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(en) Czech, AFED: Profits or lives? That's what it's the coronavirus crisis about?

Date Thu, 1 Apr 2021 09:22:45 +0300


What are the attitudes of anarchists in the world in the face of the coronavirus crisis? ---- Already in the past, we have brought texts that, from an anarchist perspective, comment on the covid-19 epidemic, whether they are texts of their own (eg the interview Fight for Every Life , or the March issue of the A3 wall newspaper entitled Capitalism Against People , or the International women's day 2021 ) statement of international solidarity against global authoritarianism! from the International of Anarchist Federations, of which our AF is a part, or the communiqué Health is not a commodity from the sister federation of the Iberian Peninsula.
We have now glanced at how anarchists in various parts of the world expressed themselves on the issue of the epidemic in early March. We could come across texts with a feminist focus, especially in connection with International Women's Day (ICE).

The CNT feminist group from the northern region issued a statement on March 8, in which he asks and at the same time answers: "Does covid-19 have specific consequences for women? Are women more affected and have worse consequences? The answer is definitely yes. More and more studies confirm that women are most affected by the consequences of covid-19 in various areas: social, economic, occupational and health (including physical, mental and emotional health). " social services and that so far almost 76% of people infected with health care are women. In the context of the epidemic, Spanish anarcho-feminists point to the effects on women's sexual health as a result of changing priorities in medical centers, to the fact that women are more exposed to the virus because they represent a large proportion of social and health workers, are more likely to be in precarious jobs, they are the main providers of care in private life, they are increasingly exposed to manifestations of domestic violence. Add to this the greater loneliness of older women (62% of people in the world over the age of 80 are women) and the fact that more girls drop out of school. Thus, although covid mortality is higher for men, the economic and social impact is greater for women. In addition, scientific studies have revealed that women are among the groups with the greatest feelings of insecurity since the onset of the coronavirus crisis. Women have more difficulty concentrating and insomnia and a greater increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, in many places women have to face efforts to suppress their reproductive rights and health, as is the case in Poland. "Covid-19 has shown us that what caregivers do is essential to life. We agree. But we agree with the fight for consequences, which does it carry? Or will we wait for another crisis that recognizes, redistributes and tests reciprocity in all these important areas of work? Will we fight to make labor rights effective in these sectors? (...) We cannot be content with 'patches', we cannot wait for another crisis. "

The website of the German-language die platform is in a feminist text from March 3attacked by the lie of the media and the powerful, that a pandemic affects us all no matter how rich we are, where we come from or what gender we are. That this is bullshit will happen to anyone who has to travel by public transport, because he cannot afford the safety of his own limousine, let alone people in crowded refugee camps. The article emphasizes the double burden of women on the one hand in wage work, and subsequently in domestic work and care work, which increased unbearably during the coronavirus crisis, for example due to the closure of kindergartens and schools. It is necessary to go beyond the basic requirements, which are 1) improving working conditions in the care and health sectors (higher wages, better protection against infection, shorter working hours), 2) better protection against patriarchal violence (improving the capacity of emergency hotlines, opening women's homes also for women without a German passport), 3) more accommodation for homeless people, 4) redistribution of home and care work (men need to be more involved). In addition, a profit-oriented healthcare system in the private sector must give way to a system in which care is people-oriented and in which employees organize their work themselves, instead of doing only what bosses recommend. Of course, these requirements are not enough to curb the oppression of women. "The state, capitalism and patriarchy must be overcome, along with all other forms of oppression!" instead of doing only what the bosses tell. Of course, these requirements are not enough to curb the oppression of women. "The state, capitalism and patriarchy must be overcome, along with all other forms of oppression!" instead of doing only what the bosses tell. Of course, these requirements are not enough to curb the oppression of women. "The state, capitalism and patriarchy must be overcome, along with all other forms of oppression!"

Women from Colombia's Libertarian Group Via Libre said in a statement to the MDZ: "The current social health crisis and economic recession caused by the covid-19 pandemic have exacerbated the oppression situation of many women. On the one hand, the less visible burden of domestic work and homework has increased, while on the other hand, a number of situations of economic, psychological and physical violence by partners and family members have increased, leading to a sad record of 630 women murdered in 2020. Women they were most affected by unemployment (which reached 22.7% in January 2021, compared with 13.4% for men), as well as being more exposed to various forms of precarious employment. "

Women in Brazil also have their concerns, as evidenced by the " Anarchist Opinion on March 8th"By Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira (CAB), which states, among other things:" The reality for us as people of color, poor and on the periphery has never been favorable, but the context of the pandemic has come as a catalyst for attacks and genocide. The neoliberal policies of the Bolsonar and Paul Guedes government, the actions of millionaires and billionaires at the expense of working men and women suffering from the effects of the pandemic, contempt for life, the offensive of conservatism on the far right all have a severe impact on our bodies and our lives. " the spontaneous development of many self-governing people's initiatives that have played a vital role in survival. The anarchists then make them clear: "The state, capital and governments are allies in building and maintaining poverty!" Labor reform has transferred labor rights into the hands of bosses and has affected thousands of working women. Pension reform has undermined the right to a dignified retirement and proves that people are not guaranteed anything. Rising prices for basic food, energy, water, gas and fuels are affecting people in extremely difficult times of pandemic, causing suffering, hunger and other diseases. Meanwhile, the people upstairs continue to take the best because they have more or less their profits. "We demand a dignified life, bread and freedom. The end of macho, racist and LGBTphobic culture. "They also call for the acceleration of vaccine administration, as the current pace is completely inadequate. The government does not take more than 250,000 deaths seriously Gas and fuel affects people in extremely difficult times during a pandemic and causes suffering, hunger and other diseases. Meanwhile, the people upstairs continue to take the best because they have more or less their profits. "We demand a dignified life, bread and freedom. The end of macho, racist and LGBTphobic culture. "They also call for the acceleration of vaccine administration, as the current pace is completely inadequate. The government does not take more than 250,000 deaths seriously Gas and fuel affects people in extremely difficult times during a pandemic and causes suffering, hunger and other diseases. Meanwhile, the people upstairs continue to take the best because they have more or less their profits. "We demand a dignified life, bread and freedom. The end of macho, racist and LGBTphobic cultures. "They also call for faster vaccine use, as the current pace is completely inadequate. The government does not take more than 250,000 deaths seriously caused by the covid. Bolsonaro, politicians, the military and businessmen are directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. "We demand respect for human lives, for workers who have died because they have been exposed to the virus as a result of spreading false information by the government, which has encouraged drug use without proven effectiveness against covid-19, demotivated the use of veils and social distancing." coronavirus deaths was relatively high and represents intentional neglect and genocide. Brazilian anarchists and anarchists make it clear that the basis of the resistance and survival of those below is self-organization and mutual help.

On the same website, the text of March 9 states: "The government is most interested in the economy, but in the economic profitability of large entrepreneurs, and not in serious economic instruments to support the population that is really suffering from the pandemic. Large financial speculators, large landowners, urban entrepreneurs with high financial accumulation - they were never deeply affected by the coronavirus crisis, on the contrary, continued and profited and profited. The economic crisis exists only for us workers who sell our physical and intellectual strength (if not our own health and lives) so that we can afford a slightly more dignified life. "

Still in connection with MDŽ , the website of the Iberian Anarchist Federation (Federación Anarquista Ibérica, FAI) pointed to a double standard when corporate media and the right called women irresponsible during last year's demonstrations on March 8, while still not accused thousands of men who went to football on the same day. . At the same time, the FAI highlights the increase in violence against women and commemorates the dozen women murdered since the beginning of the year.

A manifesto was published on the Sicilia Libertaria website on March 6The Sicilian Anarchist Federation (Federazione Anarchica Siciliana, FAS) called "For a Free and Solidary Society". In it, the FAS condemns the class nature of the pandemic crisis, with markets trying to make the most of the situation and blaming families left unassisted, while governments are determined to protect the current order that could be shaken by the escalation of the crisis. They protect stock market speculation and are only interested in economic recovery and GDP growth. The FAS is in favor of spreading the burden of public debt so that those who have the most also pay more. He sees the solution to the coronavirus crisis primarily in the strengthening of primary and home care, in the free access to individual protective equipment, clinical examinations and treatments, in the territorial reorganization of the health system with autonomy of management at the municipal level,

On March 6, the text " Opinions that Annoy Us " appeared on the website of the Slovak group Priama akcia , in which four often recurring delusions are refuted, namely that 1) companies are more important than workers, 2) workers should have a reserve for several months, 3) the government knows best what to do and 4) "first try to do business and then complain". The text points out that many consider employers to be "breadwinners", to which he replies: "We would like to know who would give them the bread if there were no workers with their ability to work."

Keven T. on the blog of the Emma Goldman Blogue du Collectif in his March 4 postdiscusses vaccination issues that are critical to stopping the spread of coronavirus and its mutations. It points to inequalities between countries in access to vaccines, to selfish "vaccine nationalism" or to "vaccine diplomacy" that allow vaccine countries to gain strategic influence over countries where they are not or are in short supply. In addition, several pharmaceutical corporations, which are heavily subsidized by the state treasury, have now gained incredible power over governments, not to mention a huge increase in profits at the expense of the masses. In the past, states have heavily subsidized multinational companies, including pharmaceuticals, to help them gain control of our food, water, soil and environment. "Vaccine patents are a continuation of this appropriation of the world.

On the Greek blog Vogliamo tutto e per tutti (We want everything and for everyone) describes March 9the collective of the same name a case of senseless police violence against families moving on the street and the subsequent solidarity reaction of thousands of people supported by others from the windows and balconies. The team notes: "The state is dealing with the health crisis in its favorite way: by imposing bans, normalizing supervision, repression, oppression and exploitation. It bombs us every day through the corporate media and 'objective' scientists, individual responsibilities', shifting its own responsibility for long-term systemic undersizing, underfunding and devaluation of the health system. The deterioration of the health care system is accompanied by the modernization of repressive forces as pandemic managers. "Greek anarchists also point to the failure to address the epidemic in prisons, migrant concentration camps or workplaces. while repressive forces are concentrating on public spaces to control meeting places and collective resistance. The sight of armed police officers beating unarmed residents as they protested against obvious injustice shows a dystopian intention they want to implement in every neighborhood even after the lockdown has been removed.

On March 3, the French organization Union communiste libertaire (UCL) shared on its website and supported the call of about 50 organizations of social and trade union movements, a large number of which were from the medical and chemical industries. It calls for the revocation of vaccine patents. All approved vaccines must become a shared property of humanity. But for now, there is a shortage due to the vision of huge profits for pharmaceutical corporations. This capitalist logic deprives the poorest countries of vaccines, with the risk of developing even more aggressive coronavirus variants. The call supports the European petition " No profit from a pandemic", Which urges the European Commission to do its utmost to ensure that the antipandemic vaccine and treatment are available to all. The background to the situation in the European Union with the production and distribution of vaccines is revealed by the UCL in an article of 15 February and calls for an end to the logic of profits and the socialization of the pharmaceutical industry.

https://www.afed.cz/text/7327/zisky-nebo-zivoty-o-to-tu-bezi
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