a press conference on 12th February in Graz on the new charges against 3
VGT activists. Local media was present and broadcast the news.
conference was well attended. The atmosphere was very good. A bad flavour
was left when 3 police officers in trenchcoats surrounded Martin Balluch
before entering the press conference room and behaved in their typical terrorist
fashion. Between beginning of October 2009 and beginning of January 2010,
police has visited Martin Balluch altogether 35 times at home. Since then,
police has been again at his home and at his office a number of times. The
solicitors have now written to all
police headquarters that they should not keep up their psychological terror
and keep away from Martin Balluch's property.
February, the self indictments were presented to the press. It was mayhem
and the best attended press conference ever. It hit the prime time TV news.
3 TV stations filmed the conference and basically all newspapers covered
it. Right now, we have very much press attention and all very positive indeed.
There has not been any negative press report in the last 1 1/2 years! And
more self-indictments are flooding in.
Balluch also gave a number of public talks and the atmosphere is really
exciting. People get very fed up with police and state prosecution behaviour.
moment, 13 people have been charged and will start their trial on 2nd of
March. Another 3 have still their cases pending and 30 people had their
people charged now have 5 lawyers together, which is not too bad. 3 people
have handed in their complete defence statements. In the case of Martin
Balluch that amounts to 63 written pages and a lot of material proof like
films from fur farms in Scandinavia and battery farms in Austria and such.
Martin Balluch himself has called 178 witnesses for his defence. The state
prosecutor called 119. The other defendants will also call witnesses, so
we might be facing more than a year's trial with a good 120 witnesses of
the prosecution and 300 witnesses of the defence. That will truely be a
at Vienna university has just now published another judicial scientific
paper on the animal rights trial. In very strong words, the behaviour of
state prosecution and police is attacked and the author thinks that the
whole procedure is completely unconstitutional.
2 weeks, we are having daily demos again against repression in Austria.
People are up on motorway bridges or distribute leaflets at underground
stations in Vienna or occupy crossroads and spread the news with giant banners.
websites in Austrian are in preparation. One, www.martinballuch.com, will
run a blog on the whole trial. The other, www.tierschutzprozess.at, will
have daily updates on the trial and on what is happening at the court.
will continue with 2-3 press releases on the case per week
- we will continue with daily demos and in addition vigils outside
court during trial days
- the next press conference is on 1st March with all lawyers, then one
on 13th April, end of April with 3 University Professors of law and
on 5th May with Peter Singer
- next Monday will be a media stunt outside the ministry of justice in
- big demo march on 27th february and another in march and April
here for more: www.shameonaustria.org