Posts Tagged ‘Catalunya’
Three of the five anarchist prisoners of Operación Piñata released + 13 June day of solidarity demo in Barcelona (Catalunya, Spain)
Saturday, June 6th, 2015
On June 1 we got the great news that three of the five comrades being held in preventive detention, accused of being part of a terrorist group under Operation Piñata (including one who was already arrested and imprisoned in Operation Pandora) are being released without bail. They still have all their charges and have to sign in frequently at court, and two of them are prohibited from leaving the country.
Operation Pandora was launched in December in Catalunya, and Operation Piñata on March 30 all across the Spanish state but focused in Madrid. The operations resulted in the arrests of 26 anarchist comrades (plus the arrests of over a dozen more for resisting the raid on a social center) on anti-terrorism charges, the raids of dozens of houses and social centers, the theft of cash, and the seizure of computers, harddrives, phones, etc.
Tags: Barcelona, Catalunya, Demo, GAC (coordinated anarchist groups), Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, Operation Pandora, Operation Piñata, Repression, Spain
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Brighton: Demo – Sunday 12 April in solidarity with anarchists in Spain & Catalunya – 'Operación Piñata' (UK)
Saturday, April 11th, 2015
**NB: There is a demonstration organised for Brighton at the Clock-Tower on Sunday 12th at 6pm**
Last Monday (April 30th) there was a new repressive strike against the anarchist movement in Spain. Thirty-eight people were arrested in a police operation under the name ‘Operación Piñata‘. Fifteen of them are facing charges of terrorism and five are in preventive imprisonment. The raids were carried out on private homes, social centres and squatted spaces in Madrid, Barcelona, Palencia and Granada.
These police raids were carried out in a very open way, trying to create the maximum social alarm. The media have published the names of the people arrested and the groups they are involved in, presenting the fake police accusations as fact. They talk about ‘anarchist terrorism’ and organisations with leaders, hierarchical infrastructures and various ‘capitation’ methods the arrested allegedly use to ‘fund’ their ‘illegal’ activities.
These raids are a continuation of police operation ‘Operación Pandora‘, which took place last December within the context of the increasingly repressive politics employed by the Spanish government. (more…)
Monday, March 30th, 2015
This morning in Operation Piñata (following Pandora in December) cops have raided social centres and arrested people (at least 26) in Barcelona, Madrid, Palencia and Granada.
La 13-14 in Madrid announced it was being raided this morning.
CSOA La Redonda in Granada released a communique condemning the raids, which they said occurred without a warrant.
Centro Social (re)Okupado La Quimera in Lavapies, Madrid was evicted. It also stated no warrant was shown after its doors were smashed at 06:30 and added:
“This is just another attack on the anarchist movement with intent to criminalize and victimize our struggle.”
Other raided social centres were la Magdalena and La Enredadera de Tetuán.
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
In the morning of Friday 30th January, just after the secrecy of the investigation was lifted and the news disseminated of the impending conditional bailing of comrades, we decided to express our solidarity in the streets. We sabotaged the cashpoints and the windows of the following Santander Bank offices:
In Mataró, the branches in the streets of Camí del Mig, Plaza de Granollers, Plaza Santa Anna, Carrer Sant Cugat, Avenida de América, Via Europa. We also sabotaged the branches of the same bank in El Masnou, Vilassar de Mar and Premià de Mar.
We chose the bank Santander because it is the only entity responsible for managing the cash flow in prisons of the Spanish State, generating around 100 million euros per year, according to official figures. Speculating and turning a profit on the basis of this important amount of money, the fruit of suffering and incarceration of thousands of people.
We celebrate the fact that our comrades are again on the outside, but even so, we are well aware that we still have a long and difficult path ahead, and that as long as resistance exists against the domination of the capitalist system, the state and it’s repressive mechanisms will try to put an end to it.
That the flame of solidarity isn’t put out.
Freedom for Mónica and Francisco!
Thursday, January 1st, 2015
Democracy justifies itself by principles which, though they are repeated a thousand times, do not become true, but have become so internalised that even its opponents believe in them. The popular idea of the goodness of this regime has become so ingrained and immobile that change appears impossible, no one now proposes any other forms of organisation, or even other forms of living.
To us the daughters of democracy, they have told us that this is the best of all regimes, our parents and grandparents lived under a system where coercion and repression were more direct, and now that things are gentler, we are obliged from birth to accept it. How is it that we are becoming a generation more impoverished than those before, without going through a war? Because of a situation that is imposed by this system as inevitable.
The free association in which democracy is said to be based is nothing of the sort, because from birth we are obliged to belong to this regime without being allowed to choose other forms of life. We do not associate freely within educational institutions because other ways of learning are made illegal, we do not associate freely within work because we do not control what we produce, nor the time clock, nor do we have the capacity to organise ourselves together with companions.
Universal suffrage, a concept that throughout history has been praised as a victory for increasingly greater parts of the population, puts itself in question. They have always told us that the vote is free when in reality it is a limited choice, because consciousness is not free, it is subject to the propaganda of the regime and the culture defended by the groups in power. It also denies freedom by reducing it to no more than giving an opinion, “yes” or “no” or on what party is going to govern, denying us the possibility to develop other proposals for living together. And because it is anonymous, is there no freedom of expression?
In democracy we give up our interests, the satisfaction of our needs and the organisation of human relations and of life, into the hands of others. By means of the vote we supposedly choose those who can better represent our interests, but here we collide with reality: the political parties defend their own interests in accordance with the rules they themselves have established, they seek to accumulate levels of economic and political power in order to maintain their domination and influence on the rest of society. (more…)
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Text written a week ago about Pandora’s police operation in Spain
The morning of Tuesday the 16th of December has surprised us with a wave
of house raids and arrests. Surprised us? We are not going to lie. Let’s
start again. The morning of the 16th of December has NOT surprised us. The
autonomous Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, and the Guardia Civil
and judiciary powers of the Audiencia Nacional stormed more than ten
houses and a few anarchist spaces in Barcelona, Sabadell, Manresa and
Madrid, with house raids, arrests, confiscation of propaganda material and
information, to also use the occasion to enter and plunder, with the
entire riot police team of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Kasa de la Muntanya, a
squatted place that has existed for 25 years.
According to the media, which as usual are proving their role as police
spokespersons, the goal of these arrests is to break up “a criminal
organisation with terrorist goals and a violent anarchist character”.
Although it seems easy to repeat an often used phrase, we will do it
anyway: the only criminal organisation that terrorises people with its
violent character is the State and its tentacles: the media, the juridical
apparatus, its repressive bodies and its politicians, whatever spectre
they belong to. (more…)
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
(Translated by Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras from Contrainfo, edited by 325)
If I could choose a different life, I would not change it for anything.
I perfectly remember the feeling that invaded me when I began to
question authority, I remember the many contradictions and questions. In
this discovery of ideas I found many people that made material practices
of the ideas in their libraries, publications, ateneos, etc… in their
everyday life … to live ideas here and now. It did not take long for me
to think that I would like to do the same.
I remember the anguish I felt when I heard that there were comrades
imprisoned for putting into practice the ideas of freedom ideas; brothers
of ideas in all corners of the world in the jaws of the panoptic beast. That
distressed feeling never changed, but it is accompanied by the gesture
We are many, the anarchists on the other side of the great wall, on
Tuesday December 16 this list became more extensive.
Tentacles of power dropped into anarchists spaces, libertarían ateneos,
squatted house and homes of several anarchists of Catalonia and Madrid.
Hunting and capturing eleven comrades, of these, seven were imprisoned,
accused of belonging to an armed group of terrorist nature. It is not a
coincidence that the detainees are part of my immediate environment, indeed,
more than half of them frequently visit me in jail. The judicial-police
mallet has punished solidarity.
I can not keep silent before such misery, the state´s repressive revenge
borders on delirium. The media (spokesmen for the rulers) talk about bosses
and subordinates, I stress to them and anyone who has any doubt, we are
anti-authoritarian, no one is above me, nor am I above anyone!
Spaces attacked in Catalunya were not arbitrary, firstly, Kasa de la
Muntanya is an important squatting symbol, with its 25 years away from
the capitalist logic which have made its contribution to many generations
of dissidents to this system of terror. The Libertarian Ateneos and
anarchist spaces that were hit have never hidden their ideals,
providing a fertile ground for sowing the seeds of freedom.
The costs in this struggle for the recovery of our lives is very high,
nobody said it would be easy, but undoubtedly if I could choose a
different life, I would not change it for anything. In this fight
against domination there are no cages or walls to silence our voices,
but without you, comrades, it will only become echoes.
If you, recently jailed loved comrades, can read these words, I tell you
that I am certain you will remain incorruptible and rise to the occasion
as you have always done.
I remember every time I read or heard that solidarity is a necessary
weapon for anarchists. Today I hope that those memories come true…
… to turn our ideas into action.
Brieva Prison, December 2014.
Propaganda por la solidaridad internacional antiautoritaria con lxs compas arrestadxs en España ($hile)
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
PDF : Solidaridad.pdf
SOLIDARIDAD INSURRECTA CON LXS ANARKISTAS ARRESTADXS EN ESPAÑA
¡¡¡ NINGUNA AGRESIÓN SIN RESPUESTA!!!
Ante la nueva operación represiva que el 16 de diciembre dejó a una
decena de espacios anarquistas invadidos por la policía y 7 compañerxs
anarquistas prisionerxs en el Estado español acusadxs de terrorismo,
nuestra respuesta no puede ser otra más que la multiforme solidaridad
anárquica internacional en ofensiva permanente contra todas las
expresiones del dominio.
Que nuestrxs compañerxs sientan el calor de la solidaridad y nuestro
enemigo arda en el fuego de la lucha antiautoritaria por la libertad.
NI CULPABLES NI INOCENTES,
SIMPLEMENTE ENEMIGOS DEL PODER Y DE TODA AUTORIDAD.
¡¡¡MÓNICA CABALLERO, FRANCISCO SOLAR, GABRIEL
POMBO DA SILVA Y TODXS LXS COMPAÑERXS PRESXS EN ESPAÑA Y EL MUNDO, A LA
Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras
Friday, December 19th, 2014
From ABC Hurricane:
Bank account number in solidarity with comrades arrested in Operation Pandora in Madrid and Barcelona-
ES68 3025 0001 19 1433523907 (Caixa d’Enginyers)
For more info: solidaridadylucha(a)riseup.net
At least 15 people were arrested during raids in Spain on December 17th for being part of an “anarchist terror organization” in what the Spanish government is calling #OperacionPandora.
At quarter past five, an operation consisting of Mossos d’Esquadra mobilized to carry out an operation against the Libertario movement. So far, the Mossos have raided the Kasa de la Montanya, the Libertarian Ateneo de Sant Andreu, the Anarchist Ateneo de Poble Sec and several private homes.
On orders from the Spanish National Court, in an operation ordered by Judge Javier Gómez Bermúdez, the agents have raided the Kasa de la Muntanya, a squat which this year celebrates twenty five years of occupation. They busted the main entrance of the house to gain access while a police helicopter with spotlights hovered over the building. The twenty inhabitants of the house had to retreat into the gym whilst the police forced entry into the building. At the time of the police raid, the building had two children aged five and six years. The Mossos separated one of the kids from his father on the ground floor.
The police confiscated all mobile phones, laptops and computer devices that were found on the premises. Agents seized all types of documentation, while numerous electric home workshop tools were also confiscated in order to help the police construct their narrative.
About fifty people installed a roadblock on Travessera de Dalt, in a spontaneous act of solidarity with the Kasa de la Muntanya, until riot police dispersed them a few minutes after eight o’clock. Subsequently the solidarity group moved to the Plaza Lesseps and called for more protests.
From the outside of the house located in the neighborhood of Gràcia district Salut, witnesses heard several firecrackers and said they could see in lights of several flashlights inside the building. The police operation is made up of agents from the Information Division of the Mossos d’Esquadra, accompanied by a large number of members of the Mobile Brigade which, among other tasks, formed a perimeter around the whole area and denied any access to the home.
Write to the comrades:
-Beatriz Isabel Velazquez Dávila
-Lisa Sandra Dorfer
C. P. Madrid VII – Estremera
-Alba Gracia Martínez
-Noemí Cuadrado Carvajal
-Anna Hernandez del Blanco
C. P. Madrid V – Soto del Real
Carretera M-609, Km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Enrique Balaguer Pérez
C. P. Madrid VI – Aranjuez
Ctra. Nacional 400, Km. 28
David Juan Fernández
C. P. Madrid III – Valdemoro
Ctra. Pinto-San Martín de la Vega, km. 4,5
¡¡¡SOLIDARIDAD INTERNACIONALISTA E INSURRECTA CON LXS COMPAÑERXS EN PRISIÓN.!!!
Monday, December 8th, 2014
In the last week a few graffitis appeared in two psychiatric hospitals in the area of Barcelona…
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Del 23 al 30 de Agosto
SEMANA INTERNACIONAL DE SOLIDARIDAD CON LXS ANARQUISTAS EN PRISIÓN
El Jueves 28 en Karcelona….
JORNADA POR LA DESTRUCCION DE LAS KARCELES Y SUS KARCELEROS
desde las 19h
habrán pizzas vegan,
feria anarquika, fanzine kopilatorio de textos eskritos por presxs anarquistas
19.30 proyección del video sobre el proyecto fenix
20.00h charla informal entrono a la solidaridad kon lxs presxs
21.00h poesía acrata
22.00h kantautor Pedro Batalla
23.00h koncierto punk
Muerte Cotidiana (trash punk sudaka)
Infekzioa (d-beat zarata zikina)
y toda la noche soundsistem antikarcelario
en la okupa Pula Vida
(M)L.1 Baro de Viver
PRESXS A LA KALLE (A)
Friday, March 28th, 2014
325 receives and transmits this text from one of our comrades who is targeted by this latest repressive wave:
During the last three years Spanish society has witnessed a period of intense social protests against austerity, corruption, unemployment and so on. As in other times in history, the greater and more radicalised the protest the bigger the repression that the state organises against it. Since the general strike in September 2010, a common trend of this repression strategy is been a kind of ‘laissez faire’ in the streets but followed by ´selective´ detentions months later. Police have been literally knocking doors down of those who continuously take part in different actions and demonstrations, and consequently dozens of people have been arrested. (more…)
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Here is a small report on a solidarity manifestation in Hamburg for the comrades arrested in Barcelona, also the flyer in German language and a few fotos of the action.
The evening of the 5th December a few people gathered in the Schanzenviertel (a neighborhood in Hamburg) to show solidarity with the 5 comrades arressted the 13th November in Barcelona. There was banners and flyers in solidarity. A flyer with information and a statement in solidarity was distributed to the people on the streets. Also it was read out with a megaphone. Fireworks were fired up to draw attention. (more…)
December 16–22, 2013: International solidarity action week with the 5 anarchists arrested on November 13 in Barcelona (Catalunya)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Barcelona: Anarchist comrades Monica and Francisco arrested for Zaragoza bomb attack – Chilean 'Caso Bombas' resurrected (Catalunya)
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu (Toronto)
Also read this article on multi-language anarchist website Contra-info.
On November 13th, our comrades Monica and Francisco were arrested by the repressive forces of the Spanish State, accused of the explosive bomb attack on the Pillar Basilica in Spain. A hurricane of grandiloquent statements have been unleashed unto this situation between representatives of both [Chilean and Spanish] governments; congratulations of resurrected prosecutors and recycled Interior Ministers as well. Monica and Francisco were arrested in August 2010 in the so-called Chilean Bombs Case. Both confronted the trial against them with dignity and rebellion; more than 9 months in medium and maximum pre-trial prison, rejected the prosecutor’s blackmail, carried out a 65 day hunger strike and confronted one of the longest trials [in Chilean history], and had all their charges dropped by the Court with their convictions in tact. (more…)