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Comunicado Presxs 4F - Traduccion al Ingles
10 feb 2006
Traduccion al Ingles del Communicado de la assemblea de solidaridad con lxs presxs del 04 febrero.
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(Traduccion de texto en Castellano, v.

Most recent communique from the assembly for the freedom for the people arrested on February 4th in Barcelona.
Midday 09 February 2006

In the early hours of the morning of February 4th, at number 55 Calle San Pere Mes Baix, Barcelona, the police violently arrested nine people outside a party. Three of them are being held in prison, two charged with attempted homicide and the thrid with assaulting a police officer and incitement. According to the official story, an officer of the municipal police riot squad is injured, and in an induced, therapeutic coma.

In an initial press release, Joan Clos, Mayor of Barcelona, gave a statement claiming that the officer was injured by a plant pot thrown from the building where the party was taking place. Sixteen hours later, the police contradicted this version saying that the injury could have been produced by any solid object. The following day a final official version came out, claiming that people from the street attacked the officer with a stone.

Which of the three official versions should public opinion believe? If we take the original police version, made public by Clos, then none of the three people being held under arrest could have been responsible for the blow that injured the policeman. Furthermore, so far there is only the police account of what happened, so there is no way of contrasting the police/city hall version with any other. The official version is a personal accusation, which has changed three times in just two days.

Those accused deny the charges absolutely. Eye witnesses and those arrested agree that a group of people was arguing with three police officers at the door to the party, when the police began to beat people and called for reinforcements. At that moment, a group that included the accused arrived in the area. They were also beaten, meanwhile the officer fell, injured.

More riot police from the Mossos DâEsquadra (Catalan regional police force) arrived and continued to arrest and beat people. It is important to add that the police shouted âStop or Iâll shoot!â? and fired shots whilst chasing the people running away from the baton blows.

The people arrested were beaten and tortured at the moment of their arrest and continuously in the police station, hospitals and police vans. They have multiple injuries all over their bodies, blows to the head, black eyes, and two have broken arms.

The official version, being spread by the press, reduces the event to a simple violent confrontation between police and young squatters. However, the reality is that it took place in the context of one of Barcelonaâs many neighbourhoods degraded by City Hallâs town planning policies, where the inhabitants are victims of rampant land specualation and estate agent âmobbingâ? in which local officials are active participants.

Policies that are completely insensitive to social reality mean that City officials resort to heavy police presence in these areas to repress any kind of response from the tennants and residente affected by evictions, lack of public services and general destruction of their neighbourhoods and community networks. It is no exaggeration to talk about the criminalisation of poverty.

Many neighbours witnessed the police charges from their balconies and were shocked by the brutality of the repression directed at the youths, and anyone else who was passing through the area. However, police violence has reached such extreme levels in the San Pere neighbourhood that most witnesses will only talk about what happened in private. They are afraid of what they saw and of the police who have been occupying the street and the doorways to the houses continuously since that morning.

People known to live in the neighbourhood, and anyone who looks like a âsquatterâ? were stopped for ID checks and recieved threats like âYou prefer I kill you here or I take you to the Industrial Zoneâ?, as well as punches, kicks to the ankles and even taking off a victims shoes and abusing her, while each of the officers stepped on her feet. They justified the actions claiming that the injured officer had died.

With regard to the âNarko Penya Aculturalâ? [translators note: the house in which the party was taking place was a mafioso establishment known to deal drugs, including crack cocaine, and suspected to have links to various police forces and City officials] It is much easier for the City to arrest and charge some South American youths who look like âsquattersâ? than to risk an investigation which would ask questions about their responsibility for the building (which they own). It is very difficult to believe that the police were unaware of the Mafiosi practices for which the building was used
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None of this is accidental. The extent of the violence practiced by the different police forces for a long time now, particularly since new Civic Zero Tolerance laws came into effect, and they increased the use presence of the Mossos DâEsquadra (instead of the National Police). There is clear harassment of certain collectives and of areas where the interests of the City officials are in conflict with the realities of the people who live there.

We demand the release, without charge, of the people being held prisoner, an end to the abuses and torture, and that they give us back our neighbourhoods!

Demontration: Plaza. Sant Jaume, Saturday 11 February at 12:OO

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