Victory to the Workers of Guadaloupe!

Workers Action

Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon (LKP) Guadaloupe

Third International Appeal from LKP General Strike Committee

Appeal to the International Workers’ and Democratic Movements
From Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon (LKP) Guadaloupe
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Dear Sisters and Brothers:

As we wrote in our last international appeal of February 6, 2009: “The bosses and the representatives of the French State are hoping that the general strike will die down, so that they can then begin the repression.”

This is visibly the political thinking that prompted the French State to take action, as they did on February 16.

In the face of the obstinate refusal by the French State and the bosses to heed our demands, in the face of their scorn for the people of Guadeloupe, the Liannaj Kont Pwofitation Strike Collective, or LKP, issued a call to the population on the 28th day of the General Strike to reinforce the picket lines across the country. The French State proceeded to repress the movement, seriously injuring one trade union leader, injuring others less seriously, and arresting more than 70 activists, including many trade union leaders of the LKP Strike Collective.

The population, the workers, the youth have said, “Enough is Enough!” They refuse to give up the struggle.

A number of elected officials protested against this State violence, which was also denounced by the LKP.

The workers, the youth, the people of Guadeloupe have strengthened their mobilizations on the ground. Their resolute actions won the freedom of all the jailed activists.

Today, on the 29th day of the general strike [Feb. 17], Guadeloupe is paralyzed by barricades in nearly every commune.

Youth were arrested the night of February 16-17, 2009.

This repression is going to continue, as the French State has just sent in a reinforcement of 1,000 mobile police troops [to bolster the 4,000 troops sent in on Feb. 7 — translator’s note]. The LKP has issued a call to the population to reinforce their mobilizations.

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Dear Sisters and Brothers:

In the name of international labor solidarity, in the name of democracy, we call upon you once more to request your support for our just struggle.

The workers and people of Guadeloupe have the right to fight for their legitimate demands!

In solidarity,

ADIM – AFOC – AGPIHM – AKIYO – AN BOUT’AY – ANG – ANKA – ASSE – ASS.AGRICULTEURS DU NORD BASSE-TERRE – ASS.LIBERTE EGALITE JUSTICE – CFTC – CGTG – CNL – COMBAT OUVRIER – COMITE DE L’EAU – CONVENTION POUR UNE GUADELOUPE NOUVELLE – COPAGUA – CSFG – CTU – ESPERANCE ENVIRONNEMENT – FAEN SNCL – FO – FSU – GIE SBT – KAMODJAKA – KAP Gwadloup – LES VERTS – MADICE – MAS KA KLE – MOUVMAN NONM – PCG – SGEP/SNEC/CFTC – SOS B/Terre ENVIRONNEMENT – SPEG – SUD PTT GWA – SUNICAG – SYMPA CFDT – TRAVAYE é PEYIZAN – UDCLCV – UIR CFDT – UNSA – UGTG – UPG – UPLG – UMPG – VOukoum-SNUIPP-ADEIC

— Guadeloupe, February 17, 2009