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 The Final Straw 
 
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 Sascha & Igor S. from Prague
 The Final Straw Radio  
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We'd love to extend a loving thank you to the folks who attended and
put on the benefit for The Final Straw last night at the Odditorium
including the staff of that place, Ashley for putting the show together,
the bands (being Asherah, Autarch, Desperate Measures and Lacrymosa),
AshevilleFM staff who tabled, Asheville Anti-Racism and the lovely faces
who attended. The show was a smash-bang success!

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For the majority of this show, we spoke with Sascha and Igor who live
in Prague about Operation Fenix, which began in April 2015 when the
police of the Czech Republic commenced an operation against the
anarchist, anti-authoritarian and animal liberation movement. During the
course of this wave of repression, there were a number of house raids
during which equipment was confiscated, and it has since come to light
that agent provocateurs were used heavily in the arrests which took
place. In this interview, we talk about how anarchists in Prague are
handling this scrutiny, as well as ways to combat divide and conquer
tactics used by cops, how the media is weaponized against anarchists,
and what someone might do about these things.

For more information on this and for sending support, visit http://antifenix.noblogs.org/

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We also present an update on the land occupation near the town of
Notre Dame des Landres in France called la ZAD, which is a long running
resistance against the building of an airport which would devastate the
ecology of the area, destroy farmland, and evict many long term
residents. This is specifically an update on the State of Emergency
which has been declared and the call to action being requested. Included
in the show is a statement read for us by a comrade in Asheville.

More on the ZAD at http://zad.nadir.org

You can find the text of this portion in the transcript area of this r4a post.

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But first, here is an announcement from the North American ABC network:

In February 2017, political prisoner Zolo Azania will finally be released from prison. He will have served 35 years, 27 were on death row. During his final year inside, Zolo wants to participate in the Indiana Dept. of Corrections (IDOC) Work Release Program.

As Zolo says: “I want to be moved into some type of viable program so that I can gain additional life skills in preparation for my re-entry into the community.”

The IDOC should grant Work Release to Zolo based on the person he is today, his record of good behavior, his re-entry needs, and Indiana’s commitment to rehabilitation. However, the IDOC has denied Work Release for Zolo, apparently based on the fact that he was convicted of murder-- 34 years ago.The IDOC's denial of access to Work Release for Zolo is unfair and unwarranted!

PLEASE CALL, EMAIL OR WRITE TO COMMISSIONER BRUCE LEMMON, INDIANA

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND SAY:

(1) Offer Zolo the kind of re-entry plan he deserves: Work Release (WR)

(2) After 34 years Zolo needs WR to gain skills and money necessary for re-entry

(3) Zolo is a model prisoner and has shown a commitment to better himself

(4) Evaluate Zolo based on who he is today, not on his 34-year old conviction

COMMISSIONER BRUCE LEMMON

Phone: 317.232.5711

Address: 302 West Washington Street, Room E-334

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Email: blemmon@idoc.in.gov

To find more information about this issue, and for access to a sample
letter to send to Commissioner Bruce Lemmon, you can visit http://www.zoloazania.org and if you like you can call the number 773.425.6716 to contact supporters.

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The following is an excerpt from an article entitled

*Last member of 'Nato 3' may die in prison from Huntington's Disease*

by Kevin Gosztola

Shadowproof

Jared Chase is the last member of the “NATO 3,” who remains in prison. Chase suffers from Huntington’s disease and faces additional charges for an alleged aggravated battery against a prison guard. He is set to go on trial in April. If convicted, there is a significant chance Chase could die in prison because of how his imprisonment has compounded the effects of this neurodegenerative disease.

In May 2012, Chicago hosted a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting to discuss policies in the Afghanistan War. A number of activists traveled to the city to protest NATO, including Chase, Brian Jacob Church and Brent Betterly. They became known as the “NATO 3” after they were targeted by undercover Chicago police and arrested on May 16. The state of Illinois accused the “NATO 3” of making explosives.

The Illinois State’s Attorney Office quickly labeled the young men “terrorists” in a criminal complaint and charged them with state terrorism offenses. On February 7, 2014, after a lengthy trial in which the key role of undercover cops became even more apparent, a jury acquitted the “NATO 3” of all terrorism charges. But they were found guilty of arson-related offenses and “mob action” charges.

In April 2014, a judge sentenced Church to five years in prison, Betterly to six years, and Chase to eight years for arson offenses. The judge allowed prosecutors to present evidence against Chase related to the alleged aggravated battery incident involving the spraying of urine and feces on a guard, even though the state intended to pursue a separate trial.

“He’s Dying Before My Eyes”

Betterly, who was released from prison in April 2015, was last with Chase while they were beat up by guards during their arrival at the Stateville prison’s receiving center. After sentencing, they were put on the same bus and moved to the prison. Guards from the Illinois Department of Corrections awaited their arrival, which resulted in a “pretty violent interaction,” according to Betterly.

During a recent pretrial hearing on December 7, 2015, Chase showed up to court with a black eye and a swollen face. Betterly said he’s lost a considerable amount of weight, perhaps fifty pounds. Supporters are terribly concerned about his health.

“He’s dying before my eyes. That’s not embellishment at all,” Betterly declared. “The charge he carries now—it carries a minimum of three years. He won’t survive it.”

Betterly noted the prisons are not capable of taking care of diseases “that are generally serious but treatable.” A disease like Huntington’s is “probably something they don’t encounter much. They completely have no idea how to care for somebody with Huntington’s. They’re not equipped to do it. He’ll die. If he’s found guilty and sentenced to even the minimum, he won’t make it. That’s my opinion.”

Chase is in solitary confinement at the Pontiac Correctional Center, a facility where a number of violent and/or mentally ill inmates are incarcerated.

State prosecutors allege that on October 4, 2013, Chase sprayed “human waste” on a Cook County prison guard, Officer Trevor Hapanionek. He was charged with four different charges for one alleged act.

Multiple Cook County guards testified during sentencing about the basic details of what they claim happened on October 4, but Dr. Kathleen Shannon, a neurologist who had assessed Chase, testified that his misconduct against guards was likely a result of Huntington’s disease.

Shannon informed the court the disease makes it difficult for a person to avoid outbursts. It makes one easily irritable and can lead to mania. On average, a person who develops the disease can die in 17 years. A person usually goes through multiple stages of disability until spending the final 8 years of their life in a nursing home or hospice care.

It is hereditary. Chase’s dad died from the disease, and according to Shannon’s best estimate, the onset of Huntington’s disease began in 2008.

To read the rest of this article and find out ways to support Jared
Chase and get him the medical attention he needs to save his life, check
out the links at http://freethenato3.wordpress.com

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