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(en) Portugal, Colectivo Libertario Evora - World Social Forum in Tunis by a libertarian Portuguese + Tunisian anarchists Call (fr, pt) [machine translation]
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:46:31 +0200
It started this afternoon in Tunis the World Social Forum. Will run until 30 March
Anarchists Tunisians have accused the organizers of the forum of reformism. The monitor
works is that a libertarian Portuguese, through a blog created for the purpose, is taking
care of the environment we live in Tunis. ---- Write today this fellow: "(...) this
morning, I got to know a bit of the anarchist movement and anti-authoritarian Tunes. While
walking with companheirxs towards an apartment that serves to support the movement, we
talked about our realities. He told me a delxs that, while in the cities, young people and
some sectors of the population are mobilized around ideas of anti-authoritarian and
anti-capitalist, revolutionary and insurrectionary, fields growing understanding that "no
government in give bread "and starts talking up the land collectivization.
Chegadxs the "center of operations", I came across a multitude of people of various ages
(but mostly young) to paint banners and signs for a march against the World Social Forum.
Criticizes the "bureaucracy" of the Forum and reformist and liberal approach of economic
and political problems. In a statement released by Disobedience Movement (one of the
anti-authoritarian sphere), which reads, "although the event is presented as an
opportunity for revolutionaries around the world to come, we believe that the ultimate
goal, namely the collapse the capitalist system, will not be considered. " (...) "
The statement referred to in the text can be read in full here: English -
http://appelsm.wordpress.com/call/english/ - French:
A daily blog to follow: http://decoimbraatunes.wordpress.com/
WSF about to begin without consensus among Tunisians
At 4 pm today, a march will mark the official opening of the World Social Forum 2013. The
participants will travel hundreds of organizations throughout the city of tunes, a
distance of 8km, and end in a stadium where there will be time for speeches and concerts.
however, this morning, I got to know a bit of the anarchist movement and
anti-authoritarian Tunes. While walking with companheirxs towards an apartment that serves
to support the movement, we talked about our realities. He told me a delxs that, while in
the cities, young people and some sectors of the population are mobilized around ideas of
anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist, revolutionary and insurrectionary, fields growing
understanding that "no government in give bread "and starts talking up the land
collectivization. Chegadxs the "center of operations", I came across a multitude of people
of various ages (but mostly young) to paint banners and signs for a march against the
World Social Forum. Criticizes the "bureaucracy" of the Forum and reformist and liberal
approach of economic and political problems. In a statement released by Disobedience
Movement (one of the anti-authoritarian sphere), which reads, "although the event is
presented as an opportunity for revolutionaries around the world to come, we believe that
the ultimate goal, namely the collapse the capitalist system, will not be considered. "
The statement reads in full, in English, here .
And with some photos this morning I leave because the fantastic streets of Tunis expect me!
The Way of the World Social Forum
The first stage of my trip to Tunis took me to the cradle of the movement that took (and
still takes) hundreds of squares around the world, using them to restore democracy where
it appeared: the public space. In Puerta del Sol where he was born 15M, today met a crowd
in a festive spirit so as combative, performing several games to celebrate public space
and to protest against the recent plans to privatize a large part of this square. When Sun
open to private enterprise and to design a terrace of 300m2 and 100m2 of a kiosk, Madrid
is the power to live up to its tradition of trying to keep people away from the city
center squares, removing them everything is nice: gardens, trees, fountains, wooden
benches, etc. - and now also the very public nature of the space. However, this proposed
privatization of Puerta del Sol is not just one, but rather comes following statements
from the holders of political power in Madrid: a alcaldesa Ana Botella, who says that
"there are too many demonstrations in Madrid" and Ignacio Gonzálvez, president of the
Comunidad, which says that "the function of the Puerta del Sol is not being a
manifestódromo." It becomes obvious who are not a "simple" privatization of a square, is,
yes, (more) attack against the Spanish state 15M and against civil society in general.
This event on Sun, curiously, could not be better suited to this trip to Tunis. The group
in which I participate focuses specifically on public space and about the experiences,
challenges and the learning of social movements that have as central factor. Here is a
current example of a challenge (among many) faced by these movements, and it raises
several questions for which there is probably a simple solution. During the WSF (and after
it), this group will form horizontal, collaborative and through consensus, mapping social
movements, their struggles and dreams. Based on shared experiences, knowledge and
learning, we will seek common solutions to common problems and challenges, trying to build
bridges, devise strategies of communication and coordination, as well as discuss ideas of
direct action and perhaps walk away with half a dozen ideas irreverent in the head!
It is aimed to share the experience of the WSF 2013 that haul this blog. I'll put in a
more or less irregular, thoughts, ideas and reports of what's been talk here - not only in
the group that I entered, but the huge variety of events that take place in Tunis these
days (and of which only I will have the opportunity to glimpse a negligible part: is 70
the convergence assemblies , plus nearly 2000 other activities ).
Tunisian anarchists Call against the World Social Forum
The people want the fall of the system
Revolutionaries of the world,
On the occasion of the World Social Forum which will be held in Tunisia during March 2013,
we believe that the liberal reformist approach opted for by the organizing bureaucracy of
the Forum will in no way lead to a revolutionary project for the people of the world. Even
though the event is presented as an opportunity for the revolutionaries coming from all
corners of the globe to meet, we deem that the ultimate objective, namely the collapse of
the capitalist system, will not be taken into consideration.
This Forum will take place in a highly critical time in the history of the world; social
movements and uprisings are sweeping capitalism off its feet. Rage against the system does
not recognize frontiers and geographical taxonomy of East and West. The so-called
democratic states are as threatened by these risings as the worst dictatorships; the
question to be examined is what are the driving forces of these revolts from Spain to
Egypt and from Greece to Tunisia which are jeopardizing the capitalist states?
The economic crisis is not a conclusion made by “experts” and professional critics of the
field, even politicians in power and their oppositions admit that they are incapable of
putting an end to the outrageous rates of unemployment, impoverishment, undernourishment,
diseases and pollutions. The repetitive discourses delivered through mass-media are only
encouraging people to adjust to the situation and await resolutions that will never come.
This proves that the system has resorted to the time-old strategies of encroachment and
propaganda in order to survive one of its many major crises along history. Wherever and
whenever implemented, these strategies only brought about ravages and precariousness.
Despite the recurrent scenario of democratic succession to power and elections as a means
of power distribution between “left” and “right”, “liberals” and “conservatives” and
despite the huge budgets spent to organize media campaigns to promote the illusion of
“democratic transition” and “political liberties” or “freedom of expression”, only
disillusionment is installed.
The World Social Forum, which is held and financed by capitalists and their affiliates, is
nothing but an attempt to convince the victims of the capitalist system that the inherent
reason behind the economic crisis are the so-called “Neo-Liberalism”, “extreme
globalization”, “financial speculations” and worsening debt which they suggest calls for
the one and only alternative and that is the reformation of a system which is the actual
source of these ailments.
Libertarians of the world,
The wretched of the earth are rejecting their everyday reality through raising and
revolting; now they know that union and determination are the keys to their own liberation
and to the liberation of future generations from the grip of capitalism.
As the wretched and revolutionaries of the world we have to continue the insurrection in
order to liberate our existence from the deadly claws of capitalism. There is absolutely
nothing more powerful than our union and determination to fight till the last gasp against
the oppressive system.
We boycott and oppose to this Forum not only because we refuse to have anything to do with
the bureaucratic syndicalist associations organizing the event, and because the mere
participation in the Forum is equivalent to being part in the project of promoting for and
installing colonialist collaboration and social submission which are cherished by
bourgeoisie, its media and political mediocrity, but also because we primarily boycott
every reform movement whether it came from the right or the left.
We are the allies of social revolution.
As the crisis is intensifying and is the more felt by the masses we can see disobedience
movements being born all over the world along with incessantly growing uprisings. These
different crises have resulted into revolutionary movements in different countries like
Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain as well as social uprisings in Greece, Spain,
Portuguese, Island, and even in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Libertarians of the world,
This call is ours. It is that of the marginalized, the unemployed graduates and
non-graduates, the farmers without lands, women without voices, the exploited miners, all
those that bureaucrats of the WSF pretend to represent after excluding them from the
organizations of debates. Our call is that of disobedient, revolutionaries and of other
social movements opposed to the capitalist system and authoritarian governments.
Politicians, media and ideologies,
Sellers of illusion and fear disguised under their reformist customs who are pretending to
be against the capitalist system are only a part of this very system. We only have to
examine the components of this Forum, its bureaucratic organization and statements to
realize that it does not attack the essence of capitalism and that it is nothing but
another attempt to diminish the rage of the billions of individuals revolting against
hunger, impoverishment and precariousness chanting but one unique slogan:
“The people want to fall of the regime”
This was the cry the echo of which resonated from Tahrir Square to Wall Street, from
Athena to Tunis and from Barcelona to Bahrain. This cry carried one simple slogan that
frightens the retrograde forces which call for an accurate articulation of the exact words
of the slogan:
“The people want the fall of capitalism”
Capitalism is the system; a particular president, a political party, or a king, are no
more than the temporary guardians of the system and not the system. They are the docile
executioners of its mechanisms regardless of the form of the government it adopts.
Libertarians of the world,
Mass-media owned by world capitalism spends billions to circulate the illusion of
democratic transitions. It distorts any experience or attempt of self-organization by
workers to manage their own resources because it threatens capitalist’s best interest.
In order for us to emancipate ourselves today we need to form revolutionary fronts,
coordinate our actions and effectively fight against the world capitalist regime. We want
to trigger real transformation in our societies which must be based on self-management of
We call upon all the revolutionary forces of the world, movements and organizations of
resistance capitalism to unite our work internationally against the pseudo-democratic
states or dictatorships whether they were secular or religious, liberal or conservative.
Capitalism is the crisis; the fall of the system is the fall of capitalism.
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