(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.)
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