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Freedom Sought for Spanish Political Prisoner

Juan Manuel Perez Hernandez is a 40 year old telecommunications engineer serving a 30 year sentence for his militancy in GRAPO (Anti Fascist Resistance Group, First of October, a communist organization). He is married and has a daughter. He has been in prison since October of 1979.

As reported in previous issues of PLN , GRAPO prisoners were on a hungerstrike for more than 435 days seeking the reunification of all GRAPO prisoners in one prison and an end to the isolation, beatings, censorship and other human rights abuses they were subjected to. One prisoner died during the strike. Others, including Juan have suffered irreversible physical and mental damage as a result of the strike and the inhumane conditions of confinement. During the strike Juan suffered several cardiac arrests which led to brain damage so that he is suffering from irreversible dementia.

Because of his brain damaged condition Juan is housed in the infirmary at the prison in Meco, Spain. He does not communicate with anyone and has not spoken or written any letters nor does he exercise or move around. He repeatedly bathes throughout the day and night and prison doctors have told another political prisoner in the infirmary that they expect to find him drowned in the bathroom one morning. There is nothing that can be done for Juan in the prison hospital.

Juan desperately needs the care and warmth of his family and loved ones to at least lead what life remains with dignity and a minimum of suffering. We urge you to reproduce this article and distribute it to other publications and interested parties.

Letters, postcards or telegrams seeking Juan's release should be sent to the Spanish Minster of Justice at the following address: Sr. Ministro de Justicia, C/San Bernardo 45, 28015 Madrid, Spain.

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