The sentence condemning three young defenders of Can Vies to 3.5 years in prison has been revoked #EfecteCanVies (en español abajo)
Now the Provincial Court of Barcelona has had to revoke the sentence and absolve them of all charges.
The police wanted revenge after losing the amazing 4 day resistance and street battles against the eviction and wanted to lock up 84 arrested. These three were accused by police witnesses of throwing bottles from a rooftop , later the alternative paper ‘Directa’ proved the identification was absurd as there was no vision from where the police were.
Other sentences have had to be cut back to avoid accused of having to serve prison time. None are now in jail and the campaign to raise money for fines continues.
So What Happened..How Could The Squatters WIN
CanVies (pronounced ‘vias’) is an Occupied Assembly-Run Social center (CSOA), set by the railway tracks in a workers area in what was once a CNT Union Center 80 years ago. The occupation has lasted 17 years, surviving multiple eviction attempts due to strong local support.Last year Barcelona City Council decided on frontal attack, enraged that there were growing autonomous communities they didn’t control. Thousands stood in front of the riot police, who finally broke through and the demolition began.Then the unthinkable happened.the community took the streets, and fought the police for 4 days, the demolition was paralyzed.
84 people were arrested defending Can Vies, and dozens were injured by the police, luckily there were no deaths. These citizens should get rewards but the State wanted revenge.
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The ruling was made public in late March was appealed by the defense, now the Provincial Court of Barcelona has revoked the prison sentence of 3 youths and absolved them of all charges.
Revocada la sentencia que condenaba a 3,5 años de prisión a tres jóvenes por el #EfecteCanVies
La Audiencia Provincial de Barcelona ha revocado la sentencia por la cuál se condenaba a tres jóvenes a tres años y medio de prisión por atentado a la autoridad durante las protestas del Efecte Can Vies.
La primera sentencia daba por probado que los tres jóvenes lanzaron botellas de cristal a los agentes de los Mossos de Esquadra desde una azotea y les imputaba un delito de atentado a la autoridad con uso de instrumento peligroso y otro por desórdenes públicos.
La sentencia que se hizo pública a finales de marzo fue recurrida por la defensa, ahora la Audiencia Provincial de Barcelona da la razón a los acusados revocando la sentencia y abosolviéndolos de todos los cargos.
Texto completo en: http://www.lahaine.org/revocada-la-sentencia-que-condenaba