen Wiener gegen diese juristischen Verfolgung zu verteidigen. Auch alle anderen Organisationen der ArbeiterInnenbewegung sollten das tun, denn dieser flagrante Fall von Gesinnungskriminalisierung wendet sich tendenziell gegen alle Strömungen, die gegen nationale Unterdrückung, Imperialismus und für eine sozialistische Perspektive eintreten.

Zugleich zeigt der Versuch, Johannes Wiener zu kriminalisieren, wie zweischneidig von manchen Gruppen positiv bewertete Gesetze wie das „Verhetzungsverbot“ sind, die eben keine „antifaschistischen“ Gesetze sind, sondern willkürlich auch gegen sozialistische Kräfte gewendet werden können.

In diesem Sinne fordern wir die Einstellung der Ermittlungen gegen Johannes Wiener.

 

Wien, 14. Dezember 2012

Gruppe KLASSENKAMPF, www.klasssenkampf.net.tf

 

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Humanist Workers for Revolutionary Socialism (USA)

Defend the right to speak out against attacks on the Palestinian people! Down with pro-Zionist repression! HWRS has some political differences with the RKOB/RCIT, but we unconditionally their right to express their criticism of the Zionist state without fear of repression or retribution. Below is their report on an attack on one of their Austrian comrades for his speech at a rally in support of Gaza during the recent Israeli attacks. (Posted on the HWRS Facebook page on Dec. 13, 2012)

 

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Workers International Vanguard Party:

Message of Solidarity with RCIT and Johannes Wiener

 

Workers International Vanguard Party stands in solidarity with Johannes Wiener and the RCIT against the attack by the Austrian state. Johannes and the RCIT are implacable fighters for the rights of Palestinians and oppose the fascistic tactics of the Israeli state. This attack by the Austrian state is an attack on the international workers movement as indeed it is an attack on the international Palestinian solidarity movement.

Yesterday young 17 year old Mohammed As Salayma was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in occupied Hebron. His only crime was being deaf from birth and going out to buy a cake for his birthday.  Are Johannes and the RCIT right about their criticisms of Israel? Most certainly yes. Why has the Austrian state not acted against the Israeli Ambassador? Yet they accuse Johannes of 'sedition'.

The only conclusion to be drawn from this trumped-up charge against Johannes, is that the Austrian state is itself wanting to introduce a period of fascism in Austria.

This attempt to crush the workers movement in Austria will not succeed. The world workers movement rose against Hitler and Mussolini; there will be the same response and more from the workers of the world.

Hands off Johannes Wiener! Hands Off the RCIT! Hands off the workers movement!

Please keep us informed of developments so we can help to organise national and international protest, listing the names of the officials who want to bring fascism back to Austria!

Long live the Palestinian masses! Forward to a Socialist Palestine from the river to the sea, as part of a federation of Socialist workers states in the Middle East!

 

Shaheed Mahomed, WorkersInternational Vanguard Party (formerly Workers International Vanguard League), South Africa

 

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LIAISON COMMITTEE OF COMMUNISTS:

DEFEND PRO-PALESTINE ACTIVIST FROM AUSTRIAN STATE REPRESSION

December 14, 2012

 

A young comrade of the RKOB of Austria has been charged with ‘sedition’ for making a speech in support of Palestinian liberation and against the “apartheid” state of Israel at a recent demonstration in Vienna against the Israeli bombing of Gaza. We quote from the RKOB statement.

“20-year old Palestine Solidarity Activist and RKOB spokesperson Johannes Wiener has been accused of „sedition” and must appear soon at the “Federal Bureau for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism” in Vienna (this is the long name for the Secret Police in Austria). His crime: He held a speech in solidarity with the Palestine Resistance at a mass rally on 16.11.2012 during the recent Gaza War. As a result comrade Wiener faces the threat of up to two years in prison. His militant speech has caused some public attention and was already viewed 6.500 times since then. It has been published as a video both on the RKOB website as well as of the bourgeois daily paper HEUTE. (1)”

The Liaison Committee of Communists condemns the actions of the Austrian imperialist bourgeois state in suppressing the democratic right of freedom of speech!

We condemn the actions of pro-Israel, pro-Zionist political groups in actively campaigning for the suppression of freedom of speech.

We declare our solidarity with the RKOB in a united front on the demand: “Palestine shall be free, from the River to the Sea!”

 

LIAISON COMMITTEE OF COMMUNISTS
Communist Workers’ Group (USA)
Revolutionary Workers’ Group (Zimbabwe)
Communist Workers’ Group (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

 

http://cwgusa.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/defend-pro-palestine-activist-from-austrian-state-repression/

http://redrave.blogspot.co.at/2012/12/defend-pro-palestine-activist-from.html