On unnecessary talk offers and missing pens

At last, we are also receiving longer messages from Max Zirngast. This article documents translated and edited extracts from a longer letter, which he wrote on October 18th, 2018 and has only recently reached us. For ease of reading, we have added some notes and headings, marked with square brackets. October 18, 2018 I am…

Appeasement is not appropriate

After the initial remarks by government spokesman Launsky-Tieffenthal, Chancellor Kurz (ÖVP), Vice-Chancellor Strache (FPÖ) and Foreign Minister Kneissl on the case of Max Zirngast on September 11 and 12, 2018, there has been little word from official sources on the matter. Foreign Minister Kneissl has now made a number of comments regarding this case. We…

Speech at the “It’s Thursday again!” – Demonstration in Vienna

We are documenting Elisa’s speech at the Thursday demonstration on October 11 in Vienna. “I am here in the name of the Solidarity Campaign #FreeMaxZirngast. Max Zirngast is an activist and journalist, who’s been detained in Turkey for a month now. He lives and works in Ankara since 2015. I got to know Max as…

A Whole Month In High-Security Prison – Enough!

Max Zirngast has been under arrest for more than a month. For a bulk of that time, he was in the Sincan-2 High-Security Prison, which is 60 kilometers away from Ankara. Contact with him is difficult and strictly limited. The letters that he was able to mail around September 28th are arriving only now –…

Max Zirngast’s Attorney Tamer Doğan remains banned from the trial

The decision of the Penal Justice of the Peace in Ankara to eject one of Max Zirngast’s attorneys from criminal proceedings was once again confirmed. Tamer Doğan is going to appeal again.   On September 18th, a week after Max Zirngast’s detention, the 4th Penal Justice of the Peace in Ankara sent an order to…

Start of the Online Petition

Statement by students and staff of the University of Vienna on the imprisonment of Max Zirngast On September 11, 2018 at 5 am in Ankara, Austrian journalist, author and student Max Zirngast, who has been living in Turkey, was arrested by the Turkish police. According to media reports, as in many other similar cases, the…

27th September 2018, The Foundation of the Solidarity Campaign #FreeMaxZirngast

Upon invitation of the left re:volt Magazine, the founding meeting of the solidarity campaign #FreeMaxZirngast took place last night in the “Semperdepot” of the Academy of Fine Arts. The meeting brought together amongst many of Max’ friends and fellow students, also former parliamentary representative of the Austrian Green Party, Berîvan Aslan, Prof. Karl Reitter, the…

Short message from Max Zirngast

We have noticed your solidarity actions. This really helps and honors us. I greet and thank everyone who shows us solidarity. I’m sitting here in prison as a European socialist, and as a researcher, author, and student. But many prisoners from Turkey are sitting here as well. Comrades, MPs, and even elected mayors are in…