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(en) Poland, rozbrat.org: The Rodrigo Lanz case NK [machine translation]

Date Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:44:09 +0200


For more than a week, the Spanish media has been pursuing a purely political campaign where the cyclist Rodrigo Lanza, 33, was in the eye. Active on the anti-fascist and squat stage, from Chilean descent and now a resident of Zaragoza. Literally in a few days he was hailed as the killer of 55-year-old Victor Lainez, a 30-year-old active member of Falangia, a former special forces soldier, member of Los Templarios motorcycle club - linked to the extreme right, not covering his racist and xenophobic views. ---- Wanting to understand the broader context of the events of the night from 7 to 8 December 2017 in the Tocadiscos bar, we must go back to 2006 and Barcelona. Because Rodrigo Lanza lived in this Catalan town earlier. Barcelona was a city experiencing rapid changes in the structure of the city itself and its tissue. The soap bubble of inflated construction investments and unsecured mortgages has not yet broken. In the very center of the old part of the city, there was a battle with devolators and the town hall. The place known as Forat de Vergonya was such a sensitive point. A symbol of the struggle of the inhabitants and the squatting movement with neoliberal changes. The year 2006 was a year of direct clashes and demonstrations and the rejection of political, half-problem solutions.

In the vicinity of Forat there was a building at Sant Pere de Més Alt, a palace known as a theater. The town hall tolerated the occupation of the building from 2002, which was his property, because it was good for him for years. Weekly loud parties were held there. It was a strong factor of pressure on residents from neighboring tenements to be deported. On February 4, 2006, one of such weekend techno parties was held. There were several hundred people in the middle of the building. There was a local intervention of the City Guard (one of the municipal police formations). The guards were sent without intervention to helmets against the rules. From the balcony and the roof, objects in this huge flowerpot flew. One of the guards was wounded in the head and fell unconscious. At that time, his colleagues and previously called reinforcements arrested people in front of the building. In total, 9 people were detained for various accusations. Three of them who received the heaviest allegations came from Latin America, two boys, 20 years from Chile and one from Argentina. Among them was the 21-year-old Rodrigo Lanza. History student. In addition to the three, there was also a citizen of Germany and several Catalans. Two people were detained in one of the local hospitals and allegations were made on the basis of messages from a mobile phone and hairstyle, among others a young poet, Patrycja Hares. Only recently she came from Madrid to her girlfriend. She was not present at all at the scene. The demonstration process has begun. Detainees were tortured physically and mentally. Among other things, by guards Víctor Bayon and Bakari Samyang convicted after years of imprisonment with torture son diplomat (at one of the subsequent cases of racist arrests and torture at the police station went to the wrong person, son diplomats from Trinidad and Tobago). It was attempted to put pressure on those arrested to admit to the attack of guards on the street and the serious injury of one of them. The judge herself told Rodrigo Lanzie: "Even if there were 1000 people like you, I already have the papers ready." During the investigation, the original version with a pot, which he confirmed, at the very mayor himself, was disapproved, claiming that he received it from the police officers present on the spot. Some witnesses were not allowed to give evidence. The entire lawsuit was conducted so that these young people would go to prison. There must have been someone who would answer on one hand for incompetence of the police and carry out the action without the required helmets, and on the other, that the guilty should not fall on the mayor of the city and the town hall as the owner of the building - it would mean paying an exorbitant civil penalty to the victim and his family. The accused of hitting the guard from a distance of 10 m in the face was given to Rodrigo (although medical forensic experts considered this version of the event impossible). The process itself lasted a very long time, 4 people were given a different length of prison sentence. Rodrigo has been sitting in the detention cell for two years, his friends too, Patrycja shorter but also went to a female prison for 18 months. so that the guilty party does not fall on the mayor of the city and the town hall as the owner of the building - it would mean paying an exorbitant civil penalty to the victim and his family. The accused of hitting the guard from a distance of 10 m in the face was given to Rodrigo (although medical forensic experts considered this version of the event impossible). The process itself lasted a very long time, 4 people were given a different length of prison sentence. Rodrigo has been sitting in the detention cell for two years, his friends too, Patrycja shorter but also went to a female prison for 18 months. so that the guilty party does not fall on the mayor of the city and the town hall as the owner of the building - it would mean paying an exorbitant civil penalty to the victim and his family. The accused of hitting the guard from a distance of 10 m in the face was given to Rodrigo (although medical forensic experts considered this version of the event impossible). The process itself lasted a very long time, 4 people were given a different length of prison sentence. Rodrigo has been sitting in the detention cell for two years, his friends too, Patrycja shorter but also went to a female prison for 18 months.

After the defendants left, there was an appeal in the Supreme Court, but this one, contrary to the defendants' expectations, only raised the penalties. Patrycja did not endure psychologically another return to prison and on 26 April 2011 she jumped out of the window. She wrote: "My kingdom is helpless and poisoned like my whole being ... I know I am defeated." Rodrigo did not sign any papers that would have made it easier for him to serve in a restricted branch. He served 5 years. He was released from prison in December 2012. A film about the whole process was filmed. For more than two hours, the documentary "Ciutat Morta" (there is also a version with subtitles in English) was supposed to open the eyes of Spanish society to the racist and class arrangement at various levels of power and the apparatus of injustice. A system which 3 people deprived of several years of life and future prospects (Rodrigo will forever have a crime and an exorbitant penalty to pay 1 million 130 thousand euros) and Patricia led to suicide. Although the document provoked indignation in society, he was rewarded horror by the same hypocrites from the town hall, he did not help in the revision of the investigation, the revocation of the once-established fabricated version.

Now, years later Rodrigo Lanza returned to the front pages of newspapers and screens. Another process is waiting for him. This time for murder, he faces 10 to 25 years in prison. The system that destroyed his youth again has him on the bench of defendants. The media perform the ritual murder of the hated embarrassing emigrant. In the country after the recent referendum in Catalonia and the tightening and polarizing of the political situation, he is badly needed for political cleansing at various levels. He is the scapegoat of this convenient right wing, to deal once and for all with the entire spectrum of the left and parliamentary in the style of Podemos or CUP in Catalonia as well as the radical without representation. That is why political games take place on various levels. And the old Víctor phalanxist integrated with the national movement is growing in the eyes of the right wing for a new enemy killed by a leftist emigrant. He is a comfortable hero for the entire right. Why? Because every branch of this Hydra can find in it what it wants to identify with. For some, as a phalanx, it can be the one that will serve to inflame the situation among groups with different ideologies on the street and direct confrontation. For the second, old military, Catholic patriots faithful to their homeland, hating everything that is foreign, expatriates, it can also be what resisted the leftist pestilence, proudly wearing braces in the colors of the national flag and paying for it with life. This flag, which the various separatists so hate, especially those from Catalonia and which is indifferent to the part of society, including the emigrants. For those who do not go down from the couch but vote for a conservative right in the parliament and believe in monarchy, he can be the older sympathetic motorcyclist who gave his life in unequal struggle with radical youth wanting to destroy their world rooted in the history of victory in Civil War and years Franco dictatorship. They will not let their world collapse and defend it like one. That is why Rodrigo media have already accused and convicted. Without a process even faked, assembled. This process has been there before, now the new one is no longer needed. Nobody has to try to fabricate evidence. It's enough that we have a fatal victim. She alone sanctifies everything here and, at the same time, she vulgarizes her eloquent symbolism. And the truth? Who cares the truth and what happened that night from 7 to 8 December? Nobody but a group of friends and family. The Left did not stand behind Rodrigo: either he is silent, or he criticizes or expects something to be cleared up. That's why I am writing this text. Because I know that no process based on any facts will be. The political situation is so and not different. Either us or them. Spain sooner or later threatens to break up if now it does not concentrate all national and patriotic forces, the PP government (Partido Popular) and the rest of the right wing know it. When in the 1970s, anarchist Salvador Puig Antich was the last prisoner of Frankism, who was officially crushed the spine in the death room, nobody thought we would return to this type of demonstration in the 21st century. It was then attempted to save the dying regime. Rodrigo is now a living example that Salvador was not the last symbolic victim of Frankism. I am afraid that this is already the 25 years signed and maybe then deported to prison in Chile.

facts:

On the night of December 7, this year, in the center of Zaragoza in the Tocadiscos bar, there is an accidental encounter between Rodrigo Lanci and Victor L. There is a 5-minute exchange, Víctor challenges Rodrigo from the shitty southerner (an offensive phrase for South Americans, something like " ciapata "), and he Victor from the fascists. Who who approached and accused whom he / she is for the moment unclear, testimony is contradictory. There are also many unknowns, because the testimonies do not coincide. Rodrigo says he wanted to avoid further confrontation when he saw that Victor was calling friends and went out with two other people from the bar outside. Then someone warned him that Victor had a knife in his hand. First he pushed him away and then kicked. Víctor L. has fallen. Rodrigo says he only defended himself against the attack. The version of the second page is that that Rodrigo attacked from the back with a metal rod or a saddle from Victor's bike and hit him on the neck and then with the others kicked the man lying down. There are two completely different versions of events that are confronted. No rod, no saddle or knife has been found so far. The victim was in a coma in the hospital and was detached after a few days from the apparatus at the request of the family. Rodrigo is in solitary custody without the possibility of bail. For a few days there was no contact with him, even the lawyer could not get permission. He will probably stay there for a few months. Mother's visit was allowed. On December 16, a mini-manifestation of the right in Zaragoza took place. Less than 20 people came. The police had to escort them because the neighbors did not wish their presence. The Rodrigo family gets continuous threats.

Rodrigo Lanza's situation seems to be extremely difficult. We will try to inform you about the development of accidents as new information becomes available.

http://www.rozbrat.org/informacje/miedzynarodowe/4588-sprawa-rodrigo-lanza
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