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(en) Slovak students struggle uni reform - solidarity needed!

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Date Mon, 10 May 2004 12:28:59 +0200 (CEST)

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Hello! From: m t <michal2lik-A-yahoo.com>
Me and few other anarchists in Slovak capital –
Bratislava – participate in Students strike committe
(SVS) which is a grassroots platform of uni students
fighting against uni reform and catastrophic situation
in the resort. Just few days ago we organised biggest
students´ demonstration since the fall of stalinism in
1989 with presence of 1000 uni and high school
students, teachers, workers and other people. Not a
big amount of people to your pespective but in
conditions of Slovakia it was a really big thing.

However, there are people in SVS who feel like we are
a threat after the demo and they want to organise a
round table with political aprties to explain them and
convince them to not support the government uni social
system reform. They even want to invite only the
opposition parties and gain their support and a
promise that they will not accept the reform.

Many other people in SVS think it is nonsense and we
as anarchists think the same and do not welcome this
step. It is still an open issue in the SVS collective.

We would like to explain to those who think it is a
good step further (a need to be a force for the bottom
and from the up as well – as they say) that we should
not politicise our attempts because it would do us
harm. Part of these people have from little to none
exprience with radical political activism and analysis
of state and capitalism. Some of them also think that
politics is about values which emans that if socialist
government rules, antisocial reforms will not be
passed. Thus I would like to ask you what are your
experiences, especially the mistakes you made in the
fights at unis and in collectives where there are
different people with different political background.
Becasue it is experiences what I think is the best
argument. Also, arguments is a force of SVS. Although
there are people with different politicla views, the
atmosphere is such that the arguements always will and
the decision making process is based on consensus.

So, what would you suggest to us? What have you or
students in your country have been through. Positive
nad negative things? Problems and solutions you
experienced? What are the “receipts” to a quick
failure or on the other what things are effective and
work out well mostly?

Anything is welcomed and will be useful for us because
SVS is on the good way to become a place or a “school”
for direct action and direct democracy from the bottom
up, which would be a really historical moment in
Slovak history.

Next meeting of SVS is on Wednesday 12th May where
these issues will be dealt with again. Please, write
us back as soon as possible, so we can explain to all
the collective what might be good and bad ways of
SVS´s next activity.

If you do not understand this letter properly or need
further quesitons, just specify them and I will try to
explain situation further.

Thank you beforehand!!!!
Michal Tulik
Priama akcia-IWA Slovakia and SVS member
(personal capacity)

PS: If you know people exprienced in uni struggle who
speak German and English, please send them my email
address or this email and ask them to get in touch as
soon as possible and help us, please. Thanks. We would
also like to exchange infromation on education reform
in different countries and make a global look at how
it changes and who dictates the changes.

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