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Oct 1 2017 18:16

Any forthcoming English translations of these?

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Oct 1 2017 18:50

I'll keep you posted

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Oct 1 2017 20:49

Report in Catalan saying that the CCOO and UGT are now going to take part in the general strike on 3 October.

https://agenciauo.org/ccoo-ugt-omnium-lanc-se-sumen-convocatoria-vaga-general-3-doctubre/

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Oct 1 2017 22:02

Interesting scenario that opens for the libertarian movement in Catalonia, have been supporting against the repression since the minute 0, have been in the mobilizations too, winning many supports and have presented their agenda.

Now to that agenda is added CCOO AND UGT in case the hands of the call and ANC to try to take the merits.

We see also that the groups with more weight and more organized of the Catalan libertarian movement have been coordinated for the first time all together with a joint declaration of intentions.

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TRIEM LLUITAR, EL 3 D’OCTUBRE TOTES I TOTS A LA VAGA GENERAL

Enviat per Sec. Premsa el Sab, 30/09/2017

Els sindicats, organitzacions i col·lectius aquí firmants volem comunicar a les treballadores i al conjunt de les classes populars el nostre posicionament davant els diferents esdeveniments que s’estan produint els darrers dies als carrers de les nostres ciutats i pobles.

Des de fa uns anys hem vist com s’aprofita l’escalada de tensions d’un conflicte, ja històric, per anar tallant els drets fonamentals de la població. Venim d’una tradició sindical i política que històricament ha defensat els drets i les llibertats de la classe oprimida i que ha pres els carrers quan ha calgut lluitar per arrabassar al poder tot allò que ens permeti ser protagonistes del nostre present i futur.

Com a llibertàries i part activa dels moviments sindical, popular i associatiu de Catalunya defensarem sempre el dret d’autodeterminació dels pobles – començant pel nostre. Ho entenem com un principi bàsic del confederalisme, per possibilitar la convivència humana en règim d’igualtat. Tenim clar que tota emancipació plena serà impossible sense el pas previ d’eliminació de l’estructura econòmica que la sustenta, el capitalisme. Mentre això no succeeixi, les condicions de vida de la classe treballadora seguiran sent esclafades per una oligarquia espanyola i catalana que van sempre del bracet per imposar contrareformes laborals i retallades de drets socials.

Tanmateix, volem denunciar la militarització i la repressió que estem patint per part de l’estat espanyol, que tot mostrant la seva cara més crua i autoritària, vol imposar la seva voluntat fins a les darreres conseqüències. Sempre hem estat en contra de qui ha militaritzat Catalunya – i qualsevol territori – per fer front a les grans protestes populars o tot anhel d’emancipació social.

Ens oposem a la repressió de l’estat perquè l’hem patida de forma sistemàtica i continuada en els nostres propis cossos, al carrer i a les empreses. Per això també volem denunciar la naturalesa repressiva de la mateixa Generalitat de Catalunya, la qual en els darrers anys, ha perseguit, colpejat, detingut i empresonat a totes aquelles que no han volgut mirar cap a una altra banda cada cop que els drets civils i humans del poble eren trepitjats. No oblidem la forma en què els mossos d’esquadra ens desallotjaven de Plaça Catalunya, empresonaven i denunciaven a sindicalistes, ens perseguien per participar a la mobilització que envoltava el parlament els dies en què es retallaven els nostres drets socials, o en què a través de macro operatius policials, ens detenien i empresonaven en les recents Operacions Pandora, o morts i mutilacions entre d’altres. Així doncs, no permetrem que ningú ens prengui el que és nostre, porti la bandera que porti.

Per a nosaltres, l’autodeterminació i emancipació dels nostres pobles, viles i ciutats no pot quedar-se solament en la decisió d’un marc territorial concret. La llibertat col·lectiva no serà possible sense l’acció decidida del poble i les treballadores enfront d’un Estat i d’unes elits polítiques que mantenen unes estructures antisocials, heteropatriarcals i opressives, que també estan defensades per alguns actors en l’anomenat sobiranisme català. L’autodeterminació i l’emancipació només seran possibles a través de l’acció insubmisa de les oprimides, que entenguin en aquest fet la defensa i millora de les seves condicions materials de vida. La socialització dels mitjans de producció, de la riquesa i l’eliminació de totes les formes d’opressió, com l’heteropatriarcat i les seves diferents estructures de poder tant explícites com implícites, la més àmplia llibertat de decisió i participació a través de -treure:[la democràcia] l’acció directa i l’autogestió serà el que ens farà realment lliures.

Així doncs, pensem que és el poble constituït com a subjecte polític i de classe, qui ha de servir de fonament per a qualsevol canvi social important i, per tant, celebrem l’extensió d’organitzacions populars de base per practicar desobediència i fer front al context autoritari existent. Volem que aquesta actitud de desobediència i enfrontament a l’autoritat vagi més enllà de la tessitura actual i s’adreci a totes les injustícies a les que estem sotmeses.

Per tot això, fem una crida a les treballadores de Catalunya a participar de les mobilitzacions en defensa dels nostres drets i llibertats, i de forma molt especial a participar de forma massiva de la vaga general convocada pel dia 3 d’octubre. Perquè l’esperit combatiu que recorre històricament aquest indret de la Terra no es doblegarà tan fàcilment, perquè som classe treballadora i volem decidir-ho tot, ara toca sortir al carrer, ara toca lluitar!

Firmen:

CGT Catalunya

Negres Tempestes

Embat, organització llibertària de Catalunya

Heura Negra, assemblea llibertària de Vallcarca

CNT Catalunya i Balears

Oca Negra, assemblea llibertària del Clot-Camp de l’Arpa

Solidaritat Obrera

A great lesson for all the libertarian movement that looked suspiciously at the footsteps of our Catalan partners and a great lesson, which teaches us that out of the struggles, scorning them and criticizing them without acting, anarchism has nothing to do.

I encourage the compas catatanes!

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Oct 1 2017 23:03

From the Guardian:

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More than 40 unions and associations in Catalonia have called a region-wide strike for Tuesday, after a major police crackdown on a banned independence referendum.

In a statement on Sunday, UGT and CCOO, Spain’s biggest unions, the Catalan national assembly (ANC), a powerful pro-independence civil association, and 41 other organisations called for a large-scale strike in protest against “the grave violation of rights and freedoms” today.

The statement continued:

"We call all society, on employers’ organisations, business owners, unions, workers, self-employed workers, institutions and all the citizens of Catalonia to stop the ‘country’ on Tuesday, October 3."

A longer report in Spanish:

http://www.eldiario.es/catalunya/trabajo/Taula-Democracia-convoca-Catalunya-miercoles_0_692581481.html

According to this report they're avoiding calling it a general strike:

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Existe entre los impulsores un gran interés en diferenciar el paro cívico de una huelga general, porque el mismo día 3 de octubre también está convocada una huelga general en Catalunya por parte de cuatro sindicatos, CGT; Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya (AIC), con fuerte implantación en el sector público y los sindicatos independentistas: COS e Intersindical-CSC.
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Oct 1 2017 23:21

The seperatists will lose. Paul Mason just showed up.

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Oct 2 2017 11:42

Unanimous decision by Coordinadora in Barcelona to take part in the general strike tomorrow.

https://mobile.twitter.com/CoordinadoraBCN/status/914812257850273792

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Oct 2 2017 14:29

If workers are unable to break free from bourgeois influence and strike out on an independent path based on a communist perspective then they will be tools for the Catalan bourgeoisie and then discarded after the bourgeois has won independence. The unions offer no way forward either what is needed is workers councils organisationally united.

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Oct 2 2017 14:35

The "Paro Civico" is also supported by the chamber of commerce.

This seems to be the first time that the radical unions have organized a general strike which the business unions are then tailing them on. Usually the business unions call a one-day strike and the radical unions try to intervene. All of the propaganda around the city, all of the meetings, all of the social media images etc. related to this strike have come from the radical unions. So it's going to be interesting to see how that plays out.

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Oct 2 2017 16:08

How does that play out? Uh, I think the fact that they've renamed the general strike a "civic stoppage" -supported by the chamber of commerce- might indicate who's been calling the shots all along and intends to go on doing so for the foreseeable future…

I just saw the Mossos de Esquadra (Catalan police) protecting the precinct of the Policía Nacional (State Police) in Via Laietana from demonstrators chanting "Out with the occupation forces!"…

So, my guess is that, in the main, inter-cop solidarity shall prevail, now that the Spanish state has done the Catalan bourgeoisie's dirty (and nation-building) work for it. Rajoy and Puigdemont need each other now more than ever, as each is the other's main justification.

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Oct 2 2017 17:07

Yeah, there was a one-day "general strike" in Czechoslovakia against the Stalinist regime in 1989. The people were told to strike by working "better than usual", i.e., the bakers would bake "better bread" etc. I don't mean to sound disparaging but with such a fetishized and mythicized thing as general strikes, what matters is always the content and implications for workers power, not the slogans or sentiments of "everyone united". I think that, paradoxically, a demobilizing general strike that is actually detrimental to workers is something that is very real.

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Oct 2 2017 17:39
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How does that play out? Uh, I think the fact that they've renamed the general strike a "civic stoppage" -supported by the chamber of commerce- might indicate who's been calling the shots all along and intends to go on doing so for the foreseeable future…

So your solution is to never fight for hegemony?

Can you point to an example where that's been successful?

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Oct 2 2017 20:02

For the working class, particularly after the positive social movements in Spain a few years ago, this "struggle" is taking place on poisoned ground; that of the citizen and a national unity movement. It's a fight between bourgeois factions for their place in the state. I agree with some of the posts above and particularly with Jura's point that the strike is demobilising and detrimental to the working class. Here;s a contribution from one Comunero on the ICC's discussion site:

"Hello, I'm writing from Spain and the social climate is right now totally poisoned by nationalism from either side, it's the main topic of conversation.
The occupations by the citizens (not only workers, but petit-bourgeoisie as well) of the places designated to vote don't have anything else than nationalism and democratism.
Workers have been again trapped, fooled and used as cannon fodder against the police of the Spanish State, which has charged in a brutal way.
I think, from my POV, that is important to understand that the Catalan bourgeoisie doesn't want independence. As a comrade I know pointed out, the Catalan bourgeoisie is pulling the rope for more competences, power and privileges to the Generalitat (and, thus, to them), and using the masses for that purpose. It's a dangerous game because they could end getting the opposite, but it's highly unlikely. The point I'm trying to make is that the bourgeoisie from Madrid and Barcelona aren't enemies but rivals. They are only enemies of the working class.
Now, the situation is tense but I think it's quite controlled and more of a show. All leftist unions (including the "radical" CNT) have called for a "general" strike in Catalonia tomorrow (each one with a slightly different pretext), a strike in which the autonomical police (Mossos d' Esquadra) are going to participate as well. Rajoy is menacing about using article 155 of the Constitution which would enable the central government to get direct control of Catalonia but, again, I think is very unlikely.
So, as a summary, this is bourgeois arm-wrestling in which the biceps is, sadly, the working class. Provocations and street performances are going to continue for a while and, after the central government and the Generalitat reach an agreement, are going to stop, leaving tens of thousands of poisoned and/or demoralized workers in Spain and maybe even some outside.
I'm personally hoping this ends as soon as possible, it's sickening, disgusting and sad. Where I live is full of Spanish flags, something that is unusual in Spain and used to be limited to the Corpus Christi day, and there are leftists everywhere handling what can be called printed shit".

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Oct 2 2017 20:36

Plans for the general strike in the small city of Olot - they're proposing to close all roads into the district to keep the national police out.

http://www.naciodigital.cat/garrotxa/noticia/17484/garrotxa/aturara/totes/vies/entrada/sortida/vaga/general

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Oct 2 2017 21:40

The position of the CCOO and UGT on the general strike:

https://mobile.twitter.com/cnt1910/status/914914889390534657

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Oct 2 2017 22:08

Police told to leave hotels in Calella (north of Barcelona):

https://mobile.twitter.com/i/moments/914903877488664577

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Oct 2 2017 23:50

Demo in Madrid tomorrow evening:

http://fcs-villaverde.cnt.es/solidaridad-con-la-huelga-en-cataluna-madrid-contra-la-represion-al-pueblo-catalan/

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Oct 3 2017 06:39

I leave "hegemony" to Gramscian neo-Stalinists and their "libertarian" little helpers...

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Oct 3 2017 07:39

This is a few days old and events are obviously moving quickly, but I translated an article from Solidaridad Obrera if anyone is interested. It's basically about the mood going into the referendum and the possibilities it opens up. At least in the opinion of Una Posició.

Let's change everything...from the roots.

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Oct 3 2017 08:13

Do you guys still prefer texts from the ICC? very anarchists they ...

Hegemony is easy to understand. If you study the bases of the workers' movement that took place in Spain and the force that CNT had in the 30's are due to:
- Workers' culture had associated values and ethics as opposed to bourgeois. Today, on the contrary, the working culture has enough values and ethics of the culture of the consumption or of believing middle class.
To summarize, that the hegemonic culture was the syndicalist and the socialist / anarchist or today it is the capitalist.

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Oct 3 2017 08:24

A few twitter hashtags you might bei interested to have a look at:

https://twitter.com/cntolot
https://twitter.com/hashtag/vagageneral?src=rela
https://twitter.com/hashtag/vaga3O?src=hash

And the list of traffic stops. Mostly due to barricades, drive slow or other action related to the strike:

http://cit.transit.gencat.cat/cit/AppJava/views/incidents.xhtml

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Oct 3 2017 08:59

Report in Spanish on the general strike so far:

https://elsaltodiario.com/cataluna/huelga-general-3o-catalunya-sectores

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Oct 3 2017 09:04
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That seems like a particularly worrying development, as it would mean risking workplace unity over disagreements on nationalism (in terms of whether workers decide to take part in the strike or not). Did CNT members vote on whether or not to strike? If so what was the result, and what was the specific question asked?
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Probably a bit more concerning than that since in Catalonia in order to get any public sector and also most public facing jobs you need an advanced certificate in Catalan. Thus sadly nationalist sectarianism is already embedded in workplaces. Afterall if you are a Spanish migrant from say Murcia or another similarly less wealthy part of Spain you will not be able to apply for any of said jobs unless.you spend a year or two studying on an officially recognised Catalan course, assuming you have the funds or academic ability to do so.
Of course, a lot of the jobs we're talking about here are the ones more likely to be unionised. Anyways, sadly I would say nationalism has already divided ''workplace unity'' somewhat.

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Oct 3 2017 11:01

http://www.elperiodico.com/es/politica/20171003/concentracion-sede-partido-popular-barcelona-paro-pais-6328217?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=cm

Some 2,000 people have concentrated this morning in front of the PP headquarters in Catalunya, whom they see as the "culprits" of the police action of 1-O.

The mobilization has been called by the CNT in the framework of the 'Stop the country' on Tuesday under the motto 'Guilty of labor reform, the militarization of the city and the misery of women workers.

Protesters have combined pro-independence demands in Catalonia and shouted 'We voted', along with proclamations of general strike and workers' rights.

The spokesmen of the CNT have read a statement in which they have defended the strike as a rejection of "labor reforms and the continued loss of rights for the working class added to the concern about the actions of the different repressive bodies of the State."

They have also defended the right to self-determination in Catalonia and have branded the PP of fascists for their labor policies and for "police violence" on Sunday.
No incidents

The mobilization has developed without incident for the moment, although anti-riots of the Mossos d'Esquadra make a cordon between the headquarters of the PP and the demonstrators from before the 10.00 hours, when the concentration had been summoned.

There are also dozens of firefighters, who have been hailed for their performances in recent days, and demonstrators have launched hundreds of ballots from the 1-O referendum.

Video long: https://www.facebook.com/LaVanguardia/videos/1663407250389524/

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Oct 3 2017 10:02

The CGT criticising the position of the UGT and CCOO:

http://www.eldiario.es/sociedad/CGT-UGT-CCOO-inventarse-apoyar_0_693280723.html

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Oct 3 2017 10:58

More reports of police being told to leave hotels:

http://www.eldiario.es/catalunyaplural/Ayuntamiento-Pineda-Barcelona-policias-marcharan_0_693280669.html

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Oct 3 2017 11:08

Some translations from Crimethinc:

https://crimethinc.com/2017/10/03/anarchists-on-the-catalan-referendum-three-perspectives-from-the-streets

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Oct 3 2017 11:42

The Crimenthinc is fine, but there are too many mistakes of knowledge, label/name.

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Oct 3 2017 13:39

FAU Düsseldorf, FAU Duisburg, GasNRW and MareaGranateNRW with more than 70 people picketing the Spanish consulate building at Düsseldorf.

https://twitter.com/FAUGewerkschaft

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Oct 3 2017 12:11

Yeah, right.Let me put it another way: if Catalan workers hadas risen up against their own rulers and bourgeoisie, do you think people would be out on the street in the rest of Spain waving Spanish flags or would they be applauding and following their example?