Amadeu Casellas announces new hunger strike

Amadeu Casellas, an anarchist prisoner of the state of Spain, has been held since the 70’s for several bank robberies that were used to fund class struggle.  He became a member of Prisoners In Struggle in the 1980s. He went on a hunger strike on 22 June 2008 in struggle against torture in Catalonia prisons, and the Spanish courts and politicians responsible for the torture.  He also struck for his own freedom.  According to Spanish law, Amadeu should have been set free, having served over twenty years.  After 77 days of the hunger strike, he reached an agreement with Ignasi García Clavel, Director of Social Relations, that he would win his freedom, and he began to eat. He was not released, so he went on a hunger strike again on 20 April 2009.

Amadeu’s freedom page is  Communique after the jump.


Ever since the socialists of the PSC took charge of Catalan prisons, deaths have multiplied, especially during the last three years under Montserrat Tura’s leadership. In Brians 2 prison alone, which opened two years ago, there have been more than 30 deaths. If we take into account that there are 11 prisons in Catalunya, without counting the deaths that occurred in Terrassa Prison Hospital due to incurable disease, how many deaths have there been? Where is the dignity for these sick prisoners who die alone in a prison hospital? Where are the humanitarian motives?

Among the deaths due to overdose or hanging, most are suicides caused by trickery, lies, and the separation of prisoners from their loved ones as a form of secret reprisal or punishment—a sad record for a government that considers itself leftist and socialist. I suppose Montserrat Tura, Councilor of Justice, is proud of exterminating people from working families. The strange thing is that, among so many dead, I know of none who were rich, politicians, police, or businessmen. But of course, how can I be so dense? Such people are not in prison, and when they are here for a brief stay, they are treated with velvet gloves. Certainly not! Right, Montserrat Tura? I imagine that for you it’s a pity I am not among the many dead—nor will I be, at least not from overdose or hanging. If I die, it will be from one of those long hunger strikes I am forced to go on as a result of the captivity that I and other comrades are enduring. But now you see that your lies can’t break me. I am not giving up, and you know it. On January 20, I will begin another long hunger strike, and this one will last until I die or am set free. [emphasis added] As you can see, there are more people outside these walls who are with me each time—people who aren’t anarchists like me, because we anarchists, as you already know, don’t yield to authoritarian fascists like you. The people to whom I am referring are the ones who go to the voting booths, and they will surely know that a vote for the PSC in the next Catalan election is the same as a vote for the PP. Therefore, I hope they send you where you belong: the Catalan sewers. The struggle continues, Montserrat Tura. Don’t you forget it.

– Amadeu Casellas Ramón, Girona, 1-12-2009

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