Counter-information bulletin #51 March 8 1996
Spanish State/ Spain
Centro Social Libertario
Coso #186, bajos
El Acratador (periodical publication)#49 D.L.:Z-174-93 Issues: 2500
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*** ACRATORIAL ***
During times of economic crisis aggravated by wars and combined with
political changes, women become poorer.
Here, in the Spanish State, factors such as the increase in unemployment and
Labor Reform have a most negative influence on women. Feminine labor is
characterized by insecurity and underground work. Add to this lower
salaries, as much as 30% less than men get for the same type of work. Among
the significant facts are a higher rate of unemployment, taking into account
that the incorporation of women into the labor force includes only a third
of the female population, translating this into numbers means that the rate
of employment for women is 34.29% compared to 64.17% for men. Another factor
to reckon with is that job insecurity affects younger women more, above all
those seeking their first job.
We should note also the attempts by the capitalist system to limit women's
work to the home, praising traditional feminine values, empowering
maternity, hurling slogans such as "it's enough with one salary per couple"
etc. A woman's work has almost never been valued, it does not count in the
macroeconomy nor in the surveys. Of course this work deserves to be valued
but we must reject that by means of miserable subsidies or similar
strategies, feminine work be reduced to the care of the home. All of these
things bring us to the feminization of poverty and exclusion [of women].
In the social realm, abortion continues to be the coin of exchange in
political deals, the presence in the power circles being more important than
the freedom and welfare of women. Sexual assaults have increased on the job
as well as in the street and the home.
If we look at the rest of the world we see that women are civilian victims
and war booty, our throats are cut by intolerance, we're sentenced to death
for defending ourselves, our maternity is empowered or forbidden depending
on whether we live in the first or the third world ... We constitute more
than half of the population and we're also the poorest and most abused.
Opposite this we propose the worthiness of our persons and our work. Our
point of view must be present in all aspects of labor and social
mobilizations, making solidarity and struggle our best weapons. Changing
society is everybody's business.
*** ZARAGOZA NEWS ***
The appearance of our 50th issue was celebrated with events that at the same
time celebrated the opening of our new space for concerts in our Social
Center. We began with a concert on the 9th with an unselfish performance by
Fuerza Para Vivir that was both powerful and amusing. Next day a talk/debate
attended by people from Guella Negra, Rompan Filas (Exea), Radio Topo, the
now dissappeared La Mosca and, of course, El Acratador. We talked about
control of the information media, the glories and miseries of
counterinformation, communication networks... And so on till midnight. At
the same time an exhibition about the history of El Acratador and
counterinformation in Zaragoza has been going on, which we'll repeat
shortly. We are all very happy and going for another 50 issues.
Pablo Serrano, libertarian political prisoner jailed in Torrero prison in
Zaragoza enjoyed his first three day furlough after 11 years in jail this
past month of February, from the 9th to the 12th.
Pablo thoroughly enjoyed this brief respite visiting all of Zaragoza's
alternative places and spending time with his family and his libertarian
comrades, among them the people from Ateneo Libertario, publishers of this
This furlough can be considered a real success considering the past attitude
by the Penitentiary Institution and the Torrero prison, set against granting
furloughs and third degrees, which Pablo has been entitled to for several
years. Likewise we hope that soon he'll be given more furloughs and perhaps
the third degree at last. It would be helpful to agitate and put pressure on
the State with mobilizations, letters and all that.
On February 20th the occupied house at Pradilla St (San Jose district) was
emptied by a large group of police that entered movie-style through a window
and arrested the people that were inside at the time. The youth were set
free the next day and will probably face a misdemeanor trial shortly.
Several of Zaragoza's anarchopunks are organizing to retake the issue of
okupation for living quarters in our city. For the moment they have tried
with uneven success and plan to carry on.
NEW POLICE STATIONS
The Neighborhood Police has started to deploy in Zaragoza and begins its
control work. For starters, besides being a waste of money, they have
succeeded in taking away from San Jose neighbors the premises they were
planning to use for the activities of their Association (one of the most
progressive) which City Hall will transform into a neighborhood police
station. Shortly City Hall will make us a gift of ten more of these centers
in different parts of the city. At the same time that the media was busy
praising the work of our local cops, on February 16th two local police sat
on the defendant's bench accused of beating a prisoner. We still don't know
TRIAL AGAINST ASAPA
On February 19 and 20 the trial against Belen, president of ASAPA, and the
attorney member of the Association Ignacio Vivas took place. They're accused
of slander against the Daroca prison.
During the trial it was proven that there are torture, ill-treatment, drug
payments to informers and medical neglect, in spite of which the prosecution
maintained the existance of slander and solicited a sentence of one year.
There were chilling moments during the hearing as several current and former
Daroca prisoners made their declarations among which we note the case of the
death of a terminally ill prisoner in the prison's courtyard, wrapped in a
blanket, because the subdirector of security "Don Marcos" refused to grant
him the furlough that had been approved. Or the tortures endured by one of
the witnesses who was asked to become an informer. As he refused, he was
kept in solitary for 5 days, handcuffed to the bed and being constantly
thrown buckets of water and hosed down. Several prisoners refused to declare
for fear of reprisals by the fearsome directive of Daroca and others told
raw stories about the treatment of AIDS patients and drug traffick by "Don
Several expert witnesses, university professors, Mothers against Drugs, all
testified against Daroca prison. For once the press reflected the criticism
to the penal system and all the newspapers asked for answers in this case,
besides parallel with the trial there were talks and a gathering at Plaza
Espan~a on the 19th which was well attended.
Finally the judge ruled that the report contained declarations which should
be investigated and has sent several of them to the prosecution and the
Vigilance Court for investigation, also acquitting Belen and Ignacio, which
is a success and a severe blow to Daroca prison since the ruling implicitly
recognizes the events denounced in the report.
THEY'VE KICKED US OUT!
RedIRIS is the state's entity that gives universities free Internet access.
RedIRIS has warned the universities that access must be solely for research
purposes, therefore all that which isn't must be taken out. The University
of Zaragoza has been forced to eliminate the WWW pages at SPIE, the server
where our bulletin was posted, together with information from many
collectives and ONGs.
However, we hope to be back soon.
*** THE DOUBLE MORALITY ***
The recent denial by the Belgian Justice system of the request for
extradition by the spanish government against two alleged ETA collaborators
enraged the Executive and the mass media. There were loud protests, threats
of break up of international relations and affirmations that this should not
be happening within the judicial space of the EEC, etc.
However, those that are so shocked remain quiet when the Government and
Justice refuse to extradite nazis accused of deeds more deserving of
punishment than merely giving shelter in your home to an ETA comando. Let's
remember the case of belgian citizen Leon Degrelle, who died two years ago
in Malaga, close aide to Hitler and accused of crimes against humanity for
his active participation in the nazi genocide, who found refuge in Franco's
Spain. With the advent of democracy, the PSOE government and Justice
continue denying the constant requests for extradition by Belgium. A few
days after the belgian "shock" the National Court refused the extradition to
Germany of SS officer and Hitler's former chief of security Otto Remer who
despite his age continues to deny the genocide and makes apology of nazism.
Remer authored the now forbidden magazine Remer Depeche, from which pages he
used to make calls to racism and apologies of fascism. Remer is not the only
case, though. Numerous european nazis, wanted by the justice systems of
their countries, live placidly in the spanish state knowing that they won't
be extradited, meanwhile their publications appear legally in Barcelona,
from where they're distributed throughout Europe.
*** INSUMISION ***
Miguel Mut, Luis Merin and Martin Abril, insumisos jailed in the third
degree in Zaragoza's jail were sent back to the inside of the prison on
february 1,3 and 4 as part of an unprecedented repressive attitude, as much
because of the number of returns as well as the violence with which they
were carried out.
The first regressions took place after an argument with an officer who while
drunk burst into an assembly of the imprisoned insumisos' collective on
thursday january 31 and the prison upheld the alcoholic's reasoning
reprimanding the insumisos that had accumulated more sanctions and returning
Miguel on feb 1st and Luis on the 3rd. In this way Luis Merin suffered his
second degree regression.
On the 4th several officers went to the Open Section and amid threats
attempted to frisk the insumisos. They refused and Martin was taken inside
by the Chief of Services but in spite of this the insumisos did not give in.
On top of this 11 insumisos have been written up and punished with a weekend
To answer the aggression there was a gathering attended by well over one
hundred people, graffitti is being painted and there have been interviews
with the prison's directors, who of course plan to go ahead, although the
measures are wholly irregular since there aren't any firm sanctions against
the punished insumisos. Write to them: C.P. de Torrero // Ave. America 80 //
On February 23rd, while he waited at Portillo train station, insumiso in
rebellion Fernando Rios "Bolido" was arrested.
Bolido had not appeared at his trial a year and a half ago and since then
has been under search and capture, although his arrest was not expected
since he hadn't been harrassed by the cops. The trial took place on february
27th with hardly any time to prepare his defense and with considerable delay
on the appointed time.
Also on february 29 Txampi, basque insumiso in search and capture studying
in our city, was likewise arrested. Protesting the arrest that very same
night a large group of people demonstrated at Torrero prison.
interesting days under the motto "Insumision in Positive". The book by Julia
Martinez _Rompan Filas_ was presented and there were debates about the
euroarmy, the new penal code, and the presentation of the new video by
CAMPI-Barcelona "There isn't freedom without disobedience".
ON TRIAL FOR MAKING A STAND
The four insumisos tried for breaking the third degree in Zaragoza (see
Acrat #50) were finally acquitted. The judge ruled that the insumisos'
attitude was public at all times (the day before they had an ad in El
Heraldo) and the prison could have prevented it.
The sentence, which has already been appealed by the prosecution, is
newsworthy since to date there haven't been any acquittals for degree
breaking in our city.
In addition, insumisos Sergio Callau, Manolo Naudin and Javi Clarimon were
tried on february 22 for the last stand taken in our city with the usual
petition of three months by the prosecution, we still don't know the sentence.
INSUMISION IN THE STATE
* In the last few months there have been 27 new insumisos in Canarias, a
pretty good figure. There are two insumisos jailed in Salto del Negro in
* Two insumisos imprisoned in 2nd degree in Asturies were set free after
spending over a year in this condition. There are currently in Asturies 10
insumisos in third degree at Villabona prison.
* In Alicante 13 new insumisos presented themselves simultaneously in their
* In Madrid 1000 people demonstrated on the seventh anniversary of the
campaign for insumision on February 25th.
*** BASANTA LIVES ! ***
The transition did not happen as cleanly and inmaculately as the official
version pretends. Some sources cite the figure of 250 to 300 murders of
leftist militants during those years. Some at the hand of so called
"uncontrolled", who were nothing but ultra-rightists with links to the
police or the army. Others were directly assassinated by members of the
security forces, such as Zaragoza's Vicente Basanta. Most of these deaths
went unpunished and when there was a sentence, the guilty ones were quickly
On February 5th 1977, in the Torrero district, Vicente Basanta, a 31 year
old bricklayer died after being shot three times by an off duty policeman as
he was painting graffitti which read "Work yes, Police No".
Very quickly there was a police frame-up. The official version, faithfully
gathered by the mass media, was that the cop, attacked by Vicente wielding
an iron bar, fired from the ground. They added a false medical report of
injuries and a police report where Basanta was treated as a dangerous
habitual delinquent. These data are deliberately false. Vicente was a worker
son of a humble large family, a relative of his had been in jail for
assaulting a priest with a knife and without belonging to any organization,
he was friends with some CNT people. This motivated police harrassment on
several ocassions. Not even his family could attend his funeral.
Hardly two months went by when a Captain General ordered the case dismissed
for reasons of "legitimate defense". The Military Judge didn't take into
account the autopsy report which established that the lethal shot had to be
fired at the same height (impossible from the ground). Some more murky
facts: There isn't a report about picking up the body, there isn't enough
data on the iron bar and the way Vicente was moved from Torrero to the
hospital. This secrecy made any clarification impossible at the time.
Although from several quarters the official version was cast in doubt there
was not enough evidence.
Fernando G.M., former neighbor of the policeman declared in front of a
notary in 1990 that the day of the events he saw the cop, whom he knew,
pointing his gun at two people, after talking to him he went to call the
police. On his way he heard three detonations.
In October 1989 Basanta's family presented a criminal complaint for murder
against the policeman who fired the shots. Months later the Court ordered
closing the case saying the matter had already been heard and there was a
firm ruling by the "proper judicial organ". An appeal by the family was
denied by the Provincial Court. In November 1990 an appeal was presented to
the Constitutional Tribunal alleging that the military judicial procedure
was carried out without informing the dead man's family, without the
presence of the military prosecutor and that the agreement to dismiss by the
Captain General did not fit the autopsy report. Months later the
Constitutional Tribunal agreed to vacate the appeal as a matter "already tried".
The cop that murdered Vicente remained and apparently does so to this day,
as an agent of authority. He could be the one that asked you for ID, the one
that beat you in a demonstration, or arrested you when you repealed a
fascist attack. Keep your eyes open, particularly when you paint graffitti
some dark night in a lonely place.
Yes Vicente, you were right: WORK YES, POLICE NO.
On February 4th the Vicente Basanta Citizen's Commission, organized by
relatives and supported by several organizations made an act of homage to
Vicente at Ave. del Canal, the place where he fell. About 400 people took
part in the moving homage, there was a mural and speeches by, among others,
poets, relatives and representatives of I.U., C.H.A. and C.N.T. Later they
placed flowers on Vicente Basanta's tomb. It has taken 19 years to have a
dignified funeral, to rehabilitate his name and his honor, last wish of his
family faced with the impossibility to obtain justice.
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Luis J. Prat * /__\ *
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University of California * *
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Santa Barbara CA 93106
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