Uniting government and social movements is our top priority

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THE Communist Party of Chile stressed that “the main reforms of government, as well as the most pressing social emergencies, require an active government and active social movements.

“Our actions as a party in this next period must center on the unity of government with social movements as the main tool for transformations.”

In view of the social situation caused by serious economic problems, it was pointed out that “we communists do not want these effects to be paid for by the households of workers”, and in reference to the worrying levels of delinquency and organized crime, “we cannot wait for transformations of a structural nature of the security apparatus where immediate responses are necessary.”

More importantly, “the constitutional process must be maintained, preserving the democratic norms that define and guarantee popular sovereignty.”

The text argues that “we must place at the center of our political action the reestablishment among all Chileans of the vision that a government seeking to implement a progressive program is not detached from a continuous exercise of popular power, On the contrary, any deterioration in the transformation of governance prevents and threatens the realization of this program.

Regarding the development of a new approach towards a blocked constitutional proposal, the Communist Party’s central committee believes that “the constituent assembly process must be maintained, preserving the relevant democratic norms on which it is based and guaranteeing the sovereignty popular.

“It is necessary to establish that the body mandated to draft the proposed new constitutional text must guarantee a democratic and participatory process of popular and citizen sovereignty.”

As for the dynamics surrounding the current government, its program and the relationship between the two pro-government coalitions, the Communist Party document states that “there is a need to strengthen [governing coalition] Apruebo Dignidad as it is, without excluding any of its constituent groups, in all the territories of the country, regions and communities.

“We communists must act without prejudice and sectarianism with the parties of democratic socialism, which are necessary to advance the implementation of the program and the daily tasks of government.

“Acting together in the pursuit of the constituent process is a requirement, because, given the balance of power in parliament, we are witnessing a rise in power of the right and its politico-economic power.

Furthermore, the document states that “the political cycle initiated in October 2019 with the popular uprising is not yet over – it is therefore a priority to continue to develop an analysis that focuses on short and medium-term measures to prepare us to the continuity of the fight for a new constitution, to identify and address the risks coming from right-wing and neoliberal sectors and to reinforce the transformations initiated and implemented by our government.

On the political opposition and the power groups, the text recalls that “the right, the big transnational financial capital and the economic groups that concentrate the wealth in Chile, take back the political initiative and advance boldly, deploying an offensive that seeks to undermine the democratic progress of anti-neoliberal struggles.

“We recognize the conditions of the serious and cumulative social crisis the country is going through and which is reflected in growing poverty – immediate responses are needed to mitigate the serious social deterioration.”

The document identifies the priorities to be urgently addressed by the government and the forces of change, reiterating the importance of swiftly implementing legislative reforms relating to taxation, pensions, health and safety.

Regarding international relations, the party’s position is clear: “A state foreign policy must be strengthened by prioritizing regional integration and unity in order to cope with this complex global scenario. This means strengthening Chile’s efforts to energize the Progressive Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as a vehicle for regional integration. CELAC does not include the United States and Canada and in 2020 Jair Bolsonaro removed Brazil.

Next year will see the 50th anniversary of the military coup of September 11 — it is in this political-historical perspective that the Communist Party of Chile will develop its political planning.

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