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(en) Anarco Feminist Organ Santiago: [Chile] No human being is illegal, racism is ignorance, we are migrants! By ANA (ca, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 17 May 2020 11:11:10 +0300


Covid-19 undoubtedly made the inequality and vulnerability that we, the vast majority of the population, even more evident, not only in Chile, but around the world. Social problems in relation to topics such as housing, education and health have always been visible, living in a precarious way is definitely the way of life imposed by the neoliberal system. Covid-19 has further sharpened the critical point in our eyes, and as anarcho-feminists we cannot be exempt from reporting certain facts that are happening in the territory we inhabit. ---- During the month of April of this year, several news items with xenophobic and racist bias appeared in the mass media. In addition to stamping on the cover of a diary an Afro-descendant woman with her baby as representatives of the health crisis. Shortly afterwards, several media echoed an event experienced by a group of Haitian migrants in a building located in the commune of Quilicura. In the innumerable notes on this fact, they reported that the neighborhood next to the police were intent on evicting this group of migrants, accusing them of living stabbed, of being dirty, carrying the virus and of not having the sanitary conditions to live in the property. The solution? Go there, shout at them, frighten them and tell them to go back to their country.

In addition to expressing our position totally contrary to this attitude of neighbors and police, we want to say the following: No human being, under any condition of any kind, is illegal. We all deserve respect, we are all migrants in some genealogical measure, and absolutely everyone should live with dignity. Being born here or there does not make any person more "deserving" of more or less dignity.

If it says that migrants live in crowds, then we want to ask: Isn't the housing problem a historical problem in Chile? Nowadays the housing and family committees are more and more organized, because living with dignity does not figure in the State's schedule. Family members and overcrowding exist in the vast majority of populations, so if migrants live in an unworthy way, it is because we live under a state that promotes this way of living, and it is neither an option for the poor nor for migrants to live like this.

They accuse migrants of carrying the virus. Why not say things by your name? This virus was brought by the ruling class from Europe, which, on the contrary, have a fully assured life. Here, too, there is a double standard, because if these migrants were wealthy, no one would touch them. Why is a different nationality bored only when it is poor? Don't the rich and the poor do that by blaming us for a weakness we don't even know, such as why we are poor? We know that it is the social structures that categorize us in terms of how many rights we deserve and it is the State that has never fulfilled its true social role, but on the contrary, it has dedicated itself to deepening the neoliberal model, which highlights this injustice even more.

They also accuse them of being dirty, of not having the conditions to overcome the virus, that they go out to work... To these neighbors we ask them: the vast majority of Chileans are quarantining at home and living under the sanitary conditions to survive this virus? Don't we have to go out day by day to get our livelihood? Why do you always insist on looking at straw in someone else's eye? Is it so difficult to generate fraternal bonds and mutual support?

The yellow bourgeois press and the police are so delegitimized that they simply continue to dig their own grave, we do not have many comments for them, except that we reject their actions and that although they continue to insist on attacking the people, either with their sensational and false news or with their excessive violence, with organization and information we will face them.

They try to create hatred among the poor, destitute and oppressed because they know that our union is their end.

By fighting ignorance, we will eliminate racism, no human being is illegal!

Health and Anarcho-feminism

Anarco Feminist Organ Santiago

Translation> Sol de Abril

Related content:

https://noticiasanarquistas.noblogs.org/post/2020/05/13/chile-o-patriarcado-o-estado-ea-impunidade-se-disfarcam-de-mulher/

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