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(en) Australia, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (MACG) Anzac Day Leaflet

Date Sat, 04 Jun 2005 22:48:50 +0300

Dear Comrades, Please find below a leaflet distributed by the
Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group at a small demonstration
against the Anzac Day celebrations in Melbourne.
Anzac Day commemorates the landing by Australian & New
Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli as part of an attempted
invasion of Turkey during the First World War. It is
used to promote nationalism and militarism. After a
period of decline from the 1960s to 1980s, the
commemoration has had a resurgence as memories of the
Vietnam War fade from the public mind. It is a key
part of an increasingly strident official propaganda
campaign to glorify the military.

The demonstration in which we participated was held
outside the old Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
headquarters in Little Bourke St in the centre of
Melbourne. Although the turnout was modest, it was
considerably larger than in 2004. The MACG believes
that demonstrating against the Anzac Day celebrations
has become a necessary part of the struggle against
militarism in Australia.

For your privacy, the list of addressees was put in
the Bcc field.

In Solidarity,


The leaflet



ANZAC Day is nothing to celebrate

The attempted invasion of Turkey by the ANZACs and other Allied
forces in 1915 was a typical episode in World War I. ?Defending
Australia? had nothing to do with it. The war was fought between
two rival imperial alliances, each out to gain territory, colonies and
markets. Tens of thousands of young men were sacrificed, on both
sides of the trenches, for the wealth and power of rich capitalists
and the great houses of Europe.

IWW opposed World War I

The Industrial Workers of the World, a revolutionary syndicalist
workers? union, opposed the war from the start. Against the wave
of patriotic propaganda, the IWW proclaimed that the war was a
capitalist crime and that a bayonet was a weapon with a worker at
each end. They were prominent in the successful campaign to stop
the Labor Government introducing conscription. By fighting
against the war, the IWW did more good than all the ANZACs,
whose sacrifices were for a cause not their own.

All wars are wrong

All wars are wrong because they are the results of the conflicts
between the ruling classes of different countries. The working class
has no interests in these conflicts. They are a tool of the ruling
classes to divide workers and others in society against workers in
other countries. We must oppose war on principle by opposing
both sides. Instead, we must struggle for our interests, trying to
establish solidarity ties with the working class of the ?other? side.

A world without war requires a world without capitalism

Our capitalist system is built on the theft of workers? labour in the
form of profits. Capitalists compete fiercely with other capitalists
for an ever-larger share of the wealth that workers produce. Nation
states are the machinery for protecting capitalist interests within
each state. When they come into conflict, war is the result. To end
war, we must end capitalism. Together, we can produce enough
for all to share, so the old days of competition and division will end.


Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

For a copy of our Aims & Principles, write to:
PO Box 2120 Lygon St North
East Brunswick 3057 25 April 2005

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