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Update about and communique from Monica and Francisco, anarchist prisoners in Chile

On the necessity of harmony between prison and the streets. A communiqué from Monica and Francisco, anarchists behind bars in Santiago, Chile.

Submitted to Enough 14.

If we understand that antiauthoritarian solidarity is a relationship that involves, as its main protagonists, both the prisoners themselves and their milieus active on the streets, then we understand that the struggle from behind prison walls is indispensable. This way of practicing solidarity stands in contrast to the idea of solidarity as a kind of charity or “assistance,” which sees the prisoner as merely a passive receptor of support from the outside rather than incorporating or supporting initiatives of confrontation. Thus, it is necessary that the slogan “prison isn’t the end” turn from simply words into action, utilizing all the means at our disposal. Though it may seem like those means are scarce, the cumulation of them can be effective. That is what the different struggles in the long and rich history of political
imprisonment have shown us, which has been characterized by the willingness and decisiveness of prisoners themselves to face the ultimate consequences in order to achieve their goals.

Inside prison, every minute of yard time, every book that comes in, every article that one is able to hold onto in their cell, every inch of autonomy and individual development, whether smaller or bigger, has been won through struggle—none of it has been given away for free. Just a little bit of research or remembering the past is enough to show how, through struggle, more hours of yard time were won in the maximum security prison or how prisoners in the C.A.S. high security prison (Cárcel de Alta Seguridad) successfully fought against the replacement of live visits with video-visitation.

Active mobilization from inside prisons has also achieved important accomplishments with respect to the return of prisoners to the outside, hampering the “long arm of the law” and successfully applying pressure against it, often forcing the state to sit down and discuss a solution to the prisoners’ demands.

Without the support, solidarity, and (if only momentary) interruptions of normality that made these historic triumphs possible, the prisoners’ demands would have never gotten beyond prison walls. It is indispensable, therefore, that there exist a true harmony between the different collectives and individuals practicing solidarity, a harmony that is expressed through communication and the exchange of visions oriented around confrontation. Confrontation undeniably fortifies our struggle and the milieus committed to it. This is how solidarity turns into a combative practice on the offensive; a practice that takes seriously the words we believe and the time at our disposal; a practice that generates rupture and tales.

Now, it is well and clear that our understanding of “struggle” does not leave out acts of confrontation. Regardless of the fact that we often may not achieve that which we propose, we still insist on the necessity of confrontation and we will continue doing so because, simply, it has been and will be the way in which we have decided to live our lives. We
persist through confrontation, and if there isn’t any around, we will go and seek it, we will agitate for it, because only by strikes, blows, and clashes can we generate fissures in society.

*AGAINST THE EXTENSION OF SENTENCES!*

*REPEAL DECREE-LAW 321!*

*AMNESTY FOR THE PRISONERS OF THE OCTOBER 18 REVOLT!*

*PRISONERS OF WAR TO THE STREETS!*

Signed,

*Mónica Caballero Sepúlveda*

General population, San Miguel prison, Santiago

*Francisco Solar Domínguez*

Maximum security wing of the High Security Prison (C.A.S.; Cárcel de
Alta Seguridad)

Revolutionary Solidarity and Collusion

An update on Monica and Francisco, anarchists imprisoned in Chile

In 2010 the Chilean state, seeking to halt a wave of incendiary attacks by anarchist groups, launched a large repression operation, arresting various anarchist (and anarchic) comrades under the antiterrorism law in a case known as [“Caso
Bombas”](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j4hXQc-VmI) (The Bombs Case). Monica and Francisco spent months in prison along with the rest of the comrades, but after a long trial were absolved of all charges.

In 2013, Monica and Francisco are once again arrested—this time in Spain. They are charged for the bomb attack on the Basilica del Pilar, and are sentenced to 12 years in prison. After a number of appeals processes the two are allowed to return to Chile in 2017.

There is no doubt that both comrades are well known by the state’s repression and intelligence apparatuses, but they are also well known within the revolutionary milieu because of their participation in anarchist spaces and initiatives: magazines, prisoner support, workshops, and struggle in the streets, among other activities.

Now, a new chapter in Monica and Francisco’s story is being written, and they are once again facing decades in prison.

“After trying for years, those in power have again locked away my restless body; but while I happen to find myself in jail, they grey of this place only pierces my skin. My heart remains outside the control of the fences, high walls, and eyes of surveillance. Prison is just another stage of struggle. Antiauthoritarian confrontation isn’t over for me, it has just changed shape.”

Monica Caballero, September 2020

On July 24, 2019, two locations in Santiago received letter bombs: The 54th police precinct (Carabineros de Chile, 54 Comisaría) and the office of former Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Hinzpeter. The attack was claimed by “Cómplices Sediciosos/Fracción por la Venganza” (Seditious Accomplices/Vengeance faction). Various police officers were injured in the first attack, while the former cabinet member, known for his particularly repressive work in government, came out untouched thanks to circumstances that kept him from opening the letter bomb.

In February 2020, in the [fifth month of a nationwide uprising](https://crimethinc.com/2020/03/02/march-is-coming-the-next-phase-of-revolt-in-chile-the-lay-of-the-land-ahead-of-round-two), a double bombing shakes the upscale, bourgeois neighborhood known as the home of the families that practically own Chile. The attack, at the Tánica building of the Transoceánica real estate company, is claimed by [“Afinidades Armadas en
Revuelta”](https://anarchistsworldwide.noblogs.org/post/2020/02/29/santiago-chile-double-explosive-attack-against-transoceanic-real-estate-in-vitacura/) (Armed Affinities in Revolt) in a gesture of offensive action against
opulence, and against the police—just one attack during the months long, wide scale, popular battle against police that was being waged in the streets of Chile since October 18.

“Anarchic solidarity must be revolutionary, it must understand that one important way to demonstrate solidarity is to continue to strike. Any action against power is a gesture of solidarity with our comrades behind bars. This kind of solidarity sees anarchists in prison as active comrades in the struggle. It doesn’t reduce them strictly to the category of prisoner, but instead understands that prison is simply where power has situated them. Anarchic solidarity reminds the enemy that as long as they jail us, we will continue to attack them without rest. Prison is an inevitability of struggle.”

Francisco Solar, August 2020

On July 24, 2020, a large scale police operation ends in the arrests of Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar. The prosecutors office, along with police from the 0S-9 office, charge them as responsible for the 2019 and 2020 explosives attacks.

In the indictment Francisco is accused of both attacks, while Monica is only charged with involvement in the Tánica building bombing. The comrades are currently in prison awaiting trial.

Currently, Monica is in general population at Santiago’s San Miguel women’s prison; Francisco is in the maximum security section of the high security prison (Cárcel de Alta Seguridad—C.A.S.). From prison, both comrades have continued contributing: writing texts, communicating with those on the outside, and above all continuing to struggle on the inside. The state, as it has always done with anarchists, revolutionaries, and subversive comrades, retaliates against and imprisons its enemies, seeking to exterminate any possibility of confrontation with the established order.

It is necessary to strengthen the networks of solidarity and collusion with the comrades that find themselves in prison, multiplying both our gestures of concrete support as well as our agitation. Until we have gotten our comrades back on the streets—until all that is left of their prisons are ruins—we have to struggle: from different revolutionary tendencies, from different places and in different ways, however we can and wherever we can.

COLLUSION AND SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCISCO AND MONICA
SEDITION AGAINST THE POLICE STATE
MAY THE REVOLT BREAK THE PRISONS

“FAR FROM THE OPTIONS OF POWER AND ITS INSTITUTIONAL PATH TOWARD A RETURN TO LEGITIMIZING ITSELF, THE ONLY OPTION LEFT—THE UNQUENCHABLE AND UNQUANTIFIABLE—IS THE EXPERIENCE OF PROJECTING OUR DREAMS AND DESIRES ONTO PATHS OF ANTAGONISTIC NEGATION AGAINST THE WORLD OF FALSEHOODS, DOMINATION, MISERY, AND LAW. OUR CALL IS TO SHARPEN AND INTENSIFY THE CONFRONTATION, TRANSLATING IT INTO THE QUALIFICATION OF THE OFFENSIVE, THE MULTIPLICATION OF GROUPS OF ACTION, AND THE COORDINATION BETWEEN THEM—COORDINATION THAT ALLOWS FOR DIALOGUE THAT WIDENS OUR SCOPE AND STRENGTHENS OUR POSITIONS, THAT MAKES POSSIBLE ALL KINDS OF EXCHANGES, AND THAT OPENS UP PATHS TO PROVOCATION AND DEEPENING THE DESTABILIZATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT THROUGH CONSTANT, FORCEFUL STRIKES AGAINST POWER.”

Mónica Caballero, Pablo Bahamondes, Francisco Solar, Marcelo
Villarroel
, Juan Aliste, Joaquín García, October 2020

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