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(en) Collective Libertario Evora: Story about the X Congress of the International of Anarchist Federations by lapeste (pt)

Date Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:47:16 +0300


From 4 to 7 August was held in the city of Frankfurt the X Congress of the International of Anarchist Federations (IFA). , Founded in Carrara in 1968, this International brings together formal organizations with a federalist perspective in Congress assembled in principle every four years. The former had done during the busy International Meeting of Anarchism, held in St. Imier (Switzerland) in 2012, which celebrated 140 years of the founding of St. Imier International, Bakunin, Guillaume, Malatesta and others after the expulsion of the anarchists of the AIT in the Congress of the Hague. ---- The Congress was held in a building run by students from the local university with excellent conditions for such an event: catering area and living in the entry level garden, where two groups prepare meals, and two plants with a large room where they were held plenary sessions and numerous rooms, which are used for discussions, workshops and informal meetings sessions. In addition, in the lobby of the 1st floor there was still room for different organizations present set up their own stalls, books and other materials.

At the beginning of the Congress were part of the IFA the following organizations: Libertarian Federation Argentina[did not attend Frankfurt], Belarussian anarchists, Anarchist Federation in Bulgaria, Federation of Anarchists German-speaking (event organizer), Anarchist Federation of Britain, Federation for anarchist Organization (covering groups in the states Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian) and the anarchist federations Czech, French, Iberian and Italian-speaking. Belarussian anarchists were represented by a person living abroad, belonging to the Black Cross Belarus. They were not present or were represented and the Anarchist Federation of Bulgaria (no activity for some time) and the Iberian Anarchist Federation, a fact that surprised the participants and which may involve difficulties in the operation of this historic organization.

In addition to members of the IFA were also present members of projects and guests: the new Anarchist Federation Caribbean and Central America (FACC), the Libertarian Workshop Alfredo Lopez (Cuba), libertarians groups KISKEYA (Dominican Rep.) And Grouping Anarchist consciousness (El Salvador), the newspaper El Libertario (Venezuela), the German anarcho-syndicalist FAU, Political Anarchist Organisation (Greece), the union Vrije Bond Dutch state, DAF Turkey, the Anarchist Forum Kurdish, the Solidarity Movement Workers of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and various anarchist individuals from around the world.

After the presentation of the organizations and persons present, Congress began with the unanimous ratification of the applications for membership from the Anarchist Federation of Mexico, the Anarchist Federation Valdivia (Chile) and the Federalist Anarchist Initiative in Brazil. This 3-income non national level imposed the need to change the partnership agreement of the IFA: At this Congress, the existing partnership pact, rather Eurocentric in its original form, only allows organizations of members of national dimension and territory. For example, the French territory could only be "represented" by the French Anarchist Federation (FA), certainly one of the founders of the IFA. Any other organization acting in the French state, could only join the IFA if you also had national coverage and if the FA is not opusiese. Given the size of the states of the American continent and the consequent difficulty of forming a national organization, the continuation of this restriction, in practice makes it impossible for the accession of members of any existing or future organization in these territories. Now this conflicted with the main objective of the IFA today: increasing the number of member organizations and their sphere of action to territories beyond Europe. Therefore, with the change of partnership pact possible that rather local or regional associations, national, may coexist in the IFA with organizations operating in the same territorial space it became, maintaining however the need for agreements with the organization previously adherent.

However, this new formulation of the Associative Pact immediately raises an issue that probably will be debated in the short or medium term: what is the position of any European federation if another organization, not national level, but acting in the same territory requests to join the IFA? Consider what would be the reaction of the Iberian Anarchist Federation, apparently now in a situation far from its glorious past, if, hypothetically, existing anarchists in Catalonia and the Canary Islands Federation independently want to join the IFA. Accept or veto? And what are the consequences of one or another position?

On the other hand, is part of the IFA a transnational organization, the Federation referred to the anarchist organization federating groups in the states Slovenian, Serbian and Croatian, although that is not covered by the partnership agreement. What will be the position of the IFA and existing organizations if they suddenly begin to arise small transnational partnerships formed by groups with linguistic affinity (eg an Anarchist Federation Galician-Portuguese hypothetical) ovpor share the same geographical reality (even a federation hypothetical anarchist Patagonia, with the participation of groups from Argentina and Chile much closer to each other than Buenos Aires or Santiago de Chile), or have the same kind of struggle (continuous in the field of hypotheses an anarchist Federation Notre give me des -Landes and Val Susa) and decide to ask for membership?

Anyway, these are questions that the IFA will have to find coherent responses to act accordingly. Given the ease with which took place this Congress, apparently without tension, I think we have lost an excellent opportunity to deepen a discussion on how and geographical area that should or could have formal organizations anarchists, in this case federalist character.

Others, although not conclusive, important discussions were held on the method of financing and operating mode of the CRIFA (Relations Committee, IFA). On the first question, the Congress participants were informed that the IFA is currently without funds. This is due to the substantial financial support that the IFA has given, from St. Imier Congress, the expansion of organized anarchism federalist nature, and also to the various initiatives such as the Anarchist Red Mediterranean, or specific groups, such as DAF and the Kurdistan Anarchist Forum. According to the Secretariat of the IFA, therefore, it is urgent that the various regular member organizations to establish ways to contribute continuously, as far as possible, for this common background. As for the second question, and broadening the IFA in the Americas, it is important to define and approve other form of call for CRIFA (which meets twice a year) and it is impossible to economically afford transcontinental trips delegates member organizations. various proposed solutions were placed. Do you keep a single CRIFA with alternate meetings on both continents, but with a small number of delegates, ie, when the meeting was on the European continent, it would have only one or two delegates from organizations in the Americas, and vice versa. Two separate meeting CRIFA? Does using Skype or other contact via the Internet at the expense of in-person meetings? Nothing has been decided, leaving the organizations present to reflect on this issue and give its opinion later.

Finally, Congress passed some strategies for action on specific issues: war, nationalism, migrants, Kurdistan, "safe spaces", patriarchy, international campaigns and fight against the city. It was also decided that, if possible, the period between congresses seek to establish in three years instead of the current four. The new Secretariat was provided by fellow Anarchists Federation of Great Britain and the French FA, the latter which will ensure the operation of this body in the following year, will leave in a year.

As already mentioned, the Congress was held in a pleasant way, with many intervals that allowed informal discussions and moments of conviviality. The two groups in charge of the kitchen, despite all the help they received, were filled with work to provide participants with breakfast, lunch and dinner with good quality food. The organization was excellent and managed to arrange free accommodation for those who requested it.

Some final lines to the Federalist Anarchist Initiative in Brazil. The common language approached us and was happy to personally meet friends with whom conversed on the Internet. This organization aims to be the embryo of a future federation comprises three groups: the Anarchist League Rio de Janeiro, which publishes the Levante newspaper, Nigra Fenikso (Black Phoenix) group of Campinas, and the Commune Anarcho-punk Aurora Black , driving the Social Culture Center Favela da Vila Dalva in Sao Paulo. In addition to the specific activities of each group, the Initiative organized in 2015, the 1st. Anarquista general forum in Rio de Janeiro, open to all currents of anarchism, and event in 2016, the second in Salvador. 2017 is planned 3rd., To be held in June in Campinas and which invited the Portuguese anarchists who wish to participate.
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