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(en) Russia: Anarchists against the war in Chechnya (ru, de)

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Date Sat, 21 Feb 2004 13:31:19 +0100 (CET)

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From: AD-Moscow <adm-A-avtonom.org>
23rd February 2004 - 60th anniversary of the deportation of Chechens
and Ingushetians. Anarchist demonstration against the war in Chechnya -
Moscow, 23rd February, 1.30pm, near the Mayakovskiy monument (metro "Mayakovskaya").
60 years ago, on 23rd February 1944, 480000 Chechens and Ingushetians
were deported to the steppes of Kazakhstan and Kirghizia. Tens of thousands
of people perished along the way. The 23rd February 2004 is an official holiday
in Russia. But for us there is nothing to celebrate during this day. Ethnic
cleansing continues, even now, people in Chechnya disappear so frequently, as
they disappeared in the gloomiest times of Stalinist repression.

We are not celebrating this day because we do not recognize the
fatherland (Russia, Chechnya or whatever) which "protects", occupying
territories, kidnapping people, interrogating, killing, fixing the
results of elections, conducting racist propaganda and organizing
terrorist acts. We are the enemies of every state, because it is in
their name and in their interests that the most terrible crimes are

The war in Chechnya no longer appears in news bulletins, but this does
not mean that it does not exist in reality. Acts of terror in Russian
cities are the terrible repercussion of this war. Daily, people perish
and disappear in the territory of this tiny republic. Shell-shocked
soldiers are driven to cruelty, then return home and for years they
cannot return to "peaceful life", they join the ranks of the Special
Forces or organized crime, thirsting to kill on the orders of anyone.

This war was unleashed so that Putin could become President. Four years
have passed but the war continues: they do not want authority or they
cannot find the solution to the conflict. We do not think that another
President will be better - ethnic contradictions have always been used
by politicians for their own interests. Only voluntary and independent
association of the people outside political borders - for peace and
solidarity - gives us a chance to live without war and violence. Only a
mass anti-war movement will stop this war.

Moscow Anarchists

Contact: adm-A-avtonom.org
www.avtonom.org, russia.indymedia.org, www.voine.net

from russia.indymedia; translation by nmcn/ainfos

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