Over the last month, Rafa and his cell mate, Javi (a prisoner from the communist armed group GRAPO) have suffered harder repression in prison.Rafa was arrested in September 16th, 2003 in Barcelona, and has been on remand in a F.I.E.S. unit since then. He and 5 other anarchists are being accused of belonging to an armed anarchist cell that carried out actions in solidarity with people arrested at the European Summit in Thessaloniki in 2003. The prison director has decided to separate them after their protests against the regime. They have been beaten, isolated and threatened with dispersal. They both have been separated as a way to make their life in prison even more unbearable, destroying the little relationship they are able to create.
For the moment Rafa has been given 2 periods of isolation lasting 32 days each. In solidarity some political prisoners from Brieva (women’s prison) refused to leave their cells in protest on October 13th. In the Soto del Real prison there were also protests in solidarity with Rafa and Javi. This kind of situation wouldn’t be possible if there was stronger support from the outside, our comrades would get more respect from the guards, as they wouldn’t be so confident in acting with impunity. We encourage everyone to express solidarity in any way they find opportune.
If you want to call Valdemoro prison and ask for the prison director, the phone number is (0034) 918948000.
If you want to write to Rafa :
Rafael Tomas Gaspar, C.P. Madrid III Valdemoro mod.6, Carretera Pinto a San Martín de la Vega, km.5, Cp.28340 Madrid, Spain.
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