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Turkey - State is rape !

Even though the "sexual abuse" bill prepared by 6 deputies of AKP and proposed on November 17 is now withdrawn, it's important to understand what it means for us women, this proposal which have been confronted by the protests of women since it came up. The prepared bill decreased the minimum age for sexual consent from 15 to 12 and aimed to lay the groundwork for: impunity of harassment and rape perpetrators currently in court and in the future criminal suits; exculpation of sex crimes; Acquittal of harassment and rape perpetrators in case they marry the children that they have abused; exposure of girls to harassment and rape at the age of 12 and the existence of child brides. Withdrawal of the bill this morning on one hand became one of the most solid examples showing that we women become free by resisting, and on the other hand showing the state politics of stalling.

Gender politics of state are beyond ignoring the identity and body of women and are shaped by the aim to create the "conservative society". Bringing birth control to the agenda by saying "it's a sin", banning abortion by saying "it's massacre", are of course population politics on their own. But beyond this, all these politics are related with the aim of AKP authority, creating and growing a conservative society.

The state which is interested in "conserving" the woman who delivers "a lot" or the woman who is compelled by the abortion ban to deliver after being pregnant by rape, on one side conserves the "suppressed" identity of woman and one the other side conserves the authority of man, through population and body politics against women.

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Brazil. International Campaign for the Freedom of Rafael Braga

The Campaign for the Freedom of Rafael Braga makes a call for collectives, movements and popular organizations all over the world to join us in the International Campaign for the Freedom of Rafael Braga.

We are making a call so that in November 2016, activities can be organized all over Brazil and abroad aiming to publicize the case of Rafael Braga and to debate themes like racism, genocide of Black people and people of color, mass incarceration, penal selectivity, prison abolition struggle etc. The activities can be cultural events, rallies, debates, paintings, stencil, propaganda, speeches and others. We ask for the groups and individuals that organize something to send us details about it through the FORM so that we can publicize it and build a calendar with the events. Besides the activities, it is also possible to support the Campaign by sending us pictures with signs supporting Rafael Braga or solidarity notes signed by collectives and groups.

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Czech Republic. Imprisoned anarchist Martin Ignačák has gone on hunger strike

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On Friday 27.5. 2016 in Pankrác remand prison anarchist Martin Ignačák accused of terrorism went on hunger strike. He did this because on 29.4. 2016 the City court in Prague ruled in favour of his release from remand and the state’s attorney appealed this decision to the High court in Prague. On friday 27.5. 2016 the High court in Prague extended the remand. Therefore the anarchist has decided to protest by going on hunger strike and has stopped taking in nutrition and liquids. This type of hunger strike threatens the life of the hunger striker after a week.

During the year long investigation of the preparation of a supposed terrorist attack the imprisoned anarchist has exhausted all legal options, to achieve objective procedure of the respective organs active in the criminal proceedings. None of them were taken into account. This is why he now chose this radical form of expression, to draw attention to this manipulated police case. ” I consider the approach of the investigators and the police to be very problematic, it is a threat to the freedom of every human being, a threat to freedom of speech, a threat to activism that tries to lead to a better world, and this doesn’t just involve anarchists.”

Martin is being prosecuted in the so called Fénix case from April 2015, in which altogether 5 people were accused of the preparation and the failure to notify of a terrorist attack on a train. Martin is the only one who has been in remand prison this whole time and his detention has now been extended after the intervention of the state’s attorney. As a reason for the extension of remand the state’s attorney used the testimony of a police agent who infiltrated the anarchist movement in 2014.

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