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Date Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:07:53 +0200

We republish this statement signed by anarchist and social movement organizations around the world denouncing the current wave of repression aimed at left, anarchist and social movement organizations in Argentina. In the lead up to hosting a meeting of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on November 30, two bombing incidents conducted by unknown groups have become a pretext for wide ranging police repression including police raids on social centers and the homes of movement activists. As social movements prepare to protest the summit and it's neoliberal agenda, the security forces have worked to create an atmosphere of fear, urging Buenos Aires 3 million residents to leave the city during the summit and announcing plans to deploy 20,000 officers.
Against the repressive and the criminalization of social protest, different human rights organizations, social, feminist, political, and labor strongly reject the function of the Federal Police commanded by the Minister Patricia Bullrich and the Macri government[current President of Argentina]. Using as an excuse the demonstration against the tomb of Ramón L. Falcón[an early 20th century police chief in Argentina known for repression and massacres against striking tenant and worker movements], in the Recoleta cemetery, a new campaign of stigmatization and criminalization by the government was launched yesterday, in this case against anarchism.

The media campaign and the statements of the Minister of Security, followed by a police deployment and arbitrary raids and detentions of different cultural and social spaces, such as the Anarchist Library and Anarchist Athenaeum of the neighborhood of Constitution and the Social and Sports Club La Cultura Del Barrio in Villa Crespo, private homes, among others, are another example of the repressive policy that this government tries to install by force of violence and starvation for our people.

It is important to point out that these facts are not isolated, but part of a systematic policy of stigmatization of the popular sectors and of diverse political and social organizations, searching to create internal enemies, as was the case of the report entitled "RAM"[Ancestral Mapuche Resistance, a militant indigenous liberation group]to implement its program of death and looting of our territory. The construction of a hateful discourse towards those who decided to put a stop to the advance of neoliberal, massive layoffs and the uncertainness of life, serves as another strategy to criminalize social protest. Mapuches, teachers, researchers, alternative media, women's movements and dissidents["sexual dissidents" refers to those who rebel against the gender order, LGBTQ], anarchists, migrants, leftist union militants or students have one after another taken in as examples of everything "bad" that needs to be suppressed. In all this, after the vote on the IMF budget and trying to create a climate conducive to repression the face of the upcoming G20 meeting[to be hosted in Buenos Aires November 30]. The popular sectors that organized against structural adjustment, misery and looting are not terrorists.

The different human rights organizations, social and political, sign in a spirit of solidarity coming from diverse spaces and groups that today are being pointed out and persecuted by this government which protects the interests of the few; these groups demand the freedom of the detained comrades and the cessation of criminalization and persecution.

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