Call for solidarity and endorsement against the persecution in Brazil of anarchist militants and the Federação Anarquista Gaúcha in Porto Alegre
In Porto Alegre, on June 20 last, about 15 officers from the Civil Police raided the Ateneo Batalha da Varzea, the political and social premises where the Federação Anarquista Gaúcha is located, without a warrant.
In this city where, since the beginning of the year, there have been massive demonstrations for popular demands concerning public transport, health, education, against corruption, with the aim of creating social change for their locality and their country.
This is a country where thousands of people are taking to the streets to denounce that everything is rotten and that it is necessary and urgent to change it. Faced with so much opulence of the powerful, with the stadiums being built for the Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup, faced with so much sustained repression, displacement and militarisation of working-class neighbourhoods, the almost total neglect of public health and education, the usury and theft that – as a corollary – is the cost and quality of transport.
And now they are seeking to criminalise the FAG, and make it responsible for all the anger and fury that the population of the whole country feels. They are seeking to accuse the FAG, saying that they came across anarchist literature in their premises. What did you think you would find in anarchist premises? The FAG is accused of being in collusion with the far right, when its work has been in places that the right rejects, such as the Popular Resistance committee, the waste collectors movement, trade unionism, the peasant movement, the student struggle, activities to involve more comrades in practices of a libertarian nature.
And there are more and more things that separate the FAG from that which has been its enemy in a historical constant, such as the raid that occurred in 2009 under the orders of governor Yeda Crusius, when the anarchist organisation held her responsible for the assassination of activist Elton Brum.
So, it has itself been against the powerful, those at the top and their allies in power. This raid is above all ideological, because it is the persecution of our ideas that is principal. It is this that they want to erase: all meaning of rebellion and liberation that our struggles can adopt; class independence, direct democracy, the building of people’s power.
We therefore express our greatest concern and alert on the issue and will follow up on the matter by responding where we find the stories of our struggles!
Down with the repression of the Brazilian people’s movement!
Down with the criminalisation of the FAG!
Forward with those who struggle!
Arriba los que luchan!
Columna Libertaria Joaquín Penina (Rosario, Argentina)
Columna Libertaria Errico Malatesta (CABA, Argentina)
Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (Uruguay)
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (Sudáfrica)
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (Italia)
Federación Comunista Libertaria (Chile)
Unión Socialista Libertaria (Perú)
Coordination des Groupes Anarchistes (France)
Organización Anarquista Socialismo Libertario (Sao Paulo – Brazil)
Libertäre Aktion Winterthur (Switzerland)
Miami Autonomy & Solidarity (USA)
Federación Anarco Comunista (Argentina)
Autogestión Oscar Barrios (Buenos Aires – Argentina)
Convergencia Libertaria (Valparaíso – Chile)
Gisela Gaeta – actriz – (Buenos Aires – Argentina)
Red Libertaria Estudiantil (Valparaíso – Chile)
Dr Alejandro Horowicz, titular de “Los cambios en el sistema políticomundial”, Sociologia, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Osvaldo Bayer (Buenos Aires – Argentina)
Sala Alberdi (Buenos Aires – Argentina)
Pueblos, Barrios y Colonias en Defensa de Atzcapotzalco (Mexico)
Luciano Andrés Valencia, Writer and historian (Rio Negro – Patogonia Argentina)
Mb12 de Agosto (Claypole – Glew – Argentina)
Salvemos al Iberá (Corrientes – Argentina)
Martín Jaime (Argentina)
Analia Casafu, Ruben Saboulard, Angela Morin, Comision de Coordinacion de las ASAMBLEAS DEL PUEBLO (Argentina)
Sociedad de Resistencia Oficios Varios San Martín member of the FORA – AIT (Argentina)
FOB – Federación de Organizaciones de Base, Córdoba, Rosario , Buenos Aires , José C. Paz, Berazategui, Almirante Brown, Florencio Varela, Valentin Alsina, Lanus, Lugano, La Matanza, Lomas de Zamora (Argentina)
Prairie Struggle Organization (Canada)
Workers Solidarity Alliance (USA)
Frente Estudiantil y Social de Zaragoza (Spanish State)