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(en) [Spain] The State represses the anarcho-syndicalist struggle again By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 13 Jul 2021 10:17:58 +0300


We reject as unfair and disproportionate the sentence of three and a half years in prison and 150,000 euros against seven union members of the CNT Gijón. ---- We categorically reject the sentence we know of against seven fellow members of the CNT of Gijón, which the judge sentenced them to 3 and a half years in prison and the payment of 150,000 euros in damages. It is a clear warning from the judiciary to anarcho-syndicalism that opts for direct action and social confrontation against submission to power. ---- This sentence, which will be legally appealed and challenged from the streets as it cannot be otherwise, sets a serious precedent. Through this court decision, it is publicly announced that either union action inspired by anarcho-syndicalism must undergo prior acceptance, or there will be repression, harshly applied with prison sentences and high penalties. Fortunately, we anarchists still have a weapon of defense: mutual support and class solidarity.

Criminal court number 1 in Gijón, with previous sentences against other workers who in the past developed militant struggles in Asturias against capitalism and the state, sentenced each of the seven defendants to three and a half years in prison for the crimes of coercion and obstruction of justice . It also obliges union members to compensate the company with 150,428 euros, declaring the CNT union to be vicariously responsible. The eighth defendant, a homeless Catalan activist who was in Gijón one of the days of the rallies, was sentenced to eight months in prison for recording a video and posting it on his Facebook page, under the crime of coercion.

Hence, all our support for these fellows and their union. Courage and encouragement in these difficult times for workers.

To contribute financially to the legal costs there is an account opened by CSA La Justicia at this link (The concept must be written 'La Suiza'):

https://laxusticia.noblogs.org/fondo-de-solidarida-obrera-de-la-felguera/

Iberian Anarchist Federation - FAI
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