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Update on 5e anarchist prisoners (Mexico)

Various weeks have passed since the last update on the case of the anarchists arrested on the 5th of January. A variety of events have occurred since then, here is an actualisation.

The General Prosecutor of the Republic was not able to find enough elements to maintain the charges of Terrorism and Organized Crime against the three, and they were charged with the accusations of Damages and Attack on the Public Peace. Their process is in the stage of presenting evidence and the first court dates are set for the 2nd and 3rd of April.

Amelie and Fallon were taken to the women’s prison of Santa Martha and Carlos to the Reclusorio Oriente.

Amelie and Fallon are in the general population area, while Carlos still remains in the Observation and Classification area, but will most likely be moved to general population in the next few days.

We want to expand a little on the situation of Carlos, explaining a bit about the conditions in which thousands of prisoners live in prisons around Mexico City.

In this reclusion centres there is a huge network of corruption and collusion between authorities and some of the prisoners who reproduce the prison logic and assume themselves as prison guards over the rest of the prisoners. This network of corruption and collusion not only strengthens the disciplinary role of the prisons, but also is big business, as the majority of the prisoners are forced to pay for everything; visits, roll-call, etc. for which on paying they are saved from being beaten by those other prisoners who enjoy protection of the authorities who receive part of this money in exchange. These prisoners maintain control over practically the entire prison.

A few days ago we found out that Carlos had a problem with another prisoner, leading him to get into a fight with him. Prison guards intervened and beat both of them, then locked them up during nine hours in a punishment cell. On leaving the cell, Carlos was transferred to the area of ingresses in which he was for classification. There he was required to pay to be able to get out of the cleaning work, known as ¨fajina¨. The compa decided not to pay. The ¨fajina¨ consists of cleaning a determined area but under a scheme of hard labour. During the ¨fajina¨ of the first day, Carlos was again beaten by prisoners who were trying to get him to pay.

At this point we know that the compañero is unwell due to the humidity in the punishment cell he was locked up in, also that he has back pains due to the beatings. However he maintains strong and firm with his convictions.
The compañeras Amelie and Fallon have thankfully not had to deal with these types of situations.

We call for expressions of solidarity with the 5e arrestees. We will continue updating their situation.

Freedom to Carlos, Amelie and Fallon!

Solidarity with Mario Gonzalez!

A greeting to Tripa, that they never stop you!

Anarchist Black Cross Mexico
Cruz Negra Anarquista Mexico

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 10:06 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.