Thomas Blak writes from Wormwood Scrubs
The following communiqué is not the opinion of any group or organisation, but that of the signed individual only.
To comrades worldwide,
I send out this communiqué from inside the prison HMP Wormwood Scrubs in London, UK. I have been sentenced to imprisonment for 18 months.
This sentence has been intensely pursued since 2009 by the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, and the greedy barristers of the ancient and outdated English judicial system, which in my case was presided over by the dinosaur H.O. Blacksell QC and his posh puppy Mark Trafford.
During a profitable 17 days, in which various worms in wigs paraded their knowledge of the rich man’s law, while filling their pockets at public expense, as well as strutting their vivid imaginations, to keep each other awake. Then they sent out their twelve handpicked blind sheep for deliberation. Thirteen hours later and six comrades were en route to HMP Wormwood Scrubs, courtesy of the privatised justice courier Serco.
The outcome was a given from the very start and the Victorian master-race puppeteer H.O. Blacksell made no secret of which way these cowardly people, who so viciously decided to stand up against the bigoted racists from “Blood And Honour”, were to end up. It was obviously paramount for “Blacksellaurus Rex” to ensure that the public of Welling wouldn’t have to be exposed to such an act of free-will in terms of an antifascist opposition to fascism. It is much preferred to simply allow fascists free reign to exercise their hatred and occasionally to murder, as long as it’s done out of sight of his beloved public. After all, the fascists pay his wages and are ideologically alike.
Under the context of conspiracy, the court invented a guilty verdict, whereby no evidence was required. One for all and all for one, unless of course you hadn’t previously had the nerve to challenge the way in which a system, made by the rich and to protect the rich, wants us to live. Despite serving a sentence, it is forever held against you, which is quite handy, should one be a tad short of the annoying thing called evidence.
In a straight contradiction to what the justice system tries to preach, they have exposed themselves as nothing more than a posh gang of thugs, with huge prisons to keep us locked-up, out of sight, out of rights!
This is not unique to England and it is evident in most countries. With the breakdown of their economic system, their thuggish behaviour is becoming more and more exposed. From Athens, our inspiration, to London, it’s time to stand up and stand united, with passion and determination.
Democratic capitalist society and dictatorships alike, their failure is shining brighter by the minute, as with any system which is unfair and only serves to benefit a tiny minority of the population.
I send my support and solidarity to the comrades, in prisons and on the streets, who have courageously decided to say enough is enough. No more of the “Rule of the Rich”. No more shall they be able to hide behind their legal arguments and pseudo-democratic excuses. No more shall they be able to hide behind their polluted cloud of justice when it’s so apparent that it’s nothing more than a tool of repression, by which a big, fat, wigged-up bastard can, without remorse or humanity, destroy the lives of people on a daily basis, without any consequences or questions being asked of him. Only a few dictators have had such powers at their disposal.
It’s time to judge our judges. I know about 85,678 people in England alone, who’d like a word or two with these infallible keepers of the rich man’s democracy.
To the rich man’s justice – Fuck you hard and rot in pieces!
[…] Once again, I don’t really have anything particularly new or interesting to say, so here’s a collection of stories that’ve caught my eye over the last week or so. The main theme tying a lot of this stuff together is the fact that, weeks after the riots ended, the police and the legal system are still on a very vicious offensive. It’s often been noted that counter-revolutions are usually much bloodier than revolutions: the riots were certainly a long way from any kind of revolution, but the same principle seems to apply here – for a few days, the police were on the receiving end of the kind of violence and intimidation they’re used to dishing out, and so now they’re out to ruin the lives of anyone they can get their hands on. This is most obvious in the insane sentences being handed out to anyone even vaguely connected to the riots – the 16 months given to Anderson Fernandes for picking up a cone and two scoops of ice cream, taking one lick and then giving it away, the 16 months given to Callum Marley for crawling into a pawnbroker, finding it empty and then leaving without taking anything, and the decision to take away the anonymity of a 16-year-old boy for posting pro-riot comments on facebook, meaning that saying things on the internet is seen as being serious enough to totally ignore normal legal procedure. We really need a proper support campaign for these people, who’re suddenly being thrown into a terrifying and dehumanising environment. But this wave of repression isn’t just being played out in the courtroom: recent days have also seen 40 people picked up in raids ahead of the Notting Hill carnival, a worrying sign that we seem to be heading towards a system of pre-emptive arrests, and a raid on the editor of a Bristol radical paper, on grounds that would be hilarious if the situation wasn’t so serious: officers were searching for “rocks (may by having glass samples upon)”, apparently in the belief that rioters not only stockpile rocks in their home ready to throw at things, but also take their rocks home with them after using them to smash windows with. More seriously still, we’ve also seen three deaths in eight days – the IPCC are refusing to investigate the death of Philip Hulmes in Bolton, a post-mortem into the death of Dale Burns was apparently “inconclusive”, and, in what may be the most shocking case of all, 25-year-old Jacob Michael rang the police after being threatened, only to be beaten to death by 11 cops when they arrived. Fuck all cops and fuck the system they uphold. To round off this selection of legal and police news, here’s the latest thoughts of anarchist prisoner Thomas Blak, which make for inspiring reading. […]