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(en) Spaine, CGT Valencia: Citizen Security Law, for whom? By Inma Sellés Ors (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 17 Sep 2022 07:10:05 +0300

On May 1, the General Confederation of Labor took to the streets in Valencia, as it has been doing traditionally in all the territories of the State. It is known that the demonstration on May 1 is essential for unions and the working class, it is a day that combines struggle, a festive character, the union of the working class and the meeting between workers from different unions who demand labor rights and announce their achievements and struggles in its different sectors. ---- The Confederation has spent years making its own tour in Valencia accompanied by all that association, organization and group of workers who fight for social change, separated from the majority unions and who long ago lost the perspective of what it is to go down to the mud and work side by side with their peers. Although there are similar things between the different union organizations; they all carry their flags, their badges and their shiny acronyms so that they can be seen by anyone who wants to look, they all sing their more or less correct slogans and they all try to make themselves heard and seen, with huge balloons, smoke canisters and the odd spectacle, but there is a great and important difference between them and that is that not all these organizations are treated the same by the so-called State security forces. While the demonstration of the regime's unions takes place without any impediment or restriction, the increasingly numerous demonstration of the CGT is surrounded by police who control every movement of the people attending, even identifying three people for carrying three canisters of smoke as an allegory to the flag of the organization, the red and black anarcho-syndicalist flag. The people who carry the smoke canisters are surrounded by police who rudely ask them to throw the canisters away and to identify themselves with the promise not to open a file, but with the warning that "they take notes in case something happens." fire in the city of Valencia that day". Luckily, that unfortunate situation did not occur and the boat carriers finished the day calmly thinking that no arson attack in the city would fall on their shoulders or on their conscience. But let's not forget, all unions are not the same, nor are they all treated the same. So one calm and quiet day in August, the boat carriers received a fine of 601 euros each, for doing what all unions do on May 1, put on their best clothes and go out into the street , for holding a pot of smoke with the colors of the flag that represents them as workers. In short, for defending their rights as workers on World Workers' Day.

The Confederation wonders if these complaints are not politically motivated, if the application of the "citizen security law" is not made to defend the interests of only one part of the citizenry, the one that suits the power at all times, and if It will not be that these guarantors of State security look at each other with different eyes.

Inma Selles Ors

Secretary of Organization of the CGT-València Union Education Section

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