Tamara, anarchist comrade arrested (Spain & Catalonia)

Today, Thursday 17 of December, Tamara, an anarchist comrade from Madrid, has been imprisoned in the woman’s prison of Wad-Ras (Barcelona). She is accused of having sent an explosive package to Albert Batlle, secretary of penitentiary services of the Catalan regional government.

The action was in October, during the struggle against the penitentiary system in solidarity with the prisoner Amadeu Casellas, in that moment on hunger strike.

Again the state utilizes detentions and imprisonment to terrorize those who confront the repressive measures of a system that needs prisons to control the poverty and the rebellion that it produces. Again we call for solidarity and the extension of the struggle, for the freedom of Tamara and for all of us.

The Civil Guard has detained the militant anarchist Tamara Hernández Heras as the presumed author of the mailing of a letter bomb to the chair of the Penitentiary Services of the Regional Government of Catalonia on the 7th of October, sources of investigation have informed EFE.

The detention of Tamara Hernández Heras was ordered by the court of instruction #25 of Barcelona for a presumed crime of attempted homicide. The agents have also searched a house in the locality of Getafe. The investigation was initiated by the Mossos d’Equadra (Catalan national police), who disactivated the bomb, an artifact of low potency, and examined the handwriting in the letter. The detainee may have a judicial hearing next Thursday.

Note from the editor:
The supposed letter bomb arrived at the office of Penitentiary Services in October, as a small group of supporters, including the mother of Amadeu Casellas, was attempting to meet with director Albert Batlle to demand the release of Amadeu, who has been locked up for over twenty years, has already completed his sentence, and has gone on several lengthy hunger strikes to demand his release. While on the one hand the police attempted to create a situation of alarm and are charging Tamara with attempted murder, on the other hand they did not evacuate anyone from the building, not even Mr. Batlle, neither when they discovered nor when they detonated the explosive; in fact other penitentiary officials arrived at the building to meet with Mr. Batlle behind closed doors, while denying a meeting to Amadeu’s mother.

Communique in respect to the December 15th detention in Madrid
by Anarchist Black Cross

Tamara is accused of sending a small explosive artifact to the Penitentiary Institutions.
Justice and mass media newly united against the movement of prisoner support.

Once again the media have made us aware today of the detention in Getafe of an anarchist comrade. And once more the media shamelessly lie with a clear criminalising intention that we want to denounce here.

Coming from where it comes, we don’t lend any credence to that which is affirmed, that the comrade T.H.H was the author of a letter bomb mailed to the department of prisons of the Catalon regional government in October. We don’t believe it, but we don’t interpret it wrongly either. She, the same as all comrades repressed by the state, has our unconditional support as much if she is the person responsible for the deeds of which they accuse her as if she isn’t. We simply don’t enter into these types of considerations.

We are left then with a very serious doubt that her authoring of the deeds of which she is accused is certain, a deep doubt that acquires substance at the time of this writing, when from sources in her defense we have learned that […] the police are expected to make a declaration tomorrow morning. Little time has passed since the detention, and they have not applied any special legislation, all of which leads us to suspect that, although it must be said that the situation is still confusing, there is no solid base for the accusation.

Notwithstanding, the the media still speak of the comrade as “a leader of the CNA [ABC].” Qualifying her as a leader they demonstrate that they are incabable of understanding that people could exist in this world who do not fight through a hierarchical relation. To say that she is integrated into the structure of the CNA is completely false. The also reveals the card the media are playing.

Let’s clear up the meaning of this lie. When the bodies of police try to make an accusation concrete, just like the prosecutor, they try to carry everything to the extreme degree. When the affair has a political nature, the desired extreme is none other than the accuastion of “belonging to an armed gang”. This penal figure, to formalise itself, can precisely link the person with an organisation that, in accord with the shared international norms has a series of formalities such as permanence in time, known revindications, etc. In the past, acronyms of nonexistent organizations have appeared to fill this role, or, as in this case, the person is linked to an existing organization, which suits their purposes even if that organization does not meet all the original criteria. Thus a technical problem is solved to magnify the accusation, and this time as all other times, the media rise to the occasion as lackeys in the service of repression.

All our solidarity for the detained comrade and our desire that tomorrow we can have her
with us again. All our contempt towards those who screen old wives tales, with the clear intention of destroying the life of one person and furthermore, this is the ultimate end of repression, trying to dissolve all the interlocked social relations that prove themselves to be antagonistic in words and in deeds.

Salute and Anarchy.

Federation of Groups of CNA Iberian Peninsula

[Edited for readability. The original version, in bad English, can be found here ]

Action in Solidarity with Tamara

Early in the morning between Thursday and Friday we set fire to two bancs in Guinardó (Barcelona) as two small acts of solidarity.

In the first place, we want to claim this action in support of Tamara, the young madrileña detained this week accused of sending a letter bomb to the director of the Penitentiary Institutions, as the politician responsible for the current situation of the prisoner Amadeu Casellas.

Beyond whether she was or wasn’t the author of this deed, we know that this arrest is framed within the attempt to stop all shows of solidarity with Amadeu. A fact that is corroborated by the different reports the Mossos have presented to raise the alarm about the dangerous relations that are being woven in relation to the hungerstrike of this anarchist prisoner. It is in this direction that we understand her arrest and in this direction that we understand our solidarity.

In the second place we want to show our deepest support to the companions detained by the Chilean state. Just as our enemies do not understand borders, as personified by the Italian collaboration with the Chilean police, neither do we, as internationalist proletarians. You are not alone!

Where there is struggle there is repression!
Where there is repression there is solidarity!

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at 11:37 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.