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Call for international solidarity for the liberation of Argentine political prisoner Daniel Ruiz

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Daniel Ruiz is an activist in defense of workers’ claims and, therefore, a political prisoner in Argentina. Daniel Oscar Ruiz is an oil worker, congressional delegate of the Chubut Petroleum Workers’ Union, who lives in Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, has a daughter under his responsibility, and was criminally charged and arrested for participating in protests against the Reform of Social Security of the Macri government, on December 18, 2017.

The Macri government, aligned with the payment of the debt to the IMF, seeks to apply neoliberal measures that increasingly reduce the standard of living of the population. The adoption of fiscal adjustments and reforms, combined with arbitrariness and persecution of fighters, has been the hallmark of the Macri government. The country is experiencing intense political and economic instability and effervescence in union and popular mobilizations. The increase in the dollar, combined with the successive devaluations of the peso, has caused the government to rampantly raise interest rates and, to reassure the market and imperialist capital, have resorted to the IMF asking for absurd loans that increase Argentina’s dependence. This submissive policies of government has caused a serious deepening of the economic crisis, which has affected especially the poorest people.

In Argentina, workers and youth movements are involved in important struggles against the Macri government, doing strikes and demonstrations. It was na important response from the workers, in particular the mass demonstrations against the wellfare reform, the fight for the right to abortion, and against the holding of the G20 meeting, in which Daniel had an outstanding participation. The government also tries to stop repressively the movement. The judicial proceedings and the persecution of activists, such as Sebastián Romero, and the prison of Daniel Ruiz, are an expression of this policy.

On December 18, 2017 there was a massive demonstration against the wellfare reform and Macri’s repressive response was brutal against the protesters, who were thousands and who defended themselves with what they had in their hands. An icon of this moment is the image of Sebastián Romero, Daniel Ruiz’s militancy partner, defending himself with a firecracker tied to a branch, which was quickly demonized by the government of Mauricio Macri, who began a relentless persecution against him, which follows to this day.

On September 12, 2019 will be a year of the perverse political detention of Argentine oil worker Daniel Ruiz. On this day, events and mobilizations are scheduled in Argentina and in embassies around the world ! His prison is denounced by the social movements as unfair and illegal, amid so many others that the government of Mauricio Macri performs against fighters and militants in Argentina, as well as the absurd political persecutions, as happens with activist Sebastián Romero, to whom Daniel Ruiz also supported various solidarity campaigns.

Despite all the claims and the countless institutional support formalized and referred to Justice, the Criminal Court decided to keep Daniel Ruiz in pretrial detention, accused of public intimidation and attack on authority. In fact, the accusation is that he participated in demonstrations. The decision to keep him under presumption of innocence demonstrates that it is clearly a political decision, without legal justification.
In the face of attacks, our solidarity continues to grow. The organizations of the International Trade Union Network of Solidarity and Struggle closely monitor the situation of the partner and support the initiatives and struggles against the persecution of Macri. Therefore, we ask the organizations to join the acts that will take place in the embassies and consulates of Argentina in their country on September 12, in a protest against the unjust prison of Daniel Ruiz.

- Immediate freedom of Daniel Ruiz and end of the persecution of Sebastián Romero !
- For the end of the persecution and criminalization of the fighters !
- In defense of democratic rights. For solidarity campaigns to activists and militants who are victims of persecution and repression by the State and employers.