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(en) Russia, Moscow, Anarchist mayday 2005

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 2 May 2005 16:40:43 +0200 (CEST)

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This year, "unaligned anarchists", Rainbow Keepers, Autonomous
Action and whatever could bring only 40 people to anarchist
mayday march in Moscow. This apparently because everything
was put together very hastily due to other ongoing projects, and
many people have apparently made a conclusion, that walking around
with flags and shouting out for anarchist communism with a few
dozen people changes nothing. But they are wrong, aren't they?
March grouped in the beginning of the Leonteyevskiy side street,
where underground anarchists had a good try to blow up Lenin
back in the 1919. Intelligence judged that Tverskaya was full of
pigs, so soon after passing Moscow municipal council ("city duma")
march walked across the street, and went on marching Kamergerskiy
side street and Kuznesky most towards Lyubyanka. These streets
had way better acoustics, so shouts such as "Death to state,
freedom to labour!", "Factories to workers, we will destroy all the power!",
"Rubber bullets and tear gas, gift of the president to working masses!",
"Freedom to people, death to empires!", "Main enemy is in our
own country, main enemy sits in Kreml!", "No to war in Iraq and Chechnya!"
and others sounded loud as if we were twice more.

When we crossed Dmitrovka street, we discovered a horrible failure
of our intelligence - 2 busloads of OMON in full riot gear were stationed
there, in reserve for many mayday events around the city... but they did not
expected us, and were not going to crack our heads without a special
from above, so we just passed them peacefully, shouting "Down with the
police state!". Some better-off citizens shouted us "shame on you!", perhaps
they considered we should have assaulted OMON...

When arriving to FSB (x-KGB) reception (the same which NRA bombed
some years ago), some participators began spraying the building next to it
while rest shouted "Down with the FSB!". Due to many unlucky circumstances,
a traffic cop (DPS), not sticking in his own business, managed to grab
one person he suspected of spraying. A de-arresting attempt was made,
but in a shameful episode anarchists lost a wrestling match with the traffic
pigs. They were BIG, FAT and STICKY traffic pigs! But I wonder when
we will be able to challenge OMON, if we can not do even with the DPS? Soon
a bunch of FSO (Federal Guarding Service) thugs ran from the building,
everybody with assault rifles and submachineguns and trashing some heads
with nighsticks - march dispersed quickly, although some heroic acts
of individual resistance were observed as well. This years anarchist Mayday
march lasted only 20 minutes.

Rest of the evening, we spent in police station waiting for 9 arrested
to be released. Luckily, there was no enough evidence to charge people
of "vandalism" (felony of up to 3 years), people were given irrelevant
of "participating to an illegal demonstration" or "organising an illegal
and released the same evening. One of the very few good sides of the Russian
pigs is (lack of) their
working ethics - unless pressure from above, they really do not give a fuck.

Check for russia.indymedia.org and www.avtonom.org for video and
pictures to come. Wait for English reports of Maydays of other cities to
come up.

Aleksei/Autonomous Action of Moscow

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