Statement in solidarity with the prisoners of the Chilean revolt of the organization Vineketik in Resistencia

4/4/2020 CERSS No 10 Comitán Chiapas Mexico

Statement from indigenous prisoners Vineketik organization in Resistencia Adhering to the Sixth Declaration of the EZLN Lacandon Jungle

  • To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
  • To national and international civil society
  • To the CIG National Indigenous CongressTo the national and international media
  • To the people of Mexico and the world

From this prison in Comitán Chiapas Mexico, the organization Vineketik en Resistencia, we stand in solidarity and demand the liberties of the political prisoners of the revolt under the repressive government of Chile.

Since he has abused power by imprisoning those who protest against injustices using repression as a means to silence his people using jail.

And at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic we know that the state does not protect anyone, neither inside nor in prison, but in prisons there is vulnerability due to deplorable medical care and that they do not have the medicines or sanitary measures to face this pandemic.

And that there are older adults who are in the different prisons of the world, the governments of the countries know well that they are the most vulnerable before this pandemic, that is why we demand their liberties.

And as we have seen, despite the humanitarian crisis of COVID-19, these governments have intensified the repressions and have increased the incarceration of the poorest, of the indigenous people, of community leaders, of human rights defenders.

That is why we also organize and make national and international solarization, together holding hands resisting the common enemy, the oppressive capitalist patriarchy.

I send a combative greeting to everyone who is outraged at inequality, injustice and those who are in resistance and worthy rage.

Freedom for the political and fighting prisoners!

Sincerely
Marcelino Ruiz Gómez

Statement in support of the protests in Iran

Cautiously pessimistic

In the past week or so, two statements about Iran have been circulated – one essentially supporting the Iranian regime by framing the whole issue as being about “US imperialism”, and another initiated by Iranian socialists and revolutionaries living in exile, which puts the movement in Iran into its proper context, as one more moment of our class fighting back, just as it is in Chile, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Haiti, France, Lebanon and so on. The latter is reproduced below. If you would like to add your name to the list of signatories, please send an email to azadi_subversion@riseup.net, stating your full name and affiliation/self-description.

We are protesting against problems in the whole system in general. We reached a crisis where we noticed that the system cannot handle it anymore

— a protester in Chile

Our world is on fire. Not only forests but also cities are burning all over the world. Social conflicts of all sorts are erupting, spreading their flames across the planet: Algeria, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Hong Kong, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, you name it. Located within this global context of struggles against the social hell of neoliberal, financialized capitalism, there has been another mass uprising in Iran since November 15, 2019.

Sparked by the sudden tripling of fuel prices, tens of thousands of Iranian people have been protesting in more than 100 cities throughout the country. Of course, the fuel price per se did not generate such a huge and widespread uprising. Rather, it is 40 years rule of the privileged oligarchy on the basis of authoritarianism, systematic exclusion of opponents, dispossession and expropriation which have made millions of people unemployed, extremely precarious, depriving them from the basic conditions of life (education, healthcare, food, and housing).

Just as 30 pesos increase in subway fares turned the already raging fire into an inferno in Chile, so too, the fuel price sparked the recent uprising in Iran (the same goes for WhatsApp tax in Lebanon, the cancellation of fuel subsidies in Ecuador, and so on). “It is not about 30 pesos”, a Chilean poster proclaimed, “but 30 years of neoliberalism.”

Since Friday, the people in Iran have been courageously fighting against the heavily armed personnel of the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as well as armed plainclothes militia thugs (known as Basij) who are economically dependent on the regime. The people had every “right” in this world to defend themselves against the systematic state-violence, build barricades on the streets, block highways and occupy local areas and roundabouts.

The forgotten and the invisible in Iran made themselves visible by starting fires. The fire to these people is the yellow vest to the French surplus population and proletarians. Both give voice to the voiceless. While the BBC Persian TV and reactionary loyalist media (Iran International, Manoto etc.) prescribe the liberal doctrine of “peaceful, civil protest,” the Iranian youth are self-conscious of the fact that “a people without hate cannot triumph,” that “material force must be overthrown by material force,” and that they have the right to legitimately defend themselves against the state violence systematically aimed at killing the citizens.

“Enough is enough” is the message of the people in the Global South and beyond. As students have chanted in one of Tehran’s universities, “the people are fed up, enough with slavery.” Like our sisters and brothers in Iraq and Lebanon, the Iranian people are absolutely fed up with the authoritarian capitalism reducing their lives to a mere vegetable existence, the systematic corruption intrinsic to mafia capitalism, and the sub-imperialism of the Islamic Republic in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen and the region as a whole.

They are not only opposing the tripling of the fuel price but the Islamic Republic in its entirety. No other slogan, chanted by our comrades in Lebanon, can better express the spirit of struggles in the current conjuncture: “All means all” (كلن يعني كلن).

The ruling class has responded to this radical, practical negation of all existing powers with an iron fist. The systematic violence employed by the Islamic Republic to paralyze the uprising is unprecedented in scale and intensity. The authorities have completely shut down the internet for four successive days, transforming the country into a big black box, slaughtering the people with impunity. According to Amnesty International, hundreds have been injured, thousands arrested, and “at least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed,” although “the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200.”

There are many videos showing the police shooting demonstrators in the head and chest — as we observed before in the case of Iraq. This happened mainly in the Kurdish and Arab provinces whose discriminated people are once again at the very forefront of the uprising and have paid the highest price.

The Islamic Republic has been successful so far in achieving its goals. They have seized the opportunity provided by the US sanctions to realize their neoliberal dreams in order to be able to both recover the current budget deficit and increase their military operations in the region. To do so, they have shut down the internet by virtue of which they have brutally slaughtered their opponents. Internationally speaking, there has been no specific media coverage, no international condemnation of the state repression, and very little solidarity from the global left — in other words, the bloodbath is carried out in silence. This is possible because, while the oppressed classes in Iran and the Middle East have no illusion about the “anti-imperialist” role of the Islamic Republic, many on the left still believe in the ideological self-representation of the regime as an anti-imperialist force standing against the US and its regional allies.

The left needs to learn from the oppressed classes to simultaneously oppose US imperialism (especially US sanctions) and the Islamic Republic’s interventions in the region.

We, the undersigned academics and militants, urge the global left to break its silence and express its solidarity with the people of Iran and their resistance.

It is pointless for us to demand anything from the Islamic Republic, but we will demand from our comrades and progressive forces all over the world to be — in any possible form — the voice of the oppressed people in Iran suffocated by the forced isolation. We also call on the international left to condemn the atrocities of the regime against its own people.

Finally, we stand in solidarity with the Iranian protesters who are reclaiming their dignity by refusing austerity, authoritarianism, militarization of society, as well as any other form of domination that stifles their autonomy and freedom.

The Indigenous Mapuche community of Winka Railao declare their commitment to continue their process of territorial recuperation from the forestry company, Arauco.

Voices in Movement

The Mapuche community of Winka Railao, Lautaro, in the territory of Muko, direct the following to the Mapuche and Chilean people:

Kiñe: On sunday, October 27, different representatives of the Pu Lof of the Wenteche (valley) territory gathered on the land usurped from us by the company, Arauco.

In this Txawün (reunion), we reaffirmed our commitment to the process of territorial recuperation that we began a few weeks ago. The goal is to recuperate the space in order to care for it. There, we will be able to produce the sustenance that we need in order to live on the land and to produce a space that will also serve future generations.

Epu: Reinforcing the unity between communities, we will be able to advance and reconstruct ourselves as Mapuche people. We thus encourage other Pu Lof to advance along this line, to shed their fear and to take charge of their destiny. This is what we can be and what we can do as Mapuche. Defend a forest, a winkul (hill), a river and recuperate the land in order to heal it. That is what motivates us to move forward. There is our Feyentun, there we are Mapuche. That is why we exist.

Küla: We also want to speak to the process that the Chilean people have begun and we send them a fraternal salute. The enemy that we both face is greedy, very evil and hardly human. That enemy is capable of doing anything in order to maintain the system of oppression intact, as has already been seen with the deaths that both the Chilean and Mapuche people have experienced.

We urge you all not to be confused, to not allow yourselves to be manipulated in your understanding of our just struggle. We encourage you all to have dignity, to think about those who will come. We encourage that you include in your demands the necessity to protect the natural world today, which is under threat and only defended by few. It is the earth we share, the one from which we were born, and it is the only one we have.

Melo: We know that Ñuke Mapu (Mother Earth) and the Pue Ngen (spirits of Mother Earth) accompany us in this process. We will continue with confidence.

Petuy mogeleiñ Pu Mapuche. Nentuaiñ Taiñ Mapu, Weuwaiñ.

Pewü Küyen, Wenteche Ñi Mapu

October 2019

Original in Spanish: http://www.mapuexpress.org/?p=29016

Political Prisoner Tamara Sol Has Been Freed After Over Five Years in Prison

Voices in Movement

Compañera Tamara Sol has been granted parole after over five long years of prison, punishment and various transfers. This time, the compañera has left the Llanahue extermination center in Valdivia.

Let us remember that on January 21, 2014, the compañera was detained after shooting at a security guard at the State Bank in an act of revenge for the death of the anarchist compañero Sebastián Overluji. In February 2015, the compañera was condemned to seven years and 61 days in prison. Since then, she began a journey through prison with countless transfers and acts of punishment until arriving at last in the southern prison of Llancahue, known for torture and abuse. At that moment, she began the battle for “conditional freedom,” in spite of the continuous rejections on part of the jailers.

Today Tamara Sol is back in the streets…Joy and strength for her, her family and her close friends in the new pathways that open outside of the bars, locks and surveillance cameras.

Original in Spanish:

Indigenous Mapuche Community of Pancho Marivil Dos Continue Territorial Recuperation (Wallmapu, Chile)

Voices in Movement

This communique comes from the Indigenous Mapuche community of Pancho Marivil Dos, who are in the process of recuperating their ancestral territories on the outskirts of the city of Labranza, Chile.

September 28, 2019

The community of Pancho Marivil Dos is once again entering the estate, “La Montaña,” usurped by the settler, Jaime Muro Cuadra. Currently the community is exercising their right to their traditional territories, carrying out a process of ancestral territorial recuperation. The community has the duty and necessity to recuperate the territory, to continue being Mapuche. If they do not, large land owners will negotiate with construction companies and will begin urbanizing the territory adjacent to the communities. These territories, on the outskirts of the city of Labranza, a few kilometers from Temuco, are already overcrowded. The Mapuche people are losing their life based on the land due to the expansion of cement, pollution, smog, noise and all the other things of which the city entails. This includes the loss of the countryside, along with the loss of sacred spaces like the ancient cemetery where our Kuifi rest. Thus, the community is obligated to carry out the recuperation of their ancestral territory, to give continuity to Mapuche life in the countryside. On the land, with the nguilaltuwe, paliwe, orchards, farms, animals and hills. We must take care of the environment at all costs against the intervention of the capitalist and large landowning companies that profit, exploit and deteriorate Mapuche territory.

We make a call to everyone to be attentive to the development of this process of recuperation and reconstruction of the Mapuche Mongen. During recent months, there have been grave episodes of repression against the Peñi and Lamgen who are exercising their right to their ancestral territory through legitimate struggle.

Support, show solidarity, accompany, struggle, resist and recuperate! For the continuation and development of the weychen all over Wallmapu!!!!

With this communique we want to make clear that the community of Pancho Marivil Dos will not compromise before false proposals and negotiations on part of the business sector.

Out with the large landowners!

Out with forestry, real estate, hydroelectric plans and all projects that seek to take our Wallmapu.

Freedom to all of the Mapuche political prisoners. Wewaiñ!

Original in Spanish: https://radiokurruf.org/2019/09/28/comunicado-comunidad-pancho-marivil-dos-reingresa-a-fundo-la-montana-de-labranza/

Chile: The Santiago Anarchist Federation is born

We are part of the last 20 years of recomposition of social and organized anarchism, a time that has been marked by the understanding of the need for a political organization and the importance of insertion in the different struggles of the dominated class.

The creation of this Federation seeks, from humility, but with great conviction, to demonstrate that the specific anarchism in the Chilean region has not died and that today more than ever, our political project must be positioned as an alternative against this system of capitalist domination and patriarchal. That is why, for us and us today is a historic day, since we feel that we are an expression of organized anarchism more than from the end of the 19th century until today, to seek to contribute to the most felt struggles of the peoples with The influence of your ideas and practices.

We live a historical period marked by a social and ecological crisis caused by the exacerbation of extractivism, the dispossession of the territories and the control of the bodies by the system of domination. This scenario poses new challenges for anarchism.

Understanding the system of domination and relations of domination to expand the fields of insertion in popular struggles, becomes a key point. If there are different areas of domination, any class expression of struggle against this is a fertile field for anarchism and this is essential to get out of the idea that raises privileged places for organization over others. This system, which exerts power and coercion through relations of domination, for us and us has two fundamental pillars: patriarchal domination and capitalist domination and the effects of its overlap are those that are currently manifested in society.

Under this analysis we think of our strategy of rupture, being clear that there is no domination over another, but that they operate depending on the historical context in which they are framed, in a perspective that prioritizes the non-fragmentation of oppressions. In this way racism, (hetero) sexism and classism are oppressions that operate simultaneously, coexist and are consubstantial, overlap.

Faced with this, we propose strategic elements such as de-patriarization, decolonization, federalism and revolutionary self-management as an alternative for the destruction of the patriarchal-capitalist system of domination and its colonial strategy and the construction of a revolutionary, federal self-managed society that eliminates classes social, gender mandates and racial divisions, where the community, the ecological and feminist will be our horizon of life.

The current political situation, marked by a repressive context expressed, for example, in the migrant law, safe classroom, reformulation of the anti-terrorism law, militarization and implementation of states of exception, this added to the severance of social rights, with the reform of pensions, tax reform (which seeks to maintain profit rates in the context of economic crisis), the progress of the neoliberal offensive in health, housing, education and the easing of environmental legislation. In economic terms, the precariousness of life becomes of strategic importance in the perspective of the patriarchy / capital-life conflict, with an extreme liberalization marked by the signing of treaties such as TPP 11-TLC – APEC, hyperdebtedness (falling wages real) and the economic slowdown. In the social,

LONG LIVE SOCIAL AND ORGANIZED ANARCHISM!

TO STRENGTHEN THE LATIN AMERICAN SPECIFIC STRATEGY!

UP THOSE AND THOSE WHO FIGHT !!
SANTIAGO ANARCHIST FEDERATION

https://www.anarkismo.net/article/3149

Communiqué From Mapuche Political Prisoners (Temuco, Chile)


This communiqué comes from the Indigenous Mapuche political prisoners in Temuco, Chile, who continue demanding the recognition of their cultural and political rights inside prison. The original communiqué in Spanish was published by Publicacion Refractario and can be found here.

We, the Mapuche political prisoners in Temuco, communicate the following to the national and international public, and to our Mapuche people:

 

    1. Our principal and absolute demand will always be freedom for all of the Mapuche political prisoners.
    2. In spite of the multiple efforts that we have carried out to generate dialogue with the Gendarmerie, with the intention to advance toward attaining our political and cultural rights inside of the prison, they continue to be violated and negated by the prison administration and its various authorities.

These political and cultural rights are related most directly to the following short-term demands regarding our prison situation:

 

    1. The implementation of protocols for mass visits three times a year.
    2. The free spiritual exercise of the Mapuche prisoners once a month.
    3. The ability to carry out workshops on Mapuche language and culture without segregation between the accused and the convicted once a week.
    4. The increase in the number of family or general visits to 20 people per inmate.
    5. Access to intercultural or occidental healthcare according to the situation.
    6. The ability to play sports together, the accused and the convicted.

In addition, the following medium-term demands:

 

    1. Modification of Decree 518 to consider the demand and cultural approaches of the Mapuche political prisoners and of all the Indigenous peoples deprived of their freedom.
    2. Exclusive modules for Mapuche prisoners.
    3. Transfer of the convicted Mapuche political prisoners to the Center of Education and Work (CET).

 

Freedom now to all of the Mapuche political prisoners!!

Accused and Convicted Political Prisoners for the Mapuche Cause

Temuco Prison

May 6th, 2019