This is a letter from the anarchist prisoner Marcelo Villarroel
concerning the case of anarchist Santiago Maldonado who is still
missing. It also has a call for action. His words are welcome by us!!!
Fire to the prisons!!! We want our comrade Santiago Maldonado alive
translated by tormentas de fogo
“STRUGGLE AGAINST ALL JAILS, AMNESIA AND COWARD PASSIVITY!!!
These words are born and become necessary at the same time when it is
necessary to embrace all those who give themselves without limits when
seeking encounter with total liberation.
For the expansion of the revolt, for the unequivocal confrontation with
power, for the extension of autonomous practices to deny domination and
everything that makes possible its existence.
As I write, hatred and anger guide me… While each person realizes his
life, there is a dear friend missing…
SANTIAGO MALDONADO – el “Lechu”, el “Brujo”, disappeared.
And I can not stay silent or ignore his physical absence.
Since we had to live prison in the region dominated by the Argentine
state, our steps crossed. There were us, the prisioners in the province
of Newken and there was Santiago, in the city of La Plata, next to a
universe of active comrades, sharing complicity and standing in
It’s been more than 9 years since our footsteps have crossed the
continuous path of the brotherhood, this path that sets both of us on
the same side of the trench.
Because we have to say clearly: We are at war against oppression and
misery! Against all the police, states, countries and cowards that
accommodate their speeches and lives to make it harmless and integrated.
There is no way to forget that we who have decided to continue the
offensive take permanent risk. We are not passive victims of
circumstance nor mere spectators.
Just like Santiago, a person in complete coherence with his anarchic
feelings, who is missing since August 1st, when he was kidnapped by the
Gendarmería (intermediate force between the Police and the Army), while
actively supporting the Mapuche struggle in Cushamen, province of
Chubut, in the south of Argentina and near the Chilean border.
It’s been a month already and Lechuga did not show up. And although
Santiago is among all of us who do not forget or abandon the daily
struggle, his physical presence is lacking.
We will bring him back by striking blow by blow, multiplying his
gestures and actions throughout the planet against the miserable ones
responsible for his disappearance.
From prison, today, my call is to deepen the attack against amnesia and
fear. Because those who say they believe in anarchy must act in
accordance with this conviction.
Hundreds of revolutionary prisoners around the world united by similar
convictions, we are the living expression of a struggle with no nations
and no borders that seeks the total destruction of all the chains, cages
and prisons where most of the people on this planet are living.
These are times of combat, we can not hide the obvious.
The rebellious and ancestral fire is incinerating the machines of
predatory capital, the insurrectionist blood spilled from our fallen
comrades is among our war rituals, our silent conspiracies seek the only
possible justice: vengeance becomes urgent and necessary.
FOR SANTIAGO AND ALL COMRADES THAT DIED: NOT ONE SINGLE MINUTE OF
SILENCE BUT A WHOLE LIFE OF STRUGGLE!!!
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY AND FRATERNITY FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ALL
UNTIL THE DESTRUCTION OF THE LAST BULWARK OF THE PRISON