Activists head to Russian embassy in Pretoria, demanding immediate release of anti-war activists
“During this time, more than 15 000 people have been detained, many facing police violence, torture, and lengthy imprisonment.
“Dzhavid Mamedov is a socialist, anti-war activist, campaigner for women's and LGBTQ+ rights, student trade union organiser, and participant in the resistance to the Lukashenko regime in Belarus, and the Putin regime in Russia.”
He said Mamedov has been arrested for the third time for his anti-war stance.
“Now they are trying to fabricate a criminal case against Dzhavid, and his next arrest could land him a long prison sentence of between 5 and 10 years. He must be protected! Dzhavid, is of course, not alone,” said Sebei.
“Kirill Ukraintsev, leader of the recent Courier’s strike and the editors of the student journal DOXA, which has taken a principled anti-war position are also arrested amongst many others.
“Now the Independent Union of Journalists, that has been defending those arrested and repressed is now being investigated for ‘extremist activities’.”
Sebei said Giwusa was demanding that Mamedov and all anti-war protesters be released immediately.
“We are also calling for all working class and progressive formations to join the picket in Pretoria, and to send letters of protest addressed to the Russian ambassador, Ilya Igorevich Rogachev,” said Sebei.
In March, President Cyril Ramaphosa thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin following a phone call between the two where the South African president sought to gain an understanding of the situation unfolding between Russia and Ukraine.
“I outlined our position on the conflict that has unfolded as well as our belief that the conflict should be resolved through mediation and negotiation between the parties and – if need be – with the help of agencies that can help bring a solution to the conflict.