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(en) Portugal, Anarcho-syndicalist AIT-SP - Report of demonstration on 2 March in Porto (pt) [machine translation]
Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:52:05 +0200
There were many this time in Porto, many even posted up to 400,000 in this city, a
manifestation which demonstrated the strength of a population already had enough to get
rasca, always afraid the next section and the next austerity measure. In the midst of this
sea of people formed a bloc with libertarian malta AIT / SP and other collective Porto,
and individuals connected to this way of thinking and acting. Flag red and black
anarcho-syndicalist and a theatrical action where comrades disguised as "troika" served as
a target for hundreds of dots of ink dots that roamed these "targets" and end up
"accidentally" hit the banks that were behind thereof, pure symbolism, while bold, which
served to greatly tos passing and adhered to the action as a way to "put it out" the
problems of everyday life afflicted with the "crisis."
At the end of manif, when everything seemed routed and people were heading to their homes
with like "I want more", about the police action theater group linked to ask them for
their IDs, given the illegality of the application, people obviously refused to identify
himself. Tension mounts around the siege of the police, the people screaming, asking to
drop the group, trying to enter the enclosure to say: "If they are caught then also want
to be", and suddenly two arrests, arbitrary and without any apparent reason including a
militant SOV-Port (AIT / SP). It's the last straw for those who watched it all indignant.
People invade the siege and shouting "Get out, get out of here" just push away the police,
an act of courage and indignation which clearly shows that nerves are on edge and things
begin to change.
Already in prison fellow detainees were faced with two plainclothes policemen who
accompanied the demonstration that quickly and do not recognize them as people who have
launched any speck of paint on benches, and it was true, the riot police had arrested only
two (they clearly stated that they would like to have gotten more people) and they were
both wrong. Quickly communicate the same to the police command this but there was no way
the command wanted someone were accused in the case and also that some person was
denounced as possessed of what had been seized (for a shopping cart with paint balls
unreleased), and there was the movie made, those two would be the scapegoats for
everything that happened. And so the process went without abuse of power, without
hostility, the two defendants were found and refused to sign the paper, then were taken to
identify the d whole hand and digital photography, being released later. They tried to do
a demonstration in front of the Police Station where they were prisoners, but police were
able and protesters who managed to fool the whole time were in the wrong precinct. As the
detainees were not allowed to use the phone there was no turning back about it. For now
everything is fine, but let's wait for the course of this process to know what steps we
A militant Puerto SOV (AIT-SP) rally held on 2 March
The Union Craft Several Port is part of the International Association of Portuguese
Workers-Section and is active in the Grand Harbour Region.
@ Associad or're not a union official, thou supporter or not a political party, you will
find the SOV worker @ s @ s precari, students, desempregad if reformad @ @ s @ s like you
fart from being exploited by the state, by employers, landlords or by the parties.
Without leaders or hierarchies, bureaucracies or without centralism ....
Basic principles of our activity:
- Direct management in meetings, whether at work or in the community, those involved and
no one else. The positions are rotating, unpaid and mandates revocable at any time.
- Refusal to deposit in the hands of representatives, tasks and decisions that should take
basic assemblies and sharing amongst themselves.
Solidarity and mutual support
- The problems of one are the problems of all.
- The exploited have no country - our country is the whole world.
- Independence from the state, employers, political parties, union leaders and other
officials authoritarian organizations.
Unid @ itself Organiser @ s, we give them the "crisis"!
Declaration of Principles of AIT-SP
International Workers Association
1 . AIT-SP is an independent association of workers seeking to intervene directly,
ie, without intermediaries or representatives of any kind, in defense of their economic,
social and cultural rights.
With this alliance its adherents intend to be in Portugal, a vast and powerful
Confederation of Trade Unions actually based on respect for the dignity of each producer,
a union of unions that are not mere appendages or transmission belts of forces outside the
world of work (parties politicians, for example), in which workers are not replaced, under
the protection of his interests by a union bureaucracy.
2 . practice this alliance is based on concrete problems and interests, mediate and
immediate, workers. Its action is simultaneously improving under the current social
system, the living conditions of workers and the total emancipation of this class.
Not leaving to fight for immediate improvement of living conditions in the working
population, this alliance demand that workers acquire through his labor practice, the
ability to conduct a complete transformation of the current social environment. The
building of a society based on LIBERTARIAN COMMUNISM, replacing the
authoritarian-capitalist organization by a CONFEDERATION OF LOCAL communes, ECONOMIC,
egalitarian and libertarian, is the ultimate goal of global or AIT-SP.
3 . AIT-SP supports in theory and in practice, the social union, freedom and
solidarity of all workers.
The AIT-SP is opposed to any form of media coverage of the struggles of workers and
believes that an attack on a party of the proletariat is an attack on all the workers. The
use of the method and the use of DIRECT ACTION SOLIDARITY weapon are two essential aspects
of the practice of union AIT-SP.
The AIT-SP uses the active general strike and other means of struggle themselves
4 . Based on the conflict of interests that characterizes capitalist society, and
as a method of taking direct action to fight the AIT-SP refuses to participate in social
dialogue and called criticizes government intervention in social conflicts that oppose the
workers to employers.
The AIT-SP does not make any cooperation agreements with unions that putting the
general interests of the capitalist economy above the particular interests of the workers,
the government attributed the role of arbiter of labor disputes, and therefore part of the
organs of the consultation call social.
5 . AIT-SP defends the existence of full freedom of association and against all
actions, government or employers, aimed at limiting the right to strike.
The AIT-SP argues that workers can make full use of fundamental freedoms: freedom of
assembly, association, expression of thought, of expression, of recourse to strike, etc..
The AIT-SP is in solidarity with all workers who, due to their participation in
labor struggles, are the subject of government repression and / or employers.
6 . A AIT-SP action takes place in a land completely foreign to the election races
and parliamentary struggles. The AIT-SP does not participate in any kind of political
struggle or make any agreements with organizations of a political nature. Particularly,
this covenant does not make any cooperation agreements with organizations that, although
themselves call themselves libertarian advocate the participation of workers anarchists
and anarcho-syndicalists in electoral disputes and seek integration within the bourgeois
The defense of economic interests, social and cultural rights of workers is the only
concern of AIT-SP.
7 . AIT-SP is an association internationalist. She argues for the existence of a
practical solidarity among workers worldwide. As internationalist AIT-SP is therefore
anti-military. The AIT-SP opposes that workers are cannon fodder of inter-state wars and
inter-capitalist, who kill each other to defend capitalist interests or national states.
The division of human society on national states and the capitalist economic
competition, AIT-SP opposes the union AGREEMENT FREE for all peoples, countries and
regions of the world, bottom of the abolition of wage labor and the establishment of an
effective SOCIAL EQUALITY .
The AIT-SP combat all maneuvers of the ruling class and exploitative (nationalism,
racism, etc.) aimed at dividing the working class.
8 . AIT-SP gives special attention to the interests of the poor and laborious most
exploited and discriminated against: women workers, young people in precarious work
conditions, unemployment, "disabled", retired, etc..
9. Within this alliance there are no paid positions or functions. This alliance is
no place for union bureaucrats, or rather to the defense experts of outside interests. For
TIA SP-emancipation of the workers can only be the work themselves.
10 . This alliance is based on the principles of libertarian federalism. AIT-SP
rejects any kind of coercion or imposition of minorities or majorities, ie based on the
principle of autonomy of individuals and their free associations, and based on the
principle of freedom of association and disassociation, the mutual-aid volunteer in free
combination of effort and solidarity among all its members.
The operation and activities of this alliance based on pacts or agreements FREE,
elaborated in its various assemblies (local, regional and inter-regional). In some cases
and in some deliberative bodies, it is permissible, if not a consensus, make up a majority
decision, although no adherent to the AIT-SP is forced to do something they disagree.
Cooperation in the field of industrial action and the realization of collective union
action based solely on free agreement. Workers, trade unions and federations of different
levels of AIT-SP are AUTONOMOUS. No federal union of AIT-SP, at local, regional or
inter-regional agreements should elaborate on the activities of the specific scope of
action of a union. A federation of AIT-SP, a particular context, should not develop
agreements relating to specific activities of the components of a federal union of more
The application within the AIT-SP, the principle of autonomy is not incompatible
with the fulfillment of federal agreements at various levels. A union that joins AIT-SP
becomes responsible for meeting federal agreements as part of its action. Federal
agreements relating to a particular area, can not be denied by federal agreements relating
to a portion of this area.
In federal unions of AIT-SP, from different areas, there are no positions with
executive or deliberative functions, but bodies with relationship and organic. The bodies
of federative relations and governing bodies of trade unions do not interfere in the
drafting of agreements relating to the practice of union workers AIT-SP.
The sections of the trade union delegates, delegates of trade unions and delegates
from federal unions in different scopes, are mere MANDATORY. Delegates, the elements of
relationships federal agencies and members of the governing bodies of trade unions are
elected by the respective assemblies and plenary meetings, for a limited period and are
revocable at any time.
Within the AIT-SP, an individual or association, can not accumulate various
positions or functions, and applies the principle of rotation in assignments.
11 . might join this alliance employed and autonomous who agree with the method and
means of struggle of anarcho-syndicalism and accept this covenant membership.
You can not join this alliance elements of patronage, people who have a salaried
account, individuals employed in managerial and business administration professionals in
the military, police, judicial and prison, elements of religious hierarchies, union
bureaucrats, militant parties, individuals who exercise management functions in the
various state bodies, elements of maçonarias, the "Opus Dei" and other sects of gender.
They can also join this association retired, unemployed and students.
12 . The -BASED ORGANIZATIONS AIT-SP are:
a ) CORE LOCAL OR REGIONAL:
Must have a minimum of 2 militants.
b) UNION OF VARIOUS CRAFTS (SOV):
Conditions preferred :
- 5 or more militants;
- Existence of any involvement and / or ability to act in the workplace;
- Existence of a place open to the public that allows a stay regular, eg weekly, with
- Existence of some capacity for "legal advice", stressing always that this does not
replace the use of the method of direct action, on the contrary, the conduct of labor
c) SECTION OF COMPANY:
Must have a minimum of 2 militants.
d) UNION OR INDUSTRY SECTOR, WITH OR WITHOUT NUCLEI PROFESSIONALS:
Condition preferred :
- 5 or more militants.
13 . AIT-SP does not depend on any financial assistance from entities which are
external. The AIT-SP is also independent in financial matters. Your recipes are the
donations and contributions of its members and the issues arising from their advertising.
Each individual pays adherent to their union, monthly quota is the amount agreed in
the relevant general meeting. Through regular contributions agreed in plenary meetings,
the local unions support expenses related to the operation of various federal committees
and ensure the payment of contributions to the AIT AIT-SP.
14 . AIT-SP not only supports the freedoms that the Portuguese people won after the
fall of fascism on April 25, 1974, but also intends to expand them, especially in the
economic and social.
The AIT-SP is willing to fight vigorously against any attempt to restore the
dictatorship overthrown on April 25, 1974.
15 . A union practice of AIT-SP based on the principles of high moral. Its
adherents advocate the ethical principle of coherence between ends and means. They totally
reject terrorist methods and compulsive used, for example, by Marxists-Leninists and
nationalists said revolutionary or the "1st World" or the "3rd world". The social
revolution that AIT-SP advocates revolution that would establish a social environment
based on individual freedom, social equality, cooperation by free agreement, mutual help
and solidarity, has a foundation and an ethical character. Not only the goal, but his
method and means signify a dignifying the human condition.
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