Fwd: Freedom por Argentinean Political Prisoners!
iwp.ilo at ix.netcom.com
Thu Feb 8 19:42:58 MST 1996
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FREE HORACIO PANARIO. STOP THE PERSECTION OF LEFT
ACTIVISTS! STOP HARRASING LEFT POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS!
This is a call for all members of this list to sign a letter to
the President of Argentina, Saul Menem demanding the freedom of
Horacio Panario, a member of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS)
in Argentina and a tradeunion leader. The letter also demand that
the government of Argentina will cease a campaign of repression
against left wing political and tradeunion activists associated
with the MAS, the Socialist Workers Movement (MST), Workers Party
(PO); the Party of Labor and the People (PTP) and the Movement
All for the Motherland (MTP).
Presently, there are more than a dozen warrants for the arrest of
members of those organizations for participating in working class
demomnstrations and leading strikes for better wages and against
the gubernamental plans of austerity.
There are also 21 members of the MTP in jail. They had been in
prison for attacking a military garrison years ago when the
military was revolting against the Constitutional government of
then President Raul Alfonsin.
It is worthy to note that succesive civilian governments had issued
several laws "pardoning", "releasing" or "exculpating" the Armed
Forces members involved in the so-called "dirty-war", waged by the
military dictatorship (1976-1982). The dirty war murdered 30,000
political, union and community activists; jailed thousands upon
thousands of others, including the most remarkable intellectuals
and artists and many members of the families of murdered activists.
During the dirty war, people was routinely "dissappeared" or held
during years without charges being brought against them and/or
without a trial. Menem was followed suit and it is said that he
is planning to declare a general anmesty. This is the moment to
demand for the left-wing prisoners and persecuted activists. If
the governments in Argentina are willing to let go some many
military murderers ...
Read the letter. If you would like to sing it, please send your
name, title (if you are an intellectual, tradeunion leader,etc)
to : iwp.ilo at ix.netcom.com
Text of the Letter:
February 8, 1996
President of the Republic of Argentina
It was call to our attention that the government of Argentina,
under your Presidency is holding prisoner Horacio Panario, a
member of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) and a recognized
tradeunion and community leader.
We are also aware that warrrants for the arrest of a number of
other tradeunionist and left activists were issued by your
government. The list of those ordered to be arrested include
Oscar Martinez, Organizing Secretary of the Metalworkers Union
(UOM) of the City of Rio Grande; Jorge Chiquay, Veronica Barriga,
Gustavo Sandoval -- all members of the MAS -- and Hector
Etchebaster of the Socialist Workers Movement (MST).
The orders of capture also include the names of Jorge Vidal (a
member of the Workers Party -- PO) and Mario Cambio of the
Party of Labor and the People (PTP).
All these activists are being persecuted by the government under
your Presidency for participating in protests, strikes by workers
and peaceful demonstrations. There is also symptomatic that all
of them belong to different left organizations. It is important
to note that all those organizations hold legal status in your
country and that their activities had been characterized as legal
We demand the immediate release of Mr. Panario and an immediate
cease of the campaign of harrasment of tradeunion and left
activists. We demand the immediate annulment of all outstanding
warrants for the arrest of the above-mentioned individuals and an
strict respect for the legal rights of all legal, political parties
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