Batay Ouvriye firmly opposes the strike call put out for January 9th, 2006. Yes, we realize the MINUSTAH politicians are mocking the population, while supposedly “stabilizing”, they’re actually reinforcing their domination day after day. Yes, we clearly know the MINUSTAH soldiers are establishing all sorts of rackets with the very gangs they’re supposed to be fighting. Yes, we clearly think that the directionless violence these gangs are operating should be completely eliminated from the country (it isn’t in favor of the workers, it is against the masses themselves, as we just denounced it and demonstrated it in our last January 2nd communiqué).
But we also clearly know also that:
1. The group which sent out this appeal has never been in solidarity in the least with all the mobilization of worker and popular organizations who’ve been attempting to fight against the rising cost of living and gas prices, or in support of the small merchants and cooperative members whose money was stolen, etc… Quite the contrary, they benefited from the misery spreading out over all the popular masses from day to day. They’re the big businessmen establishing the prices of all the products and as long as their own profits were guaranteed by the government, then they were all set.
2. The group who called out for the strike is settling is own business, period. It’s solving its minor disagreements with the MINUSTAH. It’s not that it is against the presence of foreign troops occupying the country. On the contrary, it wishes to reinforce the troops’ presence and thinks, works, in order for this to occur.
3. Actually, this group supports the blind massacres the MINUSTAH is carrying out in our neighborhoods, since it even asks for them to happen more, openly declaring there should be a pre-existing fund to “help” the number of innocent victims destined to be killed in our neighborhoods!
For us of Batay Ouvriye, this is a call that is directly and openly against our interests, we of the popular masses. In the solution they are requesting - and building -, the strike is a first step. The next will be against us, since already in the first one, they don’t take into account the true nature and true forms of OUR problems in the question of insecurity. In truth, broadly shooting down residents of the popular neighborhoods (the strike heads might as well ask for bombs to be dropped massively on them) solves the gang problem, for all they are concerned.
This is why we don’t support this call in the least. Even if, for us in the popular masses, the problem of gang and MINUSTAH widespread violence has to find a solution, it is not in the form the bourgeois are seeking to ram it down our throats that we should accept it to be solved. Our problem doesn’t have the same nature as theirs and the solution they’re suggesting, while appearing to have common immediate interests with ours, will immediately turn against us.
OUR solution is in our struggle and independent organization, in which the true nature and form of the problem are clear and guiding our action. In our neighborhoods, we can find the way to vanquish the terror and repression both the gangs and the MINUSTAH are leading against us in the context of a truly popular resistance with the workers in central position. The solution certainly isn’t in lending our strength to the bourgeois who immediately intend to have these forces come annihilate us blindly!