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Represive strike in Chile: 17 house raided and 14 companions kidnnaped by
Agents of the BIPE (Police of Investigation) and the ERTA (equivalent to
the SWAT) on the other side agents of the GOPE (Especial forces of the
Normal Police), LABOCAR (CSI) and the deparment of inteligence of the
police and a series of helicopters and police cars whas the armory who
used the police for the 17 raids, in Santiago and Valparaiso, during the
dawn on the Saturday 14 of August. Between the 17 houses 3 are Squats and
Socials Center being the squats La Crota Bike Punk and the Squat Social
Center and Library Sacco and Vanzetti in Santiago downtown and the
Autonomous Social Center Jhonny Cariqueo in the Pudahuel municipality. Two
houses were raided in Valparaiso.
The excuse for this police operation falls in the “Bomb Case”, and 23 of
the attacks with explosive registred in Santiago, according with the
police version would have direct links with those arrested.
The first raid was in the squat La Crota Bike Punk by the GOPE where the
result was 6 companions arrested. Of the six detainees were kidnapped
three, a female comrade with arrest warrant and for the other two the
police inveted traces of TNT in his hands.
[fucking fuckers are fucked]
Then was the turn of the SSC and Library Sacco and Vanzetti, by the ERTA
and the BIPE where they take out the metalic grid of the window with a
police car. The agents also realized shootings whit rubber bullets, hiting
the body of two companions. From this space were arrested 5 companions and
one remain kidnnaped.
At the same time was raided the ASC and Libertary Library Jhonny Cariqueo
in the Pudahuel municipality, in this space the police breaking in
smashing access doors and no one was arrested.
Also the police raided 14 particular houses, 12 in Santiago and 2 in
With a total of 17 raids realized by the defenders of the order and 14
Formalization of the hostages.
This Saturday around 16:00 pm the companions where brought before the 11º
Santiago Court Guarantee where the southern prosecution recuest extend the
detention until next Tuesday, 17 August, where they would be concluded by
"installation of explosive or incendiary devices and terrorist conspiracy"
(law made by Pinochet), question which the Ministry of Interior would also
make part risking 20 years. During the hearing, demonstrated once again
the circus nature of the Chilean courts. Judge Lidia Bruna agreed to each
and every one of the requests of the Prosecutor and the Ministry of
Interior (press presence, extending the period of detention for three
days, insolition of the companions amog themselves and the outside, and
also the order to bring the police collaborator Gustavo Fuentes "El
Grillo" to the audience next tuesday, to formalize with the rest of the
alleged members of this "terrorist conspiracy." The vultures of the
bourgeois press were all in the courtroom and fired their flashes once the
judge gave the signal for the guards to enter the companions.
The arguments of the defensory were heard and denied one after another.
The judge had everything ready for each resolution automatically read it
with her voice of old bitch of a paper above his deck. When they ask to a
companion if they had reclaims to do in relation to detention, he said he
had been repeatedly threatened with death, and she responds “that’s all?”.
Neither seemed to attract much attention the story about the destruction
of particular houses of the companions. The Prosecution justify the
injuries cause by the police to a companion of the Sacco and Vanzetti (a
rubber bullet in his head and a kick on the nouse) in the fact it would
have looked out a window of the building throwing things and destroying
evidence, thing that the companion denied this version inmeditly calling
of “Imaginative”, was reprimanded for showing disrespect to prosecutors.
So beating and threatening people with death and rupture unnecessarily
houses is part of normal that judges uphold, but any questioning of the
repressive apparatus can not take place in this circus. This lady
continued with the same attitude when defense counsel had talked about an
"orchestration" between the different media to blame ours comrades.
When it became clear that the show was already ceasing to continue on
Tuesday at 9:00pm, began to feel the cheering of support, very welcomed by
the spirits of our companions. Canvases spread outside the courtroom, were
sung songs of support ("Free the prisoners to fight"), the expression of
the old fascist lady was of disgust and horror, some bodyguards
immediately surround the prosecutor Alejandro Peña. After wrangling
between those who went to support our comrades with two types of police
dogs (police and press), the fascist judge made another signal that the 14
comrades were taked inside and then, from the cells area, came a
contingent furious policemen armed with sticks and shields, which flew
over the banks of defendants and lawyers with the clear intention of
beating up friends and relatives of the detainees. Of course, the
bourgeois press has noted that all the comrades who came to support, as
bad as the accused, attacked the press and other guardians of the
capitalist order, but the truth is that the aggression came from the
guards, while police and journalists beat many people savagely, and
outside the enclosure were joined by riot police launching a manhunt that
was not intended to arrest any one but to punish directly. The companion
Luisa Vergara was closed with a traumatic brain injury, the mother of one
of the detainees had minor injuries caused by a fucking journalist, and
luckily most of the windows of this shit temple (courts) were destroyed to
be used against the officers. Also, several journalists were beaten and
their cameras damaged. No companion was arrested but many were beaten by
Once outside of the courts the companions found out that the SSC and
Library Sacco and Vanzetti was being closed for a joint operation by the
two police deparments. During the afternoon, the building had been guarded
by a truck from the PDI (Police Of Investigation), whose occupants at
first denied the entry of a group of companion, but later agreed to let in
and take some things, warning that there was an order not to leave the
building were reoccupied. Hours later, at about 18:30, police had entered
the squat and were carrying out work to close all access. The Library and
all the other things that were not seized (this time took little in the
raid) remained sequestered there. The police did not exhibit any eviction
order or anything, and said it was orders of the prosecutor. They also
said the squat would be recovered by their legitimate owners, the ISP
(Internal Revenue Service). A quick operation that took them by surprise
yielded a number of books that were put to safe, sparking a short police
chase in the area without any one arrested.
The Kidnapped Companions are:
-Pablo Morales: Ex-Lautarista (A military political organization that
operates in Chile at the end of the dictatorship and the beginning of
democracy). Arrested at his house in Santiago.
-Rodolfo Retamales: Ex-Lautarista. Arrested at his house in Santiago. Also
was raided thei parent’s house.
-Omar Hermosilla: Ex-Lautarista. Arrested at his house in Santiago.
-Andrea Urzùa: In 2008 the police say that she traied to enter
nitrogliceryn inside one of the jails in Argentina where they were Freddy
Fuentevilla y Marcelo Villarroel (companions in trail for a bank robbery).
Arrested at his house in Santiago
-Felipe Guerra: Arrested in SSC and Library Sacco and Vanzetti. Also was
raided his mom’s house. The companion was injured by agents of the ERTA.
-Cristian Cancino: He was arrested in the squat “La Idea” after the dead
of Mauricio Morales (comrade killed by his own bomb on May 22, 2009),
where the police charged him with almost 500 grams of black gunpowder.
Cristian decided to assume his guilt in a short trail to go out of jail.
-Carlos Riveros: Arrested at his house in Santiago.
-Camilo Perez: Arrested at his house in Santiago.
-Ivan Goldenberg: Arrested at his house in Valparaiso. Police say the gun
he was carrying Mauricio Morales at the time of his death, was owned by
the grandfather of Ivan.
-Candelaria Cortès-Monroy: Arrested at his house in Santiago. Candelaria
in 2008 was stabbed by Gustavo Fuentes aka "El Grillo" who was his partner
and who is accused of installing bombs.
-Francisco Solar: Arrested at his house in Valparaiso.
-Monica Caballero: Arrested at the squat “La Crota”.
-Diego Morales: Arrested at the squat “La Crota”. The police invented that
Diego has in his hands traces of TNT.
-Vinicio Aguilera: Arrested at the squat “La Crota”. The police inveted
that Vinicio also has in his hands traces of TNT.
All male companions are in the high security prison and feamle comrades in
Women's Counseling Center.
Immediate Solidarity with our companions kidnapped by the Power!
The “terrorist conspiracy” exists only in the head of the prosecutor Peña!
More info, pictures and video: (In Spanish)