London,UK : Screaming Voices PT2, breaking the silence!
August 8, 2019by actforfreedom
A noise demo was called by London ABC for Friday July 26th in response to recent communication with inmates in HMP Wandsworth regarding the levels of both psychological and physical abuse from screws. A small but dedicated number of prison abolitionists and comrades took to the streets in the vicinity of the prison to manifest our solidarity.
Reaching the point on the perimeter of the prison that seemed to offer the optimum possibility of being heard best and by the most behind the walls; whistles, chants, megaphones, various improvised methods in the locality and fireworks were utilised. It wasn’t long before we were answered with shouting, whistling and the banging of cell doors. Moving along the perimeter gave us the chance to be audible by another wing of the prison and we made our voices heard for some time in the next location with a similar answer from the inside. By this point police had turned up although they seemed unprepared to engage with us further than moaning about the use of fireworks.
The day ended in some pretty positive debate with some locals, one of whom hadn’t previously considered the possibilities of anti-prison perspectives but was soon on the megaphone sharing his support.
Wandsworth prison is considered to have the highest number of screws being attacked. Thats is the clear sign of misery and rage and the inadequacy of this dehumanizing system.
For this reason we want to be solid and angry and only when we see this torture warehouse burning will we consider it a hot summer.
We gonna come back soon, again, always anger against the screws.
Some unidentified comrades have a message for those inside:
“We can’t promise that we will be listened to, or taken seriously by anyone who can improve the conditions you’re facing. But we can promise that we won’t be silent. We won’t stay passive. The same system that keeps people caged and frightened in Wandsworth grinds on all around us. The list of possible targets gets longer every day, and the list of excuses not to act gets shorter.
Everywhere people are researching, observing and experimenting. They are trying out methods of attach that are easily reproduced, and words of explanation that are easily understood: let’s act for freedom , NOW!”
In Wandsworth Prison, London, being tortured and harassed is part of daily life, and the screws abuse their power as a matter of routine. But we don’t want to be a silent accomplice to this shameful state of affairs, and someone inside has shared with us some of the horrible things that have happened over the last few days. You can help to break the silence by sharing what follows – and check our blog for updates on an action in the next few days, and other steps you can take. Solidarity is our weapon, against isolation and state-sanctioned torture!
“F (the name is keep anonymous for safety reason) was going to have a shower after work, an officer having given him a permit to go earlier, when another came and locked him in the cell without letting him take the shower. On top of this there was a prisoner outside the cell smoking quietly, who couldn’t have a shower after a shift of picking up trash, and in this hot weather… His cell-mate started getting very ill in the last few days (blood in his stool and vomiting blood; he even called his grandma to tell her he was going to die). F yesterday spent the whole night calling the guards asking to rescue the guy but they didn’t give a fuck.”