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(en) federacion anarquista iberica FAI: The rise of the light, a wick to ignite the protest (ca, de, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:23:50 +0200

Electricity companies announce significant increases in a necessary and essential good, especially in winter and especially with the last polar wave. In this way they intend to pressure the people so that, at a time when it is difficult to do without energy, they pay what they ask. It is a legal robbery, not only with the approval of the State, but also promoted by it, since electric power is a business for many, but also for the State that takes 26% (21% of VAT and 5% electricity tax). ---- The left-wing government washes its hands because it says that it is a matter for private companies, displaying its usual hypocrisy. Meanwhile, energy poverty is growing and working-class neighborhoods such as Cañada Real and many others where the unemployed abound and precarious jobs that provide little income in the houses, accuse the knife of these large companies, in whose boards of directors they feel bourgeois , aristocrats and politicians from across the parliamentary spectrum who arrive through the so-called revolving doors.

To control energy is to control the population and subdue it. That is why there exists and always existed such good relations between the political class, governments and large companies, which also manage this market as an oligopoly where rates are set based on tricks with the sole objective of increasing their income statements while they ruin the working class and squeeze it a little more.

It is shameful that electricity rates are set based on the kilowatt that costs the most to produce, a perfect system so that the robbery appears perfectly coherent when the lightning bolt arrives. In addition, the loot is divided among four, since the production companies are also the marketers.

A very complex, dark and cumbersome system, created with that intention, to confuse consumers and disarm them in the face of any criticism or protest, keeping them in ignorance.

But, fortunately, the situation and the unrest among the population is raising protests and even direct actions against the interests of large companies, including attacks on their assets. It is not surprising, since Spanish electricity is among the most expensive in Europe and the salaries of workers the most precarious and reduced. The formula is perfect for the social explosion.

Energy is an essential good for human beings and cannot be in the hands of private interests. This rise is the last straw in a situation for those at the bottom who can no longer take it any longer and may be the fuse for a larger revolt against capitalism and the state. That is why we believe that we must light that fuse, call protests, and use all the means we have at hand to harm the political and economic power that seeks to condemn the population to poverty, cold and electricity with the rise in electricity rates. the misery.

The disorder and chaos generated by the statist-capitalist system is unbearable. It has to be the people, the working class, who ends it, taking possession of the means of production (also those of energy) to manage it without missing anyone. But for this we need what we always propose, the social revolution. A revolution that eliminates a system that condemns the majority of the population to precariousness and poverty while a few enjoy the wealth that we all produce.

Iberian Anarchist Federation

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