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Universidad Popular Madres de Plaza de Mayo or how to offend with ideology

susana sechiThe great challenge we face is how to turn minor crime, street rioting and social upheaval into revolutionary violence. We know that we shall not be given anything willingly, that we shall be granted nothing from the powerful through voting and choosing deputies, senators or legislators to represent our interests. (Sergio Shocklender, The Right to Violence, 11-20-1999).Dignity, integrity and freedom are the conditions needed for the functioning of a fair Republic, in which respect and laws protect honest citizens.

Since May 25, 2003, however, when Mr. Kirchner took office, all these bases have been replaced by indignity, injustice, insecurity and increasing violence that have imposed on society an ideologized imbalance, keeping the sovereign in slavery and servitude.

Nothing is casual. Everything was planned and discussed from a pathological, barbaric, and machiavellian dysfunction.

The alleged democratic appearance was hiding the true intentions of destroying the republic by disintegrating the social tissue. This planned strategy was announced by Sergio Shocklender in the days previous to the launching of the “Universidad Popular Madres de Plaza de Mayo”, when he stated:

“The matter of violence is one of the central issues in which each of us has to establish a standpoint and have definitions. This theme is generally avoided by the intellectuals and usually on the verge of political analysis, because it frightens. Due to the liberal, christian, reactionary discourse (and so on) that violence is evil; we have assumed that violence only generates violence, that peace is necessary. Moreover, we have assumed that mankind is good, when we know this is not so. Humanity is not bad, however, but the product of systems in diverse historical, political and social moments. It is a concrete data that violence exists; it is everywhere. Curiously, those who trigger violence against us are the ones that argue that we should not be violent, that we are to be tolerant because nothing is solved through violence.”

Schoklender’s words reflect those facts that overwhelm the people through an absolute power, backed up by the most abhorrent minds that survive in the social subsoil.

“Today is a place in which we live scared, within cabinets crowned with barbed wire, where after 7 pm the neighbors do not dare go out, where the chap gangs kill each other. That exists and anyone walking or working in the suburbs or slums would realize what I am talking about. This is not a reactionary discourse, but an attempt to recognize what is going on. Behind this reality data there are two discourses: that of the reactionary sectors who argue that people are bad, that more security is needed, that police’s wages should be raised, that more policemen as well as more police stations are needed, that tougher laws and more repression are to be set up. On the other hand we have the leftist, progressive discourse that argues: in fact this is not so; it is the media which are to blame. All violence is the product of exclusion, of margination, of impoverishment, of capitalism. Indeed, the intention is to enlarge this balloon, to make believe that there is too much violence that justifies repression.

This is what is happening nowadays in Argentina and the reason of those already planned events that are put forward by this character with the support of the ‘Mothers’, while setting up that dreadful place called ‘university’.

In the last ten years the experience of Latin America –of the world indeed- but specially of Latin America which is more familiar to me, shows that only those organizations and movements that have been able to change social violence into revolutionary violence are the ones that have been heard and succeeded in the negotiation table. The most significant example are the Colombian’s FARC. There is no military solution for social conflicts. There is no armed remedy. The solution will always be politic. But in order to be able to negotiate we should demonstrate that we are as strong as they are. This means to break up with many myths, being the biggest one the idea that violence is bad. Violence is bad, depending on who it serves. Crime is always bad because it identifies no enemy, because it confuses the enemy, because it understands that the neighbor is the enemy and not that the enemy is a ‘class enemy’. The enemy is a system to be destroyed, to be abolished. I want you to listen to some words brought by some comrades of La Cantora, a radio station that features the prisoners’ voices. One of these fellows states that petty crime, the trespassers, the picketers, those who roam the streets with an iron beater, are the only ones who face the system. We should succeed in changing that individual violence into organized violence.”

This is a clear example, as a mirror, of all that was systematically put forward in the whole country to scare the citizenship with state policies designed to strengthen the tyranny. The Argentines are used as hostages, showing the alliance between terrorism and organized crime.

The dismantling of the Armed Forces responds to certain strategic planning of the subversive organizations in Latin America, specially the FARC.

“If you think of violence, you think of many years of formation or deformation of the ‘humantiarian’ discourse, that is why we understand that organized violence is certainly the only alternative for the conquest of social claiming.”

The social claiming to which Schoklender refers to is what is imposed daily and openly through the hooded club-holding picketers, vindicated by the Justice and sheltered behind special human rights, while honest people are despised and scorned through the Power’s discourse.

“We should be able to identify those levels of violence, we should begin to organize ourselves and to prepare a systematized political and violent answer, because there is no other way out.

Knowing that the people would never accept this in the polls, these subversive groups settled down, disguised behind a lie supported by the presidential couple and within a traditional political party, that did not see or refused to see the fellows behind.”

In this way, thanks to a naive 22%, the citizens were betrayed and exposed to a programmed insecurity which would keep them panic-stricken and dependant of dehumanized terrorists.

“Only for the federal system there are three more jail complexes on the go. They are not likely to be enough. But for certain exceptions, all those within come from the marginal sectors and many of them are there because they refused to accept what it is imposed on them.

The anticipated freeing of thousands of felons shows the necessary relationship of an accomplice Justice with corrupt officials in the security areas, who yield to revenge sectors that misjudge not only the law but also the contitutional granting while putting in serious risk the citizens’ life and freedom.”

The future is at stake while danger lurks the Nation’s destinies. The rescue operation could only be led by those honest citizens who dare face the challenge and choose faithful men to represent them through democratic polls.

Source: The Right to Violence. Workshops previous to the launching of the Universidad Popular Madres de Plaza de Mayo. This is a lecture by Sergio Schocklender recorded on 11-20-1999. Seminar on critical analysis of the Argentine reality (1984-1999). Web site: Universidad Popular de las Madres de Plaza de Mayo

Autor: Susana Sechi
Director of La Historia Paralela
Translation: Raquel Eugenia Consigli


Fuente:La Historia Paralela 




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