Tag Archives: caso bombas

Santiago, Chile: Comrade Diego Ríos sent in pretrial detention

On Monday, February 9th, two days after his arrest in La Ligua village, comrade Diego Ríos appeared before the court in Santiago, where the judiciary authorities pressed charges against him. The prosecutor unsuccessfully tried to reopen the notorious Caso Bombas (“Bombs Case”, in which the defendants were acquitted of all charges). Thus, the comrade is not currently facing accusations under Chile’s anti-terrorism law.

Nevertheless, the court ordered that Diego be held in pretrial detention for the duration of the investigation (30 days), accused under gun control law of illegal possession of explosives, meaning 4 kilos of gunpowder, a detonator and other related materials, for manufacturing homemade explosive devices that were seized by the police back in 2009, after Diego’s mother turned him in.

The compañero is held in the Maximum Security Section of the High Security Prison (CAS) in Santiago.

Internationalist solidarity with Diego Ríos!

Marseille: Solidarity with those implicated in Operation Pandora

Thursday 12th February, at 18:30:
Film screening of the documentary “Caso Bombas” on anarchists in Chile
(the film is in Spanish but the subtitles are in English)

Vegan food, liberated price
For the address: blancarde2015@riseup.net

International solidarity with those implicated in Operation Pandora

“For those who struggle, the sense of solidarity intends to dismantle the loneliness of incarceration, waging a battle against forgetting our comrades abducted by states, bringing to light the logic of domination that seeks to condemn them to surrender.”

– anarchists of Pandora

A year after the end of the “Caso Bombas” farce, the Spanish and Chilean ministries, judges and cops are working together on a new case, this time on this side of the ocean. Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, both ex-suspects in the “Caso Bombas” case, are arrested in Barcelona, suspected of placing an explosive at the Basílica del Pilar in Zaragoza, planning a similar action and belonging to an alleged terrorist organisation.

On December 16th 2014, 15 houses, squats and anarchist social centres in Barcelona, Sabadell, Manresa and Madrid were raided, and eleven anarchist comrades kidnapped by the Spanish State. Four were released shortly after, the other seven on January 30th on conditional bail. The judge additionally ordered that they each pay a bail of 3,000 euros to be released. Donations are therefore urgently needed in order to pay their bail, a total of 21,000 euros.

This kidnapping of eleven comrades set off a multitude of rallies and demonstrations that same day in different cities. Thousands of people came out in solidarity with the arrested comrades, showing rage and hatred towards the State’s new repressive operation.

en-contrainfo.espiv.net / efectopandora.wordpress.com

in French

Berlin: Arson attack on Santander bank branch

On the night to March 6, 2014, we set fire to a Santander bank branch in Neukölln, Berlin. We destroyed a windowpane and ignited a delayed-action incendiary device. We dedicate this action to the captured and murdered by the capitalist system in Chile and Spain.

First off, to Tamara Sol and Sebastián Oversluij Seguel:

‘On the morning of December 11, 2013, anarchist comrade Sebastián Oversluij Seguel was shot dead in Pudahuel, a suburb of Santiago, during an attempted bank robbery. A private security guard of Banco Estado killed the 26-year-old with six gunshots. Since then, there were numerous reactions from the anarchist movement on this murder. On January 21, 2014, comrade Tamara Sol Farías Vergara walked into a branch of the same bank in the centre of Santiago, and opened fire on the guard while she cried out: “Revenge!” Then, she is said to have taken the security guard’s weapon. Shortly thereafter, she was arrested. Tamara refused any cooperation with the authorities, and is held in preventive detention.’
(excerpt from an article in German about Chile’s Day of Combatant Youth)

‘Complicity’ video was released from the movement, on the murder of Sebastián and the retaliatory action that Tamara is charged with.

Recently (on February 3, 2014), the Vergara Toledo family from Villa Francia, Santiago, expressed themselves in an open letter regarding the arrest and current situation of Tamara.

Since the assassination of Sebastián, Alfonso Alvial and Hermes González are held in preventive detention.

In addition, we would like to mention Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar. After an operation launched by Chilean and Spanish authorities, they are incarcerated in Spain before trial; both were already prosecuted in Chile in the Caso Bombas construct.

Greetings also to the accused in the Caso Security (Chile), and to activists in Barcelona that, like us, consider banks suitable for solidarity actions.

Santander, as the largest bank in the Spanish-speaking world, is responsible for forced evictions and warranties for arms deals. This is also a good reason for us to see the fights here and there as our common struggle. Institutions that put the Capital before human life will always be targets of our attacks.

Commando Sebastián Oversluij Seguel
FREEDOM FOR ALL PRISONERS

Berlin: Solidarity with the five anarchists arrested in Barcelona

On November 24th, several compañerxs unfolded a banner from the top of the Berlin Cathedral, which read “Solidarity with the 5 anarch@s from Barcelona – Freedom for all” referring to Gerardo, Rocío, Valeria, Mónica and Francisco, who were arrested in Barcelona on November 13th, 2013. The comrades are accused under anti-terror law of an attack on a fascist church monument, the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain. A German summary from this text was also distributed as flyer during the action.

Here are the current prison addresses to contact Mónica and Francisco, who are held in pretrial detention at prisons in Madrid. Both are held under the FIES regime, so all letters sent to (and from) them are checked by prison staff. Write to the comrades to break isolation!

Athens: Solidarity with the 5 comrades arrested in Barcelona on November 13th, 2013 – Mónica and Francisco in pretrial detention

On November 18th some members of Contra Info hung a banner at Exarchia square in downtown Athens, in solidarity with the 5 comrades arrested in Barcelona on November 13th, accused under the anti-terror law for direct actions vindicated by the Insurrectional Commando Mateo Morral. The banner reads: “Freedom for the 5 comrades arrested on 13/11 in Barcelona: Rocío, Valeria, Mónica, Francisco, Gerardo – Solidarity and action beyond borders!”

The comrades were transferred from Barcelona to Madrid, where they were held for four more days in isolation. Finally on Sunday, November 17th, they were brought before the judge in Madrid.

All 5 anarchists are currently hostages of the Spanish State: Rocío Yune, Valeria Giacomoni and Gerardo Formoso were released, but they have pending charges and restrictive conditions, while their passports were taken away; Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar were remanded to prison without bail.

From the trench of counter-information we send all our strength to the 5 prosecuted comrades, and we call for the multiplication of factual solidarity gestures. Faced with the police, interstate and media repression, we are not willing to make even a single step back.

Fire to the prisons! Fire to the borders!

Comrades arrested in Barcelona for the action of the Insurrectional Commando Mateo Morral

On October 2nd, 2013 the anarchist group “Insurrectional Commando Mateo Morral” installed an explosive device at an infamous fascist church monument, the Basilica of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain. This cathedral is one of the most significant temples for the holders of Power, and stands as one of the main symbols of, and a meeting point for, fascism. This action did not intend to harm any parishioners or tourists; the group gave advance warning to the Basilica of the Pillar authorities as well as to newspapers.

On November 13th, 2013 the cops invaded an apartment and conducted an anti-terrorist operation in the city of Barcelona; five individuals (from Chile, Argentina and Italy) were arrested, accused of the action claimed by the Insurrectional Commando Mateo Morral. We are awaiting updates on the condition of the five arrestees, among whom are Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, anarchists from Chile who were prosecuted and detained in the recent past for the “Caso Bombas”, a judicial fiasco of the Chilean State, for which they were fully acquitted from all charges in 2012.
The poster reads:

“Solidarity and Action with the arrested comrades in Barcelona.
No State, no border will ever be able to halt social war.
May distance get smaller with gestures of solidarity.
May attacks against Power multiply day by day.
Immediate release of Mónica and Francisco!
Prisoners of war out onto the streets!”

Below are excerpts from a statement in solidarity with Mónica and Francisco by some of their co-accused in the infamous Bombs Case.

Extending the bonds of solidarity . . .
Mónica and Francisco were arrested in August 2010 in the so-called Bombs Case. Both faced the proceeding against them with dignity and rebellion, stayed more than 9 months in prison in high and maximum security regimes, refused to accept the prosecutor’s blackmail, carried out a hunger strike alongside the rest of co-accused which lasted over 65 days, confronted one of the longest trials in Chile, and had all their charges dropped with their convictions intact. The police and media accusations that the comrades face today are based on the judicial files of the Bombs Case, a raid that was unleashed against acratist spaces, milieus and individualities. Now the powerful seek to resurrect the Bombs Case corpse, threatening to open new proceedings against us; faced with this, we make it clear that we reject the accusation, but we do not deny who we are, our ideas, our relationships, our past, present and future in the struggle. . . .
Mónica and Francisco are our comrades and we defend them against the media and police campaigns conducted by both the Spanish and the Chilean State.
Because all States are terrorists and all prisons are extermination centres.
Revolutionary solidarity beyond all borders.”

All five of the arrested comrades were supposed to appear before the judge in Madrid on November 15th, but the police extended their incommunicado detention until Sunday (17/11).

Bolivia: Letter of punky Mayron Mioshiro (Krudo) from Qalauma prison in La Paz

Greetings, comrades; I am still confronting the present here and obviously not giving up.

My intention with this communiqué is the following: to clarify certain conflicts and rumors that have arisen about my person.

I think from what I’ve understood people have been saying that I’m a police collaborator; but if I was a collaborator, I would be enjoying my freedom by now or be under house arrest, and I hope that this is taken into account in a reflective way.

In respect to the latest happenings, I read some communiqués from ‘anarchist’ persons that really got my attention. Firstly, in no communiqué or comment did I ever ask for FAI/FRI individuals to give themselves in so that I could be set free; I don’t believe it is an anarchic attitude to ask that the freedom of one person ends so that another’s can start. This is the opinion of Nina Mansilla and Virginia Aillón, who have written that those responsible for the attacks should hand themselves in, in the interests of their ‘ideology’.* In situations like this, and in different parts of the globe, there is no need for more prisoners, and there has never been such a need.

Also, I never said in my formal statement who could form part of the FAI/FRI (and I prefer not to have any idea who they may be) as some have done, only supposing names and implicating people who have nothing to do with the matter, just to save their own skins. Continue reading Bolivia: Letter of punky Mayron Mioshiro (Krudo) from Qalauma prison in La Paz

La Paz, Bolivia: Letter of comrade Henry Zegarrundo from the prison of San Pedro

APOLOGIA ON THE DELATION

Sitting on the bedstead that has become one of the places where I can read and write, I decided to put the worries in my head into words. The bustle from the approximately 50 prisoners with whom I share this space takes over the surroundings; a faint light is shed on this piece of paper where I write to give way to these words, which decided to break the silence by alluding to the informants.

It is necessary to bear in mind—by permanent reflection—that the State intends to deplete the individual, using its known strategies, which are no innovation but the materialization of punishment that has become a routine through incarceration, prosecution and ‘exemplification’. The State seeks to reduce the individual to an ID card, a number or a code; to morally exterminate us, and annihilate any revolutionary practice. But there’s a detail relevant to this: all people who recognize themselves in the libertarian spectrum share the notion of positioning themselves on the side of the barricade opposite to the Power-authority. Nonetheless, there are some others who proclaim themselves libertarians or anarchists that justify and endorse the repression; by this endorsement–justification, this proclamation of theirs mutates into a mere self-hypocritical discourse, and these people end up on the opposite side of the barricade we see in front of us, and not on our side.

If there are hostages, it is not because those ‘responsible’ of the attacks should be held accountable for the fact that the State incarcerates several individuals that support political tendencies or practices;* the State-Power only takes advantage of such incidents to enforce and justify its efficiency or civil ‘security’. It is very clear that the political and repressive entity together with its platformist allies are the only responsible ones for the fact that some of us have to be locked in the jaws of Power. It is thus pathetic to ask people who carried out the attacks to give themselves in or exchange their freedom in the place of others. Those people, who speak of true or fake anarchists, just need an endowment of police uniforms in exchange for their delation and collaboration; they have not yet digested that a struggle is dignified when it holds high revolutionary values, and that a person without moral emptiness does not snitch on another.

Pleading ‘guilty or innocent’ is not even a priority in this debate; what has priority is that no other comrade gets caught, and the pain inflicted on relatives and loved ones is not reproduced.

Throughout the history of struggle in these lands, it’s inevitable to mention the women warriors of the Women’s Syndicate of Various Trades (SFOV) and the Women Workers Federation (FOF). During the years from the 20s to the 50s, the struggle against the oppressing State-bourgeoisie was organized in trade unions where—not only in Bolivia but also in several other countries in Europe and America—initiatives with strong ties of solidarity to political prisoners in other countries were arising. These valiant anarchist cholas** were well aware that there was no need whatsoever to have imprisoned anarchists anywhere. In late 1927, they decided to join the international campaign for the liberation of the Italian-born anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti —it is known that they were two immigrants, workers and anarchists who were taken to court, sentenced and executed by electrocution for the alleged armed robbery and assassination of two people (in the US). A very important fact in this story is that the entirety of the solidarity campaign did not ask for the head of the perpetrators of attacks; the anarchist cholas demanded the release of Sacco and Vanzetti, and maintained an elevated moral concept and practice; they knew all too well that the libertarian struggles were not about blackmailing and requesting the authors to give themselves in so that the amount of political prisoners would keep growing. Although it’s been a long time since those days, dignity and ethical stances remain intact; whenever there have been informants, they have been treated as a scourge that, because of their actions, are very far away from any kind of struggle against Power. The anarchist cholas of the SFOV and the FOF are a good reference point of anti-patriarchy struggle, and very coherently knew how to liberate themselves from the other kind of masters: accusation and delation. Nowadays, the trade unions—at least here—have been seized by Trotskyists. The syndicalist struggle has been converted into a vertical and authoritarian organism, so it has nothing to do with an anarchic stance; it has been institutionalized and only stands for an agglutination of the masses that just follow the agreements between their leaders and the State.

I did not expect that, within this prison chapter, snitches would become the stellar actors. Even though they testified against me, I did not expect that those who call themselves comrades would go as far as to ask for the ranks of anarchist prisoners to thicken. Therefore, I reject any solidarity action in which I might be linked to individuals who support repression.

I am still waiting to get out of this cage, and even though the judicial engine runs so slowly, I am feeling strong and firm. I admire all those who still fight in and outside the prisons; the definite end of the Bombs Case (in Chile) brought a big smile to my face; this is a great victory in our history. Sooner or later, all of the state set-ups shall fall. I reiterate my greetings to all the prisoners of Power who do not give up, to my family and comrades. We must not let them steal our dreams. Solidarity is what encourages a prisoner not to feel alone.

Henry Zegarrundo
Anti-authoritarian prisoner


* On August 28th the solidarity collective Libertad stated the following: ‘We deplore the fact that Nina [Mansilla], in her despair to get out of that extermination centre, harmed comrades Krudo [Mayron Gutiérrez Monroy] and Henry [Zegarrundo] in her amplified plea-statement that she herself requested; likewise, she gave away names of those who, as she would like to believe, are members of the FAI-FRI.’

On September 29th the self-proclaimed ‘anarchist-feminist activist’ Nina Mansilla mentioned, among others, that the perpetrators of 17 attacks must be held accountable for their actions and not let someone else ‘pay for the movement’. Furthermore, in regard to an incriminating video (which, according to the prosecuting authorities, shows Nina during an action), she made reference to distinct details in order to implicate another person, whom—in her own words—‘I used to call comrade and sister at some point, but I cannot say the same now, as she knows my legal and emotional situation, knows I’m in here for her, for having an alleged “resemblance” to her.’ Lastly, N.Mansilla had the nerve to write: ‘Why should I shut up? To protect who? It has been said of me that I’m a snitch, and that people withdraw their solidarity towards me because “I accused others in order to save myself;” from what I see, it’s very easy for anyone to release a mouthful of very radical discourses, to talk about loyalty and resistance behind a keyboard, to write overpowering pronouncements against the State, the society and all who do not think as they do just to make a big deal out of it. But who gets in my place? Who lives with me every day in here? Who bears the humiliations and intimidation I’ve been putting up with for the past four months?’

** The feminine term chola (masculine: cholo) has a long history and abundant cultural connotation in Latin America. In general, the word stands for rural Andean women who wear the pollera (traditional skirt), speak Quechua or Aymara and sell their products in marketplaces (an archetype of Andean women). But cholas can also be characterized by a certain way of attitude reflected in the way they talk and live, features that complement the clothing to identify someone as such. The term was used in a pejorative way by the bourgeoisie to define a woman bellicose, seductive and lewd, thus a sexual object of desire, and moreover the epitome of sacrifice via motherhood and work. It grew to symbolize the triple oppression women were—and are—undergoing: discrimination on grounds of indigenousness, social class and gender. As described in Henry’s text, the term designates the qhateras (petty market traders) and other women workers who rebelled since the 1920s and took part in the anarcho-syndicalist struggle in Bolivia, and particularly in La Paz, making chola a word of their own.

A flame of solidarity from the R.O. CCF to the brothers and sisters in $hile

When the prison bars stop our hands from throwing the fire of anarchy into the world of power, our words become the sharp rasp of our escape.

We arm them with thoughts, desires, secret plans, new conspiracies, and we turn them into our warmest embrace in our imaginary meeting with the comrades of praxis across the world.

Now we want our voice to reach our brothers and sister in distant Chile; Luciano (Tortuga) who will be prosecuted on November 22nd, and Monica, Felipe, Francisco, Omar, Carlos who will stand trial on November 28th because they are anarchists and enemies of Power.

Of course we do not forget Marcelo, Freddy and Juan, as their trial started on the 11th of this month.*

Comrades, you are so far away and yet you feel so close.

It is the same rage we feel when we hit the State, the same contempt that we show for the silence of the compromised crowd, the same passion with which we are fighting for anarchy, the same hatred of the prisons where they want to keep us captives.

The Chilean State and the authorities of the States of the world must know that not one comrade will be left alone. Continue reading A flame of solidarity from the R.O. CCF to the brothers and sisters in $hile

Athens: Protest occupation of the Chilean consulate in solidarity with the imprisoned anarchists on hunger strike since 21/2

On Monday, March 28th, the following text was sent from inside the consulate of Chile in Athens (in Kifissia suburb), which was occupied for hours in a symbolic solidarity gesture to the Chilean anarchists that are persecuted with the anti-terrorist law for the ‘bomb case’:

Today, we occupy the consulate of Chile in Athens in solidarity to the nine imprisoned fighters accused on the ‘bomb case’ who are on hunger strike since February 21th, and to all those who were arrested on August 14th, 2010, for the same case in Chile.

Police raids in squats and social centres, persecutions based on comradely relations, fabricated evidence and charges differ only a bit from country to country, as they are States’ mechanisms and methods to suppress the voices of all those who resist against the brutality of Power. Continue reading Athens: Protest occupation of the Chilean consulate in solidarity with the imprisoned anarchists on hunger strike since 21/2