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(en) Spaine, alas barricadas: CNT statement regarding the current situation in Catalonia (ca) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:13:53 +0300

We are people, we are neighbors and neighbors, we have the right to decide our future and our lives ---- In Catalonia we have a problem and you don't have to be very ready to reach this conclusion. We will not enter here to analyze the causes nor will we take a political position on either side; In our organization we have different points of view regarding the claim of the Catalan people to exercise their right to self-determination. ---- But if there is something that defines the trajectory of the CNT, both at the state and Catalan level, it is our rejection of repression. ---- The Spanish State has demonstrated once again that no matter how much the word "democracy" comes out of its mouth it is anything but a democracy. After inadmissible leaks of the sentence to various media, evidencing the falsity of the separation of powers, finally today comes a sentence that, beyond the affinities or adversities that can be had with the Catalan political class and particularly with the convicted persons , it affects us as an organization that is committed to direct action and social mobilization in the street.

As the sentence is written, any public action, no matter how violent it may be, can be classified as a crime of sedition: a picket, a sitting, a stoppage of eviction ... This is a frontal attack on our fundamental rights and not We must be naive: sooner or later it will be used against us. That is why we show our rejection of this sentence and join the clamor of much of Catalan society against it.

We have lately seen judicial barbarities such as the condemnation of the youth of Altsasua and we have all expressed solidarity because we understand that it is an attack on the fundamental rights of people. We have also experienced the accusations of terrorism in the "Piñata" and "Pandora" operations against comrades who have been hooked, held incommunicado ... We live the "Scala" case and are tired of seeing how the State uses all the tools it has available to annihilate any initiative antagonistic to its power.

We are people, we are neighbors, we have the right to decide our future and our lives. It is not a matter of flags or homelands; It is a matter of individual and collective rights. Not to sympathize with our neighbors who are suffering from the anti-terrorism law today is petty and nothing libertarian, not to condemn disproportionate sentences is to stand next to the repressors. We know that our action is in the street demanding justice and making our voice felt, offering our experience and learning from the people who accompany us, sharing and making us people. Promoting the creation of a seed of resistance and dignity. The streets have to be ours.

For all the people who have suffered and will suffer repression in our home and around the world, we must know how to be worthy as an anti-authoritarian and working-class organization. That is why we are always in favor of people repressed by the state. Because the State, whatever it is, is our enemy.

We know what our place is: on the roads, in the jobs, in the universities. For the defense of our rights.

Permanent Secretariat of the Regional Committee of CNT Catalunya-Balears

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