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(en) Federación Anarquista de Rosario: [FAR July 2021] No votes or promises. A strong people are organized and fought (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 4 Aug 2021 10:13:21 +0300

In recent days, the media has reflected the intense activity of parliamentary politics. The closure of lists of candidates for PASO took up the journalistic space, and that of so-called public opinion, leaving a tendal of betrayals, disappointments, and expectations. ---- Such activity contrasts with another painting, the living conditions of the oppressed class. Amidst an unprecedented social and health crisis, no great enthusiasm for the election result is perceived below. It's more immediate concerns that afflict our people, given that it's becoming lxs that are under the poverty line and those who daily have to go out to cartonate or order food in a community dining room in order to survive.
While there have been expressions of resistance from unions and various social organizations, there is no configuration of a multisectoral joint sufficiently formed to face the extent of the aggression suffered.
How we said the crisis is profound and unprecedented in the social context where hunger, unemployment, precarious employment and lack of life, but also in the sanitary plane, where ultimately the management of the pandemic did not distort much from genocidal management of our neighbour Brazil, except in the symbolic and discursive.
Anarchism has historically raised electoral abstention, not as a whim or as an expression of purism, but with an eminently practical end.
Electoral turnout has effects that weaken the people and their struggles. In the popular field unfortunately the organized expressions involved in this charade are varied. In this sense there are various tactics: there are those who directly see the State as an agent from which to produce changes, who think that electoral participation serves as a stand to visibilize a position regarding the operation of the system, and those who do not believe that electoral participation it's final but it does complement the popular struggles. Fraternally we call on the fighters and popular fighters to honestly reflect what has been the role of the electoral and what balance has been thrown into the development of a revolutionary strategy.
In our militant practice and history review, we have proven that from above there are no significant changes for the and the below, some improvements at certain points do, but just as they are achieved, they have diluted and never deepened.
Electoral molds speeches, moderating them, and in that context popular struggles and claims become the backdrop for a staging where candidates crown their role and the people are relegated to the sad role of a secondary actor.
From the FAR we seek the role of the people through the strengthening of popular organizations, the only way to reach a socialist and libertarian society. We claim that the bottom and top are not articulate for the production of transformations, not even for the defense of conquests nor for resistance to the onslaught of the dominant class.
Our proposal from Specific Anarchism goes through building a strong people; activity that involves us on a daily basis, and that we develop it in the unions, aiming to recover these tools so that they serve the interests of the working class. In the peripheral neighborhoods articulating vindicative and community struggles, and from student centers where the fight is given for public education.
Finally, we recovered Gerardo Gatti's words spoken at the 10th anniversary of the FAU in 1966:
ŽŽ We don't think the essential issue is ultimately voting or not voting. What matters is what is done and not what is voted for. The definition is not the attitude on an isolated Sunday from the end of November, each putting paperwork in a hole inside a secret room... What defines is what you do, and how you do it and what you do it for , every day before and all who follow that folk Sunday... Only by direct action will a strong people be forged ".

Anarchist Federation of Rosario

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