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(en) Spain: "cnt" No.308 - Latin America and Anarcho-Syndicalism (ca)

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Date Tue, 1 Feb 2005 16:33:00 +0100 (CET)

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One of the possibilities that the Congress offered was the chance to hear
first-hand about the situation in places thousands of kilometres away, so it
was of great interest to be able to ask our comrades who had come from
Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, especially to hear their perspective on the
situation in South America given the interest it has for certain sectors of the
With regard to Argentina, we asked the comrades about the situation of the AIT*
section there, the FORA, and about the country in general. They told us about
the proliferation of organizations which are grouped in the ILS/SIL*, which are
characterized by a form of functioning which is not at all libertarian. In
fact, some present members of the FORA joined from these other organizations,
having left because of the "leaderism" within them*. As far as situation in the
country goes, there is an appreciable ebb in all the social movements, even in
things like the recovered factories which could be considered in libertarian
terms by reason of the way they operate. Though at first they maintained
contacts with some of the strong social movements that arose after the
"argentinazo" (for example the MTD-AnÝbal Verˇn), they ended up moving away and
now only maintain links non-authoritarian organizations.

As for Brazil, the comrades of the FORGS-COB spoke to us about how they have
re-built the anarcho-syndicalist movement basically in two geographic areas,
Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paulo, and how today, and in spite of the
expectations generated in certain areas of the left, one of the great
objectives of the organization is the fight against the Lula union and labour
reforms, that are seriously compromising the formation of new unions. As in
Argentina, they too have been under pressure from the platformist unions in
ILS/SIL. With regard to its relations with a movement as strong as that of the
MST (Movement of Landless Workers), they commented that they had worked with
some of its members, without organic links, but through the offer of support to
one of its founding groups, who are fighting from within for a reduction in the
influence of the Church in the Movement.

Finally, the delegate of the Friends of the IWA-Colombia commented on the
problems they had had lately: fires at their premises, murders of its
militants, etc., and how today only few of them remain. Their relations with
guerrillas like the FARC or the ELN are based on a total rejection, beginning
with their anti-militarist approach that leads them to identify more with the
organizations which emanate from civilian society, distancing themselves from
the violence of both the left-wing and right-wing groups (which both carry out
kidnappings and murders). Furthermore, they informed us about the difficult
situation they find themselves in due to the increase in repression by the
Uribe government as part of the Colombia Plan, and accordingly they request the
solidarity of IWA sections and Friends in demanding an end to the detentions
and the murders (4,000 dead syndicalists in three years, two majority unions on
the verge of extinction, etc.) and all the other crimes against the civilian
population, as well as for a withdrawal of American troops.

from "cnt", No.308 - January 2005
translation by ainfos
* Ed note: Though it is clear the AIT people are not happy with the
cooperation of platformists and anarcho-syndicalists in the ILS/SIL,
they failed to put forward any substantial information to prove their

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