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(en) Venezuela, colectivolibertarioevora: Massacre at overcrowded jail (pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:27:16 +0200

A magazine muscled in prison Uribana, Venezuela, exactly one month, caused the deaths of at least 60 detainees. But the number of victims of the massacre, at the behest of the Government, may be even greater. Uribana: We will not be complicit in the massacre -- Anarchist Network ---- On 25 January, a battalion of the National Guard National Sebin and other agencies of repression at the behest of General Regional Command # 4 and Correctional Affairs minister, Iris Varela, executed an assault on the center of Solitude Uribana, Edo Lara, culminating in the massacre, according to an estimated 60 people killed. According to the complaints of the families of prisoners, this number is much higher as there are people missing and / or buried themselves in the prison premises.

The action was justified with the argument that "the state will resume control of the prisons" and a series of policies that President Chavez and his government have been implementing. Its aim was to occupy, through an assault, those spaces and annihilate any vestige of social articulation outside the welfare of Corrections. This policy called "Prison Humanization" is but a draft simple makeup centers of torture and humiliation prison for trying to conceal the grotesque business carried on turning the pres @ s. For the Bolivarian government pres @ s are also a mere commodity. Most of the prisons are full of people from the popular sectors (1), which demonstrates the demagoguery and hypocrisy of a state that boasts of favoring the poor.

This prison crisis is a direct consequence of the presence of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in prison custody. These frighten family visits and submit the prison population to more degraded livelihoods. The degrading situation of prisons is the ideal breeding ground for carrying out the business of GNB millionaires, the body of corrupt officials and other law enforcement agencies like the police power. Organizations such as Human Rights PROVEA indicate that the strikes are constant, the autoflagelações, self-sequestration visitors, riots and kidnapping officials, "... in response to deplorable conditions of confinement, the procedural delay and the presence of the National Guard" (2 )

We are aware that the moral degradation and physical suffering of the prisoners inside jails focuses directly on the situation of violence and insecurity we are living. Degradation is reflected not only in the high occupancy rate of most prisons, but also in the lack of basic services such as clean water, healthy food and / or electricity and the decaying structures that are required to remain. In short, in these conditions and with the incessant and widespread process of dehumanization, imprisonment vai preparing privately owned @ s @ s of freedom to be delinquent in the service and the order of the main police forces of the country, taking many prisoners way to "survive" violence in prisons, thus becoming pawns in the service of state terrorism.

We denounce the campaign of physical and moral annihilation implemented by the Ministry of Penitentiary and National Guard Boli variana against the inmate population and alerted to possible future plans against other state prisons.

We want to express our most sincere solidarity with the families of all prisoners, with the thousands of prisoners who are not pranes (*) [gangsters who dominate the prisons, NDT), with mothers and women prisoners, as well as with the LGBT population prisons, since we all know that they also have to endure the humiliations associated with the patriarchal society in which we live.

Also in utter against false array of opinion created by means of the governing and opposition that "all prisoners are pranes "when the harsh reality is that there are, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Prisons (OVP), over 48,000 persons deprived of freedom. Many of them are waiting to be processed and incarcerated but worse in a number of increasingly small space, since the occupancy rate of arrests reaches 175% (OVP)

We appeal to antagonistic social movements and autonomous and libertarian groups to show solidarity with people who are deprived of their liberty and their families.

Any death and torture in custody is a state crime. According to the OVP to the year 2012 the number of deaths and injuries in prisons was 591 and 1132 respectively. Silence is complicity.

Against the policy of extermination of the Bolivarian Government Centers in Solitude. Against the complicit silence of politicians MUD (opposition movement, NDT). Against reformism of the "Humanization prison." Because the only thing that we can do with prisons is abolish them.


(1) The Infome of PROVEA (2011) on "The rights of persons deprived of their liberty" notes that "68% is located in strata IV and V, in sectors in relative poverty and extreme poverty or criticism."

(2) PROVEA: Enter 2011 on "Rights of persons deprived of liberty."

(*) What are "pranes." http://twittervenezuela.co/profiles/blogs/todo-sobre-los-pranes-y-la?xg_source=activity
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