Communique from Amadeu Casellas from the Penitentiary Center Brians I
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original here: http://www.alasbarricadas.org/noticias/node/42057]
It's been more than a year since Amadeu Casellas [an anarchist political prisoner of the spanish State whose hunger strike in 2009, which lasted more than 77 days and which launched powerful demonstrations and solidarity actions throughout the region (*translators note)] was placed into provisional detention without bail, under the accusation of aggravated robbery at a jewelry store.
Amadeu had in the past been made to serve more years in prison than he had been sentenced for, and still today this abuse by the prison system has not yet been compensated.
Here he sends a few words from the catalan prison Brians I in Martorell:
Well then, as some of you already know, I find myself in jail since the 5th of June 2018, accused of the crime of aggravated robbery in Sabadell, in the region of Barcelona, by the first instance court number 3 in Sabadell.
The day of the arrest they broke down the door of my home, the state thugs of the Mossos de Esquadra didn't find anything to do with that supposed robbery of almost 300,000 euros, in fact the thugs of the State apparently spent months following me and I went from home to work and back, a few times to the Bar, because among other things I didn't have money and my mother has Alzheimer's and I didn't have time for much else.
The case is that it didn't help at all that I was working, that they didn't find anything and that the victim themself didn't recognize me in the beginning, and it's not a crime which is penalized with simple imprisonment under the penal code either, meaning a maximum of five years, and its not like they owe me a a load of years either, the judge decreed provisional prison without bail for me, and as a result I lost my job, all my furniture, clothes, appliances, car, etc...
In order to continue paying the lawyer, a few friends and xxxx are putting together some money for it and I, for a change and like always, am left here, but that's the least of it.
The jail which I'm in, Brians I, in Martorell, has changed for the worse, everything which we gained with the struggles of the past has been lost, there are modules in which the jailers not only physically torture the prisoners with punches and beatings, but also verbally and psychologically, in fact I have witnessed some of these deeds. The food is rubbish, of a low quality, cold, repetitive, in small quantity, in short, shit. The workshop hours are incompatible with those of the module, for which the prisoners of the workshops can't shower, nor buy at the commissary, which is surely more expensive than the best of the commissaries in the entire territory. To sum it up, a full-fledged extermination center, which it always has been. Everything that is happening is with the full knowledge of the directors of the center, the general directorate, the Prison Supervision Court, etc, for months because I myself have written to them, with no solution.
I imagine that many of you don't have the spirits to begin another struggle, for me, since I got out in 2010, I have not halted, although it's true that in the last year I wasn't very active because of the family and economic problems which I had and that I have, but I am conscious and even more so since I'm here again, that the struggle continues and I am here.
Salud y Anarquía
If you want to write me:
Amadeu Casellas Ramón
C.P. Brians I
08365 Sant Esteve de Sesrovires