Thirty-two imprisoned Mapuche activists reached the 50th day of their hunger strike over the weekend. The Mapuches were jailed for acts of violence under an anti-terrorism law created during the regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet.
The majority are members of CAM (Arauco Malleco Co-ordination), an organization formed in 1998 known for its ongoing attempts to recover Mapuche territory.
The activists are held in prisons in Concepción, Temuco, Canete, Lebu, Angol and Valdivia.
Some of the prisoners now suffer physical problems. Dr. Nelson Reyes told Radio Co-operativa that several Angol prisoners have colds and pharyngitis, an inflammation of the throat.
Prisoners Haiquilaf Cadín Calfunao and Elvis Millán were recently transported to hospitals in Angol and Temuco for urgent medical exams. Both were reported suffering from heart problems. Following treatment they were returned to prison.
Rodrigo Curapil, spokesperson for the families of the activists, has asked for negotiations with government officials to bring about a solution to the conflict.
The prisoners have lost between eight and 12 kilograms. On Friday, Amnesty International asked the Chilean government what it was doing about the crisis. The letter, signed by AI’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, said, “This is an occasion that demands that the government takes action in line with its obligation for human rights.”
SANTIAGO – Hooded assailants intercepted two freight trucks, pulled out the drivers and set the vehicles on fire, Chilean authorities said Wednesday. The incident took place in the southern region of Araucania, where Mapuche Indian activists have torched vehicles, highway toll booths and lumber shipments as part of a campaign to reclaim ancestral lands from agribusiness and forest products companies. In the wee hours of Wednesday, the assailants felled trees to block a stretch of road between Angol, capital of Malleco province, and the town of Collipulli, police said. When a truck loaded with lumber stopped in front of the barrier, the hooded attackers brandished guns to force the driver out and then set the vehicle on fire. The assailants repeated the process with a second truck. As they were burning the second vehicle, the driver of the first fled. He encountered a police patrol about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) away, but the attackers were gone by the time the officers reached the scene. The Chilean government is currently holding 106 Mapuches – some convicted, others awaiting trial – for acts of political violence in Araucania. Thirty-two of those prisoners have been on hunger strike for more than 40 days to demand the scrapping of a draconian anti-terrorism law dating from the 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet. The anti-terror legislation allows the state to hold people for up to two years without charges, restrict defense attorneys’ access to evidence and use testimony from anonymous witnesses. The hunger strikers also want the “demilitarization” of Araucania, the heartland of the 650,000-strong Mapuche nation, Chile’s largest indigenous group. Two appellate courts ruled this week that prison authorities can force-feed the hunger strikers, while Catholic Bishop Manuel Camilo Vial is calling for dialogue to end the prisoners’ fast and resolve the issues raised by the Mapuches. EFE
SANTIAGO – Chile’s envoy to Mexico is facing death threats in connection with the trial in Santiago of anarchists charged with a series of bombings, a Chilean police source told Efe on Friday. The threats came Tuesday in e-mails sent to Ambassador German Guerrero from “autonomous cells of the immediate revolution,” the source said. Additional e-mails received Wednesday included threats to the embassy building and innuendos about possible risks to diplomats and their families from Mexican organized crime. The authors of the messages said they would “blow up” the embassy if the Chilean anarchists were not released. “If (the embassy) was left half-destroyed in February, this time we will destroy it completely,” one e-mail said, alluding to a previous attack on the mission by anarchists wielding rocks and clubs. Preliminary investigations by Chilean police indicate the threatening e-mails originated in Mexico, the source said. Fifteen Chilean anarchists – including one serving time for other offenses – are accused of carrying out 23 bombings in the capital and other cities. The attacks targeted banks, offices of foreign companies, embassies, churches and police stations, mainly in Santiago. The sole fatality was an anarchist killed when a bomb exploded as he was transporting it on a bicycle. Special prosecutor Alejandro Peña has charged the suspects with conspiring to terrorize the population. The 14 suspects not already in custody were arrested two weeks ago in violent police raids on squats and private residences in Santiago and the coastal city of Valparaiso. All but four of the suspects are being held without bail. EFE
On July 20th at 8 o’clock in the evening following an anti-occupational march, 15 individuals/members of ELAM attacked a Nigerian student using bludgeons and crow-bars because they didn’t like the color of his skin. After being chased the unfortunate young man was struck by a moving vehicle and his persecutors beat him up and smashed the car which had hit him.
This was not the first similar incident as in the past few years an elation of neo-fascist elements has been observed and consequently this resulted to beatings, bullying and psychological and verbal abuse against people which do not meet their sick standards i.e. immigrants, activist, students, homosexuals etc. Other similar incidents prove that the problem is not isolated: November 06: 20 individuals attack 12 year old Turkish Cypriot students at the English School December 08: Fascist pogrom against shops owned by immigrants in the old Nicosia area. December 08: 40 individuals attack a young African girl during a school volleyball match. January 09: Attack and vandalisms upon the “Fanari tou Diogenh” social centre July 09: Following an anti-occupational demonstration 3 individuals were beat up by 15 bludgeon bearing individuals 10th October 09: individuals that were seated in the courtyard of the Phaneromeni church, were attacked by individuals who were calling out: “This is our church”. Thugs damaged Turkish Cypriot cars countless times following APOEL matches. 13th December 09: 2 individuals were assaulted by a group of people using clubs and sprays in the Phaneromenis area
These teams, Nazi attachés, believe in racial purity (the known Aryan Race) and its superiority over other people. They believe in militarism-militarization of society. In Cyprus’ case, the ideological model of fascism is partly constituted by the political prehistory of the country (Grivas, Team X2, EOKA B and the British political influence) in combination with European neo-fascism and “Fortress Europe” (racist migratory policy of EU).
They consider immigrants responsible for the unemployment and the economic crisis. In this way they throw sand in the eyes of the world, making them believe that immigrants are accountable for the financial and social issues we are faced with. In combination to the existing racism (in each operation of the state mechanism, “divide and conquer”) their political existence is justified and they accomplish to infiltrate in the social web, corroding it and causing social intensities. The State and the system are benefitting from this situation, as their responsibilities for the Social-Economic crisis are being covered.
The proposal for the confrontation of this situation is to strike the issue at it’s core so that these elements do not have the political enforcement in order to act. So, in order for the isolation of these elements to be achieved, the existing racism must be tackled at the same time since the State and the system by their very nature cause the conflict within the society. This is a matter of the entire society and only of that.
“26.08.2010 – Heliodendro, Kastoria (Greece) One of the biggest greek mink farms has been hit in our first night of action. All the cages imprisoning animals in 37 sheds of the farm were opened and machinery sabotaged. To let the animals out part of the fence was cut and both gates opened smashing the locks (using the farmer’s tools). Two hours and half of work and we could run away along with thousands of minks (according to media 50.000 were released).
27.08.2010 – Kaloneri, Siatista (Greece) Another mink farm was our target for a second night of action, this time near the town of Kaloneri, on a road where 10 farms can be easily seen. 8 sheds full of animals had their cages opened in just ten minutes. Before leaving we opened a gate to let the animals run towards freedom (according to media 2.000 were released).
In both cases we had checked carefully the farms to know how to organize a faster and more secure action. With these actions we decided to hit the fur industry and especially the disgusting ‘fur towns’ of Siatista and Kastoria, plagued with hundreds of fur stores. Liberating animals from cages is a way to put our ideas into practice. We oppose the oppression, exploitation and imprisonment that this civilization has created for any living being, regardless of species, race, gender or sexual preferences.
In these desperate days we still strive for freedom. Eat vegan on the barricades!
Greek media has reported that as many as 50,000 mink were released from cages. In an article in the Makedonia newspaper, the president of a Greek fur breeders association said that it was a “black day” for the industry. The owner of one of the targeted farms estimated his losses at 1 million Euros and said that his farm had been ruined.
3.4 Julius Like every year since 2007 when part of Mount Parnes was burned with the responsibility of the casino located on the top, a two-day trek for resistance and action against the destruction and looting of the mountain held in nearby casino space. A few days later on Saturday, July 10, police announced that after research in the area of the action, a high-power bomb was found. In the next day, after misinformation of the media about the bomb, Christos Loukopoulos, a former army serviceman and “night mafia godfather” associated with the neonazi group “Golden Dawn”, surrendered himself to police. The fact that a bomb was put by a para-state mafioso near dozens of people during a political event, was covered-up by the police and the media. actforfreedomnow.blogspot.com/p/case-of-27-activists-of-parnitha-athens.html
On June 24, a bomb was exploded in the Ministry of Civil Protection (Police Headquarters also) which killed a close associate of the minister and police chief. A newly created group claimed responsibility for it on July 10.
July 9 Series of arsons in security guard vehicles.
July 12 Arson of two vehicles of the diplomatic corps.
July 14-28 Prisons are a boiling cauldron because of the inhumane conditions of detention, especially for people who need medicines and treatment. As a result of the lack of medicines and hospitalization, dozens of prisoners are dying (being murdered) in greek prisons. Indicatively, within 10 days of July, 6 prisoners died inside prison, four of them in Grevena prisons.
On14th of July, 200 prisoners in Trikala prison were abstaining from prison’s food for two weeks and then they went on a hunger strike. On July 15, the hospitalized prisoners of Korydallos prison started abstaining prison’s food protesting against the detention of people with chronic and incurable diseases. After nine days, about 500 prisoners were in hunger strike.
This old world is struggling to stay alive. Its engine power and legacy is violence. Its most ruthless, most barbaric but at the same time its truest face is revealed with the suppression of every resistance, every threat that is bred inside of it.
Lets be done with the stupid arguments that come aside the police operations for the abolishment of -outersystematic- violence. Whoever claims so categorically that they are against violence, is simply lying to others and himself.
Violence is the basic substance of this world.
It is located in our perception for the space that is defined by the borders between our houses and neighbourhoods that form a controlled and predictable environment.
It characterizes the rhythms of everyday life by cutting up time and selling it to everyone that enjoys economic superiority.
It determines relationships, through segregation and unconditional assimilation which leads to the division of people. The most brutal result though is the rhetorical justification of the above that happens with the excuse of a liberty while in reality its our own shackles.
So we move offensively as well, violently, without letting it totally define our existence. Having knowledge of our contradictions, we aim at the hypocrisy that seems to be the only thing that keeps the balance in this social field. We know that the choices we make will define, on a great scale, the rest of our lives. That’s why we don’t act foolishly. The possible consequences do not discourage our action. Our choices are based on conscience and what we’ve lived through, they have a genuine base. By discovering people that have made the same choices as us we discover comrades. With our common desires as a starting point we demolish the authoritarian myths about criminal organizations of maniacs and we become a piece of the “international terrorist organization” that consists of insurrectional individuals.
So we decided to use our own diplomacy, torching 5 vehicles of the diplomatic force in the early hours of Saturday 28th august in Thessaloniki.
We dedicate our attack to all the Chilean comrades that since the 14th of august are being attacked by the Chilean state (at this moment 8 of them are in maximum security prisons while the other 6 have been temporarily released with conditions), as well as to the comrades that are being persecuted for the Conspiracy Cells of Fire case (on august 31st is the court of appeals to decide the continuation or not of the imprisonment of P.Masouras and H.Hadjimihelakis).
We chose this way and period of time because we wanted to define our own field of combat, outside the coincidence of T.I.E.(thessaloniki international exhibition) and the festival of oppression by the Ministry to protect the citizen in collaboration with local authorities, that will take place in the city streets.
We believe that explosions of collective spontaneity, as useful as they are, are strategically wrong to be applied in fields of combat cut to fit the oppressive mechanisms. We believe that in such mass demonstrations the bet is organization -from before and not on the spot- of defence and offence so its possible to clash in real time and with reversed -to our interest this time- terms.
Diplomatic Force of Arsonists
(For the intensification of internationalist solidarity)
Nina Dean, Vice secretary, Mapuche International Link | 29.08.2010 FROM UK.INDYMEDIA…
An update in spanish and english, by Mapuche International Link on the indigenous Mapuche political prisoners hunger strike in Chile on day 47 of their protest in defence of ancestral territorial rights and against the criminalisation of Mapuche democratic protest
Chilean President Pinera leading prayer service for trapped Chilean miners
Chilean Circus of Saints and Sinners
By Nina Dean*
29th Aug 2010
Chilean President Pinera leading prayer service for trapped Chilean miners (left) Mapuche political prisoner chained to his bed (right)
Amidst a well orchestrated Chilean media blackout and after almost 50 days on hunger strike the health of the 32 Mapuche political prisoners incarcerated under anti terrorist law is in serious jeopardy, with two strikers being rushed to hospital in the past week. Carlos Muñoz Huenuman and Eduardo Painemil Peña two of the Mapuche hunger strikers held in Lebu prison stated at the outset of their protest “With this extreme and fair measure, we extend the resistance carried out by Mapuche political prisoners in different Chilean jails, which seeks to denounce the injustices committed against our people. These injustices are reflected in the violent raids, where the victims are mainly elders and children; in the indiscriminate and set-up use of protected witnesses that include underage children; in the excessive duration of the investigations carried out by the District Attorney’s Office , which only perpetuate pre-emptive custody. Finally, we seek to reject the politico-judicial set-ups, sustained by the application of the Anti-terrorism Law, which seek to jail Mapuche social fighters that confront the extermination war declared against us by the Chilean State.”
As an international Mapuche human rights campaigner I have charted and publicised a catalogue of historic abhorrent abuses applied by the Chilean state to proud and peaceful Mapuche communities and individuals who resist assimilation and territorial domination by the Chilean State for the past decade., in particular that of the experience of the Lonko Calfunao family. In 2005 Chief Calfunao leader of the Juan pailalef community conducted a humanitarian visit to Europe in order to raise awareness within the international arena of the repression she, her community and indeed their nation had experienced as a result of their peaceful defence of ancestral territory. During the European visit Mapuche international link had accompanied Chief Calfunao to the headquarters of Amnesty international in London urgently requesting support due to the ongoing danger to her own and her families lives . Immediately following her return to her home to Chile she was arrested along with the remainder of her family and incarcered in Temuco women’s penitentiary where she remains to this day on a petty civil disobedience charge. Her youngest daughter Relmutray aged 12 was later transported by her family to Europe to seek sanctuary as a political refugee. During the course of her incarceration Chief Calfunao had committed to hunger strike in 2006 at which time she suffered serious cardiac complications, the Tibetan Dali Lama offered prayers for her safety and wellbeing prior to ending her protest, the chief was on this occasion fortunate to survive. As a result of years of physical and mental abuse by Chilean officials and the physical impacts of her previous hunger strike Chief Calfuano has since suffered symptoms of a stroke with complete paralysis of one side of her body and is rendered incapable of speech, she remains in jail and untreated for this life threatening condition. In May 2010, Chief Calfuano’s sentence was set for review due to having served 4 years of her sentence and as a result of her exemplary behaviour during her incarceration, however the court ruled to deny her this opportunity and thus returned her to the penitentiary indefinitely. The Juan Paillalef community along with the Mapuche nation now have grave concern for her life.
Whilst the son of Chief Calfuano, Waikilaf cadin Calfunao having spent the majority of his adult life being harassed by Chilean police, enduring countless arrests, detentions and torture at the hands of his aggressors is currently detained on remand under anti terrorist charges for due to protesting for his mothers release for a crime which he did not commit. Waikilaf is currently committed to hunger strike in Angol prison, he was transported to hospital last week as a result of the physical effects of starvation. Waikilaf’s father and brother were each recently released on probation following lengthy sentences on arbitrary charges. The Calfuano family’s’ experience of systematic brutal state repression due to the peaceful defence of their ancestral land is not a unique experience for everyday Mapuche, with hundreds of Mapuche families and communities sharing this same catastrophic experience.
The Chilean policy for control of the Mapuche people as a means of access to their land is tantamount to genocide, such is their ambition to have sole control of it and the valuable natural resources it represents to them and the evolving Chilean free market economy. In a pre-election statement Chilean right wing President Pinera, himself a wealthy businessman vowed, “We shall soon see the second Pacification of Araucania”, referring to a repeat of the original genocidal annexation of Mapuche territory which took place in the 1860’s in Chile.
Whilst the shift in economic trends moves away from investment in production towards investment in territorial resources, intellectual property rights and the like, the indigenous Mapuche like all indigenous peoples of the world today remain at impending and grave danger of annihilation. In the post 9-11 climate unscrupulous governments regularly conveniently classify indigenous democratic descent as a terrorist act in order to achieve their self serving and destructive ambitions. In this climate families such as the Calfunao’s and their countrymen are viewed in Machiavellian terms as expendable casualties when weighed against the survival and expansion of the capitalist state and its economic objectives. The United Nations and the international human rights community watch on with increasing alarm for the health of the current 32 Mapuche hunger strikers whom, having reached a fragile and most vulnerable state in the absence of any medical intervention, acknowledgement nor dialogue from the Chilean state to bring a swift and lifesaving resolution to their situation, remain at their mercy. The arrival in Chile this week of United Nations representative from the International Labour Organisation who will meet with Chilean government representatives in order to assess their compliance with ILO convention 169, a legal framework which stipulates that states must respect the rights of indigenous communities within their territorial boundaries
with specific emphasis on the legal request for free and informed prior consent in relation to development issues affecting indigenous people within their ancestral territory a requirement which Chile have to date failed to fulfill. Despite interventions made by the prisoners families and numerous public officials who had visited the prisoners such as left wing Chilean Senators Navarro and Jaime Quintana urging the government to urgently initiate dialogue to avert a tragic yet avoidable loss of life the Chilean state remains deaf to their pleas. Whilst a leading international human rights representative Esteban Beltrán Director of Spanish Amnesty International this week visited Chile and publicly condemned the criminalisation of Mapuche democratic rights using the application of anti terrorist law; “The two most important human rights issues in Chile, he said, are Mapuche rights and women’s reproductive rights, commenting that “What really strikes me is that after 20 years of democracy, the Chilean government is applying the same antiterrorist laws from the dictatorship,” Beltrán said. “I’m astonished that this antiterrorist law is applied to the Mapuche community. I understand they may have perpetrated an illegal act, but they should be judged fairly.” Meanwhile in the same week the compassionate and humanitarian response of the state to the recent rescue mission activated to save the lives of a proportionate number of trapped miners in the north of Chile appears to know no bounds with the new President this week staging a public offering of prayers in the presence of global and national media; upon the prayer platform, surrounded by government officials and adorned by a flurry of Chilean national flags amidst a large painting of saint Francis of Assisi the ‘patron saint of travellers’ Pinera announced while grasping a note sent from the miners “Coming from the deepest point in this mine, comes a message from our miners who are telling us that they are alive, that they are all together, and that they are waiting to return to see the light of the sun and embrace their families,” . Whilst the concern for those trapped deep underground and the public and official outpouring of emotion for their wellbeing is laudable, the response comes in stark polar contrast to an entire lack of compassion nor concern for the 32 Mapuche hunger strikers within the nations grasp who currently lie in a fatal condition in their prison cells and whilst the effort to reach the miners is carefully chronologically calculated using precision technology to reach them the Mapuche hunger strikers though within easy reach are left to die alone and without governmental or mainstream public empathy nor support. One cannot help but speculate on the long term outcome of the hunger strikers condition and if at such time in the future the miners are reunited into the bosom of their loving families into the security of their homes the Mapuche strikers will still be alive to experience such simple human joys. If the Chilean state solely places value on human life by measuring the individuals willingness to assist economic growth then the Mapuche will remain not only invaluable but also a hindrance to the state’s economic ambitions and as such will remain an highly endangered people.
Sunday, August 29, 2010 The night of Saturday 28th of August attacks occured against 5 diplomatic vehicles in Thessaloniki. The action was claimed by a group named “Diplomatic Body of Arsonists (for the intensification of international solidarity)” and is dedicated to the comrades in Chile that are prosecuted, with 8 of them being imprisoned and 6 more facing charges, and to Panayiotis Masouras and Charis Chatzimichelakis, in preventive detention in Conspiracy of Cells of Fire case. Just 31 August the Court of Appeal will decide whether or not to extend custody for two of them.
>Sofoklis Nigdelis, roommate of Vaggelis Pallis for many years, answers to the monstrosity of the regimes information
The situation of the great fighter Vaggelis Pallis remains crucial but steady.
As for the slaves of the system that have as a profession journalism, I have a message for some of them: Fascists and servants of the rotten state mechanism that you recycle and like goats re-chew false and forged news, stop the unofficial, unconfirmed, provocative announcements that you put out against Vaggelis Pallis, because don’t forget that human-wolves are hungry and one morning while your going to work, which is no other than to promote imaginary stories to fit the mold of your snitching boss.. than a wolf will jump on you and will start eating you starting from the tongue. You the specific snitches remember that wolves are always hungry.
My warm hello to your colleague Sokratis Giolias and his family.
Solidarity and comrade collectiveness are some of our destructive weapons.
Regards and strength to the comrades in solidarity of Vaggelis Pallis, inside and outside the walls.
This morning, at 9 o’ clock, Vangelis Pallis was found in his cell seriously injured in the neck by a piece of glass. The headquarters of the jail said that he did it by himself. The advocate ordered his cell to be sealed for further investigation. Vangelis Pallis is now in the intensive care, hospitalized in a very serious situation. Vangelis Pallis has many times in the past participated in riots inside the jail. In the big riot in the jails in November 2008, as he was a member of the steering committee, he was on a hunger strike for a long time. People that know him say that there is not even one chance in a million that he injured himself with his own will. As you understand, he is fighting against the cruel conditions of the jail. Therefore, our suspicions about what really happened are not unrealistic. Updates soon. On 4th of September a gathering and demonstration towards the hospital were he is held is organised by comrades in the city of Trikala. GREECE.
The Justice Ministry has assured police that it will soon be in a position to notify the force promptly about prisoners that are let out from jail on furlough after a number of convicts were involved in crimes this year while on short-term release, sources told Sunday’s Kathimerini. The issue of prisoners being granted furlough was given priority after it emerged that one of the suspects in a daring but botched attempt to steal 1 million euros on Alonissos last week was a convict who had been given an 11-day pass. Police said that it was the fourth time this year that a released prisoner was arrested for committing a crime. Police are concerned that the Justice Ministry does not have the technological infrastructure to immediately convey information to precincts about prisoners that are being released. In fact, the force recently began its own research to establish how many prisoners who have been granted furlough do not return to jail and has discovered that about 150 are missing, even though the survey has not been completed yet. Police sources said that the cumbersome system means that precincts often receive faxes about prisoners’ being allowed out on furlough after their leave has expired. Officers make the point that if they have no record of criminals being allowed to exit prison, then they cannot flag this up on their system to warn officers, which means that convicts can pass through passport or ID checks without raising suspicion. According to sources, Justice Ministry officials held talks with police representatives last Thursday and agreed that they would speed up the process by which information is passed on to the force.
Scores of bare-chested skinheads have attacked a crowd of about 3000 people at a rock concert in central Russia, beating them with clubs, media reports say. Dozens of people were left bloodied and dazed in Sunday’s attack, television and news agencies reported, and state news channel Rossiya-24 said a 14-year-old girl was killed at the concert in Miass, 1400km east of Moscow. Fourteen ambulances were called to the scene, the channel said, citing witness accounts. The motive for the attack was not known, and authorities couldn’t be reached for comment. The ITAR-Tass agency said local police had refused comment. Many of Russia’s top rock acts were attending the Tornado rock festival, the agency said. Attacks on dark-skinned foreigners in Moscow and St Petersburg by Russia’s neo-Nazi skinhead movement have been relatively common in recent years. The January 2009 murder of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasiya Baburova prompted a Kremlin crackdown on ultra-nationalists, who were blamed for the killings. In April, a Moscow court banned the far-right Slavic Union, whose Russian acronym SS intentionally mimicked that used by the Nazis’ infamous paramilitary. The group was declared extremist and shut down. At the time the group’s leader, Dmitry Demushkin, told The Associated Press it tried to promote its far-right agenda legally and warned that the ban would enrage and embolden Russia’s most radical ultra-nationalists. Russia’s ultra-nationalist movement is so deeply embedded in the country’s culture that militant groups have sprouted up around Russia to fight it. Anti-racist groups regularly spearhead attacks on ultra-nationalists, sparking revenge assaults in an intensifying clash of ideologies. Neo-Nazi and other ultra-nationalist groups mushroomed in Russia after the 1991 Soviet collapse. The influx of immigrant workers and two wars with Chechen separatists triggered xenophobia and a surge in hate crimes. Racially motivated attacks, often targeting people from Caucasus and Central Asia, peaked in 2008, when 110 were killed and 487 wounded, an independent watchdog, Sova, said. The Moscow Bureau for Human Rights estimates that about 70,000 neo-Nazis are active in Russia – compared with a just few thousand in the early 1990s.
According to unconfirmed reports, there are casualties. IA Chelnov citing a source in law enforcement, wrote that from numerous stab wounds on the spot emergency dead girl 14 years. CHELYABINSK, August 29. Tonight at a rock festival “Tornado”, which takes place on the territory of the Camp named Zoey Kosmodemyans’koi in Chelyabinsk, an armed napadenie.Okolo hundred Nazis broke into the rock festival “Tornado”, held in the city of Miass, Chelyabinsk Region, and started beat present.According to available data, in the attack died from 3 to 7 people, more than 50 people were injured. According to eyewitnesses, a few hours ago at the gate which protected the entrance to the concert platform, the group of aggressive young men, it is estimated there were dozens. In their hands they had batons, sticks, metal objects. Threatening reprisals, they broke into the festival. At this point, sends an eyewitness, the police, who was at the event, inactive.As the correspondent of “Gazety.RU, attackers have also had a gun, were heard gunshots. Note rock festival Tornado held in the Chelyabinsk region, on Lake Turgojak. This new project of the festival organizers Ural abroad “. The festival featured such groups as “Czyz and Co”, “Aria”, “The King and the Jester,” “Picnic”, “Kukryniksy”, “Anastasia,” “Naive”, “Black Coffee” and many others.
Kastoria is a city North west of greece . The city of Kastoria has a history and it was famous and rich cause of the furs … Last night activists release 50.000 minks from a “farm” However lots of people criticize that action saying that minks can’t live free : they can’t eat , they cant drink water and soon they all going to die cause they just can’t survive by they own . My opinion is : even if only one make it , it is a nice action plus it really send a message to any new business man who want to start that kind of business…
Once, the basic building block of patriarchy was the nuclear family, and calling for its abolition was a radical demand. Now families are increasingly fragmented—yet has this fundamentally expanded women’s power or children’s autonomy?
Once, the mainstream media consisted of only a few television and radio channels. These have not only multiplied into infinity but are being supplanted by forms of media such as Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. But has this done away with passive consumption? And how much more control over these formats do users really have, structurally speaking?
Once, movies represented the epitome of a society based on spectatorship; today, video games let us star in our own shoot-’em-up epics, and the video game industry does as much business as Hollywood. In an audience watching a movie, everyone is alone; the most you can do is boo if the storyline outrages you. In the new video games, on the other hand, you can interact with virtual versions of other players in real time. But is this greater freedom? Is it more togetherness?
Once, one could speak of a social and cultural mainstream, and subculture itself seemed subversive. Now “diversity” is at a premium for our rulers, and subculture is an essential motor of consumer society: the more identities, the more markets.
Once, people grew up in the same community as their parents and grandparents, and travel could be considered a destabilizing force interrupting static social and cultural configurations. Today life is characterized by constant movement as people struggle to keep up with the demands of the market; in place of repressive configurations, we have permanent transience, universal atomization.
Once, laborers stayed at one workplace for years or decades, developing the social ties and common reference points that made old-fashioned unions possible. Today, employment is increasingly temporary and precarious, as more and more workers shift from factories and unions to service industry and compulsory flexibility.
Once, wage labor was a distinct sphere of life, and it was easy to recognize and rebel against the ways our productive potential was exploited. Now every aspect of existence is becoming “work,” in the sense of activity that produces value in the capitalist economy: glancing at one’s email account, one increases the capital of those who sell advertisements. In place of distinct specialized roles in the capitalist economy, we increasingly see flexible, collective production of capital, much of which goes unpaid.
Once, the world was full of dictatorships in which power was clearly wielded from above and could be contested as such. Now these are giving way to democracies that seem to include more people in the political process, thus legitimizing the repressive powers of the state.
Once, the essential unit of state power was the nation, and nations competed among themselves to assert their individual interests. In the era of capitalist globalization, the interests of state power transcend national boundaries, and the dominant mode of conflict is not war but policing. This is occasionally employed against rogue nations, but continuously implemented against people.
Once, one could draw lines, however arbitrary, between the so-called First World and Third World. Today the First World and the Third World coexist in every metropolis, and white supremacy is administered in the United States by an African-American president.
Fighting in the New Terrain
At the turn of the century, we could only imagine anarchism as a desertion from an all-powerful social order. Ten years ago, as starry-eyed young maniacs, we published Days of War, Nights of Love, unexpectedly one of the best-selling anarchist books of the following decade. Although controversial at the time, in retrospect it was fairly representative of what many anarchists were calling for: immediacy, decentralization, do-it-yourself resistance to capitalism. We added some more provocative elements: anonymity, plagiarism, crime, hedonism, the refusal of work, the delegitimization of history in favor of myth, the idea that revolutionary struggle could be a romantic adventure.
Our approach was shaped by a specific historical context. The Soviet bloc had recently collapsed and the impending political, economic, and ecological crises had yet to come into view; capitalist triumphalism was at its peak. We focused on undermining middle class values because they seemed to define everyone’s aspirations; we presented anarchist struggle as an individual project because it was difficult to imagine anything else. As the anti-globalization movement gathered momentum in the US and gave way to the anti-war movement, we came to conceptualize struggle more collectively, though still as originating from a personal decision to oppose a firmly rooted status quo.
Today, much of what we proclaimed has become passé. As capitalism has shifted into a state of perpetual crisis and technological innovations have penetrated deeper into every aspect of life, instability, decentralization, and anonymity have come to characterize our society without bringing the world of our dreams any closer.
Radicals often think they are out in a wasteland, disconnected from society, when in fact they are its cutting edge—though not necessarily moving towards the goals they espouse. As we later argued in Rolling Thunder #5, resistance is the motor of history: it drives social, political, and technological developments, forcing the prevailing order to innovate constantly in order to outflank or absorb opposition. Thus we can contribute to tremendous transformations without ever achieving our object.
This is not to credit radicals with the agency to determine world events, so much as to assert that we often find ourselves unconsciously on their cusp. Measured against the infinities of history, all agency is infinitesimal—but the very notion of political theory presumes that it is still possible to utilize this agency meaningfully.
When we strategize for individual campaigns, we have to take care not to make demands that can be defused by partial reforms, lest our oppressors neutralize us by simply granting them. Some examples of easily co-opted radical programs are so obvious that it is practically vulgar to point them out: bicycle fetishism, “sustainable” technology, “buying local” and other forms of ethical consumerism, volunteer work that mitigates the suffering caused by global capitalism without challenging its roots.
But this phenomenon can also occur on a structural level. We should look at the ways we have called for broad social change that could take place without shaking the foundations of capitalism and hierarchy—so that next time our efforts can take us all the way.
Today it must become a line of flight out of a collapsing world.
Press release campaign for the release of hostages Khimki The Secretary of the Presidium of the General Council of United Russia Vyacheslav Volodin said today that the discussion of building highway Moscow-Saint Petersburg “will not be conducted with” looters “and” hooligans “. We declare that the “United Russia”, as well as any other party is not entitled to decide who can participate in the discussion of some important social issues. Anarchists, anti-fascists, radical environmentalists are going to continue to participate in the campaign to save the forests Khimki, including in the public discussion, if indeed take place.They are no one can deny this, though, because they are citizens of Russia, as members of the ruling party. Authorities Khimki, together with the company-builder does not once use of violence against defenders Khimki forests: ignoring public opinion by refusing to agree on the protests, attracting nationalists to break up peaceful protests, environmentalists and local residents, illegally detaining and beating journalists.Animals are the ones who mutilated Michael Beketov attacked Eugene Chirikov, who are ready to kill and maim for the sake of their selfish purposes. Animals are the Nazis-mongers and those who hired them to disperse environmental camp. The protest about the administration Khimki was in response to that outrage, which continues in Khimki for many years. This was the “language” spoken by the authorities themselves. We will seek the release of Maksim Solopova and Alexei Gaskarova, as we believe that the charges against them does not correspondactual events that took place on 28 July, about the administration of the city of Khimki. Additional information: +7 (915) 053-59-12 email@example.com://khimkibattle.org
Aug. 26, three persons in civilian clothes, posing as employees of criminal investigation, was detained in Ramenskoye supporter movement “Antifa” Chernobaev Nikita Nikolayevich, born in 1991. Told ICD lawyer and human rights activist Mikhail Trepashkin. Nikita was taken to the Interior Ministry building, where already an employee of the FSB, began to demand from him, that he wrote about his presence near the administration building of the city of Khimki July 28, 2010. He succeeded in this first interview by phone to inform his mother that he was not allowed legal counsel and that he will sign anything he hears.The mother asked: “You beat?”. Nikita said: “Yes.” They let Chernobaev NN only at 1 am already 27 August 2010, after it was signed “confession” and an agreement on cooperation. After exiting the ATM’s mother called an ambulance, because Nikita said that he dictated the text, which he had written, including the presence in the Khimki some people, but when he refused, they beat in the solar plexus, on the head, the other parts of the body, dressed head bag and blocked the air for breathing. After such torture, he signed everything without reading it.From the handcuffs were visible traces on his hands, his neck was visible band after being crushed, a black eye in the cheekbones, etc. Doctors ambulance brought Chernobaev NN in CDH, where doctors reported beating in the local police station. They recorded a statement. After that, the same three officers who beat Chernobaev NN, knocking him out of the right of a witness, attempted to pick up Nikita from the hospital.For this reason, he was transferred to a hospital in Moscow for security purposes. However, this step does not guarantee him a calm treatment. Who were these three individuals did not submit to anybody permits the detention declared Chernobaev NN, that they are from the criminal investigation, and during interrogation – from the FSB, had flatly refused to give their names, asked counsel Trepashkin. All who care about Chernobaev NN, telephone 8-496-46-342-10 may try to learn the names of people tortured him. It is with this phone they callDoes the mother of Nikita and tried to find out which hospital treated Chernobaev NN Is it possible to investigate hooliganism, where no one injured citizen, such inhuman practices? There should be a criminal case against those who beat up supporters of anti-fascists, as well as require that are not used anti-humane interrogation methods that lead to the fabrication of materials of the criminal case, said Mikhail Trepashkin.
August 30, Monday, 12-00, Independent Press Center (st. Prechistenka, 17 / 9) In a press conference: – Alexander Bidin, antifascist, party campaign for Khimki hostages – Alexander cast, a journalist of Novaya Gazeta, forcibly removed from trains and taken for questioning in Khimki – Anastasia Huskey, organizer of the concert in Kostroma, torn out in force structures – Emil Baluyev, party animal protection movement, beaten by security forces visitor concert in Zhukovsky. For a month law enforcement agencies are unprecedented raid on anti-fascists.People, at least once come to the attention of the Centre for the fight against extremism and the FSB as anti-fascists in violation of law, forcibly transported for interrogation and in their flats are illegal searches. The police, the center of the “E” and the FSB to systematically disrupt concerts of groups expressing an anti-fascist stance, illegally detained, fingerprinted and beat concert goers, threaten criminal prosecution of the organizers of these events.There is a paradoxical situation: the reason for the detention and interrogation are the anti-fascist beliefs, or presence at the concert groups to publicly express their opposition to racial and ethnic discrimination. Thus, within a month the police and security agencies thwarted, at least three concerts. On July 31 Kupavna (Moscow region) had been illegally detained and passed the procedure of forced fingerprinting and photographing more than 50 people.August 21 policemen and riot police near Moscow broke a charity concert in Zhukovsky (Moscow region), unlawfully detained with about 70 people, at least ten of them were beaten. The same day, police officers, Secret Service, the center of the “E” and the riot was broken up long-distance festival in Kostroma, the premature withdrawal of one of the visitors suffered at the hands of the Nazis, more than 260 were detained, fingerprinted and subjected to illegal beatings, and address of the organizer of the concert began arriving yzRosa criminal prosecution by the staff of the center “E”. Additional Information: 8-915-053-59-12, firstname.lastname@example.org , khimkibattle.org
>– Staff at California’s Folsom State Prison worked Saturday to determine the cause of a “major riot” in the prison yard a day earlier that involved 200 inmates, officials there said. The Friday night melee sent seven inmates to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, prison spokesman Lt. Anthony Gentile said Saturday. There were no fatalities, said spokesman Luis Patino of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. No corrections officers were injured. Five inmates are being treated for gunshot wounds, Gentile told CNN on Saturday. The other two are being treated for injuries that they inflicted on one another, he said. “At this point we have reviewed some of our surveillance tapes and all we’ve been able to gather it just erupted all at once,” Gentile told CNN. “It doesn’t appear to have stemmed from one specific incident, but this is preliminary.” The disturbance appeared to start on the handball court in the main exercise yard, Gentile said. “Staff were using chemical agents, initially, in an attempt to quell the incident,” he said. “The inmates failed to comply with the chemical agents. It was just not affecting them.” “Then we deployed 40 millimeter rubber bullets,” he continued. “That didn’t stop the fight. It just kept going. Finally we had to resort to (a) more lethal force option… some of the combatants were fired upon and were struck.” It took roughly 45 to 50 prison staff members 30 minutes to contain the riot, Gentile said. The riot started after dinner, around 7:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. ET) during the inmates’ exercise time. “Basically, it started at the handball court and just gradually migrated to several areas of the main yard to encompass nearly the entire main yard population,” Gentile said. The prison was under lockdown as inmates and staff were interviewed in an attempt to determine the cause of the riot. Gentile said that he didn’t know what charges the riot’s “combatants” might face. The prison has “a disciplinary process that could effectively extend their stay in the institution.” Folsom State Prison is about 20 miles from Sacramento. It is California’s second-oldest state prison and houses medium-security inmates, according to the department of corrections.
Music legend Johnny Cash, who wrote “Folsom Prison Blues,” performed for inmates and recorded an album there in 1968.
Members of the public were treated to the full force of the Avon & Somerset Police Force as they moved in to illegally evict a group of squatters from 54 Fremantle Road in Cotham on 26th of August. 20 police officers, mobile CCTV, 2 dog units, armed response units, helicopter, undercover officers and CID were present at the eviction which took place in the early afternoon.
Police arrived at the premises around midday and began throwing around false accusations of criminal damage, despite any evidence and two earlier visits where occupiers were told by the police that it was to be treated as a civil matter.
Soon a 30 strong group of supporters gathered around to witness the blatant abuse of state power. They offered the police well-needed legal advice which was blindly ignored by the pigs. It didn’t take them long to bring out the battering ram and jaws of life and start attacking the door – causing MORE criminal damage than they’d accused the occupiers of committing!
Even though there was only an impromptu barricade, the felt the need to almost bring down the porch, and endanger people who loud and clearly stated that they were behind the door.
Occupiers resisted the illegal eviction with members of the household trying to cool the situation by dousing the officers with fire extinguishers and at one point launching a frozen food package at the hungry pigs! Unluckily there was a window between the pig and it’s food, which shattered in the face of the hopeful and starving.
After busting down the door (and half of the wall) officers flooded into the building to find the building empty – seems that we are still faster and slyer than them! Which is not difficult when you consider the average IQ of most police officers.
It seems pigs still can’t fly properly! A police helicopter turned up on the scene to track the movements of the escapees but instead wasted it’s £5,000 take off cost on pointless hovering. The timely arrival of the FIT team served to do nothing but annoy the people protesting outside, as all the action had already happened at this point. Better late than never!
Police Dogs were moved in to disperse the large crowd that was now gathering around the building but it seemed one of the dogs had a serious pork deficiency in it’s diet and decided to snack down on it’s handler!
Unfortunately two of the occupiers were arrested at tazer-point after the police smashed their way into the basement (after admitting on camera that they had no legal right to enter). We wouldn’t be surprised if this evidence was lost during the court case that is sure to follow. Luckily the two arrestees were released from Trinity Road police station later that night after being charged with burglary and criminal damage (this is despite having their window smashed in and all their possessions seized by the filth!).
I don’t know about you, but we’ve never heard of burglars breaking into a building then living there for several months and filling it with all their precious items!
Overall it was a useless and rather unsuccessful display of power on behalf of the police – no matter how many times you evict us we’ll just squat ten more!
The startling reality experienced by inmates in Spanish prisons, as told by a medical student who spent a month interning at one.
I don’t know how to begin writing. I spent a month interning at a prison, and knowing that it’s over makes me feel a strange jumble of emotions. I’m getting a lump in my throat as I write this. The pain that pressures my eyes and knots my throat is mixed with impotence and rage. Previously, I was able to imagine it. Now I’ve experienced it. I’ve seen it for myself. Human misery, institutionalized. I suppose it has something to do with what the experience called forth from the deepest part of my being, which I insist on calling “humanity” because I profess the faith of those who think humanity is a principle shared by the entire human race. Although, after everything, now may be the worst time to keep believing that. Humanity arises out of witnessing other people suffer. Humanity torments me with the knowledge that I can do little to alleviate that suffering. Humanity asks how many more must be buried alive in reinforced concrete tombs before this decomposing society understands that barbarism is not a thing of the past, but very much of the present, paid for by our taxes. Like Koma say: “Two years, / Four months and a day, / Justice: / Punishment.” The vengeance that in days gone by was unleashed on the gallows in full view of the people is now reduced to four walls and carried out in the darkness of these “democratic” institutions. But we are not more “civilized.” It’s still vengeance: refined, but in the end irrational.
Professionally, prison turned out to be an interesting place. You almost can’t get bored, as almost nothing is routine. Individuals deprived of liberty in a place as squalid as a penitentiary center lose much more than liberty. They are now typically considered an “at-risk group,” as the epidemiologists say. At risk to suffer from tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis, numerous fungal infections, various gastrointestinal ailments, cancers, drug addictions, injuries, tooth loss, sensory defects, premature aging. At risk to die hanging from a rope, at risk to die from overdose, at risk to bleed to death, at risk to be scarred for life, at risk to lose their minds. At risk to never again see their family and friends, at risk to lose everything they were. At risk to adapt to living a non-life, and never again being able to really feel alive. No, you can’t get bored. There’s plenty of time, plenty of time to think about how to make this worthless place explode.
I saw a twenty-year-old kid on the verge of an attempted ketoacidosic coma, overwhelmed by who knows what kind of personal anguish. I saw people drugged, strung out on benzodiazepenes—prescribed by the doctors themselves—in an attempt to “trim” their sentence, to “steal a few days from the judge.” I saw people who had never been drug addicts hooked on methadone just because the public defender told them that being in the PMM (Methadone Maintenance Program) would reduce the sentence requested by the prosecutor. I saw dozens of broken fifth metacarpal bones caused by an attack of rage, a moment of inevitable clarity that shatters the mind for a second and makes you strike the wall or door of your cell. The doctors here call it venting. My view is that through pain the prisoner frees himself from the alienation suffered by everyone in these death camps, and takes possession of the only thing the state hasn’t stolen from him: his own body. They cut their bodies to make almost any kind of demand, “carving up” their wrists until a doctor comes to stitch them up, and the wound heals but the scar remains. Arms covered by cuts. Full of ugly scars that remind. Remind you of the Trankimazin you weren’t given, the leave you were denied, the transportation that wasn’t requested, the paperwork that never reached its destination. Scars you will never get rid of, no matter how much they heal. Scars that confirm you are not a person, but a prisoner.
“Shit. The tears are coming. Damn this sick world.”
I saw an X-ray of Mohamed’s digestive tract, which showed a battery. A desperate attempt to pressure the “esteemed warden” into requesting a transfer to Ceuta prison, where Mohamed’s relatives could come see him. I saw a guard make a mother who came to visit her son wait behind a gate, five meters from the prison entrance, just to “teach her a lesson.” The guard snidely claimed the woman “rang the bell too much” (there is a bell just outside the prison gates that notifies the guard to open them for visitors once he is certain that no escape attempt is in progress) and “would stay out there a while so she learns.” Cretin.
Doors that only open if the preceding door is closed. Unyielding doors. Made out of metal and security glass. Security, security, security. The jailer sits inside a guard post made out of the same materials and painted the distinctive color of bureaucratic space: yellow. To communicate with him, there is a five-by-ten centimeter pane of glass set between two horizontal metal bars. There are two small holes in the glass, one of which slides open. To speak, you have to bend over, since the hole is at waist level. You thus have to speak with the institution’s representative while kneeling. As the layout of a city—its streets, parks, and squares—reflects the character and culture of its population, the prison layout reflects the prisoner’s submission to the institution, as well as the contempt society has for him.
Prison projects an image that is tough but fair. The stench of sewage that hits you as soon as you get to the parking lot seems to subtly, or not so subtly (you don’t have to be very refined to sense it), foreshadow what is really concealed within. After a few days inside, you soon discover what is hidden behind that revolting exterior (the glass on the upper floors can’t be cleaned because none of the windows open, nor is there a mechanism to open them, so they are covered with the accumulated filth of many years). In fact, the plants and the fountain in the main yard and in the yards of some of the cell blocks make for a pleasant view of the premises. On the other hand, the faces of the inmates, their toothless mouths, their premature wrinkles, their carved up arms, and their “jailhouse” tattoos contradict those first impressions. Of course, blinded by prejudice, few accidental visitors would likely be able to appreciate all this without perceiving it as yet another curiosity in the complex, strange, separate world of prison.
When an inmate—one of the infirmary orderlies (prisoners work at certain posts: laundry, kitchen, cleaning), with whom I was fortunate enough to have contact—returned from his first leave, he mentioned to me: “Man, I didn’t realize how much it’s changed out there.” One more of so many who lose their youth in this meticulously conceived death camp for the human mind, designed in accordance with the following formula: time = work = money. Also, crime ≈ lost money, whi
ch is equivalent to a crime “against society” (better still, against the society imposed on us) and paid for with the loss of liberty for a certain period of time. The most absurd idea, perfectly implanted in people’s minds, devised by the capitalist machinery in its desire to conform the infinite nuances of human life to the gold standard. That’s why the rich man strolls right past prison, while the poor man “pays the hard way” (a prison expression referring to the years of a sentence served without setting foot on the outside, without leave, grade three, or conditional liberty, which is quite common since these privileges can be revoked for many years via a mere disciplinary report that can be given for almost anything) with a lengthy sentence. That’s why, among other things, three-quarters of the prison population doesn’t make more than minimum wage. (Ministry of the Interior data from two years ago. I just checked the Web site, and they’ve changed it. The salary statistics search is no longer there. Corrupt state. Bastard politicians.)
Today I remembered a revealing incident. An inmate was complaining about swelling in his hand. Two days earlier, he had made an emergency visit to the infirmary wing, stoned on “benzo” (dazed; presenting slight miosis and hypersensitivity to direct, bright light; and talking as if he had a speech defect, without pronouncing the letter “r” properly), with swelling in his right hand and pain in his fifth metacarpal bone (he had punched his cell door). X-rays didn’t show a break, so he was given anti-inflammatories and his finger was put in a Prim splint (the kind that have padding on one side and aluminum on the other, of course prohibited in prison—like almost everything—because of security, although that doesn’t mean shit to the doctors). Now, during exam hours in his cell block (block five), he shows up with swelling in his hand and threatens to report the doctor for not wanting to treat him immediately. (This doctor’s usual protocol is that inmates who don’t sign up for the weekly exam in their cell block are treated at the end, when those who signed up in advance are finished. This allows only certain things to be treated, since the patient’s chart is not in his cell block but back at the infirmary because he didn’t register in advance, or because the guard either didn’t feel like registering him or forgot to.) The doctor finally offers to treat him, but the prisoner insists that he is going to report the doctor and asks for his full name. The doctor says he has the right to withhold his full name, but he gives his penitentiary identification number, which is enough for the report. The prisoner goes away. On the way back from the cell block to the infirmary, the doctor tells me that things in cell block five are a mess (it seems some of the inmates were getting organized and had come into the possession of several “shanks”) and that it’s better to not go on the attack because—among other things—the inmates are making weapons out of the aluminum from their splints. Now back in the infirmary, in the middle of an exam, a guard from cell block five shows up. He tells the doctor: “I have to mention this. Did you know that an inmate from my cell block filed a report on you?” The doctor answers: “Yes, yes, let him do what he wants. He has every right.” The guard replies: “No, it was just in case you wanted to file a report on him or something.” The doctor, writing distractedly in a chart, gestures with his hand for the guard to go away. All very fair. Who said anything about abuse?
Like when the solitary wing calls: “Two inmates were fighting.” The doctor shows up and there are actually four injured. The solitary wing, as the name indicates, contains prisoners who are classified as grade one (they live in isolation cells and have a separate yard and visiting hours) and prisoners who are being disciplined for various reasons (article 108 of the 1996 Penitentiary Regulations). The latter also live alone in isolation cells, theoretically for a maximum of fourteen days. How could four guys being disciplined in solitary have been fighting if they go out to the yard alone and spend the rest of the day in individual cells with forged iron doors that are five centimeters thick? Magic? No, penitentiary institutions. The eight guards who are in the wing to watch a maximum of twenty prisoners, with the best security measures and cameras all over the place, certainly had nothing to do with it. The strange thing is that the solitary wing—a real cement rat-hole—has a nonslip floor. Security concerns won’t allow a guard’s shoes to slip up when he’s “forced” to restrain a savage convict.
I saw an entire cell block, with a capacity of between 120 and 140 prisoners (block twelve), packed with the mentally ill. Illegal, completely illegal. Someone who is mentally ill should not be in prison, and the law says so. But illegality doesn’t matter to anyone here, much less when it’s socially justified by framing the question: “And if not, what do we do, set them free so they can attack or kill someone again?”
In prison, everything runs on shady deals. Among prisoners, but also among the administration. A document, a petition, a transfer request, an article 196 application (medical release) can take a half-hour, several hours, or three months to process. It all depends on whom you know, who owes you a favor, and who has it in for you. Sometimes these “little things” are misplaced—you know how it is—or accidentally wind up falling into a paper shredder in some office. These things happen.
I could continue to relate all the many paradoxes of this institution of justice and rehabilitation (prison rehabilitation: you enter and you leave, and you enter again and you leave, and you enter again, and so on until you die—according to 2008 data from the Ministry of the Interior, the recidivism rate is 60%), but I don’t want to end this document without mentioning the tragedy on the outside: the tragedy of the families, who serve the same sentence as the convict. At the entrance one morning, before they confirmed there was an order allowing me to enter the prison until a certain day to do my internship, I met a mother who had come from Alicante to visit her son. A fifteen-year sentence. She takes a bus ride from her homeland that lasts more than five hours. She gets to the penitentiary at around 6:30 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. visit. At 8:00 a.m. (if she’s very lucky), the prison gates open, and she takes shelter from the morning cold. In the cafeteria, there is no one to serve her. It was closed because it wasn’t profitable. Too few customers. Sorry-looking vending machines substitute for actual service. She enters, and there she stays. Another 500 kilometers now lie between her and her return home, just so she can spend an hour-and-a-half with her son. All very humane, very humane.
Yet another prisoners’ “right” violated by the theft of their liberty.
A guard tells the doctor: “This one, this one is asking for a fix. He’ll just wind up drooling all over himself.” He’s referring to an agitated and rather aggressive prisoner whom I had personally treated, and who was now in the infirmary again. He had been in three different cells (the prison slang is chabolo), and in all three he had wound up getting into fights. They didn’t know where to put him. In cases like this, the doctor sometimes attributes the behavior to a psychiatric disorder and prescribes an “aguacate” (slang for Modecate, an injectable, long-lasting—several weeks—depot antipsychotic that has a very strong sedative effect, certainly the strongest among this particular class of antipsychotic). This often leads to drooling.
Death by overdose. The prisoner was examined just days earlier, suffering from a urinary tract infection. On the night in question, he complained to the guard that he couldn’t sleep. (In the cell blocks, the heat is unbearable. Prisoners who have a peculio—which is what an inmate’s bank account is called, since it is subject to special conditions and must be with Banco Satan-der, of course—buy electric fans. Sometimes they just endure it. There is air conditioning in all the cell blocks, but it’s never on—you know, to avoid pollution while saving some money, thus allowing them to hire more rehabilitating guards.) He also said he was going to take more medication. (Upon entering prison, the consumption of benzodiazepene tranquilizers—Trankimazin, Lexatin, Tranxilium, Rivotril, Valium, Sedotime, Noctamid, Dormicum—is the norm in order to overcome “adjustment problems.” They are often taken for the entire stay, whether needed or not.) The guard said that at 7:00 a.m. he heard the prisoner snoring. What he really heard was the prisoner’s death spasms, fading until he passed away. At around 8:00 a.m., when the doctor was called because the prisoner wasn’t present during rounds, he was already stiff, tucked away in his bunk, burning up. The thermometer was incapable of measuring the temperature of his lifeless body, which means it was likely 43ºC (109.4ºF) or higher. Thirteen have already gone this year. Too much heat, too much heat in the chabolo. Too much prison.
Everyone treated me well there. The doctors, the prisoners, and almost all the guards. I hope to print this document and be able to send it to the inmates I knew. They taught me a lot, sometimes to the point of making me doubt they were really suffering, with their jokes, their braggadocio, and their cheerfulness. Human beings are marvelous, so capable of adapting to demented situations that it almost seems they aren’t suffering. But that’s not true. They suffer. They suffer, and cry, and get sick, and feel. And they bite their knuckles to avoid breaking their fifth metacarpal bones. And they lose their lives, like the rest of those who are locked up. It slips away between the bars. They sit and wait on the other side of a revolving door that I can go through, but they can’t. A fucking door. Just a door. And they are disciplined, and their minds adapt to that mix of barracks and high-school discipline so they don’t die, so they don’t switch off and wind up mentally handicapped, like so many others in this black hole. And they occupy their minds with trivial, passing things, absorbed in their work as orderlies or in poker games betting on cigarettes (a real privilege where they are), so they don’t flip out too much. And they strive to maintain relationships on the outside, which they very well know can’t last long. Oh yes, human beings are marvelous And they will remain locked up. They are whom the system and society label as prisoners. Killers, murderers, butchers, abusers, thieves, grifters, pushers. Labels that put a price on their lives, on the rest of their lives. Criminals? I could digress about that concept (just ask Foucault). I will only say what I have been able to confirm for myself, like everything I have written so far: They are people. They could be my cousin, my brother, my father, my aunt. They could be me. They could be any one of my childhood friends. They could be my worst enemies. Neither better nor worse than anyone else. Punished. Trapped. Caged.
But I will learn how to make dynamite. To begin with, they already taught me the recipe for black powder. All in good time (a young anarchist’s fervor).
I watch time pass,
Tearing away my youth,
My concrete coffin.
Drifting through oblivion,
Carrying torment within,
No witnesses to my screams.
Treated like a beast,
My dignity trampled,
In the punishment cell,
I’m beaten like an animal,
Beatings I no longer feel,
I can’t stop shaking,
Electrodes tear at my body,
I just pissed myself.
Once called jailer,
Loyal dog closely watching,
The keys to hell,
Hell for the poor,
Paradise for the rich,
Money is what counts,
More than the crime.
We live in a system,
They call civilized,
It condemns its mistakes,
To human cages.
And these democrats,
Say they condemn terrorism,
In the name of human rights.
We watch time pass,
Tearing away the youth,
Of millions of prisoners,
Tomorrow it could be you.
We watch time pass,
Tearing away our youth,
Another howl now dies out,
In this coffin’s silence.
Once called jailer,
Loyal dog closely watching,
The keys to hell,
Hell for the poor,
Paradise for the rich,
Money is what counts,
More than the crime.
(Christ’s Dead [Los Muertos De Cristo], “Silent Screams II” [“Los Gritos Del Silencio II”])
PS: Maybe the text should be in a different order. I wrote it down just the way it came out of me.
Against all forms of authority.
Solidarity, self-management, and action. Death to the state, and long live anarchy. Take care of yourselves. Down with the prison walls! —An irreverent, on Andalusian soil, in the early hours of August 13, 2010