A third communiqué from Chile sent to us by comrades there, late on Oct. 30th, 2019. We reproduce these texts so that their content can inspire us in places either in revolt, or still on the cusp of it. The original Spanish-language .pdf & .pngs follow. The initial text before the line break was included in the email which is not included on the original .pdf or .pngs. The following is our translation.
Continue reading ➞ 3rd Evade Chile 2019 Communiqué: From the battle front, we still stand!
Another communiqué from Chile sent to us by comrades there on Oct. 30th, 2019. The original Spanish-language .pdf & .pngs follow.
We’ve heard it repeated like a mantra: “We have to return to normality.” But their damn normality is the normality of a slow death. When the State is incarcerating us or shooting at us; regulating the way the rich poison the valleys, dry the rivers, destroy the seabed, clear-cut the forests, torture animals, etc. The system of exploitation which we rise up against also exploits the natural world!
Continue reading ➞ 2nd Evade Chile 2019 Communiqué: This Will Not Stop
A communiqué from Chile sent to us by comrades there on Oct. 29th, 2019. The translation is their own, but we edited a bit. The original Spanish-language .pdf & .pngs follow.
THE RIGHT TO LIVE IS NOT BEGGED FOR, IT IS TAKEN!
While drinking tea with a group of old fascists ladies, the fifth biggest Chilean millionaire thief (with a fortune of US$2.8 million),@[the Chilean president] Piñera, gives us his paternal after-dinner sermon:
“Yesterday, I announced that we are in full swing with a process of@normalization to confront the emergency situation that we have@experienced and known in recent days. This is due not to the peaceful demonstrations of people, it is due to the action of small, organized, violent groups, which have caused a gigantic damage (…) this is against them, not against humble people, or peaceful people, or people who want to protest or manifest their discontent. Therefore, in order to quickly and successfully implement this process of normalization, which means reducing and lifting curfews and lifting the state of emergency, we need to achieve the safeguarding of public order, the protection of people security, the respect of human rights and also to ensure the freedom and the right of people to mobilize, to go to work, to go toschool, to make their lives worthwhile. (…) In order to achieve all of this our government will continue fighting, with all the instruments that democracy bestows us —the legitimate instruments of democracy —, these groups of violent people that with total bad will have caused so much damage to so many Chileans and so many of them humble people.”
Continue reading ➞ 1st Evade Chile 2019 Communiqué: On Piñera’s crumbs
A recent wave of protest activity against climate change, and general environmental degradation, has been seen around the world. But curiously open revolt around the world has not centered around climate change itself, but rather around circulation struggles: the name for struggles that occur beyond the point of production; i.e. around the distribution or consumption of commodities. These struggles largely have revolved around the price of a commodity which is directly linked to climate change: petroleum.
Continue reading ➞ Prole Wave: climate change, circulation struggles & the communist horizon
Published today (Oct. 21st) by Agitación Inmanente, ultra-left comrades in Chile. What follows is our quick translation (a few typos may appear which we’ll be editing. Hit refresh!).
The revolt generalizes despite brutal State repression: this Monday, Oct. 21st, we go on a strike against everything.
It’s been a week since the Santiago Metro fare reached the astronomical price of $830 [Chilean pesos] and the uncontrollable student youth proletarians – which bears the virtue of negating this world through practice, avoiding any type of dialogue with power – launched an offensive calling on a “massive [fare] evasion” which self-organized a massive disobedience movement, that had from its inception the sympathy of many in our class, since this mode of collective transportation is used by at least 3 million people everyday. The State responded by deploying hundreds of special forces police to protect stations which provoked clashes within the system of subterranean trains, leaving hundreds injured and arrested. On Oct. 18th there was a rupture: in the middle of a new day of protest against the fare hikes, there began a total shutdown around 3PM, one by one, of the Metro Santiago lines which provoked a collapse hitherto unseen in the metropolitan urban transport. On that day the spark began and the proletarian class demonstrated its power, when thousands of people took the streets, overwhelming the repressive forces and participated in large riots in the city-center that exceeded any expectations. The ENEL corporate building (an electrical company that operates in Chile) burned in flames and various Metro stations met the same fate. Capital & the State showed their true face to the population, declaring a “State of Emergency,” which brought out the military to the streets, for the first time since the end of the Dictatorship as part of the social conflict.
Continue reading ➞ Chile: The revolt generalizes
This text was published Oct. 19 on the website of Agitición Inmanente, an ultra-left project from so-called Chile. What follows is our translation.
Yesterday’s events, on Oct. 18th, opened up a Pandora’s Box of proletarian insurrection in Chile. From here on out it’s impossible to know what will take place. The proletariat is in the streets and neither the military ,or the cops can stop its decentralized and anarchic emergence. There are barricades and casserole-protests in all parts of the city. The fare hike has shown itself to be the tip of the iceberg, but really every knew deep down that this was all a time bomb. The unbearable precaritization of life, a drought which only grows worse, the cost of living reaching insulting levels, so that 80% of the population lives in debt and pensions have shown themselves to be a historical fraud. Undoubtedly the insurrection in Ecuador was a trigger for the great amounts of angry people who identified with our siblings to the north. There are more than enough motives.
Continue reading ➞ Report from the proletarian revolt in Santiago
The following is an opinion piece by an Ecuadorian, Joseph SP, viewing the events in their country. It was originally published on Oct. 8th, 2019 on Indymedia Ecuador. What follows is our translation. Note, throughout the writer makes use of the gender neutral -x.
CW: mentions of homophobia & domestic violence.
I almost never post on social networks, but today I cannot stop thinking about the turbulent social conditions which we live in today in [Ecuador] and the way they affect my life. Some on social networks have made calls for PEACE and calm, clamoring because of the paralyzation brought by mobilizations of the most dispossessed sectors of society: the indigenous, the peasants, women and students. With hashtags like #EcuadorPaísDePaz [tr. Ecuador country of peace] we would be made to believe that PEACE is something that was always present and that “some” have come to break and vandalize it. Nonetheless, it’s impossible for me to imagine if I have every really known PEACE and if others in the same boat have known PEACE before all these protests. Do I really know PEACE? Who knows PEACE? What is PEACE really?
Continue reading ➞ Who Speaks of Peace? Reflections on the latest events in [Ecuador]
The following is a translation of a text by Proletarios Revolucionarios, an ultra-left group out of Quito, Ecuador. Though the group dissolved in 2016, they offer us this analysis published on Oct. 2nd, 2019. The original Spanish-language text can be found here.
The recent economic measures by the Ecuadorian government are austerity measures used in times of capitalist crisis, which have been applied by right-wing, “neo-liberal,” left-wing and “21st c. socialist” governments the world over, because they are bound by the same logic of capitalist production, which lives on the exploitation of the working-class. In fact, in times of crisis, Capital always applies the same economic policy everywhere against our class: time to tighten belts or there will be greater impoverishment or an increase in exploitation.
Continue reading ➞ Brief Analysis on the “Paquetazo” and the Coming Protests in [Ecuador] from a Radical Critique