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7.  Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group: SOUTH AMERICA ON FIRE

      by ablokeimet (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)

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Message: 1

Traditional summary of the previous year from the perspective of organized anarchists —- The Anarchist Federation has been operating since

1995, which means it will celebrate a quarter-century of its existence this year. During that time we did what we could, ie. what we were

able and willing to put in the struggle for the idea of a free and self-governing society without unnatural authorities, oppression,

discrimination and exploitation. It must be said that our ranks have not expanded in any particular way, and that we are still miles away.

However, this is not an obstacle to continuing to carry our visions in our heads and hearts, to discuss them, to fight for them and to

pursue them, as far as possible, here and now in communities that are based on anti-authoritarian principles. It is not important for us to

mark the anarchy or our federation, but the principles upon which both the idea and the organization stand.

Organization is a key word for us, more precisely the non-hierarchical organization from below on which AF is built. And we are pleased to

be able to see the emergence of other groups that have accepted this way of cooperation. Since we operate in various parts of the Czech

Republic and sometimes abroad, the federal structure is a must for us. The functions necessary for the functioning of our organization are

ensured through joint decisions at the AF Congress, as well as our joint activities. In 2019, three AF Congresses were held in January ,

June and November . You could read about the focus and principles of AF in the cultural biweekly A2 in an interview that we published in

full on our website ( HERE andHERE ). At the international level, AF is a member of the International Anarchist Federation ( IFA ) and our

representatives participate in its meetings . For the year 2019 there was also a congress , which is held once every three years, this time

in Ljubljana.

Climate justice

The struggle for climate is one of the most up-to-date struggles today and the proof of this is the past year. In addition to the arrogance

of politicians and businessmen both in our country and in the world, we could also see the growth of the climate rescue movement and the

penetration of the topic into public discourse. We unequivocally support the global movement for climate justice, which is also related to

social justice, while our sympathies are not merely trying to green capitalism. Back in spring, we supported the high school climate strike

organized by the Fridays for Future (FFF) initiative. On 20 September, we actively joined the demonstration for the climate , as FFF

organizers also invited workers to participate. On that occasion, we published a thematic issue of the anarchist correspondent Bottom. In

October we published an open letter from Fridays For Future Rojava. Our support was also directed at the student initiative of the

University for Climate, which in November occupied a building of the Faculty of Arts for one week and subsequently the vestibule of the

Rectorate of Charles University in Prague.

We have been supporting the Limits initiative for a long time, and it was no wonder that some of us again took part in the Klimakemp , which

this group had organized for the third year, this time near the Chvaletice coal power plant.

We did not miss other events, such as a demonstration to save the Amazon from the Brazilian embassy.

Rojava autonomy

We continued to follow the development of a social experiment in Rojava, Northern Syria, and provided information on this topic. Early in

the year we joined international action days to support the revolution in Rojava. In February we supported Punx for Rojava with our distr .

Once it became certain that the fascist Turkish state was preparing at the border to attack Rojava, we joined the call for global

mobilization against the Turkish invasion. Day X occurred on Wednesday, October 9. On the same day protests took place in many cities around

the world, such meetings took place in Brno and Prague , where AF co-organized the event. On that occasion we published a thematic issue of

the A3 wall paper , some of us engaged in the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution in Rojava. We posted banners in Prague and Hradec

Králové , and solidarity graffiti appeared. On October 16 we participated in a demonstrationwhich was attended by about 600 people. Protest

acts and rallies were also held in other cities in October, such as Olomouc , Ostrava, Brno and Pilsen . Among other things, we managed to

unpleasant the official party of the Turkish ambassador in one of Prague’s hotels. We joined the Prague demonstration as part of the World

Day of Resistance against the Turkish Invasion of Rojava, which was announced on 2 November, and supported the protest action in Brno on 10

November. In December, Committee activists renamed several Prague’s Zizkov streets after the victims of the Turkish invasion of Syria.

Against repression

In 2019, we followed the efforts of the repressive forces to persecute the anarchists during the hearings in the Phoenix 2 case or during

the trial with the anarchist because of the sign on the sign she held during the demonstration.

We have been actively involved in an international campaign to support anarchists and anti-fascists persecuted and tortured in Russia in the

staged Network case. We made a translation of a documentary film on the whole case and prepared medallions prosecuted with their addresses

in prison. In March, we then started a tour on which the film was screened, discussed the case and repression in general, and wrote letters

to imprisoned activists. The events were held in Prague, Hradec Králové , Brno, Liberec and Pilsen . We also inform about the case.

AF joined the International Week of Anarchist Prisoners (23-30 August), for example by displaying a banner in Hradec Králové.

Nakladatelství AF

Every month we released one issue of wall newspapers A3 , on the themes Yellow Jackets , private ownership , climate strike , May Day , a

united Europe , Marianske ý column on the Old Town Square , anticommunism , music festivals , Exarchia , a Turkish invasion of Rojava , 30

years after coup and prison system in the Czech Republic .

We published the issue of the anarchist revue Existence , which was devoted to the Zapatistian uprising, and in December we completed the

preparation of the 50th issue on houseprojects. In Prague, in cooperation with the Black Seeds cooperative, we organized an ” existence

party ” to discuss the current situation in Chiapas.

On behalf of the AF Publishing House, we participated in several interesting events, such as discussions about Czech and Slovak fanzines,

the Prague Spring zine party , Zinfest in Brno, and the Pilsen benefit event Waste and Scream III . As always, the Anarchist Book Festival

in Prague, the seventh year , as always rich in accompanying program, was crucial for us . For this occasion we have prepared several new

books – Anarchy works by Peter Gelderloos, Radical Buddhism and songbook A-song .

We invited the author of Anarchy Works to us and organized a small tour with him that stopped in Brno, Liberec and Tábor. It was in Tabor at

the TABOOK Book Festival that the premiere of another book that we published last year was The Memories of Anarchist by Anna Mikhailovna

Garasjova.

Other activities

For several years we have struggled to maintain the autonomous social center Klinika. We were with the Clinic until its end, when the

bailiff arrived with his hops in January to secure the entire building, ie to deprive the building of its inhabitants and users and

therefore of the life they had given her. His actions did not go without the week-long resistance that we reported every day ( HERE , HERE ,

HERE , HERE , HERE , HERE and HERE ). Some of us continued to engage in squatting activities, and the team of the Clinic still has our

support , as it does not end its attempts and its economic persecution.

We decided to spend the first of May in Brno, where an anti-fascist blockade of the neo-Nazi march took place that day . However, it was not

the only anti-fascist public event last year that we attended. Others include an attempt to block the Clerofascist “National March for Life”

or the ” Noise Olympics ” to disrupt the gathering of ultra-rightists, also attended by LePen.

In November, we responded to some aspects of the celebrations of the Communist Party’s 30th anniversary of the fall of the government,

bordering on mockery to ordinary people, the minicamps “Thanks that we can. Really?”. On that occasion, we published a thematic issue of the

A3 wall paper and a set of stickers stating the glorious slogans of the reality of people on the lower ranks of the social ladder.

We also supported sports events, anti-racist football tournaments in Vežnicka and Prague . Furthermore, some of us took part in the March 8

Women’s March. We promoted the campaign ” Steal something from work! “(Ready for April 15th). We supported the FNB Ostrava in the Salé

infoshop or the Pilsen Pride march . We participated in several lectures and screenings, especially in Prague and Brno.

Challenges

Everything suggests that we will continue in the same direction in 2020. Facing repression, the fossil lobby and its political leaps,

attacking Rojava autonomy and suppressing alternatives. Let us hope for the growing climate justice movement, global support for the North

Syrian experiment, and emerging movements in various parts of the world that reject leaders and the hierarchy. We are supported by our

dreams and desires, friendship, solidarity and mutual assistance of our communities, which are not bound by national borders.

https://www.afed.cz/text/7095/cinnost-anarchisticke-federace-v-roce-2019

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Wet’suwet’en First Nation has given notice of eviction to employees of Coastal GasLink[1]. It will not be possible for them to return to the

construction site without the consent of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. This pipeline project passes over lands never ceded by the Aboriginals and

no OK was given by the communities present on this territory in order to go ahead with the works. Coastal GasLink and the federal government

act in total violation of First Nations rights. The eviction, which took place in peace, comes after a declaration by the hereditary chiefs

Wet’suwet’en representing the five clans (see the declaration, in English, at the end of the text). Remember that this fight is not new.

For several years, this nation has been fighting to protect its territory. Last year, in early January, members of the Royal Canadian

Mounted Police (RCMP-RCMP) violently arrested and ousted (after an injunction issued by the colonial court in British Columbia) people

defending a barricade in order to ” prevent the project from moving forward. Basically, these people were enforcing the decision of the

Wet’suwet’en Nation, no project without consent. Worse still, the British newspaper The Guardian revealed that the police were ready to use

snipers against the defenders of the Wet’suwet’en territory[2].

A year later, the struggle continues. A solidarity camp has been erected near the path to the pipeline construction site and roads have been

blocked with trees. Right now, there is an international week of actions ( All eyes on Wet’suwet’en ) in solidarity with this fight led by

the protectors of the territory. We cannot leave them alone! Solidarity is our weapon!

The declaration of hereditary chiefs:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Reject the BC Supreme Court Decision to Criminalize Wet’suwet’en Law

Smithers (BC) – Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation reject the BC Supreme Court decision

to extend Coastal GasLink’s injunction order, which has criminalized the practice of Anuk ‘nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law) and inflicted

violence against Wet’suwet’en people on our own unceded lands.

Coastal GasLink (CGL) has never obtained consent from the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs to enter or work on our territories. Since

obtaining the initial interim injunction order, CGL has bulldozed through our territories and destroyed our archaeological sites, while

private security firms and RCMP have interfered with the constitutionally protected rights of Wet’suwet’en people to access our lands for

hunting, trapping, and ceremony. CGL has violated the conditions of their permits with impunity, facing no consequence from Canadian

regulatory authorities.

We cannot rely on Provincial law to protect Wet’suwet’en land, people, or interests. Under the threat of continued police violence, the

Wet’suwet’en have complied with the interim injunction order imposed throughout our territories. However, the Wet’suwet’en have never ceded

our lands to Canada or British Columbia, and colonial governments have never lawfully obtained the authority to render decisions on our lands.

The interim injunction, which was granted by Justice Church in December of 2018, six months before the Wet’suwet’en were able to present any

legal defense, has already done irreparable harm to our territories, people, and the practice of our laws. The decision ignored the legal

efforts of our ancestors, who spent more than a decade in court with the Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa v. Queen case to have the Supreme Court of

Canada recognize that Aboriginal title had never been extinguished across 22,000 km2 of Wet’suwet’en yin’tah (traditional territory).

At a time when the Province of British Columbia is celebrated for adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP),

the Wet’suwet’en people are actively denied the protections of UNDRIP on our own lands. When we enforced our own laws and required that

industry seek Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for development on our lands, we faced a brutal display of militaristic police violence and

an ongoing police occupation of our territories. We have learned, through the reporting of The Guardian, that RCMP are prepared to kill

unarmed Wet’suwet’en people if we continue to uphold our laws.

We urge the Province, in the strongest terms, to meaningfully uphold its commitment to implement UNDRIP, and to withdraw the RCMP from our

territories where they oppress our people and criminalize our authority to the benefit of industry. Enforcement of this injunction by the

RCMP will lead to the forcible removal of Wet’suwet’en people from our own lands and the bulldozing of our homes, continuing the violent

displacement that our ancestors experienced.

We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has rendered a decision that contradicts Wet’suwet’en law, but we reaffirm that Anuk nu’at’en

remains the highest law on Wet’suwet’en land. Coastal Gaslink continues to operate as though Wet’suwet’en law does not exist, and to

trespass on our unceded lands.

We have a responsibility to enforce Wet’suwet’en laws and to ensure the health of our territories for future generations, as we have done

for thousands of years. We have always held the responsibility and authority to protect our unceded territories and we will continue to do so.

Quote from Dini’ze Na’moks (John Ridsdale): “In this time of reconciliation, with BC being the first province to legislate UNDRIP, this

ruling by a court in BC against Indigenous rights and recognition truly proves that industry, not the people , can control the Province and

its laws. Ultimately, we are our own government, and we decide who comes on our territory. We are the hereditary chiefs. British Columbia

and Canada only have assumed and presumed authority on our lands. “

Solidarity action by IWW Montreal:

Chicoutimi: Solidarity action in connection with the violent eviction of protectors from the territory in January 2019.

For more information:

The Unist’ot’en Camp Facebook page and their website .

The ally’s toolbox:  https://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit2020/

[1]The Coastal GasLink project involves the construction of a 670 km pipeline connecting the Dawson Creek area in east-central British

Columbia to around Kitimat in the north coast.

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents

Listed 17 hours ago by Collectif Emma Goldman

http://ucl-saguenay.blogspot.com/2020/01/coastal-gaslink-la-premiere-nation.html

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Message: 3

Great to see that the typically dreich January weather didn’t stop tens of thousands turning out earlier on to demonstrate against our

BritNat rulers – including comrades from Class War – never ones to mince words!

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Message: 4

About 1.8 million people took to the streets of French cities on January 9, protesting against the neoliberal pension reform: strikers,

union activists, yellow vests and just plain ordinary citizens. In total, more than 275 demonstrations took place in the country. Teachers,

nurses and even lawyers joined the ongoing strikes. The strike of transport workers continued for the 36th day in a row, breaking all

records. —- In the morning, traffic jams in the Greater Paris area reached 200 kilometers. The work of public transport was severely

disrupted, millions had to get to work with difficulty – whoever could, on foot, on bicycles, etc. More than a third of teachers stopped

working in the country. Dozens of schools were closed in Paris. Railway traffic was badly damaged; reported the possible cancellation or

postponement of air travel. Energy workers are on strike, blocking refineries from Tuesday. Donations of 5 million euros were received at

the strike office of the railway workers.

Meanwhile, all negotiations between the authorities and the trade unions have so far been unsuccessful: the government is persisting …

The protest march in Paris gathered, according to trade unions, about 400 thousand people. Thousands of police officers were mobilized to

observe him

(https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/09/france-strikes-nurses-teachers-and-lawyers-join-pension-protests;.https://www.cgt.fr/actualites/france/retraite/mobilisation/9-janvier-2020-une-mobilisation-historique;

https://taz.de/Protest-gegen-Rentenreform/!5651283/)

The protesters in Paris demanded not only the abolition of the reform, but also a reduction in the retirement age to 60 years

(https://www.jungewelt.de/artikel/370246.frankreich-eiffelturm-bestreikt.html).

During the march, real street battles broke out between the radical demonstrators who stood in front of the motorcade with anti-police

slogans. The demonstration was stopped on Magenta Boulevard, and at the end, between Saint-Lazare and Saint-Ogusen Square, the demonstrators

were repeatedly subjected to police attacks.

Battles with police in the area of St. Augustine lasted more than an hour and were the most fierce for many months. The police used gas and

batons, beating everyone indiscriminately. As usual, this aroused only greater hatred. Reported many injured. 24 people were arrested

(https://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/syndicats/greve-du-9-janvier-violents-affrontements-a-paris_3777895.html).

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Marseille (220 thousand), Toulouse (120 thousand), Bordeaux (70 thousand), Le Havre

(35 thousand), Rouen (30 thousand), Lyon (27 thousand), Clermont- Ferrand (20 thousand), Cana (18 thousand), Nantes (18 thousand), Nice (15

thousand), Avignon (15 thousand), Beziers (11 thousand), Rennes (10 thousand), Brest (10 thousand). From several hundred to many thousands

of participants gathered marches in other cities …

Reported on stubborn clashes with police in Rouen, Rennes and Nantes, where there are wounded and arrested …

Meanwhile, according to polls by the Figaro newspaper, 61% of the French approve the strike and 75% reject pension reform (at least in the

current form).

https://aitrus.info/node/5394

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Message: 5

January 8, 2020 will go down in the history books as the world’s largest 24-hour general strike to date. In India, more than 250 million

workers went on strike during the general strike or “Bharat Bandh”, which was joined by ten major unions as well as a number of independent

associations. Associations organising bank employees, farmers and teachers, but also the student movement played a leading role. The

electricity supply was also affected, with up to 1.5 million people going on strike in the power stations. The same applies to local and

long-distance public transport. Across the country there were also rail blockades. —- The strike had the biggest impact in the politically

leftist state of Kerala, where the “communist” party CPI traditionally receives the most votes. Here, but also in many other places in

India, traffic and public life were virtually at a standstill.

The strike was directed against the policy of the ruling Hindu Nationalist Party (BJP), which not only tries to split the population along

ethnic and religious lines with classic nationalist policies, but also to severely restrict workers’ rights, to massively promote precarious

employment and privatisation of public institutions (such as rail transport) and to provide tax breaks to large corporations.

Core demands of the unions were the creation of new jobs for the unemployed (currently 8% unemployment in India, that is 73 million people),

basic workers’ rights for all workers, the increase of wages and the minimum wage, as well as a five-day week. They also called for the

withdrawal of the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which makes naturalisation easier for Hindu immigrants (or Jains, Sikhs)

but excludes Muslims, Tamils or Tibetans. The law had already triggered massive protests across India in 2019. In addition, their demands

were also directed against the biometric registration and counting of the entire Indian population, which also has special racist

regulations, which are explicitly directed against Muslim citizens, for example.

More about the protests against the CAA for example here: anarkismo.net/article/31703

On the one hand, the right-wing BJP government tried in vain to enforce sanctions against strikers – for example, in the state of Tamil Nadu

there were mass arrests of strikers; in Delhi, BJP youth organisations attacked striking students. On the other hand, the BJP publicly

played down the importance of the protests.

In vain – the organized Indian workers yesterday demonstrated their enormous strength and raised the bar for the rest of the world. However,

it remains to be seen whether they can sustain a prolonged confrontation with the government at this level of strength. From an

anti-authoritarian point of view, the question also arises whether the strikers will allow themselves to be hitched to the cart of the

parliamentary opposition parties, which ultimately only want to use the dynamics created by the mass struggles to come to power themselves –

or whether the workers will succeed in taking their cause into their own hands…

The Indian anarchosydicalist organisation “Muktivadi Ekta Morcha” (Libertarian Solidarity Front) from Bhopal is rather skeptical in this

respect. In a short statement (https://www.facebook.com/muktivadi/) it writes: “general strikes like these are for the most part electoral

political facades at cost of genuine workers grievances. Most, if not all unions affiliated with “left” parties treat their workers as

infants in these demonstrations controlling them more severely than they are in their workplace. There are some independent unions that are

less authoritarian but hardly any genuinely democratic workers organization. We are working to change that.” – It is of course difficult for

us to judge from a distance to what extent this assessment is correct, but we generally find it important to point out contradictions and

limitations of social movements with the aim of overcoming them. In any case, we wish the Indian comrades a lot of success in their cause!

Either way, the success of the mobilization alone is a symbol that the organized, oppressed and wage-dependent class has the potential to

unhinge the world!

https://www.dieplattform.org/2020/01/10/de-eng-indien-bislang-groesster-generalstreik-der-menschheitsgeschichte/

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Message: 6

Friday, January 17, 6pm, p. Mercury —- On January 17, 2013, fascists Dionysis Liakopoulos and Christos Stergiopoulos kill cold-blooded

migrant worker Shahzat Lukman in Upper Petralona. —- The Lockman assassination was not the first, nor the last. Paul Fyssas, Z.

Costopoulos / Zackie Oh, E. Topaloudi, P. Zifle, A. Petrou, Eboukas Mamasubek … and the list is not over. State, capital and their fascist

gangs are killing. Anything that does not fit into the patriarchal, orthodox, ethno-heterodox rule of the free market is treated with

violence, depreciation, and targeting. —- In the years of the capitalist crisis and after the December 2008 uprising, the disadvantaged

regime activated its fascist reserves to help maintain the status quo. During the so-called memorial years, we saw the Golden Dawn’s

electoral breakthrough, its entry into parliament, and its attempt to gain power on the street. It is no coincidence that particular pieces

of the media / business cluster, which today support the ND government, prioritized the ASE’s rise by giving it a leapfrog moment or even

asking them to “take it seriously” to claim a share in power co-management. So while the ATHEX Nazis were violent and murderous and as the

ruling bargains between the South-ATHEX did not work, after the assassination of Paul Fyssas, the regime decided to pull the bridle by

arresting many of its members. The subsequent trial became yet another show of the bourgeoisie to convince us of its commitment to

democratic ideals. We have no expectation of civil justice for us; fascism sweeps the streets through collective anti-hierarchical,

anti-institutional, self-organized and radical actions.

At the time of SYRIZA’s social-democratic management of the state, but also after the transition to AL-governed ND, the state, nationalism,

fascist gangs continued. However, the AAA transactional baboon is no longer necessary. The regime returned to democratic practices and

national goals. The creation of concentration camps for immigrants and the evacuation of migrant squads from the first-to-left signified the

deceit of the electorate on the one hand. Rallies and crowns on Macedonians, strategic agreements with EEZ killer states, racist and

homophobic populist sermons, intolerant fascist-based mobilizations against the refugee establishment, institutionalized and media-driven,

heroic marking the nationalist turn of state and society So the far-right ND came on the same footsteps, turning the existing concentration

camps into a closed one, abolishing the AMKA for immigrants, while herds of racists organized hate events. At the same time, squad

clearances, beatings, torture, repressive attacks and repressive attacks on self-organized combat structures and those who fight are the

application of the “law and order” doctrine.

We remain on the streets, in battlefields and defenses of our struggles and spaces. For us the enemy is not national but class. It is

against the exploitation and oppression of man by man. It is against homelands and borders, against nationalism and intolerance.

Let us not get used to the death that state, capital, and power relations offer us generously.

Solidarity is our weapon.

The struggle against the state, capital and their fascist reserves for a world of equality, solidarity, justice and freedom.

Demonstration of resistance and remembrance for the seven years since the assassination of migrant worker Shahzat Lukman – Friday, January

17, 6pm, Mercouri Square, Upper Petralona.

anarchist collectivity Vogliamo tutto e per tutti

https://vogliamotutto.espivblogs.net/2020/01/11/saxtzat-loykman-demo-17-1-2020/

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Message: 7

This article first appeared in The Anvil, Vol 8 No 6, published on 22nd December 2019. —- Across South America, the class struggle is

raging at an intensity that Australia has rarely seen. Both Right and Left are on the offensive in different countries and it is the

political centre which is falling away. —- Bolivia has just experienced a military coup with clear participation of Fascists and with at

least some orchestration from within the United States. The coup regime has issued an arrest warrant for former President Evo Morales, under

the pretext of terrorism and sedition, but transparently for the real reason of being Evo Morales. —- In Brazil, the Fascist Jair

Bolsonaro was elected by technically democratic means, but he is engaged in murderous repression and is attacking the institutions of

capitalist democracy from within. Bolsonaro is not getting it all his own way, though, and there has been sporadic large scale struggle

against him.

In Argentina, the Right has just been ejected from office by the Centre-Left, but inflation is high and mass struggles continue. In

Colombia, a recent general strike suffered widespread repression which has nevertheless failed to squash the movement. This should surprise

no-one, because ever since the peace deal disarming the guerillas of FARC, the oligarchy has been able to engage in murderous repression of

the social movement, unconstrained by prospects of reprisal.

The Right is also on the offensive in Venezuela and has been for some years. President Nicolas Maduro, successor to Hugo Chavez, is a

bumbling authoritarian who has no idea how to defeat the militant Right, which is financed and in large measure directed by the United

States. He narrows the Chavista base by counter-productive measures and an inability to dodge the crippling US sanctions. Opposition to him

from the Left is needed, but an opposition which is also aimed clearly against the Right. Meanwhile, in Ecuador, the ironically named Lenin

Moreno has switched sides, allied with the United States and largely adopted the policies of the Right. A massive campaign of strikes and

demonstrations in October caused him to abandon a set of drastic austerity measures.

It is Chile, however, which is ground zero and where the struggle has advanced the furthest. The working class and student movements in

Chile have waged frequent immense struggles in recent years, concentrating mainly on immediate issues but with an undercurrent of rejection

of the political system. This undercurrent burst out into the open when the entire country rose up from 7 October against an attempt by the

Right wing government to increase public transport fares. No sooner had strikes and demonstrations begun than a slogan emerged that took the

struggle to a new level: “It’s not the thirty pesos, it’s the thirty years.” The entire framework set up by General Pinochet is being

rejected. Though the students have been the most militant, the power of the working class has been the most effective. Support for Right

wing President Sebastian Pinera has totally collapsed and not even cutting a deal with the parties of the Left (including the so-called

“Communist” Party) for a Constitutional Convention has enabled him to re-stabilise things. Militant demonstrations continue.

What needs to be done to drive the struggle onwards? How can the Right be beaten? The answer is twofold. Firstly, Anarchists in South

America should organise themselves in federations of revolutionary Anarchist Communists – a tendency which there goes by the name of

Especifismo. This is, to an extent, happening. The Federation Anarchista Santiago is active in Chile and is strongly participating in the

struggle there. In addition, Especifismo groups in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil have recently announced the re-launching of CALA, the Latin

American Anarchist Co-ordination. This is an immensely positive development, showing the way for Anarchists to participate in the struggles

on that continent in a positive way. The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group calls on Anarchists across South America to flock to their

banners or to form similar Especifismo groups so that the effectiveness of Anarchist organisation can grow by the orders of magnitude

demanded by the struggle.

The other thing that needs to happen is the formation, in Chile and other countries where the struggle has reached the necessary level, of

mass organs of workers’ democracy. The old reformist organisations of the working class are simply inadequate to the current crisis. New

bodies are needed, transcending bureaucratic divisions, uniting broader layers of workers and establishing direct democracy in place of

representation. These bodies will be based in the workplace, in order to establish the possibility of cutting off the power of capital at

its source and wielding the vast power of the economy according to the will of the workers themselves.

Finally, it is necessary to recognise there is no conflict between these two tasks. Indeed, the first is a precondition of the second.

Anarchists organised on the basis of Especifismo need to be propagandising ceaselessly, in Chile and wherever else it is practical, for

workers to form mass organs of workers’ democracy. They must turn away from Parliamentary roads that can only lead to defeat and from

political parties which seek power only for themselves, not the workers. Only the revolutionary abolition of capitalism can solve South

America’s pressing crisis and only Anarchist Communism, Especifismo, can light the way to that revolution.

HASTA LA VICTORIA!

https://melbacg.wordpress.com/2020/01/12/south-america-on-fire/

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