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LETTER BY ANARCHIST COMRADE DIEGO, FROM THE MAXIMUM-SECURITY PENITENTIARY OF MARCOS PAZ

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!!!

The State oppression generates violence which the State itself tries to repress with more violence.

They maintain order by ripping people off until those who rebel are pacified, justifying and defending their violence with their laws, which imprison you if you disagree with them. What’s the use of defending their business interests and not the people’s?  Is this what you call “democracy”? Tyrants charge us with public intimidation. It’s them –police officers, prosecutors, judges– who have to be accused of public intimidation, it’s them who shoot with lead and laws to defend this dictatorship, the economic and social massacre, the profits of businessmen; they condemn us as an example of punishment, of what can happen to you if you defend yourself, if you exercise your constitutional rights, which the State itself imposes but doesn’t abide. I refer to moral rights, the interests of the whole people, necessary for a life based on values such as respect, dignity and freedom for all on equal terms and which are denied.

There are the workers who sweat to live, and the “workers” who oppress to live. They tell us about dialogue while aiming at us with a gun, their language is repression. The murder of Santiago Maldonado[1] by Gendarmería; the execution of Rafael Nahuel[2] from behind by the naval command; the murder of Diego Villareal[3] by the City Police in Constitución; the motorized division of the Federal Police firing at will during the protests in the Congress against the reform of the welfare law; the defenceless old people, women and men carrying their child in their arms. I saw crowds of frightened people running and, behind them, persecuting bullets and tear gas (chemical weapons). These people overcome with fear are called “rebellious”, “problematic”, by politicians thanks to the media of disinformation. If people live so much injustice, how can they not rise up and try to stop this legal outrage? If the people defends itself, they call it undisciplined, subversive, rebellious; if the police fires, it is called justice, order, and law.

[1] Rafael Nahuel was a 22-year-old Mapuche who was executed (fire from behind) on November 25th 2017, the same day of Santiago Maldonado’s funeral. He was part of the Lafken Winkul Mapu community, which two months before had got back some territory near Villa Mascardi, in Rio Negro. On November 23th 2017, the government sent an eviction order carried out by Federal Police, the Naval Command and Gendarmería, in which five women and for children (included a one-year-old baby) were  arrested and tortured. In the second eviction, the Naval Command deployed rubber and lead bullets. The latter, a 9mm, killed Rafael Nahuel from behind, despite the desperate attempts from other members of the community to save his life. No one has been imputed for this crime, and both government and media promote the criminalisation of the Mapuche people.

My crime is to defend –again, they call it “public intimidation”- people lying on the floor while the riot police kick, gas, and torture people psychic and physically. They have video recordings of people defending themselves against all the tools of State terrorism with objects not comparable to the weapons and training of the State hired assassins which seriously injure vulnerable bodies, such as riot armaments, shields and hydrants. They follow the same strategy against the Mapuche people, who are accused of being armed and a threat. Aren’t you ashamed? They fired Rafa Nahuel from behind and have the nerve to say that Mapuche people are dangerous? They fire them from behind, run after them with tear gas, hydrants, and the Mapuche are the rebellious ones.  Is it possible that so much violence exerted by the armed forces of the State, prosecutors and judges with their laws, guarantee a fair trial? I don’t think so.

Are you going to let them impose the State terrorism?

How many deaths do you need? How many prisoners? How much humiliation?

My greetings to all of you from the penitentiary of Marcos Paz, Buenos Aires.

FREEDOM TO ALL THOSE KIDNAPPED BY THE ARGENTINIAN STATE ON DECEMBER 14TH, 2017!!!

FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE PRISON SOCIETY!!!

[1] Santiago Maldonado was an anarchist  who stood in solidarity with the aboriginal Mapuche nation, whose people has been looted, discriminated, raped, tortured and executed for centuries by national governments first but also now by powerful multinational companies such as Benneton. Their claim is to be able to live and work their ancestral land in Cushamen (Chubut, Argentina), which Benneton has occupied. On August 1st 2017, Santiago was reported “disappeared” by the government after Gendarmeria Nacional, a paramilitary Argentinian force, set off to persecute him and some Mapuche people who were blocking a road as a form of protest. They were hunted with lead bullets and kidnapped in Unimogs. Since then, numerous protests, mobilizations, incendiary attacks and activities have been carried out to demand his appearance alive. He was “found” floating on river Chubut on October 17th, 2017, a river just 1,30 metres deep and which happens to be the very same location where he was last seen. The autopsy “concluded” he drowned and suffered hypothermia. Nothing else has been said since then.

[2] Rafael Nahuel was a 22-year-old Mapuche who was executed (fire from behind) on November 25th 2017, the same day of Santiago Maldonado’s funeral. He was part of the Lafken Winkul Mapu community, which two months before had got back some territory near Villa Mascardi, in Rio Negro. On November 23th 2017, the government sent an eviction order carried out by Federal Police, the Naval Command and Gendarmería, in which five women and for children (included a one-year-old baby) were  arrested and tortured. In the second eviction, the Naval Command deployed rubber and lead bullets. The latter, a 9mm, killed Rafael Nahuel from behind, despite the desperate attempts from other members of the community to save his life. No one has been imputed for this crime, and both government and media promote the criminalisation of the Mapuche people.

[3] Diego Villareal was a 32-year-old Paraguayan man who died because of police brutality. He had ordered a pizza with two relatives in the train station of Constitución, Buenos Aires, but they noticed they had no time to have lunch and, thus, decided to cancel the order in order not to lose their train and go home. That’s when a security guard and then, a “citizen”, berated them with xenophobic terms until Diego was surrounded by Federal Police officers who knocked him to the ground and handcuffed him with seals. As he started to convulse, they decided to take him to hospital but died on the way. His brother was arrested and put in solitary confinement, as well as his brother-in-law, for 48 hours without food or water. The family demands justice until today.

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