Aravindan Balakrishnan Enters ‘Solitary Confinement’ (22.9.2020)

Aravindan Balakrishnan – Enters Solitary Confinement

At 76-years-old – after a life of Revolutionary educational activity, political protesting and progressive campaigning – Aravindan Balakrishnan was imprisoned for twenty-three–years by the Tory (and LibDems) British State. This was a particularly cruel blow for an elderly man and his loyal wife Chandra. Elderly people have particular health needs that are certainly not met (either psychologically or physically) in the austere, cold, violent and indifferent environment of a British prison. Today, Aravindan Balakrishnan is 80-years-old, and there is news that the prison service has decided to keep him in ‘solitary confinement’, the exact details of which I have not been privy to. At the time of writing it is unclear as to whether he has been placed in a cell on his own whilst still living on the ‘general population’ wing, been moved to the segregation wing (usually carried-out as a ‘solitary confinement’ punishment), or placed in the hospital wing as a patient who is ‘ill’, or has been ‘injured’ in some way. Another possibility is that there could be a Covid19 outbreak in the prison, and Aravindan Balakrishnan has been moved a) for his own safety (to keep him free of the virus), or b) because he is suspected of contracting Covid19 and to separate him from the general population, etc. Interesting, as a political prisoner there are similarities with the situation involving Julian Assange, where the prison authorities are not caring for his health, or providing him with all that is required for him to fight his case properly or effectively! Imprisonment is not meant to be ‘punishment’ in and of itself. After a trial, (or sometimes without a trial), the British State ‘deprives’ the defendant of his or her ‘freedom’ – and this is the ‘punishment’. Prison is a place where an individual lives until their sentence of ‘deprivation of freedom’ has been served. Quite often, however, the British State inflicts ‘two’ punishments upon a convicted person, a) the ‘lawful’ sentence of deprivation of freedom, and b) the ‘unlawful’ harsh and unnecessarily brutal conditions of everyday life experienced in a British prison. This hypocrisy is the very foundation of bourgeois law! 

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