México: Anarchist prisoner Fernando Bárcenas is free
From El Libertario
by Cruz Negra Anarquista México - translated by thecollective
After spending the last 4 and a half years kidnapped in the North Prison of México City (DF), on the night of June 11th Fernando Bárcenas, returned to the streets! A group of around twenty libertarian anarchist friends travelled to the outside of the North male preventive prison (ReNo) [in DF] in order to wait for the departure of Fernando Bárcenas after four years and six months of prison.
He was arrested at the age of 18, while studying at the College of Humanities and Sciences and working in a furniture factory. He was arrested on December 13th, 2013 and accused of burning a Christmas tree belonging to Coca Cola during a protest against fare increases on the metro in DF. During his imprisonment, Fernando participated in various hunger strikes. He has also suffered reprisals for his rebellious attitude in prison: solitary confinement, transfers, assignment to cells with hostile prisoners. In the last few months he was trying to create a libertarian library in the North Prison called Xosé Tarrío González, working with those on the outside to help deliver donated books to the library.
We were notified in the afternoon today, Tuesday June 12th that Fernando was released before they were notified in court that his proceedings were cancelled and the charges dropped. It should be noted that his departure, doesn’t follow the protocol of other prisoners being released; the director of the prison who went and told him that he has to go, passing him along to the legal area, and immediately releasing him. Until midnight, family and friends gathered to celebrate freedom with the symbolic burning of one’s prison uniform while shouting slogans against prisons.
We remember that in México there are still anarchists in prison: Abraham Cortés, Luis Fernando Sotelo, Miguel Peralta, as well as many other activists from indigenous, anti-development and communal movements.