Free Rodrigo Lanza!

Barcelona Indymedia – Machine translated:

From different companions and friends of Rodrigo Lanza.

United by anti-fascist ideas, we want to make a public statement about the recent events that have led our colleague to enter prison.

After days of media bombardment with false and unsubstantiated information, with the intention of obtaining a public verdict prior to the declaration of the parties, today we finally have the version of Rodrigo and other witnesses.

The first “official truth” has built a version that little fits the events that took place on Thursday night, presenting Victor Laínez as a passive victim of hatred of the Spanish flag, and Rodrigo Lanza as an armed aggressor, acting with premeditation, from behind and in a gang.

That night our comrade defended his life against a fascist aggressor with a knife, he defended himself with his body, unarmed.

Victor Laínez is a member of the far right of Aragon related to both known neo-Nazis and the Spanish Falange of the Jons, who recognize him as a member of their organisation and publicly state:

“Let everyone know, that if the Vasconavarra Falange has to choose between the heroic examples of Victor Lainez and Josué Estébanez, both of us are happy, but we are going to opt for Josué. Before prison than cemetery.”

Let us remember that Joshua Estébanez de la Hija is a neo-Nazi paramilitary who ten years ago killed the 16-year-old antifascist Carlos Palomino, stabbing him in the chest.

Victor Laínez was not a “good-natured patriot,” an ordinary citizen who loved his country. He was a fascist with an active and openly racist attitude. We have evidence of his earlier participation in violent events, (as in the attack carried out together with neo-Nazis in the “Barrio Latino” bar more than 20 years ago) and of an entire career in the Falange movement.

The facts of that night: after previously insulting Rodrigo (South American and punk style) by saying “sudaka de mierda, go to your country”, Victor Laínez followed Rodrigo, and when he left the bar, took a knife and tried to stab him in the back. Fortunately Rodrigo was warned by one of the witnesses, he turned around and to repel the attack, struck Victor Lainez then left the premises.

Thanks to this legitimate exercise of self-defence Rodrigo is still alive, about which we are happy, since in other occasions we can not say the same.

We must bear in mind the number of political assassinations carried out by extreme right-wingers in the Spanish state in the last 30 years, and the present rise of nationalist aggression. Fascism and anti-fascism are in conflict, and that’s nothing new in this state or elsewhere. The rise of the extreme right is a very palpable reality around the globe.

The current political climate in the Spanish state could not be less favourable due to the nationalist conflict for the self-determination of Catalonia. With the complicity of the press, this case is being exploited by partisan and electoral interests which extol national pride and point to the squat movement and migrants in general, as enemies of society.

On the other hand it is clear that there is a clear intention to take political advantage of what happened to put in doubt once again the version of the police assembly of the 4F, for which Rodrigo served 5 years in prison.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and solidarity and reiterate that the fight for a more just society continues.

Freedom for Rodrigo Lanza!

Companions and friends of Rodrigo Lanza

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Joint Statement by CGT, Solidaridad Obrera and CNT About the Situation in Catalonia

As signatory organizations, unions at state level, we share our concern about the situation in Catalonia, the repression that the state has unleashed, including the diminution of rights and freedoms and the rise of a stale nationalism which is appearing again in much of the state.

We defend the emancipation of all the working people of Catalonia and the rest of the world. Perhaps, in this context, it is necessary to remember that we do not understand the right to self-determination in a statist way, as nationalist parties and organizations proclaim, but as the right to self-organization of our class in a given territory. Thus understood, self-determination passes more by control of production and consumption by workers and by direct democracy from the bottom up, organized according to federalist principles, than by the establishment of a new frontier or the creation of a new state.

As internationalists, we understand that solidarity among working people should not be limited to state borders, so we are not really concerned where these are drawn. What we do find very disturbing is the reaction that is being experienced in many parts of the rest of the State, with the enthusiasm for a stale Spanish state, which is more reminiscent of past times, brewed by the media and in line with the authoritarian drift of the government, notable after the imprisonment of persons for summoning acts of disobedience or the application of article 155 of the Constitution. We do not forget that this nationalist outbreak lays the groundwork for further cuts in rights and freedoms which we must be prevent. The shameful unity of so-called “democratic forces” in justifying repression shows a gloomy picture for all future dissents. It seems that the post-Franco regime that governs us for 40 years, close its ranks to ensure its continuity.

This regime, which has existed and exists in Catalonia as well as in the rest of Spain, feels that its own survival is at stake. Questioned extensively and plunged into a deep crisis of legitimacy, it is alarmed because of the accumulation of open fronts. The threat to the territorial integrity of the state is compounded by corruption scandals, the monarchy’s stigmatization, the questioning of (bank) rescues and cuts that have been applied to the population, discontent with slavery in the workplace derived from the last labor reforms, the extension of retirement age and the economic reduction of pensions, etc. The constant calls to defend the constitution must be understood as foul to rebate and deal with this true existential crisis that besieges the state. The danger is that in the process, repressive behaviors such as those seen recently in many Catalan cities will be sanctioned and become standard. The worst …

Obviously, we do not know in what sense the events will decant. We will remain attentive to what happens, ready to defend the interests of working people throughout the State. We will oppose the repression and the normalization of right-of-way attitudes, which are already perceived, with all our forces. Of course, we will not allow ourselves to be used by the strategies of political parties whose objectives are extraneous to us. At the same time, we will not stop encouraging the mobilizations of the working class when they finally decide that the time has come to shake off the dictatorship of political and economic elites who have spent too long managing the territory to serve exclusively their own interests. As trade union organizations, libertarian and combative, we will be on the streets, in the mobilizations, as we have shown on many occasions, against repression, cuts in rights and freedoms and against corruption.

The Catalan crisis may be the brink of a dying state model. Whether this change is in one sense or another will depend on our ability, as a class, to take the process in the opposite direction of repression and the rise of nationalisms. Let us hope that the final result will be more freedoms and rights and not the other way around. We risk a lot.

FOR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS! AGAINST REPRESSION OF WORKING CLASSES!

CGT – Solidaridad Obrera – CNT, October 26, 2017.