Stop Judicial Prosecution for Solidarity with Palestine!

Communist Workers Group (CWG-USA)

Stop Judicial Prosecution for Solidarity with Palestine!

A Call to the Austrian State to Drop Its Charges against Michael Pröbsting!

Introduction

The Austrian State is attempting to prosecute pro-Palestine activists for their Anti-Zionist views. On 20 April 2016, the Federal Bureau for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism (the political police in Austria) summoned Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the RCIT, to answer charges of “sedition” and “inciting criminal action” (paragraph 282 of the Austrian Criminal Code). If convicted, Pröbsting can face up to one year in prison.

Michael Pröbsting is a long-time activist in solidarity with Palestine where he has visited two times. (1) For many years he has collaborated with Arab migrant communities in Austria and has frequently been invited to address their demonstrations and meetings.

The charges against Pröbsting are founded on a sentence of a speech he delivered half a year…

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