Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman and prisoners in Bulgaria – Stop brutality against prisoners

art-353-palfreeman-300x0From ABC Brighton:

A few days ago Australian anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman was assaulted in Sofia Central Prison in Bulgaria (he says it was not “too badly”) but yesterday [July 6] the same guard assaulted another prisoner, an elderly man, and some of that man’s compatriots came to his assistance. These seven were then set upon by 40 guards, who brutally beat them.

Jock, in his role of secretary of the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, phoned a number of lawyers to help defend those assaulted. Now Jock has been threatened by the same prison guard has threatened him with another beating.

It is no surprise that not only Jock’s role within the prison with the Bulgarian Prisoners Association but also because of the various days of action for Jock being organised around the globe to highlight his case. You can contact the Bulgarian prison authorities [details below] or organise a protest at your nearest Bulgarian embassy or consulate.

Addresses to post, fax and email your letters of protest to:

Krassimira Vocheva
Head Prosecutor-Sofia
No.2 Vitosha blvd

Tel: +359 28051500
Email via:
[NB: the fields on the form translate as:

Name & Surname:
Full address:
Your email:
Complaint or question (10000 characters):

Borish Velchev
Head Prosecutor-Sofia
No.2 Vitosha blvd

Tel: +359 28051500
Email via:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: 2 Aleksander Zhendov Str
Sofia 1040

Tel: +359 2 948 2999 (ready form for sending messages from their website, very helpful)

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria LONDON
186-188 Queen’s Gate
London SW7 5HL

Tel.: (0044) (0) 207 584 9400, (0) 207 584 9433
Fax: (0044) (0) 207 584 4948

Information, Public Relations and European Communication Directorate
Director: Sofia Vladimirova

Tel: +359 2 971 1408. OR +359 2 971 3778. OR +359 2 948 2218.
Fax: +359 2 870 3041

Ministry’s Reception Desk
Tel: +359 2 948 2018 or +359 2 971 1054
(opening hrs 09.30 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00)

Ministry of Justice
No 1 Slavanska st
Sofia 1040


Finally, please write to Jock, even if it’s only a ‘good luck’ postcard. Any letters and postcards will help to keep Jock’s spirit up and feeling positive. All will be gratefully received. You can write to Jock at the following address:

Jock Palfreeman

Sofia Central Prison,
21 General Stoletov Boulevard,
Sofia 1309,


July 7 2014

This is a call for international solidarity with antifascist Jock Palfreeman.
A guard prison hits him (not very badly) some days ago and yesterday the
same guard hits an old man from another country. Some other inmates from the same country defended him and 40 guards hit 7 of them really brutal. Very brutal!

Our comrade Jock Palfreeman have call the lawyers to defend them and now he is threatened that they will beat him badly too. The guard told him that he will come to hit him early in the morning.

Jock Palfreeman is a young Australian who came to visit Bulgaria in December 2007, and has been in Bulgarian prison ever since. One night, in Sofia, Jock saw two young Roma boys being attacked by large group of racist hooligans. He intervened and the racists attacked him with purpose to kill him. Jock in self-defense seriously injured two of his attackers, one fatally. The Bulgarian State and its judicial system decided to protect the racists, their protectors, and Jock was sentenced to 20 years of prison.

Express the revolutionary solidarity with your own creativity and imagination!

For the destruction of all prisons, for the release of all prisoners, for total freedom.

“It is only necessary to recognize our own struggle in their struggle
and to take appropriate action where we are. Not out of charity or a
sense of duty, but for ourselves.”

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