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(en) Croatia, Balkan Anarchist Bookfair IN Zagreb 18-20 March 2005.

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Date Sat, 2 Apr 2005 12:21:34 +0200 (CEST)

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It was 2nd Balkan @ bookfair after one, that took place in 2003 in
Ljubljana. Space for it was situated in centre of Zagreb, at art-gallery
«Nova». 3 days room with booktables was opened and certainly much over
500 people passed by, some of them just for few minutes, some stayed
longer, discussed, argued, socialized. Very diverse characters: from punx
till old titoists and university professors. Good advertisement (posters
been hanged in many places around cities centre and beyond) and central
location as well as open character of the event attracted numbers.
Unfortunately plan of coming with the books directly on one of central squares
didn’t worked out because of municipality demand of payment for it.

Their publication displayed as following (sorry if i omit
anybody, forgot names or didn’t collected contact adresses)on
tables: Zagreb’s anarchist/ activist publisher «Sto citas?», croatian
«magazine for reality hacking 04» (www.uke.hr/04), anarho-punk graphic(and
not only)collective from Beograd «Doomsday Graphics/Shaved Women», Active
Distribution from UK, some local animal rights group (i forgot name),
croatian Data Art+ (www.dataart.hr) publishing feminist
books, Zagreb’s Squat infoshop crew, german Hamburg’s FAU, some books/zines
distro from Graz/Austria and other ones from Wien, Rijeka Anarchist
Initiative(rai2002@net.hr) & Infoshop Skatula(Kruzna 8, 51 000 Rijeka,
infoshopskatula@net.hr), Abolishing the Borders from
Below(www.abb.hardcore.lt), anarch-situationist collective/pamphlets
publisher Point Blank from Beograd, bulgarian «Anarcho saprotiva»
(free.bol.bg/afront, savanne.ch/svoboda/anarchy, savanne.ch/svoboda
&antifa site antifa.hit.bg), greek AntiAuthoritarian Movement, 3
anarchosyndicalist groups from region : ASI (Serbia), ASK(Croatia)& SiSD
(Slovenija), german anti-psychiatry SPK and italian «l’arrembaggio»from
Trieste (www.guerrasociale.org).

In the basement exhibition of «Doomsday Graphics/Shaved Women»was
presented all days. Friday only Projekt Cafe
Libertad(www.cafe-libertad.de)from Hamburg which brings to europe
fairtrade cofee from Chiapas presented themselves and short discussion
followed. On Saturday long presentation/ discussion was planned
titled»New strategies of anticapitalist movement». It took place in space
of ecologist NGO. Guy from Monteparadiso’s HackLab group
(Pula, HR) presented ideas of free software, hacktivism, etc. , Zagreb’s LETS
spoke about their experiences, 3 named above anarchosyndicalist groups
talked about their politics, visions and experiences, Abolishing BB
self-critically reflected their dis/achievements and bulgarian comrade
spoke shortly about Anarcho saprotiva and invited for Balkan Anarchist
Meeting, that will take place 8-10 April 2005 in Sofia. Expected
discussions didn’t followed. On Sunday presentation of /invitation to
NoBorder camps in region took place:one in Umag (Croatia) and other in
Greece near turkish&bulgarian border-both in August.

Generally atmoshere was great, spirit of friendship&comradeship ruled and
escalated joyfully every evening at parties in a squat, even if first
night small fight with assholes took place and cops appeared, yet left
quickly but one of «our»people had to have his head sewt at
hospital. Warm meal, tea&coffee (for free)each day was organized by local
FNB crew (you we’re great!!). Most of discussions and contacts took place
in unofficial, personal way, which is maybe very nice, but by big number
of people it can become too much accidental. As for biggest open event of
Balkan @ists it would be much better to have more time also for bigger
discussions and do all presentations first day to know each other
better. This is only critic that i could have to «organizers»but then it
must be directed also to «participants», because in case of zagreb’s
bookfair this division wasn’t very obvious, which surely should be a
normal thing for anarchist event, yet not often is. Thanx&respectv to all
which was (not just passively) there. Next Bookfair will find place in
2006 (in that same place or Beograd )
Longer texts can be found in croatian at www. kontra-punkt. info

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