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