Free Sven and Natasha: ‘In July 2012 Sven and Natasha were raided and arrested in Amsterdam under a European arrest warrant. They were accused of ‘conspiracy to blackmail’ in relation to Huntingdon Life Sciences (recently rebranded as Envigo). HLS is Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory and is the most notorious and protested lab in history. The UK government has gone to extraordinary lengths to stop people protesting against HLS, with increasing targeting and repression of campaigners. Sven and Natasha are awaiting extradition to the UK for their trial and face up to 14 years in prison’
As Anti-Speciesist Womxm we stand in solidarity with Natasha and Sven. We are in full support of them and other criminalised activists. We stand firmly against the global prison industrial complex and we condemn the limitations on the emotional and physical freedom HLS/Envigo, the police and the states involved have imposed upon them. The criminalisation of people who work towards the end of torture on animals is a travesty of justice.
We are grateful for all you do, Natasha and Sven. We really hope you know that everything you do is worthwhile. We wish you nothing but patience, happiness and a lot of strength. Our thoughts are with you every day. We are spreading the word about your case, and of course, about the victims you (and we all) are fighting for. We do so continuously in our everyday conversations, at meetings, protests and online and we will never cease to continue. Until all are free.
To be a victim of political repression is emotionally, physically and financially draining. More often than not it is either purposefully, or as a side-effect, very isolating even when not imprisoned. None of us can imagine the suffering victims of vivisection go through but, as humans, we can begin to envision the effects police/state violence have upon our comrades. We must never forget to stand in solidarity with each other.
Please write to Natasha and Sven here (even one sentence, a short ‘Hi, wishing you well’ can be reassuring):
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Or write to:
Free Sven and Natasha
14 Robertson Road