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June 7, 2010
OPEN YOUR EYES: IT’S TIME TO FIGHT
To all free-minded comrades:
It’s been years of tireless struggle for the radical transformation of the current social order, against the power of the rich, against the democracy that represents them, its politicians, its police, its businesses, its reformism, its exasperating passivity, its false reality.
There have been hundreds of rebellious, insurrectional women and men who—acting in groups or alone—have given the best of themselves in direct combat to destroy everything that oppresses us. And on that difficult road, we have had to inevitably coexist with persecution, prison, and death as the sustained response by the power of domination, which seeks the extermination of conscious proletarians who insist on being masters of their own destinies.
There have been countless failures to understand, stigmas, defamations, dirty wars, lies made into official truths promoted by the state as permanent policy toward whomever rebels and attacks it. The dictatorship of commodities never neglects one of its essential supports: the continuous, habitual violence of one class over the other, which mutates according to the interests and necessities of capital.
The dictatorship of capital is always omnipresent, sometimes as military dictatorship, other times as parliamentary democracy. This is how it’s been in Chile for at least the last 40 years, and the rebellion continues.
Meanwhile, oblivion and cheap charlatanism have become national sports, and remain comfortable and attractive options when the time comes to confront the day-to-day suffocation of capital.
Meanwhile, the Mattes, Piñeras, Luksices, Edwardses, and Angelinis multiply their earnings of thousands of millions of dollars again and again, and lose nothing. The result is that we exploited pay for the eternal crises, the natural disasters, the violent, shameful luxury and opulence in which the rich live.
Meanwhile, the laws that criminalize misery are modified and permanently toughened, defining and reproducing a prison machine that locks up more and more people. Indolent passivity definitely can’t continue.
It’s for these reasons and many more that—as poor people at war, as proletarians in revolt, as the rebellious exploited—it becomes necessary for us to reconstruct and articulate spaces of active solidarity with the struggle against imprisonment and for the destruction of the jailer who resides in all spheres of social reality.
It’s also for these reasons that the different anti-prison experiences become a vital part of confronting the new challenges inherent to the development of the social war today. We know its inevitable moments of tension will bring about the existence of new proletarians in struggle, prisoners, and dead comrades as well. Perhaps it sounds harsh or crude to say that, but it’s part of a reality we can’t deny, and we would be worse off lying to ourselves.
This is the struggle to be human: looking to break the chains that keep you from being free, dignified, and wild; acting in the most straightforward, everyday, lasting ways; taking the initiative again to link up, disseminate, reveal, point out the new reality in which our prisoners live; knowing the particular faces of those who repress inside the prisons and on the streets; sharing experiences in order to learn how to face specific situations; knowing how the “new justice” functions, its proceedings, how to cope.
In short, with class consciousness, from a clearly subversive perspective: mending the networks of complicity, breaking down indifference, overcoming the fear that paralyzes.
FOR THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE PRISON-CAPITAL-STATE!!
FOR ACTIVE SOLIDARITY AGAINST THE ENTIRE PRISON FRAMEWORK!!
FOR THE STRENGTHENING AND SPREAD OF AUTONOMOUS ANTICAPITALIST NUCLEI!!
WHILE THERE IS MISERY THERE WILL BE REBELLION!!
—Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda, Anarchist PrisonerMaximum Security Wing, Maximum Security PrisonSantiago, ChileThursday, June 3, 2010