Madrid, Spain: Bring Back The Strikes, Spread the Occupations, Let the Looting Commence

Received and translated on 06.04.2020, text originally appeared in the 1st issue of Madrid Quarantine City.

The Covid-19 crisis has once again highlighted that this world belongs to them because they took it from us. The rich and powerful will emerge from it stronger, supported by the State. And we, poorer than we were before. And if we are, it is because there are rich people. The crisis only intensifies these processes.

They take everything away from us because there is private property, property of land, of housing, of space…And on the basis of this property right, regulated by the State, they force us to pay for the most basic things: (food, housing…) and they force us to work for them if we want money to survive. Why else are there millions of workers going to work during full confinement? And meanwhile, while trying to balance things, listening to politicians and journalists talk about moderation, unity and responsibility with a looming horizon of evictions, layoffs and uncertainty, because the health crisis will end, but the conditions of exploitation and misery to which we are subjected to will prevail and increase exponentially. A health crisis that raises another question: Does anyone believe that Amancio Ortega or Esperanza Aguirre will be denied an ICU bed if they catch the virus? Exactly.

We can’t go back to normal, there is no going back. Power is preparing for what’s coming next. Let’s do it ourselves: rent strikes, strikes in the workplaces and the schools, wildcat strikes, away from the parties, unions and stagnant structures. And let’s take, not wait, let’s squat the empty properties that are the grazing ground of capitalist speculation by real estate companies, banks and investment funds. Let’s build networks of solidarity and mutual aid.

And let’s do it knowing that the State is already prepared with thousands of military, police, cameras and drones to protect order, to protect property and work, because authority is a guarantor for the exploiters to continue to subdue the exploited. We will take to the streets, we will not forgive, we will not forget, there will be no government, no ballot box, no vote, no military, no police, no judge capable of containing the epidemic of rage and revolt. It is up to us to strike back. Loot the rich.

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