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(en) Brazil: FAG 1995-2005 - 10 years of struggle for Socialism and for Freedom! [pt,it]

Date Wed, 30 Nov 2005 15:31:47 +0200

10 years have passed since that Saturday, 18th November 1995, when on a
November morning just like any other, comrades from various parts of Rio Grande
met with a delegate of the Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) to found a new
organization. But even to get to that point had required a year of uninterrupted
contacts and relations, endless letters, experiences both good and bad and a
journey by one of our comrades to meet our sister organization in Uruguay.
As chance would have it, for the oppressed classes of Brazil, the 18th November
is a date marked by struggle and blood. It was on that day that in 1918 a
Workers' Insurrection took place in Rio de janeiro. 67 years later, thanks to
much persistence and conviction, anarchism is once more coming into contact
with the class it was born from in the southernmost part of Brazil. The
organizational process, which saw the close involvement of our comrades in the
FAU, culminated in November 1995, having begun much earlier. The significance
of this goes well beyond the borders of the Rio Grande do Sul, and it is a fact
we are only too aware of.

This still-young organization called the Federação Anarquista Gaúcha (FAG -
Gaucha Anarchist Federation) is deeply committed to the class and the people it
belongs to. In its short but steady history and with the dedication of its
nameless militants, it has helped spread the resoluteness of the martyrs of
Latin American anarchism. The FAG is realizing its primary and permanent
mission together with other simuilar groups and organizations: to spread
anarchism throughout its place of origin, among the people, re-proposing as
instruments of popular struggle the principles of a process of rupture through
social and economic self-management and political federalism.

In these 10 years, we have recognized the central importance of the historical
memory, but going further than simple commemorations and nostalgia. Being and
feeling part of the heritage of the first anarchists in the early 20th century,
we have sought to uphold their history of struggle, applying it to the needs of
today. Our origins lie in the federalist wing of the 1st International, the
Ukrainian Insurrection, the Spanish Revolution and we affirm our political
identity of social revolution and the class struggle that is rooted in the
popular struggles of this Latin America of ours. We have also sought, in all
modesty but with great determination, to continue the work of the first
combative unions in Brazil, in the Mexican Revolution, in the Workers'
Insurrection and the Strikes of 1917 and 1918 in Porto Alegre, Rio and Sao
Paulo, of the comrades who have struggled and who continue to struggle in
Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru,
Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay and in every corner of Latin America.

The FAG seeks to be a political instrument for the accumulation and synthesis
of forces, to increase the people's ability to struggle and build, in the long
term, Popular Power. We carry out our task with the humility and modesty we
have always had, building working-class power with each barricade and
occupation, with each new community radio, in the marches, the quiet work in
the neighbourhoods, in the labour struggles and in all the various struggles of
the people. Our red and black flag represents one of the forms of struggle of
the Latin American people. We will continue to fight and to organize from this
corner of the world, the Rio Grande.

While the first stage of our journey is already well under way, the next stage
of our journey, that of consolidating the Gaucha anarchist organization, is
more complex and much harder. The FAG is aware of its historic duty: to be a
solid, stable and long-lasting structure, to increase its work within the
social movements and its capacity for agitation and debate, to elevate the
level of unity and coordination with other similar organizations in Brazil and
throughout Latin America, to begin work in new areas and in new sectors of the
popular movements, to unify the various struggles on the basis of class
solidarity and to increase the ability of the organized working class to
achieve. In other words, to go on with the task of building Popular Power.

In these last 10 years we have succeeded in making anarchism an instrument for
concrete demands. Today, though well aware of the difficult times we live in,
we must go on. We must forge from our daily struggle and our anarchist ideas
the mentality to transform. Through Struggle and Organization, the specific
organization represents a synthesis of the struggle for our immediate needs and
our long-term strategy. It is up to our membership to be a part of this drive
for popular struggle, for political struggle, and to sow the seeds of
revolution. That is our intention, our mission, our duty, and we must respond
to it with firmness and with dignity. Because for the FAG, every day is 18th



Porto Alegre, 18 November 2005

General Secretariat of the Federação Anarquista Gaúcha

Translation by FdCA - International Relations

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