Autonomous Organizations of Oaxaca Demand Freedom for Fredy García and an End to the Criminalization of Social Movements

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On November 6, 2019, Fredy García Ramírez, of the Indigenous organization CODEDI, was detained in Oaxaca and charged with various fabricated crimes. This communique comes from the Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA), demanding freedom for Fredy García and an end to the criminalization of social movements.

Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA)

Oaxaca de Flores Magón, City of Resistance

November 11, 2019

The Indigenous organizations that make up the Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA): APIIDTT (Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio), CINPA (Coordinadora Indígena Popular Autónoma), CODEDI (Comité por la Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas), OIDHO (Organizaciones Indias por los Derechos Humanos en Oaxaca), UCIO-EZ (Unión Campesina-Indígena de Oaxaca ‘Emiliano Zapata´), outraged by the increasing repression against our organizations and the Indigenous and popular movement in general, declare the following:

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Unquiet Graves Uncovering Britain’s Secret War in Ireland

Bristol Radical History Group

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Between 1972 and 1978 more than 120 innocent civilians in Northern Ireland were murdered. Documentary director Sean Murray set out to investigate and found disturbing evidence of collusion between the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the Ulster Defence Regiment and loyalist death squads. Sean Murray will present the documentary.

“…outstanding documentary film-making combining in-depth research and personal testimony to expose the undeniable truth of state collusion and its fatal consequences.” Phil Scraton, author “Hillsborough: The Truth”.

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Catalunya and the libertarians. Conversation with Embat about the Catalan crisis.

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(en) anarkismo.net: Catalunya and the libertarians. Conversation with Embat about the Catalan crisis. by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. (ca, it, pt) [machine translation]

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The past few weeks have been hard in Catalonia. The images of the crowds protesting the sentences for “sedition” to former members of the Generalitat, and the subsequent repression, have gone around the world. That the wave of protests that travels around the world reaches a corner of Europe and exposes the system in its violence, stripped of its democratic pretensions, is a remarkable fact. With its own modalities, with its limitations, and with its specificity, Catalonia is also demonstrating the crisis faced by capitalist democracies in the supposed “end of history.” To understand this moment a little better, we talked with members of the Catalan libertarian organization Embat.

1. What does the “procés” judgment issued by the Supreme Court mean?

The sentence condemns between 9 and 13 years to various politicians who in 2017 were part of the government of the Catalan Generalitat. They are condemned for “sedition”, although the penalty of “rebellion” has fallen which, according to the Spanish Constitution, would require a violent uprising against the state. The sentence has wanted to be exemplary so that it is not repeated again. As an anecdote, it appears written in the sentence that a counselor of the Generalitat was in charge of the Department of Education when it was not, so it should be an invalid resolution. In addition, the president of the Catalan parliament is condemned for allowing the debate where the independence resolution was voted. This limits the autonomy that any parliament could have within Spain to discuss the issues you want.

Finally, the leaders of the civil entities Assemble Nacional Catalana (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural are sentenced to a sentence of 9 years in prison. This conviction is for getting into a police car to call off the demonstration that was warming at that time. They sent people to their house and condemned them. This raises a jurisprudence towards social and trade union movements, since any concentration, however peaceful and calm, could be considered seditious by the authorities. And if there is violence, it can be treated as a crime of rebellion, with sentences from 10 (to mere participants) to 30 (to inductors or leaders) years in jail, depending on the degree of responsibility or involvement of each.

It can be seen that in order to condemn these political and social leaders, the Supreme Court passes over justice to take revenge.

2. How was the protest of the Catalan population? What sectors have been mobilizing and who have organized or called the protest?

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It Wasn’t the Fire, Nor the Girls, It was the State

Voices in movement

On March 8, 2017, 41 girls were burnt alive in a state-run facility for children in San José Pinula, Guatemala, after years of denunciations against abuse and the deplorable conditions in the facility. Now the state seeks to criminalize those who survived.

It wasn’t the fire, nor the girls #ItWasTheState #FueElEstado

In 2017, the Guatemalan state, with abandonment and violence, burnt alive 41 young girls in the Hogar Seguro Virgen (Secure Virgin Home) in San José Pinula. For three years the government has evaded justice and criminalized the survivors. Now the government is accusing the survivors of fifteen crimes.

The compañeras mobilized on March 7, 2017, to denounce the deplorable treatment and dreadful conditions in which they lived. In response, they were confined and burnt alive by the Guatemalan state. The state now is accusing the survivors of a series of crimes.

The court hearings have been suspended more than eleven times. Relatives of the survivors have disappeared and been assassinated. The state has tried to erase the girls from our history, robbing their memorial from the central square. As part of the strategy to silence them, obstruct justice and seek impunity for the criminals responsible, lawyers of the government have filed a complaint to limit the surviving girls’ participation, to revictimize them, to again put their lives at risk.

A just world does not burn its girls alive, leaving those responsible unpunished. Today more than ever, we are pushed forward in the quest for justice and the assurance that this will not happen again. We are with the survivors and the families. We have not abandoned them.

#FueElEstado #Faltan41 #NosDuelen56

Those responsible:

JIMMY MORALES (presidente de Guatemala)

CARLOS ANTONIO RODAS (ex secretario de la SBS)

ANAHY KELLER ZABALA (ex subsecretaria de la SBS)

SANTOS TORRES RAMÍREZ (ex director del Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción)

HAROLD AUGUSTO FLORES (Actual Procurador de niñez y adolescencia de la PGN)

GLORIA PATRICIA CASTRO (ex defensora de niñez y adolescencia de la PDH)

BRENDA CHAM

BRENDA CHAMÁN PACAY (exjefa del Departamento de Protección Especial Contra el Maltrato en todas sus Formas, de la Secretaría de Bienestar Social (SBS))

LUIS ARMANDO PEREZ BORJA (Subcomisario de la PNC)

LUCINDA EVA MARINA MARROQUÍN (Subinspectora de la PNC)

CRUCY FLOR DE MARÍA LOPEZ (monitora del centro correccional Gaviotas)

OFELIA MARÍA PEREZ CAMPOS (Encargada del área MI HOGAR, dentro del Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción)

ROCIO ALBANY MURILLO (jueza del juzgado de paz de San José Pinula)

ROLANDO MIRANDA (secretario del juzgado de paz de San José Pinula)

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Support antifascist prisoner David Campbell and anti-ISIS prisoner Aidan James

Cautiously pessimistic

David Campbell, a New York-based antifascist, is starting an 18-month sentence after being convicted of “gang assault”, a charge that sounds similar to the notoriously terrible principle of “joint enterprise”, allowing people to be convicted for someone else’s actions. To make things a little easier while he’s inside, you can donate money here, send him a message using this form which his friends will print out and pass on to him, or pick something off his very extensive reading list (or even choose a book you think he’d like that’s not on there) and order a copy to be sent to:

David Campbell #3101900657
Eric M. Taylor Center
10-10 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370

If you’d like to write to David, but aren’t sure what to write about, here are some suggestions:

  • the last time you saw a good play, or your favorite …

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Kevan Thakrar moved again.

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HMP Full Sutton

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Political Prisoner Tamara Sol Has Been Freed After Over Five Years in Prison

Voices in Movement

Compañera Tamara Sol has been granted parole after over five long years of prison, punishment and various transfers. This time, the compañera has left the Llanahue extermination center in Valdivia.

Let us remember that on January 21, 2014, the compañera was detained after shooting at a security guard at the State Bank in an act of revenge for the death of the anarchist compañero Sebastián Overluji. In February 2015, the compañera was condemned to seven years and 61 days in prison. Since then, she began a journey through prison with countless transfers and acts of punishment until arriving at last in the southern prison of Llancahue, known for torture and abuse. At that moment, she began the battle for “conditional freedom,” in spite of the continuous rejections on part of the jailers.

Today Tamara Sol is back in the streets…Joy and strength for her, her family and her close friends in the new pathways that open outside of the bars, locks and surveillance cameras.

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