“If you asked me what prison is, I would answer without a doubt that it is a wasteland of defined social-economic plans, where they throw all those individuals that bother them within society: this is why prison mainly houses mainly poor people” Xose Tarrio
“A movement that forgets its hostages is condemned to fail” Harold Tobson
As of October 1st, comrades Mario Gonzalez, Carlos Lopez ‘El Chivo’, Fernando Barcenas and Abraham Cortez, imprisoned in different prisons in Mexico City, are carrying out a hunger strike indefinitely.
Four days in to the hunger strike, we make a call for solidarity to the struggle that the comrades are carrying out, fighting the society of incarceration in its heart.
We do not seek to transform them into heroes, let alone fall into a logic of victimization. We understand that, despite their imprisonment, despite the deprivation of freedom of their bodies, their ideals and dreams for a society liberated from dominance and exploitation continues to be free.
Their struggle is ours.
Just like them we also despise mechanisms of control and dominance of this prison-society.
We refuse prison and, with it, the system to which it belongs.
For the retrieval of our lives!
Down with the prison walls!
Freedom to all!
M.Gonzalez (imprisoned in Torre Medica in Tepepan) :
Physically he is still strong for now, but there are worries for his pancreas and liver, and the comrade shows signs of fatigue, slight dizziness when he gets up, but he is in good spirits and calm. The prison doctors check on him three times a day, attempting to prove he is not on hunger strike.
A.Cortez and F.Barcenas (Imprisoned in Norte prison): Both are in the newcomers’ cells, and the prison doctors check them 3 times a day. They both lost weight and show signs of fatigue, but are determined to continue.
C.Lopez (imprisoned in Oriente prison):
He was moved from the main prison population to the newcomers’ cells. He shows signs of fatigue, mild dizziness and slight weight loss.
He is transferred to the infirmary of the prison 3 times a day. Guards and other prisoners pressure him to end the hunger strike, but the comrade remains undeterred.
The following solidarity actions have been planned for the next few days:
Solidarity gathering outside Norte prisons today Tuesday October 7th, at 2pm.
Demonstration against the prisons from Torre Medica in Tepepan towards Oriente prison, on October 12th, at noon.