International Solidarity Days with Catalan people’s fight on 14 and 15 April

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The persecution of the separatist leaders and the restraint to democratic liberties are aggravating in Catalonia.

There is a leap in the repressive offensive. Against the separatist leaders, the members of the government and the former president of the Catalan parliament. The detention and imprisonment and the extradition orders were issued against former president Carles Puigdemont (exiled in Germany) and the other members of his government. The same with the leaders exiled in Scotland, Belgium or Switzerland.

Also, hundreds of activists, teachers, firefighters, councillors and mayors are being summoned to appear before the court.

The result of this repressive escalation is more political prisoners, exiles, hundreds of defendants and over 1,500 wounded in demonstrations these months.

The massive protests against Puigdemont’s arrest and for the freedom of the political prisoners were a strong response from the Catalan people.

German judges released Puigdemont and rejected to extradite him on rebellion charges. A drawback to the Spanish State government and its judges.

Though extradition risk is still pending.

Mariano Rajoy government and the state judiciary apparatus will pursue the persecution of the activists.

The monarchic Spanish State seeks to weaken Catalan people in their fight for national self-determination.

Their aim is not only to end the independent Catalan republic but also to exert a defeat in the service of new austerity measures against the workers and people in Catalonia and in the Spanish State.

The repressive escalation started after the 1 October referendum where the Catalan people decided on their self-determination as an independent Republic and they ratified this in the 3 October general strike last year.

In front of this situation, the monarchic Spanish State imposed direct rule over Parliament and the Generalitat and occupied Catalonia with National Police and Military Police.

Likewise, the tampering with democratic liberties is showed in the attack on the freedom of expression. Websites and other communication media are censored.

In the International Workers’ Unity Fourth International (UIT-CI), we believe fundamental to recover popular demonstration to stop repression and end the offensive of the reactionary government of Rajoy and for the independent Catalan Republic.

The Catalan leaders demobilised policy and their search for negotiations with the regime, headed by Puigdemont and his allies, have weakened the separatist movement.

Facing this situation, the unitary platform With Catalonia calls on mobilising on 14 and 15 April in Barcelona, the Spanish State and in all the world in support of the Catalan people fight.

An international appeal for the political prisoners and all the people that suffer the attacks of Rajoy government and the monarchic regime, inside and outside Catalonia.

UIT-CI adhere to this call to develop the broadest international solidarity with the fight of the Catalan people.

We call political, student and union organisations, social movements that claim to stand up for democratic rights and the self-determination of the peoples to organise in each country, unitary actions in front of embassies and consulates of the Spanish State, from the freedom of the political prisoners, the end of the persecution and repression. For a free Catalonia.

All the solidarity with the fight of the Catalan people.

Freedom to political prisoners.

No to Puigdemont extradition!

Enough persecution and criminalisation of separatists!

Long live free Catalonia!

International Workers’ Unity-Fourth International (UIT-CI)

6 April 2018

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We repudiate the recent assassination of Palestinians in Gaza

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Since Friday 30 March, the Israeli military personnel have killed 16 young Palestinians and injured over 1,400, some of them seriously wounded. They used artillery, snipers and even airplanes.

They murderously repressed the Land Day Demonstration. It is a quiet protest of the Palestinians in Gaza Strip. They called for the implementation of paragraph 11 of the 194 UN resolution which determines that all refugee that wishes to return to their homes could do so as soon as possible.

During six weeks up to Nakba Day (Catastrophe) several demonstrations have been set up for the return of Palestinian refugees. Nakba Day was the date when Israeli occupation started. Palestinians commemorate the date as the anniversary of their mass displacement and uprooting during the 1948 war.

Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters via The Guardian

On Friday 30th, the Israeli military Zionists attacked and shot thousands of Palestinians at point blank. Those Palestinians were marching with their families.

All cities in Cisjordania, in the east of occupied Palestine, and the Gaza Strip, are on a general strike to accuse the tyranny of the Israeli regime that uses unreasonable force to suppress brutally a peaceful Return Demonstration in Gaza.

The Palestine Information Centre revealed that on Saturday 31st, every day activities will be paralyzed in the territory: no cars on the streets and on educational centres and universities, and stores will be closed.

Pro human rights activists have called for a demonstration this midday in Nablus, north of the occupied Cisjordania.

Around the world rejection expands against this new criminal Zionist action, endorsed by imperialism and Donald Trump.

Stop aggression to the Palestinian people! Down with the racist War and the oppressor in Cisjordania! Free all Palestinian prisoners! Down with Israeli Apartheid State!

Only a unique State, secular, democratic and non-racist in Palestine there will be peace in the territory. A State with equal rights to every citizen, including Jews that accept this State with liberties. Out the imperialism from Palestine and Middle East. In IWU-FI we side with the international repudiation and appeal to unitary actions of disapproval to these atrocities.

Stop repression on Land Day! Unconditional support to resistance of the Palestinian people!

International Workers’ Unity-Fourth International (UIT-CI)

31 March 2018

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Freedom to Puigdemont! Stop persecution of the Catalan people!

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The former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, was arrested in Germany at the request of the president of the Spanish state, Rajoy. His detention takes place in a framework of a repressive offensive against the Catalan people and the independentists.  Members of the government and leaders of the main Catalan popular organisations are in prison. Rajoy’s regime and the monarchy seeks to intimidate the Catalan people in their struggle for their national self-determination.

The response of the Catalan people was immediate. Thousands went out to repudiate the detention of Puigdemont. Summoned by the Catalan National Association (ANC) and the self-proclaimed Catalan “Committees for the Defense of the Republic” (CDRs), workers, youth and the Catalan people demanded  a general strike and the freedom of Puigdemont and all political prisoners and persecuted since October 2017. The government of Rajoy responded with more repression, with nine detainees and more than 98 injured. There is a risk that the government of Angela Merkel, in solidarity with the repressive government of Rajoy, will concede the extradition of Puigdemont.

From the International Workers’s Unity-Fourth International (UIT-CI) we repudiate the detention of Puigdemont, we demand their freedom and of all political prisoners, as well as an end to the persecution and prosecution of the Catalan independence fighters. We call for the widest international solidarity with the Catalan people in defense of Free Catalonia and in repudiation of all forms of repression, criminalization and judicialization.

International Workers’ Unity-Fourth International (UIT-CI)

26 March, 2018

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¡Libertad a Puigdemont! ¡Basta de persecución al pueblo Catalán!

El ex presidente catalán Carles Puigdemont, fue detenido en Alemania por pedido del gobierno del estado español de Rajoy. Su detención se da en un marco de una ofensiva represiva contra el pueblo catalán y los independentistas con prisión para miembros del gobierno y dirigentes de las principales organizaciones populares catalanas.  El régimen de Rajoy y la monarquía busca intimidar al pueblo catalán en su lucha por su autodeterminación nacional.

La respuesta del pueblo catalán no se hizo esperar. Miles salieron  a repudiar la detención de Puigdemont. Convocados por  la Asociación Nacional Catalana (ANC) y los autodenominados “Comités de Defensa de la República” catalana (CDRs), trabajadores, jóvenes y el pueblo catalán exigieron la huelga general y pidieron la libertad de Puigdemont y de todos los presos políticos y perseguidos desde octubre del 2017. El gobierno de Rajoy respondió con más represión, dando un saldo de nueve detenidos y más de 98 heridos. Existe el peligro que el gobierno de Angela Merkel, solidario con el gobierno represor de Rajoy, avance con la extradición de Puigdemont.

Desde la Unidad Internacional de los Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI) repudiamos la detención de Puigdemont, exigimos su libertad y la de  todos los presos políticos, así como el fin de la persecución y judicialización de los luchadores independistas catalanes. Llamamos a la más amplia solidaridad internacional con el pueblo catalán en defensa de Catalunya Libre y en repudio a toda forma de represión, criminalización y judicialización.

Unidad Internacional de los Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI)

26 de marzo de 2018

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We repudiate Marielle Franco’s assassination in Brazil!

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We state our strongest repudiation of Marielle Franco’s murder, a councillor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the PSOL (Socialism and Liberty Party). Her murder occurred on Wednesday 14, at night, in the centre of the city, on her return from the event “Young Black Women Shaking Structures”. Marielle was benchmark for the fight against police violence in the favelas (shanty towns) and was critically positioned against military intervention in Rio de Janeiro.

Marielle Franco was a black, feminist woman activist, a prominent member of the PSOL and an activist for human rights. Marielle knew very well police violence since she came from Marè Resort favela on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. From a young age she began her political career as an activist in the defence of black women’s rights and in denouncing police violence. In 2016 she was the fifth politician most voted in the elections to municipal councillor in the city of Rio de Janeiro as a member of PSOL.

Her murder occurred a month after the president of Brazil, Michel Temer, ordered the federal military intervention of Rio de Janeiro. Since then, Marielle was appointed special rapporteur of the Council Commission, created to oversee police operations. The day before her murder, she had condemned the brutal and gruesome action of the Military Police in the region of Irajá, in the community of Acari. For this reason, her crime it is not at random: the car in which she was traveling was shot and her killers fled without stealing anything from her.

From the International Workers’ Unity – Fourth International (IWU-FI) We are in solidarity with their families, friends and comrades. In addition, we demand the investigation of the facts, a trial and punishment for those guilty of this crime. We join all samples of repudiation that have been made in the world and we call for actions demanding investigation and punishment in front of embassies and/or consulates of Brazil in each country. We continue the struggle of Marielle for the rights of women, against repression and the austerity plans from Temer.

Statement from International Workers’ Unity – Fourth International (IWU-FI)

15 March 2018

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¡Repudiamos el asesinato de Marielle Franco en Brasil!

Expresamos nuestro más enérgico repudio al asesinato de Marielle Franco, concejal en Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, por el PSOL (Partido Socialismo y Libertad). Su asesinato ocurrió el miércoles 14, por la noche, en el centro de la ciudad, cuando volvía de participar del evento Jóvenes Negras Moviendo Estructuras. Marielle era una referente de la lucha contra la violencia policial en las favelas y se había posicionado críticamente frente a la  intervención Militar en Rio de Janeiro.

Marielle Franco era una mujer negra, luchadora feminista, destacada militante del PSOL y una gran activista por los derechos humanos. Marielle conocía muy bien la violencia policial, ya que era procedente del complejo de favelas de Marè en la periferia de Rio de Janeiro. Desde joven comenzó su vida política como  activista en la defensa de los derechos de las mujeres negras y en denuncia de la violencia policial. En el año 2016 había sido la quinta más votada en las elecciones a concejal en la Ciudad de Rio de Janeiro por parte del PSOL.

Su asesinato ocurrió un mes después de que el presidente de Brasil, Michel Temer, decretara la intervención militar federal en la seguridad de Rio de Janeiro. Desde entonces, Marielle fue nombrada relatora de la comisión del Concejo creada para fiscalizar las operaciones policiales. El día anterior a su asesinato, denunció la acción brutal y truculenta de la Policía Militar en la región de Irajá, en la comunidad de Acari. Por eso, su crimen no es casualidad: el auto donde viajaba fue tiroteado y sus asesinos huyeron sin llevarse ninguna pertenencia.

Desde la Unidad Internacional de los Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI) nos solidarizamos con sus familias, amigos y compañeros de militancia. Asimismo, exigimos la investigación de los hechos y juicio y castigo para los culpables de este crimen político. Nos sumamos a todas las muestras de repudio que se han  hecho en el mundo y convocamos a realizar acciones unitarias exigiendo investigación y castigo frente a embajadas y/o consulados del Brasil en cada país. Llamamos a seguir la lucha de Marielle por los derechos de las mujeres, contra la represión y los planes de ajuste de Temer.

Unidad Internacional de los Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI)

15 de marzo de 2018

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8 March: International Working Women’s Day #Westrike

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In 1910, Clara Zetkin, one of the main socialist and feminist leaders, proposed 8 March as International Women’s Day at the Second International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen; vindicating, especially, the more than 15,000 textile workers who mobilised in New York in March 1908 demanding a reduction of working hours, better wages, and the right to vote. Gone are 110 years since those historic days of struggle and our best tribute is to continue mobilised for our rights.

After a year in which we women have been protagonists of great struggles around the world against labour reforms and austerity plans in countries like France, Brazil, Panama, or Argentina; where we have demonstrated against sexist violence and femicide, from Mexico and Peru to the Spanish State, Italy, and Turkey; where we demanded the right to abortion as in Chile, Bolivia, or Poland; where we demanded basic freedoms like going out alone on the street, managing or deciding how to dress like in the Arab Emirates and Iran; this year in over 200 cities around the world we want to be protagonists of the Second International Women’s Strike in history. We want to show how we women organise ourselves, using globally the strike, the method of struggle of the working class, to curb the austerity plans that capitalist governments apply around the world and that hit us, women, particularly. The massive mobilisations in the United States, to mark the first year of Trump, account for this and with the slogan “Women at the head of the resistance” showed the fight is not only against the misogynist and racist verbiage of the president but against all his policy of attacking our rights. We will also denounce the complicity of the Vatican against the rights of women, such as the right to abortion and sex education without dogmas.

Recently, an Oxfam report published that 82 percent of the world’s wealth generated during 2017 went to the hands of the richest one percent of the world’s population. According to these data, the most affected are women, who suffer higher levels of discrimination in the workplace and assume most of the unpaid care work. This is why we are the poorest of the poor and we organise ourselves to face this capitalist and patriarchal system that overexploits us.

This 8 March, we have the great challenge of promoting the organisation of women independently of governments and bosses organisations that seek to stop our mobilization, with repression or diverting it to the polls, without attacking the pillars of patriarchal capitalism. Therefore, it will not be the day of Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Erna Solberg, or Michelle Bachelet, Dilma Rousseff, or Cristina Kirchner, because they are bosses politicians who rule or ruled against women’s rights.

Instead, it will be the day of gaoled Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi and the thousands of Palestinians who resist the imperialist occupation by the Zionist settlers; it will be the day of the women migrants who die in the seas or in front of the walls the repressors raise; it will be the day of Syrian women refugees fleeing from hunger and the criminal actions of al-Assad, Russia, the USA, and all foreign powers; of the Kurdish women fighters who suffer and face the criminal aggression of the Turkish army. It will be the day of the women migrants who do the worst qualified work and of all the women workers who go out to fight for wage increases, better working conditions and against employment discrimination.

It will be our day, of all of us who fight against all kinds of gender violence; those who want to end trafficking networks for sexual exploitation; those who fight for the right to legal, safe, and free abortion. That is why, from the International Workers Unity – Fourth International, we call to organize a great day of struggle on 8 March and to make heard the voice of working women who face the austerity plans of all capitalist governments.

Women will not pay the crisis. The governments are responsible. Enough of adjustment plans around the world. Same work, same salary. Separation of church and state Enough of femicides, violence, and trafficking networks Not one less. We want us Live and Free  Legal, safe, and free abortion.

Long live the International Working Women’s Day! Long live our struggles around the world!

International Workers Unity – Fourth International (IWU–FI)

February 2018

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We repudiate the Turkish government bombings against the Kurdish people in Syria!

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The armed forces of Turkey have carried out bombings in the Kurdish region of Afrin in Syria, and have invaded Kurdish territory. The attacks against the people of Syrian Kurdistan  / Rojava (Democratic Federation of Northern Syria), which began on Saturday in Afrin and with the passing of hours has spread to the civilian population of other nearby cities.

The Kurdish militia reported that at least 18 civilians, including women and children, have been killed by the Turkish attack. This further aggravates the sufferings of the Syrian and Syrian Kurdish people, after five years of civil war, hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees.

Turkey intervenes attempting to crush the Kurdish forces in Syria because it considers them potential enemies of its State since within Turkey 15 million Kurds are oppressed who claim their rights and are also brutally repressed by the Turkish State under the dictatorial regime of Erdogan. There are currently some 17,000 Kurds in Turkish prisons suffering from torture and violations of their basic human rights, including 600 minors imprisoned with their mothers.

The Kurds are an oppressed nationality, of about 30 million, with their own language and culture, spread across several countries. Half live in Turkey and the rest in northern Syria, Iraq and Iran. During the Syrian civil war they, have conquered a partial autonomy in that border area with Turkey. Although the United States supposedly supports them, to use them in their intervention in Syria, now, in the face of the attack, they only asked Turkey (which is their NATO ally) to “moderate” their offensive. Imperialism is complicit in this criminal aggression by Erdogan on the Kurdish people.

So are Putin and Russia, who intervene in Syria to support the genocidal dictator Bashar al-Assad, and who now look the other way.

This new Turkish attack is part of the intervention of different imperialist and regional power armies, to crush the Syrian popular resistance begun in 2011, although they have contradictions among themselves. All these interventions have contributed, directly or indirectly, to strengthening the Syrian dictatorship which was about to fall two years ago.

We call for international solidarity with the Kurdish people, criminally attacked in Syria by Erdogan and his armed forces. We demand an end to Turkey’s interventions in Afrin and in northern Syria. For the bombardments and the invasion to halt. At the same time, we must demand the military interventions of Russia, Iran, the United States, Europe and the regional powers be withdrawn from Syria. We call for the unity of action to hold rallies and repudiation actions in front of Turkish embassies or consulates around the world.

Stop Turkish intervention against the Kurdish people in Syria!

Russia, USA and NATO out of Syria now!

Down with Bashar al-Assad!

Unconditional solidarity with the Kurdish people! For their right to national self-determination!

International Workers Unity (IWU-FI)

23 January 2018

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¡Repudiamos los bombardeos de gobierno de Turquía contra el pueblo kurdo en Siria!

Las Fuerzas Armadas de Turquía han realizado bombardeos en la ciudad de Ras al Ayn, en la región kurda de Afrin en Siria, y han invadido el territorio kurdo.  Los ataques contra los pueblos del Kurdistan sirio|Rojava, que se han iniciado el día sábado en Afrin y con el transcurso de las horas  se ha extendido hacia la población civil de otras ciudades cercanas.

La milicia kurda, denunció que al menos 18 civiles, incluyendo mujeres y niños han resultado muertos por el ataque turco. Esto agrava aún más los sufrimientos del pueblo sirio y kurdo sirio, después de 5 años de guerra civil, centenares de miles de muertos y millones de refugiados.

Turquía interviene para intentar aplastar las fuerzas kurdas en Siria, porque los considera enemigos potenciales de su Estado, ya que dentro de Turquía son oprimidos 15 millones de kurdos que reclaman sus derechos y también son brutalmente reprimidos por el Estado turco bajo el régimen dictatorial de Erdogán.  Actualmente hay unos 17.000 kurdos en las cárceles de Turquía sufriendo torturas y violaciones de sus derechos humanos elementales, incluyendo a seiscientos menores encarcelados con sus madres.

Los kurdos son una nacionalidad oprimida, de unos 30 millones, con su propio idioma y cultura, repartida entre varios países.  La mitad viven en Turquía y el resto en el norte de Siria, Irak e Irán. Durante la guerra civil siria han conquistado una autonomía parcial en esa zona fronteriza con Turquía.  Aunque supuestamente Estados Unidos los apoya, para utilizarlos en su intervención en Siria,  ahora, ante el ataque, solo pidió a Turquía (que es su aliado en la OTAN) “moderación” en su ofensiva. El imperialismo es cómplice de esta agresión criminal de Erdogan sobre el pueblo kurdo.

También lo es  Putin y Rusia, que intervienen en Siria para apoyar al dictador genocida de Bashar Al Assad, y ahora miran para otro lado.

Este nuevo ataque turco es parte de la intervención de distintos ejércitos imperialistas y de potencias regionales,  para aplastar la resistencia popular siria que se había iniciado en el 2011, aunque tengan contradicciones entre sí. Todas estas intervenciones han contribuido, directa o indirectamente, a fortalecer a la dictadura Siria que hace dos años estaba a punto de caer.

Llamamos a la solidaridad internacional con el pueblo kurdo, agredido criminalmente en Siria por Erdogan y sus fuerzas armadas. Exigimos el fin de las intervenciones de Turquía en Afrin  y en el norte de Siria. Que cesen los bombardeos y la invasión.   A su vez, debemos exigir que se retiren de Siria las intervenciones militares de Rusia, Irán, Estados Unidos, Europa y las potencias regionales. Llamamos a la unidad de acción para realizar concentraciones y acciones de repudio frente a las embajadas o consulados de Turquía en todo el mundo.

Basta de intervención de Turquía contra el pueblo kurdo en Siria!

Fuera Rusia, EE.UU y la OTAN de Siria!

Abajo Bashar Al Assad!

Solidaridad incondicional con el pueblo kurdo! Por su derecho a la autodeterminación nacional!

Unidad Internacional de los Trabajadores (UIT-CI)

23 de enero de 2018

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The Double Discourse of the Pope in Chile

The Pope’s visit to Chile has aroused little enthusiasm on both sides of the Andes. Voices critical of his double discourse on sexual abusing and paedophile priests are growing. “I cannot help but express the pain and shame I feel at the irreparable damage caused to children by the Church.” This was the first speech by the Pope, trying to attenuate the indignation against the Church in Chile. A cynical speech when he comes from taking part, in Rome, of the funeral of Cardinal Bernard Law, one of the great cases of aberrant priests of the Catholic Church.


By Miguel Lamas

The Pope’s speech responds to the main questioning of the Church in Chile. Because of the abuse of minors by priests, the Chilean Catholic Church is the most discredited in Latin America. The most notorious case was that of Fernando Karadima, found guilty in 2011. But there are 80 accused priests. And to top it all, priest Juan Barros, a member of the Karadima group, and considered an accessory, was named bishop by Pope Francis.

This is one of the main factors the Pope’s visit is lived with apathy in a large part of the Chilean population. Several surveys show only 23 percent rated this visit as “very important”, a majority 50 percent said it is “little or not important”. Nor did it create great expectation and mobilization of Argentines, as originally believed. The Pope and his contradictions have begun to wear down his figure.

At the end of 2017, the Pope attended the funeral of sexual abuser Cardinal Law

The reaction of Chilean victims of sexual abuse by priests gained strength after the funeral of the former archbishop of Boston (USA), Bernard Law, at St Peter’s Basilica, held on 20 December last year. On that occasion, Pope Francis offered his blessing to someone who was accused of hiding and protecting a series of sexual abuses of children in his archdiocese between 1984 and 2002, reported in the Oscar-winning film, Spotlight. After the scandal became known, Bernard Law was forced to present his resignation as archbishop of Boston, but John Paul II sent him to Rome and appointed him archpriest of Santa Maria Maggiore basilica. Law kept his position in the College of Cardinals and in the Congregation for Bishops. Pope Francis continued this protection.

The Pope’s cynicism reaches such extent that even the wife of former Chilean Christian Democrat President Eduardo Frei openly criticized him. “I do not believe him at all”, said the former First Lady Marta Larraechea, according to the Chilean newspaper La Tercera. She reacted this way on her Twitter account when noticing the presence of Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, who is accused of having covered the crimes of paedophile Fernando Karadima, in the field mass that morning in O’Higgins Park, Santiago

Progressive Pope?

This double discourse regarding the abuse of children by members of the Catholic Church, both regarding Chileand throughout the world, is also part of his general policy.

Pope Francis cultivates an image of “progressive”, as critical of Trump’s most brutal imperial policies.

However, let us recall he visited Jerusalem in September and very far from solidarity with the Palestinian victims of the Zionist genocide, he took an “equidistant” position, he prayed next to the concrete wall that Israel built and isolates the West Bank, in the wall of the lamentations, and also in the museum of the Jews Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis. He said peace had to be achieved, “a gift that we have to search with patience and build by hand using small and large gestures in our daily lives”. Put another way, he washed his hands like Pilate.

In Argentina, he underpins Peronism and the union bureaucracy

Towards Argentina, which he does not visit, he shows himself as against the Macri government. It is part of his “progressive” pose.

Reality is that Pope Francis (the Argentine Jorge Bergoglio), who in the 1970s was a member of the Peronist right-wing organisation Iron Guard, now takes part in Peronism by supporting trade union bureaucrats and also social-picketing organisations.

The Pope wants to be seen as encouraging the social movements. But far from encouraging them to fight, it is the opposite; he seeks to stop with “dialogue and collective reflection”, any kind of deep confrontations against the anti-popular austerity plans.

In November 2016, Pope Francis convened a meeting of 170 organisations in the Vatican, in the so-called “Third World Meeting of Popular Movements”. Taking an important place was the numerous Argentine delegation, in which stood out the Evita Movement, the Confederation of Workers of the Popular Economy (CTEP), Juan Grabois, Neighbourhoods Standing Up, and the CCC. The organisations that went to the encounter in the Vatican insisted they were not “against Macri or any government in particular”. These same people now came from Argentina, in a large delegation of hundreds, to see him in Chile.

The own leadership of the CGT (General Confederation of Labour), at the time, raised a general strike “at the request of the Church”. Time and again the Church encourages “dialogue” to prevent strikes and whitewash the face of the union bureaucracy.

Francis assumed the papacy at a time of deep crisis of the Church, with a change of discourse and to a more “popular” image. However, day by day, both on paedophilia by many priests who are now covered up, as in the rights of women, as in popular rebellions, it is shown their supposed support for the poor and oppressed is just a double discourse. The Church remains the same sexist and reactionary institution that, for centuries, has been closely associated with the powerful, be they feudal, kings, or capitalists, guaranteeing their stability.

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Originally published in El Socialista (Argentina)

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