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Fascist Attack on Women’s March

Thursday 2 August 2018

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In the face of the attack by fascist groups on Chile’s feminist movement, we, the undersigned, state:

On July 25, fascists violently attacked the 6th National March for the Right to Free, Legal Abortion on Demand in Santiago, Chile. Shouting slogans calling for the mass sterilization of women activists, they stabbed three women in a cowardly, undoubtedly concerted, attack.

This attack confirms the impotence of the ultraconservatives in the face of Chile’s advancing feminist movement, which has currently become an undeniable social actor of primary political importance against all the forms of violence capitalism exercises against our lives and our bodies.

Chile’s president has remained complicit in his silence in the face of these grave events. This attitude, in addition to encouraging the fascists groups’ feeling that they enjoy impunity, contrasts with Sebastián Piñera’s public defense of the representatives of the extreme right. The message of the attack is clear, and so is the president’s silence. Some seek to stop the social movement by imposing their reactionary policies through fear.

The left feminist, social, and political organizations have taken immediately and massively to the streets to openly repudiate the ideas and methods of fascism. Once again, we have uninterruptedly reiterated our demands. Our activities on July 26 and 27 have shown in practice that we are not afraid, that we number in the thousands, that our convictions are firm, that the streets are ours, and that the public is on our side.

Unite with us in an active response of all Chilean social movements. We also call for international solidarity with statements and/or actions denouncing and repudiating the attack on us, and we particularly call for our sister organizations and allies all over the world to remain alert to what happens in our country.

No one will run roughshod over us!

Tendencia Socialista Revolucionaria – Chile

Plataforma Feminista Lxs Incidentes, Colombia

MES, Movimiento Esquerda Socialista, Brasil

Movimiento Democrático Popular, Panamá

Espacio de Encuentro de Mujeres, Panamá

Movimiento Ecosocialista de Colombia

Democracia Socialista, Argentina

Corriente Amaru, Perú

Coordinadora Socialista Revolucionaria, México

Feministas con Voz de Maíz, México

Liga de Unidad Socialista, México

Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores, México.