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Date Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:55:03 +0200

We post below a statement from the Chilean Friends of the International Workers' Association, Grupo Germinal, explaining the Neoliberal Government's harsh repression of protests and asking that pressure be applied to relevant diplomatic institutions, businesses, and organisations with protests and letters of solidarity. ---- In addition, the French Section (CNT-AIT) has proposed "a boycott of Chilean products as long as all the prisoners have not been released" - something we support as the Leeds local of the Solidarity Federation. Because of Chile's export oriented economy, in practice this means refusing to buy food products originating there, such as salmon, avocado, wine, grapes, or kiwis. Christmas is one of the most important times of the year for this market, and so a well-organised boycott still has the potential to be highly effective.

Statement from Grupo Germinal:

"Since the uprising of the people of Chile against the rise in Metro tickets, transport services and the neoliberal policies of the Chilean government, which started a popular revolt that left more than 11,300 people detained, 2,500 of whom are imprisoned, many with investigations and without convictions, in preventive detention. What has been interpreted as an action of political repression seeking to outlaw the protest.

The prisoners who are in the prisons of Chile since October 18, 2019, are deprived of liberty for breaking a turnstile (which are at the entrance of the Metro stations), for accusations of Carabineros as witnesses for fire, aggression to the police, looting, barricades, burning churches and banks, etc. Many of these accusations have been dropped due to lack of real evidence or because the fallacy of the accusations has been proven.

Therefore, for the general public, these accusations are seen as revenge on the part of the power and the State against those who have risen up against the ruling elite.

Since the first days of December of this year, a campaign has been launched for the freedom of the prisoners of the revolt, which has pressured the deputies, ministers and the government to lift the preventive detention and the prisoners can fulfill the investigation period with house arrest, the same type of sentences that have been given to police officers accused of violation of human rights, whether for rape, serious injuries to protesters, torture and murder, of which a small number are in preventive detention in police barracks.

We call on the anarchists of the planet to join this campaign and send letters of repudiation to the Chilean government through its embassies and consulates demanding the immediate freedom of the Prisoners of the Chilean Revolt. And we ask those who can make demonstrations outside embassies, consulates and interests of Chilean companies to do so.


Germinal Anarchist Group"

Leeds SolFed stands in solidarity with all those imprisoned for anti-state/capitalist protest, and we hope you will too. Pay attention to your food labels, and anything else you are buying that may be a Chilean export. Only with international solidarity can we finally end the global carceral system and the predatory capitalism it maintains.

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