"Anti-terrorist" Operation Against Anarchism in Barcelona and Madrid
Translation of an early report from Barcelona on the developing situation of Spanish comrades arrested on terrorist charges. Originally published in Spanish on alasbarricadas on Dec 16 2014, 9:58 am
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The Mordaza law is beginning to make an appearance in the political life of the country. At 5 o'clock this morning the anti-terrorist operation Pandora began, against “anarchist terrorism.” The accusation from the National High Court was over various attacks against ATMs. The police report didn't give more details about what attacks and what terrorism they were talking about, beyond a diffuse “anarchist terrorism.” At that hour the Mossos d'Esquadra [Catalan regional police] entered Kasa de la Muntanya [an anarchist squat in Barcelona], where an enormous number of forces were deployed – more than 300 police, and even a helicopter that illuminated the zone of operations with a powerful spotlight. After that, other searches began of the Ateneos Libertarios [libertarian atheniums] of Sant Andreu and Poble Sec, both in Barcelona. Additionally, in ten other points in Catalonia, apartments and houses have been searched.
Up to this point there is news of 15 arrests (although the figure changes depending on the source), the majority in Barcelona although one person in Madrid has also been arrested in their home. The arrests have generally occurred in homes. The police are seizing phones, computers, and journals, and books as well in the ateneos. In Kasa de la Muntanya, additionally, the twenty or so inhabitants are held in the house's gym while agents search room by room.
Right now, there's a solidarity call in Plaza Lesseps in Barcelona where several dozen people have assembled. On twitter the hashtags at the top of this article have reached the top ten. It should be pointed out that there is once again a level of immediate coordination among the National High Court, the Mossos d'Esquadra, and the press under the excuse of terrorism, all of them giving the same version of the facts and whipping up a state of alarm.
- Cordoba: 19 h. Bulevard de Gran Capitán.
- Compostela: 20 h. Torual.
- Granada: 19 h. Subdelegación del Gobierno
- Huesca: 20 h. Pza. Navarra.
- Iruña: 19 h. Calle Mercaderes.
- Piornal (Cáceres): 19:30 h. Plaza de España.
- Sevilla: 20 h. Alameda de Hércules (in front of the police station).
- Burdeos: 09:30 h. In front of Spanish consulate.