Spanish political prisoner begins thirst strike

Spanish anarchist prisioner Amadeu Casellas

An anarchist prisoner once dubbed the "Spanish Robin Hood" is refusing to take water after 86 days on hunger strike over the Spanish state's refusal to let him go despite his having completed his sentence.

Amadeu Casellas is moving into the drinking strike to increase the pressure on Spain's justice system, which is attempting to keep him in prison long after his 20-year maximum term expired.

Amadeu was jailed for the maximum term after a number of bank robberies in aid of libertarian causes which led to the national press dubbing him "Spain's Robin Hood" in the 1970s. In the 1980s he became a member of Prisoners in Struggle, a jail organisation dedicated to improving prison conditions for inmates.

Supporters say his activism, which has included previous hunger strikes, has seen him heavily victimised by the state, which has already kept him in prison five years longer than is legal.

Amadeu went on hunger strike on April 20 against both torture in prison and to draw attention to his own case. Campaigners for his case issued a statement saying: "Amadeu was a conscientious individual who collectivised resources from the rich and the capitalists and put it at the service of social movements in the 1980s.

"Today Amadeu still represents a model for many of us and a danger for the system. Despite there being an obligation by law to end his imprisonment because he has served his full sentence, the Spanish authorities (specially those from the Government of Catalonia who have the responsibility to sign the end of his sentence) still want to keep him in prison.

"He is not going to tolerate this and he is going to fight the system and specially the penitentiary system till the end."

A demonstration is being organised on Amadeu's behalf on Monday October 12 at 12.30 pm at the Delegation from Catalonian Government in the United Kingdom, 17 Fleet Street, EC4 London

More information go to the llibertatamadeu blog, go to the 'Google translator' box on the right hand side of the page and select 'English'. For Spanish language reports, go to lahaine.org.

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olivodelbuho
Oct 8 2009 15:11

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olivodelbuho
Oct 8 2009 15:14

Amadeu Casellas: a life story of struggle

Amadeu Casellas is a prisoner who has spent more than 25 years in jail due to his participation in dozens of bank robberies, helping with that money to the funding of worker’s struggles in the late 1970’s. None of his activities involved blood crimes. Amadeu has always been a committed and active person, participating in many actions, in the streets as well as in prisons.
When he was 14, in 1973, working at a factory, he discovered anarchism. He believed in the armed struggle and in an essential revolution. In 1976 he robbed the Banco Mercantil de Manresa. During the next two and a half years he robbed more than 50 other banks. In 1979 he enters prison and is welcomed with a brutal beating. During all the time he has spent jailed, he has undertaken many hunger strikes and other types of protests, he has sewed his lips and has made countless denounces: about the prices inside prison, against the irregularities and exploitation of the inmates work, against the faking of blood analysis or penitentiary reports… All of this has caused him many “first grades” (isolation) and transfers from prison to prison, with the intention that he gave up. He has reported abuses to prisoners rights and of the entire prison system.
Last year, after holding a 76 day hunger strike, Amadeu gained the compromise of the penal institution to enjoy permits that would allow him to get to the “third grade” (weekend permits, the possibility to work outside prison and just go there to sleep…) and a subsequent freedom. Such compromise was blatantly ignored by the institutions.
Since july 15th, Amadeu is again on hunger strike. More than 85 days already. This particular hunger strike started after the repression he has suffered since he wrote some communiqués where he explained, with actual names, some facts related to the people in charge of the Catalonian prison system. Since july 2008, Amadeu has spent more then 200 hundred days in hunger strike!
He has been in forced feeding: 3,5 litres a day since september 24th. His lawyers and family find it extremely difficult to talk to him. Many “prison workers” and jail unions have tried to sanction the lawyers. When he wants to smoke, the rest of the inmates of the penitentiary wing of the Terrassa Hospital are forced to go back to their rooms.
As well as the hunger strike, Amadeu has felt forced to add a thirst strike so to be able to get visits from family and lawyers. That first thirst strike accomplished his intentions. Since Sunday October 4th, he has started another one because they're trying to transfer him again to prison, because “his health has improved”.
Some actions and demonstrations have taken place, in Spain as well as in other countries. We feel the need to ask for solidarity with this anarchist fighter. A call for decentralized actions has been made until he gets his third grade and leaves the hunger strike. It should be noted that Amadeu's position depends solely on the Catalonian prison and political system, not of Spain's. Anyway, actions, information and solidarity should be carried in any possible way.
It might also help (as happened during last year's hunger strike, along with many actions) to saturate this fax number and e-mail accounts with messages supporting Amadeu:

Fax number: (++34)932140179
You can send it with this program for free: http://www.myfax.com/free/

e-mail accounts: sindic@sindic.cat
justicia@gencat.cat
We should not leave Amadeu in the hands of the State. Adelante compeñeros, until the liberation of Amadeu and the demolition of their dirty prisons!

olivodelbuho
Oct 8 2009 17:07

Please:

Send e-mails to the Catalonian Government through 'The Catalan Ombudsman' adressed to: sindic@sindic.cat Text: Freedom Amadeu Casellas. You will be accountable of his death

Enviad e-mails al gobierno de Catalunya atraves del defensor del pueblo de Catalunya : sindic@sindic.cat Texto: Libertad Amadeu Casellas. Sereis responsables de su muerte

AES
Oct 23 2009 17:02

(ca) http://olot.cnt.es/articles/1471
(en) http://tinyurl.com/yfden4z

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Work at the Catalunya Radio : Amadeu Casellas (Ocupació a Catalunya Ràdio pel cas d’Amadeu Casellas)

Today at 17:16

Iin the case of Catalunya Radio Amadeu Casellas

October 23rd, 2009

Picture taken from Vilaweb

Today, 23 October at 12:10, a group of twenty people have occupied the premises on Catalunya Radio (Diagonal 614, Maria Cristina M-L3, L5 Hospital-M) to protest the silencing that has been carried out since the media event of Amadeu Casellas.There was also a large support group at the entrance of the building.

There was a negotiation process about the possibility of intervening in antenna and read a manifesto explaining the case and action, however, the presence of four vans of Waiters Squadron (antiavalots) abroad, the situation becomes increasingly tense.

Finally at 14:20 the people who were inside have been leaving without being identified by waiters shouting between freedom of Amadeus!

They themselves have told Catalunya Radio that has committed to three companions to intervene tomorrow from 13 to 14 in a program broadcast at this time. Finally everyone has been left without identification or intervention areas.

Do not let us return to silence.

Manifesto:

We are here to denounce an untenable situation. We can not understand how it is possible that a person is, today, now, at this moment, about to die, be assassinated, and the silence of some media that are supposedly public, who are supposedly our own. The indifference of all media, both public and private, is now complicit in the murder of Amadeu Casellas.

Has been muted any attempt to make the case l 'Amadeus a social concern. They are killing Amadeu Casellas, Catalan anarchist prisoner entered the prison in the late 70s, to steal the most rob us: banks, finance and, with that money, workers' struggles. Amadeu did not incur any crime of blood.
He was punished for reporting the real situation taking place in prisons. Giving names of those of that Mafia prison, which benefits the rich and does harm to the poor. That is why now, today, takes 100 days on hunger strike and 11 strike in seven years after 23 minutes.

In this painful situation, his mother a year ago asking to meet with the Minister of Justice, Montserrat Tura, or the Director General of Prisons Institutions, Both continue to deny it: they are too busy in important ways.

Last year Amadeu made two hunger strikes, he stopped with the agreement that would happen in the fall of 2008 to third grade, after which the streets. The agreement has been breached, and those responsible are still no explanations given about it. Right now his condition is very critical and is incommunicado in the prison hospital unit at the Hospital of Terrassa.

Demand, because it is common sense that if Amadeu Casellas is made public and disseminated among the people.

Policy-makers, the Secretary of Penitentiary Services, Albert Batlle and the Minister of Justice, Montserrat Tura, provide explanations of why this situation come up where a person has been over 200 days of hunger strike, and is dying for your freedom!

To you, the people who listen to the radio, everyone who heard this case as an injustice, come to show your solidarity with Amadeu in the demonstration that there will be this Saturday at 18:00 Rambla del Raval.

Amadeus, companion, we are waiting for you - come here with us!

see also :

(1) http://llibertatamadeu.blogspot.com/
(2) http://www.lahaine.org/index.php?p=40862

no1
Mar 10 2010 14:56

I don't understand a lot of Spanish, but it seems like he's been released at last!

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Amadeu Casellas se ha hecho famoso en los últimos años por su pugna con la Administración catalana para conseguir abandonar la prisión, a la que fue condenado por vez primera en 1979. Pero no fue hasta ayer, el día que salió en libertad después de 24 años, cuando el juez de vigilancia penitenciaria, el director de la cárcel de Girona –en la que se hallaba– y el comité de evaluación reconocieron que ha estado entre rejas ocho años más de los que le corresponderían debido a un error de contabilización de la pena total, fruto de la reforma del Código Penal.
Sobre el anarquista fueron recayendo varias condenas por sendos atracos a sucursales bancarias, el último de los cuales lo cometió en el 2006, mientras disfrutaba de un permiso penitenciario. De hecho, en esos momentos todavía tenía un juicio pendiente. Al reincidir en el mismo delito, la Generalitat denegó constantemente las peticiones de beneficios, como el tercer grado, que el preso reclamó. Por ello, Casellas protagonizó dos huelgas de hambre en la cárcel, la primera de 80 días y la segunda de 99 días.
Sectores anarquistas e, incluso, ERC e ICV, denunciaron su situación penitenciaria y defendieron que se había producido un error en el cómputo de la pena de cárcel, que ahora el juez ha reconocido. El abogado defensor solicitó a tres magistrados catalanes y a uno valenciano que se le aplicase una doctrina del Tribunal Constitucional (TC) surgida a partir de una sentencia del 28 de abril del 2008, que permite que los días de prisión preventiva se acumulen para restarlos en otras sentencias firmes. Siguiendo esa resolución, hace ocho años que Casellas debería haber sido puesto en libertad. Si finalmente no se hubiese aplicado ese procedimiento, su condena actual no hubiera expirado hasta el 2016.

EL ROBIN HOOD ESPAÑOL / Vinculado al anarquismo desde los 14 años, sus múltiples atracos a bancos tenían como pretexto financiar las luchas obreras y sociales, repartiendo el dinero entre organizaciones y personas que, según sus propias palabras, «lo necesitaban». Se le llegó a definir como «el Robin Hood español». Meses atrás, la consellera de Justícia, Montserrat Tura, aseguró que el ya ex-preso ha gozado de 85 permisos y que cada vez que salía de la prisión delinquía, por lo que acumulaba un total de 12 condenas. Además, Casellas también estuvo implicado activamente en numerosos motines de presos.

http://www.elperiodico.com/default.asp?idpublicacio_PK=46&idioma=CAS&idnoticia_PK=694518&idseccio_PK=1008&h=

Rob Ray
Mar 10 2010 16:42

Machine translation:

Amadeu Casellas has become famous in recent years for his struggle with the Catalan Administration to get out of prison, to which he was convicted for the first time in 1979. It was not until yesterday, the day he was released after 24 years as the supervising judge prison, the warden of Girona, where he was, and the evaluation committee that has been recognized eight behind bars years older than that would accrue due to an error in accounting for the total penalty, the result of the Penal Code.
About the anarchist were relapsing multiple convictions for two separate robberies of bank branches, the latter of which was committed in 2006, while on leave from prison. In fact, at that time still had a pending lawsuit. Al repeated the same offense, the Government consistently refused requests for benefits, as the third grade, the prisoner complained. Therefore, Casellas staged two hunger strikes in jail, the first 80 days and the second 99 days.

Sectors anarchists and even ERC and ICV denounced his prison conditions and argued that there was an error in calculating the sentence of imprisonment, which the judge has now acknowledged. The defense attorney asked three judges and one Valencian Catalan being applied to a doctrine of the Constitutional Court (TC) which resulted from a decision of 28 April 2008, which allows detention days accrue to rest in other final judgments. Following that resolution, Casellas eight years ago should have been released. If ultimately did not apply this procedure, his current sentence would not expire until 2016.

ROBIN HOOD THE SPANISH / Linked to anarchism from age 14, the multiple bank robberies were a pretext finance and social workers' struggles, dividing the money among organizations and individuals who, in his words, "they needed. He came to define as "the Robin Hood Spanish. Months ago, the Regional Minister for Justice, Montserrat Tura, said the ex-prisoner and has enjoyed 85 licenses and whenever I went out of prison offended, so accumulating a total of 12 convictions. In addition, Casellas was also actively involved in numerous prison riots.

Mark.
Mar 11 2010 00:54

Report on alasbarricadas

I'm just speculating but I wonder If the release of Amadeu Casellas, and its timing, has anything to with the death, after an 85 day hunger strike, of the Cuban prisoner Orlando Zapata. This got a lot of coverage In Spain and the possibility of something similar happening in a Spanish prison could have been an embarrassment.