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Oct 23, 16

Mexico: Anarchist Prisoners End Hunger Strike but Remain Fasting

From Anarchist Black Cross – Mexico
Translated by Scott Campbell

Day 15 of the anarchist prisoners’ hunger strike.

After two weeks on hunger strike, due to the health of some and in order to avoid serious complications, anarchist prisoners Fernando Bárcenas, Luis Fernando Sotelo and Abraham Cortés, as well as activist Jesse Montaño, have decided to continue their collective struggle inside the prison with indefinite fasts and have ended the hunger strike.

We are reposting the text signed by Fernando Bárcenas.

From the skin inwards, we are in command of ourselves!

To the rebel compas:

First of all, I would like to send greetings to all those who stood in solidarity and complicity with this battle.

The days of struggle cannot continue to be temporary, nor led by revolutionary vanguards. There is no sense in unifying all rebel forces in homogeneity, unless fascism is the goal.

If instead our basic perspective is broader and we recognize that we are not the center of the universe but rather a part of it, we will have many more possibilities to spread our proposals and ideas.

In this sense, the hunger strike that we four compas began in the North and South Prisons was meant to be a way of reaffirming this position of self-determination and questioning; of negation. A way of saying: “From the skin inwards, we are in command of ourselves!!”

That’s why starting today, Thursday, October 13, we have decided to end the hunger strike due to the deteriorating health of some compas who have participated in other strikes and who as a result run serious risks of irreversible damage to their health.

However, we have decided to indefinitely continue fasting every day until 2pm to continue our condemnation, solidarity and extension of revolt, which we know is everywhere, at all times and places.

So, we continue to face the enemy with potentially explosive acts, from a place of rejection and permanent, daily conflict.

So that all our days on this immense prison called earth turn into informal and permanent days of war against power, for its definitive and total destruction.

Fernando Bárcenas

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Scott Campbell is the author of the "Insumisión," which was a featured column on It's Going Down and currently writes news and analysis on social movements and struggles, with an eye towards Mexico.

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