Chile – Words from imprisoned anarchist comrade Natalia Collao ‘Tato’

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(ps: On April 7, 2015, a bus was set on fire. Near the action, the bastard police arrested comrades Natalia Collao (24) and Javier Pino (22), Javier is now in Santiago 1 prison, and Natalia is in San Miguel prison.)
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From RadioAzione
Translated from Italian by act for freedom now

Friends, comrades, family and those in affinity. Thanks to a few words I
managed to exchange with some people (because so far I’ve been in
solitary confinement and I don’t know what’s happening outside) I
learned about the week of agitation between 10th and 12th April in
solidarity with antiauthoritarian prisoners, above all those condemned
to long sentences.

So I’d like to give a contribution on solidarity with this piece of
writing, precisely solidarity with imprisoned comrades.

I used to think it, and now with the experience I’m going through it’s
even more clear, that a comrade who is sent down and therefore becomes a
prisoner finds his or her most important support in himself or herself,
his or her beliefs, thoughts, ideas, feelings and self love, their
individuality, which is fundamental when one is faced with such an ugly
and decadent place as prison, and moreover we ourselves are our main
source of strength.

But all of a sudden it happens that our eyes and ears encounter
gestures, initiatives, actions carried out for us and in these moments
we feel like being in an embrace, where our chest swells and our
inevitable smile comes back; it is when they go beyond the prison walls
that all the prisoners’ individualities fill with strength and
reassurance. I see this moment as complicity because we know that we are
carrying on struggling.

I join the call that is being carried out and invite to solidarity with
prisoners the territories that are struggling and taking a position
against all forms of authority.

All my love and strength to those facing long sentences, and whose ideas
and feelings are not annihilated by the long years in prison.

And let’s not forget that prison, a human product, also strikes other
beings. Animals held and tortured in cages to please humans.

I conclude sending all my love to my friends, comrades, family and the
girls in the struggle against patriarchy.
Tato (Natalia Collao)
From Unit 1,
San Miguel prison
Sunday 12th April

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Santiago, Chile – Two comrades arrested on charges of arson of a bus
 From RadioAzione Translated by act for freedom now
  (update 09/04: Natalia [Collao] is being held in the San Miguel prison, whereas Javier [Pino] is in Santiago 1. The Prosecutors office has asked for more time before concluding the investigation to formalise the charges against the two comrades.
The next hearing was to take place on Friday 10th April.) At 02:15 on 7th April 7 2015, bus 2010 of the Transantiago company was completely burnt out near the central station.
 A few minutes later, in a nearby street, police bastards arrested two comrades, Natalia Collao (24) and Javier Pino (27), accusing them of setting fire to the bus.  According to press and police reports, the comrades got on the bus in Alameda and got off in Ecuador on the corner Con Con a few minutes before the bus started to burn.
Police say the comrades were recognised by the bus driver. The miserable men of the Procura Sud, self-proclaimed experts in antiterrorism cases, are investigating the case.
The arrested comrades are now in the hands of the Policia de Investigaciones, in particular the Forza di Lavoro sui Delitti di Alta Complessità [highly sophisticated crimes taskforce] of the PDI, a squad made up of several forces that are trying to put an end to the various attacks on the Stare-Capital.  As they were paraded in front of the journalist scum, both Natalia and Javier remained dignified, their heads held high amidst the tumult of vultures. Javier shouted loudly: Down with patriarchal and anthropocentric society!   They are to be formally charged in the afternoon.

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