If you’re antifa in Sweden, you’ve heard of Joel – the antifascist that defended a women’s march from knife-wielding white supremacists and served a serious prison sentence for his troubles. Joel’s been out for a while now and his support group just released this statement:
It’s been a little over 6 months since Joel got out and the fånggruppen that held in the campaign now want to thank you who supported us and Joel in these years.
We would like, first of all, to thank all of you who have in any way heard from us and contributed to practical or economic help, but also thank you to you who wrote to say that we are doing a good job. Thank you!
We should continue to thank you for the great support we have received from abroad; it has really meant a lot to us. It is good to know that there is great international solidarity and we hope that we, too, have shown that solidarity when you need it.
Of course, we want to thank the people and organizations in Sweden who supported Joel and us. We are eternally grateful!
We will now end the campaign and use the page to continue to work. Finally, a thank you from Joel himself:
“Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the free Joel campaign, everyone who wrote letters and sent in stuff. Thank you to all the groups who supported and spread the word, above all thanks to AFA Stockholm and an even bigger thank you to fånggruppen Stockholm.
A big thank you to my family! And thanks to those who set up for my family without you, it would have been hell. I love you.
Thank you also to all those who are fighting in the fight for a fairer world.
Don’t forget that it’s never possible to live on old merit, class is ongoing. Organize yourself!”
If you contributed to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund in 2015, part of your donation went to helping Joel, so this thanks goes out to you!