|London: Solidarity gathering for the anarchists accused in the "caso bombas" in Chile|
28/04/2011 – A few individuals gathered yesterday at the Chilean Embassy in central London as a small token of solidarity to the Anarchist comrades in Chile (on their 65th day of hunger strike).
A banner was opened that read FREEDOM TO THE ANARCHIST COMRADES IN CHILE, ACCUSED IN THE “CASO BOMBAS” ON HUNGER STRIKE SINCE 21/2/11-. Some went into the embassy and threw flyers into most offices and entrance area while screaming IMMEDIATE FREEDOM TO THE CHILEAN ANARCHISTS ACCUSED IN THE CASO BOMBAS CASE!. Fliers were also given to passersby and workers in hard hats on the scaffolding of a building opposite, who broke into a shout of FREEDOM! with fists raised (for them it was a bit of a joke) along with the comrades.
Staying outside with the banner raised for a while, after a pointless (obviously) talk with the ambassador we walked down the street with the banner and did a lightening demo through Scotland yard and Westminster Abbey area, past the media of the world to give them a nice backdrop for their interviews of followers/slaves of the monarchy camped out to await the royal circus on Friday, throwing fliers behind us.
After that we all went our separate ways. FREEDOM TO ALL IMPRISONED FIGHTERS DESTROY ALL PRISONS
text of leaflet:
SOLIDARITY WITH THE CHILEAN ANARCHISTS ARRESTED IN THE “BOMBS CASE” FRAME UP, ON 64TH DAY OF HUNGER STRIKE. FREEDOM NOW! DESTROY ALL PRISONS!
IN CHILE THERE HAS BEEN A CONTINUOUS CLIMATE OF SOCIAL UNREST and conflict from the Pinochet dictatorship to the present day. Masses of people never expected anything to change with the arrival of REAL EXISTING DEMOCRACY and to a great extent their suspicions have been confirmed by hard real-life facts. This explains why an increasing number of people have chosen to take a revolutionary path and fight against the new demo-fascist tyrants. From 2005 until today around 130 explosive devices have targeted some of the public and private enterprises that are in the forefront of exploitation.
Four prosecutors have dealt exclusively with the attacks, handing over investigations to the intelligence units of the carabineros and the BIPE and DIPLOCAR investigative police. 8 lines of inquiry were initiated, against the GAP-BLP, ex subversives, CRA, organised sectors of Villa Francia, Occupied Social Centres, popular libraries, Anti-capitalist Brigade and the Mapuche. Millions of pesos in resources were spent on investigations and spying on hundreds of suspects, none of which produced any evidence, so the Chilean State in the person of Minister of the Interior, Hinzpeter, petitioned the federal prosecutor Sabas Chahuan in June 2010, indicating that “we need concrete results in the investigation”, and that a “new approach is necessary”.
This led to a redesigning of the repressive strategy, making use of well worn State terrorist practices inherited from the military dictatorship and the planning of a powerful police-media show that would point to supposed suspects and presumed culprits. Other dirty tricks were pulled out of the repressive baggage such as “protected witnesses” and the need for a unanimous vote for a release to be granted by the appeals court.
On 14th of August 2010, 9 days after 33 miners were buried alive and still without contact when the mine they were working in collapsed, public prosecutor Ricardo Peña gave the order to set in motion “Operation Salamandra”, in which agents of the BIPE (Investigation Police) the ERTA, the GOPE (Special Forces of the Normal Police), LABOCAR (CSI) and a series of helicopters and police cars were used to carry out 17 spectacular dawn raids in Santiago and Valparaiso.14 anarchists were arrested in Santiago and accused of being involved in the bombings. Statements were later released by several clandestine groups claiming responsibility for the attacks, while since the very beginning of this charade the arrested anarchists have denied any involvement. The evidence presented against them by the prosecution could not be more ridiculous; from magazines and newspapers to common household items apparently intended for the manufacturing of “explosive devices”, anything was welcome to bolster paranoia.
With the inestimable help of the mass media which created a climate of guilt around those arrested, the temporary imprisonment of 8 out of the initial 14 people was ordered until the final trial takes place. The other 6 were released and banned from leaving the country or from establishing any sort of communication among themselves or with the people on remand. The arrested men were taken to the CAS (maximum security prison) and the women to the “Centro de orientacion femenina” (Centre for Female orientation). All of them are being held on separate wings. On Monday 6 September another 2 people were arrested supposedly in connection with the so-called “Caso bombas”. 21/02/2011 – eight of the arrested anarchists start a hunger strike.
The comrades’ demands are as follows:
-NO APPLICATION OF THE ANTI-TERRORIST LAW
-CHANGE TO THE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES (AN END TO PREVENTATIVE DETENTION)
-AN END TO THE ANTI-TERRORIST LAW AND ITS SECRET WITNESSES
-AN END TO ARTICLE 7 SECTION 19 OF THE CONSTITUTION (REQUIRING A UNANIMOUS VOTE FOR CONDITIONAL LIBERTY)
- REVINDICATION OF PRISONER’S RIGHTS
Inside the same they have pointed and demanded:
-THE PRESENTATION OF A PROJECT TO MODIFY THE ANTI-TERRORIST LAW 18.340 WHICH DIRECTLY INFLUENCES ITS PROCESS AND INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING POINTS:
-AN END TO SECRET AND COVERT WITNESSES
-MODIFICATION OF ARTICLE 7 SECTION 19 OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL WHICH REFERS TO THE UNANIMOUS VOTE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS TO OBTAIN A CHANGE TO PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO CONDITIONAL RELEASE RATHER THAN PREVENTATIVE DETENTION.
-AN END TO TRIPLING THE PENALTIES may fear not destroy solidarity… may solidarity destroy prison hostages of the State in the streets!
IMMEDIATE FREEDOM TO THE IMPRISONED ANARCHISTS! STATE REPRESSION KNOWS NO BORDERS, NEITHER DOES SOLIDARITY!
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