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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - international, Guyana: for public services, without the illusion of security by CAL Guyane (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:00:59 +0300

The popular movement that shakes this departmental colony is formidable, despite the role played by the bosses and the "500 Brothers". ---- The social movement in Guyana is astounding by its intensity: blocking the firing of the Arianne rocket, roadblocks were successively put in place, until the general strike. ---- In this unprecedented situation, forces of a very different nature are working side by side: the unions of the Union des Travailleurs Guyanais (UTG, notably its Lighting Union), citizen collectives (the Toucans de Kourou, the 500 Brothers Against the delinquency, the Iguanas of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni) and ... the trade unions (Medef CGPME, FDSEA). It was the latter who in practice installed the dams. ---- A curious mixture of genres, already seen in Brittany at the time of the Red Bonnets and which incites to the vigilance. When the employers have seen his private interests satisfied, he will undoubtedly let go of this formidable popular movement.

Health, social, education ...

Despite this, the Creole population (majority in French Guiana) joined forces with the roadblocks as they expressed economic and security demands in response to its concerns.

These concerns are primarily insecurity, with a large movement of popular support to the 500 Brothers against delinquency. But economic demands are also important, with an unemployment rate of 24% - and up to 55% among the under-25s. In addition, there were health claims (the public service of the medical and surgical center of Kourou in session of a private group, refinancing of the hospital of Cayenne ...) and educational (school buildings to allow schooling Of all children, speakers in mother tongue ...).

20,000 people demonstrated in Cayenne on 28 March 2017.
Cc Gerno Odang / Art Picture
Amerindian indigenous communities have also joined the movement with their own demands (signature of the ILO Convention 169, the fight against illegal gold mining, etc.).

There is no obvious political recovery of this movement for the moment, with elected officials who say they are in solidarity, but stand back.

Thus, from the second day of the general strike called by the UTG, 15,000 people (for a city of 100,000 inhabitants) demonstrated in Cayenne, without presence of political organizations in the procession, 6,000 in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni , And 600 in Maripasoula.

All of Guyana is mobilized, from the communes of the Maroni River to the west, to Saint-Georges de l'Oyapock and to Camopi in the east.

In the collective demands

As libertarian communists, it is impossible for us to support all the demands of this movement initiated by the 500 Brothers, an agglomeration of former policemen and vigilantes, namely the creation of a new prison and a new tribunal, Increase in the number of police and gendarmerie, and the eradication of squats in which migrants survive. The link between immigration and insecurity is detestable. And the basic solution to insecurity is not repression, but the eradication of social distress.

AL Guyane enthusiastically participates in the various communities in which we operate (river communes, education, health, culture).

This " Guyanese Spring " is an opportunity for us to create links for the future.

Alternative libertarian Guyana, April 2, 2017

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