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Spanish Anarchist Dies in Isolation Unit

News ArchiveSubmitted by Desdedentro:

Prison authorities say that Jos(r) Antonio Cano was found after hanging himself with a bed sheet in an isolation unit at the "Modelo de Barcelona" prison in Barcelona, Spain, on June 17th of 2004. His anarchist comrades say it was murder.

This was the result of more than 12 years in jail for "common crimes" and of reprisals of every kind on the part of the guards. Especially in the last four years, Jos(r) suffered torture that escalated in the last year: isolation and psychological manipulation. Jos(r) fought until the last moment with all means - included a hunger strike from February 14th to April 6th of 2004. He passed through three hospitals and then back to the Modelo jail, and in none of these places did he receive adequate treatment.

Jos(r), like many Spanish anarchist prisoners, was subjected to the "FIES" (Ficheros de Internos de Especial Seguimiento – Inmates Files for Special Monitoring), extreme isolation units which subject prisoners to total control all day. Their mail and phone calls are monitored, they have few opportunities to stay with other prisoners, their belongings are constantly inspected, and torture is customary. The prisoners who are included in these "Files" are the rebellious ones, those who don’t submit to the prison authority. In fact, the FIES were instituted after a series of revolts inside Spanish prisons. In February of 2004, Spanish anarchist Gabriel Pompo Da Silva managed to escape from a FIES unit and prison, and released a statement to his family and comrades.

In the wake of Jos(r)'s death, his anarchist comrades called for ongoing struggle: "against the prison society, the society of the spectacle, State-Capital, and every authority! For anarchy!"

On June 19th, 2004, there was a demonstration held for Jos(r) at the Modelo jail, involving 30 to 40 people and two banners reading "the jails are centers of extermination" and "while there is a single person imprisoned, there will not be freedom." The demonstration lasted about three hours, during which leaflets about Jos(r)'s torture were handed out to relatives of prisoners who were coming out of the jail after visits. Prison guards and undercover police heavily surveilled the demonstrators.

History (in Spanish) at the Desdedentro website:

http://www.nodo50.org/desdedentro/modules.php? op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=638

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comment by pr
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 06:15 PM CDT
Those who endlessly pester us to forswear violence should be told in no uncertain terms where to go and who to pester.


We have a right to destroy those who would destroy us. A right, a duty and a promise.
comment by ComradeAdrock
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, July 21 2004 @ 01:57 PM CDT
A right? Perhap, yes. But a duty? I\'m not so sure.

Don\'t get me wrong - with every hidden history of rebellion, and every new tale of state repression that passes my eyes, I\'m filled with the desire to make them pay for these actions, to make them fear to do it again. But is that necessarily the correct course? I don\'t think so.

Many acts of violence will simply reinforce the misconceptions put out there by the state. There may be a time for violence, but that time is not now.

Violence is a tactic - and as such should only be used when tactically beneficial.

*note: I would still condone acts of rebellion involving force by those subjected to it - like the prisoners mentioned above. I\'m simply stating its not the right choice for a general strategy at this point.