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(en) 30th Congress of the Anarchist Federation of Poland

Date Sun, 18 Sep 2005 19:04:17 +0300

The 30th Congress of the Anarchist Federation took place from 16-18
September in Bialystok. The Congress decided:
1) That we support anarchists organizing anti-G8 actions in Russia. We will
try to organize a group of people to go and set up an information page in
Polish. We encourage people who cannot go to organize solidarity events in Poland.
2) That we will start a campaign against the abolition of free university
education in Poland. We also want the logic behind the campaign to be
different than some statists or leftists who want the state to be the
organizer of all social programs. We want to present more radical visions of
education without payment and diplomas but, if we talk about the current
situation, we'd like people to consider how the state uses people's tax
money as an argument that the state does not protect our interests and is
responsible, with capitalism, for increasing class divisions.

3) That in 2006 we will organize an anti-border camp again and return to
more activity in that area. We received a proposal to work together with
people in Belarus in this direction and are open to new proposals and
cooperation, to be further discussed in a few months.

4) In 2006, we'd like to organize a big first of May event in Silesia,
probably in Katowice.

5) We would like to make a more concerted effort to organize solidarity
campaigns for members of FA that have some court cases. In addition, the
case of Tomek Wilkoszewski (a topic at most Congresses in fact) was brought
up again. We talked about what to do in the prospect (unfortunately quite
realistic) that he will have to serve his full term in jail, especially due
to some waning interest in his case. We decided to send a delegation to
Sieradz to speak with him and to try to put more effort into his campaign.

6) As all the points of the new principles were not presented in time for
discussion, we simply discussed those already made. It was decided to hold a
special Congress in Lodz in December or January to finalize work on the

7) It was also decided that from now on, the group coordinating the next
Congress would take on some additional temporary coordinating functions
between Congresses (to be handed over after their Congress). This mostly
involves calling people and clarifying groups' positions if some minor
decisions need to be made between congresses and is meant to correct
situations where groups don't respond to questions and it's unclear whether
that's consent, disagreement or abstention.

2 new sections of FA were admitted: a new section from Ciechanow (replacing
the old) and the Silesian Anarchist Federation. The Silesian Anarchist
Federation is a separate federation, but all its member groups will also be
in FA.

People from FA Slupsk, Lodz, Bialystok, Ciechanow, Silesia, Warsaw,
Warsaw-Praga, Czestochowa and Gorzow attended. A member of FA Poznan
attended as an individual. The Congress was boycotted by the Poznan section.
We hoped this would not reflect on the attendance but there were slightly
fewer people than usual.

The Congress, held in DeCentrum Squat, was also attacked by skinheads and
there were a number of interruptions when all participants had to take up
fighting positions.

The Congress ended with Food Not Bombs accompanied by a boycott elections

L. A.

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