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(en) Catalonia communiqué of Embat: Communiqué of Embat on the coronavirus and the state of alarm (ca) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:29:18 +0300

A VIRUS THAT UNDERSTANDS BORDERS, CLASSES, RACE AND GENDER ---- The 21st century has brought us a war in the form of a pandemic. Its management in the Spanish state, and throughout the capitalist world, is being treated as an economic emergency. Tragically dire management. The Spanish Government insists that "this is not the time to do politics" while trying to give patriotic messages, appealing for social discipline; But all the victims, deadly or not, have very clear political causes: ---- 1.- The health privatization of the last 10 years that, ironically, was also the result of another crisis (the one in 2008, in case we had forgotten) that has left a disastrous panorama in the field of health. A multitude of hospital centers with closed floors, fewer staff and worse working conditions, among others. It shows that the current privatization model is not only a mistake and a scam but it exposes us and makes us even more vulnerable as a society.
And now that? The State diverted patients to private centers for lack of resources in public centers, instead of nationalizing them, and we will pay the bills later. Meanwhile, they applaud the professionals whom they have been condemning with the cuts since 2008, both the Spanish State and the Generalitat de Catalunya.
2.-The centralizing policy that, under the argument that "the virus does not understand borders", refuses to delegate and intervene, confining the most clearly affected areas: Madrid and Catalonia. Again, the ghost of Spanish nationalism is planted at the center of the debate, denying the capacity for decentralized action to maintain the unity of Spain. Showing again, how Spanish nationalism is above all, including lives.
3.-The ineffectiveness of the Government of the Generalitat that continues to play an autonomous role. Victimizing. Instead of managing the resources you still have in health, education, transportation, etc. Urgent care telephone numbers that communicate for hours and that in many cases do not respond (in the form of a medical visit, diagnosis or treatment), of imprecise and sometimes contradictory orders from the Department of Education, exposed public transport workers during days without material or political protection measures, such as limiting the number of passengers or changing shifts.
It is true that the alarm state is an impediment. But there is always some excuse. This subordinate management to the Spanish State has generated that the necessary measures are not adopted to contain the epidemic and to avoid the socioeconomic affectation in the population. It is showing once again that it is useless to generate a rhetoric of unilateralism if it does not become effective and acts as a puppet of the Regime
4.- The virus is evidencing the class struggle: overflowing public health, neglected social services, precarious workers maintaining basic services while management positions are protected at home, Temporary Employment Regulation Files in charge of public funds in millionaire companies, lack of diagnostic tests and means of self-protection for the popular classes and repression of the most precarious to stay home, or police abuse of all repressive forces, supported by the Government of the Generalitat and by the Spanish State. Meanwhile, a loose hand with the leaks to second homes, also with companies that are not of primary necessity and compel the assistance of the workers, putting them at risk, the upper class and politics with private sanitary measures at their disposal,
The expropriation of infrastructure is an obvious need and a class and human responsibility.
5.- Patriarchy and racism so absolutely ingrained in our society. When things are difficult, everyone goes home, and what happens at home you will manage. Closed with the attackers, or with a lot of roommates sharing a room because there are no more resources, or sneaking out so that the police cannot verify that I am migrated. Not everyone experiences confinement as a vacation to read and connect to movie platforms.
6.-The collaboration of the PSOE / Podemos government with a savage and predatory capitalist economic model. As many social and union organizations point out, the management of this pandemic is based on enduring an economic system in which people are in no way the priority. All the measures that the institutions are promoting, while the population calls for very obvious solutions, aim to maintain the status quo. Meanwhile, on television, it is sold as a collective effort that must be done for "social discipline". Women workers who are not part of key sectors, forced to go to work at the discretion of the employer; those that are indispensable, without the sanitary measures and many others suffering the Employment Regulation Files that the government is facilitating, not only putting public money but allowing companies to stop paying Social Security contributions. Making it impossible to afford rent and supplies. As the housing movement rightly says: today's layoffs are tomorrow's evictions.
In the face of this clear politicization, the revolutionary and libertarian left cannot be left behind.
-We encourage participation in the mutual support networks created throughout the territory. Now, more than ever, solidarity.
-The confinement is not an excuse to allow abuses, neither labor, nor macho, nor racist, nor real estate. Let's denounce it and act.
-Demand the establishment of emergency protection mechanisms against sexist violence by institutions.
-Require the establishment of mechanisms to protect all social services by the institutions.
-That the crisis be paid by the wealthy: that all non-basic economic activity stop, that companies provide all the means to guarantee telework if necessary, and that no worker is left without wages during confinement. In the case of large companies, these wages cannot come from public funds. And what if the big fortunes and companies are recorded with more taxes?
-Reclaim a moratorium on all rent, mortgage and supply payments. And a basic insertion income for those in poverty.
-This crisis shows us that healthcare can never remain in private hands. Re-nationalization of private and public hospitals and nursing homes without compensation with public money.
-That the Centers for Internment of Emigrants that have been closed during this crisis, evidenced by their racist farce, should never be opened again.
- Urgent attention to the situation of the dams, facilitate the opening of the penitentiary centers and the release.
-Confinition of the metropolitan areas that need it as a sanitary measure. Decentralization, therefore, of infrastructure management.
Embat, Libertarian Organization of Catalonia
Barcelona, March 26, 2020

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