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(en) indefinite hunger strike of prisoners of the spanish state

From "el desaparecido" <desaparecido@nadir.org>
Date Wed, 27 Dec 2000 08:09:09 -0500 (EST)

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On December 1st 2000 around 50 prisoners in different prisons have started 
an indefinite hunger strike. Another 150 prisoners are taking part by solidarity 

There are many reasons to combat the reality of the life behind the walls, but 
the prisoners have opted to fight for three demands. 

These three demands are:

To put an end to the FIES and isolation

To put an end to the dispersion

To release prisoners with incurable sickness

F.I.E.S. (Fichero de Internos de Especial Seguimiento) is a coercive 
measure of illegal character, which has been unsuccessfully denounced on 
various occasions, even though it is contrary to the Spanish Constitution as 
it restricts fundamental rights.
F.I.E.S. was introduced by the Penitentiary Institutions in 1991 to ensure 
their security and good order. It was sold to the public as something like a 
database to have the most dangerous prisoners classified. In reality, F.I.E.S. 
is a lot more than a database. Prisoners that fall under the F.I.E.S. regime 
are basically isolated; during 23 hours in their cell and one hour daily outside 
in the courtyard. Their communication with the outside world, family and 
friends and their supply of paper to write and books to read is strongly 
restricted. The only physical contact they have is through the beatings they 
get from the guards.
The F.I.E.S. regime is a total contradiction to the official aim of serving a 
sentence, namely ‘social reintegration’.

The DISPERSION is not a measure, which only affects political prisoners, as 
they want to make us think. This is demonstrated by the fact that more than 
52% of the prisoners of the Spanish State are serving their sentence outside 
of the province of their social surroundings. The fact that contact with the 
outside world and visitors is difficult, can provoke a strong personal and 
social disorder. Effects contrary to the aim of imprisonment; which, 
according to the Spanish Constitution, is ‘social reintegration’.
The demand of the prisoners to put an end to the dispersion only asks for the 
fulfilment of constitutional laws.

The demand to release the prisoners with incurable sicknesses only asks for 
the basic right to be able to die with dignity and not to be condemned to die 
inside a cold cell or in a room of the prison hospital. 11.3% of all the people 
that have passed through Catalan prisons in the past ten years have died 
inside prison (1700 people), despite the fact that a lot of prisoners are 
released from prison a few days (or even a few hours) before they die in an 
attempt of the penitentiary administration to reduce the mortality figures 
inside prisons.

The hunger strike has been going on for more than ten days and until now 
the mainstream-media and the concerned institutions have kept silence. If 
the situation continues like this the prisoners taking part in the hunger strike 
are going to die or end up with serious health problems.
To support their struggle you can organise actions at your local Spanish 
embassy or send an email or a fax to the following addresses:

Ministro del Interior: estafeta@mir.es
Ministro de Justicia: webmaster@mju.es
Director Gral. de Instituciones Penitenciarias: mar.hedo@dgip.mir.es
Consejo General del Poder Justicial: webmaster@cgpj.es
Defensor del Pueblo: registro@defensordelpueblo.es

Gabinete Técnico de Ministerio de Interior: +34-913354050
Direcció General de Serveis Penitenciaris i Rehabilitació (DGSPiR): +34-

It is important to mention the three demands, your name or name of your 
collective and of the country in the email or fax! Please confirm if you have 
sent an email or fax by writing to the following email-address: {ref  HYPERLINK mailto:crustaci@hotmail.com }Fehler! 
Textmarke nicht definiert.

Here is an example of a possible letter to any of the institutions mentioned 

La persona o organización abajo firmante apoya la huelga de hambre 
indefinida que se está llevando a cabo en las prisiones del Estado Español y 
apoya las tres reivindicaciones de l@s pres@s.


Desaparición del régimen F.I.E.S. y del aislamiento

Desaparición de la dispersión

Excarcelación de l@s pres@s con enfermedades graves o incurables.

(don’t forget to write your name, name of your organisation, country, 
signature or seal)


Nanclares de la Oca:	Gabriel Pombo da Silva, Imanol Garro Naval, Vicente 
Vázquez Cabanas, Alberto Montoya Camón, Patxi García Blanco, Oscar 
Pérez Marín, Germán San Emeterio González, Félix Jambrina Martín, 
Ricardo González Ferrera, Iñaki Andrés Ituño

Mansilla las Mulas (León):	Santos Pérez Ayaso

Quatre Camins:		José Gómez Salgado, Jordi Alvarez León

Can Brians:			Amadeu Casellas Ramón 

Ponent (Lleida):		Roberto B. Catrino Lopez

La Moraleja (Dueñas-Palencia): Laudelino Iglesias Martínez (and 12 more 

Huelva:			Claudio Lavazza, Gilbert Ghislain

Villanubla (Valladolid):	Farid Halifa Balaid, Sergio Sampedro Espinosa, Juan 
Carlos Dopico García

Badajoz:			Gabriel Bea Sampedro

Puerto I (Cádiz):	Oscar Díaz Manso, José Manuel Ferreira Quintas, Rubén 
González Carrío

Jaén II:	Antonio Villar Mauriño, Reinaldo Gómez Guijarro (“Jaro”), Manuel 
Torres Torres

C.P. Herrera de la Mancha:	Javier Caídenas Castellano, Juanra Montaño 

Picasent (Valencia):		Carlos Gómez García

Texeiro (Galicia):	Ricardo Carro Mato, Juan Carlos Rodriguez Carreras, 
José Ramos Cascos Fernández, Manuel Catoira Casal

Soto del Real:			José Fransisco Valle Molina, Roberto Gómez 

C.P. Villabona (Asturias): 	Michelle Pontolillo (started on December 7th)


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