Fundraiser at the Plough 09.09.17

This is a benefit for Sven and Natasha, more info below and at http://www.freesvenandnatasha.org

On the morning of the 6th July 2012 police in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, raided Sven and Natasha’s home and the office of the local animal rights group. The police seized computers, storage devices, printers, cameras and paperwork from both addresses. Sven and Natasha were arrested with European arrest warrants for ‘conspiracy to blackmail’ in relation to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the UK’s largest animal testing laboratory. They were held in prison for a week before being released on strict bail conditions, having surrendered their passports. A third person was also raided and arrested in the UK.

In early 2014 the UK defendant went to trial and was convicted of committing conspiracy to blackmail between 2001 – 2011, for her part in running Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), a global campaign that fought for the closure of HLS. She is now serving a 6 year prison sentence. Sven and Natasha are currently waiting to be extradited to the UK for their trial. They are charged with committing conspiracy to blackmail between November 2008 – December 2010, accused of carrying out a range of actions, from posting polite campaign letters to criminal damage.

Sven and Natasha have been charged with ‘conspiracy to blackmail’. Conspiracy and blackmail charges have been used increasingly over recent years to repress and dismantle animal rights campaign groups. The implications of these police operations should concern all social justice movements and anyone who organises against corporations or the state.

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