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(en) [Scandal in the family? Ed.] Attention ! SAC cooperated with police in Gotheburg 2001 !!!

From "CNT AIT" <cnt.ait@wanadoo.fr>
Date Fri, 16 Nov 2001 16:13:37 -0500 (EST)

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The CGT-Spain, CNT-Vignoles-France and the SAC-Sweden have met in in a
summercamp arranged by the Vignoles student organisation FAU in the town
Masseube in France to evaluate the mobilisations from Gothenburg to Genova.
The SAC-paper "Arbetaren" has a three page article from Masseube written by
Bella Frank in the issue 35/01 (31/8 - 6/9 - 2001). It`s called
"Syndicalists about the summers mobilisations". We give you herby some
quotes from the article that we suppose will interest you:

"During the debate, the thought of a new syndicalist international was
raised. But even though many thought that it is a good idea in sight, the
majority thought that the time is not mature. Nilala Hadadi means that the
priority should be to continue to develope the cooperation between the CNT,
the CGT and the SAC without demanding ideological purity. They should even,
according to her, cooperate with other independent unions" (from page 8 of

On page 9 of Arbetaren they discuss Gothenburg. The SAC had the policy to
denounce both the violence from the Police and the "destruction" made by the

"Among the French anarchosyndicalists it is huge surprise that the SAC was
in a dialogue with the police before Gothenburg. They are even more
surprised that SAC-members did not expect that the police would break the
cooperation- We could have told that to you- says a  CNT member."

Then the article says:

"The SAC must defend its cooperation again, but this time in another
persepective that in Sweden. Orjan Bergsten says that we inside the SAC and
the "Goteborgsaktionen" were too blue eyed concerning the police- We were
too naive concerning the police and how far they were able to act. We hadn`t
understood the huge power that we had against ourselves. A lot was made
hidden behind the curtains, as for example the American secret -service work
with Bush- these things should we have been more prepared for,- he says."

And  the article continues:

"The secretary of the SAC- Hannele Peltonen means that it was correct to
participate in the cooperation with the police before Gothenburg. If this
cooperation had functioned the way it was ment, she believes that most of
the violence could have been avoided. But even she means that they were too
naive.- The cooperation was necessary and promising, but the police broke it
even the first day with the siege of the Hvitfeldska school. Today we would
have been more sceptical. It is important to see what happened in an
international and historical context- it is a pattern in the increasing
police violence and that the establishment is on the side of the police"

The Secretariat of the IWA can translate the whole article if you want and
if you give us some more time to show that these quotes speak for themselves
and are not distorted from their context.

Oslo the 10th of  September 2001

With anarchosyndicalist greetings
on behalf of the IWA-Secretariat

The IWA General Secretary

Secretariat of the International Workers Association (AIT-IWA)
Boks 1977 Vika, 0121 Oslo

Telephone: + 47 23 14 01 77 Fax: +47 22 30 54 65
Web: http://www.iwa-ait.org

E-mail: secretariado@iwa-ait.org


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