As part of an International day of Solidarity with Anarchists political prisoners incarcerated by the Spanish State anarchists from across the north gathered in Belfast to highlight there continued detention. As similar actions and protests took place across the world, anarchists rallied at the anti-fascist monument in Belfast’s Writers Square.
The last few years have seen an increasing wave of repression against Anarchists and other radicals right across the Spanish State, best characterized by the police operations Pandora and Piñata. Acting in response to movements, uprisings and upheavals across the country, particularly in Catalonia, the state has arrested dozens of comrades, often under the pretext of anti-terrorism. The result has been to foster a climate of fear and in-action.
While most of those held in pre-trial detention have been released, all still have pending charges. Now is our moment to show that their attempts to silence us will not work.
As today’s protest took place news arrived on those comrades already imprisoned. According to the the publication “Coraje”, Javier Grijalbo Adán were released from prison on June 11th leaving only Paul Jara Zevallos still incarcerated following Operación Piñata. It is expected that others will be released within the next few days.
Solidarity & strength from Ireland to all anarchist comrades being persecuted by the Spanish state!