On the 15th March a demonstration was held outside the Bulgarian Embassy in London in solidarity with Jock Palfreeman.
Jock Palfreeman is a 25 year old Australian who was stitched-up by the Bulgarian police and courts. On the 28th December 2007 in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, he intervened to halt an attack in the street on two young Roma by about 15 men. During his attempt to stop the assault, the gang turned on him. In the ensuing fight, 19-year-old Antoan Zahariev and 20-year-old Andrey Monov were stabbed. Monov later died on the way to hospital. Jock was convicted of ‘murder with hooliganism’ and sentenced to 20 years in the notorious Sofia Central Prison. Jock has always maintained that he acted in self-defence. Evidence was blocked from the trial and CCTV evidence was ‘lost’. Even the Appeal court established that five witnesses had changed their evidence. Jock’s case has now been lodged with the European Court of Human Rights based on a violation of Article 6 but the process can take 5 years.
The Anarchist Federation’s (AF) Stormy Petrel flag and banners with ‘Free Jock’ and ‘Leeds Anarchist Black Cross’ were displayed. About 30 people turned out for the picket including comrades from Brighton, Bristol, London AF, Surrey/Hants AF, Staines Anarchists, Leeds Anarchist Black Cross, London ABC, ALARM and the Traveller Solidarity Network. Leaflets explaining Jock Palfreeman’s case were handed out and a Bulgarian flag was burned in front of the embassy.