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Czech, ORA-S replies to FSA-IWA statement

From "Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists - Solidarity" <solidarita_praha@hotmail.com>
Date Fri, 26 Jan 2001 11:41:28 -0500 (EST)


Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists - Solidarity (ORA-S) replies to the 
statement of FSA-IWA
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We do not find it contributory and acceptable to solve any controversy of 
the Czech anarchist movement in front of the international public - and at 
the background of the FSA-IWA statement we can find just the arguments among 
the Czech anarchist groups (controversial behaviour of FSA-IWA was its 
feature from the very beginning; it seems that FSA-IWA considered the 
relationships inside the movement to be rather a political competition among 
all organisations).  But as far as FSA-IWA felt important to react to the 
information of the ORA-Solidarita international secretary, Vadim Barak, we 
must react, too.

But we truly intent to keep to the point delimited in the FSA-IWA statement, 
  and - although it would be very attractive to spread it to 
“counter-attack” -  we will not comment neither debatable statements nor 
some controversial features of FSA-IWA, as we have never commented them on 
the international level.


1.  CAUSA: “SUPPORTERS” AND THEIR NUMBER

First of all, the FSA-IWA International secretariat objects to an interview 
for the Russian anarchist magazine ”Autonom” where the ORA-S international 
secretary Vadim Barak stated that Solidarita had 50 supporters. Further on, 
the FSA-IWA´s International secretariat suspects V. Barak that he purposely 
missed out the number of their organisation supporters to make ORA-S look 
stronger.

If V. Barak stated that ORA-S had 12 members and 50 supporters, than the 
term “supporter” does not mean neither narrow circle of sympathisers nor 
activists who just buy our materials or come to a demonstration organised by 
ORA-S. It indicates people who discuss  with us or support our work in any 
way - but not just temporarily: they help us to distribute posters and other 
materials etc. We expect FSA-IWA not to ask the name list of those 
supporters. V. Barak did not mention the number of FSA-IWA supporters 
because we simply do not know them (and for the same reason he did not 
mention the number of supporters of the third group - Czechoslovak Anarchist 
Federation, CSAF).

The FSA-IWA´s International secretariat also blames ORA-S for pathological 
behaviour, when it states that ORA-S “covers the grey and joyless reality of 
the anarchist  movement of Czech workers with an umbrella of joyful 
optimism. It is a ´public relations´ image of ORA-Solidarita to be presented 
and an exclusive ´idea´ organisation, exerting decisive influence  over a 
lot of  ´workers action groups´, ´supporters´ and other vague subjects,” 
says the FSA-IWA´s International secretariat.

Well, this is what the FSA-IWA´s International secretariat writes. But what 
did ORA-S really say? V. Barak stated that we had 12 members and 50 
supporters. That is reality and we consider these numbers to be - in 
contradistinction to FSA-IWA - rather sad. (And only a lunatic could find 
them to be a reason for joyful optimism, considering 10 million inhabitants 
in CR.)  And as far as workers action groups are concerned, V. Barak spoke 
about two of them, this number could be hardly taken as “a lot of” (as 
FSA-IWA have said). And as for “other vague subjects” - we truly do not know 
what FSA-IWA´s International secretariat would like to pretend we have said.
But let us stay with WAG (workers action groups) because in this point 
FSA-IWA´s International secretariat misrepresents the reality very badly.

2. WORKERS ACTION GROUPS

The worst of all intentional lies produced by the FSA-IWA´s International 
secretariat is the statement that there has never been any workers action 
groups (WAG).

At the very beginning let us say: it is very interesting that it is FSA-IWA 
who comes with this accusation in the English statement (FSA-IWA has never 
doubted the existence of WAG in the Czech movement), nine months after we 
have informed Czech anarchists about WAG in the Zetor factory in Brno, and 
six months after a main article about this WAG in our newspapers. The 
existence of WAG was not problematised by the same comrades from the 
FSA-IWA´s International secretariat even two months ago (3 November 2000) on 
the Meeting of Anarchist Activists of Moravia Region, which they attended 
personally. There they were seriously discussing our experiences with WAG 
with us (and it is really difficult to find out why since they thought there 
had been no WAG at all). They attacked our action programme based on WAG, 
general assemblies of employees and autonomous strike committees as 
“reformism”, but did not presume to state that there had not been any WAG in 
Zetor or LET Kunovice at all. They presumably knew that such a lie would not 
be accepted by local Moravian anarchists and other radicals familiar with 
the situation (in contradistinction to the international anarchist 
movement).

3. CAUSA: ZETOR

FSA-IWA´s International secretariat based its statement on the ingenious 
construction of a whole net of lies and half-truths about all Zetor events, 
but it can be summarised in one sentence: there have been no WAG at all.  A 
local group of ORA-Solidarita in Brno just organised a meeting with several 
Zetor employees, where it “proposed (in vain) the direct action to be 
adopted and some  unspecified ´general strike´ to be made, which vas rather 
confusing proposal.” “After short discussion with no concrete results these 
workers created parted farewell, went home and never met with Solidarita 
again.” “No WAG was created and none had never existed in Zetor. The whole 
very short radical and spontaneous expression of discontent, which 
culminated in big general meeting in factory, had been fully controlled and 
channelled by official metalworkers (OS KOVO) trade union top bureaucracy.”  
In its “correction” of the original version, sent to A-Infos two days later, 
the FSA-IWA´s International secretariat says: “Few  active workers, who 
tried to disrupt the silence of rank and file and met  with ORA-Solidarita, 
produced moreover one leaflet, calling for general  assembly, but did not 
attend this assembly and did not do anything else apart from this, being 
isolated and unfortunately not supported by others. We of course still 
insist on our critique that ORA-Solidarita  International secretary claim: 
´In the meantime, ORA-Solidarita with its 12 members incited through a 
relentless agitation a one day occupation of factory and a subsequent 
general assembly of 1000 workers´ (see 02/2001), still belongs to the realm 
of fantasy. Workers themselves made it whatever very little was achieved in 
Zetor, not ORA-Solidarita.”

Such “unprejudiced and precious information” about the events in the Zetor 
factory is a total misrepresentation of reality by either the FSA-IWA 
International secretariat, or by the referred member of FSA-IWA Brno.
Let us state the true facts: the Zetor trade union organised one day 
occupation of the factory shortly before Christmas 2000 because the workers 
had not received any salary for several months.
The trade union bosses were pushed to it by workers who asked for such 
events during their trade union meetings. According to our information,  
they were inspired by an example of miners from the Northern Bohemian mines 
Kohinoor and also by ORA-S posters and leaflets.  Firstly, during the 
strike, they used some arrangements suggested in our propaganda, which had 
not been used in Kohinoor: for example strike guards around the factory and 
workers guards preventing managers to get in the factory (although the 
strike was controlled by the leaders and done in harmless manners - limited 
to one day only and aimed to called an attention to problems in the 
factory).  And secondly, one trade union boss afterwards implicitly admitted 
an influence of our propaganda to the membership during a direct 
confrontation: to our posters inviting for a public meeting with the Zetor 
employees under the motto “unlimited occupation strikes” he said: “We have 
already tried your proposals - with no results.”
At this first meeting the workers really complained about their situation. 
But instead of “confusing” proposal for an “unspecified general strike”, we 
tried to carry out a revolutionary anarchistic analysis of their situation, 
we talked about the anti-capitalistic perspectives and presented quite 
precious action programme. Our arguments were supported also by one worker 
from Prague CKD factory where had employees the same troubles as in Zetor. 
Several Zetor workers agreed to organise another meeting to decide following 
steps.
Four workers, who attended this second meeting - their consciousness and 
courage let them at least to fight for themselves, decided to create 
informal WAG. A specific action programme, based on direct democracy and 
direct action, was written down as well as a leaflet inviting to a general 
employees assembly. It contained precious time and place information. This 
leaflet was signed by WAG, it was printed out on the expenses of ORA-S, and 
WAG distributed it in the factory at the beginning of the morning shift of 
the assembly day (6 March 2000). About 1,000 workers attended this general 
assembly at 10,15 a.m. in front of the factory head-office.
In contradistinction to all lies of FSA-IWA´s International secretariat, 
this event was not “fully controlled and channelled by official metalworkers 
(OS KOVO)”. Local trade union bosses were absolutely startled and they 
cruelly attacked WAG.  They got their control back after intimidating and 
promising  (together with the Zetor general manager) the WAG members. 
(“Unfortunately, this attempt was suppressed by an alliance of the factory 
management and union leaders,” says V. Barak in the Autonom interview.) The 
WAG members themselves were in a difficult position: on one hand they felt 
obliged to a strong support of the employees assembly, on the other hand 
they had no experience with fight independent on all trade union bureaucracy 
and based on a direct action.
Afterwards, we described the whole course of Zetor events  in the latest 
issue of our newspaper which we gave out to the Zetor workers. Do the 
members from FSA-IWA´s International secretariat really think that we would 
distribute there newspapers lying about Zetor events? We would risk at least 
a physical insultation, or at worse: we would discredit ourselves absolutely 
and we could not later on distribute there hundreds of our newspaper special 
issues against IMF/WB and capitalism. The reality was following: Zetor 
workers were keen on our materials, they knew - in contradistinction to  
FSA/IWA - what had happen in the factory.
Let us summarise it: all Zetor events were - in the Czech situation context 
and at the level of working class consciousness - rather outstanding 
activity. They represented an attempt to lead a social fight using direct 
action, independent on the trade union bureaucracy. ORA-S does not pretend 
to persuade WAG to enter the anarchist movement, but managed to persuade 
them to use some anarchist methods of self-organisation.  This 
self-organisation attempt had only a limited realisation (limited by a 
dominating low level of Czech working class consciousness). And this fact 
was described in the ”Autonom” interview.
And the point that the existence of WAG was so short, without reaching any 
success?  That their members deferred and WAG was dissolved (but later on, 
they realised this fault and that they should have continued)?  And that 
their present contacts with Brno ORA-S organisation are limited to rare 
meetings? Well, it is true: they were not any mythical heroes of the working 
class, as many revolutionary romantics would like to see them, but ordinary 
human beings with - as the whole working class in the Czech Republic - the 
weight of absence of any traditional radical social encounters. But they did 
what their consciousness let them do. But this in not a reason why to 
reprobate or even contest all experience coming form these events: THAT 
would be a pathological reaction, performed exactly by a revolutionary 
disgusted romantic who looks down to all workers - which have not become 
anarchists yet - with despise. A revolutionary romantic wants everything  
and now - or nothing at all. Any process of obtaining class consciousness, 
creation of class-for-itself and birth of this workers anarchist movement 
will not be as simple as a revolutionary romantic thinks: any worker will 
not become an anarchist overnight, thanks to one action. That must be a 
process of many attempts and many moments when even the most developed 
workers give up their libertarian thoughts.
By the way, bigger results could not be reached through the “strategy” full 
of naivety and revolutionary romanticism, missing any sense of analysis of 
present level of class struggle, which was suggested by that future member 
of FSA-IWA (attended both meetings) who asked for establishing anarchists 
trade unions and organising “general strike for revolution”.

4. THE LET KUNOVICE CASE

Events in LET Kunovice aeroplane factory are described by the International 
Secretariat of the FSA-IWA as follows:
”After some time when situation in Let factory culminated, being isolated in 
the region and having no possibility of immediate support of other 
ORA-SOLIDARITA members, this comrade contacted in urgent situation our local 
groups (FSA-IWA‘s groups).”
ORA-SOLIDARITA allegedly organised several unsuccessfull meetings with local 
workers. Together with a member of ORA-SOLIDARITA the local FSA-IWA group 
took part in propagation and poster actions. The ORA-SOLIDARITA‘s member 
than called a meeting attended by about 200 workers and members of 
ORA-SOLIDARITA and FSA-IWA.
”Local trade union bureaucrats were unfortunately allowed to speak and 
workers rather listened to them than to the proposals for grassroots direct 
action, issued both by ORA-SOLIDARITA and FSA-IWA on a common leaflet.”

So much for the FSA-IWA‘s International Secretariat‘s point of view.
In LET Kunovice, where employees had not been receiving wages since April, 
we tried - since july 2000 - to intervene in a similar way as in Zetor Brno 
- towards a general workers assembly, formation of a strike committee 
controlled by workers etc. We distributed 600 copies of a leaflet, about 300 
copies of a special issue of our paper on occupations of factories and 150 
copies of a 10th issue of our paper.
On August 24 we organised a meeting attended by 10 male and female workers 
of LET, 2 members of ORA-S, three supporters from that region and two local 
journalists. After a discussion it was decided to call a general assembly in 
front of the factory for August 31. The statement was signed by present 
employees of individual shopfloors. Before the date of the assembly the 
first larger counter-action of the unions - which we had been previously 
criticising for pasivity and collaboration with an employer - happened. A 
leader of the LET union branch said in an interview for ”Halo Noviny” (the 
Communist Party‘s newspaper), that irresponsible elements, who called 
themselves the Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists - Solidarity were 
spreading unrest in LET and confusing workers with calls for an occupation 
strike.
At this stage the member of ORA-S, who dedicated himself to the struggle in 
LET, learned from a member of the FSA-IWA‘s International Secretariat, Petr 
Wohlmuth, that local groups of FSA-IWA from Zlin a Otrokovice were going to 
see the assembly on August 31. Until that time those branches of FSA-IWA 
(the town of Otrokovice is 20 kilometres from Kunovice) had not participated 
in the events in LET in anyway, nevertheless their help was very welcome and 
it was of a great benefit.
According to media estimations the demo (assembly) was attended by 300 
employees. Given the fact that workers, who took part in the preparatory 
meeting, were relying on ”a spontaneous course of action” and had no 
programme, the union leader Zajicek started to speak. At this very moment a 
member of the action group asked a member of ORA-S to speak (he also aked 
him to inform the assembly, that WAG members are present, but just do not 
wish to speak publicly, because they are afraid of victimisation by the 
employer). This is why our comrade started by quoting one of WAG‘s members 
and went on talking about our experience from other factories and advocating 
the idea of an independent workers‘ direct action and their 
self-organisation. Among a part of workers his speech was received 
negatively, but majority expressed their agreement. However, the call for a 
formation of an independent strike committee did not materialize. This was 
mostly due to a strangeness of such an organisational form and than also due 
to an apathy and demoralisation caused by a lasting closure of the factory. 
Under such circumstances workers are always closer to pasivity rather than 
to a spontaneous activity.
Immediately after this assembly members of ORA-S and FSA-IWA decided to 
issue a joint poster. On behalf of FSA-IWA the member of their International 
Secretariat, Petr Wohlmuth, participated in its drafting. It was said on the 
poster, that:
”The experience of Zetor Brno and other factories show, that workers can 
really grasp an initiative in their hands.”
This text was in a form of posters (150 copies) and leaflets (300 copies) 
distributed by joint efforts of the FSA‘s local group and ORA-S.
Than a meeting organised by the KOVO trade union took place and it was 
attended by about 200 participants. The union leader, Zajicek, announced a 
union appeal to a court to declare LET bankrupt. At the end the participants 
agreed a toothless resolution demanding that the government paid its 
attention to the situation in the factory. A member of ORA-S tried to speak, 
but he was not allowed to access the microphones.
It is possible to say that after this meeting an overwhelming majority of 
workers resigned and although they showed a discontent with the solution 
proposed by the unions and also with their overall existing policy, they did 
not really feel like to further engage themselves in this case - this is 
also true for workers of the action group.
The events in LET did not go further than in Zetor. Nevertheless, this does 
not question the fact, that a group of workers, who perhaps for the first 
time in their lives tried to step out of the official union structure and 
attempted at organising something by their own forces, had existed. Again 
the level of workers‘ class consciousness and years of a bolshevik 
dictatorship, educating people towards pasivity, subservience and relying on 
some fickle institutional gods, played its role.

As a black humor the FSA-IWA‘s International Secretariat then desribes a 
situation, when:
”ORA-SOLIDARITA printed new issue of its magazine ´Solidarita´, with 
articles about non-existing ´WAGs´ and started to distribute it right in 
front of gates of respective factories. Well, it could be interesting to see 
reactions of workers, who suddenly learned to have some ´WAG´ in their 
workplace and knew nothing about it.”

So, we really do publish a paper called ”Solidarity” and we do distribute it 
in front of factories. But that is all; further we can just reply: well, it 
might be also interesting to see reactions of ORA-Solidarita‘s members, who 
are now lectured by the International Secretariat of FSA-IWA, that in the 
time of LET Kunovice struggle we published a new issue of our paper with an 
article about WAG in Kunovice, while our members do not know of any such 
issue. The last, 10th issue of our paper ”Solidarity” was in fact published 
at July 2000 (when we was starting to participate in the events in LET 
Kunovice) and there is nothing in it about LET Kunovice. Subsequently we 
unfortunately have not published any issue, because we were busy about the 
mobilisation and S26 protests.


5. 26 SEPTEMBER MOBILISATION

The FSA-IWA International secretary than doubts about mobilisation at S26 in 
Zetor Brno and Let Kunovice and about the connection between the will of the 
trade union members in Vitkovice steelworks and ZDB Bohumin steelworks to go 
to protest to Prague on 26 September and the anarchist propaganda and IMF/WB 
congress. (“But there is unfortunately absolutely no connection between 
these cases and some anarchist propagation and even more with IMF congress,” 
says the FSA-IWA International secretariat statement).

As far as Zetor Brno is concerned, it is true that there is gap of several 
months between Zetor events and S26 protests.  But the September protests 
were being prepared during this period, and the mobilisation effort had 
already started.  Some information about planned summit of IMF/WB in Prague, 
and arising protests against it, was included in the materials we 
distributed in Zetor and CKD factory during autumn and winter 1999. And we 
opened this topic during the first meeting with Zetor employees - we tried 
to contextualize their problems and to enforce revolutionary anarchist 
anticapitalist thoughts. And the LET Kunovice fight took part at the same 
time when our  mobilisation for 26 September was culminating. The topic of 
capitalistic globalisation was inevitably discussed with the employees - and 
mostly because Let was owned by the American Ayres Corporation.
And what about Vitkovice and ZDB Bohumin,  where ordinary  trade union 
members asked their bosses to go to Prague to protest on 26 September? 
“Thanks to this involvement we have been also able to familiarise workers 
with anti-capitalist ideas of S26 protests. At least in two factories rank & 
file unionists demanded a collective participation at Prague demos,” says 
simply the former ORA-S international secretary in his press material. Both 
factories were several times leafleted by our members and supporters. 
Therefore we have a good reason to believe that also this agitation 
(together with a big popularity of this topic) led workers to think  about 
protests against IMF and WB as about the best time and place to express 
their opinions.
And besides: ICF, a daughter bank of WB, was highly involved in difficulties 
of Vitkovice steelworks - which was pointed out in ORA-S press materials and 
also in the official press  (in our propaganda, we tried to show  workers 
the connection between their present problems and anticapitalist protests 
and to create real, practical connection between discontented parts of Czech 
working class and actions against IMF/WB).  No connection between a proposal 
of the members and IMF/WB protests still visible? Well, yes, it is true that 
the union members did not want to go to Prague and demand an abolition of 
the debt of Third World countries or to support Indian peasants - but they 
did want to protest against their factory situation caused also by the WB 
daughter bank. The ordinary trade union members thought of  going to Prague 
because of globalisation of capitalism which overtook themselves.  The 
international aspect of the problem could be understood through their 
participation on those protests - therefore it is a pity they did not joined 
them.

FSA than doubts that 2,000 of young workers, students and unemployed from 
the CR joined the S26 protests, as V. Barak said.

ORA-S former international secretary used an official media estimation which 
he found the most precise. Even in the “blue” march there was much more than 
400 Czechoslovak sympathisers of  anarchism and autonomism, marching in one 
united contingent.  Many people were marching in other blocks. But it is 
very difficult to find out their precise number. It is quite misleading to 
use  a preparatory meeting in Convergence Centrum as an argument - it was 
not attended by all participating Czechs.

6. WAG ONCE MORE - in the international connection

The FSA-IWA international secretariat produced another misleading 
information: it says that V. Barak stated that our industrial fight 
experience (expressed during his Irish lecture tour) have “had a serious 
impact on the inner discussion for instance in WSM, his  guests organisation 
and in all Irish anarchistic movement”.

This is an interpretation of the report that could (should?) discredit our 
former international secretary in front of all the international anarchist 
movement, and especially in front of our Irish comrades.  In fact, the 
report (published as a supplement of our inner bulletin, No 19, December 
2000) says about this topic:
“WMS Dublin than had a special discussion about our experience, and they 
tried to gather some information for themselves.”
Not a word about “serious impact” on WSM or the Irish anarchist movement. 
And nothing of that kind could be found in the rest of the report. And one 
note more: it was not a promotion tour for ORA-S, but for our Irish comrades 
and to raise funds for legal defence of S26 prisoners.

7. FSA: ordinary, or a special section of IWA?

The FSA-IWA´s International secretariat criticises the former ORA-S´ 
international secretary  and his way of describing their organisation 
activities: they protest that it was described as ordinary section of IWA 
and their anarchist-communist character was not mentioned at all.

Nevertheless, in the ”Autonom” interview, FSA-IWA is described positively: 
“Second, there is the Federation of Social Anarchist, the Czech section of 
the IWA/AIT with some 30 members and pretty productive publishing 
activities.” V. Barak simply tried to describe (on very limited space) the 
best feature of FSA-AIT: its publication activity. But these members from 
FSA-IWA are probably too sensitive, as far as their practical activities are 
concerned - perhaps  they have got a good reason for that. (Especially its 
part in S26 mobilization was totally minimum).
As far as relationships between “Platform” and anarcho-communism and FSA-IWA 
is concerned, we do not deny FSA-IWA translation efforts, including 
“platformist” texts. This effort is really valuable. But why to celebrate a 
group as “anarcho-communist” just because they translate such documents but 
are not able to turn pure theory into practice? Let us say that we doubt  
about the way how  FSA-IWA turn the platformist organisation principles into 
their practice, and that we consider their anarcho-communist character to be 
questionable. Their rigidly anarchosyndicalist features are quite visible  
in their fetishist attitude towards the trade unions for anarchists only.  
Their present effort to create trade unions for anarchists only  requires 
really big misunderstanding of present situation, characterised  by low 
intensity of class conflict. Despite their reference to “Platformism”, we 
consider them to be anarchosyndicalists in politics and in practice, too. 
One important thing, in which they differ from other IWA section, is just 
their special conception of anarchosyndicalist trade unions open for 
convinced anarchists only, who must firstly join FSA-IWA - and the trade 
unions are integral part of it.
We also refuse another false accusation from FSA-IWA secretariat, that in 
1997-1998 we were “hopelessly reformist” group. This purpose lie has been 
used against us by the Czech section of IWA since 1996, when we split from 
its predecessor. We would like to remind FSA-IWA´s International secretariat 
that it was on our  3rd Conference, 31 Dec. 1997, when ORA-S accepted all 
main points of “Platform” as its organisation existence base for the first 
time.

8. PERSONAL ATTACK

The FSA-IWA International secretariat accuse our former international 
secretary of breaking one of our basic organisation principle - collective 
responsibility. The only “proof” they presented to the international 
anarchist movement is a case of WSA-IWA “scandal”.

And the reality was again a bit different than FSA-IWA International 
secretary says. Our former international secretary just said to the IWA 
American section that he had heard that they should be cut off at the 
congress of IWA.  He did not offer them any solidarity in behalf of our 
organisation, he only offered them a possibility to suggest it to ORA-S. He 
acted so because one our good comrade and revolutionary, who is a friend of 
the WSA-IWA international secretary, suggested that something like this 
might happen. The WSA-IWA international secretary replied that he did not 
know anything about it.  Nevertheless, he was complaining about FSA-IWA´s 
small interest in WSA-IWA fight in Duluth steel work in Minnesota and asked 
us for solidarity in this fight.  As far as we know, FSA-IWA was not 
informed about this correspondence by  “some anonymous” e-mail but directly 
by WSA-IWA. FSA-IWA denied an intention to exclude WSA-IWA, and our former 
international secretary apologised for this misunderstanding and possible 
problems to FSA-IWA and also to WSA-IWA. WSA-IWA did not have any problems 
with it and it is in regular touch with ORA-S since.
Yes, it was a fault, not to contact  FSA-MAP international secretariat 
first, but let us repeat that our former international secretary apologised 
to FSA-IWA and to WSA-IWA, too.
All ORA-Solidarita members were fully informed about this “scandal” in our 
inner bulletin, where our former international secretary send all relevant 
correspondence among him, WSA-IWA and FSA-IWA. He explained that he 
performed so with the knowledge of conflict relationships with FSA-IWA, and 
therefore tried to find out the truth from WSA-IWA. The members understood 
this, and they were also informed about his apologise to FSA-IWA as well as 
to WSA-IWA. In different discussions, they all agreed that he had not broken 
his liability and he did not mean it as defamatory attack towards FSA-IWA 
which should damage it.

RESULTS

Let us emphasise again that the statement of FSA-IWA International 
secretariat  has nothing in common with protection of objectivity and 
fair-play relationships in the workers anarchist movement: their roots 
consist in FSA need to bring about the political competition inside the 
anarchist movement. The sad fact is that (and we do not want to speculate  
to which tradition this FSA-IWA attitude is linked) FSA-IWA takes anarchist 
movement as a space for political competition more than a space for honest 
solidarity in fight for stateless and moneyless society of libertarian 
socialism.

Two days after the publication of his statement, the FSA-IWA International 
secretariat send a short correction of this statement to A-Infos. We do not 
expect FSA-IWA International secretariat to be brave enough and rectify all 
facts and publish another correction. But we believe that the international 
anarchist movement will not need it. And we do not want to occupy with this 
case any more, unless it will be absolutely inevitable.

With anarchist-communist greetings,

Dan Novak - international secretary of ORA-Solidarita (elected by a 
conference, 9 - 10 December 2000)
Milan Naplava - local group of ORA-Solidarita, Brno
Stanislav Beranek - local group of ORA-Solidarita, Brno
Jindøich Lumbach - local group of ORA-Solidarita, Prague



Statement FSA-AIT “Statement in the defence of objectivity and fair 
relations within anarchist workers movement” - A-Infos, 1 January 2001
http://www.ainfos.ca/01/jan/ainfos00005.html

Interview with former international secretary of ORA-Solidarita Vadim Barak 
for the Russian anarchist magazine “Autonom”
<http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/inter/groups/solidarita/interview_oct00.html>

Article of  former secretary of ORA-Solidarita Vadim Barak for Alternative 
Libertaire, Organise! etc.
http://www.ainfos.ca/00/oct/ainfos00348.html


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