January 22, 6pm
At La Déferle, 1407 rue Valois, metro Joliette
A little more than a year after the courts in Chile acquitted Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar of their bogus terrorism charges in the media spectacle of the “Bombs Case,” the two were re-arrested in Barcelona, Spain with similar charges stemming from an unsolved bombing of the Pilar Basilica in Zaragoza. In the two years since their arrests, the Spanish State has carried out several more waves of simultaneous raids, arrests, and media smear-campaigns aimed at anarchists. Throughout their so-called Operations Pandora (in December 2014) and Piñata (in March 2015), the police have raided dozens of homes and social centers in Barcelona, Madrid, and surrounding communities, finally tying up over 30 anarchist comrades in legal charges and accusing them of membership in the GAC (Grupos Anarquistas Coordinados, Coordinated Anarchist Groups) deemed a terrorist organization by the Spanish state. Many of the accused were previously working to support Monica and Francisco.
It’s far from conspiratorial to suggest that there is a connection between Chile and Spain’s programs of repression; in the lead-up to the first raids of Pandora, the Spanish government bragged to the media that that “the Spanish and Chilean ministries of the Interior had opened a new phase of enhanced cooperation in combating anarchist terrorism” Spain has indeed followed Chile’s example, by launching high-profile charges against anarchists while simultaneously using the corporate media to brand anarchists as members of terrorist organizations. This works to flatten broad swaths of distinct anarchist projects and organizing and gives the state control over the discourse of terrorism in a time where anarchist ideas and tactics are gaining tractions in the streets and in the public discourse.
We learned recently of the Judge’s demands of 44-year prison sentences for Monica and Francisco. Join us for a info-night about their cases and histories, and also about Operations Pandora and Pinata. Because our desires for freedom are stronger than the prison walls– both inside and outside, the struggle continues.
When these repressive projects cross borders, so must our solidarity!
Dinner (pay what you can) at 6, presentation at 7
Any money collected will go toward Monica and Francisco, and other imprisoned anarchist comrades in struggle.
Bilingual, according to the presentator, with simultaneous translation.
To write to Monica and Francisco:
Mónica Caballero Sepúlveda
Francisco Solar Domínguez
Finca Tabladiello s/n
For more info’s (Spanish): claudicarnuncarendirsejamas.noblogs.org