We received and publish a text from comrades of Proletarios Revolucionarios (“Revolutionary Proletarians”) from Ecuador. We translated this text [Ecuador] 15 de Noviembre: ¡Guerra de Clases, Guerra de Memorias! from Spanish into English and French.
[Ecuador] November 15: Class War, Memory War!
YESTERDAY, TODAY, FOREVER: AUTONOMOUS AND REVOLUTIONARY PROLETARIAN STRUGGLE, NEITHER CITIZEN NOR UNIONIST!
After years of struggle, organization, propaganda and agitation, on November 15th, 1922 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the proletariat of the time (railwaymen, cocoa workers, bakers, shipyards workers, typographers, bricklayers, cooks, laundresses, etc.) imposed the general strike and took control of the city (it was even talked about the “Soviet or Workers’ Council of Guayaquil”). But the bourgeoisie (agricultural exporters, bankers, manufacturers) was scared that this “mob” would revolt much more and the same day it ordered its police and military pack to brutally repress. The day of action turned into a slaughter (over 1,000 dead), the terror of the bourgeois State coloured the streets and water of the main harbour with proletarian blood, while “white and delicate hands applaud from the balconies” the return to a state of bourgeois “calm”. This was “the baptism of blood of the proletariat” in this country. But rather than because of the strength of our class enemy, this fatal defeat is due to the weaknesses of our proletarian class at that time: a lack of autonomy and belligerency against the government and above all a lack of radicalism or rupture with the Social Democratic program (including its “socialist” and “anarchist” versions), as well as a lack of rupture with the unions, with patriotism and religion, and finally a lack of revolutionary leadership, armament and offensive. Continue reading