Communiqué From Mapuche Political Prisoners (Temuco, Chile)


This communiqué comes from the Indigenous Mapuche political prisoners in Temuco, Chile, who continue demanding the recognition of their cultural and political rights inside prison. The original communiqué in Spanish was published by Publicacion Refractario and can be found here.

We, the Mapuche political prisoners in Temuco, communicate the following to the national and international public, and to our Mapuche people:

 

    1. Our principal and absolute demand will always be freedom for all of the Mapuche political prisoners.
    2. In spite of the multiple efforts that we have carried out to generate dialogue with the Gendarmerie, with the intention to advance toward attaining our political and cultural rights inside of the prison, they continue to be violated and negated by the prison administration and its various authorities.

These political and cultural rights are related most directly to the following short-term demands regarding our prison situation:

 

    1. The implementation of protocols for mass visits three times a year.
    2. The free spiritual exercise of the Mapuche prisoners once a month.
    3. The ability to carry out workshops on Mapuche language and culture without segregation between the accused and the convicted once a week.
    4. The increase in the number of family or general visits to 20 people per inmate.
    5. Access to intercultural or occidental healthcare according to the situation.
    6. The ability to play sports together, the accused and the convicted.

In addition, the following medium-term demands:

 

    1. Modification of Decree 518 to consider the demand and cultural approaches of the Mapuche political prisoners and of all the Indigenous peoples deprived of their freedom.
    2. Exclusive modules for Mapuche prisoners.
    3. Transfer of the convicted Mapuche political prisoners to the Center of Education and Work (CET).

 

Freedom now to all of the Mapuche political prisoners!!

Accused and Convicted Political Prisoners for the Mapuche Cause

Temuco Prison

May 6th, 2019

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The first militant, the first comrade, the first martyr

Internationalist Commune

Haki Karer, internationalistic co-founder of the PKK

Interview with Mustafa Karasu, by İsmet Kayhan | Kurdistan Report Nr. 202

Haki Karer (fourth from left) as a student at Ankara University. | Photo: ANF

The years in which Haki Karer began to study at the university were the years of strong repression as a result of the military coup of March 12, 1971. The effects of the resistance of the revolutionary leaders Deniz Gezmiş, Mahir Çayan and İbrahim Kaypakkaya against the fascism of March 12 shaped Haki Karer very much. He took a place in the front ranks of revolutionary youth resistance, which spread like an avalanche from 1973. During this time, from 1973 onwards, he personally got to know the leaders of the left-wing and revolutionary youth movements. The person who shaped him most and was to change his life was the Kurdish leading personality Abdullah Öcalan.

Haki Karer met Öcalan in 1972 and from then on their paths did not part. The central reason that brought these two revolutionaries together was the ideological line that saw the liberation of Kurdish and Turkish society as a unity.

Haki Karer lost his life on 18 May 1977 as a result of a plot by the “Sterka Sor” after a year at Dîlok (Antep). His death was to deeply affect Öcalan and his friends. Öcalan called his companion Haki Karer his “secret soul”. Mustafa Karasu, a member of the Executive Council of the Community of Societies of Kurdistan (KCK), has reported on Haki Karer’s organizational activities within the workers and students of Dîlok and on the ideological struggle with the Turkish left circles. Karasu, who also took part in the funeral of Haki Karer, spoke extensively about this time.

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International Solidarity From Anarchists in Mexico City

Voices in Movement


This communique comes from anarchists in Mexico City; a humble gesture of solidarity with comrades facing state repression throughout the world.

From Mexico City, we send our solidarity and love to the comrades who took the streets on May 1st, and to the many who were kidnapped by the state as a result. Repression is the state’s reaction to a gnawing fear: a fear of the power of revolt, of the autonomous organization of the people, of the brewing revolution.

We stand in solidarity with the 300+ compañerxs detained in Paris, France; the 600+ compañerxs detained in Bandung, Indonesia; and the 12 anarchists being processed in Brussels, Belgium; for taking their revolutionary rage to the streets in the face of stiff state repression. We stand in solidarity with all the social fighters that remain behind bars or are being persecuted by the state for their commitment to the destruction of domination and oppression in its various forms.

Solidarity has no borders. You all are not alone. From our geography here in Mexico City, together with you all, we commit to continue the struggle against states and capitalism.

Burn the prisons! Fuck the police! Free Miguel Peralta!

Indonesia: Post-May Day Update and Call for International Solidarity

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Palang Hitam / Anarchist Black Cross Indonesia has temporarily ceased activity due to problems with a former member who misused international donations. At present there is no anarchist organization supporting those facing repression, so support is being provided spontaneously and individually. Here is an update about the situation in several cities.

In Bandung, there was a peaceful action by a group of anarchists almost 1000 strong. It even consisted of mothers, children and teenage girls. Police attacked them and broke the bloc into two groups. They were then chased, beaten and arrested. The pretext for this was ‘vandalism’, some spray-painted graffiti. Many of those who were arrested were stripped and had their heads shaved. Some were spray-painted on their faces and bodies as well. Many were forced to crawl along the road in their underwear. In total 619 anarchists were arrested, of these, 3 still remain in custody for destruction of property.

In Yogyakarta West Papuan students expressed their solidarity with the 619 arrested anarchists in Bandung. The students also faced severe repression from Indonesian authorities during May Day 2019 demonstrations.

In Jakarta, there were small clashes between anarchists and police who were blocking the road. Anarchists attacked a police blockade so that a huge group of trade union members could continue their journey to a gathering point where thousands of people were assembled. An anarcho-syndicalist union in Jakarta is now being targeted by the police.

In Malang, one person was forcibly arrested without a warrant, but they were released later.

In Makassar, the number of arrests increased from 9 to 21, they are all facing charges related to destruction of property. Makassar was totally paralyzed by police sweeps looking for anarchists.

In Surabaya, there were two different May Day actions by anarchist groups. The first action was carried out by a group working with leftist organizations. Three people were arrested but they have been released. The second action was carried out by anarcho-syndicalists and individualist anarchists were beaten by the police.

So now many comrades are on the run because as we have counter-intelligence informants within the police apparatus who have told us that ‘mapping’ of Indonesian anarchist networks is being carried out.

Right now we would appreciate international solidarity in the form of actions and also financial support. If people are able to provide financial assistance please send it to the paypal below. We will use it for legal fees and to help support our friends who are in hiding because they are being targeted by police.

https://www.paypal.me/adnandi

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Sofia, Bulgaria: Update on Day 16 of Jock Palfreeman’s Hunger Strike

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06.05.19: Day 16th of Jock Palfreeman’s hunger strike as a protest against corruption and abuse of power by the staff of Sofia Prison and its chief in particular.

After his transfer from the Kazichene prison to the Sofia Prison (in order to be put under medical observation), he was harassed by guards.

On Saturday, May 4th, the chief of the shift refused him access to the prison shop from which prisoners buy various items, including phone cards. Thus, Jock has been denied any access to the outside world by not being able to speak over the phone.

He was put in isolation for a few days in the Infectious Disease Unit of the Prison Hospital in Sofia Prison, including among tuberculosis patients. He therefore has refused any medical examinations as a protest against attempts to be deliberately infected.

(via Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association)

International May Day roundup

Anarchist Communist Group

In France there were many large demonstrations in cities and towns, In Paris, there was a march of some 2,000 anarchists on the morning of May 1st. This was followed by the main march with a turnout from the usual unions and left parties, but with also the turnout of both feminists and Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) who are increasingly radicalising. This was met with a massive police presence, who attacked demonstrators with batons and gas.

 Two thousand demonstrated in the centre of Rennes. Several thousands demonstrated at Toulouse, where again demonstrators were attacked with many tear gas grenades by police. There were two thousand demonstrators at Orleans, and between nine to eleven thousand demonstrators at Lyon, with a large anarchist bloc. There was a very large anarchist contingent on the demonstration at Dijon, where two thousand turned out for May Day. A few gas canisters fired by the cops. Two thousand at Cherbourg with an anarchist bloc, ten thousand at Bordeaux and a thousand at Aubenas. On all of these demonstrations, there were turnouts from feminists, climate change campaigners and Gilets Jaunes.

In Colombia, there was a large anarchist presence on the May Day demo in Bogota.

In Chile there were brutal attacks by the police on demonstrators.

In El Salvador, there was a large anarchist bloc on the demo in San Salvador.

There was an anarchist presence on the demonstration in Helsinki, Finland.

In Bangladesh the Anarchosyndicalist Federation organised a large event.

In Sweden twenty anarchists protesting against the government’s plans to clamp down on strikes were brutally arrested.

In Turkey, despite the severe repression there, large numbers of anarchists under red and black flags turned out.

In Bandung in Indonesia, police arrested six hundred anarchists, out of an anarchist bloc of one thousand, stripped them to their underwear and shaved their heads. Elsewhere in Indonesia, police tried to block a large anarchist bloc marching to join the main demonstration, leading to clashes.

In Germany in Berlin, police attacked a demonstration of twenty thousand, who chanted “The streets are ours” and “anticapitalism”.

In Italy, police attacked a demonstration against a transalpine high speed train tunnel.

In Greece there was a 24 hour strike of transport workers, including ferry, tram, train and bus workers.

Interview with a member of the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan

Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

We are used to seeing anarchism as a purely Western phenomenon. Rebellions, riots and uprisings further east are more associated with Islamists than anti-authoritarian ideas. All this generates a number of stereotypes about the inhabitants of these regions. However, it turns out that groups of anarchists exist even where American bombs fall and that people are executed for Facebook posts. Pramen interviewed the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan.

Your group is called the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan. What motivated you to join forces in both countries? Geographic proximity ? No language barrier? Transparency of borders? Common history?

Since anarchism leads to positions against borders and states, in the case of Iran and Afghanistan, it is important to remember that these are only names, the names of two regions. We do not justify the existence of borders and states, and we want our revolutionary demands to be universal and not related to any particular area. In general, the main reason is that comrades speak the same language and cooperate within both regions.

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