Alain Sole: “The State is acting as the inquisition against dissidents and we have to resist”

Alain Sole: “The State is acting as the inquisition against dissidents and we have to resist”
Alain Sole, the Breton militant, has been granted parole because of his highly delicate state of health. He is a chronic diabetic and underwent heart by-pass surgery because of a heart attack he suffered in prison
Ander Fadda – Naoned (Nantes)

After five years behind bars Alain Sole, the Breton militant, was released from La Santé prison last Friday for health reasons. He is spending the first days of his parole with his daughter not far from Naoned (Nantes). He has denounced the cruel conditions regarding health suffered in prison by both political and ordinary prisoners.

The son of a Catalan anarchosyndicalist who fled Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) he had been politically active in Brittany for 33 years in the Graphic Arts trade union of the CGT (Confédération Générale des Travailleurs), in the Emgann pro-independence movement and in an organisation in favour of the Breton language before his arrest in October 1999 charged with snatching explosives in Plevin (Brittany). In July 2002 he was accused with being responsible for many attacks of the ARB (Breton Revolutionary Army). Sole has always denied these accusations.

After the charges in the first preliminary case were dropped Sole continued to be “remanded in custody” because of charges in connection with the ARB. In a trial in March of this year, four and a half years after his arrest, he was convicted of carrying our three attacks and handed down a six-year prison sentence. He dedicated the first moments of his parole to Oihane Errazkin [see item in the Focus section of this English Edition of 09-07-04 “Basque prisoner Oihane Errazkin found hanged in Fleury.”].