Chilean Prisoners

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From Liberación Total, translated by Mexico/Bristol ABC:

Below is a list of revolutionary prisoners that remain kidnapped by the $hilean States. This list is a translation that was made in July 2012, it is constantly updated at liberaciontotal.lahaine.org/?page_id=3698 due to the transportation and living circumstances of the prisoners.

We recall the situation of some comrades who remain underground, among them Carlos Gutierrez (Charged in the “Security Case”), Diego Rios and Gabriela Curilem. We hope to never have to add them to this list and that they never have to walk in the prison.

Any input or update, send to liberaciontotal (at) riseup.net.

SANTIAGOONE: PRIVATEPRISON

Luciano Pitronello Schuffenger, “Tortuga” (Turtle) 23 years

Santiago one. Health and care area.

On June 1, 2011, Luciano and a companion, who was waiting with him on a motorcycle, installed an artifact of a one kilo of black powder inside a fire extinguisher in the Santander Bank on the streets Vicuña Mackena and Victoria. The explosive detonated in advance amputating part of Luciano´s hands and causing serious burns. He remains in the Central Hospital before being transferred to the Indisa Clinic, where after a large treatment he is continuing the rehabilitation at home with strong police harassment.

On 22 November, it was formalized under the infamous anti-terrorism law the accussation of placing an explosive device in addition to false patent application (patent for the theft that was used on the motorcycle that day). Luciano, the Turtle, vindicated anarchist was then sent to the hospital of the concessioned prison Santiago One to continue his treatment. His health is at the mercy of the will of jailers and prison doctors to the risk of infection because of the severity of their burns.

He is currently in custody awaiting trial.

Sebastian Fajardo, “Chasca”

Santiago One, Block 35.

On Wednesday January 4, 2012 a march was held through downtown Santiago to commemorate four years after the death of Matias Catrileo, the march ended in clashes between police and hooded people in addition to disturbances such as burning of a police motorcycle, and a public transport bus. Hours after, Dipolcar agents (political police of democracy) accused Sebastian of burning the bus.

The comrade did not lower his head when being transferred to the Tribunal, instead throwing punches and insults against the press. On Thursday, 5 the court decided that Sebastian should be remanded in custody and taken to Santiago One.

He is currently in custody awaiting trial.

Eduardo Garay “Wick”

Santiago One, Block 35

On Wednesday January 4, 2012 a march was held through downtown Santiago to commemorate four years after the death of Matias Catrileo, the march ended in clashes between police and hooded people in addition to disturbances such as burning of a police motorcycle, and a public transport bus. Hours after, Dipolcar agents (political police of democracy) accused Eduardo of burning the bus. On Thursday 5, the court decided that he should be under house arrest at night, the prosecution then appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday 13 February and decreed custody. Eduardo was then taken to Santiago One and is currently in custody awaiting trial.

Ivan Silva

In the early hours of Monday April 16, Ivan was arrested along with Carla Verdugo, in the municipality of La Granja by police after an identity check in which they found materials for the manufacture of an explosive device.

Currently in custody awaiting trial.

MAXIMUMSECURITYSPECIALUNIT (MSSU)

This unit is composed of two parts, the main is the Maximum Security Jail (MSJ) which consist of three blocks (North H, North South and J), in these places inmates shares cells (3-5 approx) and have access to the courtyard most of the day. As a jail inside the jail, the Maximum Security Unit (MSU) functions inside the MSSU but with its own special segregation rules; individual cells (3×4 meters approximately), 23 hours a day lockdown, two visits per week, one per parlor (trough a blinded glass and an intercom), which political prisoners have denied for many years considering it worthless. MSU is a penalty and traffic area where inmates stay for 6 months generally and then are moved to MSJ.

MAXIMUMSECURITYUNIT

Hans Niemeyer Salinas (38 years)

Maximum Security Section, 1st floor.

On November 30, 2011 a bomb exploded at a BCI bank between the streets Macul and Olmos. Seconds to detonate the device, a police patrol pass through the sector and claim to see a person leaving the bank while supposedly walking somewhat dazed shedding clothing and gloves. Prosecutors accused him of be involvement in the attack formalizing him under the nefarious anti-terrorism law by placing explosive device.

Days after the bombing, “Manuel Gutierrez Battle Group” claims the attack giving full description of the device, time, and the withdrawal of the place, confirming that a pedestrian had been injured and the police incorrectly involved him with the event. Hans has an acoustic trauma as a result of the proximity to the explosion.

The defendant is currently in custody awaiting trial.

MAXIMUMSECURITYJAIL

Marcelo Villaroel

High Security Prison, Special High Security Wing, H Block North

Villarroel was a MAPU Lautaro member and political prisoner in the 1990s. He is charged with taking part in the September 2007 Banco Santander robbery in Valparaíso and the October 2007 Banco Security robbery in Santiago during which repressive agent Luis Moyano died in a shootout while the perpetrators were making their escape.

After a period as a fugitive, Villarroel was arrested on March 15, 2008 together with Freddy Fuentevilla in Neuquen, Argentina. They were then deported to Chile on December 15, 2009.

He is currently in custody awaiting trial.

Juan Aliste Vega

High Security Prison, Special High Security Wing, J Block

Aliste Vega was a MAPU Lautaro member and political prisoner in the 1990s. He is charged with taking part in the September 2007 Banco Santander robbery in Valparaíso and the October 2007 Banco Security robbery in Santiago during which repressive agent Luis Moyano died in a shootout while the perpetrators were making their escape.

Aliste Vega was arrested on July 9, 2010 in Argentina and later deported to Chile on July 22, 2010. He is specifically charged with shooting at the police during the Banco Security escape.

He is currently in custody awaiting trial.

Freddy Fuentevilla

High Security Prison, Special High Security Wing, H Block North

Fuentevilla is a former member of the MIR (Revolutionary Left Movement). He is charged with taking part in the September 2007 Banco Santander robbery in Valparaíso and the October 2007 Banco Security robbery in Santiago during which repressive agent Luis Moyano died in a shootout while the perpetrators were making their escape.

After a period as a fugitive, Fuentevilla was arrested on March 15, 2008 together with Marcelo Villarroel in Neuquen, Argentina. They were then deported to Chile on December 15, 2009. Fuentevilla is accused of driving the motorcycle from which shots were fired at the police.

He is currently in custody awaiting trial.

Esteban Huiniguir

High Security Prison, Special High Security Wing, J Block

Huiniguir is a former MAPU Lautaro member. After his home was raided on March 29, 2008 (Young Combatant’s Day), he and other residents were arrested on charges of possession of Molotov cocktails.

Out of a blatantly absurd desire to lock him up, he was sentenced to three years and one day in prison for growing marijuana, plus another 541 days for misdemeanor drug trafficking, even though only a few plants were found at his home.

He is currently serving out his sentence.

Miguel Sanchez

High Security Prison, Special High Security Wing, J Block

Initially imprisoned due to participating in the armed struggle against the dictatorship as a member of the FPMR (Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front), after the transition to the democratic dictatorship he continues to fight and is arrested and sentenced to 20 years for possession of guns and participation in several actions. In jail he participated in different movements until he escape on his first jail benefit but is arrested again.

Miguel continues to be an anti-system revolutionary.

He is currently serving out his sentence.

SANTIAGOSOUTHJAIL

Juan Tapia Olivares

Former Lautarista arrested on October 24, 2010 for a case open from 1993. On 2006 he was tried in absentia (in his absence) and with no defense and sentenced to 14 years. His first detention was by DIPOLCAR, where the comrade Norma Vergara was killed.

He is currently serving out his sentence.

Alberto Olivares Fuenzalida

South Santiago Prison (Former Penitentiary), A Block

Olivares Fuenzalida was an FPMR (Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front) member and political prisoner during the 1990s. At the moment, he is locked up on charges stemming from a number of expropriations. In prison, he has participated in hunger strikes and protests while writing and fomenting rebellion as a member of the January 22 Collective.

He is currently serving out his sentence.

SANMIGUELJAIL

Cristian Morales

After being a fugitive for almost 4 years he was arrested by the PDI on July 19, 2011, accused of a bank robbery.

FEMALEPENITENTIARYCENTER

Carla Verdugo

In the early hours of Monday April 16, Carla was arrested along with Ivan Silva, in the municipality of La Granja by police after an identity check in which they found materials for the manufacture of an explosive device. From that date she has been in prison custody. Carla’s partner is Juan Aliste, also accused in the Security Case.

Currently in custody awaiting trial.

SUBJECT TO PREVENTIVE MEASURES

After the many protests and clashes in 2011 several comrades were imprisoned accused of possession of Molotov cocktails or aggression towards the police and now, after being released, they are on “monitored freedom”. A summary of their situations:

  • Cristobal Franke “Mono”: Released from the Maximum Security Section on January 31, 2012, after being inside for 4 months, is awaiting trial, has to go to the prosecution every month, and has no permission to exit the country.
  • Gonzalo Zapata: Released from the Maximum Security Section on January 31, 2012, after being inside 4 months, is awaiting trial, has to go to the prosecution every month, and has no permission to exit the country.
  • Zerman Elias: Released from the Maximum Security Section on February 7, 2012, after being inside 4 months, is awaiting trial, has to go to the prosecution every month, and has no permission to exit the country.
  • Bomb Case: ALL ARE FREE
  • Patricio Gallardo Trujillo y Alejandro Rodriguez Escobar, accused of an assault to a Prosegur stock truck on September 2009, in the Las Condes municipality. He is still on the streets but has to go every month to the prosecution and awaiting trial.

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