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(en) Russia: Action of Moscow anarchists against the war in Chechnya

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 26 Feb 2004 09:58:49 +0100 (CET)


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On 23rd February more than 50 people marched in an unauthorized
demonstration to the centre of Moscow, from the Puskinskaya area along
Tver Street and Kuznetsk Bridge to Lubyanka Square. The demonstration lasted
for about 30 minutes and ended with a five-minute meeting near the Solovets
Stone. We did not hang around. The last participants in the demonstration left
Lubyanka Square just a few minutes before the appearance of the police.
The purpose of demonstration was to express protest against the
arbitrariness of the Russian army in Chechnya, the theft and the
violence against innocent civilians in Chechnya, the harassment of
ethnic Chechens throughout the entire territory of Russia, the
militarist and chauvinist propaganda from the official media. The
action was accompanied with banners reading: "No to war in Chechnya!",
"Our enemy is not in Chechnya, our enemy is in the Kremlin!", "Putin -
shit of our native land", "People are more important than profit", etc.
Participants in the demonstration shouted "Down with the FSB", "No to
war in Iraq and Chechnya", "We don't want to go and serve, what we
really want is to live!", "Fatherland! Fascist reptile!".

"We do not want to be cannon fodder for this war", said one
participant, through a megaphone, to those gathered, many of whom were
not more than twenty. "We are issuing a call to boycott the
presidential elections, because this is the election of those who
unleashed this war. Boycott is the action of direct action, in which
everyone can participate". "Only a mass anti-war movement can force the
authorities to end the cruelty which is carried on in Chechnya with
their consent", stated participants in the demonstration.

For additional information:
"Autonomous Action" - Moscow
adm@avtonom.org
http://www.avtonom.org http://www.voine.net

Video of action
http://russia.indymedia.org/local/webcast/uploads/f23m.wmv

[from russia.indymedia; translation by nmcn/ainfos]


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