Mexico: Mario López ‘Tripa’ released!

December 29th, 2012

On December 29th, at about 1am, our comrade Mario López ‘Tripa’ hit the streets again. With the help of solidarians, Mario paid the bail that was set for his release, so he will now await trial in ‘freedom’.

Thanks so much to all those who, one way or another, have supported this struggle. We still need to take many comrades out of prisons. Freedom for Braulio Duran, who is remanded in León!

Down with the walls of prisons!
Strength to all comrades who are imprisoned or on the run!
LONG LIVE ANARCHY!
ABC Mexico & Solidaridad Mario

Communiqué of the Mexican Anarchist Black Cross following the declarations of the FD Govt.

From Anarkismo

In recent days, following the events of the demonstrations on December 1st for the presidential inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto, during which the police forces, both of the Federal [national] and Federal District [Mexico City] forces, brutally repressed demonstrators – officials of the Federal District government, amongst whom were the head of government of the FD and the capital’s attorney, have made statements declaring that those responsible for the clashes are anarchist groups.

Faced with this, we want to clarify:

The Mexican Anarchist Black Cross is a libertarian initiative, our work is aimed to extend solidarity with prisoners, both the so-called ordinary ones and those imprisoned for their ideas and political actions and anarchists, supporting them in their legal processes, distributing their letters and doing outreach events to publicise their situation: we organise anti-repression workshops, promote self-organization in our neighborhoods and communities, as well as knowledge of legal defense strategies, based on the idea that repression is a mechanism inherent to Capital and the State, which does not hesitate to use it to maintain the domination and exploitation which sustains this system; we also disseminate anti-prison ideas and thinking, to prompt debate on the social control nature of the prison, and its function in maintaining the capitalist system.
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Letter from Felicity Ryder, who was never arrested with Mario in Mexico City

From parolearmate, via War on Society:

Comrades, friends,

I would have liked to have written earlier, but for various circumstances I haven’t had the chance to yet. I want to send a warm greeting and say thanks to everyone who has worried about me and my situation, to those who have shown solidarity with Mario and I. In these difficult moments it means a lot to have people standing in solidarity from near or from far, even without ever having met me. I sent a revolutionary hug to all of you.

I want to clarify that despite all of the lies of the Mexico City police forces and the mass media, I was never arrested and they never had me detained in any of their prisons. I have tried to understand why they would have said that and spread such false information throughout Mexico as well as Australia, but at the end of the day, as a free person I don’t think like a police officer, and I won’t be able to understand. If it was to try in vain to break or manipulate Mario, to manipulate my family, or to try to appear half competent in doing their jobs, I don’t know.
What I do know is that I am proud of being an Anarchist, and proud to be an enemy of authority and the State.

To my brother Mario, I send him a giant hug and much strength and health. I know that he will always maintain his convictions strong, as well as his desire to achieve Total Liberation. I will always be by your side, compañero. Remember, always face to face with the enemy!

I also send a warm greeting to the fugitive comrades Diego Rios and Gabriela Curilem in Chile. A warm hug to the comrades from the CCF and Revolutionary Struggle in Greece, to the anarchist comrades in prison in Italy, to Braulio Duran, Luciano Pitronello, Gabriel Pombo da Silva, and to all of the anarchist prisoners and fugitives all over the world.

Que viva la Anarquía!

Felicity

Mexico: Joint Communique From Anarchist Collectives And Organizations In Solidarity With Mario López Hernández

There was an explosion in the early morning of June 27th at the corner of Vicente Guerrero and Londres streets in the Del Carmen neighborhood of Coyoacan, Mexico City. Our compañero Mario Antonio López Hernández was found there with several burns across his body. He was put in an ambulance and transported under police custody to hospital Rubén Leñero, where his arm and leg were operated on.

At no point was his family allowed to see him, let alone was he able to consult with a lawyer that he trusted to make a statement regarding the accusations that he was facing. On the contrary, members of Mexico City’s judicial police hounded him with questions, pressuring him to respond and to accept responsibility for other actions, specifically an explosion which occurred hours before at a bank machine for Federal Electricity Commission, even though our compa was in no physical condition to make a statement as he was still anesthetized from surgery.

It wasn’t until a day later, after pressure from several compas, that he was able to communicate with his lawyer and family. The compañero’s family’s home was searched and nothing relating to the allegations was found. Since the morning that Mario was found injured, the mass media has published articles portraying him as a dangerous terrorist.

We have confirmed that the police are trying to link more people to the actions, Felicity Ryder in particular, whose name has appeared in various mass media outlets as Mario’s supposed accomplice, to the point of even declaring that she’s been detained; this, however, has not been confirmed by the PGR (Attorney General of Mexico).
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Mexico: Statement from Mario Lopez

from materialanarquista, transl slackbastard:

Hello dear comrades, as you already will know (inside and outside of Mexico) I find myself hospitalized due to injuries to my shin, leg, and right arm. At the moment I’m “ok” given the situation, I am concerned about my health and am also concerned about several things which I’ll expand upon in a few points.

First the fact of writing now and not later.

Well, this is easy because physically I have the ability to do so and because in the future when they charge or sentence me the control will be greater and communication will be more difficult.

ABOUT MY HEALTH

Well, I have three fairly serious burns, the first on the right leg, the second is a hole from once side of my arm to the other, and the last is on the right shin. Bad if one day I go back to practicing Muay Thai. In the hospital the nurses and doctors are behaving great, including nicknaming me “bombiux” and I have hope in saving my leg.

ABOUT THE LEGAL SITUATION

Here the problem is that another person is now implicated because we made the error of carrying in the backpack which remained at the scene her ID and because of that they identified her and linked her with a video of the area. Yesterday (June 28) they told me that she was detained, or rather with their words: “now we’ve got your girlfriend” … they said she made a statement against me and well, the same story. First, they wanted (and want) me to claim the attack on a bank in Tlalpan: “I do not accept this,” then they would say it was my comrade (now that she was identified) who did it: “I do not accept this,” and finally they wanted me to name more people who did it and obviously I did not accept this. Regarding my comrade they came to corroborate her physical information and all of this in front of a state lawyer.
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Mexico: Update on wounded comrade

from vivalaanarquia, transl waronsociety:

After having suffered various serious wounds of burns on the arm and leg from the accidental explosion of a device, the comrade is interned in the Rubén Leñero General Hospital, they have made operations to graft skin on both parts, in the case of his leg they had to intervene surgically due to damage to an artery that, in an extreme case, carries the risk of being amputated. The compa remains conscious.

After the explosion of the incendiary device, the comrade was brought to the hospital under arrest. Since his introduction at 5 AM on June 27, he has been totally out of communication, so he has been without the possibility of getting a legal defense that is not the official (given by the State). They obtained an initial statement from him even though he was not in favorable physical and mental condition since it was carried out after an operation, under the effects of anesthesia and under a great deal of police pressure. It wasn’t until June 28 at about 4:30 PM that he had contact for the first time with his legal representative. It is expected that they will carefully review his file, still assigned to the Coy-2 agency of the Public Ministry and waiting to be remanded to a prison of the Federal District in the next hours; the charges have been changing according to reports, what they seem to indicate is that they are mounting a case, the most recent are damage to property and attacks to public property. The comrade Mario López Fernández asserts himself as an anarchist, denying solely and completely any belonging to the “#yo soy 123″ movement and the Tenochtitlan Salvation Front mentioned in the press.

We know that they are trying to link a comrade, Felcicity Ryder, and that the investigation remains open in search of supposed responsible parties.

It is necessary to be on the watch about his condition of health, that he not be transferred to any penitentiary until it is re-stabilized. Likewise that the lawyers that he has accepted for his case be recognized as against the legal bodies.

Finally, we made a call to the anarchist movement to unite forces and demonstrate our support and solidarity with the compa. For the moment the spreading of information on Mario’s situation is necessary. With the elections in a few days, the comrade’s case may be manipulated for electoral ends, nevertheless, we know that his position doesn’t only focus against the false democracy and the tempo that currently lives in Mexico. His posture goes beyond that, he is an anarchist and therefore attacks all existent power.

Total solidarity with Mario López and Felicity Ryder

Denver metro: Westminster school named after Mexican anarchist, Ricardo Flores Magón

From the Westword:
Ricardo Flores Magón Academy: Why was embattled school named for anarchist writer?

​This week’s cover story, “A Hard Line,” takes a look at the Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, a charter school in Westminster with both high test scores and a high number of former teachers, one of whom recently filed a discrimination lawsuit against the school. Among complaints voiced by some former teachers is that the students there are called “Magonistas” in a nod to the followers of the school’s namesake, Ricardo Flores Magon. So who was he?

According to several books, Ricardo Flores Magon was an anarchist journalist who was instrumental in the Mexican Revolution to overthrow dictator Porfirio Diaz. Born on September 16, 1874, his foray into politics — and the first of his stints in jail — happened in 1892, when he participated in student-led demonstrations against Diaz’s reelection.

The next year, he helped organize the first of several revolutionary newspapers for which he would write during his 48 years. The Ward S. Albro book, Always a Rebel: Ricardo Flores Magon and the Mexican Revolution contains excerpts of some of his writings, such as this one from that time period: “God help Mexico! where human beings are treated worse than cows and hogs. Where 80 percent of all the hacienda workers exist — not live! — in a state of peonage or plain slavery.”

After that newspaper was suppressed, Magon disappeared from the political scene until 1900 (partly to attend law school, which he did not finish), when he reemerged with a different newspaper, Regeneracion. In it, he criticized the government, calling Diaz out by name. In 1901, he was arrested as a result. After his release from prison in 1903, he fled to the United States, where he spent the rest of his life.

Full story here.