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(en) Chile: OSL statement - Solidarity and support to the homeless workers of Chile [ca]

Date Mon, 13 Mar 2006 20:19:13 +0200

The Chilean popular organization "Lucha y Vivienda" [Struggle and Housing]
urgently needs the maximum support and solidarity from all our social organizations.
"Lucha y Vivienda" was formed just over 2 years ago and is made up of
approximately 200 families who are facing the problem of access to decent
housing, a problem shared by many urban dwellers.
In the locality of Peñalolen alone, in Santiago, which has over 200,000
inhabitants, the Chilean Chamber of Construction estimates that 18,000 families
are either living as mortgage debtors or as "allegados" (people living in
cramped conditions with their relatives in households usually consisting of
several families).

According to "Lucha y Vivienda", the disgraceful situation that workers without
a house are facing has been caused by the real estate companies (dedicated to
the construction of housing for the bourgeoisie, completely out of reach to
working-class families), large landowners (who speculate with prices) and the
Chilean State (which blocks access to decent housing by the poorest and whose
laws serve to give privilege to mortgage companies).

The Chilean State's much-vaunted Housing Law provides for the settling of
workers' families in the outskirts of the major cities in "popular" homes of
only 28 square metres.

The demands of "Lucha y Viviendo" are:
* The construction of "popular" homes of 60 square metres with 100
square metres of land.
* Rents no greater than 10% of the minimum wage.
* Special subsidies for cheaper lands.
* Real participation of working-class sectors in urban reform.
* No expulsion of the "homeless" from their area of residence.

"Lucha y Viviendo" uses the method of direct action, the occupation of housing
or of lands on which to build houses.

The bourgeois media and officials of the Chilean State have begun a campaign to
"denounce" the activities of "Lucha y Viviendo", seeking to impede their
operation, to criminalize their actions and to imprison their militants.

The Chilean State follows the activities of "Lucha y Viviendo", and when the
organization was preparing for the occupation of lands in Peñalolen on Saturday
26th March, security forces mounted an operation in order to block it.

The sentence for the crime of "usurpation" in Chile is two years in prison, but
the Chilean State can also accuse members of the movement with "illegal
association", which carries a sentence of up to thirty years.

However, like every struggle born of the most basic necessities of our poeple,
it is a struggle that cannot be stopped through threats or orders. Its just
demands must be met.

And just as "Lucha y Viviendo" will not abandon its demands, the comrades and
our combative Chilean brothers and sisters appeal to all our popular
organizations for support and solidarity for the occupation of lands that they
have planned and carried out.

EN LA CALLE - anarchist journal
Buenos Aires: 15 de noviembre 1164, barrio de constitución.
Parana: orgalibertaria@hotmail.com

Translation by FdCA International Relations
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