1. #Desmuntatge 4F: We Dont Forgive, We Dont Forget.
2. Journalists fight for freedom of speech and their rights.
3. Welcome to the Disperse squat in Barcelona!
1. #Desmuntatge 4F: WE DON’T FORGIVE, WE DON’T FORGET
On Saturday June 8th 2013 almost 1000 people were inside a cinema which had been abandoned for over ten years. The iaioflautas concentrated at the door guarding the place. Why?
During the night of February 4th 2006, in the downtown neighbourhood of Barcelona known as La Ribera, a local policeman collapsed, badly injured, and went into a coma. It seems he was hit by a plant pot which had been thrown or fallen from the squat where a wild party was going on at that moment, which had become a fight between squatters and local police.
Immediatly after the misfortune, four people were arrested on the street next to the squat, dragged into a police van and taken to the nearest police station.There they were badly beaten and insulted, having no idea why all of this was happening. They had such injuries from the beating they needed medical care and were taken to a hospital to be treated. In the same hospital a girl and a boy, who had fallen off a bycicle, were waiting to get stitches. They were also randomly arrested because of their appearance. Five of these people were condemned to prison: three guys of South American origin who had happened to be in the street during the confrontation with the squatters and the two youngsters who had fallen off their bike. One of them, Patricia Heras, commited suicide after 2 years in prison.
Those are the facts on which the documentary “4F, ni oblit ni perdó” (F4, no oblivion, no forgiveness) focuses on, in an effort to dismantle the official police version, which changed from the initial falling plant pot into a stone which was supposed to have been thrown from the street. Several irregularities which members of the social movements have been arguing during years are finally shown in the documentary: the version involving a stone was not supported by forensic experts, the cleaning services of the Town Hall had destroyed all the evidence before the scientific police could arrive to inspect the area, the two policemen who were the main witnesses in this case would finally be accused of torture and false testimony in another case, and the person responsable for writing the accident reports was accused of false testimony, as well in a separate case. The judge didn’t want to investigate the allegations of torture, even when the youngsters presented signs of being beaten up. Finally, a person has appeared recently claiming to know who threw the plant pot.
A key to why all this setup was created is that, if nobody was blamed for the death of the agent, the Town Hall would have been considered subsidiary responsible, as the squat was located in a building belonging to Barcelona’s Town Hall.
On June 8th the audio visual collective 15mbcn TV (who made the documentary) showed the premiere of “4F, ni oblit ni perdó” in a very special way: for 2 weeks the projection had been announced in Barcelona’s cultural space RAIART .Once people arrived for the show, it was announced that due to the number of spectators a new place had been chosen to tell the truth about the #4f story: the Antic Teatre, a bar and alternative theatre nearby. But when the crowd arrived there, they were told to continue a bit further on, and they realized where the Premiere would be: the former Palau del Cinema, renamed as Cinema Patricia Heras, an old cinema which has been abandoned for 12 years.It was a great action of disobeyence to attract attention towards the 4F facts and to reclaim this empty space so that it can be used by the people. After the broadcast, the building was left in perfect conditions.
As the 4F case is going to be taken to Strasbourg, at the European Courts, a concentration of support happened the next day in front of the Town Hall, which is the true responsible of all this political set up.
Several screenings have happened since then in different spaces around Barcelona, and next month the documentary will be shown in Madrid. At the same time, it will become available and subtitled to be watched on the Internet. Its licence is CC (Creative Commons ), as all 15mBcn Tv’s productions, and it has to be seen by as many people as possible, because the #veritat4f (truth about the 4f events) has to become well-known by everyone.
- Documental 4f website
- Hundreds of people occupied the Palace of Cinema to broadcast the documentary about the “case 4f” [SP]
Video & Pictures
- Video by latele.cat
- Video by @15mbcn_tv: Temporary Cinema Patricia Heras to screen “4F, ni oblit ni perdó” [SP]
- “Cinema Patricia Heras” Photogallery by @fotomovimiento
- Streaming by @Manufestacion02 of the cinema occupation and screening of the documentary
- Streaming by @okokitsme of the concentration asking for justice.
Twitter accounts @documental4F @desmontaje4F – HT #veritat4F #Justicia4F #SabremlaVeritat #DesMontaje4F
FB Page: Documental 4F
2. JOURNALISTS FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THEIR RIGHTS.
On Saturday June 15th the second assembly of Mitjans en Lluita (Media on struggle) took place. This is a newly formed group of journalists fighting for freedom of information and the labor rights of Catalan media professionals.
One of the focuses of the discussion during this second meeting was the awareness of the media’s discredit and denouncing the censorship journalists often suffer: “We have to be brave and self-criticizing to regain the trust of the people” “nowadays all media are mortgaged”. One of the main mottos for this meetign was chosen as their twitter hashtag: #VolemExplicar, We want to explain. The other focus, closely linked to the first: the precariousness and vulnerability of journalists: “the worse the working conditions are for a journalist, the less free their work will be”. In fact, two big Catalan media, TV-3 and Catalunya Ràdio, are suffering a hard Redundancy Dismissal Procedure.
Mitjans en Lluita invited citizen journalism collectives to the meeting, with members of Fotomovimiento or Peoplewitness attending. ”This is a transverse movement of solidarity open to everyone, from the streamer who doesn’t have any university title to the profesional who has a degree, is collegiated and has studied 40 masters” said one journalist.
The meeting had a a very touching moment when the assembly connected by phone with the greek journalist Dora Makri, from the recently closed ERT Greek channel. She stressed that “Nobody in our profession is free. Private channels make us defend their private interests, while public channels use us for their propaganda”. She added that since ERT’s sudden closure, they have been emitting online with the help of alternative media, and their journalism had never been so free “We, the journalists, have the power to fight for the democratic rights that we still have”
By a strange coincidence, while the Assembly was taking place the assistants knew that the Catalan police had arbitrarily arrested journalist Bertran Cazorla, who is specialized in uncovering cases of police abuse. At the end of the assembly some people of Mitjans en Lluita went to Les Corts police station in their orange t-shirts against censorship to give their support to the journalist. “As the crisis worsens, more journalists will be arrested, because #WeWantToExplain“.
- Mitjanes en Lluita blog [CAT]
- Chronicle of the assembly [CAT]
- Article of Bertran Cazorla [CAT]
Videos and Streamings
- Streaming of the meeting by @peoplewitness
- Interview with journalist Beltran Cazorla [SP]
- Twitter Account: @MitjansEnLluita HT #VolemExplicar #mitjans15j
3. WELCOME TO THE DISPERSE SQUAT IN BARCELONA!
- La Dispersa blog
- Open Day photogallery by @fotomovimiento
- Twitter account @ladispersabcn
- FB page