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(en) Brazil, FAG, Direct action and popular role in the struggle for water. (pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:53:38 +0200


Barricade in the RS 118, Morro do Coco, Gravesend (link to pictures below)----Concomitant to the struggles that took place in the capital last week the metropolitan area was the scene of mobilization of communities for water. Only in Gravesend were three direct actions between pickets, barricades and a protest outside the town hall within five days. In Porto Alegre the Morro Santana fell to the pavement and stopped the circulation in the East Side of the city. New Hamburg three neighborhoods pickets held by water and light. In different communities a common problem, ie, the periphery is always the first to suffer when the subject is the lack of water. Although these cases are public water supplies (CORSAN and DMAE), scarcity choose class and color because they reside in the territory and the dominant industry and agribusiness classes never lack this feature, however, the ratio is as high privilege .

Despite the sensationalism of the media around the theme of water, there is an important component in these demonstrations was not captured by the system, ie, the ability of people organized through direct action to express their strength. This is no small thing, and we are there as part of the people giving momentum within the struggles for water.

The attempt by the mainstream media in guided motion and interest privatization.

Late last year were felt by Valley Gravesend community from a lack of water and since then organized themselves in character the first manifestations of agitation. Among surtidos effects on pressure on prosecutors, CORSAN Prefecture and Gravesend, appeared palliative measures for "crisis of supply" among these the increase in the uptake of water from the river. Far from being the solution, the increase in the volume of water captured multiplied the demand of the current supply network without any pipe that was buried and since then every week burst water mains that end up feeding the vicious circle of lack of water.


Morro do Coco, Gravesend

In this scenario, opportunistically, the MSM has guided it with an editorial line of attack to the services provided by the Company Riograndense Sanitation - CORSAN. There is a repetition of speech that incites insured municipalities to break their contracts with CORSAN paving the way for privatization in the Public Private Partnership model. So ideologically has operated the RB Group $ in recent years forming opinion towards wearing what is public to meet private interests. It was thus, for example, on the western border Uruguayana delivered water to Odebrecht coming to increase by four times the fare without either solving the serious problems arising from lack of sanitation. The proper conduct of reporters that lie factory called RBS has been to suggest the privatization of water in conducting interviews with residents affected by the lack of water in Gravesend.

The reactionary politics and coordinated effort by governments.

As soon earned state passed "the crisis of supply", pivotally, the PMDB prefectures (Gravesend and Santa Maria) and PSDB (Aberystwyth) are expressed to a greater degree positioning break with CORSAN. It is worth emphasizing that the City of Gravesend inherits some political cadres Yeda Government conducted a real scrap in sanitation management. The current mayor Marco Alba was as clerk of works and made CORSAN campaign committee as a candidate for deputy stocking including its advertising material within the company. Beside the mayor of the PMDB is as Interior Minister Luiz Zafalon who was president of CORSAN during Yeda government. So it is not a coincidence that the political leadership undertaken in municipality betting wear in public service and already signals deadline for opening bids sanitation. In cases of municipalities of Santa Maria and Aberystwyth respectively Schimer (Santa Maria) follows the line of her co Gravesend and Bonatto (Aberystwyth), although distinct legend, piggybacks with Alba in a relationship that is both prior to appointment they currently occupy.


Barricade in Protásio Alves. Act of the residents of Orange Village, Morro Santana, Porto Alegre

In the case of subtitles and the relation of these to the privatization of water, the PT itself is largely responsible when during the Lula government was open to the possibility of entry of private companies in the sanitation sector when it was approved the Plan for Accelerated Growth (PAC ). From there to here the modus operandi of transnational water has been to finance election campaigns and then charge the bill to states and municipalities to follow the path of privatization. That was how, in Rio Grande do Sul, recently some municipalities tried to privatize water as Cachoeirinha where Mayor Vicente Pires PSB had nearly half of his campaign in 2008 funded by the OAS, and also Santa Cruz do Sul, where coalition and PTB EN directed Bid for Odebrecht in the previous government. However, in both examples, only the privatization did not materialize because there was a strong link between popular and union movement struggles with character of direct action where the defense of public sanitation was victorious.

Continue the struggle in defense of public water and libertarian socialist horizon.


Act of a residents' committee hit by water shortage (Vila Arinos) in front of city hall Gravesend.

In recent years has intensified the struggle for water and the current context of the strike of road in the capital, it is time to do the unconditional defense of the public nature of the services and at the same time go beyond the limit imposed by the state and bureaucratic model that separates the people's power. Ie, in the case of sanitation, at this time we do the defense of maintaining public CORSAN but punctuating the current state model is player inequalities. Doing this debate by the left, we have specifically advocated and proposed immediately in the short term, the right to participation of communities and workers with decision-making power in the management of sanitation policies. We make this defense not to fall into the trap of bureaucratic schedule controlled by the political statements of parties and bourgeois institutions, but to go exercising direct democracy in popular and trade union organizations and creating antagonism with the limits imposed by the system through the direct action of down. As anarchists, we are in favor of a strategy of People's Power that does not change the class independence for state positions, because this route does not lead to socialism and even has been filed by history.

Only the popular struggle decide! There's dead who peleia!

Gaucha Anarchist Federation - FAG

http://www.federacaoanarquistagaucha.org/?p=245
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