To understand anti-authoritarian solidarity as a relationship that involves as main actors the prisoners and the street, means that it is essential to fight inside the prison, otherwise the practice of solidarity turns into assistance and charity and the prisoner is the simple passive recipient of support that can come from outside, without participating or contributing to the conflicting initiatives. It is necessary that the slogan “Nothing stops with prison” be put into practice, using all available means, which, even if limited, can be extremely effective. This has been demonstrated by the different struggles in the long and rich history of political prisoners, characterized by their strength of will and determination to go all the way, in order to achieve their goals. Inside the prison, every minute spent in the yard, every book that comes in, every item that is allowed in, is enough to remember or to ask, for example, how the guards agreed to keep the cell doors open longer in the maximum security prison, or the non-existence of visiting rooms in the C.A.S. [Cárcel de Alta Seguridad, in Santiago, one of the most important penitentiary centers in Chile; NdAtt.].
The active mobilization inside the prisons has also led to important victories in terms of the release of prisoners, forcing the laws and exerting effective pressure on the State, which on several occasions has been forced to accept negotiations and meet demands.
However, these triumphs would never have been achieved without the support of solidarity, and demands of the prisoners would remain confined within these high walls, without a constant mobilization that breaks the norm, even momentarily. It is therefore essential that there be real harmony between the different collectives and individuals in solidarity, which translates into communication and an exchange of visions oriented towards the conflict; undeniably, this strengthens the struggle and the milieus involved in it. In this way, solidarity becomes a combative and offensive practice that takes the floor and seizes the opportune moments, giving rise to facts and ruptures.
Having said this, we make it clear that we do not conceive of struggle without conflict. Even though we often do not achieve our goals, at least we have insisted on the necessity of conflict and we will continue to do so, simply because it is the way we have decided to live our lives. We will persist in the conflict and if it does not present itself, we will go looking for it and provoke it, because only by kicking will we create cracks in society.
Against longer sentences!
Repeal of the modification of D.L 321*!
Amnesty for the prisoners of the revolt!
Freedom for prisoners of war!
Mónica Caballero Sepúlveda
(Sección de connotación Publica - Cárcel de San Miguel)
Francisco Solar Domínguez
(Sección de Máxima Seguridad - Cárcel de Alta Seguridad)