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(en) Anarchist Federation Gran Canaria: A judgment by Ruyman Rodriguez (ca) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 9 Mar 2021 10:21:01 +0200

In a few weeks I will be tried and also, undoubtedly, convicted. I am accused of a crime of " attack on authority " (poetic, for an anarchist) and I am asked for a minimum of 1 year and 6 months in prison and 770 bucks of fine. All this for supposedly having kicked a civil guard in 2015 in the barracks where I was detained and tortured in order to intimidate me and destabilize the self-managed housing project of the «La Esperanza» Community , located in the Gran Canaria municipality of Guía. . ---- I will not waste time in claiming my innocence or similar nonsense, and even less when there are companions and companions who at the moment, as I write, are already in jail. Besides, it would be useless. That I will be damned is as certain as that tomorrow the sun will rise. An attempt will be made with this (if I want to avoid, it seems, the execution of the sentence) to keep me " calm " and without fussing for a few years and, if possible, to teach my back a Canarian anarchism and an insular movement for the right to the home that has been bothering you for too long beyond your means.

And then they say that we anarchists are naive ... If they think that the conviction of the militants and the need for the evicted can be stifled with laws, trials and convictions, they have not understood anything. Even the founders of Roman Law themselves assumed it: necessitas caret lege ( " necessity lacks law " ). No paper or bar has ever been able to crush the survival instinct and the urge to get food, shelter and shelter. My conviction won't make it either.

Having said that, I would like to use this episode as a pretext to share some reflections on the judicial system and its mechanisms.

The first is the act of judgment itself. Entering a room where you are going to be processed for the first time is like taking part in a kind of overwhelming ritual. The overloaded liturgy, the archaic language, the dehumanized atmosphere, the ridiculous clothing, everything necessary to create a solemn atmosphere that overwhelms the victim and makes him prey to anguish and guilt. The feeling is like approaching a sacrificial altar where a high priest can decide, at will, your fate. Although all this is adorned with the bureaucratic paraphernalia of the modern era, the event is tremendously similar to what a shaman might celebrate by consulting the spirits about the guilt of the offenderor an inquisitor demanding that he confess the truth before God: people in absurd disguises assume a role of supreme authority and decide on the destiny of others based on a formula, written or not, which for the accused acquires a certain supernatural character.

Experience or political training can gradually crack the magical aspect of the chiringuito. Seeing the protagonists moments after the trial with their robes in hand, laughing at what happened in the courtroom, talking about football while pissing in the courtroom toilets or hurrying a carajillo while smoking on a nearby terrace, takes away a bit of rigor. To the subject. As with the arrests in the police station, over time you come to understand that everything is a little theater, a huge, pathetic, comical and at the same time dramatic farce. Adult people, proud of symbols and uniforms, protected by rank, more or less convinced of the role they play and that they have turned a comic opera, a tragic carnival, into a respectable profession that their children can show off at school. If they didn't have the power to destroy the lives of others,

But all this circus is based on the sacred text of civil society from the Hammurabi Code: the law.

Whether or not companies need a written code to regulate themselves can be a matter of debate. That this code is chosen by a minority based on their interests, imposed on the majority and enforced through compulsion or violence, seems to me much less debatable. Whenever we anarchists raise the ridiculousness of a vertically imposed code governing our lives, we are asked what we would do with crimes, violence, etc. of any State). The reality is that criminal codes have been around for centuries and have never been able to mitigate or suppress human violence; hopefully they have refined it.

The Spanish Penal Code, like all punitive codes in the rest of the world, is only based on the defense of two elementary principles: protecting private property (all articles on theft, trespassing, usurpation, etc., derive from there 1 ) and guarantee that the State, and not any private individual, is the sole holder of the monopoly of violence (to use the expression of Max Weber). The state has no interest in suppressing violence; he only wants to control it and make sure that no one disputes the privilege of its application. That, above moral issues, is the foundation from which all the articles that penalize the use of violence between third parties emanate.

Even when this is admitted, we will continue to insist on what is the anarchist alternative to laws, prisons, police and the judiciary. Many colleagues, before and better than me, have bequeathed us elaborate answers in this regard 2 . With less time and lights, I can only say that I do not know the perfect and definitive solution , because perhaps there is not. I only know that the Spanish State has almost the largest prison population in the EU with one of the lowest crime rates 3. I only know that crimes related to the violation of private property would lose their reason for being if we had a society where wealth was shared by everyone and was not held in the hands of a minimum percentage of the population. I only know that a large part of the prisoners in Spanish prisons are held for moral crimesthat perhaps tomorrow they will not be, such as those related to drugs (just as in his day adultery was no longer punishable). I only know that natural human phenomena such as migration are considered illegal and that locking up thousands of people in subhuman conditions on that pretext, as is happening right now in the Canary Islands, seems to be something perfectly legal. I only know that in the Spanish State it is a crime to blaspheme God, to outrage the flag, the king or the autonomous communities, to make distasteful comments about terrorism (of course, far-right or State terrorism is excluded) and that there are people prosecuted or imprisoned for jokes, songs, plays, performances or for burning symbols. I only know that professional police forcesThey have existed for centuries and have only served to maintain the privileges of the ruling class, safeguard inequality, persecute poverty, repress political dissent and impose a vertical violence far superior to any horizontal violence. I only know that prisons show a serious state of social immaturity, where the State, turned into an ignorant and cruel father, solves the problems of its son, the disruptive individual, locking him in a dark room until he learns his lesson. I only know that after millennia with all kinds of sentences, life sentences or death sentences, the violence has not diminished one iota. I just know that there might never be a curefor human violence, but perhaps it would not be wrong to analyze what percentage of atrocious acts are a reflection of the society where they occur; try other models of society and learning where perhaps men are not taught to violate women is part of our nature and our privileges; experiment, perhaps, with other forms of conflict resolution that do not involve adding more violence to violence or burying problems, even when those problems are human beings, under the rug.

As humans we suffer a cognitive dissociation that tears us apart from the inside. Two morals have been grafted onto us: one superficial (the one that publicly defines what is good or bad) and the other deep (the one that intimately defines what is good or bad), the same ones that allow us to repeat that " killing is bad. "while we are able to rationalize as acceptable that a soldier or policeman can shoot someone. We have been educated to internalize individual violence as a phenomenon disconnected from social, economic and governmental violence. We have been indoctrinated so that wars, heteropatriarchy, evictions, dismissals, labor exploitation, institutional racism, torture and police charges, seem to us violence of a more acceptable, logical, rational nature than spontaneous violence by the individuals. They have taught us that there are laws of blood -such as those relating to property and obedience- that must be complied with, and paper laws -such as those that speak of the social responsibility of States- that can be ignored without consequences. We have become accustomed to companies,

Despite this certain and harsh conclusion, the real, sensitive world, far from artifice and mind control measures, can make its way even if they throw you into the most infectious hole. All we need is to learn to reduce the official world to its proper dimension, powerful when it comes to brute force, but fake, fictitious and painful in its purest expression. Everything is limited to the fact that a group of people, believers in the principle of authority that establishes that some people are superior to others, disguises themselves as judges and policemen to force us to do what another group of people, who disguise themselves as politicians, write periodically in a book that dictates what is a crime and what is not, and all this to safeguard the heritage of another small group of people who have spent centuries disguising themselves as owners, monopolizing what belongs to everyone and dictating what the rest of the disguised people do. You cannot take something like this seriously, although unfortunately because of that practical joke people lose their freedom, their health, physical and mental, years of life or even life itself.

But no matter how much damage they do to us, they will never be able to erase a crude evidence: their laws, even those of blood, are written on paper and we must be certain that one day, sooner or later, it will rain.

From here, and by way of conclusion, I just want to offer my gratitude to all the colleagues and to all the groups that in one way or another have expressed solidarity with my personal situation. I can never thank you enough. You have made it possible for me to continue active in a front of struggle as unfortunate but necessarily public and visible as the one faced by the Anarchist Federation of Gran Canaria and the Union of Tenants of Gran Canaria. Also to my colleagues from both organizations, to my colleagues from daily fatigue, for being there when the easiest thing was not to be, for helping me pick up the pieces. Thank you all.

Just remember that if these bastards forbid us to breathe, they'll only get one thing: disobedience, at least twelve times a minute. Breathe hard, my friends.

Ruyman Rodriguez

North Africa, late year 1 of the pandemic dystopia

1 Even crimes against public health and all those related to drug trafficking have no other pillar than the defense of private property: the illegalization of alcohol between 1920-1933 in the USA (the so-called " Prohibition " ) caused the rise of organized crime causing a product such as alcohol to reach an exorbitant price and thus yield huge profits for smugglers. Today, it is clear, the legalization of drugs would lower their price and cause large-scale drug trafficking to lose huge dividends. As long as drugs are illegal, their price will not fall and the profit margin of the big traffickers, who also have the right to have their private property protected, will be maintained.

2 The list of works would turn this humble reflection into an academic bibliography. Piotr Kropotkin's classic Prisons (1887) is sufficient for those interested .

3 Violeta Aguado, " Spain has fewer crimes than the European average but more people incarcerated " ( El D iario.es ), April 21, 2016.

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