We’re exploring the deep reasons that drive people to protest in support of important social and political issues, and highlighting those that do. Here, Raymond Johansen talks to Sarah about his personal motivations for working as an activist, and why he believes civil disobedience is a duty for every able-bodied citizen.
Ray sits on the Board of Directors of Pirate Parties International, and is International Coordinator of the Pirate Party of Norway.
Dmitry Bogatov was arrested on April 6, accused of inciting terrorist activity by posting “extremist” materials online. There is significant doubt surrounding the legitimacy of the charges that led to Bogatov’s arrest, which primarily relate to his supposed sharing of the video for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s ‘No Church in the Wild’. Yet, if convicted he may face a 20-year sentence. Dmitry’s supporters are calling for support from the international community, to join them in protesting his unjust detention on June 19 and 20.