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24 June 2007 @ 10:39 pm
***Demand All Charges Against D.C. Area Activist Peter Gelderloos be
Dropped Immediately***

Oppose Political Repression of the Squatter's Movement in Spain

CALL, FAX, and EMAIL the Embassy of Spain on 6/26: Demand All Charges be
Dropped!


On April 23rd, VA activist and author Peter Gelderloos was arrested by
Spanish police at a demonstration on La Rambla, Barcelona. Peter was
acting as a witness for the arrest of Javier Mazas, when he was detained
by police under suspicion of setting off a petardo - a device used to
scatter flyers into the air. Police accused Peter of being a "terrorist"
and the two are being charged with illegal demonstration and public
disorder, the latter carrying a prison sentence of between six and three
years because it was allegedly committed with explosives. On April 25th,
Javier was released pending trial, and Peter was given a 30,000 euro
bail and sent to Modelo prison. Local community activists raised the bail in
only two days and Peter was released. However, Peter must remain in Spain,
checking in at court every two weeks until his court date which could
take up to two years.

This is not the first such case of someone being framed by the Barcelona
police. As agents of a violent process of gentrification that is
remaking the city of Barcelona, the police have frequently falsely arrested,
beaten, and tortured immigrants, squatters, and anarchists.

Peter's lawyers believe that with even minimal pressure from activists
in the U.S. through political pressure and media attention that we can have
a very real effect in getting the charges dropped. Please take a few
minutes out of your day on June 26 to make a call, email and/or fax on Peter's
behalf. The point of this action will be to let the Spanish Emabassy
know that Peter has a large base of support in the U.S. who will not sit
silent while the Government of Spain attempts to push these charges against
Peter.

Support is needed from U.S. based activists to pressure the Spanish
Embassy to let them know this injustice will not be tolerated.

Please spread the word and encourage others to call, email and fax!

Peter Gelderloos is an activist and author from Virginia. Whenever he is
allowed to be in the good ole US, he is active supporting prisoners and
participating in the movement for prison abolition. He works with groups
such as Copwatch, Anarchist Black Cross, Food Not Bombs, and the local
infoshop. He has written a number of articles and pamphlets, and two
books, How Nonviolence Protects the State, and Consensus: A New Handbook
for Political, Environmental, and Social Groups.

For information on other Spanish political prisoners see
presosalacalle.net and www.325collective.com/prisons.html


Tuesday, June 26: Phone and Fax Blitz of Embassy of Spain

***Demand All Charges Against D.C. Area Activist Peter Gelderloos be
Dropped Immediately***

Oppose Political Repression of the Squatter's Movement in Spain

CALL, FAX, and EMAIL the Embassy of Spain on 6/26: Demand All Charges be
Dropped!

Telephone: (202) 452-0100

Fax: (202) 833-5670

Email: embespus@mail.mae.es

Here's a sample of what to say when you call:

I am calling regarding the case of Peter Gelderloos, a U.S. citizen who
is unjustly facing charges in Barcelona. I urge you to drop the charges
immediately so that Peter may return to his life in the United States.
It is appalling to see Peter's case as an example of how Spain treats
tourists, and that Spain allows visitors to be treated this way. The
details of this case are being relayed to media outlets and numerous
human rights organizations in the US and if proper action is not taken - if
charges are not dropped and arresting officers go uninvestigated then
further actions to alert the media and public to this horrible situation
will be taken. I am also appalled to learn about the recent cases of
Barcelona police torturing prisoners and illegally evicting the social
centers that make Barcelona great.

Points to stress: 1) Drop the unjust charges against Peter Gelderloos
and his co-defendant now. Also drop the deportation proceeding against him.
2) Allow Peter to return to the United States freely. 3) If the Spanish
Government does not remedy this situation immedidately, public pressure
will only increase.