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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Communicat of CNT- Solidaridad Obrera - CGT: FACING THE SITUATION IN CATALONIA (ca, fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:27:27 +0200

We, the signatory organizations, share the concern about the situation in Catalonia, the repression unleashed by the State, the loss of rights and freedoms that this presupposes and will suppose and the rise of an old nationalism which appears again in a large part of the Spanish state. ---- We defend the emancipation of all workers in Catalonia and around the world. Perhaps, in this context, it should be recalled that we do not understand the right to self-determination as understood by parties and nationalist organizations but for us it is the right to self-management in a given territory. ---- Understood in this way, self-determination passes more through the control of production and consumption by the workers, for a bottom-up direct democracy, organized according to the federalist principles, than by the establishment of a new frontier or the creation of a new state. As internationalists, we believe that solidarity between workers should not be limited to the borders of the state, so it does not matter where they are.

What seems really worrying is the reaction in the rest of the state ; the exaltation of a rancid "Spanishism", reminiscent of earlier times, encouraged by the media and in keeping with the authoritarian drift of the government, has been patent since the incarceration of persons for advocating acts of disobedience or the application of Article 155 of the Constitution.

It does not escape us that this nationalist upsurge lays the foundation for the next limitation of rights and freedoms, against which we must guard ourselves. The vibrant unity of the so-called " democratic forces " to justify repression augurs a dark horizon for all future dissidents. It seems that the post-Franco regime that has governed us for 40 years, is closing the ranks to ensure its continuity.

This regime, which existed and exists in Catalonia as in the rest of the Spanish state, feels that its own survival is at stake. Amply questioned and subjected to a deep crisis of legitimacy, it observes, alarmed, the number growing from open fronts. To the threat to the territorial integrity of the State are added the scandals of corruption, the loss of prestige of the monarchy, the questioning of the restrictions applied to the population, the discontent that causes slavery in the work due to the latest labor reforms, the lengthening of the retirement age, the decline of pensions, etc ... The constant calls to defend the constitution must be understood as the tocsin to interrupt this true existential crisis which l 'assaults. The danger is that in this process repressive behaviors - such as those that occurred recently in several Catalan cities - become the norm. Or worse behavior.

Obviously we do not know in which direction the events will go. We will remain attentive and attentive to what is happening, willing to defend the interests of workers throughout the state. We will oppose with all our strength the repression and the normalization of ultra-right attitudes, which we already feel. Of course, we will not let ourselves be manipulated by the strategies of political parties whose objectives are foreign to us. At the same time, we will not stop supporting the mobilizations of the working class when it decides it, finally it's time to get rid of the dictates of political and economic elites who for too long have been working to control the territory to serve exclusively his own interests.

As union class qu'organisations, libertarian and combative, we are in the streets, in demonstrations, as we have done in many other occasions, against repression, rights and freedoms and restrictions against the corruption.

It may be that the crisis in Catalonia is the coup de grace of a dying state model. Whether this change is solved one way or another depend on our ability, as a class, to bring the process in the opposite direction to the repression and the rise of nationalism. Let us trust in our ability to ensure that the end result is more freedom and rights and not the opposite. We play big.



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