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(en) Anarchist Collective Class Struggle CALC/CAB THE LIFE OF WORKERS IS NOT WORTHY: TERRORISM OF CAPITAL AND THE STATE! (pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:09:21 +0200

The Brazilian Anarchist Coordination deeply regrets the hundreds of workers killed and wounded by the rupture and overflow of two tailings dams at the Vale do Feiga mine mine and sympathize with all of them affected by this absurd crime ---- There were three years ago the largest environmental crime in Brazil and one of the largest in the world throughout history. The disruption of the Mariana / MG Dam beyond incalculable losses to Nature and to local cultures left, not counting animal losses, 19 dead people. The company Samarco, controlled by mining companies Vale and BHP Billiton, has not paid any fine or compensation, and even the reconstruction of the Bento Rodrigues village is practically halted. All this with the full agreement of the public power, with the mayor of Mariana, Duarte Júnior (PPS), the government of the State of Minas Gerais, Fernando Pimentel (PT) and the Presidency of the Republic, also the leader, Dilma Roussef.

No fine or indemnity paid, no rebuilt house, no repairs performed. Subjugated and oppressed continues the working class before this act of terrorism perpetrated in a terrifying pact between the Political State and the Great Capital. This time, a new tragedy occurred during the governments of Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) and Romeu Zema (NOVO). The President of the Republic, for several moments declared the environmental activists as obstacles to economic development and even within the hypocritical logic of capitalism, threatened to leave the Paris Agreement. Subsequently it ended up retreating influenced by political and economic losses to the bourgeoisie and to agribusiness, which such an act would provide. The Minas Gerais government does not fall behind in its destructive sanha. He promised to facilitate environmental licensing and open the door for mining and agribusiness exploration - a process that had already begun in Pimentel's PT government. He also promised to fight with the weapons he has, what he called a "of the biggest problems faced by MG", social movements. Finally, he declared full support for the lackey who occupies the presidency of the republic.

Another disaster announced and planned by the capital

A torrent of mud has hit the company's administrative area and a residential village, as well as dozens of houses near the river. Hundreds of company employees are missing and the possibility of survivors is very difficult, hit in the middle of lunch in facilities inexplicably built on the mud path. Just over three years after the human and environmental tragedy that broke out of the Fundão dam in Mariana, the state of Minas Gerais and the country are perplexed by the great mining company's involvement. There have been few warnings made by popular movements, academics, engineers and environmentalists since 2015 for the permanent risk of more than 400 ore tailings dams in the state of Minas Gerais alone. The dam complex around the Córrego do Feijão mine has been the subject of denunciations of 2015, however, the State Council for Environmental Policy of MG approved the expansion of the mine at the end of last year. According to the National Water Agency, there are another 45 dams in critical situation in Brazil, of these 5 are in MG.

The dam of Feijão, broken on 01/25/2019, was not on the list of dams in the most critical conservation condition.
At that moment the cities of Serro and Rio Acima are the subject of dispute. At first a new mine, only four kilometers away from the historic city threatens the entire water system of the city, not to mention other serious consequences. In the second, the installation of a new mine tailings containment dam, has a tenfold capacity of the Fundão dam in Mariana. Upstream, by the way, it's
responsible for a large part of the potable water abstraction of the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte. Once again, Capital, eager for profits and always scorning life, provokes another disaster of gigantic proportions, reaping not only human lives, but razing cultivated lands, animal creations, dwellings, rivers that supply cities and impacting the environment in hundreds of kilometers away from the accident site. Once again, the agro-exporting model, typical of dependent and peripheral countries of the capitalist system like ours, is insensitive to the needs of the indigenous, peasant and poor population. Two tragedies occurring in different governments (PT and PSL). Demonstrating that the policy of destruction of natural resources and exploitation of our country by multinationals is a policy of State, not merely government.

We accuse the Judiciary of criminal complicity with the big mining companies. The disaster of Mariana, whose defendants are the miners Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton, has been dragging in the Federal Court since 2016. We remember that the former Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), a state-owned company founded in 1942, was privatized in May 1997 during the FHC government for $ 3.3 billion, when only its mineral reserves were estimated at more than $ 100 billion. One of the neoliberal allegations for CVRD's felony delivery was that the state-owned company was incompetent and inefficient ... Since then, Vale, controlled by domestic and foreign financial capital, has adopted an aggressive export model, with crude ore sales unprocessed; intensification of production aimed at the accelerated depletion of mineral deposits, generating a huge volume of tailings that clog hundreds of poorly constructed and poorly monitored dams. Vale, as well as other major mining companies operating in the country, overturns already fragile labor legislation and exercises anti-union practices. In this type of financially-driven economy model, those responsible (majority shareholders) are hardly punished because they are protected by their home capitalist countries and by the criminal labyrinths of the international moneylender system. The loosening of the environmental legislation registered in recent years, and which should increase even more in the current government as a requirement of Capital, foresees new disasters in the future, whose victims will be the same as always. All this debris will go to the Paraopeba River, from there to the Furnas Plant and from there to the São Francisco River. The Minas Gerais Sanitation Company (COPASA) has already interrupted the collection of water that supplies part of the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte. Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (CEMIG) is in a state of absolute tension since the Furnas Power Plant, where all the toxic sludge will flow is the main generator of electricity for MG. With mud turbines can not run. The scenario of chaos in Minas Gerais is eminent.

The scenario, therefore, is terrible and corroborates so that the anarchist critique elaborated from last 150 years is still completely current. The State is only the other face of Capitalism and its antihuman streak of destruction and domination.
It does not interest the people who occupy the direction of state, nor the party. The rot is in the perverse structure of this single currency with two horrible faces, Capitalism and State. On the other hand, there is the people with their actions of immediate solidarity before the horror. Hundreds of potable water, food, clothing and medicines are spontaneously emerging to benefit those affected by yet another act of terrorism. A clear demonstration that, despite everything, we still carry within us the seed of a new world, of Mutual Support, Self-Management and Solidarity. Only the collectivization of all environments of social life from the mobilization and organization in social and popular movements will distance us from barbarism.
The Brazilian Anarchist Coordination repudiates more this terrorist act of the mining company VALE. We stand together with everyone affected by crime and we call on them to organize themselves socially to fight for a world where all and all fit!

Our life in front of the Capital is worthless!
Get out Samarco! Off It's Worth It!
For the building of a STRONG PEOPLE! For the construction of the POPULAR POWER!

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