Popular expropriation and state repression following earthquake in Chile

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Caiman del Barrio
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Feb 28 2010 23:24
Popular expropriation and state repression following earthquake in Chile

Just translated this from an Argentine (?) on an email list:

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In Concepción, the worst hit zone, they started to expropriate from the supermarkets. In this area, there is no access to any basic service, not even communication.

The bourgeois Chilean press - in its sensationalism - has provoked the start of repression in the region. The government, paying attention to the press' stupidity, has imposed a curfew from 9pm-6am.

All day, the press has distributed images of the expropriations, merely commenting that these people are "evil", "thieves" who don't want to pay for their food. There is nothing functioning in Concepción, there have been more than 500 deaths there and they want people to pay for their food.

A call has been made for resistance and civil disobedience against the Chilean police and military.

More information forthcoming

Jason Cortez
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Mar 1 2010 10:03

Property relations must be respected at all times, or society will descend into anarchy.

gypsy
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Mar 1 2010 13:29

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8542789.stm

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Entdinglichung
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Mar 1 2010 16:26

from the statement of the Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR): http://cedema.org/ver.php?id=3791

"¡Ante el desamparo del Gobierno Burgués, el pueblo a la Calle!
¡EXPROPIAR a los explotadores ES UN DERECHO POPULAR!
¡Los revolucionarios en Primera Fila en la recuperación y distribución de alimentos, agua potable, y vestimenta!
¡Es luchando como avanza el pueblo!"

Mark.
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Mar 1 2010 16:33

Reports in Spanish on the Chilean site hommodolars

Manu Garcia
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Mar 1 2010 17:07

Call for Solidarity Action

On 27th February 2010, a strong earthquake hit our country, causing incalculable damage, mostly between the 5th (Valparaíso) and 10th (Los Lagos) Regions. The regions most badly affected are the 8th (Bío-Bío) and the 7th (Maule). People have lost their homes and all their belongings, and are now on the streets, cold and hungry. Roads have been destroyed, impeding movement and distribution. As usual, it is the poor who are worst affected by this natural disaster, those who have no resources to make up for what has been lost.

We appeal to people everywhere, and in particular to all our libertarian comrades, to demonstrate their class solidarity over the coming days by helping the worst-hit neighbourhoods.

We appeal for the creation of aid groups, to help with the removal of debris and food collections, particularly among the most precarious sectors who, after years of economic hardship, are all too easily exposed when such situations arise.

CLASS SOLIDARITY NOW FOR OUR PEOPLE!

Convergencia Libertaria
www.banderalibertaria.cl.vg

Mark.
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Mar 2 2010 12:16
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Watching the news coverage of the quake has been a combination of heartbreaking and enraging. Collapsed buildings, families sleeping in the streets, and people seeking food and water. Food and water. I am repeating those things because I am witnessing the irresponsibility of many major news sources. Univision, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor have all chosen to refer to people taking food and water from supermarkets as looters. I watched with tears in my eyes as Chilean Carabineros, police, unleashed water canons and tear gas on men and women outside a Lider supermarket. A man cried saying he was just trying to get food for his children and the reporter from TVN (Chile) asked him, “that’s how you justify your theft?”.

From the vivirlatino blog

gypsy
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Mar 2 2010 12:40

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8545012.stm