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(en) Viennese workers' syndicate: Call for mutual help! - Support local Afghan anarchists! (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 25 Aug 2021 10:15:55 +0300

The WAS participates in the international campaign of our Pakistani comrades to bring anarchists from Afghanistan to safety. The best way to show solidarity with money at the moment is from Europe. We therefore call for as many of them as possible to be sent to Pakistan and coordinate the transfer to Peshawar, as we are in direct contact with the syndicate there via the IAA (International Workers' Association). Here is the full story. ---- Our new comrades from the Workers Solidarity Initiative WSI have been active in Pakistan for over two years . This young anarcho-syndicalist unionhas grown considerably and is currently active in ten Pakistani cities. There are currently established syndicates in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar. This is why the WSI has recently been appearing more and more as the "Workers Solidarity Federation" WSF. She plans to change her status as "Friends of the IAA" to full membership next year, as we did this year, and will apply to join our worldwide union federation as a section.

Multi-ethnic state of Pakistan and the situation in Peshawar

The syndicate in Peshawar, in the north-western border region with Afghanistan, has direct contacts with anarchists in Afghanistan. This is not surprising, since the language is the same and there are already around three million Afghan refugees in the region. Peshawar is a two million city like Vienna. Unfortunately, it is also the area where most of the Islamic fundamentalists are active. The area is considered a retreat for the Taliban, and the support of the Pakistani army and the secret service for the Afghan clerical fascists should be well known by now. Nevertheless, the local syndicate tries to make the domination-free socialism better known and to organize itself with many workers. Under the most adverse circumstances at the moment, as one can imagine.

The current situation and goals

The syndicate in Peshawar now wants to get the comrades out of Afghanistan as soon as possible. Yes, you read that right, these are all women! The first goal is to get them to Pakistan as soon as possible, even before Taliban rule can solidify. Anarchist women are currently stuck in Afghanistan and their situation must be viewed as tending to be life-threatening. As soon as possible, they should leave Afghanistan. As a result, we want to enable them to live in the region and also permanently remove them from the Taliban's access and danger. This also costs a lot of money. It is a manageable group of women who are all known personally. It is important for us to emphasize that because it is a direct mutual aid in the most original sense of worker solidarity. We are not talking about a vague "donation campaign" or an impersonal charity campaign, but rather a direct action by our comrades who want to get their people out of there and save them!

A second goal, if there is still money left, is to support the hackers who are already living in the region and who have come as refugees from Afghanistan. These are not members of the WSI / WSF, but workers who have to live in extreme poverty. Everyone is anti-Taliban and the goal is not to leave the field to the fundamentalists in the area, but to support the hackers directly.

Situation and financial coordinate system

Life in Pakistan costs for simple / poor people from 120 euros per month and nose. Income for cheap workers starts at 100 euros per month. A liter of milk costs 0.6 euros in the supermarket, bread 0.5 euros. The purchasing power factor is likely to be 1: 5 compared to Austria in many areas. One euro brings in at least five times as much on site as in Austria. But; you can do a lot with little money - as long as it is a matter of simply continuing to exist. The assessment is that with 50 euros a worker can ensure survival for a month.

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So we decided to send the WSI / WSF call for money to Pakistan, not only to support WAS and donate as much as possible ourselves, but also to publicly call for it and to ask for a contribution from you - the interested public. There are several reasons for this. On the one hand, we want to impress a union that has not yet existed with a shining example!On the other hand, it is particularly important in areas that are not shaped by the West to strengthen structures that are free of domination. Anarchists in Afghanistan and Pakistan are really fundamentally very remarkable and can serve as a role model for other oppressed people of the Global South and with experience of imperialist oppression, and bring the advantages of anarcho-syndicalism closer. We think beyond

Since we are in direct contact with Peshawar, we coordinate the transfer for the German-speaking area. We collect the money and make sure that it arrives in Pakistan. For this we can rely on a reliable network in the International Workers' Association. These days we also had a detailed phone call with Australian comrades who are very deep into the matter and have already established a secure method of transferring money. The aim is to keep the local syndicate under the radar, and not to draw the attention of the authorities or local Islamists with large amounts. Some western banks, for example, always have to report transfers to Pakistan to the authorities, who then do "anti-terrorism investigations". What a mockery

Nevertheless, we are currently also taking care of direct transfer options, as we want to keep the fees as low as possible and are reluctant to send money around the globe.

And how?

We propose for Vienna that you give cash directly to the syndicate member you trust. You are also invited to come to any open meeting. Every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Ottakring. If you are outside, just contact us by email or phone, and we will tell you how we organize the money handover. A SEPA account is also available. Or you can send us an (anonymous) letter with cash in the old-fashioned way.

The French comrades of the CNT-AIT have also created a typical "Internet click option", which we can also tell you if necessary. However, we advise against it, on the one hand for data protection reasons, on the other hand because of bad experiences with money that is then not released. In addition, the fees are exorbitant and outrageous, and we want to make life easier for Afghan anarchists, not American corporations!

And then?

We will continue to be in direct contact with the WSI / WSF in the future and will endeavor to publish updates and news as far as the security situation allows. In principle, however, we would prefer it if we also achieve a level of organization in Austria that does not even need such public calls. A federation that can simply transfer an appropriate contribution itself and that would not need any "marketing" or "attention economy in the Left Spectacle". Where everyone naturally works together as a working class according to a purely solidary point of view.

With regard to this pious wish, we can still learn a lot from the WSI / WSF, which is progressing under far more violent circumstances and has grown considerably in a very short time. Not to mention the Afghan female comrades, who are actually about life.

But first let's get them out of there together, and then we'll look further.

Feel free to spread this appeal across all channels.
Vienna Workers 'Syndicate
Austrian section of the International Workers' Association
Trade union for workers of all professions and other exploited!
Internet: https://wiensyndikat.wordpress.com
Email: wien.syndikat@wiensyndikat Tel .: 0664/874 34 34 Postal
address: WAS, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Vienna

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