We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Struggle in Peru intensifies

by Fred Weston Monday, Jun. 02, 2003 at 9:59 AM

Struggle in Peru intensifies

In Defense of Marxism-http://www.marxist.com
Workers International League-http://www.socialistappeal.org

Struggle in Peru intensifies
By Fred Weston



As we pointed out in yesterday's article, the State of Emergency declared by the President of Peru, Toledo, rather than bring the situation "under control" has led to growing class tensions in Peruvian society. Clashes between workers and students and the army and police have continued.

This weekend the SUTEP (teachers' union) is calling a special national conference to decide whether to continue or to call off its strike. The leader of the union, Nilver López, declared on a local Peruvian radio that if the government comes up with a serious proposal then the teachers will decide on it "objectively". He also added that talks with the government are about to resume, but added that the proposed increase in wages of 100 new ‘soles' would not be acceptable as it excluded those about to retire and retired teachers. He said that a solution to the conflict could be found if the government came up with a plan to double wages over a period.

Responsibility of SUTEP (teachers' union)

This is an attempt to reach a compromise between the union and the government. No doubt serious strategists within the Peruvian ruling class are studying how to reach a compromise that could defuse the whole situation. The teachers have played a key role in leading the struggle. Their struggle spilled over into other sectors (peasants, doctors, nurses, court workers, etc.). The perspective of a general strike is there. What is the point in the SUTEP reaching some kind of rotten compromise, when everyone knows that Toledo cannot be trusted? He has reneged on all his promises. Twice he has declared a State of Emergency. He is the representative of capital, both Peruvian and international. He will never govern in the interests of the Peruvian workers. Even if he is forced to some form of compromise today, this will only serve to buy time and prepare for a bigger attack later.

Therefore this weekend's conference of the SUTEP should be used as a springboard from which to launch an appeal to all the workers of Peru. The first task is to bring together rank and file union representatives of the teachers together with the doctors, nurses, court workers and farmers. Their action should be co-ordinated and appeal for a general strike should go out to all the other unions as well. Even from a purely trade union logic negotiations can only be successful if they start with the workers in a position of strength. If the workers go back to work why should the government make any concessions? It would send out the wrong signal, i.e. that the unions are weak; when in reality they are a very powerful force. The point is to use this immense power. Thus the leaders of the SUTEP have a very big responsibility on their shoulders. They must not call on their forces to retreat now that the battle lines have clearly been marked. The ranks of the SUTEP must organise to put pressure on the leadership to make sure that it does not waver.

Student killed

In the meantime the clashes on the streets are intensifying. There has been a major confrontation between the students of the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano and the army and police. One student was killed by gunshots when the security forces opened fire on the protesting students. A further 36 were wounded, one of them seriously. Sources from the Puno hospital said that those killed might actually be two. Most of the injuries were caused by the police and army charging on the students. Some of them showed clear symptoms of suffocation caused by the tear gas canisters fired by the security forces. Five army officers and eight policemen were also wounded.

All this happened when a group of students decided to occupy the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano. The students, knowing very well the reputation of the security forces, had come prepared, and had at least some rudimentary forms of defence. They had wooden poles, stones and possibly knives. This is the least that can be expected when the full force of the armed forces are thrown at the labour and student movements. The students held their ground and stopped the armed forces from entering the building.

Threat of "insubordination" among ranks of police

All this is even having an effect, as we had mentioned could happen, inside the ranks of the police force. The chiefs of police have come out publicly to deny that there is any kind of protest developing within the ranks of the police. According to some reports that had appeared in the Peruvian press, there were plans for some of the ranks of the police to organise a protest about their low wages. The chiefs of police have tried to play this down by saying that it was all organised by elements outside the police force. This is clearly an attempt to cover up what is really going on. The daily "Correo" assures us that the Ministry of the Interior has set up its own plan, called "Argos 2003" whose aim it is to weed out members of the police force who are preparing to carry out acts of "insubordination".

Yesterday we reported that there were plans in the government's budget to increase the wages of the police. We explained that a mass movement of the kind taking place in Peru today can be very contagious and can even have an effect on the ranks of the police force. That is why they were hurriedly trying to up their wages. It has come a little too late. The rumblings are already there. What we can say is this: when the movement starts to affect even the ranks of the police this reveals the revolutionary potential within society. In these conditions, if the leaders of the trade unions made a clear appeal to the police to organise themselves into a union and to refuse to take actions against the protesting workers and students, this could at the very least split the police force down the middle along class lines. It all depends on the determination of the movement to go forward and, in the last analysis on the preparedness of the leaders of the movement, in particular the trade union leaders, to go all the way.

Majority oppose Toledo

If the leaders were up to the situation they could sweep away Toledo and the whole gang of corrupt capitalist politicians around him. The overwhelming majority of the population would support such a move. Even now in the early stages of the movement the majority of Peruvians are against the State of Emergency. An opinion poll carried out by the University of Lima has revealed that 74 per cent of the population of the capital of Peru, Lima, disapprove of how Toledo has run the country and more than half are opposed to the declaration of a State of Emergency.

This shows that the balance of forces in Peru is enormously weighted in favour of the labour movement. The situation is rotten ripe for a revolutionary leadership to take the reins. The country is in a mess. Poverty has increased. Even the middle classes have been affected. All layers of society are being affected by this movement. The workers would clearly respond to the call for solidarity action and for the widening of the strike movement. The peasants are on the move as are the students. Even the police ranks are wavering.

Peru is facing a key turning point in its history. The labour movement has a golden opportunity to radically change society, uniting behind it other layers of society. If the leadership does not stand up to the tasks of history posed before it, the initiative can slip from its hands. This coming weekend's conference of the teachers' union has a heavy responsibility on its shoulders.

May 30, 2003.


See also:

State of emergency inflames Peruvian workers By Fred Weston (May 29, 2003).
Nuevo ascenso en la lucha de clases en Perú (In Spanish) By Lukas Neissl, Lima, (January 2003).
Peru - Mass uprising defeats privatisation plans By Jordi Martorell. (June 24, 2002).
[Back to In Defence of Marxism] [Back to Latin America]
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

test O06 10:01AM

test O06 9:59AM

test O06 9:59AM

100 Ways GOP Have Stolen Elections Since 1876 O06 12:03AM

Proximospective de l'univocité réifiée O05 6:27AM

“Kava-no!!!” O04 6:42PM

Trump & Palestine vs. Genesis, Rashi & The Land of Israel O03 6:29PM

The Criminality of the Elites O03 11:35AM

Business de l'inhumanitaire O03 7:51AM

Marriage Rape/Date Rape Highest Rapes O02 2:59PM

Women I Know Get Raped - Too Many Times To Count! O02 2:55PM

Women In USA Have Stockholm Syndrom O02 2:50PM

Shooting Drill's Are Political Actual Shootings O02 2:47PM

Dr. Ford's Father Works With CIA O02 2:44PM

Weaponizing Frequencies O02 2:41PM

Google Abuses: Worldwide Spying, Censorship, War Promotion, Spying On Children, Etc O02 11:08AM

Paraphysique de l'administration O02 8:34AM

Paraphysique O02 8:31AM

Affordable Rents? A State of Emergency Intensifies O01 11:36AM

A Few Of Many Impeachable Acts by Trump Sessions And Others O01 4:41AM

Désengrammation, l'éloge de la suite S30 7:01AM

someone Should Work In Hollywood - Good Acting! S28 2:55PM

Ford Gives Psych Drugs To Lower Class To Shut Them Up? S28 2:51PM

Hilllary Calls Ford Trailer Trash? S28 2:47PM

Most Rapes Are In Marriages S28 2:43PM

Nice Boys Dirty Deeds S28 2:41PM

Minnesota 2nd Largest Rape State S28 2:39PM

Paraphysique de la plus-value S28 7:18AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy