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(en) federacao anarquista gaucha FAG: The walls are the press of the people! (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 4 Aug 2021 10:18:33 +0300

Advertising is part of the history of anarchism. And the streets and its walls are her privileged setting. Posters, murals and all kinds of visual intervention using paper and ink. Direct action that doesn't ask for permission, that goes there and does it. ---- Doesn't capitalism have its press, its means of communication and propaganda? May the oppressed classes have theirs! "The walls are the people's press," said Rodolfo Wash. ---- A few weeks ago there was a news in the Gaucho bourgeois press (ZH) about the "conflict" between the city of Porto Alegre and the Civil Police, having as motive the collage of posters against Bolsonaro in the historic center.
The city government wants to transform the historic center into "an example of security and cleanliness with zero tolerance for all types of misdemeanors" and the Civil Police would have released the group of people by pasting posters that were detained by the Municipal Guard, arguing that it was a "political demonstration supported by the Constitution".

The position of the municipal secretary of Planning and Strategic Affairs Cezar Schirmer was to say "It doesn't matter if it's against Bolsonaro, against Lula, in favor of this or that. Since when is putting up a poster on someone else's property freedom of expression?"

To begin with, for us anarchists, the debate about the legality of street advertising is of no interest. The rich and powerful control the massive media, can afford expensive ads in major newspapers and radio and television chains, invest billions in marketing, pay billboards and do what they want with the people when they want to build malls and skyscrapers, leaving thousands of abandoned houses and buildings that could serve as low-income housing, and infest cities with advertisements for futile consumer goods to enrich the pockets of the few.

The city's project is in line with the project of the rich and powerful: to stifle any form of cultural and political expression that does not have the money to pay and neutralize any form of opposition.

So it's up to us to dispute the streets and their walls and use the means available to communicate our messages, express our feelings and thoughts, and fight who should be fought. May our hands not only touch the bricks and cement that build them, but also the paint and paper that materialize ideas, feelings, criticism and struggle!

Gaucho Anarchist Federation - FAG

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