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(en) Portugal, Conference of Libertarians in Setúbal Day 1 and 2 (pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:19:00 +0300


Day 1 ---- Participated throughout the day today in Libertarian Conference taking place in Setúbal, in Athenaeum Setubalense . On average - sometimes more, some less - about 30 attended anarchist militants, mainly representing groups, individuals or spaces in the area south of the country - Alentejo, Évora, Setúbal, Lisbon, Coimbra. Although there was a schedule previously set in the morning, the discussion was reserved for the specific topics of the libertarian movement and everyone present gave a presentation of reality in their area or association. The conclusion is that the realities are different, although patent growth of sympathy for libertarian ideas and assemblearias, together with greater visibility collective of anarchists who have played various activities in connection with the emerging social movements, but also clearly demarcating the left and the extreme left of the system.

The lunch break led us to COSA (House Okupada Setubal self-managed) where a vegetarian lunch was served to the participants at the Conference. The COSA is an example of a longer occupation with history. The occupation dates back to the early 2000s and is a meeting place and resistance anarchist and anti-authoritarian in Setúbal and a reference to the libertarian movement in Portugal.

The Conference proceedings were resumed shortly after two in the afternoon and was set to create a mail list among diverse groups and individuals present (the others, since that request, can be associated), as a basis for assistance and preparation common action and may be the beginning of a network anarchist, although informal, covering the whole territory.

After beginning the sessions were open to the general public, with more people in the room. The debate was conducted by Vitor Lima (Indignados Lisbon) and the theme was "Social Movements Libertarians in demonstrations." It was a very involved and debate between different points, was referred to the need for anarchists to participate and influence the various social movements - many basic libertarian - and highlighted the need for a deeper understanding of the problems that capitalism and crosses solutions that transform society, from a libertarian perspective, can be envisaged.

Then one of the elements of the Collective Gonçalves Correia de Castro Verde, presented the latest issue of the magazine Alembic on alternative root rural communities. Another important issue that motivated also participated in a debate. This was followed by dinner in COSA.

For this Sunday (where, in principle, not be able to participate) will be discussed in the morning the possibility to organize some Journeys Libertarian south of the Tagus (polinucleadas) and a conversation around an invitation extended to a rally in the 1st May in Setúbal. At most there will be two public debate on important issues: "The mechanisms of domination" and the discussion around the libertarian journal "MAP" whose 1st issue was published recently.

Just two notes: I participated in the discussions during the day were important, especially as building space of a libertarian movement that has managed to renew. And, in this sense, it is important to emphasize the high quality theoretical and soul of the youth who constitute the overwhelming majority of participants in this first day of debates CLS2013.

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Taking account of the 2nd day of the Libertarianconference in Setubal

Rather than we had initially thought, after all we can (3 elements Collective Libertarian Évora) we present today on the 2nd day of the Conference Libertarian Setúbal, but this time it was time a little lost for many miles we had to travel between Évora and Setúbal. If yesterday the debate about whether Social Movements, Communities Anarchists want about (cover story of the magazine Alembic) were excited and contextualized, this Sunday session began just after lunch, bringing the debate to the organization of the 1st of May. Little is said - but that will be good companions Setúbal bring forward everything that we decide, in Évora, will support them - and it was a time spent with little use.

Also was scheduled for today to discuss the performance of each Journeys Libertarian - but did not.

Then he was scheduled to debate on the newspaper MAP that recently left the 1st paragraph. Many employees were present, but it was difficult to get some idea. While considering the MAP a successful experience, useful and evolving, still can not understand, for example, if this is an anarchist newspaper or want to join several ideological positions that are not recognized in the system, can not understand what is meant by when he refers you want to "connect" the fights (a newspaper that comes out every two months, is more a magazine. lacks immediacy and timeliness); seemed to me that the graphics and text density are not consistent with the make the idea of "popular", ie, appealing to a public that, from the outset, not "gain" for the "cause"; reaffirmed that the draft paper should not disregard the draft on the Internet, accessible to more people. I put these issues on the table and were somehow poorly received by some of those present - especially when he said (and I repeat) that a newspaper should be something more than a collection of egos (of selves) - must have a project perceptible and clear in its genesis and definition that fulfills the objectives for which it was created (and in this case, I suppose be to give information not manipulated, alternative system to the media concerning the principles and active anti-authoritarians ).

Other companions praised the newspaper, others made specific criticisms, but it was all very lightly, superficially. For my part I leave here writing what there said I value the work and dedication of these young and old companions, their commitment and the certainty that this "school of journalism" will be important either for this or for future projects. But please accept criticism, repairs - even less fair. A newspaper, to be, has to be a collective project of those who do, those who have read it and those who have not yet read. A newspaper is its content - but especially the usefulness it may have or not to your readers. And often in the media there is a libertarian and an almost arrogant self-sufficiency in the face of any criticism, that does not mean strength - but weakness and fear of confronting ourselves with what we dislike.

After not seen the end of the conference, for reasons of agenda, but from what I understand is slightly more advanced. If the first day of the conference is still "saved", even having a good time, this second day nothing concrete has been defined in terms internal to the libertarian movement, nor any proposal out here working together, unless the creation of a mail list.

Was little and, despite good logistical work developed by fellow Setúbal to this conference if he had done and the fact that many of us having known or rediscovered, resulting always an added value, this conference represented an opportunity that was not harnessed to discuss issues relevant internal and coming from the Porto conference last September, including coordinated activities or the development of a more functional platform for mutual aid between organizations, groups, or individuals anarchist spaces. It also showed that a conference of this kind has to be better organized, with most debated issues and interventions and better prepared, and with preparatory work involving indeed the generality of the anarchist movement in Portuguese territory, leading him to participate and submit proposals designed and structured. What, he was not happened this time.

But, of course, the path is made by walking and there will be other opportunities. Except that, given the emergence of social movement derived from the current context, it is important a more effective presence of the Portuguese anarchists in the forefront in the struggle for social transformation. And what happens (as has happened over recent decades) is that often the worst enemy of anarchism are anarchists who do not know the opportunities for growth and influence on the social struggles that reality has offered them almost Hand-lapped. And this is the case of today's world: the anarchist movement, again, do not grow and do not create deep roots in Portuguese society, the only fault we can be assacada.

(Regarding a possible manifesto, conclusions or final communique did not know if there will be, although fellow Setúbal have taken notes to make a record of the meeting). After all, for them, in the end, a word of gratitude for the commitment, dedication and effort (despite the scarcity of resources) that organized the conference. They did what they could, from what I saw. And the best they could.
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