Letter from SMS-CAS in support of Francisco Moreno

From Culmine (December 3, 2011) via Grupo de Apoyo a Mono (December 3, 2011):

The main objective of this letter we’ve composed together is to send our support, affection, and company to compa Francisco Moreno, who was beaten by a bastard guard from Block 35 of Santiago prison on November 16. This guard is an officer with the last name of Díaz, and he is nicknamed “scent of a woman” (for his supposed homosexual proclivities). He is the same bastard who forced Mono and Zerman to have their hair cut under duress, the same one who every day beats and humiliates prisoners with his fascist attitude.

Like Francisco clearly said, the guard beat him because our compa remains dignified and strong and doesn’t lower his head, which bothers the oppressor, who—protected by tons of concrete, guards of a lesser rank awaiting orders, and the majority of a complicit and submissive prisoner population—“bravely” dared to punch our comrade in the face.

Regardless of whether it was a punch or something more, or whether there were injuries or not, no aggression can be tolerated, and we must publicly condemn it so our comrades on the streets can do what they deem necessary. Our struggle inside prison continues unwaveringly. Therefore, we make every instant a continuous battle to remain unyielding.

Along with showing solidarity with our beaten compa, we also want to denounce the fact that—by resolution of the court following the petition of his defense attorney—Francisco should have been transferred to the Maximum-Security Wing (SMS), but the Gendarmerie didn’t comply with the measure and refused to transfer him here.

As our second point, we want to refer to the protests, street confrontations, and events of the past few weeks. In the context of the Latin American day of protest on Thursday, November 24, and before the march called for that afternoon, the police—thirsty for revenge—raided Darío Salas High School, which had been occupied by students for over six months. The young people proudly and strongly resisted the agents of repression, who had to bust through the gate with their tear gas dispersal vehicle. The police said they found Molotov cocktails, and dozens of young people were arrested only to be released hours later. This is nothing less than clear evidence of Power’s fear of young people who view the struggle as something that goes beyond educational demands, something that doesn’t recognize the self-proclaimed “leaders of the student movement.” An example of this is what happened in Chillan after the meeting of these socialite leaders, one of whom was berated and “messed up” while the streets burned with fire.

That same November 24, outside a gym on Calle Irarrázaval, a masked-up youth was assaulted by a citizen-cop who works there. The 14-year-old kid was beaten unconscious and seriously injured even though people intervened to stop the aggressor from beating him further. The government seeks confrontation among civilians to justify its repression, and that must not be avoided, as it makes people take positions: with the revolt or with repression. Confrontation with the citizen-police doesn’t have to be avoided, but it must be kept clear that when these confrontations and disturbances occur, the priorities should be the powerful, their property, and their guardians.

A good example of this was what happened during the tribute to the bastard Krassnoff*, when a rich neighborhood was devastated by the seed of historical memory and revolt—without permission, to agitate and protest.

Solidarity with Francisco Moreno and Seba!

No aggression without response!

Revolt is reproducible and contagious!

—Zerman Elias, Anarchist Political Prisoner; Gonzalo Zapata, Political Prisoner; Cristóbal “Mono” Franke, Political Prisoner; Maximum-Security Wing, High-Security Prison

*Miguel Krassnoff, infamous torturer and army brigadier during the Pinochet dictatorship.

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