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(en) Rusga Libertária/MT – CAB: Alberto "Pocho" Mechoso, for FREE! (pt) [machine translation]
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 13:32:20 +0200
The remains of Alberto "Pocho" Mechoso were found on Wednesday, May 23. Founder of the
Uruguayan Anarchist Federation (FAU), especifista anarchist organization, "Pocho" was also
syndicalist Workers Federation of Meat and active militant of the Popular Revolutionary
Organization 33 East (OPR-33), the armed wing of FAU that supported the strikes and
performed kidnapping of bosses and expropriations to finance the fight. -- In his last
years of life, "Pocho" militated in Victory By Popular Party (PVP), an organization that
dissolved the FAU inside. "Pocho" remained with other colleagues within the FAU PVP with
intent to refound the organization especifista. Stuck in Buenos Aires on September 26,
1976, his body was found with seven others on the seabed, in barrels with cement. We
recall that companion without even having known that is very dear to us. Your example will
be present in our militant struggle, today and forever.
Libertad o muerte!
Ni olvido, ni perdon!
Hasta siempre, Pocho!
them that Luchan Arriba!
We reproduce below a translation of a fragment of the book "Direct Action Anarchist: A
History of FAU" and a letter written by "Pocho" before his escape to Argentina.
Alberto "Pocho" Mechoso - Extract taken from the book "Direct Action Anarchist: A history
ALBERTO "Pocho" Mechoso, Anarchist And expropriator
Born in Trinidad in the department of Flores. Ali did his first two years of school, then
it would continue in Montevideo. Could not finish elementary school. Family workers who
had insufficient income, learned to share the difficulties with his four brothers.
The family, tired of a situation that did not offer any possibility of improvement,
emigrated to Montevideo. It was a matter of trying his luck, like many neighbors who had
already left for this adventure. The street Ansina, in Palermo neighborhood, where he was
their first friendships montevideanas and immediately formed a group of friends. The eaves
of the School Street Gaboto witnessed some punishments suffered by responding to teachers.
It was quick and sharp for questioning about things he considered wrong.
Cerro and La Teja were the neighborhoods that saw him grow. Three brothers became
anarchists and libertarian in your home has become the subject of every day. Wondered, had
sympathy, his rebellious spirit the approaching this ideology that demanded justice for
the poor and not asked the knees.
Later he worked in the meat industry and during a long strike eventually fired. Then
marketer for a while along with some of his brothers. There was the FAU also had rather a
Grouping Anarchist-Cerro and La Teja also Athenaeum Free-Cerro La Teja. Military Youth
began in the Athenaeum.
Already ran over half of the 1950s, this time the work was scarce. The economic crisis was
beginning to hit strong at home workers. With a group of young people like him, friends
and each other almost every libertarian supporters, began talking about finances to mount
a cooperative work and donate a portion to the gleaming FAU. Finally decided to
expropriate a Bank of the Paso del Molino La Caja Obrera.
It was a careful job, studied in detail. They found a greater amount of money than
expected. They made the donation and left the rest for the agreed purpose. This was,
incidentally, the first bank in Uruguay expropriated.
A year later was arrested linked to this episode.
He was arrested six years: in Miguelete and Punta Carretas. Lia much in prison, for
example: "Nationalism and Culture" Rocker, "Life and Thought of Malatesta" of Luiggi
Fabbri, "The Revolution" of Landeur, novels. In a package, weekly received at least one book.
"- How are these fighters, they follow the background?", Asked for a visit in mid-1959. He
followed with great interest the Cuban process.
He left prison with more political training and immediately made contact with FAU.
Conversations began to define his post of militancy. Mauricio (Gatti) was the first to
think that they would incorporate it into activities like armed.
"Pocho" had quick reflexes, good treatment to accommodate people, youthful, rebellious and
determined, all this made him a natural. He liked jokes, played with serious issues, made
jokes about himself and engaged militancy. But this was accompanied by a profound faith in
what he did and true respect for the work. It was good operations but did not
underestimate anything, always wanted to analyze the details well.
Finally, was the formation of OPR, a key part of any organizational work and also to
encourage trust in comrades who were starting. Here poured his experience and his
decision. Integrated as charge, the first operational team when it decided to face the
armed activity in a specific and continuing. Performed at the beginning, with his team
precursor, bank expropriations decided by the Organization and which were vital to the
development of ongoing projects. After he served in various operations, including
Aguilar was part of the [*] and his experience and steadiness were invaluable
contributions to this body that was responsible for armed action of the Organization.
Dropped arrested, was savagely tortured, resisted with uncommon integrity and alone staged
a spectacular escape from a barracks. Recovered from cuts on hands and broken ribs, and
FAU's decision, moved to Argentina. Ali was immediately reinstated activities.
Captured, again suffered torture at Pozo de Orletti [illegal imprisonment]. Today is one
of the companions who figure as missing. Pocho, his nickname audience, or Martin, his name
battle, always kept their customs, their culture good man of the people. Neighborhood boy,
good street, autodidact, reader, modest and with a deep sense of belonging to the lower,
left an indelible mark.
We know that (he shared it completely) are not the people themselves that produce the
development and retention of an Organization. It is an amount of effort from many people
that produces something fruitful. It is in this context that we point this contribution
militant. However, it is certain that in March of this set is indispensable companions
with exceptional contributions. "Pocho" and "Saint Romero" undoubtedly were example.
[*] The OPR-33 was organized in "cells" or teams of 3 or 6 people, two or three of whom
banded together to form units of work (operational, services or information). Aguilar was
the body responsible for articulating these units. (NT)
Translation: Khaled, Black Flag Anarchist Collective
Alberto "Pocho" Mechoso - Today and Forever - Live the fighting!!
Alberto Méndez Mechoso (Pocho) 1936-1976
This letter was written after his stay in the 5th Artillery headquarters, barracks located
next to the North Cemetery, which fled. "Pocho" disappeared in Argentina as militant FAU
inside the sea militant who was the PVP 1976.
From August 6 until now, I think I learned more, much more than I taught the 6 years I
spent in Punta Carretas; seem to have learned much more than I have in 35 years of life.
On one side is the experience within the Barracks, facing the executioners, compassionate
hands of companions. Moreover what happened later, from the outside. The night after leak
found myself on television.
Required by Me "is bound to ..." and on either side of one line that really had passed.
After new lists of demands. One was headed by my companion. Informed me that the house
where she lived with my mother, with my partner and my children was closed in custody
Joint Forces. I informed him that a military with several patents said that this house
would only be returned if I surrender.
And all that I live so intensely, are living it, one way or another, hundreds of thousands
of Eastern [Uruguayans]. Many small separated from their parents because they are trapped
or because they need to go elsewhere to seek work here that are not. There are many
mothers who do not see their children or because they are being persecuted because they
work from sunrise to sunset to help fill the pan. There are many women that the end of a
working life does not have a roof where shelter because they can not pay with their
pensions or miserable because the mind of the executioners rotten revenge on them the
rebellion of the children with immense affection that they were able to create .
And before all this, what other way do we have? Before all this, how worth living life?
There is one way, there is only one way to live without shame: fighting. Helping to that
rebellion extends everywhere, helping to unite and chased the man out of work, helping to
make the "seditious" and exploited workers recognize themselves as companions, who are
struggling to learn to face a common enemy. For all that, comrades, want me keep a place
for everything ... I will not delay in returning. Liberty or Death.
Text original em:
Translation: Khaled, Black Flag Anarchist Collective
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