Here they are killing us: A Compilation to Support Victims of Repression in Chile

Punks breaking borders to help their sisters and brothers.

a2664118520_10Artist: Various

Title: Aquí nos están matando – Here they are killing us

Release: Digital

Year: 2019

Label: Imperecedero Discos

There is a crisis in Chile right now.

Well, as in all capitalist societies, but the situation has recently exploded with great turmoil in the country. People have been taking to the streets all year for better health care and a better school system, but the politicians and the state kept pushing people down and raising the cost of living. People struggled and suffered every day. And then a subway fare increase, another hard slap in the face, made people realize they didn’t want to take it anymore. And they didn’t have to.

On October 18th, massive protests began and have yet to subside. People are gathering in the streets and in their neighborhoods. They are rioting, fighting, resisting and organizing. That is why the police and the military repressed the people. Citizens have been shot, injured and killed. There are at least 223 people who have been shot in the eyes and lost all or part of their sight. At least 341 people were tortured. A total of 2,535 people have been hospitalized. More than 20 people have died. Sebastián Piñera, Chile’s president, doesn’t care.

In order to raise money for the victims of the repression of the Chilean state, Imperecedero Discos made this huge compilation with 52 punk tracks and many great bands with sounds from all over the world for only $4. Latin America and the whole world stand united because we know that we all suffer from the same things: capitalism, neoliberalism, fascism. We’re going to support each other and fight against inequality and corruption.

Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Honduras, Bolivia and Colombia have taken to the streets to demand a better life for the common people, a better future and dignity for all. Similar things are happening in Spain, Lebanon and Hong Kong, to name a few. We are sure that many more will rise up, as it should and as we hope it will. The system is slowly crumbling, bit by bit, and it will crumble soon: total meltdown (a little different from the accelerationist dreams). People won’t take this shit anymore. We are standing in line waiting for you to join us. None of us are alone in this.

In this album we can hear songs from Ordinaria Hit and Ornitorrincos from Brazil, Gerk and Tildaflipers from Argentina, Ugatz, from Spain, Siwomat from Germany, besides Chilean names we’ve already heard on this site, like Esconder Micara, Nagasaki, and Manual De Combate.

Punkrock, Hardcore, Powerviolence, Crust, Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore. An international compilation of punks supporting punks, standing in solidarity, together, stronger than ever. There’s no border we can’t cross, no fear that can stop us, because we are, together, a fire that cannot be extinguished.

It’s been more than a month since this all started and it’s hard to put all these feelings together. Words don’t come easily anymore. I’m tired and desperate, we’re going through a very hard time. The situation is much more complex than what you read here. But I’ve also been hopeful.

When was the last time something so great happened in Chile? When was the last time the people here were so united? I know my neighborhood better than ever, I talk more to the people around me, and I feel more connected to the things that are happening here. We have a chance and we’re going to take it.

There’s no other way. I’m going to hold onto this spark until my hand burns off. We will overcome.

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