Category Archives: Anarchist Prisoners

Chile: Free at Last! Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar onto the Streets!

SANTIAGO – Chilean Anarchists, Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, arrived this morning at Santiago’s International Airport, after having been expelled from Spanish custody and deported back to their home country.

Mónica and Francisco had been charged under Spanish Anti-terrorism legislation for the alleged bombing of the Basilica del Pilar Church in Zaragoza, on Oct 2nd, 2013, and were arrested a month after the incident. Spanish prosecution initially sought a 44 year sentence for the accused, but instead received a 12 year sentence in 2014. The Defense took Mónica and Francisco’s case to the Spanish Supreme Court, where the sentence was further reduced to 4 and a half years this past December, having dropped one of the initial charges. At the time, the Spanish Supreme Court recognized that the intent of the bombing was to cause structural damage to a religious symbol  and thus were charged for loses and damages.

As a final recourse, the Defense submitted a claim under Spanish Penal Law No. 89, which states that foreigners can be deported to their country of origin after having spent a year in prison. The claim was accepted by the court, resulting in the expulsion of Mónica and Francisco back to Chile where they will be completely released from custody, pending any possible infractions with the Chilean justice system. Since they have none, they are able to walk free upon arrival passing through Chilean customs. Neither Mónica or Francisco ever recognized their involvement in the bombing, and in fact alleged the charges were part of broader state political persecution as Anarchists.

Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar first came to Spain after their charges in the Chilean Anarchist Bombs Case were withdrawn by the Santiago court in 2012. The case was heavily publicized by the mass media throughout Chile when it first came to light in 2010, publicly broadcasting the arrest of the 12 accused who were depicted as terrorists. But the case quickly fell apart after insufficient and flimsy evidence was presented by State Prosecution in courts, resulting in the absolution of the Anarchists, as well as a governmental crisis of legitimacy. The Santiago Court ordered the State Prosecution to award $460 million Chilean pesos (approximately $700,000 USD) to the former Anarchist accused for losses and damages of having gone through the legal system, which was later upheld by the Chilean Supreme Court. Francisco Solar was awarded $100 million pesos, while Mónica Caballero was awarded $80 million pesos, which they then used to start a new life together as a couple in Spain.

Today, Mónica and Francisco will be able to walk free on the streets of Santiago and begin a new life together with their friends, family and comrades. We salute them in their brave dignified efforts throughout all these years of repression and persecution in resisting the confines of State prisons around the world.

In love and rage,

Viva la Anarquia!

The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

(Via insurrectionnewsworldwide)

Chilean Prisons: Words in solidarity with Tamara Sol, Tato and Claudia

Note from Insurrection News: The following text by imprisoned compañeros Fabián Durán, Enrique Guzmán,  Nicolás Rojas and Joaquín García was written in response to the cowardly attacks by prison guards against the imprisoned compañeras Tamara Sol, Tato and Claudia that took place at the San Joaquin women’s prison on January 11th and 12th. In response to these brutal and cowardly attacks friends and relatives of the compañeras quickly mobilized and held a demonstration outside the prison on January 13th. Banners were displayed outside the prison, slogans were shouted and also painted on the prison walls. Riot police eventually attacked the demonstration with water cannons and arrested 5 compas. Although the demonstration was suppressed it sent a clear message to the prison authorities that attacks against imprisoned revolutionary compas will be immediately responded to. You can see some photos from the demonstration here.

Chilean Prisons: Words in solidarity with Tamara Sol, Tato and Claudia

From the modules of the maximum security section we salute each of the compas kidnapped by the state, who day by day, with dignity and pride, face the prison reality in each of its expressions and forms.

A few days ago we learned in a more or less partial form of the cowardly attack by the prison guards against the compañeras Tamara Sol, Tato and Claudia. We are fully aware of how repetitive these actions have become, whether as punishment, isolation or an eternal package but the recurrence prevents normalization, this gives us more strength, to ourselves and to our convictions. Each day we become more acutely eager for revenge against the prison society and those who defend it.

We know the personal motivations of many prison guards and the truth is they do not worry us, because we know how they feel about subversive prisoners and we know that each cowardly attack is due to their frustrated attempts at defeating us, therefore they are nothing but reasons for us to feel proud.

We greet each of the compañerxs and relatives who with their solidarity and unyielding attitudes held a rally outside the prison in support of the compas.

We end these words sending much love and strength to the compañeras.

We are attentive to their decisions and we will not hesitate to join them in whatever actions they deem necessary.

Fabián Durán
Enrique Guzmán
Nicolás Rojas
Joaquín García

(via Contra Info, translated by Insurrection News)

Italy: Update on Operation “Scripta Manent” – 16/01/2017

(Received 17/1/17)

The Court of Cassation decided to commit Daniele Cortelli for trial, concerning the decision of Court of Liberty [provincial appeals court]. Additionally, on January 10th the judge for the preliminary investigations rejected the house arrest.

We have been informed, after the prison visits, that Marco Bisesti has had the disciplinary council on January 13th, but he did not know its outcome yet, following the fact that he smashed with a coatrack several objects in prison office. This gesture was triggered by the installation of opaque windows which actually made impossible to look outside the building.

Sources: Croce Nera Anarchica

(Original version : autistici.org/autistici.org2)

Prison of Latina [Italy]: The Censorship confiscated the texts by anarchist comrade Anna Beniamino (03/01/2016)

(Received 4/1/17)

The anarchist comrade Anna [arrested in Op. “Scripta Manent] write us that for the first time her outgoing mail has been blocked.
It’s about two texts for the 4th issue of publishing project “Croce Nera Anarchica” [Anarchist Black Cross magazine].
The texts concerned has been sent to me and to comrade Alfredo Cospito.

The Plague Upon You!

Omar Nioi/C.N.A.

(Original version : autistici.org)

Italy: Update on Operation “Scripta Manent” – 01/01/2017

(Received 3/1/17)

Dates set for the hearings of appeal in Court of Cassation against the order of Court of Liberty [provincial appeals court] that confirmed the pre-trial detentions ordered by the judge for preliminary investigations.

Daniele Cortelli (not under investigation in operation “Scripta Manent” but arrested following the search carried out for it): January 13th, 2017.

Instead, for Marco Bisesti, Anna Beniamino, Alessandro Mercogliano, Valentina Speziale and Danilo Cremonese: February 21st, 2017.

(Original version : radioazione.org)

(Chile)Words of the comrade Tato in memory of Sebastian “Angry” Oversluij.

(Reveived 28/12/16)

For my part i did not meet Angry, but his death ( that was not indifferent for me) bring him next to me through his texts , drawings , songs or memories of other people who make him alive with great affection, and allowed me and allows me go farther that day December 11 for taking a more deep sense of memory of a comrade and also of others. A sense of recognition of the person itself, of a being who did the step to challenge himself, and this society and civilization of domination through the attempt of living another life that was not the established and pre-fabricated one. With the good and bad moments, contradictions and hits that entail the choices and refractory wills.
The memory i am talking about begin from a feeling of affinity with the comrade and certain experiences, practices , desires , feelings and ideas that fill our lives of a own sense , pride and the impulse to walk by a similar path of struggle and confrontation, of wishes and creation.
It is so the political and personal elements ( even from the last ones i cant explain myself very well) of his daily life and personality take importance. As his way of feed himself, his negation to consume certain products and substances, his love for the earth, having in consideration other lives that are not the human, his contempt for the wage labor, his ilegalism , and that energy and that spark that he had , also takes on strength and makes his action of expropiation and his attitude valuable. For this reasons , i regret that someone like this is no longer between us. Because besides of being propelled by direct actions, expropiations and ilegalism , he was someone who try to take and make his own life in rebellion.
For all this i will never forget who was and what kind of citizen ( a security guard) is the damned one who kill Angry

¡Compañero Sebastián OIversluij presente!

Freedom to the comrade Tamara Sol who did a step in the revenge.

A hug from this jails to each affine.

Tato.

(Translated by Traces of Fire)

Italy: Update on Operation “Scripta Manent” (23/12/2016)

(Received 27/12/16)

The anarchist comrade Alessandro Mercogliano informed us by letter that upon his arrival in Ferrara prison, November 19th, he refused to gave his fingerprints and to took pictures of him. A few days later the prison authorities reported him with a penalty of 15 days to be served in solitary confinement.

MERCOGLIANO ALESSANDRO: Via Arginone, 327 – 44122 Ferrara — Italy

(Original Version : radioazione.org)

(Greece) CCF: Anarchy has reminiscence.

181789-pirines

(Received 20/12/16)

[Text for a gathering in memory of Sebastian Oversluij that took place in an anarchist squat in Chile]

One can never be really lost unless oblivion wrapps one in her arms.

It ‘s been three years now that comrade Sebastian Oversluij does not walk anymore through the paths of searching for the wild beauty of anarchist action. It’s been three years now that some of our brothers and sisters there in Chile feel his absence stretching their hearts. It is three years since the bullets of a sneak-security guard of the “Banco Estado” took his life, extinguishing the flame of the anarchist spirit that used to burn inside him.

But we, in our turn, as well as many others, we are not willing to let our comrade  disappear in the fog of oblivion. We honor our brother just like we honor his choice of passing into action, attacking a bank-a temple of money, emptying the enemy’s wallet, expropriating the minimum that we should get comparing to what authority expropriates from our own lives. The bank robbery carried out by an anarchist always carries inside the seed of refusal. The refusal to submit to a world where you ‘re restricted to sell your soul to the cruel laws of free market, so that you can live to work and work to consume and consume to fill in your existencial gaps with a pile of useless objects.

We know that we are very far away and that our words have to cross an entire ocean to reach you. But we hope you’ll be able to feel the affinity we all feel with all those who discover the ways to keep our brothers close to us at the events, in discussions, in our imagination, but above all at the continuing of spreading the constant anarchist revolt itself.

The members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire- FAI/IRF

Mihalis Nikolopoulos
Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Haris Hatzimihelakis
Theofilos Mavropoulos
Panagiotis Argirou
Damiano Bolano

(Greece) CCF: For Sebastian-from the refusal of work…to the rebuff of the authority.

181789-pirines

(Received 20/12/16)

[Text for a gathering in memory of Sebastian Oversluij that took place in an anarchist squat in Chile]

The real death is the forgetfulness.

On the 11th of December 2013 a robbery took place on a bank at the district of Pudahuel.when the anarchist Sebastian Oversluij walked in the bank announcing the robbery, he received the bullets from the armed guard-keeper of the bank-defender of the wealthy and authoritarian. Sebastian fell down dead after he emptied his machine gun…

But every day there are deaths without deads. Deaths that they are repeated every day…because of the mornings alarm clock so you won’t be late at work, because of the sad routes between the lonely crowd that goes to offices, factories, stores, because of the boss’s yells who wants more from you and faster, because of the mechanical movements during the work that kills the creativity, because of the feigned politeness, because of the abaser salary as a recompense for the life that they have stolen from you.
A life that is measured based on money.

When we rob a bank, we don’t steal the money, we take back the life that they have steal from us.

But a robbery can be an addict job also. A job like every one’s else, with the only difference that the “salary” isn’t sure and in case of industrial accident jail or death waits you. Often the robbers are not different from the salaried workers, they only work less in condition of high risk. But they share the same cast of mind. The one of a consumer who deify the money, who admires the power of riches and his car, his clothes, his watch are the prolongation of himself.

Sebastian Oversluij was not a robber. He was an anarchist. He refuse to be a slave on the boss’s blocks. He was a disclaimer of work because he refuse the morality of working, the morality of a slave who thinks like a consumer. A robbery by itself isn’t a revolutionary action. But it is a mean of the anarchist fight so we take back from the bosses the stolen time and organise it aggressively against them, planing anarchists actions, helping comrades in captivity, strengthening publishing ventures and creating armed infrastructure of attack against the dominion.

We belong at the generation that Sebastian belong. A generation that gap no age no nationality. At the generation of the inpatients the incompromisers and the dreamers.

We don’t need for heroes, we want comrades who set fires with their ideas.

When we keep alive in our memory Sebastian and all the comrades who fell on the battlefield, we keep the struggle alive. A fight against the dominion and we know that the jail or death are often the cost. But as one’s said “five free birds started the journey to the south.only one arrived, but what their journey for certain wanted to say, it was that it worthed for trying to fly…”

CCF
Polidoros Giorgios
Tsakalos Christos
Tsacalos Gerasimos
Iconomidu Olga

Spain: Supreme Court reduces the sentences of anarchist comrades Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar

On December 16, the Supreme Court reduced the sentences of comrades Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, accused of placing a bomb in the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza in October 2013, repealing the initial sentence of 12 years that was dictated by the National Court to 4 years and 6 months.

This decision was made after partially received an appeal by the defense for the comrade Francisco Solar, who asked that they should not be convicted for the crimes of terrorist damage and separate injuries as if they were the result of two different actions as it was originally in the National Court. In addition the defense noted that the comrades took care when they placed a small homemade device to attack the religious symbol of established power and that they did not intend to cause any injury to any person. To reinforce this defense it noted that at the time of the attack the Basilica was closed to the public and that in addition the device did not contain shrapnel and that they gave a warning before the device was detonated.

In addition to the reduced sentence the court also lowered the costs from 182.601 to 143.317 for the damages caused in the Basilica as there was no evidence that any damage had been caused to any items of historical or cultural value.

The National Court had also considered that both anarchists acted ‘autonomously’ since they did not participate in either the FAI-FRI informal organization or the Coordinated Anarchist Groups (GAC) platform.

Faced with this news we cannot contain our great joy for this new situation of our comrades, for they could still face new scenarios such as being expelled for being ‘foreigners’ and having a sentence under 6 years but for now we prefer to wait for the next move by our enemies and until we seem them on the streets again.

DEATH TO THE STATE AND LONG LIVE ANARCHY!

(via Instinto Salvaje, translated by Insurrection News)