Anarchist Prisoner Soheil Arabi – “Anarchism Means Flying Forever”

Soheil Arabi, the anarchist political prisoner, writes from the notorious Evin prison in northern Tehran, Iran…

Submitted by Reddebrek on April 16, 2020

Anarchism means flying forever. Since the very moment we open our eyes to this world, from all sides, a net of religion, nationality, language, “race”, sexism is thrown over our intelligence, as an obstacle to flight. When you talk to me about religion, race, language and superstition, then I try to build wings out of these nets to fly towards the infinite freedom of thinking mind.

Becoming an anarchist starts with breaking norm structures. This is hugely difficult and expensive. But more difficult than that is to remain an anarchist.

In fact, all brave birds fly far away to distant places, but eventually halt somewhere their flight and are unable to continue more. Then they sit on the higher branch of a big tree or on a big rock.

Who else can say then that there is no infinite freedom anymore? Who else can say that they have flown as far as they could handle? There are no birds capable of flying for endless eternity.

Anarchism is a bird that moves against the definite characteristics called fate and laws, therefore it breaks the norm structure, goes against Power and thus conquers the world and creates the change.
The Anarchist development is not created of any chance, but is produced by the difficult path of libertarian struggle.

Soheil Arabi
Evin Prison
January 5th, 2020
Translated by Hasse Golkar
(via Asranarshism)



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Submitted by Reddebrek on April 17, 2020

I've spoken to a friend whose in contact with Afghan and Iranian anarchist groups, and so far the pardons and releases haven't extended to any anarchist political prisoners. And Soheil Arabi is currently conducting a hunger strike.

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Submitted by R Totale on April 18, 2020

Cheers for that information, even if it's not particularly good news.


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Submitted by Reddebrek on December 29, 2021

Soheil Arabi has been released from prison but is still under some kind of house arrest/monitoring, he has a twitter account