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(en) US, NYC, Press Release - V for Vendetta street theatre-protest Mon, Apr 17

Date Sat, 15 Apr 2006 12:13:04 +0300

“V for Vendetta” Battles Bush/Clinton and Ruling Class in Anarchist Street Performance
NEW YORK - On Monday, April 17th, at 1PM at Time Warner Center on 59th
Street at Columbus Circle, an anarchist dressed as “V,” the title
character of the film “V for Vendetta,” and brandishing mock daggers,
will “battle” actors portraying Government (represented by a two-faced
Clinton/Bush amalgam suggest the complicity of the two major parties)
and The Ruling Class. The perfomers will be joined by fellow anarchists
wielding an Aforanarchy.com banner and movie’s posters altered to more
explicity express anarchist ideas.

The event is part of an international anarchist day of action to
commemorate the one month anniversary of the film’s US launch, mark its
international release (the film is just opening in many countries
worldwide this week), and expose moviegoers to the explicit anarchist
politics of the graphic novel (comic book) that inspired the film, and
decry the removal of overt anarchist sentiments from the film.
Anarchists have also launched http://aforanarchy.com to explain anarchy
to curious moviegoers.

Schedule of Activities:
1:00-1:30PM Time Warner Center (creator of V for Vendetta film), 59th St
and Columbus Circle
1:45-2:30PM DC Comics (publish of V for Vendetta graphic novel), 1700
Broadway between 53rd and 54th Streets
2:45-4:00PM AMC Empire 25 (theater showing the film—performers will
perform for moviegoers outside the theater when the Matinee ends at 3:44
PM), 234 West 42nd St. at 8th Avenue

The V for Vendetta graphic novel, produced throughout the 1980s by Alan
Moore and David Lloyd, tells the story of a masked revolutionary who
systematically dismantles a fascist British government, while inspiring
the masses to revolt. The character is explicitly portrayed as an
anarchist, and the book is filled with his compelling rhetoric, arguing
that only a stateless society can provide freedom and justice. Yet all
references to anarchy have been eliminated from the V for Vendetta film.

According to AforAnarchy.com spokesperson Adam Weissman “It comes as no
surprise to us that a mega-corporation like Time-Warner wouldn’t want to
produce a film advocating anarchism, a philosophy that fundamentally
rejects capitalism. Hollywood’s V for Vendetta movie is a pale
reflection of Alan Moore’s anarchist graphic novel, and he has refused
to be associated with this film.”

Anarchists envision a society without government, nations, law or
capital, and where hierarchy, coercion, and competition have been
replaced with voluntary cooperation and sharing of resources. Organized
into “collectives”—non-hierarchal volunteer groups—anarchists oppose
war, racism, sexism, economic injustice, and fascism, and defend animals
and the environment against corporate exploitation.

Instead of petitioning governments for reform, anarchist create concrete
alternatives – grassroots media as an alternative to corporate media,
building industrial unions where workers agitate for their rights
directly rather than ceding power to union bureaucrats, “squatting”
abandoned buildings to provide housing for the homeless and poor,
establishing “free schools” as an alterative to conventionally
authoritarian and hierarchal public and private schools, establishing
“free stores” where people can share items with others for free instead
of wasting them. Some anarchists use physical intervention strategies
to impede unjust or ecologically hazardous actions--- blockading
entrances to globalization and hammering on nuclear weapon silos to save
millions of lives by preventing the weapons’ use

Active in the United States since the nineteenth century, the anarchist
movement has played a vital role in the development of movements for
peace, women’s rights, and civil liberties. Anarchism has experienced
enormous growth worldwide in the last decade, mobilizing tens of
thousands to protest the World Trade Organization and other global free
trade agreements.

According to Adam Weissman “We’ve let corporations and corrupt
politicians lead us to war for oil, destroy our environment, and leave
millions worldwide starving, homeless, and impoverished, while the
billionaires keep getting richer. Anarchists believe another world is
possible when we stop letting others run our lives for us and work
together to create more humane solutions that favor people over profits.”
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