Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’
Friday, November 23rd, 2012
Mario “Tripa” Lopez is an injured anarchist imprisoned in Mexico after being accidentally harmed by an incendiary device he was carrying.
Watching the latest news on TV and in the printed media, I have been able to see a series of events which, if we see them as an isolated manner could seem insignificant, but when seen as a whole, from the view of a conflict – even given the political discrepancies- we are met with a wider panorama of a social war in course, of a conflict which advances and that each time control seems to slip through the state´s fingers just that little bit more.
Starting with a news item from last Thursday, if I’m not mistaken, when a group of encapuchadxs1 stormed the representation of the state of Michoacán in Mexico City and occupied their offices for an amount of time.2 Last week a group of approximately fifty hooded people with cohetones3 blockaded Insurgentes Avenue, around the La Bombilla park, a clash with the police ensued and it was transmitted live and direct. One week before of all this, the news talked of clashes between Federal and State police and the normalistas4 in various points in Michoacán, who from some time ago have carried out blockades and taken buses by force as a pressure strategy. The images that were transmitted showed the clashes, with tear gas being thrown from one side and molotovs from the other. There were many buses burnt in the process.5
Also there were two police cars burnt and more than 100 detained, of which only eight were imprisoned; before this there was a report of three police cars burnt throughout various points in Mexicali, Baja California, seemingly with Molotov cocktails.6 In September, the news spoke of the actions which happened during the week of solidarity with prisoners of the Social War. In their reports they noted some of the communiqués, explicitly speaking about the actions – police cars burnt, banks bombed, attacks with firearms against the police etc. – that were lead in “protest” against the imprisonment of anarchists in Mexico and other countries. It also mentioned that these actions represent a response to acts considered “repressive” against a supposed network of international anarchist terrorism.
This response, by what is understood, was at an international level, which represents an indisputable qualitative growth in the fight against Power. A necessary response to the government´s offenses against the anarchists, nihilists, libertarians, fighters and social rebels who represent in some form a danger for Power and for the societies based on their norms and values. An anti-authoritarian response which transmits much strength, energy and support.
Now, the governor of Michoacán is trying to make us believe that the so-called (by him) “ultra radicals” aren´t residents of the state, but instead people belonging to groups outside of Michoacán and the normalista schools. According to him they are militants of opposing political parties as part of social groups, or “ultra radical elements” from Mexico City or belonging to the group denominated “Tenochtitlan” (the same “ultra-radicals” from Mexico City belonging to this inexistent group that are said to have attacked the offices of the Federal Commission of Electricity with explosives? Actions which they are trying to accuse me of?) Or do they now want to pull the “radicals” of the Oaxacan conflict of 2006 out of their sleeves- supposedly having now moved to Michoacán to create a climate of “instability” in the state? At all costs the government is seeking to justify their reaction fronted by a conflict that has “escaped from their hands”.
Personally, from my reading of the events – from the bombs to the barricades – all of these forms of confrontation form part of necessary action which reflects the incrimination of an anti-authoritarian conscience and of the growing refractionary attitude, although Power would like to present it to us as “glitches in the system”. In the specific case of Mexico City, all of these attacks are against the supposed “social peace” that the social democratic PRD government wants to sell us. According to the logic of Power, the Marginal neighborhoods with the high rate of “crime” have to be razed, when – with all our decisive critique against voluntary servitude- we have to recognize that these people are defending their vital and sustaining space.
Casually, I find myself in the same court as the 20 guys detained following the riots in the Tepito7 neighborhood on the day following my accident, and on hearing their stories it is clear to me that what happened there was nothing more than an action in self-defense against the every day theft of their lives, a well deserved violent response to the violent acts committed day by day by the police. It’s for this reason that, the same as for me, they are faced with the accusations of “attacks against the public peace” as well as attempted murder of police. Accusations which mean they are faced with sentences of between 7 and 47 years in prison. What do they want to achieve with this? An example punishment? Without a doubt, and guarding our distances, this reminds me of the riots in the marginal neighborhoods of Paris in 2006, regularly criticized but little understood.
All of these moments of conflict, whether politicized actions or not, not only make it obvious the inexistence of the system of supposed social well being, but also they show us that if it really existed, we would still fight against it, because we recognize that Power is the real enemy of all of us who aspire for Total Freedom.
However, even given the imminent state of control, there are still those who aren’t frightened, those who by day or by night, alone or collectively, with fire, fire-works, blockades, explosives or firearms, show that this is not the life we want, that – at least from our perspective- this system must be totally destroyed. Their damned social peace is a myth that they attempt to impose on us. Only conflict exists. The peace imposed by the system is the peace of cemeteries that they use to try to extinguish the anti-authoritarian fight. The acts of insurrection make it clear that it is necessary to keep on doing “something more than words”, that the conflict must extend. We must take the step from the “unconscious” insurrection to a conscious and generalized insurrection, propagate attack, put up barricades, destroy the economy, attack trade, conform dozens, hundreds, thousands of affinity groups. It’s clear that we have to take control of our lives and our spaces; to be able to achieve it there is no other way out than Social War.
This permanent conflictivity which I emphasize, part of our individuality, is a “counter-value” that is sparked when fronted with the values of the system, and that constructs itself day by day to question ourselves as individuals and to confront this concrete reality. It is to maintain standing a devastating critique against the system, re-appropriating once and for all our own lives. To live, to be, to relate to ourselves in a different way, to maintain ourselves in conflict with the existent, is to revolutionize every moment. An ¡Ai Ferri Corti con la vita! But also we have to translate the permanent conflictivity into a constant and fierce attack against the system of domination. That tension and the daily confrontation against a system which tries to reduce us to mere merchandise, that consequent practice – at least for me- is much more integral than the simple occasional “rebellion”, than the temporary protest, than the revolutionary pose. It is the moments of conflict which give expression and sense to our lives.
This permanent conflicitivity can never be assimilated by the system of domination, and much less recuperated in the reconstructive cycle of Power, because it is the natural scaffolding of Anarchy. From the moment we are born the state expropriates our lives and with that it also expropriates our critical capacity and our natural resource of self-defense; turning violence into a monopoly for the unique and exclusive use of Power, so that when the excluded and the self-excluded use it they can call it “terrorism”. Anti-systematic action, anti-authoritarian attack and permanent conflict make it clear that violence is also revolutionary, and that it necessarily has to be used at the moment we face the violence of the State.
Compañer@s, sisters and brothers of affinity, here inside prison – somewhat limited – I have no other way to contribute to the anarchist struggle other than by inciting agitation. In this sense, many of my letters, notes and communications are directed.
For the moment, I have nothing more than to add other than an enormous greeting of strength and solidarity to all the anarchist compañer@s prisoners in Mexico and around the world. A strong embrace and a cordial invitation to keep moving forward, not one step back. Agitation!
For the extension of the every day conflict!
For individual insurrection!
For generalized insurrection!
Not one millimeter backwards… 9 millimeters in the heads of Power!
Social War on all fronts!
With love and Anarchy
Mario Antonio López Hernández
Reclusorio Preventivo Sur, Classification and Observation Centre, Xochimilco, Mexico City
29 of October, 2012.
1. “Hooded ones”
2. Photos here: http://www.publimetro.com.mx/noticias/fotos-grupo-de-encapuchados-toma-representacion-de-michoacan-en-el-df/mljx!HFv6eEfm2nZ/
3. Firewords launched as missiles
4. Education students
5. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Hnik7pP-Y or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-p8ijMBfRU
7. Tepito is known to be one of the most dangerous suburbs of Mexico City. See: http://www.razon.com.mx/spip.php?article128003 View video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMIUc3YVybA
Tags: Informal Anarchist Federation - Mexico (FAI-M), Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), Letter, Mario 'Tripa' Lopez, Mario Antonio Lopez Hernandez, Mexico, Mexico City, Repression, Tepito
Posted in Prison Struggle
Friday, October 19th, 2012
From liberaciontotal, transl waronsociety:
And if I call myself an individualist anarchist, an iconoclast and a nihilist, it is precisely because I believe that in these adjectives there is the highest and most complete expression of my willful and reckless individuality that, like an overflowing river, wants to expand, impetuously sweeping away dikes and hedges, until it crashes into a granite boulder, shattering and breaking up in its turn. I do not renounce life. I exalt and sing it.
Anyone who renounces life because he feels that it is nothing but pain and sorrow and doesn’t find in himself the heroic courage to kill himself
Life — for me — is neither good nor bad, neither a theory nor an idea. Life is a reality, and the reality of life is war.
I Am Also a Nihilist
There is a line from a poem-made-song that says that “life is like a sheet of paper, at any moment it could break”… Even with the nostalgia that intones, one finally realizes that it is so, simply and coldly. There is a fragile and light line between living and dying and, even though in certain moments it can depend on a decision that we make–consciously or unconsciously–it is concretely something unexpected that ends up taking us by surprise, since as they say: “When it’s your turn, even if you complain and when it’s not your turn, even if you put yourself out there.” (more…)
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
El día sábado 6 de octubre del 2012 en el marco de la inauguración del Centro Social Libertario y Biblioteca Anarquista María Luisa Marín en la ciudad de Xalapa, Veracruz, evento llevado a cabo de manera totalmente pública se sucitaron actos de hostigamiento e intimidación por parte de agentes de la represión estatal. (more…)
Insurrectional Cell Mariano Sanchez Añon / FAI claim responsibility for an armed attack against police (Mexico)
Monday, September 24th, 2012
325 receives and transmits:
We decided to appeal to the call of anarchist groups and individuals that do not limit themselves to words and curses against the social peace and who take the decision to destroy the system of domination into their own hands, making direct solidarity in the practice with our sisters and brothers in prison.
For this, we claim a new attack against the uniformed shit, opening fire against the police patrol 282 of the Municipal police of the Valley of Chalco in Mexico State, killing all of those aboard.
We did not attack a public transport unit, we shot against a police car, meaning, against a well-identified objective for our struggle to the death against the system of domination and its executioners.
If it is true, how the mass media laments, that we only killed one officer and that the rest of those onboard were civil personnel and family members of municipal police, we still do not regret the act. We will attack again without remorse. In the struggle for the destruction of the existent, there are no guilty or innocent. All those who feed this system of death are our enemies.
Also we want to clarify that we don’t know anything about the transit police that they report has disappeared. We do not kidnap or incarcerate.
We don’t believe in prisons or in those who call for “prisons of the people“. We fight for total liberation and not to impose any other equally oppressive system.
We greet all of the informal and anarcho-invidualist groups that took part in this new coordinated action!
Chaos has return for all of those who thought it had died.
Direct solidarity with all of the anarchist prisoners in Mexico, Chile, Greece, Italy, Indonesia, United States, Switzerland and the world!
Against all domination! Fire to power! For the extension of the struggle!
Viva la Anarquia!
Insurrectional Cell Mariano Sanchez Añon (CI-MSA)
Fraction of the Informal Anarchist Federation Mexico (FAI-M).
Tags: Attentat, Fraction of the Informal Anarchist Federation Mexico (FAI-M), Fuck the Law, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), Insurrectional Cell Mariano Sanchez Añon (CI-MSA), International Revolutionary Front, Mexico, Valley of Chalco
Posted in Direct Action
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
From Liberacion Total:
30 August 2012
The first trial was not held and was adjourned. In addition, comrade Mario “Tripa” Lopez (“The Gut”) was already removed from the “Health Section” in spite of the fact that his injuries are still not healed. During the past week, there were moves by the “Tripa” to hold an initial hearing of the trial. However, due to the fact that the judge did not issue the corresponding summons, the first hearing was not carried out and will be reprogrammed. In those days, various comrades were given dates to come to the court, to accompany Mario, to be able to see him and send greetings to him across from behind the glass. (more…)
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
This text was written by Mario on the 9th of August for an Anti-Prison Gathering in Mexico which took place the 17th and 18th of August 2012.
“With all means possible”
The silence and the distance so widely suggested by Power, do nothing more than increase the thickness of the walls of the prison where they are locked up. The path of complicity is very distinct, the path which opens way for those who want these walls to jump in the air.
“The resolution of a problem.” Italy, 1994.
Now, when I find myself behind these walls and still in the sick-bay of the southern prison of Mexico City, waiting for my partial recuperation, I see through the barred window and my vision is struck with two big barbed-wired walls, protected by a look-out tower, which only marks one long division between one prison and another, between the prison and its terror, and the city and its enclosure. Two parallel worlds, uniformed in only one color. Two societies with one unique end: control. Being here I give credit to Xose Tarrio and Marcelo Villaroel, I affirm that analysis as much as critique against prisons must come from the political axis and from ideas, but also -and very importantly- it must come from the personal experience of it, from the perspectives of those who live and walk within it. (more…)
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
From the imprisoned injured anarchist “Tripa” (The Gut), harmed after an accident.
About the new set-up
Reading the press bulletin released on the 11th of July 2012, I started to feel a sense of worry from the anarchist ¨movement¨ about a probable repressive wave, such as a police set-up. This type of offensive strike are now ¨popularly¨ known and an every day occurrence in the three countries of the Mediterranean with the most anarchist presence, and also in the south of the American continent where anarchist action stands out, particularly in Chile. (more…)
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
EN SOLIDARIDAD CON LOS COMPAS TRIPA Y FELICITY
Con este pequeño gesto en la embajada de Mexico y en el centro de la ciudad, saludamos y acompañamos fuertemente al compa Tripa, preso en Mexico, esperamos tu completa recuperación fisica tras el estallido que sufriste, y mandamos buenos ánimos y fuerzas para enfrentar a quien se te ponga delante en este encierro que estas viviendo, sabemos que es una consecuencia más que lleva el romper con la pasividad establecida y hacer tu propio camino en este mundo, donde los actos de liberación están siempre fuera de la ley y la moral social.
Felicity, nos alegra que sigas burlando a la justicia del Estado y a sus lacayos, contra ellos en todas sus formas!
La vida sometida que el sistema impone no nos es válida.
La autodefens(A) nunca podrá ser exterminada, y la solidaridad jamás será ajena!
NINGUN PRESX ANARQUISTA ESTA SOLX
LIBERTAD A MARIO EN MEXICO
¡SOMOS SU PESADILLA!
Buenos Aires, 2012
IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE COMRADES TRIPA AND FELICITY
With this small gesture at the Embassy of Mexico and in the center of the city, greet and accompany strongly Tripa, imprisoned in Mexico, we expect your full physical recovery after the outbreak that happened to you, and send good spirits and strength to face forward in this prison you are living, we know that is a consequence rather than leads the break with the established passivity and make your own way in this world where acts of liberation are always outside of the law and social morality.
Felicity, we’re glad you keep mocking the justice of the State and its lackeys, against them in all their forms!
Life under the system we impose is valid.
The autodefens(A) can never be exterminated, and the solidarity will never be outside!
NO ANARCHIST PRISONER IS ALONE
FREEDOM TO MARIO IN MEXICO
WE ARE YOUR NIGHTMARE!
Buenos Aires, 2012
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
325 receives and transmits:
Compañer@s, I’ll try to make this as brief as possible, as I’ll have more than enough time in the future to lay out my stance and my reflections. My position remains the same: I claim myself absolutely as an Anarchist and the only one responsible for my acts. For now, I’ll limit myself to thanking my compañer@s of affinity for their solidarity and to “denounce” just a few deeds of many within this deceitful process which all began the moment I claimed myself an Anarchist, of which I do not regret. Never apologetic! (more…)
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Mexico: An indomitable salute to the comrades Tripa and Felicity
325 recibe y transmite:
Salud y fuerza compañerxs, es lo que más necesitan en estos momentos.
Compañero Tripa sabes que siempre estaremos contigo y te recordaremos en cada acto del conflicto cotidiano que hemos elegido para tomar en nuestras manos la libertad.
Porque como tu tenemos la anarquía hasta en las tripas, eres y serás esa sensación en el estomago que sienten los rebeldes en cada acto de desobediencia a la autoridad. Porque a diferencia de otrxs, no jugamos a la revolución, ni pedimos permiso para ser libres, entendimos que la anarquía es una posición, una tensión hacia la libertad que se vive día a día, una rebelión contra este mundo que nos reduce a mercancías. Solidarios con el solidario, a pesar de todo, anarquistas de todas las tendencias están dando la cara por ti, salen y te reivindican, no puede significar más que una convicción por la lucha de la cual nadie puede negar tu compromiso. Felicity compañera, estamos contigo, seremos las sombra que te acompañan en tu digna fuga, siempre alerta y siempre firme, no dejes que este aire envenenado penetre en tus convicciones, siempre orgullosa siempre anarquista. Las mentiras del poder no corromperán las mentes de lxs honestxs. (more…)
Dark Nights #24 : 'Some Notes on Anarchism and The Proletarian Myth' + 'The Nihilist Abyss' – July 2012 (ACN)
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Dark Nights is an international anarchist & anti-prison publication of resistance reports and repression news ready to print out and distribute on the fly.
Click to download: Dark Nights #24
1. ‘Some Notes on Anarchism and The Proletarian Myth’ by S.E. Parker.
2. ‘The Nihilist Abyss’ by Edizioni Cerbero.
3. Athens, Greece: Trial report of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
4. Letter from Olga Economidou, member of the CCF.
5. Italy: ‘Operation Ardire’: Update.
6. Elisa’s letter from the prison of Pisa.
7. Switzerland: Letter of Marco Camenisch about Operation Ardire.
8. Mexico: Letter from Felicity Ann Ryder.
9. La Paz, Bolivia: Communiqué by Henry Zegarrundo.
10. Action Chronology (never complete).
For a world without borders, prisons or financial markets.
Anti-Copyright Network 2012
International Network of Counter-Information & Translation
Tags: Athens, Bolivia, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Dark Nights, Edizioni Cerbero, Elisa Di Bernardo, Greece, Henry Zegarrundo, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Italy, La Paz, Marco Camenisch, Mexico, Olga Economidou, Operation Ardire, PDF, S.E. Parker, Some Notes on Anarchism and The Proletarian Myth, Switzerland, The Nihilist Abyss, Zine
Posted in Library
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
New website for solidarity with Mario Lopez, injured anarchist in Mexico.
Monday, July 16th, 2012
From Liberacion Total:
I would have liked to have written earlier, but for various circumstances I haven´t had the chance to yet. I want to send a warm greeting and say thanks to everyone who has worried about me and my situation, to those who have shown solidarity with Mario and I. In these difficult moments it means a lot to have people standing in solidarity from near or from far, even without ever having met me. I sent a revolutionary hug to all of you.
I want to clarify that despite all of the lies of the Mexico City police forces and the mass media, I was never arrested and they never had me detained in any of their prisons. (more…)
Letter from compañero Mario Antonio López Hernández + Joint communiqué from anarchist collectives and organizations in solidarity (Mexico)
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Hello dear comrades, as you already will know (inside and outside of Mexico) I find myself hospitalized due to injuries to my shin, leg, and right arm. At the moment I’m “ok” given the situation, I am concerned about my health and am also concerned about several things which I’ll expand upon in a few points.
First the fact of writing now and not later. Well, this is easy because physically I have the ability to do so and because in the future when they charge or sentence me the control will be greater and communication will be more difficult. (more…)
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
11.7.2012 – Corrected updated version
Dark Nights is an anarchist & anti-prison PDF freesheet to download and print out on the fly.
1. ‘Chaos just around the corner’ by Conspiracy of Cells of Fire & Theofilos Mavropoulos.
2. Against Society & ‘Civil Anarchism’.
3. Greece: Letter by Rami Syrianos in solidarity with Olga Ekonomidou of the CCF-FAI.
4. Greece: Solidarity with Olga Ekonomidou, member of the R.O. CCF.
5. Greece: Spectacle of police terrorism against the R.O. CCF and Theofilos Mavropoulos.
6. Switzerland: Silvia Guerini released from prison to Italy.
7. Italy: Letter from Stefano Fosco, one of the comrades of Culmine.
8. Italy: Peppe’s communiqué from the prison of Marassi, Genoa.
9. Against Media & State Terrorism.
10. Chile: Letter from Luciano ‘Tortuga’.
11. Mexico: Statement from compañero Mario López.
12. Action Chronology.
13. London, UK: Resist the 2012 Olympic Games of Profit, Control and Repression.
Anti-Copyright Network 2012
International Network of Counter-Information & Translation
Tags: 2012 Olympics, Chile, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Dark Nights, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Italy, London, Luciano Pitronello Schuffeneger, Mario Antonio Lopez Fernández, Mexico, Olga Economidou, Olympics, Operation Ardire, PDF, Rami Syrianos, Silvia Guerin, Switzerland, Theofilos Mavropoulos, UK, Zine
Posted in Library