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Joint Statement by CGT, Solidaridad Obrera and CNT About the Situation in Catalonia

As signatory organizations, unions at state level, we share our concern about the situation in Catalonia, the repression that the state has unleashed, including the diminution of rights and freedoms and the rise of a stale nationalism which is appearing again in much of the state.

We defend the emancipation of all the working people of Catalonia and the rest of the world. Perhaps, in this context, it is necessary to remember that we do not understand the right to self-determination in a statist way, as nationalist parties and organizations proclaim, but as the right to self-organization of our class in a given territory. Thus understood, self-determination passes more by control of production and consumption by workers and by direct democracy from the bottom up, organized according to federalist principles, than by the establishment of a new frontier or the creation of a new state.

As internationalists, we understand that solidarity among working people should not be limited to state borders, so we are not really concerned where these are drawn. What we do find very disturbing is the reaction that is being experienced in many parts of the rest of the State, with the enthusiasm for a stale Spanish state, which is more reminiscent of past times, brewed by the media and in line with the authoritarian drift of the government, notable after the imprisonment of persons for summoning acts of disobedience or the application of article 155 of the Constitution. We do not forget that this nationalist outbreak lays the groundwork for further cuts in rights and freedoms which we must be prevent. The shameful unity of so-called “democratic forces” in justifying repression shows a gloomy picture for all future dissents. It seems that the post-Franco regime that governs us for 40 years, close its ranks to ensure its continuity.

This regime, which has existed and exists in Catalonia as well as in the rest of Spain, feels that its own survival is at stake. Questioned extensively and plunged into a deep crisis of legitimacy, it is alarmed because of the accumulation of open fronts. The threat to the territorial integrity of the state is compounded by corruption scandals, the monarchy’s stigmatization, the questioning of (bank) rescues and cuts that have been applied to the population, discontent with slavery in the workplace derived from the last labor reforms, the extension of retirement age and the economic reduction of pensions, etc. The constant calls to defend the constitution must be understood as foul to rebate and deal with this true existential crisis that besieges the state. The danger is that in the process, repressive behaviors such as those seen recently in many Catalan cities will be sanctioned and become standard. The worst …

Obviously, we do not know in what sense the events will decant. We will remain attentive to what happens, ready to defend the interests of working people throughout the State. We will oppose the repression and the normalization of right-of-way attitudes, which are already perceived, with all our forces. Of course, we will not allow ourselves to be used by the strategies of political parties whose objectives are extraneous to us. At the same time, we will not stop encouraging the mobilizations of the working class when they finally decide that the time has come to shake off the dictatorship of political and economic elites who have spent too long managing the territory to serve exclusively their own interests. As trade union organizations, libertarian and combative, we will be on the streets, in the mobilizations, as we have shown on many occasions, against repression, cuts in rights and freedoms and against corruption.

The Catalan crisis may be the brink of a dying state model. Whether this change is in one sense or another will depend on our ability, as a class, to take the process in the opposite direction of repression and the rise of nationalisms. Let us hope that the final result will be more freedoms and rights and not the other way around. We risk a lot.

FOR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS! AGAINST REPRESSION OF WORKING CLASSES!

CGT – Solidaridad Obrera – CNT, October 26, 2017.

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THE PLAQUES PROJECT IS STARTING… on FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER. (Night before London Bookfair)

The Plaques Project is starting…
We have decided to mark some of the places where officers from the Special Demonstration Squad and other undercover units spied on us, and our movements for change, over the years.
We will be putting plaques up at various sites around London.
We’re starting on Friday 27th October.

Meet us at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Rd, Euston NW1 1HB for a drink and some reminiscing at 5.30pm.
We’ll be moving off at 6pm sharp for a quick tour around some places of interest in the local area.

We aim to reach Housmans bookshop for an unveiling and launch event at 7.30pm.

Please come dressed as a ghost (bed-sheet style) if you can.

For more information about current campaigning vs undercover policing, check out:

Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance http://campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com/

Undercover Research Group http://undercoverresearch.net/

Police Spies Out of Lives https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/

The Network for Police Monitoring https://netpol.org/

There will be a meeting on the subject at the Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday 28 October, from 4-6pm. The bookfair is held at Park View School, West Green Road, London, N15 3QR .http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk/
Also on the 28th, United Friends and Families Campaign hold their annual march and rally commemorating deaths in custody. Starts at 12 noon at Trafalgar Square.

Solidarity demo, Cardiff Crown Court, Monday 23rd October, 2pm.

Cardiff Crown Court, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3PG.

We are calling for support and solidarity for a good comrade and tireless anti arms trade activist who is on trial for direct action against the Cardiff arms fair. This woman could not stand by while arms dealers furthered their profits by marketing mass murder. Instead of acceptance she chose resistance and did all that she could to disrupt the death dealers. She is very clear that her actions were necessary to prevent greater crimes but the judge has ruled that such a defence is not admissible. Evidently they won’t allow their courts to be used as a means to turn the tables and put the arms industry on trial. Now our comrade faces prison as the state seeks to make an example of her and discipline us all. It is crucial we stand together. Join the demonstration to show that she is not alone. Bring banners, placards and noise. Solidarity is our weapon and our best defence.

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability (DPRTE) took place at the Motorpoint arena on 28th March this year. It is an opportunity for the arms industry and government representatives to conduct their murderous “business as usual”, leading to the arming of brutal regimes everywhere with all the latest tools for repression and wars. It was forced to move from Bristol in 2014 as a result of determined demos and actions and activists in Cardiff and beyond are aiming to do the same there. Get involved and help shut them down next year!

Protest Unoliaeth, Llys y Goron Caerdydd Parc Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3PG Dydd Llun y 23ydd o Hydref 2pm

Rydym yn galw am gefnogaeth a unoliaeth i gymrodor da ac ymgyrchydd diflino sydd yn y cwrt am weithredu’n uniongyrchol yn erbyn Ffair Arfau Caerdydd. Ni all hon sefyll yn ddiymadferth tra bod y sawl sydd yn prynu a gwertu arfau yn pellhau eu elw gan farchnata ladd ar raddfa ddiwydianol. Yn lle derbyn y sefyllfa fe dewisiodd hi i frwydro nol a gwneud popeth yn ei gallu i ymyrryd ar waith y sawl sydd yn elwa o’r diwydiant arfau. Y mae hon yn glir iawn bod ei gweithredoedd yn angenrheidiol i atal troseddau gwaeth ond fe wnaeth y barnwr benderfynnu bod y fath amddiffyniad ddim i’w glywed. Nid ydynt yn barod i ddefnyddio’r llysoedd i rhoi y diwydiant arfau yn y doc. Nawr y mae i’n gwynebu carchar tra bo’r wladwriaeth yn ceisio gwneud esiampl ohoni a dysgu gwers i ni i gyd. Mae’n hanfodol ein bod yn cyd-sefyll. Ymunwc y brotest i ddangos nad ydi hi ar pen ei hunain Dewch a banneri, placardiau a swn. Unoliaeth yw ein harf ni ac ein amddiffyniad pennaf.

Cynhalwyd yr “Defence Procurement, Research, Technology and Exportability” (DPRTE) yn arena y Motorpoint ar y 28fed o Fawrth y flwyddyn hon. Mae’n gyfle i’r diwydiant arfau a chynryciolwyr o’r llywodraeth gynnal eu diwydiant ffiaidd, yn hwyluso diwydiant sydd yn arfu gladwriaethau sydd yn lladd eu pobl gyda’r teclynau diweddaraf ar gyfer gorthwm a rhyfel. Cafodd y ffair arfau ei orfodi o Fryste yn 2014 ar ol protestidau a gweithredoedd chwyrn a mae ymgyrchwyr yng Ngaerdydd a thu hwnt yn ceisio gwneud yr un peth. Ymunwch a’r ymgyrch i gau’r ffair arfau yma y flwyddyn nesaf!

Action Alert! Freedom for Hassan Khan

15 years ago Hassan Khan (Prisoner Number: A1187AK) was convicted of robbery and got a “two strikes” sentence – a mandatory life sentence for people convicted of a second serious sexual or violent offence. This sentence carried a 4 year 166 days minimum tariff but he has been inside for 15 years.

He grew up in care in Birmingham and has a Pashtun Father and a Welsh Mother. He had a very troubled childhood with his problems with the law starting at 8 years old. He sued West Midlands Police, having been framed by them and was awarded £23,000 damages. Not long after winning this case he was set up a second time by a corrupt police officer who planted evidence on a crime scene setting him up for a robbery he didn’t commit.

A close relative of Hassan’s stated that:

The system has never forgiven Hassan for exposing, through a landmark case, a corrupt West Midlands Serious Crime Squad as liars, falsifying statements and tampering with vital evidence. This eventually led to many innocent people, like the Birmingham 6 for example to be released. The ‘brotherhood’ within the judicial, legal and police system has never forgiven him for that.”

Hassan has spent 15 years behind bars this November. He faces an impossible situation – his security file in his parole dossier, that will be used to make the decision to release him or not, is full of racist lies alleging he is connected to Muslim gangs, Isis, and dealing drugs and phones. These lies are complete nonsense and the prison won’t even tell Hassan where this “intelligence” came from. Hassan has no way of challenging their racialised accusations against him.

He has 4 grown up sons in north Wales and desperately wants to be part of their lives. His mental health has deteriorated to the point he wants to give up hope but he has kept his resolve and has undertaken several lengthy hunger strikes to protest about his situation. Hassan needs to be released immediately to a hostel or his friend’s house in North Wales so that this 63 year man can try and salvage his relationship with the children he has missed growing up due to the corruption of the racist West Midlands Police. This is our campaign goal and we are asking people to contact HMP Gartree where he is imprisoned.

These are the Guardian articles outlining the way he was set up – twice.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/jun/01/hassan-khan-miscarriage-police-set-up

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/nov/04/sunglasses-armed-robbery-missing

Why Hassan needs us to take action:

Hassan has a parole hearing coming up on the 19th of October. Despite him doing his best to comply with the prison system his security file that the parole board will read is full of racialised lies about him because of his ethnic background and because he is a practicing Muslim.  He cannot progress through his sentence when coming up against the lies like this – especially in the current political climate. Hassan belongs with his family in north Wales. He wants to go and live with his friend who is in poor health and support him.

Life in prison is taking its toll on Hassan – he has written an autobiography called “A Wasted life.” which the IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee are hoping to publish as a booklet.

Hassan needs us to act NOW! His parole is imminent (on the 19th of October) and this will be the only chance to set him free in the next 2 years. He has been considering that if he does not get parole he will undertake a hunger strike until death.

What you can do:

You can only write by letter – and all letters need to be received by the 17th of October, please post your letters to arrive by this date.

Write or email to the Governor of HMP Gartree voicing your concerns about his situation and that he should be released. You can find a template below but we recommend you put this into your own words if possible as it will have much more of an impact. Please let the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee know if you’ve written to them so we know people are responding and fighting for Hassan.

Address: Gallow Field Road,

Market Harborough,

Leicestershire,

LE16 7RP

Dear Ali Barker

I am writing to express my deep concern about prisoner Hassan Khan who is currently in HMP Gartree. He is a “2 strikes” prisoner over a decade over tariff, with a parole hearing coming up on the 19th of October.

It has emerged that his security file is littered with Islamophobic and rascist lies. It is a travesty that someone like Mr Khan who is in prison with his case now at appeal centring on allegations of police corruption, and that now, after 15 years in prison – over 10 years over his original tariff is being obstructed in the progression of his sentence by these baseless accusations. This is having serious consequences for Hassan’s friends, family and Mr Khan himself. These false statements are likely to be obstructing Hassan’s progression in his sentence.

He is serving an indeterminate sentence and denying him a fair hearing is literally putting his life in danger, him having peacefully protested in the past with several hunger strikes at the injustice of his situation, not to mention this having a knock on effect on his progression.

I ask with urgency for you to investigate why Hassan’s security file is full of these utter lies and for the officer(s) alleging these things against him to be investigated for a form of institutional racial abuse

Hassan has several friends and members of his family supportive of him coming home. I look forward to your written response confirming that you will take action to put Mr Khan on the right path to a life outside of prison.

Yours sincerely,

xxxxxxx

Call-out for Demonstration at the Home Office tomorrow (Friday 29th Sept): Give us Our Files!

Join us to demonstrate at the Home Office this Friday, 29th September:

Give us our files! Release the cover names! (And the list of over 1000 groups spied upon by the Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit….)

Stand in solidarity with those spied upon by abusive undercover #spycops units

Outside the Home Office in Marsham Street SW1 – between 9-10am…

…and again between 4-5.30pm. (We may visit other places in between – call or text us on 0759 869 7591 to find us during the day)

We aim to go in the morning and demand our Special Branch files, giving them till 4.00 that afternoon to hand them over. After years of revelations about undercover police spying on us, they have had enough time. We’ve had enough of police cover-ups, lies and delays to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

We want to know who spied on us, what information they have collected, the groups and movements they have targeted and the people they have abused/miscarriages of justice they have colluded in.

“No More Delay! Give us our Files Today!”