'Si tocan a unas' – About Monica & Francisco (Spain)
It’s been two months since five people were arrested and isolated. Two of them, Mónica and Francisco are locked under the harsh Spanish FIES regime, and the rest of them are in parole (obliged to weekly signatures on judicial buildings), waiting for trial with the same accusations.
Many comrades from around told us about the apparent aura of secrecy perceived in everything related with the current situation of the compañerxs and the case as a whole and that after the mass-media circus that surrounded the detentions, something should have been said. Truth is that, as we already know, against mass-media and their advocates, little can be done in terms of countering their propaganda. We can denounce it, learn how they build their webs and see how they work hand-to-hand with the State they build a hole which they try to fill with next domestic enemy: muslims, independentists, galicians, animalists accused of opening too many cages, anarchists… All these will fill the gap left by ETA, an emptiness not only in the sense of a domestic enemy that feeds a huge bureaucratic, repressive and judicial apparatus: the so-called counterterrorism; an institution that refuses to disappear and as such has to prove its necessary existence and efficiency… Such a gap would also be noticed in their new cells that need to be filled and in the newspapers pages, something that would leave space to other concerns in the heads of the readers… Nowadays little concern arises from the massive evictions, that millions of people can´t find their ways till the end of the month (not even in the waged slavery), that politicians keep filling their pockets and laughing at us. There are very dangerous ghosts, they say, which we really need to fear: immigrants, terrorists, etc…
Those who saw the news those days will remember all the xenophobic burden with which these status-quo holders armed with words, aka journalists and ideologues, described our compañerxs. Their intentions are clear: to generate false myths. They keep talking about the “Mediterranean triangle”, that they are immigrants, that they are “foreigners who come to do bad things”, “bad anarchists that come from abroad” and “Italian and Greek anarchists who come to teach those from here” What these experts are unable to acknowledge is that the Spanish state has a big, rich, diverse and fluctuating anarchist tradition, almost as old as anarchism itself: from the struggles of the Andalusian libertarians, the echoes of propaganda by the deed, the Tragic Week of 1909, the 1936 Revolution, the anti-Franco guerrillas, the millions of people in the libertarian Barcelona of 1977, anarcho-syndicalism… all of those moments and events that render clear that the identification with the practices and anarchist ideas is nothing new.
About the investigations against our compañerxs; it’s a closed one, which doesn’t mean new evidences could not appear overnight. We also know that another investigations is still open which seems to try to create an international anarchist organisation, with a heavy harassment to some compañerxs. We have no clue how they will surprise us, since we’ve seen lately how unlimited police ingenuity can be; neither do we know if the last detentions in Galicia are part of that plan. We don’t deny the existence of “international bonds”, or that anarchists keep moving (as the rest of the world does), in a world that in some way forces us to move even if we don’t want to. We even travel in search of complicities, we won’t deny such an evidence, but we do refuse to acknowledge the existence of that fictional and structured organization that police and judges love to imagine. Once again they try to look for elements that fit their theories, even if that geometric shape needs deformation and some new angles. What we have really seen with our own eyes is the collaboration between Chilean, Italian and Spanish authorities. We’ve seen their press conferences, their handshakes and their eulogies. And we felt nauseous about them. The only international terrorist organization that we know is that of the States and their institutions.
From the heritage we received from religion, the secularization of concepts that have surpassed religion itself, those of guilt and punishment are the ones we have more deeply integrated into ourselves. “If they didn’t do that, why don’t they say so?” some naïve people ask themselves. Some others, a bit less naïve ones, talk about the actual facts which they are accused to deny solidarity. Both attitudes point with its policing and accusatory fingers, consciously or not, somewhere. Every action is questionable, even the ones which our compañerxs are accused from carrying. But among us, among compañerxs, this has to be done in a serious and conscious fashion, so we can debate and reach conclusions that favour the ongoing struggles. The media’s hammering, from minute one, tried to undermine solidarity so to create a gap and an emptiness to try to divide us. Harder than the concrete walls of prison is the emptiness that the lack of solidarity generates. Unfortunately they found some ground fertilised by ourselves: again the good and bad anarchists, insurrectionalists and social anarchists, the cultural and the action ones. Based on a false separation, a non-existent false dichotomy that comes from a simple and superficial analysis that, in our opinion, the only thing it does is confront the different fronts of the anarchist struggle.
Press and police broadcasted clear messages about it: “If you dare try to subvert the established order we’ll lock you up, publish your faces and names, and treat you as what you are:terrorists”, “if you express solidarity with the ones that do these type of things, you also will be treated as terrorists”, and so on. And as the one of a harsh corrective father, the threatening hand is more effective than the punishment itself. But, what if we learn to face the stroke so it does the less possible damage?
If we deny the solidarity to the people whose actions we don’t agree to, we’re legitimating the voice of the State and asserting the accusations, as well as entering an arena which isn’t ours, but the one of the tormentors. Aside of what we think about the facts, we’re convinces that solidarity has never to be seen from a moral point of view, since morality is very influenced by the media. Also, from a completely reverse point of view, we don’t believe that the validity of any action must be measured in relation to a criminal code, to the harshness of a possible sentence. The laws and the morale (which implicitly generates laws too) we leave to the judges, to the priests, to the tabloid journalists, to those who fear themselves. And to the rage of the oppressed.
Communication with our jailed compañerxs has been difficult since the beginning. We know that they feel strong and in good spirit. They are receiving letters (some of them take a while to reach them) and are only allowed to send two letters weekly, one of which is to communicate between them. Francisco is receiving visits, but the last weeks he has been unable to see other immates because he is now alone in the module. Some days ago he was told that he would be put into FIES1 too, and that he will be transferred to Córdoba. Mónica, after having been in observation, alone in her module, been denied of her vegetarian diet, is currently in the prison in Brieva, also in FIES 1 regime, along 4 political prisoners and 8 “common” prisoners. She still hasn’t been allowed visits (since bureaucratic proceedings must be done every time a transfer is decided), but she is able to do some phone calls.
These arrests and jailings have arised some questions to us: how to express solidarity? How we do so not just the more close friends have to carry all the weights? What does the FIES regime mean to anarchist prisoners and what can we do about it? How not to moderate ourselves in the face of prison’s blackmail?
We’ve opened an e-mail account for those who want to know more about Mónica and Francisco can write to. We’re also collecting money for the actual and future expenses, since we think they will be imprisoned until the trial, and we all know the expenses that generates.
For any doubt, critiques, questions, contributions: firstname.lastname@example.org
We won’t let anyone alone. If they touch any of us, they touch us all, a sentence that we love to scream at demos. Let’s see if we can’t put it into practice.
¡Freedom and solidarity!
This entry was posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 5:49 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.