Several Anarchist groups and unions, but also student unions and initiatives are calling for a general strike in Catalonia on October 3. The number of people and groups calling for a general strike is growing after todays violence by Spanish cops. We re-publish a statement by CNT Catalunya – Balears. Update 22:30 CET: Several of the bigger unions decided to join the general strike after todays police violence.
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CNT on General Strike in #Catalonia
Several Anarchist groups and unions, but also student unions and initiatives are calling for a general strike in Catalonia on October 3. The number of people and groups calling for a general strike is growing after todays violence by Spanish cops. We publish a statement by CNT Catalunya – Balears.
After meetings held with the other unions, the Catalan regional CNT has decided to join the strike for this coming October 3rd.
At CNT we fully support the reasons for this strike: the continuing loss of rights for the working class, together with the concerning situation that Catalan workers are experiencing as they perform their jobs by the actions of the different bodies and repressive organs of the State.
CNT condemns this interference and defends the right of the people of Catalonia to be able to express themselves freely on any matter that concerns them, including, of course, self-determination.
The CNT is calling for solidarity with the Catalan working class, which is experiencing a double oppression, economic and military. This situation of militarisation and repression completely transcends the Catalan political situation and sets a very serious precedent in the central government’s responses to social struggles: to claim that safeguarding “the rule of law” should allow them to trample on our essential rights and freedoms.
We understand that the unknown measures of repression that the central government is deploying are not a real response, albeit typical of the heirs of the Franco dictatorship, to the “sovereign Catalan challenge.” The creation of a war scenario with huge doses of propaganda, patriotic exaltation and fear of the other can only give rise to irreconcilable sides: “With them” or “with us.” They know it and it is what they are looking for. This social recapitalisation on both sides of the front line has been kept up the sleeve of the two major party bastions of an unjust and corrupt system. Parties that did nothing saw their hegemony jeopardised by internal corruption and developed policies.
The CNT is standing up. Not against the Spanish attack or against the Catalan people, but together with our Catalan brothers and sisters to defend rights and freedoms that are for everyone.The CNT stands to face the violence of the real enemy, a regime that is killing us wherever we live.
Compañeras and compañeros, the CNT de Catalunya i Balears calls us to extend the mobilisation throughout the country. It is our duty to make it possible.
Permanent Secretariat of the CNT, September 28, 2017.
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