The social Celac, the other summit that stomps

We must stop the new Condor Plan in the region”, warned the organizations gathered in the social Celac. Five hundred referents of social movements, trade unions, environmentalists and native peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are meeting in Buenos Aires, simultaneously with the summit of presidents. They prepared a document, which on Tuesday they took, with a march to the doors of the Sheraton hotel, to the leaders. In the text, they raised the economic, labor, social and environmental needs of the region, and condemned the destabilizing operations against the governments elected by majority vote: the coup d’état in Peru, the attempted coup in Brazil and the attempted assassination of Cristina Kirchner and the vice president of Colombia, Francia Márquez.

“The actions of the reaction are permanently stalking our democracies,” he told Page/12 Hugo Godoy, head of the Autonomous CTA. “Faced with this, the popular movements, union and political organizations must face a common front, intervene and have spaces for participation in Celac.”

Roberto Baradel added that in the organizations gathered there is enormous concern about the attempts to “condition the democracies in our countries through lawfare and the judicial media mafia, which seek to ban popular leaders to prevent them from leading political processes in favor of of peoples and regional integration. We have the background of Lula in Brazil, who was imprisoned, of Rafael Correa in Ecuador and today it is happening with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina”, completed the teacher leader and reference of the CTA of the Workers of Argentina.

The social Celac was formed on Monday, in parallel to the summit of presidents held in Buenos Aires. The idea is that it be a permanent space, in the sense that it meets not only every time Celac meets. For this, its referents will seek to set up an instance of articulation between Celac and Celac Social to exchange ideas, proposals, make pronouncements, as a way of relating between peoples and states.

Delegates from the two CTAs, the CGT and the UTEP, and also political groups such as La Cámpora and the Evita Movement participate. There is also the Forum of San Pablo, the CUT of Brazil, environmental movements and indigenous peoples, such as the Las Bartolinas group, of Bolivian women.

In their statement they raised, among other points:

  • Latin America and the Caribbean is the most unequal region in the world

  • It is also the most indebted in the developing world. “In this sense, the responsibility of international organizations such as the IMF, instrument of a strategy of subjugation to transnational capital, with the outstanding support of the United States, in alliance with local groups, is undeniable.”

  • There is a historical debt with the labor and human rights of its inhabitants.

In this sense, they gave their support to the Celac summit as a space for integration and made a series of demands to the presidents. macroeconomically, that they review the processes of “wild indebtedness” and come up with debt repayment strategies that fall on the actors who benefited from it and not on the peoples. That they advance in tax agreements between countries to detect capital flight. That they put limits on the process of foreignization of the land and maritime and fluvial spaces. Let them undo free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties that have been detrimental to our countries.

They also warned that it is “imperative” that states address the issue of the climate crisis.

Another key issue demanded is that the Celac governments commit to generating decent work, guarantee floors of labor rights and commit their member states to respect them and not promote any legislative reform that violates them. Likewise, that the public and pay-as-you-go pension systems be defended.

Finally, they demanded the democratization of the judicial powers “which are taken over by international and local interests that do not correspond to those of our peoples, in order to put an end to social discipline, the criminalization of poverty, youth and protest, as well as to the legal war against the popular leaders”.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is a freelance writer working on news website. He contributes to Our Blog and more. Wise also works in higher ed sustainability and previously in stream restoration. He loves running, trees and hanging out with her family.

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