by Cli Ché
The following text is the translation of a leaflet published on the homepage of Proletarios revolucionarios. Proletarios revolucionarios was a communist group from Quito that disbanded in 2016. Due to a lack of Spanish, the text has been translated from English. More information on the context of the protests can be found in this article,
The recent economic measures of the Ecuadorian government are austerity measures used in times of capitalist crises and have been used by right-wing, "neo-liberal", left and "21st-century" socialist governments around the world, because they are all of It depends on the same logic of capitalist production, which lives on the exploitation of the working class. In times of crisis, capital applies the same economic policy to our class everywhere: time to tighten our belts, or it will lead to greater impoverishment or intensification of exploitation.
In the case of the recent paquetazo [ 1] of [Ecuadorian President Lenin] Moreno, first, there is an increase in the cost of living due to rising fuel prices (because here in Ecuador, we know that "if fuel prices rise, everyone else will rise"); and secondly, all the labor law reforms imposed on us to encourage flexibility and precariousness (wage cuts, lower pensions, fewer vacations, flexible employment contracts, teleworking, etc.).
Nevertheless, neither the paquetazo nor the neo-liberal government or the IMF are the only problems. The fundamental problem is how capital directly and unruly attacks the working class during times of crisis and how we respond to it. Of course the fight is the right way. But we also need to analyze the struggle of our class self-critically and to design a strategy for it.
Thus, when the heat of the very concrete struggle of the proletariat breaks out of the democratic and bourgeois terrain, so does the terrain of the bourgeoisie and the state, as well as of the role play with the unions and the leftist parties, which only want to co-opt and fight the proletarian struggle they are capable of dealing with the ruling class over their ownTo negotiate specific and career goals: As soon as that happens, the strongest and most legitimate response of the working class to these austerity measures has always been and will be the direct, autonomous and antagonistic action to defend and enforce our essential concrete needs; or at least we have to fight so that the rich and powerful can not worsen our already terrible material conditions of existence.
To this end, the demands and protests of the working class will generalize and radicalize, to the point where neither the government nor the entire system can meet such "impossible" social demands; It could only fulfill the overthrow of capital and state, and we would then fight for a revolutionary eruption from the capitalist crisis. But there is much to be done both here and everywhere, especially in this country where the level of accumulated history of the class struggle, despite some exploitable episodes, has generally been deep and volatile.
For the time being, it is necessary and good to go out in protest with slogans like "Down with the paquetazo ", "Down with Moreno" and "Down with the IMF", "Forming Affinity in the Streets" and collectively, more or less organized, more or less autonomous, more or less militant, but it must go on (as was said at a general meeting tonight): "Down with the Government", "Down with the Entrepreneurs and the Bankers", " Que se vayan to dos, que no quede ni uno solo " [ 2], "Down with capital, down with the state, down with all governments and their lackeys".
The turn of the paquetazo and the downfall of Moreno (just like Bucaram, Mahuad and Gutierrez in recent years) would be real "victories" for a possible new "movement" of social protests in this country. But objectively, here and now, there is still a lack of necessary real conditions and social forces, such as the level of the class struggle, but something is going on. It may be that this government of businessmen and bankers comes through, but the proletarian class struggle in the streets will try to stop them, and it will not be in vain. The fight is the way and it is in the fight where we learn, especially during blows and defeats, so that we can use them in future battles in our favor.
The fact that there will be more social protests tomorrow in this country "sleeping" in the last decade is no small feat. On the contrary, driven by strong and exemplary protests in recent weeks in Bolívar and Carchi, tomorrow could start the October 2019 for Ecuador. The protest will grow and there may be some jumps. Some social organizations have already stated that the "National Strike" will start on October 3rd. And there have been some protests all over the country. Let's see what happens tomorrow, when it gets hot again on the streets ...
Yes, we have to go out and protest, but we have to be aware that this is only the beginning and that we must dare to go beyond that. We must finally realize that the rich and powerful will not pay for the crisis; that this is not just a national or "neoliberal" problem, but rather a global and capitalist one; that all this will never be definitively eliminated unless we eliminate capitalism, which will continue to attack and worsen our lives with more crises and austerity measures; that we are still a long way from a new cycle of international and local proletarian struggles, which will change the interrelationship between social forces and impose on the capitalist system a situation of revolutionary crisis; but at the same time it begins with the struggle to defend our needs against the exploitation of capital and its accumulation. Anything in terms of fighting, organization and consciousness, the coming protests will leave many lessons and working class fires in this "half of the world". It was time. Let's see what happens in the streets tomorrow. the coming protests will leave many lessons and working class fires in this "half of the world". It was time. Let's see what happens in the streets tomorrow. the coming protests will leave many lessons and working class fires in this "half of the world". It was time. Let's see what happens in the streets tomorrow.
A pissed off proletarian from the region of Ecuador