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News :: Human Rights
Another anarchist dies in prison: Abel Ramarope, political prisoner turned anarchist
02 Dec 2005
Another anarchist dies in prison: Abel Ramarope, political prisoner turned anarchist
by abc - south africa Tuesday November 29, 2005 at 07:18 AM


"You must be aware that we are victimised by our fear to stand up for what is entitled us as people whether in prison or outside prison. We are firstly determined to challenge any barbaric or tyrannic system if it needs be. Change is a must; and it shall come and be effected by those who needs to see it. Well we need to be strong even when we face incarceration. We cannot afford to be sacrificed at the expense of the capitalists. We fought for the transformation of this land, and yet we are deprived of the right to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Now our votes are seen as a priority but our release as political activists/ prisoners is not important to them." - Abel Ramarope, political prisoner turned anarchist, died September 2005

It is always saddening to hear of someone dying in a prison, with cold concrete and steel preventing them from being comforted by loved ones in their time of need. However, and not to place any more value on one life over another, but when I hear of yet another anarchist, whom I believe often have a more acute awareness of suffering and a stronger longing for freedom and justice than do most people, having died in a prison cell, I am filled with a sadness unparalleled.

Abel was imprisoned as a member of the Pan-African Congress for his role in the struggle against apartheid but, through contact with the South African chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross in early 2004 he began to develop a great interest in anarchism and devoured any reading material he could get hold of. Despite a decade of humiliation and abuse at the hands of the authorities, when Abel became an anarchist almost two years ago he was filled with a hope and belief in a better future that is rare; especially in someone who has spent so long in prison, having been forgotten both by his former organisation and the very people whose freedom he fought for.

In prison he began to organise a clandestine reading and study group on anarchism, educating prisoners about the real nature of the prison system, and set about organising to expose the corruption of the ANC and the Amnesty Commission; which denied amnesty to political prisoners and freedom fighters of the apartheid era who were not affiliated to the ANC leadership or were not part of the South African Police or South African National Defense Force during the times of struggle.

Abel was an inspiration to fight back against the injustice of the system if ever I met one; I remember when he told me not to bring him anything that would make his stay in prison more comfortable, as it made him feel stronger and more of an anarchist to suffer. And not to buy him anything from the prison tuck-shop as he didn't want to contribute in any way to enriching the corrupt prison wardens and Department of Correctional Services. Instead he asked for a kettle, which the ABC supplied, that he could use to drink hot water which he said helped his asthma. I only hope it made his last months more bearable.

Of course one can be sure that if Abel hadn't had to endure a decade behind bars, surrounded by concrete and steel, trying to survive on a worthless diet and if he had had access to the right medication, he may have had the strength to fight his sickness as he did his oppressors. That is why, when the prison warden told us that Abel had died in September from asthma I was furious. Maybe I wanted to cry, but my tears have dried up like the blood of so many who sacrificed their lives and freedom for a better future. Anyway, we don't only morn for the dead...turn anger and sadness into resistance.

It was an honor and a privilege to have know Abel and, inspired by his enthusiasm and commitment to exposing and expelling the lies about the role and function of the prison system - that of protecting and upholding class society - with the aim of destroying them both, we will not rest until every prison has been razed to the ground.

"If there is a working class them I am with it
If there is a criminal element then I am it
And if there is a soul in prison then I am not free"

Love & Rage
Jonathan, on behalf of Anarchist Black Cross - South Africa

Let sadness turn to anger, harness that anger and turn it to rage
Give expression to that rage and tear down the fucking cage

NOTE: The Prison will not pass on the details and date of his death until a written request has been approved by the Department of Correctional Services.

Background info: Not Yet Uhuru and 10 Years of Hypocrisy.
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News :: International
Police crush World Aids Day march in Zimbabwe, activists arrested
02 Dec 2005
Police crush World Aids Day march in Zimbabwe, activists arrested
HARARE, ZIMBABWE, 1 DECEMBER 2005 - In an act of outrageous barbarism the Zimbabwe Republic Police descended on today's World Aids Day march and ordered the marchers to disperse. As we go to press five of the organizers of today's protests are still in police custody since midday. These are Munyaradzi Gwisai of ISO, Mao Nyikadzino (NCA), Sostain Moyo (Zimbabwe Activists Against Aids ), and Anna and Gladys from the Women Aids Support Network (WASN).
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Commentary :: Politics
Ex-Rep. Findley: “It’s Time to Exit Iraq!”
01 Dec 2005
On Dec. 1, 2005, at a public forum, on Capitol Hill, ex-Rep. Paul Findley (R-IL), urged President George W. Bush to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq-promptly. He offered a four point plan to that end. Findley said that his greatest fear is that Bush “will persist in his quest for a military victory.” He praised Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) for demanding an “early and complete exit from Iraq.” Findley called for ending the U.S.’ “ugly role in the killing fields of Iraq.”
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LOCAL Announcement :: Environment : Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare
Help to Expose The 'Scumbag' Landlord Leonard J. Samia
01 Dec 2005
Samia, who owns lots of property in Boston and who, the Boston Angry Tenants Union named 'Scumbag Landlord of the Month' in 2003, is emtying his Louisbourg Square Apartments in Terrytown, across the river from downtown New Orleans through mass evictions.
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Commentary :: Education
Holistic Health: Why Vegan?
01 Dec 2005
A compilation of ethical, environmental, philosophical, nutritional, and humanitarian reasons to adopt a Vegan lifestyle.
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News :: Media
The SHORTWAVE REPORT 12/2/05 ¡LISTEN GLOBALLY!
01 Dec 2005
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, China, Spain, Cuba, and Russia.
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News :: International
Where People Cannot Afford Their Country - 12/1/05 Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatch
01 Dec 2005
Khamis.jpg** Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches **
** Visit the Dahr Jamail Iraq website http://dahrjamailiraq.com **
** Website by http://jeffpflueger.com **
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Commentary :: Organizing
An Open Letter to United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) From the Mobilization for Global Justice*
01 Dec 2005
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News :: Human Rights
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News :: GLBT/Queer
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