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(A-Radio) Experiences of an anarchist prisoner on how to survive jail in Belarus

The following recording has been made by the Anarchist Group Dortmund (in cooperation with A-Radio Berlin) during a presentation on March 6, 2016.

In it the former anarchist prisoner from Belarus Mikalai Dziadok shares his prison experiences and gives some advice on how to survive the jail.
Total helplessness, psychological pressure, stupid convicts' laws, ever-lasting prison terms - this is what Belarusian prison is made of.
You'll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here:  link to aradio.blogsport.de

Length: 1:29 h

You can find other English and Spanish language audios here:  http://aradio.blogsport.de/englishcastellano/.

Among our last audios you can find:
* An interview on an anarchosyndicalist struggle in vegan pizzeria in Berlin:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* An interview with the Anarchist Federation in Britain about its Safer Spaces policy (about feminism and conflict resolution):  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* Mediterranean 4: An interview with the workers of the self-managed soap factory Vio.me in Thessaloniki:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* Mediterranean 3: An audio by the self-organized refugee squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* An interview with an activist of the Passe Livre movement in Sao Paulo, Brazil:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* Mediterranean 2: An interview with two anarchists working on the refugee topic in Slovenia:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* Northern Europe 3: An interview with two members of the new Anarchist Federation in Finland, Alusta:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* Mediterranean 1: An interview with two activists of the occupied and self-organized refugee center Notara26 in Athens, Greece:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* Northern Europe 2: An interview on the Anarchist Bookfair in Tallinn, Estonia:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* Northern Europe 1: An audio on the countercultural Musta Pispala festival in Tampere, Finland:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* Eastern Europe 5: An interview with Anarchist Black Cross Warsaw:  link to aradio.blogsport.de
* The documentation of a presentation about the topic "Undercover for State and Capital":  link to aradio.blogsport.de

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What About How To Survive U.S. Jail? 30.Mar.2016 08:40


United states prisons are just as bad as they can possibly get, and we don't need to worry about prisons in far-off Belarus. For example:

In fact the U.S. has 4.6 times as many prisoners per capita than, say, Australia; the U.S. has 698 per 100,000 while Australia has 151 per 100,000. Germany has 78 per 100,000. See:

We have 1 in every 31 U.S. adults under "correctional control":

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (web page) -- Criminal Justice Fact Sheet -- 2016

Incarceration Trends in America

(+) From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people.

(+) Today, the US is 5% of the World population and has 25% of world prisoners.

(+) Combining the number of people in prison and jail with those under parole or probation supervision, 1 in every 31 adults, or 3.2 percent of the population is under some form of correctional control.

Are these U.S. prisoners treated well? Well, Does this sound like fun:

The Marshall Project -- The Deadly Consequences of Solitary With a Cellmate - Mar. 24, 2016

On November 19, 2014, the door clanged shut behind David Sesson and Bernard Simmons. Sesson put his hands through the food slot to have his handcuffs removed. Both men were in "disciplinary segregation," a bureaucratic term for solitary confinement, at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois.
Reported and published in collaboration with NPR.

But unlike many in solitary, Sesson and Simmons wouldn't have a moment alone. The 4'8"-by-10'8" space was originally built for one, but as Menard became increasingly overcrowded and guards sent more people to solitary, the prison bolted in a second bunk. The two men would have to eat, sleep, and defecate inches from one another for nearly 24 hours a day in a space smaller than a parking spot, if a parking spot had walls made of cement and steel on all sides.

With a toilet, sink, shelf, and beds, the men were left with a sliver of space about a foot-and-a-half wide to maneuver around each other. If one stood, the other had to sit. They could palm both walls without fully extending their arms. There was no natural light, just a fluorescent bulb and small Plexiglas windows that looked out onto the hall. The solid door muffled the cacophony of shouting and door-banging ricocheting off the tier. It also blocked ventilation.

The space itself appeared to be decomposing. The front wall, next to the door, was made of corroded metal. The paint on the wedge-shaped shelf had almost completely chipped away; the beds were caked in rust; and the floor underneath the toilet was stained brown and black. Dust and crumbs accumulated in every corner.

Inside the Cell:
Photos of the cell where David Sesson and Bernard Simmons were housed in Menard Correctional Center's solitary wing. The cell is 4'8"-by-10'8", which is smaller than a parking spot. Rotate the model to see the space at every angle.
Illinois State Police

When guards locked the door, Sesson didn't know anything about Simmons: not his name, not what he had done to wind up in prison, or what he did to end up in solitary. But Simmons had heard a few things about Sesson. He knew he was a "bug," someone who attacks his cellies. And while Simmons was three inches taller, at 5'7", Sesson outweighed him by more than 100 pounds.

The two started arguing immediately. Each had to prove that he would not be messed with, because if something happened if one attacked the other there was no escape. The only way to alert a guard was to bang on the door and hope the sound could be heard above the din.

Simmons told Sesson he was serving a life sentence for murder. So am I, Sesson said. That settled it. Neither had anything to lose.

Sesson thought he had made it clear to the guards that he did not want a cellmate. After years of sharing claustrophobic cells with strangers, he was fed up. He told them that he would hurt anyone they put him with; that's how desperate he was to be alone. "Frankly, I am tired of living with people," he said later. So he told Simmons, "If we get into it, I'm not gonna stop."

Later that day, they ate dinner on their beds and tossed the empty Styrofoam trays and milk cartons in the corner. Then an officer's face appeared in the small window in the door. He called both their names for the 9 p.m. count, and after they replied, he moved on to the next cell. That's when Sesson jumped down from the top bunk. "Let's do this, then," he said.

Simmons threw the first punch, only grazing his roommate's face. Sesson lunged back at him and grabbed him by the throat, wrestling him to the ground. He picked up a torn, knotted strip of bedsheet, but it split. So Sesson pulled a shoelace from his boots and wrapped it tightly around Simmons' neck.

The men in the cell next door heard a few minutes of muffled fighting through the concrete walls and banging on the door. Then, quiet. The prison staff heard nothing. It took at least 30 minutes, when a corrections officer made his next round, for someone to check on cell 6-38.

"My cellie is dead," Sesson told the guard. Simmons' body lay on the ground, halfway underneath the bottom bunk. "I killed him."

They had been together less than six hours.

Is there anything in Belarus worse than this? Probably not.

So there's no need to invoke the so-called"responsibility to protect" doctrine to bomb Belarus into the stone age. Libya had free health care, free education, and the highest standard of living in the Middle East/ North Africa. Much higher than Israels. And the U.S. destroyed that completely. Now Libya compares unfavorably with Syria.

The 8+ million Belarussians will get by without our "assistance". They can get by without being bombed. Or being infiltrated by George Soros' "National Endowment for Democracy (NED) NGO and its color "revolutions" that lead to rapacious warlord rule.