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Petition for freedom and Democracy in Argentina

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    PLEASE, SIGN IT AND ASK YOIUR ORGANIZATION, UNION LEADERS AND ELECTED REPRESENTAIVE TO DO LIKEWISE. *** Please sign the petition, forward, distribute widely
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      PLEASE, SIGN IT AND ASK YOIUR ORGANIZATION, UNION LEADERS AND ELECTED
      REPRESENTAIVE TO DO LIKEWISE.

      *** Please sign the petition, forward, distribute widely ***

      3,000 ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, TRADEUNIONISTS, INTELLECTUALS, POLITICAL
      ACTIVISTS FROM THE US, MEXICO AND EUROPE DEMAND DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM IN
      ARGENTINA - DEMAND PROSECUTION OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDERS IN
      PUEYRREDON BRIDGE AND IMMEDIATE GENERAL AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS.

      PETITION FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN ARGENTINA

      President Eduardo Duhalde
      Presidential Palace
      Capital Federal, Argentina
      Hon. Congress of the Argentinean Nation
      Palace of Congress
      Capital Federal

      President of the Chamber of Deputies
      Eduardo Camano
      ecamano@...


      Ambassador in Washington Diego Guelar
      1600 New Hampshire Ave, NW
      Washington, DC 20009
      Tel (202) 238-6424
      Fax (202) 332-3171
      argentina@...

      WHEREAS: On June 26, 2002, the Police of the Province of Buenos Aires
      opened fire on hundreds of unemployed, labor, political and community
      activists who were demonstrating peacefully for jobs and food on the
      Pueyrredon Bridge;

      and

      WHEREAS: At least two people were killed, over 90 wounded, and at least
      17 sustained non-lethal gunshot wounds, testifying to the ferocity of
      the police repression;

      and

      WHEREAS: Federal police attacked demonstrators in Plaza de Mayo who
      were peacefully protesting the police repression at a demonstration;

      and

      WHEREAS: A general strike has been called tomorrow, June 27, in
      Argentina to protest the violence unleashed by the police forces of
      President Eduardo Duhalde;

      and

      WHEREAS: The uninterrupted protests of the Argentinean people are the
      consequence of the policies of the former governments of Carlos Menem
      and Fernando de la Rua, continued by the Duhalde administration in
      collusion with the interests of the IMF and the World Bank;

      and

      WHEREAS: The police have attacked at least one headquarters of the
      alliance Izquierda Unida, a legal organization that participated in the
      last four elections;

      and

      WHEREAS: The present government and Congress do not have the political
      legitimacy, moral authority or the political will to break the chains of
      the IMF, end poverty and repression, unemployment and govern for the
      majority of the people of Argentina;

      WE THE UNDERSIGNED AND THE ORGANIZTIONS WE REPRESENT DEMAND:

      The immediate investigation of the murder of Dario Santillan and all
      others killed since December 19, particularly those killed on June 26,
      2002 at Pueyrredon bridge

      The freedom of all arrested during June 26’s peaceful protests at Plaza
      de Mayo belonging to the organizations known as Bloque Piquetero, MDT
      Anibal Veron, PO, PC, MST, OST, and all other activists persecuted by
      the police
      The indictment and prosecution of those responsible for the murder of
      innocent civilians during demonstrations.

      Compensation for those wounded and/or unfairly arrested
      Immediate universal, general and democratic elections for President,
      Vice-President, all seats in Congress and all public offices in the
      country.

      Initial list of endorsers:

      Abel Mouton, Editor
      Frontlines Newspaper
      3311 Mission St, SF, CA 94110
      USA
      (415) 452-9992
      www.sf-frontlines.com
      progress@...

      Berta Hernandez, Eva Duran, Guillermo Soto, Dr. Ricardo Castrillon,
      Luisa Martinez, Carlos Petroni, Maria Rinaldi, Isabel Duquanin, Heberto
      Soto, Miguel Perez, Silvia Rouen, Victor Laplace, Simon V. Gonzalez and
      others for the Comité Argentino de Solidaridad “19 de Diciembre”
      374 Madrid Street, SF, CA 94112
      (415) 584-9400

      Matt Gonzalez, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

      Chris Daly, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

      Movimiento por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes (MDI)

      Periodico Oposicion Socialista Latinoamericana,
      oposicionsocialista@...; Comision Latinoamericana de Derechos
      Humanos; (CLDH) Left Party / Partido de Izquierda www.leftparty.org;
      Organización de Residentes Argentinos en el Exterior (ORAE);
      Organización Socialista de los Trabajadores (OST); Gene Pepi, Delegate
      to the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, ATU 1555; Ray Quan,
      Vice-President, SEIU Local 790, BART chapter; Prof. Irwin Sanders;
      Viviana Santos, PhD; Coalition to Fight for Equality (CFE); Raymond
      Freire, writer; Joseph Durhan, painter; Ira Reich, performing artist;
      123 members of United Steelworkers Union, USWA; 214 members of Service
      Employee International Union, SEIU; Peter Sloman, Dawlish Evon, UK; Greg
      Cannon, El Paso, Texas; Peter Curry, UK; 28 nembers of HERE, Hotel &
      Restaurant Employees union; Athena Beshur; 18 members of SF Townhall
      Committee Against War and Racism; Ricardo Longoria, Greenbelt, MD;
      Shannon Star Longoria, Greenbelt, MD; Cherie Pleau, Chicago, U.S.A.;
      Pilipinos for Affirmative Action; Vietnamese Residents' Association;
      Phil Barton, Medea Sanderson, Bill Diaz Chicago, Illinois; Chris Finn,
      Transport Workers Frontlines; 123 members of AFT, American Federation of
      Teachers; Progressive Left, San Francisco, California; Rolf Martens,
      Member of the Metal Workers Union(Metall) Malmö, Sweden; Seymour
      Blanche, writer; Armando Gutierrez, MD Mexico City; Arturo Mendieta,
      Mexico; Cristina Almoavar, Mexico; Leslie Hunter, painter; Artemia
      Benavides, Human Rights Lawyer; Human Rights Campaign in the Americas;
      Alphonse Barthes, writer; Maria Eva Crescimbeni; Greg Cannon, El Paso,
      Texas; Bonnie Damm; Dave Ayotte, researcher; Christina Escamilla,
      Student UCSD; Manuel E. Hermosillo, Student SDSU; Elena Escamilla,
      Student San Diego High School; Socialist/Left Party club at San
      Francisco City College; Socialist/Left Party Club at UC Berkeley; H.
      Hunter Gray [Hunterbear]; Prof. Bill Preston; Rice Orlin, PhD; 33
      members of United Autoworkers, UAW; Edward Chico Troy, candidate for
      Washington,DC, City Council; Dwayne Eutsey; Michael Schmidt, Washington,
      DC

      More signatures follow.
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