March 17th: Mobilization and struggle with a class character-FDLP


Extracted unofficial translation by Signalfire

On this March 17th, the exploited working masses with a high level of awareness once again carried out a combative mobilization against the fascist reformist and corporatist regime of the Alianza País.

The deep crisis of Correa’s regime, is not as he claims,due to low oil prices in the international market, but because of the crisis of bureaucratic capitalism, the structural weakness of the economy and policy of the country which today blatantly and cruelly shows its face: The increase of unemployment: 6 out of ten Ecuadorians do not work or if they do they are underemployed, informality, super-exploitation, wages below the subsistence minimum, etc. High cost of living, high levels of popular indebtedness unconventional financing (usury), anguish and despair in the homes of the people at the inability to reproduce their labor power or to reach the most basic decent living conditions. Criminalization of popular protest and organization, and as if that were not enough, the reduction of the minimum wage (a basic basket of $ 700) overlapping with a reduction in working hours.

Few regimes have worked this well on the basis of imperialism. Few regimes have worked for the benefit of the big bourgeoisie as well as that of Rafael Correa. The reconstruction of the old state, in order to somewhat invigorate bureaucratic capitalism demanded a government of this type, if it is true it has had paternalist behavior, carried out work of visual impact to the masses, etc., it has first of all strengthened the capacity of the classes who hold power to put the burden of the crisis of the state onto the shoulders of the majority.

But to every step of regime fascism, the masses also give their response. We are improving our level of organization. We will strengthen the class line within the trade union movement….

In the city of Ibarra, the Front for the Defense of the Workers of Imbabura carried out a important and massive mobilization, showing its rejection and condemnation of the regime and the latest measures formulated in the new labor law.

But what makes this different from other mobilizations? A lot. First, because the march led by conscious workers expressed the clearest class independence in its organization, in in its demands, and above all in its political and ideological line…


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