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(en) Italy: FdCA communiqué on the Action Day for Migrants - 31/01/04

From Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Sun, 1 Feb 2004 12:14:53 +0100 (CET)


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STRENGTH IN UNION
In this age of global preventative war, the men and women of the earth
are caged, in a state of "permanent terror". With the destruction of
local economies, capitalist globalization is forcing growing masses of
the disinherited into forced exile: the "New World Order" is marked by
the hunger and war that accompanies it.
Millions of immigrants fleeing from their countries of origin in
pursuit of the "promised land" in the West where they can find a more
dignified existence, find only fences and barbed wire and the nightmare
of repatriation on charter flights. Being clandestine makes them invisible.

Millions of people treated as slaves who, in an effort to climb free of
the doomed spiral, find themselves in the hands of organized crime
where they end up strengthening the networks of the labour black market
and the submerged economy. For this they have the honour of doing the
worst jobs with starvation wages and no rights, hoping only for a visa
amnesty, yet another "backhander" to pay to the State, or to organized
crime, in the hope of getting their existence back.

Millions of people who, on arriving in the opulent West, discover that
they haven't left poverty and exploitation behind them. And then there
are the millions of migrant women who are the worst hit by the
contradictions which are created by the rapid social and cultural
changes affecting the West, who are forced to look after others, or
fill the need for prostitutes or for "traditional" wives for the
benefit of men who are unable to view them as equals.

And though war is one of the principal causes of this exodus, the fear
of invasion and Fortress Europe's siege mentality serve to feed racism
and the discriminatory policies which are at the root of hatred of the
"other", of the foreigner, and give nourish the war against the enemy
abroad.

But the "permanent terror" is not only a condition of the global war.
It is intrinsic to the society in which we live. It is the expression
of a relationship of domination produced by the laws of the capitalist
market.

This domination can be seen today in the savage attack on the material
conditions of millions of workers. The buying power of wages has been
halved and workers are forced to accept work conditions which are ever
more precarious and deregulated. The conditions of pensioners and the
privatization of basic social services (healthcare, education, etc.)
are euqally under attack.

Given this situation, with the centre-right government's policies
becoming increasingly aggressive and authoritarian, it is no surprise
that the workers are responding: social conflict is spreading and
growing while the repressive apparatus of the State tries to contain it
by criminalizing the struggles.

In this phase, it is even more important that the struggles of migrant
workers be united with those of the other workers in this country and
demand more rights for all: the right to freedom of movement beyond all
borders, the right to housing, the right to a job and a decent wage,
the right to education and the right to free public healthcare.

For this reason, migrant workers must be brought out of the dead-end
street of charity in order to become active participants in their own
social demands and active political entities. Social integration
requires unity of the various political elements and groups which the
working class forms autonomously in their self-organized fight against
the State and Capital.

The 31st January can therefore represent a good occasion to re-launch
the anti-racist initiative with the aim of seeing the demands of this
particular political subject as a part of the contradictions between
Capital and Labour, for the liberation from capitalist exploitation and
from the State, its faithful servant.

The struggles which the Workers Movement has engaged in over recent
years with sacrifice and determination will not find full success
unless it includes the demands of migrant workers, the weakest link in
the segmented and hierarchical system of capitalist exploitation.


FEDERAZIONE DEI COMUNISTI ANARCHICI
January 2004


http://www.fdca.it/fdcaen


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