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(en) France, FA: Work alienates and kills, let's emancipate ourselves and build anarchy! (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 15 May 2024 09:02:39 +0300

For May 1, 2024, the Anarchist Federation reaffirms its solidarity and its commitment within the social movement. Let's form libertarian processions, multiply solidarity initiatives, organize action, make self-management live everywhere! ---- We make no mistake about the real importance of the moment. But we think that we must be there today so as not to leave this date to reformists of all kinds because May 1st is profoundly anarchist: ---- In the 19th century, the industrial revolution and the development of capitalism gave birth to the working class who have never stopped fighting to win rights and guarantee their dignity. In 1886 in the United States, workers' unions called for a march to demand an 8-hour working day. On May 1, 1886, 340,000 workers marched across the country. The police, under the thumb of a capitalist, mafia and corrupt elite, violently disperse the demonstrators, leaving two people dead and many injured.

The walls are then covered with calls for revolt. On May 4, the movement continued on Haymarket Square in Chicago, the center of anarchist protest. At the end of the demonstration, a bomb explodes among the cops and kills some agents.

Wrongly and as an example, several dozen anarchist activists were arrested and eight of them were sentenced to death. It would later be confirmed that the Chicago police chief had organized everything and even undoubtedly ordered the May 4 bombing to justify the repression, the massacre and to try to stifle the movement.

This tragic event will provoke the anger of exploited people around the world. May 1 then becomes the International Day of Struggle for workers, the working classes, and those who are struggling.

It is high time for fear and defeatism to change sides!

Today, we know, it is an entire system that must be brought down, because as long as capitalism makes its law, helped by the States and their cops who protect them, we are condemned to fight to preserve the crumbs. It is imperative to establish a broader and more powerful balance of power, through all types of actions that we think necessary.

Faced with the contempt and violence of big bosses, faced with anti-social and racist state attacks, we must reclaim our lives. This involves self-organizing locally to bring to life, here and now, concrete alternatives, such as food cooperatives and self-managed canteens, reception centers, international solidarity funds and many other initiatives, to be consolidated. or build with those who fight against oppression.

Local struggles and these alternatives respond to immediate needs. They are as close as possible to the daily reality experienced, allow us to escape from the doldrums and thus to glimpse the future world.

So enough of their "work value", May 1st is not a day to glorify work as the Vichy regime established it in 1941! May 1 remains the symbol of social liberation through direct action, as can the general strike, expropriation and self-management.

We want to create a free society without class or borders, where each person can define themselves and move as they wish without control or discrimination.

So see you on May 1st in the streets, the places of struggle, the initiatives...!

Long live May 1st and long live anarchism!

The Anarchist Federation

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