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(en) cnt ait albacete: [Confederal] Assessment of these 15 days of campaign (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 9 Jun 2021 07:34:45 +0300

On Saturday , May 15, from the CNT-AIT, we announced the beginning of a campaign that aims to free Gabriel Pombo da Silva , a fellow anarchist who has been in prison for more than 30 years. His history of confinement and his current prison and legal situation should be a source of shame to anyone with a modicum of decency. What the state apparatus is doing to him, even seen from a strictly legal point of view, should make headlines. Aware of this situation and the fruit of the ties that colleagues from this organization forged with Gabriel years ago, the CNT-AIT has made a commitment: to support him in everything he needs and to work to see him on the street again.
We decided to start the campaign with a press conference because we believe, as his lawyer points out, that Gabriel's situation must transcend as a demonstration of what the State is capable of doing to silence and subdue a person who has had to suffer all the abuses and torture that have taken place in Spanish prisons for decades. The documentation is abundant and forceful, and that is precisely what we wanted to make clear with the press conference. If you have not done it already, we strongly recommend that you see it in full , it will not leave anyone indifferent.

Since the holding and recording of the press conference, the days have been hectic. Take the campaign to the streets, with all the printed propaganda, start with the dissemination through social networks and messaging, broadcast the press conference on YouTube so that everyone could see it, communicate the calls and events that we had prepared for this first week campaign and in general, report on who Gabriel is and in what situation he is. We even had time to respond to the attacks that the CNT-AIT accounts on social networks also suffered during the campaign to support the fellow inmate. Speechless.

In this way, on Thursday 20 we began a long weekend with the presentation of the campaign in Madrid , which was attended by Elisa, Gabriel's companion. The following day the first two concentrations took place in Alicante and Granada , both before the sub-delegation of the government of those same cities.

Tirso de Molina Square (Madrid) Madrid Local Federation CNT-AIT

Presentation of the Solidarity Campaign for the Freedom of Gabriel Pombo da Silva at the CNT-AIT Madrid premises.

Concentration in Solidarity with Gabriel Pombo da Silva in front of Penitentiary Institutions in Madrid
On Saturday morning it was the comrades from Toledo who went to the Plaza de Zocodover to demand Gabriel's freedom.

Concentration in Toledo in solidarity with Gabriel Pombo Da Silva
We close this first week of diffusion with the calls of Barcelona and Madrid . The first one ran from Plaza Urquinaona to the government sub-delegation building, while the one in Madrid was held in front of the doors of the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions.

Demonstration in Barcelona in solidarity with the campaign

Concentration in Granada in front of the Government Sub-delegation

Concentration in Alicante in front of the Government Sub-delegation
During the first days of the second week, we caught our breath after a busy start and prepared the next steps on the campaign agenda. However, two more calls were held, one of them unrelated to this campaign but which we were very happy to hear about. On the one hand, the comrades of CNT-AIT Albacete gathered in front of the courts of their city. The police, despite the fact that the concentration had been communicated, dedicated themselves to photographing and identifying everyone, even asking for their telephone numbers.

In front of the Courts in Albacete in solidarity with the campaign
That same Saturday 29, the Library Squat Anarchist Carnaval y Barbarie , located in Vallekas (Madrid), organized a talk-debate with the presence of Elisa.

Presentation of the Campaign at the Anarchist Library Carnaval y Barbarie
We also want to thank the comrades of Assemblea Popular d'Elda i Petrer, the Moviment ProAmnistia de Barcelona and the Anti-Repressive Platform of Granada for all the support that they have given us so much these days by disseminating and attending the calls. And of course, we extend that gratitude to all the people, groups and organizations that have contributed their bit during these weeks.

But this has only just begun . The aim of these weeks was to publicize the campaign and shed some light on Gabriel's situation. Undoubtedly, there is still much to do in this regard, and we must continue to press for all these abuses to come to light and the State is forced to give in and apply what, moreover, are nothing but its own laws.

The only thing that matters now is getting Gabriel to regain his freedom. It is necessary that everyone (both from outside and from within the organization) add, contribute ideas, proposals and action . And to the media , or at least those with a modicum of decency, we ask once again to make Gabriel's situation known , which we remember, is out of all legality and should embarrass all those good democrats who fill up the mouth talking about "rule of law"

The new world that we carry in our hearts is born of solidarity

and it depends on our ability to defend it together.

Live anarchy!

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