Anarchic Cell for Revolutionary Solidarity

The Anarchic Cell For Revolutionary Solidarity (Spanish: Célula Anárquica Por la Solidaridad Revolucionaria, CASR-FAI/FRI) was an anarchist urban guerrilla group that was active in the city of La Paz, where it carried out several explosive attacks in the first half of 2012, causing material damage.

Anarchic Cell For Revolutionary Solidarity
Célula Anárquica Por la Solidaridad Revolucionaria
Dates of operationApril 2012 (2012-04)–May 31, 2012 (2012-05-31)
Country Bolivia
Active regionsLa Paz
IdeologyInsurrectionary anarchism,
Individualist anarchism,
Expropriative anarchism,
Green anarchism
Major actionsProperty damage
StatusDefunct
Part ofInformal Anarchist Federation
AlliesChilean and Bolivian anarchist militants
OpponentsGovernment of Bolivia:

ActivityEdit

In April 2012,[1] it claimed attacks under various different names in the cities of La Paz and Cochabamba.[2][3] The first attack by the group was reported on May 14, 2012 when they detonated an explosive charge with two sticks of dynamite at the French car importer Renault, located on October 20 avenue in the city of La Paz, damaging two vehicles and the company's windows.[4][5] Hours later the group claimed responsibility in a statement where it stated its motives, questioning the democratic system, anthropocentrism and also announcing more attacks.[6]

On May 24, 2012, militants of the group left explosives in a bank branch of the Banco Nacional de Bolivia that was attached to the Miraflores Grand Barracks in La Paz, completely destroying it, as well as doing material damage to the surroundings, but without leaving civilians injured.[7][8][9] The group claimed responsibility in a statement, where it mentioned that the attack was in memory of Mauricio Morales (an Argentine militant who died three years earlier), in addition to claiming it "in honor" of the militants of the Local Workers' Federation, which had attacked that same barracks in September 1931.[10][11]

ArrestsEdit

Due to the insurrectionary attacks, the anarchists Henry Zegarrundo and Renato Vincenti were arrested on May 29 along with three other people, accused of being responsible for a series of attacks carried out in that region, which were used to dismantle the libertarian movement and the Bolivian environmental movement.[12][13][14]

Since Zegarrundo's arrest, raids and arrests were carried out that did not lead to a conviction due to lack of evidence against the accused. There was a strong controversy, due to acts of betrayal within the libertarian movement such as Zegarrundo's complaint against Vincenti,[15] betrayal mainly due to currents linked with insurrectionary Chilean circles, which promoted a more radical discourse similar to those professed by the Italian anarchist Alfredo M. Bonanno.[16] Some militants denounced that these arrests were carried out in order for the government of Evo Morales to show a good image in terms of security before the representatives of the OAS.[17]

Another noteworthy element was the insurrectionary sector accusing the Anarchist Organization for the Social Revolution (OARS) of being "reformist and traitorous", even claiming they were part of the sabotage in favor of the arrested militants. Within OARS, an attitude of victimization and collaboration with the police was exhibited, that attitude of victimization and the lack of a conviction against Vincenti occurred despite the fact that a gun was found fired at his residence and despite the fact that Vincenti manifested a visceral hatred of intellectuals and higher education.[18][19][20][21][22]

By May 31, the cell was dissolved, it was also confirmed that one of the detainees Nina Marcilla was the daughter of the Bolivian ambassador in Mexico, Jorge Mansilla Torred. Nina Mancilla claimed to be innocent and not involved in the attacks or with insurrectional militancy,[23][24] for which the authorities carried out a "witch hunt against ideas contrary to the ruling class."[25]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ataque incendiario a cajero automático del Banco de los Andes Pro Credit en La Paz, Bolivia". La Haine-Liberación Total (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Quema de cajero automático en Cochabamba, Bolivia". La Haine-Liberación Total (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  3. ^ "¿Anarquistas o terroristas?; Gobierno los captura, están acusados de 12 atentados en Bolivia". Eju! (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Policía investiga explosión ocurrida esta madrugada en la empresa Imcruz". Eju! (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Una explosión en Imcruz rompre vidrios y afecta dos vehiculo". La Opinión-Bolivia (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Reivindicación del ataque explosivo a automotora Imcruz en La Paz, Bolivia". La Haine-Liberación Total (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  7. ^ "¿Anarquistas o terroristas?; Gobierno los captura, están acusados de 12 atentados en Bolivia". eju.tv (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  8. ^ Anf, La Paz |. "Gobierno presenta a los autores de atentados dinamiteros a cajeros". Opinión Bolivia (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Explosión destroza cajero automatico". La Razón-Bolivia. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Ataque explosivo a cuartel militar en La Paz". Cedema. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  11. ^ "La Paz, Bolivia: Ataque explosivo en el cajero del "Gran Cuartel Militar de Miraflores"". Culmine No Blogs. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  12. ^ Abi. "Anarquistas activistas por el TIPNIS acusados de terroristas". www.somossur.net (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  13. ^ Arainfo (15 November 2015). "El anarquismo en Bolivia, una conversación con Carlos Crespo - AraInfo | Diario Libre d'Aragón" (in Spanish). AraInfo | Diario Libre d'Aragón. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Entrevista realizada por la O.A.R.S. a Adolfo Moye, representante de los indígenas del "TIPNIS" - Anarkismo". www.anarkismo.net. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Patria InSurGente » Breve reflexión sobre la cárcel, lxs "colaboradores" de la policía y la solidaridad anárquica". patriainsurgente.nuevaradio.org (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Bolivia: La O.A.R.S. frente a las acusaciones de atentados terroristas - Anarkismo". www.anarkismo.net (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Denuncian detenciones de activistas para dar 'bienvenida' a la OEA". Otra America (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  18. ^ "¿Anarquistas o terroristas?; Gobierno los captura, están acusados de 12 atentados en Bolivia". eju.tv (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Informe sobre el caso del golpe represivo del 29 de Mayo en La Paz + Nota de LT, Bolivia". La Haine-Liberación Total. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  20. ^ "Bolivia: La O.A.R.S. frente a las acusaciones de atentados terroristas - Anarkismo". www.anarkismo.net (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  21. ^ "Afiches y sabotaje a cajero automático en Santa Cruz, Bolivia". La Haine-Liberación Total (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  22. ^ "A lxs compañerxs insurrectxs: Informe sobre lo acontecido en Bolivia los últimos días". La Haine-Liberación Total (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Acusada de terrorismo, remiten a la cárcel a la hija de embajador boliviano en México". Eju! (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Nina Mansilla, a 4 meses de su detención: "Sólo quiero recuperar mi libertad"". Opinión-Bolivia (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  25. ^ "Hija de embajador de Evo es acusada de "terrorista" y enviada a la cárcel". Eju! (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2020.