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GRAPO Prisoner Dies

In Issue #1 of PLN we reported the hunger strike by GRAPO (Anti-Fascist Resistance Groups, First of October) in Spain who seek to end the governments policy of placing them in control units, dispersing them in different prisons, beating them, censoring their mail, prohibiting visits, etc.

The strike started on November 30, 1990. As it went on the Spanish Gov. sought to prolong it by force-feeding the prisoners against their will. This was done until the Dr. charged with force-feeding the prisoners was assassinated on March 27, 1990. With the force-feeding stopped the prisoners deteriorated rapidly.

On May 25, 1990, Jose Manuel Sevillano Martin died of a heart attack after going 167 days without food. As of early July, several other GRAPO prisoners are in critical condition, many have already suffered permanent damage to their health as a result of the strike.

In a recent letter received by PLN, from a GRAPO prisoner, he states that it appears the Spanish government may be ready to negotiate over the prison conditions the GRAPO prisoners are subjected to. There are 42 prisoners on strike at this time.

There have been demonstrations in support of the prisoners in: Vancouver BC, Toronto, New York, Washington D.C., Hamburg and other European cities. As well as numerous actions in Spain by supporters and family members. We urge you to write the below address to demand the brutal treatment halt.

Antonio Asuncion,
Dirreccion General de Instituciones Penitenciarias
Calle San Bernardo 47
28015 Madrid. SPAIN

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