Kategorie: Lateinamerika

Henceforth we document a (unofficial) translation of a statement released by our Mexican comrades only days ago in the face of seven arrest warrants that have been issued in Oaxaca against members of the trade union movement and of Sol Rojo.
 
General Alert due to arrest warrants against SolRojistas

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Comrades from Ecuador published several statements in early August on the struggle of the masses in this oppressed nation. Since it is a semi-feudal and semi-colonial country in which the main force of the democratic revolution is the poor peasants, the peasants' struggle for their land is also one of the main struggles. In a statement of August 10, the comrades explain the situation of manual mining. There are of 4600 people working there 65% farmers who have undertaken this work instead of their small fields. A prerequisite for this mining is that the land be taken from the poor and middle peasants, for example in the provinces of El Carchi, Esmeraldas and Imbabura in northern Ecuador, where gold is sought. The whole thing is due to the presence of paramilitary troops, who often have connections to the police or military, who are there repressing people. The comrades declare: The rebellion is justified ! No more land for transnational mining companies, landowners and paramilitaries! The land to the poor peasants!

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On 26 July, a demonstration was held in Bogotá on the Plaza de Bolívar. Thousands participated in the demo, which was accompanied by police in armored vehicles. The demonstration denounced the assassination of fighters of the people, with two groups standing out. For one, the group of bureaucratic leaders of the unions and the broad bank of opportunists who in a few weeks will legitimize the state with their elections that trotted behind the demo.

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In the Brazilian Amazon isso much forest cleared as never before. Compared to the last two years, the cleared area has quadrupled per month.

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On Monday, Ecuador’s town of Quito came to a standstill when workers employed in the healthcare sector took to the streets and blocked the major traffic ways in and out of the city. Their actions are a response to the continuing dismissals of workers in healthcare and the incapability of the government to provide even the most basic necessities for the people of the country.

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In the last days, several important events have taken place in Peru, underscoring the continuing sharpening of the contradictions and class struggle in this country.
On 3 August - as previously announced - the first Extraordinary Assembly of SUTEP Regional Councils took place in Lima. Here are the photos of the event:

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The following is a (unofficial) translation of an interview published in the 83rd issue of the newspaper El Pueblo in August 2019 with the Chilean music, dance and theater ensemble “La Ventolera” [Eng.: “The gust of wind”]. It has a particular focus on the class principles and democratic values within culture.

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On July 31, residents of the Complexo da Maré in Rio de Janeiro's North Zone, lived another day of terror and fear at the hands of the Witzel government's repressive troops. Early on, agents from BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais), SHOCK and the 22nd battalion stormed several favelas in the compound, firing at random from armored vehicles and helicopters. Under a rain of heavy caliber shots, locals reported on social networks the moments of panic they experienced during the day.

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The comrades in Mexico published a Video with impressions of Guelaguetza (from the zapoteco del Istmo, its correct denomination is guendalizaa, which means "fraternity, brotherhood". Its origin dates from the celebration to the goddess Centéotl, goddess of corn, and was carried out since before the Spanish conquest, but also in the interest to unify the original peoples around the corn cycle, which is accompanied by the cycle of The rain.), a big cultural annual event in Oaxaca. The background to these impressions is the insurrection against the comercialization of this event in 2006, which had as a result two Guelaguetza. On one side, the official and government version (commercial and prostitute) which is promoted by the state government in collusion with the various factions of the local bourgeoisie and the financial oligarchy. This could not take place in 2006, where the people boycotted it alltogether.

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On this weekend, this first Convention will take place in Lima. There the defense of SUTEP will be discussed, since a small group in service of the big bourgeois and landowners try to destroy it, while ignoring the statutes of SUTEP. They betrayed the teachers in the middle of the 2017 strike. 

This group appears as „SUTE Provincial de Barranca“, with several persons seen on this image: Reinaldo Castillo (Patria Roja) on the banner, and Pacheco, Chang Escalante (Movadef), Victoriano Escudero (Movadef) amonst others.

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