The following is an analysis from a Chilean comrade (Warning Facebook Link). While we don’t agree with the final statements, we feel the analysis in this is rather illuminating for this moment.
The first of a two part series on looking at anti-capitalism feminism in South America and with a wealth of concepts and analysis that we can draw from in the US. Part two will include the article in pamphlet form for download and distribution. See below for a glossary of terms.
The concept for the film was born with the death of a former military dictator, Augusto Pinochet. His regime murdered thousands and tortured tens of thousands after the military coup on September 11, 1973.
Special Police Forces continue brutalization of Mapuche resistance in outrageous criminalizing spectacle during the ongoing Mapuche Hunger Strike.
The Lonko Alfredo Tralcal Coche and the siblings Benito, Ariel and Pablo Trangol Galindo, have been on a hunger strike for 107 days after starting their protest against irregular detention and after completing more than a year in remand prison without conclusive evidence against them, under the so-called “Anti-Terror Law”, which includes the use of faceless witnesses. They are accused of an incendiary attack against an evangelical temple in the town of Padre Las Casas, of which they declare themselves innocent. It should be noted that one of them, Ariel Trangol, professes the evangelical religion.
Today the desire to cast off our current way of life is taken as common sense. Whether it’s the life of others we desire to take on or a completely different way of life; striking a commodified humanity is the passive acceptance of the existent which clashes with generalized dissatisfaction.
This text was written in Chile for the fourth issue of the journal Contra Toda Autoridad. It tries to establish points of connection with the radical and anti-state expressions in the historical struggle of the mapuche people. Unveiling some differences with their struggle strategies and marking some distances as anti-authoritarians, the text emphasizes above all the continuity of a long lasting struggle in which the fights for autonomy and recuperation of territory develop trough resistance and offensive against the statist and capitalists interests in mapuche territories.