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Message about Luciano Demo

From Bristol Indymedia: Original Message

On Wednesday 21st March people from Bristol gathered to show solidarity with imprisoned Comrade Luciano Tortuga. This demonstration was called to coincide with the call-out for a Global Week of Solidarity starting on Tuesday 20th March.

Around 15-20 people gathered outside Bristol Central Library early in the morning with leaflets and a banner which read: “Solidarity! Luciano Tortuga! ¡Viva La Lucha En Chile!” The intended target was the Chilean Consulate in Bristol, which was located just a few streets away. After much confusion we discovered the Consulate, but were dismayed to find it only to be a small flat in a block of flats, on a narrow alleyway with no foot traffic.

Disappointed, people left. There were no attempts made to take a photograph of the demonstration at this point. The group wandered off and we began to think of other viable targets in the town centre which we could visit instead. Sadly nobody made the obvious connection between Luciano’s case and Santander bank, which has a branch in Bristol City Centre.

People left the demonstration and decided to go and join another protest that had been called in town for that same day. The group ended up forming a protest outside the local hospital against the recent privatisation of the national health service, which had happened the previous night.

People from the solidarity demo did later visit a film screening and infonight about the Chilean Struggle where the banner could be displayed and the leaflets handed out to people at the event.

Apologies for the lateness of this report. We would like to say sorry to Luciano and all other Chilean comrades for not posting this sooner.

In Solidarity.

March 21st: Solidarity demo for Luciano Tortuga

Poster | Leaflet

Meet 11:30AM outside Bristol Central Library

Luciano Pitronello, or “Tortuga” as his friends call him, was seriously injured on June 1, 2011 when an explosive device accidentally detonated as it was being placed at the entrance of a Santander bank in Santiago, Chile. After months of hospitalization and rehabilitation, he was indicted on two criminal charges related to the explosive device. His trial is scheduled to begin in April 2012.

The state prosecution has asked for a 15-year prison sentence for the comrade Luciano ‘Tortuga’, 12 years for terrorist offenses – use of an explosive device – and 3 years for using false license plates on the motorcycle used for the action. The trial is expected to begin in April. Tortuga is now in the Santiago 1 prison, in the hospital section.

Tortuga is an vegan anarchist committed to the struggle for animal and earth liberation.

We call for international solidarity , because we recognize neither borders not patriotism. let’s use every weapon against isolation!

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