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(en) Russia, Moscow anarchist anti-fascist action 16th of March 2004

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 17 Mar 2004 10:32:07 +0100 (CET)

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Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) is a new attempt by Moscow
fascists to set up a respectable facade behind which to spread hate. It
has had some success in its organising efforts lately, and in three
regions of Moscow they have militias which cooperate with police in
"search of illegal immigrants". Their second attempt to organise a rally
this year was succesfull (20th of February their action was banned), in
16th of March they met in front of Gorki's park with pretext of
"commemoration of victims of bomb attack" of 6th of February, in a
shameful attempt to score politically from a massacre in metro committed
by persons unknown. Orthodox christians commemorate dead 40 days after
death, but fascist filth is weak in arithmetics and this was really only
39th day. Some 150- 200 nazis gathered behind police encirclement, half
of whom were boneheads and other street fighters, spitting hate under
banners such as "Ermolov instead of Kadirov" (Ermolov was Czar's brutal
general in Siberia and Caucasus, Kadirov is current Putin's goon in
Chechnya) and demanding cleansing Moscow from Chechnyans.

Only 15 persons gathered to go against fascists in open air, these sorry
numbers reflect current balance of power between anti-fascists and nazis
in streets Moscow. Anti-fascists included anarchists from Rainbow
Keepers and Autonomous Action. Radical wing of liberal anti-fascism from
Sabotage-group and antifa.ru website was observing the nazi meeting, and
some of them joined action. Some 5 persons from wacko Revolutionary
Worker's Party (RRP) also appeared, although no-one had invited them.

Soon after arrival to square, anarchist anti-fascists raised banner "FSB
is blowing us up" with crossed swastika and crossed sickle and hammer,
scanning slogans "Fascism won't trespass!" and "Fascist scum, get out
from Moscow!". For a moment author of these lines wondered if this would
become the last action of his life. However slow ass nazi scum missed
their opportunity to organise massacre of the month, police encircled
counter-demonstrators and arrested some 5 persons and teared their
banner to pieces. Right when cops had withdrawn, anti-fascists raised
another banner "No-one is illegal", and continued scanning slogans.
Another 5 persons got arrested by OMON which came up running, one
Rainbow Keeper got smacked to ground but seemingly no-one was tortured
after arrest. Few people who were not arrested managed to withdraw
without nazis jumping on them. When wri ting this, most of the arrested
anti-fascists have been released with irrelevant misdemeanour charges.

This action may be regarded as an important step - although it is
shameful that anti-fascist have to count on good luck or cops hitting
faster than nazis, it is still important to prove that we are not
afraid, and we will go even if it was 1 to 10 or even 1 to 100. We are
not asking authorities to shut down nazi meetings - we will do it
ourselves! No Pasaran!

From: Studenty Protiv <spt2003-A-email.com>

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