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(en) Portugal: Luta Social, No.4 - Editorial [pt]

Date Thu, 30 Jun 2005 16:34:22 +0300

The French and Dutch "NO" to the European constitution serves to demonstrate
that the document proposed for European approval only serves one side and that
the European people would be the main ones to suffer by virtue of this text
which is full of injustices.
With this document, Europe's workers and people, the principal targets of
measures which are contrary to their rights and living conditions, would be
reduced to the level of people of the Third World, with an increasingly
sophisticated system of repression and with more and more authoritarian
"security" measures. French, German and British workers and those of other
European countries who had to conquer wage and social rights assuring them a
decent standard of living, with a great deal of work and struggle over the last
60 years, would lose what they have won and be forced to return to pre-World
War II levels.

The principal beneficiaries of this European pseudo-constitution, should it
come into force, would be the holders of capital and employers, who would see
increasing profits, greater (and more repressive) exploitation of the
workforce, where the freedom to exploit a worker would continue to increase.

On the other hand, the cultural differences and the freedom between people that
are part of humanity's heritage would be annulled and the people regimented as
if it were only one country divided artificially and ruled at a distance from
Brussels by the EU bureaucrats, helped more and more by repressive armies and
police forces, capable of suppressing any attempt at progress with regard to
freedom and social equality.

Aware of this, the Sócrates government has postponed a referendum until 2007,
in a manoeuvre of great tactical opportunism, so that the Portuguese people
cannot demonstrate their malcontent and vote "no", as the French and Dutch did,
to a European "constitution" that is dead even before it has arrived and
doesn't have to strength to stand on its own.

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Article from "Luta Social", No.4 Bulletin of the "Luta Social"
Anti-Authoritarian Class-Struggle Collective, Lisbon

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From: "Luta Social" Anti-Authoritarian Class-Struggle Collective

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