An anarchist prisoner once dubbed the "Spanish Robin Hood" is refusing to take water after 86 days on hunger strike over the Spanish state's refusal to let him go despite his having completed his sentence.
Amadeu Casellas is moving into the drinking strike to increase the pressure on Spain's justice system, which is attempting to keep him in prison long after his 20-year maximum term expired.
Amadeu was jailed for the maximum term after a number of bank robberies in aid of libertarian causes which led to the national press dubbing him "Spain's Robin Hood" in the 1970s. In the 1980s he became a member of Prisoners in Struggle, a jail organisation dedicated to improving prison conditions for inmates.
Supporters say his activism, which has included previous hunger strikes, has seen him heavily victimised by the state, which has already kept him in prison five years longer than is legal.
Amadeu went on hunger strike on April 20 against both torture in prison and to draw attention to his own case. Campaigners for his case issued a statement saying: "Amadeu was a conscientious individual who collectivised resources from the rich and the capitalists and put it at the service of social movements in the 1980s.
"Today Amadeu still represents a model for many of us and a danger for the system. Despite there being an obligation by law to end his imprisonment because he has served his full sentence, the Spanish authorities (specially those from the Government of Catalonia who have the responsibility to sign the end of his sentence) still want to keep him in prison.
"He is not going to tolerate this and he is going to fight the system and specially the penitentiary system till the end."
A demonstration is being organised on Amadeu's behalf on Monday October 12 at 12.30 pm at the Delegation from Catalonian Government in the United Kingdom, 17 Fleet Street, EC4 London