Everyday repression in the context of “No M.A.T.” – High Tension Electrical Network (Catalunya)
This is info about the arrest and release of a comrade in the anti-MAT struggle in Catalonia, on the 16th of September…….
I was stopped by the police on the path to the gas station. What started as what I thought was a random ID check turned into me being arrested due to false allegations by the police, a night in custody and me now facing a trial. The fact that I was not from this area played a big role throughout the confrontation, and resulted in fascist remarks and police violence.
I can only assume that the reason behind this repression is to divided us and to keep the protest local. But it isn´t local, it is a global struggle that affects us all and there for shouldn’t be left to address by a small group of people that feels responsible, but by anyone with a social and environmental conscience.
The answer to massive police intimidation and repression can not be to back down, but to organize and support more strongly on any possible level.
Thank you for all the support and solidarity I have received, I will continue to give it.
On the 16.9.2013 at around 7 p.m. I took the road to the gas station to buy drinks. There was a Mossos control [ID check by Catalan Police – Mossos d’Escuadra] and they asked for my ID. I gave them my passport and they told me to put all my stuff on the front of the car, then the only female officer wanted to search me. I asked why and they safemdonline.com said: “because we are police”. I said that´s no reason. They searched me and asked me what I was doing there and I replied: “I gave my ID, I will not answer your questions”. From this moment on they were very aggressive. At some point one cop said: “take yours things and go”, I felt that he didn’t want to let me go, but had to. I said in an ironic way: “thank you! That´s so nice of you!” Then he spat in my face and I spat right back. He then immediately punched me in the head. I fell down and 3 cops sat on my back, handcuffed me, punched me and the cop who spat in my face said: “now you understand catalan” and they took me to the station. There I told the officer who did the bureaucracy that her colleague had hit me and that I wanted his identification number, but she ignored me. Then they locked me up without telling me what´s going on. The next day they took my finger hand points, my photos, questioned me but I refused to say anything. Around noon they took me to the court and following my public lawyer “instructions”, I answered the judges questions. I was let go until my trial – apparently the cops told the judge I had kicked and punched them, etc.- I then got in contact with the lawyer who supports the struggle against the M.A.T., who will take care of the future proceedings with the court.
This entry was posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 2:15 pm and is filed under Social Control.