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(en) Catalunia, Embat: A compass for the revolution (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:18:18 +0300

After the 15M of 2011 numerous examples of libertarian practices driven by social movements flourished. We found them almost everywhere and analyzed them as a victory for libertarian ideas, but without anarchism becoming a relevant political actor. There was a lack of a political organization that collected these practices and provided them with content and, above all, strategic objectives. ---- The activists who made these reflections came from various projects of organizations, some from the 90s, others from the 2000s. No initiative was able to last more than two or three years. Unlike other countries, in Catalonia anarchism never built political organizations, preferring ideologically diverse groups (diverse in the libertarian field) or anarcho-syndicalism (whose organizations sometimes acted more as political organizations than as unions).

In April 2013, all these debates, which we shared with other colleagues from other territories in Spain, began the Embat Process, a commitment to build a libertarian organization focused on the Catalan reality, that is, to a territorial framework with particularities different from the rest of the state.

The Embat Process was developed over a couple of years by holding various meetings and talks throughout the territory, to establish organic guidelines and a "protoprogram". At the time, we were nothing more than a network of militants present in social movements and unions. We are of the opinion that the actual program will have to make the popular movement as a whole, but that did not imply that we could not have one as well. We needed an action document to follow a path designed by ourselves.

From concretizing these areas we decided that we were already a group mature enough to become an organization. That is when Embat, Libertarian Organization of Catalonia, was born. We created territorial nuclei and we had a community front with various areas (neighborhood, education, municipalization of water and housing). We had planned to create the labor and student fronts, but circumstances never allowed it.

In parallel, a link was forged with the international network of anarcho-communism and specificism (anarkismo.net) and with the Rojava revolution. We also had a relationship with Apoyo Mutuo, which was promoted by colleagues who had come out of the same process of debate that led to our Embat.

The particularities of Catalan political life led, as is well known, to the independence process. We supported this massive movement due to obvious causes for us: the hypothetical Catalan independence meant the decomposition of Spain (this reactionary monarchy and this postfretching corrupt regime that we suffer) and the opening of a new political scene that was worth the sorry to open. The referendum opened the door to a constituent process with which one could try to build popular power.

But when the waters returned to calm, around 2018, we focused on practical work, such as the Public Education Debates or the Housing Congress. And in a more pragmatic line, to take to the streets, the Taula Llibertària de Catalunya.

As self-criticism, which we can do to improve and keep other organizations in mind, we can see how from building an organization with secretaries, nuclei and fronts we gradually fell back into a collective operation where the face-to-face assembly was predominant . This did not play in favor of growth outside the AMB or the inclusion of people with family responsibilities. In addition, this operation could call into question prior consensus depending on the composition of the assembly, which may have burned more than one partner that we hope to meet again someday.

The 2015 protoprogram was outdated by the profound changes suffered by our society in this luster. Therefore, we initiated an update of the pending debates by evaluating the fields of action of an organization of revolutionary intention like ours. This is how this Political Line that we have developed in the last two years arises.

Embat has not gone anywhere, he is still present in the popular field and we intend to deepen the expansion of social and organized anarchism among the Catalan popular classes. We have the function of favoring the construction of a broad and ambitious popular movement. We have the mission to take advantage of any loophole or weakness in the system. We have the opportunity to build a life that is worth living. And of course, we will need more hands and complicity.

To move forward decisively in the sea of doubts of the 21st century, it is necessary to have a map and a compass ready

For a strong, rebellious, cheerful and combative people!

For a Popular Power present everywhere!

For a libertarian communism to live up to the circumstances!

Embat, September 2021

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