Filed under: Action, Incarceration, Quebec
A few individuals crossed the fences surrounding Leclerc penitentiary to make an action in solidarity with the prisoners who had just been transferred to Tanguay.
The eastern facade of the old prison was redecorated with yellow, blue and pink paint eggs and the inscription, “Fire to the prisons, end to the systems of oppression!,” which was written with spray cans.
The action was a call to multiply actions of vandalism and sabotage against the infrastructures of oppression and to show solidarity with people undergoing them.
In modern republics, the function of prison is said to be correction. When individuals break laws that uphold the common good, the conventional wisdom goes, they need to be punished or otherwise taught to be more socially cooperative and generous. In my experience with incarceration, however, the only thing that prison teaches is obedience. A “corrected” citizen is one who internalizes prison bars even on the streets. –Gelderloos