Chile: The Sacco and Vanzetti Anti-Authoritarian Library reopens its doors

from vivalaanarquia, transl waronsociety:

With the firm determination of our acts
With our convictions intact

Three years ago, Power struck with its legal arm at some anti-authoritarian compañerxs, seeking to give repressive lessons to a diffuse anarchist space.

This crusade, called “Operation Salamandra,” was framed in the investigation of the Bombs Case, which sought to identify and arrest those who perpetrated explosive attacks against symbols of power.

On August 14, 2010, various particular homes and Occupied Social Centers were raided. During the early hours of the day 14 people were arrested amidst an ostentatious police display deployed especially for the press. The knives were sharpened and they gleamed in front of the cameras.

The arrestees were presented as directly responsible for the explosive attacks and pointed to as members of an illegal terrorist association, with delimited responsibilities and roles.

The police, with the spokemanship and complicity of the communications businesses, stubbornly pointed for years to the squats as the meeting points of the unknown authors of the bombings. The investigative thesis declared from the beginning that the squats were responsible for the explosive attacks, even accusing some of being “mere facades of libraries” in a clumsy attempt to trample over the work that some occupied spaces have developed for several years.

That morning some of us were arrested, others received the repression and one also had to confront clandestinity. Our collective and our projects of the diffusion of anti-authoritarian ideas/practices were attacked.

Our space, the Sacco and Vanzetti Occupied Social Center and Library, was closed and part of our Library seized by the police and looted by various hands. After 9 months of prison the release of the compañerxs into the street was accomplished and after 6 months of trial the absolution of all the charges was achieved.

That August of 2010 the powerful laughed and the echo of that laugh sought to impose itself. That August was the peak of a gross media-police campaign that pursued our isolation, our arrest, but more importantly still, it pursued our defeat, that would serve in turn to spread a feeling of failure and surrender before Power.

But we are not the lament of what we could have been, we are not the nostalgic tale of a past time that was better, we are living force against every form of domination.

We are part of an historic struggle against Power and we remain decided that our history be written with our gestures of struggle and not with the repressive tricks that try to frighten us. Our live is defined by our convictions and commitments, not by the blows we are able to take.

This August 14, we write a new paragraph in the book of our commitment of struggle, our ink remains black and high in spirits, because it never denied its ideas, its bonds, or its commitments.

This August we will open again the doors of a new space, this time in a rented location, determined that our energy be focused on the projects and not on the houses that are able to host them. In this way we give life to our commitments with the same spirit as ever, the spirit of generating an exchange and collectivization of anti-authoritarian books, experiences, and knowledge.

The Sacco and Vanzetti Anti-authoritarian Library is already functioning again and it only requires the commitment of solidarity and the interest of our compañerxs, understanding that books are not a fetish and that their contribution is rooted in their being read and nourishing each compañerx‘s perspective of struggle.

We invite those who support anti-authoritarian initiatives to act in solidarity with the libraries you have affinity with and we encourage the donation of written material or any other kind of material that contributes to the development and spread of the ideas that negate in practice any authority.

For our dead, our prisoners and persecuted, our struggle also goes out to you.

With our fists raised,

Biblioteca Antiautoritaria Sacco y Vanzetti

August 2013

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