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Monday 8 March 2010

Incomplete list of recent events in Portugal concerning prisons and revolt

from: 26 February, Leiria – the screws in the prison of Leiria beat up a prisoner after he refused to hand them the TV in his cell (as a punishment for coming back a few minutes later). Seeing this, many prisoners demand to talk with the prison director before they re-enter their cells. The director refused, and ordered the guards to beat every prisoner that was causing trouble. At that time, the prisoners who were in the refectory resisted the beatings, and the guards opened fire on them. After running away to the cells, the prisoners were beaten one by one, and the cells were raided. Two days later 6 prisoners escape.
9 February, Lisbon
– Center for Judiciary Studies attacked with paintbombs.
Solidarity with the prisoners in struggle and with the comrades persecuted by Justice, here and elsewhere.
Freedom for António Ferreira de Jesus, serving a hidden life sentence.
Freedom for the anarchists Alfredo Bonanno (who has a serious health condition) and Christos Stratigopoulos, imprisoned in the Greek concentration camps.
Freedom for all.”

6 February, Lisbon
– flyers handed out in the downtown in solidarity with the prisoners in struggle and against the society that builds up prisons.
31 January, Sintra
– Sunday afternoon, a banner with the words “THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN THE PRISON” appears hanging in the train station of Portela de Sintra.On the same day, flyers are distributed at the entrance of the prison of Linhó (Sintra). The text referred to the hunger and work strikes in the prisons of Alcoentre and Linhó and the different acts of revolt in different prisons, and it ended with “[…] prison is the final threat, the sword that both dictatorships and democracies lean against our necks. Prison is not only its building in a distant and isolated place. It is the entire world that builds it and needs it, and all the companies, institutions and people supporting it and collaborating with it in a direct way. To struggle against prison is to struggle against its world. It is in the acts of insubmission, small or big, that we recognize ourselves. And it’s acts of insubmission that we want to spread.”
29 January, Lisbon
– in the morning of 29 January the words “SOLIDARITY PRISONERS IN STRUGGLE!” appears painted on the façade of the cathedral of Lisbon.
26 January, Lisbon
– posters against prisons and in solidarity with the strikers in Linhó are glued around the prison of Lisbon.
22 Janeiro, Sintra
– 3 cars of prison guards are burnt with molotov cocktails, in the “prison guard neighborhood” of the prison of Linhó. The gate of a house also catches fire.
20 January, Sintra
– in the last few days, 400 prisoners in the prison of Linhó initiated a hunger strike and other forms of protest, against the several beatings of prisoners and the “odd” death of a prisoner on the 16th. This prisoner was 9 months in isolation.
In the night of 18 January, the GISP (riot screws) entered the prison to attack the hunger and work strikes, supported and practiced by most of the prisoners, beating many and transferring 10 prisoners to the infamous high security prison of Monsanto.

1 January, Setubal
– spray paintings against the prison written on its walls.
31 December, Setubal
– posters with a list of some of the companies and institutions collaborating with the prisons glued in the surroundings of the prison of Setubal.A banner with the words “ATTACK THIS PRISON SOCIETY” is hanged on a bridge at the entrance of the city, next to the prison.
31 December, Setubal
– flyers wishing a happy new year to the prisoners and to those who struggle against this society of control are handed out at the entrance of the prison of Setubal to visitors and passers-by.
30 December, Lisbon
– posters with a list of some of the companies and institutions collaborating with the prisons are glued in the surroundings of the prison of Lisbon.
Mid-December, Pinheiro da Cruz
– the prisoners refuse to participate in the traditional dinner-party in the prison with the presence of the Minister of Justice to celebrate Christmas.
Mid-December, Lisbon
– posters against this world of authority and misery and in solidarity with C. Stratigopoulos and A. Bonanno are glued on a few banks and universities.
10 December, Matosinhos
– A National Republican Guard (GNR) operation/raid in the prison of Santa Cruz do Bispo ignites a revolt, with the prisoners setting fire to the mattresses and breaking windows. One of them is transferred.

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