You might recall a case from this past spring where we sent some money to an antifascist in Lüneburg, Germany to help him mount a defence against charges he received for flying the flag you see in the image above. The prosecutor in that town somehow got the idea that flying this particular flag was against the law and charged our friend for doing so.
We’re all quite certain the prosecutor’s intent was to have our friend plead down to a lesser sentence, pay a simple fine, and be done with it. What they didn’t account for our our friend’s determination to not allow the German state to criminalize antifascism and solidarity with the Kurdish people and the revolution they are fighting for in Rojava. So instead of accepting a plea deal, he demanded a trial, and we helped to make sure he had all the legal resources he needed to mount an effective case in court.
How effective a case? We got the news yesterday: the judge threw out all the charges against our friend and acquitted him!
Because our friend had all the legal resources he needed to make his case, he’s walked free and the attempts by the state to make support for antifascism and the Rojava revolution a crime have failed. Because we were able to provide him with a chunk of the necessary funds, he had those legal resources to fight his case and win.
So if you have ever contributed to the Defence Fund, please know that this victory is also your victory.
And if you haven’t ever contributed to the Defence Fund, today’s the day to change that!