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(en) [Argentina] May Day, Day of Protest and Struggle By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 4 May 2018 08:18:02 +0300

May Day is a date of profound significance for the labor movement. It is the day that reminds us of the state-murdered martyrs of Chicago as an example for all those who organize and fight to change society. ---- It is a date in which all of us who struggle for a just world gather in the streets and squares to show that the sacrifice of those men who have fallen under the clutches of the state and their capitalist henchmen have not been forgotten any longer. ---- 133 years of the 1886 general strike and its motto "8 hours to work, 8 hours to rest and 8 hours to give us what we wanted", and the working class achieved achievements such as reducing working hours, increasing salaries, paid vacations and Sunday rest. But also and despite everything that has been achieved to date, the 8 hours of work for all have not been achieved, millions of workers are increasingly suffering from the precariousness of work and its immediate consequences in life; slavery also persists in some branches such as textiles and rural - still in the Western countries considered "developed" - being the workers totally defenseless before unscrupulous businessmen to whom the fate that they generate all their wealth matters very little.

Also in these 133 years, the capitalists, the state, and the traitors of the working class were able to find ways to stop the advance of the labor movement that was striving for a complete change of society to finally end the exploitation of man by man. Through legal mechanisms, attempts are made to curtail the right to strike and workers' organization, to legislate against direct action, to regulate what types of organizations workers can have and what their objectives and limits should be. The various trade union bureaucracies around the world act as a barrage of containment of workers' demands, and when this is not achieved, they act as a troop of employers to frighten the workers so that they stop claiming and organizing.

But despite all this, the fight still stands. The memory of the Chicago martyrs reminds us that organized, working people can beat their exploiters and change the absurdity of working just to pay the right to live. It reminds us that will and thought set in motion will change this self-destructive capitalist society and create the foundations of a new just and equitable society. Those comrades were executed by the terror that the powerful had that their ideas of social change extended to all the population and this one got rid of the parasites that for centuries fed on it. But the ideas of freedom can not be imprisoned, restricted or much less killed, as long as the state and capitalism continue to exploit the people, it will rebel and find a way to break its chains.

That is why this May 1st we meet again to shout:




Enough of repression to the people!




Translation> Sol de Abril
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