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(en) Italy: The rights of one are the rights of all - statement on the march for migrants' rights in Rome, 4/12/04 (it)

From Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Wed, 1 Dec 2004 22:43:14 +0100 (CET)

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The ongoing trend of turning workers into goods, the suspension and denial of
individual and civil liberties, the ethnicization of society: migrants are bearing
the brunt of this toughest of battles being waged by the State and neo-liberal
economics, a battle where the stakes are the lives and rights of every one of us.
Neo-liberalism needs low-cost, disposable manpower for its production, and also in the
service industries in order to dismantle the welfare system and wipe out social costs.
The State is going about this through legislation which is becoming more and
more repressive and pointless, which has the obvious aim of making workers who
come to Italy increasingly dependent on their employers (in a form of modern
slaverly), where even their right to exist is conditioned on the market.

In all of this, there is no longer space even for a formal semblance of
bourgeois rights: the right of asylum - gone, the inviolable rights of the
person - gone, the right to any form of representation - inapplicable. And in
order to do this, they use blatantly racist propaganda which stirs up tensions
between the poor, providing something for people to take out their social
insecurities on. Then there is the way they divide us and classify us along
true or imaginary religious or community lines, or according to our clothes,
the colour of our skin, where we come from. Rights are then made to measure
according to all this.

And so they take down from the shelves of history concentration camps and
deportations, slavery and serfs, update them for present-day consumption, and
present them as justifiable and inevitable. And the victims are a sizeable part
of the population which lives in this country.

But there something else too haunting Europe: illegal immigrants and temporary
workers, dissidents and asylum-seekers, Italian and foreign workers, all
recognize the need for common struggle against borders which are open to goods
but shut to people, against infamous agreements for forced deportations and to
stop new arrivals, against the murderous legislation which allows shipfuls of
innocents to sink and traffickers of men and women to grow fat on the profits.

Because we know that the detention centres open the way for barracks "à la
Bolzaneto", because the fragmentation of the labour market is turning us all
into mere goods, because in an ethnicized society demagogues of all sorts will
continue to insist on negotiating on our behalf amongst themselves and it will
be to our detriment.

The reaffirmation of basic rights for all is a fundamental part of the
libertarian struggle because libertarians and anarchists know that when there
are limits to one person's freedoms then the freedoms of all of us are lost.

On the 4th December, there will be demonstrations by men and women who share in
the streets, factories, houses and struggles. And one day they will inherit
them. And we will be there too.


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