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(en) Argentina: Commemorative march for the "Semana Tragica" (ca)

From "OSL argentina" <oslargentina@yahoo.com.ar>
Date Tue, 4 Jan 2005 13:40:53 +0100 (CET)


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There will be a commemoration of the events of the "Semana Tragica"
in 1919 and the comrades killed 86 years ago by police and army bullets
with the complicity of the church. The Committee for the Memory of the
"Semana Tragica" of 1919 is organizing the 7th Commemorative March to
be held on Saturday 8th January beginning at 5.30pm at Pepirí y Alcorta
and continuing to Plaza Martín Fierro. Please spread the word.
* * * * *Text of the declaration:
86 YEARS AFTER --- Committee for the Memory of the "Semana Tragica"
86 years ago the districts of Parque de los Patricios, Pompeya and San
Cristóbal were the scene of one of most important struggles of the working
class and all the people of the City of Buenos Aires. A struggle that those in
power, led by the government of the time of the radical Yrigoyen, repressed in
blood and fire with the bullets of the army, the police and the civilian
fascist groups of the time.

The signatories of this declaration consider themselves as the heirs and
continuators of those fighters, women and men of our town who were massacred
for demanding decent work conditions and an increase in wages.

Their decision, capacity and strength to confront those who impose their
privileges with blood and fire, both in the past and still today, forces us to
continue fighting for a just society.

Yrigoyen's massacre, which we remember today, the 30,000 comrades killed during
the dictatorship, the ones who died on 19-20 December under De La Rua, the
murder of Maxi and Darío at Pueyrredon Bridge under President Duhalde, the
attack on the Plaza de Mayo on 20th December 2003, and so many other crimes,
were all committed to protect the same interests that were responsible for the
massacre of the workers of Vasena.

After almost 2 years of the Kirchner government, things have changed but the
course being followed is the same; the external debt is paid punctually, but
our children remain undernourished, privatized bodies continue to pocket
fabulous profits without any threat of removing the concessions given to them.
The beneficiaries are the same and the repressed, with new methods, continue to
be the workers and the unemployed, and the whole people.

For all these reasons, we accuse our present rulers of being the heirs of
Yrigoyen, of those repressors and of those fascists.

But the capitalist barbarism had to face more, harsher fights throughout 2004.
New, young fighters have involved themselves in the struggles in the subways,
the railways, education, telephone companies, adding themselves to the struggle
of the piquetero movements, of the workers in the recovered factories, the
university students fighting against the Higher Education Law and for greater
funding. There are already thousands and surely many more will join them in
2005.

While remembering the general strike and the insurrection of January 1919, we
reaffirm today our opposition to capitalism as we did 86 years ago.

We reaffirm today as we did 86 years ago that the unity of all the exploited is
the only road by which we can introduce equality and freedom to our society.

* Unity to struggle, not in the abstract but to reconquer the most basic
rights, those that our mothers and fathers considered inalienable and that
today have been lost

* Unity, to win wage increases
* Unity, to obtain a 6-hour working day with no reduction of
wages and the sharing of working hours in order to eliminate
unemployment
* Unity, to drop the legal charges against over 4,000 people,
the immediate liberation of all political prisoners and the
abrogation of the anti-worker flexibility laws
* Unity, to put an end to the psychological warfare in the media
which criminalizes social protest
* Unity, to face up to the imperialist agenda whose most visible
aspect is the FTAA
* Unity, to build popular power, power from below.

In this place where thousands upon thousands of anonymous comrades fought for
our same ideals, we reaffirm our commitment to fight injustice in all its forms
until there is no more.

ORGANIZACION SOCIALISTA LIBERTARIA argentina
EN LA CALLE - journal of organized anarchism
oslargentina@yahoo.com.ar
Buenos Aires: libertaria@infovia.com.ar
Parana: orgalibertaria@hotmail.com

Translation by FdCA International Relations
http://www.fdca.it/fdcaen


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