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(en) [Chile] Report of the 1st of May in Santiago By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 9 Jul 2017 13:23:25 +0300

With those who did not participate in the official call of the CUT and who, on the other hand, feel the class commitment and the need to express our disagreement with the institutionality, we met on Monday, May 1st at the corner of Alameda with Av. Brasil around 10 in the morning. While the comrades and mates gathered there, several groups of participants spread their manifestations through bands and self-managed leaflets, which passed from hand to hand transmitting libertarian ideas that motivate us to continue fighting and which, on this particular date, highlight the commemoration of the Anarchist workers killed in May 1886 in Chicago, because of a demonstration in which they claimed the 8-hour work day, ---- Once all the participating groups were assembled, we began the march, shouting anti-patriotic and anarcho-syndicalist anti-statist slogans, surrounded by participants and sympathizers of the classicist struggle, who independently integrated themselves into this popular manifestation that circulated through the main artery of the city towards Central Station.

During the course, it became clear that not all participants agree with the principles that mobilize us, since some participants were accused of sexist and a little confusion and discussion was set up, which made it clear that the heterosexist device still permeates even some groupings Who define themselves as libertarians and revolutionaries.

The police force was present in a violent and arbitrary manner as usual, surrounding the participants with their cars with toxic gases, firing on young people, boys and girls, mothers and all those who participated peacefully A legitimate act, having to flee to protect themselves. In this way the police attain their repressive aim, dissipating the force of the march, as in the metaphor of an old political practice of dividing to weaken, a mechanism used in ancient times to mitigate the power of a popular organization. At the same time the media "report" on the riots and "violence" of the demonstrators. Again, the mighty has in his hands the official truth,

Finally, the march lasted very little, leaving a feeling of dissatisfaction, due to the short time of its duration and, mainly, because the fight continues being unequal. The technical and repressive apparatus of the police force is far superior to that of the demonstrators, there are moments when it seems like a children's game, with some stones and graffiti before the weapons designed to repress used by the uniformed ones. It was a small route, by a popular sector, far from elegant neighborhoods where the impact of the demonstration might have obtained something beyond an unforgettable clamor within the framework of a form of citizen participation hegemonized by institutional discourse.

The autonomous struggle to generate union, mutual support, self-management, with the intention of improving working conditions and the general life of the working classes and of all those who feel the oppression of heteropatriarchal power on their shoulders continues.

Finally, after the march, we invited all the companions to participate in an afternoon of culture, conversation and meeting in the House of Libertarian Communism, where a series of activities were developed, such as conversations, a community luncheon and Finally, the book "The Shackles" was presented, which tells the story of a group of anarchist workers who were subjugated by the law in the early twentieth century.

Sindicato de Ofícios Several Santiago

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