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(en) France, Alternative Libertair #222 - Syria: Advice Popular elected (fr) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:52:59 +0200


In continuation of struggles switched in Tunisia and Egypt, the Syrian people's resistance continues to expand since the beginning of the revolutionary process in March 2011. Libertarian alternative publishes excerpts from an open letter to the Syrian revolutionary Left. ---- The Syrian uprising, arising out of the global financial and economic crisis, a revolt against the neoliberal policies imposed by the authoritarian regime, and encouraged by international financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (BM). The neoliberal served dismantling and weakening growing utilities in the country, removal of subsidies, especially for basic necessities, while accelerating the privatization process, often in favor of the ruling classes and bourgeois related to political power.

The neoliberal reforms of the regime have encouraged a policy based on the reception of foreign direct investment, export development and service sector, especially tourism. The repressive apparatus of this country has served as a "safety officer" for these companies, guarding all disorders or social demands. State has played the role of matchmaker for foreign capital and multinationals, while ensuring the enrichment of a bourgeois class linked to the regime.

Concentration of wealth

The implications of these plagues many neoliberal policies are in Syria. Include the high rate of unemployment and underemployment. The process of economic liberalization has created greater inequality still in Syria. The poorest are struggling to get by, while the middle class falls freely to the poverty line. There are now unemployment rate of about 20 to 25%, reaching 55% for less than 25 years. The percentage of Syrians living under the poverty line increased from 11% in 2000 to 33% in 2010 according to official figures. In agriculture, the sale of land by hundreds of thousands of farmers in the Northeast because of drought should not be considered the result of ine single natural disaster. Indeed, the growth and intensification of land use by large commercial farmers, including land previously held for grazing, as well as illegal drilling of wells and the installation of water pipes selective meet the requirements of new landlords - all facilitated by the corruption of the local government - have developed the agricultural crisis. The economic liberalization policy regime almost reproduces the socio-economic situation prevailing before the Baath Party took power in 1963, 5% of the population owns more than 50% of national income. Privatization processes have created new monopolies in the hands of close to an integral part of the system of corruption and benefiting mainly the ruling class. Armed groups in the Free Syrian Army (SLA) are largely composed of rural and urban proletariat and middle classes economically marginalized who underwent the application of neoliberal policies, especially since the coming to power of Bashar Assad in July 2000. During the month of December 2011, general strikes have paralyzed large parts of the country, showing that the mobilization of the working class and the exploited-es lies at the heart of the Syrian revolution. Universities have also established centers of popular resistance. University of Aleppo has witnessed massive demonstrations of students in May and previously as well. They were violently suppressed by the security forces killed four people and arrested hundreds of others. Founded September 29, 2011 to fight against the regime, the Student Union Free Syria (SFSU) is a bastion of political and trade union resistance to a democratic society in the life of the student movement.

The popular movement still active

The popular movement in Syria has not withdrawn the streets despite the repression and violent regime multiforme. Coordinating committees People are the real backbone of the grassroots movement mobilizing people for events. They also developed forms of popular self-organization-based masses in the liberated areas from the yoke of the regime. Revolutionary People's Councils are elected more often in place to deal with the liberated areas, proving that it is the system which causes anarchy and not the people. Coordinating committees and armed political actions are implemented. A code of good conduct, respect for international law and against sectarianism was signed by a large number of armed groups belonging to the armed popular resistance against the regime. Composed of deserters and civilians who took up arms, the armed popular resistance has real roots in the popular insurrection. The popular movement has reaffirmed its unitary struggle, developing a sense of national solidarity that transcends social and ethnic and sectarian divisions.

Destructive neoliberal policies

Permanent revolution means to oppose and overthrow the dictatorial regime of Assad, while opposing the imperialist global and regional, which attempt to hijack the process for their own revolutionary Syrian interests against those of the Syrian people. It is for this reason that we reject and condemn all foreign intervention in Syria, whether the axis Western and Saudi-Qatari axis or Iranian-Russian. The development of the revolution is in Syria will build a free, democratic, secular and revolutionary who seeks to eliminate all inequality and social discrimination, ethnic, gender and religious, to support the right to self-determination Kurdish people to respect the religious and ethnic minorities, and to ensure democratic freedoms and political all. The revolution is committed to assisting other peoples of the region in their struggle against their dictator and imperialism. It is necessary that all progressive and democratic forces are supporting the Syrian popular movement. That is why we invite you to articulate your support and solidarity with the Syrian revolution and the Syrian people revolted. Vive la Revolution Syrian People

Left current of the Syrian Revolutionary
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