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(en) Czech, afed: A3: Spanish lesson of democracy [machine translation]

Date Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:54:39 +0300

That elections are a holiday of democracy? When it is needed, the state lets entertain the ballot boxes and beat the voters. Download, print, and distribute the October issue of the A3 wall paper! ---- On October 1, 2017, a referendum on the independence of Catalonia in Spain took place in Catalonia. The shots that followed the world could have falsified many. They could have confused those who still believe that Western countries are democracies, where the sovereign people are deciding their fate through election ballots. They could have confused those who still believe that the state is here for the citizens; those who think the police are helping and protecting; those who live in the notion that if they behave peacefully, nothing can happen to them.

The guards of the Spanish state order harshly intervened against the referendum participants, smashing school entrances, seizing ballot boxes and tickets, as well as voter rolls, blocking networks to make the referendum as difficult as possible, but above all to beat the voters. They murdered anyone who had come to their way, including retired and women, or firemen, defending others against the wrecked police force. Hundreds of people had to seek medical treatment, no one was expected to have a lighter injury. Human chains face this violence with the chanting of "No Passan" (Not Proceed!) - the slogan of the Spanish anti-fascists of the 1930s. The police, behind which the Papal Archbishop of Madrid was hiding, at that moment, behaved like the dark times of Spanish history under the hands of the fascist dictator Franco, or a typical occupation power that would ensnare every call for independence and freedom.

Catalans to state repression responded with mass protests and a general strike. A real struggle arose. And what exactly? They call it independence, but the only real goal will be the exchange of the power elite of a foreign nationality for the one who will be ethnically appropriate. Just as the Spanish state now has to protect its existence, even if it had killed the citizens of Spain so far, then it would be a desperate Catalan state to protect its existence against ... anyone.

It has nothing to do with fighting for self-government or autonomy for ordinary people. Anarchists are clear. "We will never engage in struggle between workers because of patriotic motives that are of benefit only to those who rule us," the Catalan anarcho-syndicalists have said to make it clear on which side it stands. The starting point is clear and unambiguous: nationalism as well as the state have not yet made anyone free. Not only according to the anarchists, the concept of nation and country can unify, but also divide. For someone it is about heroic patriotism, for others about violent centralist imperialism. And what one can understand as anti-classical separatism is for another higher expression of national identity.

In Catalonia, the desire to have their own country because of the local bourgeoisie and the so-called left materialized in the effort to establish a new state - the other, with more military, more police, more bureaucracy, etc., but with a different flag and a different name. It is all the more absurd that the economic power today still lies in the hands of multinational corporations. Who can benefit the new state, especially when copying a bourgeois parliamentary democracy that does not give any power to the non-privileged new citizens? This has already been said at the beginning. Therefore, the anarchists (not even the social-revolutionary Catalans) did not support either the requirement of Catalan independence or the referendum that should have justified it. For anarchists there is the only legitimate concept of the country that Errico Malatesta once said: "My homeland is the whole world."

However, we support the utmost autonomy of the smallest units, because they can ensure maximum participation in decision-making. These units can be organized in various ways - economic, local, pet ... So on what unites people on common social and economic interests on common visions. It is also possible to combine the national aspect with the owner and his staff, but the result is still the same unequal relationship of subordination, oppression and exploitation. Solution, not just "the Catalan problem", is a federation of autonomous communities, communities and production units where solidarity is not limited by ethnicity and where there is no room for discrimination and oppression of one by the other. We, without the states and economic elites, are going around, while they have to "precede" us with a system of never-fulfilled promises, consumer gildings,

A3 ( only 2017) to download HERE . http://www.afed.cz/A3/A3-2017-10.pdf

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The A3 wall paper is published annually by the Anarchist Federation. They are intended primarily for spreading through street lifts or posting in workplaces and schools.

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