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Free the PublixTheatreCaravan!
Protestcall by the European Noborder Network

On Monday July 24, the Publix Theatre Caravan, an international multimedia performance group from vienna was arrested in Recce, a small city near Genoa.

For several weeks the Publix Theatre Caravan was travelling along and across borders: From refugee camps to nobordercamps and counter-summits. Artists, actors and experimental theatre activists staged performances, played music and shot videos. On leaving Genoa the Publix Theatre Caravan on their way to the nobordercamp in Frankfurt was stopped and arrested by italian police. At the moment they are held in imprisonment on remand, awaiting a trail within the next six months.

The accusations levelled against them are as absurd as they could possibly be: The artist group is accused of vandalism and endangering public safety. The court acts on the assumption that the Publix Theatre Caravan is the core of a so called "black bloc"!

Not only do we worry about reported and confirmed violations of basic human rights. But we also suspect, that it did not happen by accident, that a group of artists and independent media activists is purposely being targeted as a scapegoat for the violence in Genoa.

We urgently demand the immediate release of the participants of the Publix Theatre Caravan!

Please spread widely information about the fate of participants of the Publix Theatre Caravan! Sign this statement! Create, upload and download banners! Link to the websites and disseminate the content and the work of the Publix Theatre Caravan! Police forces may be able to arrest individuals, but they can not break down the resistance of the multitudes.

Web: http://www.noborder.org/noprison/