Against Sectarianism

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Anarchist Prisoners Mónica and Francisco: Against Sectarianism. For an Affinity Supported in Practice.

Facing what we see as direct interpellations towards us, the need arises to write this text to make clear the issues.

As we have written on several occasions both individual and collectively, we understand anarchy not as an embodiment or place of arrival, but as a tension, a permanent confrontation in the first person putting at the center the search for individual freedom. For us, this constant struggle has been real, which is why we find ourselves today behind bars. This situation has not prevented us from continuing to participate in struggle initiatives both inside and outside the jail.

In short, anarchy for us is an ethics and a permanent practice against authority, a practice in which we have met with others (not necessarily “anarchists”), enriching and enhancing our visions and capabilities, as well as forging close relationships of complicity, strengthened in the course of years and confrontation. To designate that these relationships can only be established with those who are called “anarchists,” apart from being a fallacy that can only be believed by those who have not ventured to travel the paths of the conflict and spend their time in front of the computer, is something that we reject from the moment when we prioritize establishing links over repeating empty slogans until you get enough. To self-identify as “irreducible anarchists” does not mean anything without being accompanied by a confrontational practice that sustains it.

On the other hand - and most importantly - assuming that anarchists only should relate to anarchists reflects an absurd purism and a sectarianism that, without a doubt, is an expression of authoritarianism. Establish coordinations and joint struggle initiatives only between those who are self-defined “anarchists” is to restrict and limit greatly our relationships and with this our chances of growing. It is to lock up stupidly in dogmatisms that restrict us and prevent us from free association. So, we see how in the name of freedom, some raise absolutely the opposite, setting sects as the basis for relationships.

With this, we do not want to say that we establish indiscriminate relationships or do not have a type of filter.

We have left clear points that for us are impassable in previous communications; repentances, dissociations and institutionality corresponds to some red lines that constitute insurmountable aspects that prevent carrying out any joint initiative with those who opt for these roads. As you can appreciate, these points do not correspond to empty labels but are concrete, in ways of living in prison and not only here. They are options that generate a total contradiction between what is said and what what is done. Well, maybe for some, the only value is what incendiary proclamations are said online or on some social network. On the contrary, we prioritize the practice and from there, we are establishing affinities and ruptures.

And certainly, authoritarian practices represent a point that we will not tolerate. We have never established fighting relationships based on authoritarianism and the experience of anarchist and subversive prisoners is no exception. The common points we have between all of them are a lot stronger than the discrepancies that we can have, discrepancies that evidently, do not represent insurmountable aspects, since if it were so, we would have set aside from the beginning of this initiative. The ties that unite us with the comrades have been forged in the confrontation. Inside as outside the jail, for more than a decade, meaning for us a relationship and enriching experience that, undoubtedly, has nourished, strengthened and qualified our anarchic path. Today, in this new confinement situation, this joint initiative is not new, but the last year has counted on important mobilizations that allow us to develop interesting projections. Now, as we affirm it in the article “about the need for continue the fight within the prison” of the magazine Kalinov MOST 4, the anarchist prisoners have broken with certain codes inside of the prisons, installed and reproduced by the members of the armed left groups from the ’80s, codes that mainly had to do with the reproduction of organic-partisan logic inside jail and also with establishing a ratio of superiority with respect to the rest of the penal population. They have been in charge of keeping live subversive codes with which we feel identified and that we see indispensable to incorporate and live. We refer to a refractory position and attitude against the prison institution that grants a particular identity, view and recognition both by social prisoners and the jailers. We also refer to the undeniable fact of continuing the fight within the prison, to show in practice that with the confinement nothing ends, that It is only another struggle, which breaks with victimism. Many times in the struggle for liberty of prisoners, comrades for decades have raised and taken forward an anti-carceral practice that has pierced the walls that divide the street and jail. These are just some of the subversive codes that we share with the comrades, who reinforce our ties of affinity in the task everyday and we are moving away from those who, even calling themselves anarchist, diverts away from the fight or is completely disconnected from this. What do these purists and so-called “anarchists” who are completely disconnected from these ideas and practices do when they face a trial or are in prison? We reiterate, we establish relationships based on common practices, not on the basis of words or incendiary announcements published on the Internet. Finally, we see the need to refer to the danger that sectarianism or purism represents within our spaces, apart from authoritarian relationships mentioned above.

From our clear anarchic positioning, supported in the permanent conflict and in individual freedom, we are establishing relationships and coordinations that potentiate us and strengthen us on this path for total liberation.

As the incendiary comrades of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire said a few years ago: Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners and Those that Do No Repent of all Revolutionary tendencies!

TODAY WE SAY: Comrades Pablo Bahamondes, Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Aliste, Juan Flores and Joaquín García: To the street!

Mónica Caballero Sepúlveda. C.p.f San Miguel.

Francisco Solar Domínguez. C.p. Rancagua.

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There are 3 Comments

I think there’s no magical word that will make you want to help or work alongside people you don’t want to work with, as well as to stop working alongside people you feel compelled to work with.

Gustavo Rodríguez says: anarchists, only support anarchist prisoners.
Mónica here says: anarchists, support all prisoners of the revolt.

It’s only a matter of degree, the difference between calls of support to “anarchists” at large, and the non-sectarian “struggle” as a whole. There is only a tenuous link of supposed affinity between the strangers that would heed the call to help these strangers. There’s no unit, nor unity. To accuse of sectarianism is to be angry at the fact that there are no intimate relationships between the people that you aggregate in a concept.

I say: do whatever you want. I personally don’t support any of them. If my family went to prison, or fell ill, I would support them, and they’re not anarchists. That is a labor of love that is earned through real relationships, not allegiance to words.

Mónica and Francisco have that type of relationship with the people that support them and the people they want others to support. But if someone wants to help and pour their hearts out for a stranger, whether they’re anarchist or not, that’s on them, that’s fine too.

It would be interesting to know if the magnitude and importance of the resources that are at stake that these sides are apparently vying for. Is there really a proverbial person sitting on the fence between sending money or a letter to a generic non-denominational subversivx prisoner of the revolt or sending it to an anarchist with Gustavo’s seal of approval? Someone shopping for a prisoner penpal that can’t choose between Bahamondes or Pombo Da Silva, Villarroel or Cospito?

In the case of Francisco and Monica they are promoting a resistance movement inside and outside prisons, specifically to the repression of the Chilean Uprising, which has been strongly influenced by anarchist theory, practice, solidarity and mutual aid. For them it must be frustrating that anarchism and the Left are plagued by schisms, splits and petty power plays.
Which prisoners to support with very limited resources depends on many circumstances.
For example I think Crimethinc did a post supporting the Vaughn 17.. revolutionaries but not anarchists with the comment.. "Bringing these two very different insurrectionary currents together has the potential to enrich us all in unimaginable ways, open up our vision, threaten the State, and bring us closer to collective liberation''.
Closer to home, we just shared Freedom's post supporting the just sentenced prisoners of the Bristol KIll The Bill demonstration in March. Nobody should ask 'But are they Anarchists? And from what "sect"?. we know that they lost their freedom fighting for ours, and that Bristol is one of the few places where anarchism has a following, which, as in Chile, is more than enough.

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