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Update on the arrests of anarchists in Barcelona.

Thursday the 9th of February, 3 anarchist comrades were arrested in Barcelona, Spain. The arrests started at 8 in the morning when one of our comrades was coming out of work, he was arrested by balaclava wearing Mossos d'esquadra (a police force belonging to the local government of Catalonia). Later on as another comrade was leaving his home in the center of the city he was also arrested. Later in the afternoon the third to be arrested was released without charges. For the moment the other two are being charged with arson and public disorder. Apparently the charges are related to attacks on the company CIRE , a public enterprise who's business it is to make a profit from prison labor in the Catalonian prison system, and a sabotage on a Banc Sabadell, a local bank that has been prosecuting a activist in for breaking windows in a demonstration. On Saturday the 11th our comrades finally had a bail hearing ,where they were told that they would have to wait for trail in prison. This decision will be appealed. As our comrades were leaving the court to be transferred to prison the police attacked the demonstration of about 50 of their supporters outside. This in the scuffle that followed one of the demonstrators was beaten to point of requiring stitches on his face. The police also dissolved the demonstration on Sunday in front of the prison where our comrades are being held. In Barcelona there was also a demonstration with about 150 people that took place in the center of the city the day of the arrests. These arrests are part of a continuing attack on the anarchist movement in Barcelona, it's the same repression that has imprisoned since September 2003 four other anarchist comrades without trial. International solidarity is needed now more that ever
Thursday the 9th of February, 3 anarchist comrades were arrested in Barcelona, Spain. The arrests started at 8 in the morning when one of our comrades was coming out of work, he was arrested by balaclava wearing Mossos d'esquadra (a police force belonging to the local government of Catalonia). Later on as another comrade was leaving his home in the center of the city he was also arrested. Later in the afternoon the third to be arrested was released without charges. For the moment the other two are being charged with arson and public disorder. Apparently the charges are related to attacks on the company CIRE , a public enterprise who's business it is to make a profit from prison labor in the Catalonian prison system, and a sabotage on a Banc Sabadell, a local bank that has been prosecuting a activist in for breaking windows in a demonstration. On Saturday the 11th our comrades finally had a bail hearing ,where they were told that they would have to wait for trail in prison. This decision will be appealed. As our comrades were leaving the court to be transferred to prison the police attacked the demonstration of about 50 of their supporters outside. This in the scuffle that followed one of the demonstrators was beaten to point of requiring stitches on his face. The police also dissolved the demonstration on Sunday in front of the prison where our comrades are being held. In Barcelona there was also a demonstration with about 150 people that took place in the center of the city the day of the arrests. These arrests are part of a continuing attack on the anarchist movement in Barcelona, it's the same repression that has imprisoned since September 2003 four other anarchist comrades without trial. International solidarity is needed now more that ever