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(en) Argentina: Document on the rebellion of 19-20 December 2001 (ca)

From Colectivo Comunista Libertario <ccomnunista_libertario@yahoo.com.ar>
Date Thu, 16 Dec 2004 06:37:09 +0100 (CET)

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Three years have gone by since the Popular Rebellion which was sparked off by
workers, unemployed workers and the poor on 19th and 20th December 2001, when
they overthrew, through popular mobilization, the government of the day and
four successive presidents, generating a phenomenal crisis within the bourgeoisie.
During this period, the popular masses have fought untiringly against hunger,
poverty, unemployment and marginalization, in the face of successive policies
on the part of the State to impose more measures which only weigh further on
the shoulders of the workers and the people.

The popular resistance has in many cases been effective in protecting the
battered economies of the working class neighbourhoods from the worst effects,
something which was achieved through constant work and popular mobilization.

But the struggle is by no means over, in fact it has only just begun.

The appointment of Kirchner to the presidency quickly generated expectations
and hopes among the popular masses, but the experience has demonstrated that
these hopes were totally unfounded, since there is no such thing as a
Capitalism with a human face. Capitalism is wild, its only objective is to
generate more wealth for the capitalist class. It is for that reason that
throughout the country unemployment has increased, the purchasing power of
wages has been drastically reduced, hunger affects most of the working class
and poor families, but the bourgeoisie has become richer from the suffering and
the blood of the workers.

Thus, in spite of the optimistic official propaganda that the country is
improving, that the people's situation is improving, or the various rosy
predictions about the magical investments that several countries are making in
Argentina, none of this is shared by the workers, whose struggles got tougher
at the start of the year and have gone on with more ferocity than ever.

The struggles of civil servants, workers from the fields of education,
telephones, local transport, the food industry, together with unemployed
workers are just some examples which go to prove that the fighting spirit that
began on 19-20 December 2001 is still alive in spite of the concerted efforts
of the State to eliminate it completely, using the entire range of its
apparatus for repression and social domination, in order to crush the
working-class and popular resistance.

The people are witness to the imprisonment of political activists, thousands of
trials, death and injury. This is the toll of the repression by the State
against the working and popular masses.

Nevertheless, the popular movement has not been defeated by the State

And in fact, in recent times we have witnessed a victory in the telephone
strike, the long and untiring struggle of subway workers, of the teachers in
Buenos Aires, of the unemployed and employed workers in Santa Cruz who, in
spite of brutal repression, have not given in and who continue to fight for
wages and jobs in spite of the political and strike action truce conceded by
the union bureaucracies of the three main unions.

Today, three years after the popular rebellion of 19-20 December 2001, the
people continue to pay for their indomitable spirit with more blood from our
brothers and sisters and children all over the country. We have cried with our
comrades, but we continue to fight so that the rebellion of the 19-20 December
can develop and so we can be able to fulfil the dream of all those who have
fallen, the prisoners, the workers on trial: the dream to win the complete
emancipation of all the oppressed.

We Libertarian Communists are fighting arm-in-arm with the people, promoting
the need for unity among the workers and the people, building workers' and
popular power from below, without delegation to any political apparatus, and
for grassroots assemblies with the strictest exercise of grassroots democracy
in decision making. For that reason we propose and we fight for:

* Freedom for all those thousands of workers and unemployed people
arrested and imprisoned during the struggle
* Immediate wage increases, so that wages are index-linked to monthly
* A reduction of working hours to 6 per day, without reduction in wages.
* An increase in unemployed benefit.
* Active solidarity with all struggles of the workers and the people,
factory occupations, etc. and the coordination of all these struggles.

These basic calls proposed by the CCL can only be achieved by the workers and
the people themselves, through their grassroots organizations, not by means of
any political mediation but through direct action, confronting the system that
oppresses us.

Buenos Aires, December 2004.


Translation by FdCA International Relations

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