Santiago de Chile. Chile. The state is killing us! To build and strengthen organizations for the defense of life. Statement by Federación Anarquista Santiago.
Originally published by Federación Anarquista Santiago Facebook page. Translated by Enough 14.
In the face of the militarization and precarization that plague our neighborhoods, the Federación Anarquista Santiago (Anarchist Federation of Santiago) declares:
1- Since the arrival of the virus to the Chilean region, the State and the government have managed a genocidal policy, where the profits of the big companies have been privileged over the life of millions of people, that is why today we have the highest figures of infection per million people in the planet, with a quantity of contagion that exceeds 138,000 people, a question that has us among the 13 territories most affected by the virus. With regard to mortality, according to government data, about 2400 people have died (figures delivered on June 7), however, it is noted that this figure is higher, since they are counting only those who have confirmation of positive cases through tests, i.e. out all people who died from the virus without testing (which is expensive), so the figures should be higher.
The government insists on blaming the people for the existing health chaos, however, it says nothing about years and years of policies of precarization of public health, nothing about the lack of medical supplies, nothing about the collapse of the entire public hospital network in the Chilean region, which is evident every year during the winter. Sebastián Piñera and Jaime Mañalich are murderers, who have played with the lives of millions of people, without caring about the death, hunger, fear and uncertainty that floods our populations. They are criminals who have only protected the interests of the ruling class, while the government and the parties of order insist on their repressive agenda, without any improvement in health and sanitation.
2- This system of misery and injustice has condemned the lives of thousands of workers of feminized, racialized and migrant bodies. In the face of the pandemic and confinement measures, hunger and unemployment have hit our doors hard. Among the most affected are the informal workers who have been left without the possibility of taking their livelihoods home, and who have taken to the streets in their desperation for food and shelter, trying to survive, and who have been strongly repressed by gangs and militias. Also, those who had more stable jobs have been completely abandoned by the government’s pro-business measures. The law of employment protection has favoured the unjustified dismissal and the precariousness of the work of hundreds of workers, a high number of them are women, by big companies and SMEs. This situation has occurred mostly in the retail and construction sectors, bringing the highest unemployment figures at the national level for 35 years, representing a total of 469,284 unemployed people, according to official figures. The effects of this situation that only affects the marginalized and excluded: the oppressed class, for weeks now have started to organize countless protests in our territories, along with camps in front of the embassies of different countries where the migrants claim for help from the different genocidal states, which clearly forgot about them.
Faced with this complex situation, where once again the State, as a good apparatus of the bourgeois class, has aligned itself with the employers, installing “every man for himself” as the official discourse, while in the territories different embryos of community life have been organized to attenuate the effects of this problem, thus mutual kitchen, popular dining rooms, self-management supply networks, buying together, etc. have emerged. Faced with the indifference of the State, the peoples have responded with solidarity and mutual aid, reactivating our class memory, experiences that taught us in the most difficult years of our history that we can overcome any obstacle on the basis of organization and resistance.
3- In this context, protests and mobilizations have emerged in different parts of the Chilean region, where neighborhoods and populations have mobilized, denouncing the hunger and repression that affects them. The peoples are learning from the social revolt, the territorial organizations some more and others less mature, have encouraged that in spite of the pandemic it is necessary to be in the streets to mobilize, and that this is the only tool we have to end the precarization of life and start a revolutionary process from below. The popular self-organization and the capacity of direct action that sprouts in different territories show us the way to face this new political cycle marked by the social, ecological and economic crisis that had already been building up, but that in a context of pandemic, has made the contradictions, generated since the social explosion, even more visible, and that also opens up scenarios of radical conflict in the framework of an ongoing restitutive process in favor of a possible democratic oxygenation in the Chilean region.
We must pay attention to the response that the State had in our territories since the beginning of this crisis. It has responded with a very strong repression and with miserable measures, such as the distribution of basic baskets, which were acquired from the groups SAIEH, CENCOSUD and WALLMART. 2.5 million baskets were announced to be distributed among the poorest families but that would only cover less than 40% of the most precarious class. These crumbs from the State have given birth to an absurd media show and to the opportunism of politicians and bureaucrats, who have come to our towns to deliver merchandise in boxes with their names and photographs. For them, our hunger, our misery, is an opportunity for political campaigning. From the above, special analysis must be given to the municipality of the territorial policy who from their networks of customers and welfare, have managed to manage the crisis through institutional channels, from delivery of social benefits, soup kitchens and cash bonds, which plays against the interests of our territorial policy of self-management and struggle. It is urgent to mature our organizational experiences and give them a perspective that allows us to build and position a class-based, solidary, feminist and ecological territorial alternative, political projects that are in favor of resistance for life.
4- The repressive measures adopted by the government are intensifying every day. Our neighborhoods and suburban populations are devastated by hordes of Black Berets, famous for the crimes they committed during the Pinochet dictatorship in this territory. The henchmen of the army together with the special forces of the pacos wander our streets repressing and spreading fear, their task is clear: on the one hand to protect private property, the interests of the ruling class, and on the other hand to take charge of repressing people who organize the rage with barricades and stones, resisting this system of death and misery. We see this repressive advance by the Chilean State and its domination in all territories throughout the Chilean region and Wallmapu with concern, because it is part of a logic of social control and militarization and that once again took the life of a Mapuche brother, the “werken” Alejandro Treuquil of the We Newen Autonomous Community last June 4.
The government seeks to push new repressive laws like the Intelligence Law, which directly attacks the centres of popular organization, criminalizing them and creating, as in past decades, the figure of the “internal enemy”, transforming the National Intelligence Agency into a new political and repressive police force, just like the DINA, the CNI and the Office. On the other hand, progress is also being made on the Critical Infrastructure Law, which seeks to maintain strategic areas for the circulation of goods, strongly militarized in any type of context, that is, to maintain permanent armed forces in the streets.
It should be remembered that these laws are in addition to the strong repressive agenda that the government has put in place since the social revolt, in order to dismantle popular organization, ban expressions of social protest, and extend the state of permanent emergency. That is why in the first days of the pandemic, the government received new water and gas cannons, and not respirators or medical supplies, its priorities are clear.
5- The position of the State and its neoliberal government in relation to the economy has been clear: they have protected profits over the lives of the people, their whole battery of laws has gone to safeguard the interests of the bourgeoisie and therefore make our lives even more precarious. However, we would like to mention an aspect that should not be neglected by the peoples in struggle and by the organizations that defend territories. According to the latest data provided by the Central Bank, the IMACEC (Monthly Indicator of Economic Activity), the economy fell by 14.81%; however, mining activity only fell by 0.1%, This reactivation will necessarily involve a intensification of extractive activities and the extension of extractive projects in various territories. The resolutions of the National System of Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) are extremely serious and have authorized 2.5% more extractive projects than last year, and investment in this area has doubled. The State and the business community are going to justify the sacrifice of territories and ecosystems under the excuse of creating jobs and the normal functioning of the economy, which is why it seems necessary to us to generate this state of alert, in order to defend our bodies and territories.
6- From the mainstream media, from the various political parties, and from the government, the discourse of national unity has been insisted upon, seeking to put a wet blanket over the situation we face through a nationalist discourse. We want to be clear, the crisis we are living through is a class conflict, and the points set out above confirm this, the ruling class has sentenced us to death, hunger and misery, and thanks to the creativity and popular initiative we have been able to build initiatives for food supply and security for ourselves and our communities. All these calls for unity are a dirty trick that aims to give validity to the boisterous National Agreement, which seeks to generate a plan for economic revival and “social peace” that would transcend the health crisis, anticipating the containment of a second period of social revolt and measures in favor of the bourgeois class in the framework of the restitution process.
Political parties, class organizations of the bourgeoisie (CPC and SOFOFA), business foundations and NGOs have been invited to this National Agreement, seeking to design an economic plan, which will clearly make our lives even more precarious, strengthening private property and business profits. We already call for the rejection of this hunger agreement, which only reaffirms the genocidal and ecocide policy of the Chilean nation-state.
7- From organized anarchism, today more than ever, we see it as fundamental to promote and put into practice the values that are antagonistic to this system of domination. We call on communities in struggle to redouble their efforts to organize and show solidarity, and to multiply the embryos of self-organization for the defense of life, community kitchens, soup kitchens, supply networks, community care networks, solidary and feminist economical initiatives, territorial assemblies, among others, many of them born in the heat of the struggles of social revolt, together with the memory and historical heritage of centuries of struggle by the dominated class. It is urgent to make the territorial organization more diverse and to be as brave as possible, both in the areas of struggle and in those of self-construction, since they are dialectic processes of social transformation. With respect to the activities of care and reproduction of life historically relegated to feminized bodies, we believe it is necessary to problematize that it is in moments of greater contradiction between patriarchy, capital and life, that women run the risk of ending up managing the crisis, their bodies being the real frames of structural violence, It is therefore important not to romanticize their role in the community kitchens or in supply initiatives, and to try to have these tasks socialized without any distinction to gender. The crisis of care and social reproduction of life are an expression of the systemic and structural crisis of the world’s patriarchal and capitalist system.
The political cycle inaugurated with the social revolt is still open, the pandemic has worsened the crisis of the system and with it the repressive action of the State, but also the organizational capacity of the people in struggle. This is why the main conflicts continue to take place at the level of subjectivities (the cultural, the senses, public opinion, what is said and talked about in the street) and of the political alternatives that we can generate in this scenario, where ours is the construction of revolutionary self-managing power of the oppressed class. Our alternative must be capable of developing tactical frameworks that are more legitimate and effective than those of the State, allowing us to ensure subsistence; processes of political education in social spaces; programmatic construction and the opening of a territorial policy in a self-management key, capable of defining political objectives together with forms of organization that allow the territory to develop experiences of struggle and solutions to practical problems in the territory, in order to mature the pillars of a political and revolutionary program from below. Without the maturation of these territorial organizations, which is not possible outside of the radical confrontation with state institutions, it will not be possible to abolish the effects of the current crisis, nor the challenges that the social revolt and the current restitutive situation brings.
From the territories, we have to mature our organizational efforts towards federalism and social self-management. Each organizational effort, associated with the basic needs of the territory (health, communications, education, supply, patriarchal violence, community care, community water management, etc.) that we can raise in the places where we live is a possibility of prefiguring, in the construction of a community organized in resistance, the society that we carry in our hearts.
Finally, we know that these are ominous times, but to the extent of our capacities and feelings, we call for support for the collections and activities generated to support the thousands of political prisoners that fill the State’s prisons, who are living in situations of constant risk and uncertainty.
YES THE STATE SENTENCES US TO HUNGER AND DEATH!
OUR ANSWER IS ORGANIZATION FOR LIFE!
TO MULTIPLY SOLIDARITY and MUTUAL AID!
TO MULTIPLY ORGANIZED COMMUNITIES!
FREEDOM FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS!
ANARCHISM TO TAKE ROOT!
Federación Anarquista Santiago, June 8, 2020.
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