Posts Tagged ‘Spain’
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Yesterday, 19 January, imprisoned anarchist Gabriel Pombo da Silva came off his hunger strike which he started on the 17 January with the demand to get a single cell. The comrade won his demand and stopped the hunger strike. Companion Juankar Santana Martín, who started a hunger strike in solidarity also stopped his hunger strike. The move by the prison lackies of Dueñas to mess around with Gabriel is a typical act to provoke him during his regular prison transfers.
The victory for his demand shows that each attempt by the authorities to harass our imprisoned comrades should be met with resistance and agitation. Solidarity to those who fight.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva who is held hostage by the Spanish state and has recently been ‘ghosted’ (transferred suddenly to another prison) from Topas, Salamanca, to Dueñas, Palencia, has started a hunger strike. The hunger strike is to demand a single cell, as the Spanish authorities always try to revenge Gabriel by putting him in cells with junkies, snitches and other scum, like rapists. By censoring, monitoring and interfering with his correspondence and visits in direct provocations and keeping placing him with the scum, the authorities want to make Gabriel pliant to the new incentives and privileges scheme that they are using across Spain to keep the prisoners heads down. Gabriel has already been forced to endure over 30 years of imprisonment at the hands of the Spanish State, in some of the worst conditions of annihilation. Gabriel started the hunger strike on 17th January, and he is joined by another companion, Juankar Santana Martín, also in the prison of Dueñas.
Solidarity to Gabriel and Juankar!
Thursday, January 14th, 2016
In the night of 12-13 January, Gabriel Pombo da Silva was moved again. Gabriel says that everything happened very quickly. Once there is news about his current situation, it will be made public. First, it would be good if he would get a lot of mail as quickly as possible there. The address is:
Gabriel Pombo da Silva
Centro Penitenciario de Dueñas (Palencia)
Ctra. Local P-120,
34210 Dueñas (Palencia)
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
‘While there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.’ Eugene Debs
Today I’m in high spirits (you know our life is not a straight line, nor constant, or static…), and those who know me personally know that I have a pretty black a sense of humour (what ‘scandalizes’ others makes me smile, etc. …) almost cynically (especially when it comes to talking about/describing facts to do with the ‘Law’, ‘Rights’, the ‘Authorities’, etc. …); because these are ‘things’ that I can’t take seriously (even though my life is wrapped up in all that), no matter how serious these ‘things’ are.
So I’m writing informally with a smile on my face (even if I’m talking about serious ‘things’) because a sense of humour is one of the ‘things’ that has always kept me ‘struggling on’. I can’t help feeling surprised when I hear/see parlour politicians filling their mouths with words/concepts such as ‘we live by the Rule of law’, ‘we are all equal before the law’, etc. The ‘Spanish Trademark’ (as they now call it) doesn’t know what Democracy is (considering that I’m not democratic either); the Law is a ‘mino-cracy’ and only serves the interests of the caste (I like this about the caste, because that’s what we’ve got in this Country), and those of us who don’t laugh at their jokes are all ‘anti-system’. Does anyone have any doubt about it? (more…)
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
AGAINST REPRESSION… NOT EVERYTHING GOES
The State uses different strategies to eliminate its enemies and anyone who raises their voice to criticize the established order.
It wants to eliminate and eradicate all initiatives of rebellion; for this purpose it can rely on a powerful judicial apparatus which holds a wide punitive spectrum, ranging from light sentences, which in general result in fines or suspended sentences, to the use of harder instruments, including the wild card of the Antiterrorism Law, a card frequently played at power’s game table. For anyone who sees prison as an eventuality in the struggle against dominion, we observe how the current political context tends to make this more likely for many others: there are many who don’t know if they’ll wake up in a cell tomorrow, and we who are already inside don’t know how long we’ll be in here. At times the situation becomes confused as we are faced with a machine of repression set in motion by its own paranoia and hallucinations; and ultimately this is one of the many ways of exercising power. The rapidity of several police operations in succession adds to the confusion, especially as the charges are often ‘imaginary’, and everything goes with the spectacularization made by the media of Power. Whoever exercises and supports domination will never understand our antiauthoritarian tension, because they try to place us within their line of reasoning. (more…)
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
Title: Against Democracy
Author: Coordination of Anarchist Groups.
Translator: Anonymous, 2015.
First edition: 2013.
Please copy and distribute these texts, citing the source, for noncommercial purposes.
This work is free but it took effort, time and money to make, so any contributions will be welcomed. (more…)
Prosecutors request 44-year sentence against anarchist comrades Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar (Spain)
Thursday, December 24th, 2015
Prosecutor Teresa Sandoval, of the Audiencia Nacional, has submitted the prosecution’s demand to the 6th tribunal of the Audiencia Nacional, a demand that reflects the investigators’ thesis on comrades Monica and Francisco’s lives.
In their thesis the powerful falsely maintain that GAC (Grupos Anarquistas Coordinados) are an action group responsible for several explosive and incendiary attacks, which the group allegedly claimed. The inquisitor in charge is trying to take advantage of the antiterrorist hysteria caused by the attacks perpetrated by ISIS religious fascists in Europe, remarking that ‘the insurrectional affinity groups, like the jihadist cells, are perfectly clear about their generic enemy and therefore need no superior command in order to set an attack in motion.’
The prosecutor acknowledges that before the attack on the Basilica del Pilar a warning telephone call was made to a nearby beauty centre so that the authorities were alerted. As the receivers believed it was a joke they didn’t alert the authorities and the device detonated while people were inside the building; as a result a person suffered ear damage.
Following this rambling on terrorism, the sentence demanded against the comrades is 44 years each, comprising:
Belonging to a terrorist organization: 9 years
Ear damage caused to a victim: 12 years
Terrorist attack (the explosion at the Basilica del Pilar): 18 years
Conspiracy to commit similar attacks (alleged reconnaissance of the Basilica de Montserrant in Barcelona): 5 years
The threat of stratospheric sentences is nothing new to the comrades: at the trial for the ‘Caso Bombas’ in Chile the prosecutors’ request was 20 years for Monica and 25 for Francisco. It won’t be the threat of years in prison made by the Spanish State that will stop insurrection or the will to struggle.
International and insurrectional solidarity for the destruction of all sentences!
Eternal love in revolt for the comrades… Always ready for action, not a step back!
Barcelona: ATMs and security companies damaged and set on fire by Individualities for the Diffusion of Chaos – FAI / FRI in solidarity with anarchist prisoners (Catalunya)
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Barcelona, Spanish State: The attack continues in the face of the blows inflicted by power
After the recent police operations against anarchist milieus, so much has been written and said; statements and opinions mainly denounce or ‘condemn’ the repression inflicted by the authorities. After the latest repressive operation and the reactions that followed, we reckon we should give our point of view.
Starting from the fact that the ongoing repression is the State’s logical response to those who consider themselves (or the State considers) its enemies, we don’t understand certain communiqués full of victimization, where in practice (and with the most appropriate words, of course) they beg the State to stop unleashing its cops ‘indiscriminately’ against anarchists. And they say that repression is unjustifiable, and of course they use and abuse the word ‘frame-up’, and say we do nothing wrong, and that they attack us because we ‘think in a different way’… They try to give a picture of ‘normality’ and endeavour with all means to make this picture clean and socially acceptable. They do their best to take distance from violent words and actions; and as they become entrapped in the game of power and use the latter’s language, they make distinctions between ‘good’ anarchists and ‘bad’ ones, thus promoting criminalization from within their ranks.
At this point some of these ‘anarchists’ don’t feel ashamed at giving pitiful interviews to the media, and what is worse they pose as spokespersons of the ‘anarchist movement’ (and then of all social movements); these would-be politicians and leaders of the masses try their best to alienate anarchism from its subversive and conflictual character, and present anarchism as a simple movement of activists, deprived of any words or actions that clash against power and the established order.
Then there are those who just talk of how terrible repression is, how all comrades are under strict surveillance, and one can’t do anything; this kind of attitudes only spread collective panic and paranoia, and these are the attitudes of those who hide their inactivity behind the pretext of ever present repression, surveillance, ‘I’m being strictly watched’, etc. Anyone who is reluctant to take responsibility can be so according to their personal decisions; but to hide oneself behind uncontrolled and often groundless fear and to spread discouraging feelings wherever one goes, is dangerous and counter-productive. This doesn’t mean that there are the ‘brave’ ones and the ‘cowardly’ ones; it’s perfectly normal to fear police checks, prison, beatings, torture and murders committed by cops and jailers…
But spreading fear leads to panic and paranoia, and in turn this leads to discouraging speeches calling for inaction, maintaining that ‘to behave’ is better for both oneself and other comrades so as not to be the objects of police investigations.
To conclude this topic it must be said that even if the State has shown us nothing more than the tip of the iceberg, this is nothing compared to what could happen; in fact it’s sufficient to look at repression currently occurring in other areas of the world (and not even that far) or in the Spanish State itself a few decades ago. It should be clear that as we stand as anarchists we live with the risk and possibility to be hit by the machine of repression, also at the margins of our practices, because, as we’ve seen, there are times when the same repressive machine tries to stir fear among the enemies and strikes everyone rather than inflict targeted blows; as a consequence anyone of us can be a target.
However, in spite of the deployment of police operations, arrests and slanders that have been carried out (and in spite of what has to come yet), power knows that there will always be individuals who cannot be controlled or frightened, no matter what, our desire to destroy everything that oppresses us cannot be put off. We are glad to see how in spite of everything, they didn’t manage to stop the attack on the existent; every day there are some who still don’t give in to fear and social submission and go on constant attack. Multiform anarchist action keeps on spreading through many neighbourhoods, cities and countries in the form of publications and militant texts, posters, graffiti, banners, sabotage, fires and explosions, roads blocked with barricades, clashes, attacks on the buildings of power and disorders during demonstrations…
Although the Spanish state prefers not to make claims known so that actions are silenced, we know for certain what’s happening, with more or less frequency. The violence of the minority will continue, and we talk about violence openly and without troubles because we are convinced that power won’t fall by itself, nor will any Messiah come from heaven with a solution.
We don’t use words such as ‘self-defence’ or ‘counter-violence’; nor do we talk of anarchist violence only in a context of mass uprising when it’s more acceptable. We’ve found out that in spite of everything, insurrectional practices and attacks are still possible; police can’t be everywhere, they don’t spy on us all or control us all, some common sense, good planning and good will are more than enough to prove that the picture of a controlled and pre-arranged world is just an illusion; it’s up to us to break this illusion of tranquility.
For in the face of the blows of power and the misery of some ‘anarchists’ who only care to give an image of good innocent boys to society in order to be safe, we arm our desires and passions, and go on the attack. To the masses and their inactivity we offer our aggressiveness, we expect nothing and throw ourselves into constant anarchist revolt.
We are the rebels who have decided to carry on and run the risk, and dare live anarchy here and now.
Words without action are dead words to us, so we take the occasion of this communiqué to claim the following actions carried out in several neighbourhoods in Barcelona: the fire on vehicles of security companies, private ones as well as State-owned ones; attacks on bank branches through damages to windows and ATMs caused by hammers, stones, paint and fire; fire and destruction of urban structures.
With this communiqué we want to give our warm greetings to our prisoners, especially Monica and Francisco, who have been in pre-trial detention for over two years always with their heads held high; to comrades Nicola and Alfredo, the comrades of the CCF and the comrades imprisoned in Chile; and we want to remember our fallen ones and greet those who day by day continue to bet on constant conflict and anarchist insurrection, and make anarchy be once again a threat.
For a Black December everywhere!
For the black international of the anarchists of action!
For the spreading of chaos and Anarchy!
Nothing ends, the war continues…
Individualities for the Diffusion of Chaos – FAI / FRI
Translated by act for freedom now
Tags: Alfredo Cospito, Arson, ATM Burned, Barcelona, Black December, Catalunya, Chile, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Francisco Solar, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, Monica Caballero, Nicola Gai, Sabotage, Spain
Posted in Direct Action
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Manifestación en la Embajada de España en Londres en solidaridad con los anarquistas perseguidos a raíz de la Operación Pandora en Barcelona en los últimos meses.
Demonstration at the Spanish Embassy in London in solidarity with anarchists persecuted following Operation Pandora in Barcelona in the last months.
Saturday, November 14
SW1X 8SB, London, UK
Solidarity to all the prisoners of the Spanish State – Destroy the Prisons.
Monday, November 9th, 2015
Updated: Here’s the reportback.
Almost a year ago, the Spanish State began a campaign of repression against anarchists, arresting dozens, including nine in late October, and five more in November of this year. Their imprisonment is justified with the invention of a fictional terrorist group, the GAC-FAI-IRF. No attack has ever been claimed with this set of acronyms, and the GAC (Coordinated Anarchist Groups) are only the authors of a recent book, Contra la Democracia (eerily similar to the Tarnac Affair and The Coming Insurrection in France, 2008).
On Saturday we will rally in solidarity with those arrested, at 6:00pm at the corner of E Lake St & Minnehaha Ave in Minneapolis.
Thursday, November 5th, 2015
If last week we awoke to 9 comrades arrested in Barcelona and Manresa, of which one has to stay in prison [Enrique Costoya Allegue] and the rest have been released pending trial in an extension of Operation Pandora, and the extension of preventive prison to Mónica and Francisco, yesterday, November 4, we awoke to a new beat. In this case, Operation Ice in which they have been arrested 5 companions of the collective Straight Edge Madrid. Again the state hits.
The allegations, belonging to a criminal organization with terrorist aims, damages and apology of terrorism.
The henchmen of the Information Brigade of the National Police say they have found material for making explosives, gunpowder and bomb-making manuals.
It alleges them responsible for the attack with incendiary devices against four bank branches in Madrid as well as other actions in Barcelona. In addition, as has become customary, they are accused of relations with GAC (Grupos Anarquistas Coordinados) – coordinated anarchist groups.
In this case, they have seized documents and propaganda concerning Anarchist groups, for them a confirmation of their coordinated relationship with them, referring specifically to the comrades arrested last March 30 in Operation Piñata.
So it goes in the Spanish state, operation after operation still beating us.
But whatever they do they will not get us to stop fighting.
Freedom for anarchist prisoners!
Solidarity with the repressed!
Innocent or guilty, just anarchists!
Death to the state and long live anarchy!!!!!
Write to Enrique:
Enrique Costoya Allegue
CP Madrid V Soto del Real
Ctra M-609, km3,5 Módulo 15
28791 Soto del Real (Madrid)
Tags: Enrique Costoya Allegue, GAC (coordinated anarchist groups), Madrid, Operation Ice, Operation Pandora, Operation Piñata, Repression, Spain, Straight Edge Madrid, Straight-Edge
Posted in Social Control
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Some anarchist individuals take the initiative to get these posters out in solidarity with our arrested comrades in the latest blow, Pandora II, and Monica and Francis, whom the Spanish government has extended the detention for another two years. The idea was to get them out in different languages so that solidarity will spread across borders. The posters are ready to download and print. Let’s cover your walls with our solidarity!
If they search for us door to door, we will resist them shoulder to shoulder!
Neither innocent nor guilty, just anarchists!
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
via Publicacion Refractario & Insurrection News:
On Wednesday October 28 nine of us were arrested in connection with a new anti-terrorist operation orchestrated by the Catalan Regional Police in collusion with court number 3 of the Spanish National Court. After the ransacking and looting of our homes and the Libertarian Ateneo de Sants (an anarchist social center in Sants) we were taken to different police stations on the outskirts of Barcelona. The next day we were delivered to the Civil Guard and transferred to Madrid. On Friday at noon we were brought before Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez. The judge ordered two of us to be released with charges, 6 of us to be bailed upon payment of a bail surety and unconditional imprisonment for our comrade who is currently locked up in Soto del Real prison.
We the detainees who at present are back on the street wish to make a series of reflections and political positions:
The generic accusation against all 9 of us is “belonging to a criminal organization with terrorist aims.” Specifically we are charged with being part of ‘GAC-FAI-IRF,’ which as we all know is a concept that has been constructed by the police. A set of acronyms which they have quite calculatedly mixed together – the coordination of anarchist collectives (GAC) along with the ‘signature’ used internationally by some groups to claim acts of sabotage (FAI–IRF).
The construction of this organizational framework gives the police all of the repressive
resources that the anti-terrorism laws provide: closed courts, greater legal uncertainty, much tougher sentences for comrades convicted of carrying out certain actions, isolation, special prison regimes, the criminalization of personal friendships / partners and relatives, amplified media coverage and social stigmatization etc. It is enough to say that during the whole process of our detention – from the moment we saw our homes being invaded and looted right up until we were brought before the judge – we did not even know what we were being accused of. (more…)
Tags: Catalunya, Enrique Costoya Allegue, GAC (coordinated anarchist groups), Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Mossos d'Escuadra, Operation Pandora, Repression, Spain
Posted in Social Control
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Mónica and Francisco pretrial detention extended.
On Tuesday 27 the judicial review was held where it was decided to extend the
remand of Monica and Francisco or release them pending trial. The review has
left the resolution, and so has extended it.
Although the Spanish legislation provides for two years as the maximum
time a person can remain in pretrial detention, the State has the
possibility to lengthen (arguing some sort of exception in the case) for
two years, and has done.
Two years ago, on 13 November 2013 they were arrested along with three
others, to which the case has been filed against them. Monica and Francisco are
awaiting trial on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization and
conspiracy to cause havoc.
The same day of the leave of this resolution, 9 people were detained in a new blow to
anarchism in Barcelona and Manresa, ten searches in houses and premises.
And in this we just have to roll with the punches and keep going,
showing them they are not alone and that our solidarity will not get slow.
THEY CAN ARREST US, BUT NOT STOP US!
FREEDOM ANARCHIST PRISONERS!
SOLIDARITY WITH ARRESTED!
WE WANT OUR PARTNERS IN THE STREET NOW!
Madrid: Concentration in the Viewing Gallery of the High Court in the sight of anarchist comrades Monica and Francisco (Spain)
Monday, October 26th, 2015
Note: A ‘concentration’ literally means a ‘concentration’ of comrades; a demo of small number but never insignificant. Solidarity to the two imprisoned compas.
Tuesday, October 27. 9:00 am. C / C Genoa / Farcía Gutierrez. National audience. (Madrid)
On Tuesday October 27 the hearing of two of the arrested in the case of November 2013 is at the National Hearing. After spending nearly two years on remand, (November 13 completes two years), the judges will have to solve if they prolong the two year custody or give bail to those awaiting trial.
Therefore, this Tuesday at 9:00 we will be with them at the gates of the audience, because they are not alone, because we will not slow our solidarity.
They can lock us up but it will not stand.
DEATH TO THE STATE AND LONG LIVE ANARCHY
If they enacted the extension of preventive detention to see you all 20:00 pm in the Plaza de Tirso de Molina