It’s already a year since Fernando Barcenas was arrested in Mexico City following a demonstration against the increase in the price of subway tickets (the cost increased sharply from 3 to 5 Mexican pesos, in a country where we recall that the minimum wage is about 60 pesos a day, less than $ 5, and where the extension of the huge city-monster forces thousands of people to move from one side to the other constantly).
At the end of the demonstration of December 15, 2013 a Molotov cocktail was launched against the huge Coca Cola Christmas tree that burned to generalised joy, lighting up that night on two of the city’s main boulevards, Reforma and Insurgentes. Three people were later detained, among whom Fernando, while the other two were released as they were minors.
On December 11 2014 Fernando was sentenced to 5 years and 9 months on charges of breach of the peace and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Fernando’s text December 15, 2014
To free spirits and rebelsTo the oppressed and marginalized To people in general Today I officially completed one year in prison; on December 10, 2014 I was sentenced to five years and nine months’ prison on charges of breach of the peace and conspiracy to commit a crime.
These accusations were argued with nothing but mere conjecture and without any real evidence to prove my guilt. As for the crime of conspiracy, the only thing that sustains the accusation is that I had with me protest material and anarchist statements, making it clear that this is an ideological criminalization aimed at defaming and discrediting anarchist and libertarian ideas. Historically, in all eras, a series of ideas, thoughts and information in general are suppressed, not allowed to be thought by the individuals of a given society.
However there are always people and individuals who refuse to tow the line and who, not conforming to that which one is permitted to do, be and think, decided to risk our lives in search of authentic freedom. And when we have dealt with social ills, product of hierarchy, they have called us authors of disorder and sent us to populate the prisons.
Without a doubt rebellion does not stop in jail, it is precisely in jail that the rebel is formed completely and any doubts or contradictions that might have existed in his ideas till then dissipate. He ends up strengthening himself and becoming ideologically more grounded. Entering prison ends one cycle of struggle to start a new one, but this time more radical, direct and complete. May the walls come down and freedom continue its inexorable course, until we are all free!