The Mexican State goes after the anarchists’ “terrorist wing”

from the press via liberaciontotal, transl waronsociety:

Note from LT: The following is an article from the press titled “Going after the anarchists’ ‘terrorist wing'” which shows the State’s worry in the face of the attacks from the Individualists Tending toward the Wild. The importance in paying attention to the State’s spokespeople and their publications is to have clarity about where the enemy is pointing its possible repressive remedies.

Note from WOS: Keep in mind that although this article indicates some elements of the state response, it is full of ridiculous lies about the group (e.g. that they are a wing of the anarchist movement, are specifically against genetic technology, are followers of Ted Kaczynski, are motivated by a desire to save humanity from destruction, etc, etc). Almost every sentence of the article contains some misinformation, so if you want to know about their ideas you should read their communiques.

Last Friday, the anarchist movement calling itself Individualists Tending toward the Wild (ITS) claimed an action that called the attention of the local and federal authorities: the assassination of the researcher from the Institute of Biotechnology at UNAM, Ernesto Méndez Salinas two years ago.

“On November 8, 2011, the biotechnology researcher Ernesto Méndez Salinas was assassinated by a shot to the head on Teopanzaolco Avenue; months later the police reported that they had arrested those responsible, which is a lie […] the biotechnologist Méndez Salinas was the first mortal victim of ITS,” said the group.

Along with this homicide, they also claimed the sending of an explosive package two weeks ago to the same Institute of Biotechnology of the highest school of studies, but this time the target was the researcher Sergio Andrés Águila, who was not hurt. Last Thursday, a new letter bomb exploded in Mexico City. The person who was wounded was a worker who does maintenance on the drop-off boxes of the postal service in Tlalpan and who removed the package illegally.

The deed has not been claimed by ITS, but the authorities of the capital presume that this group is behind these actions and they already sent all the records to the General Prosecution of the Republic (PGR).

Authorities of the General Prosecution of Justice of Mexico City (PGJDF) said that the prosecutors of the central area of the country are already working in a coordinated fashion with the federal authorities in the investigation of these groups, that they identify as ITS, without being certain whether it is a single organization.

Their concern lies in the fact that, unlike other anarchist cells, the actions of ITS have been directly aimed at attacking people’s lives and physical integrity.

In review, seven actions claimed by ITS were found between 2011 and 2013, some of them with people wounded. One of the most significant cases was the explosion of a letterbomb in Monterrey Tec, Mexico State campus, that left two professors wounded.

In the communiques they spread on internet forums that sympathize with anarchist movements, ITS warned that they commit more actions than they ones they claim, and they affirm that “they won’t have compassion” in continuing to act against “civilization.”

“They seem to be the terrorist extreme of these anarchist groups, although we don’t know with certainty their operative capacity. The prosecutors of the State of Mexico and of Morelos, we and the PGR are working to find these groups,” stated a high-level official of the PGJDF.

The attacks

Officially, ITS have recognized their responsibility for seven attacks in the State of Mexico, Morelos and Mexico City, with a balance of one person killed and three wounded. They are also suspected of participation in two more cases with four wounded.

Unlike other anarchist movements, these cells recognize their participation in the attacks several months after they are committed and even warn that they do not claim all of their attacks.

Barely a week ago they recognized what would be their most serious action up to now: the homicide of the researcher Ernesto Méndez Salinas of the Institute of Biotechnology at UNAM, who lost his life due to a shot in the head.

The rest of their attacks have been perpetrated with explosive devices sent primarilly to academic and research institutions.

“We have said it before, we act without any compassion in the feral defense of Wild Nature. Did those who modify and destroy the Earth think their actions wouldn’t have repercussions? That they wouldn’t pay a price? If they thought so, they are mistaken,” wrote ITS in their last communique.

What is ITS?

The group Individualists Tending toward the Wild (ITS) calls itself a defender of nature and enemy of technological development and above all advancements in genetics, under the argument that this path will bring the human being to its own destruction. They are declared followers of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, considered the greatest risk domestic terrorist in the United States.

The authorities presume that at least in Mexico they do not have a homogeneous organization, but rather they are divided into cells of sympathizers. Their primary form of aggression is through homemade explosives made with gunpowder.

Claimed Attacks

* February 11, 2013. Explosive letter to the Institute of Biotechnology of UNAM in Morelos, addressed to Sergio Andres Aguila. No injuries.

* November 25, 2011: Explosive package sent to Greenpeace Mexico, addressed to the activist Alejandro Olivera. No injuries.

* November 8, 2011: Murder of Ernesto Méndez Salinas, researcher of Biotechnology at UNAM in Morelos.

* September 14, 2011: Explosive package addressed to Pedro Brajcich Gallegos, general director of the National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Fishery Studies (INIFAP). No injuries.

* September 9, 2011: Explosive package to FES Cuatitlán. Addressed to nanotechnology researcher Flora Ganem Rondero. No injuries.

* August 8, 2011: Letter bomb at Tec campus Edomex. Two injured: Armando Herrera Corral and Alejandro Aceves López.

* April 19, 2011: Explosive device to Valle de Mexico Polytechnic University. Addressed to the director, but wounds the guard Alberto Álvarez Vázquez.

Unclaimed Attacks

* October 3, 2011: Multipack Shipping Company, Guerrero neighborhood. Three workers wounded.

* February 21, 2013: Device in Sepomex drop box in Tlalpan. Worker wounded.

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