A Crime Called Freedom: The Writings of Os Cangaceiros, by Os Cangaceiros (author) Wolfi Landstreicher (translator)

By Os Cangaceiros (author) Wolfi Landstreicher (translator)

Os Cangaceiros was once a gaggle of delinquents stuck up within the spirit of the French rebellion of 1968 who refused to enable that spirit die. With not anything yet contempt for the self-sacrificial ideology practiced through "specialists in armed struggle", this uncontrollable band of social rebels wreaked havoc at the French nation - attacking infrastructures of oppression, assisting renowned revolts, stealing and freeing mystery blueprints for high-tech prisons, raiding the places of work of company collaborators, and growing their lives in whole competition to the realm in line with paintings. This quantity, translated by means of Wolfi Landstreicher, is the 1st gigantic choice of the writings of Os Cangaceiros in English.

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Indd 53 P risoner’s Talking Blues I t is impossible to separate the fate reserved for prisoners inside the walls from the conditions reserved more generally for the mass of poor people in society. This is what the wave of uprisings of May 1985 has shown, uprisings carried forward especially by the accused awaiting judgment and developed solely in judiciary prisons. The penitentiaries did not stir, but among the prisoners awaiting judgment, quite a few are certain to be sentenced to “long punishments” and will end up there.

The administration was forced to make some concessions and reform a system of internal regulations that had remained unchanged for decades. Since then, prisoners have not stopped attacking prison authorities. While separation and atomization have become dominant conditions, places where a collective critique can be practically elaborated are rare. Paradoxically, prison is still one of those places. indd 43 that the misery of the crowd could explode like this inside the stadium. They had said that there was no reason for violence.

For the first time, in France, strikers have been individually sentenced to pay compensation to scabs and not to their unions. It happened at the beginning of 1985 in the Delsey establishment near Calais. Then, it happened again in the transport industry where fifteen drivers, who were fired following the strike, were sentenced by the Arras court to pay 52,600 francs out of their own pockets to seven non-strikers brought together in the “Association for the Freedom to Work”! Mediations, which have the task of integrating workers, have now gone through an entire cycle.

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