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(en) Australia, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group attends Anti-Militarist Demonstration

Date Sat, 29 Apr 2006 16:33:39 +0300


On 25 April the Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group attended a small
demonstration against nationalism & militarism in Little Bourke St,
outside the old offices of the Industrial Workers of the World.
In Australia, 25 April is Anzac Day, established to commemorate the
first military action by Australian troops in the First World War.
After falling into a decline in the 1970s & 80s, it has been revived in
recent years by the State as a vehicle for promiting militarism.
We handed out leaflets at the demonstration. The text is reproduced below.
In Solidarity, Ablokeimet for MACG.
NO TO NATIONALIST HYSTERIA NO TO PATRIOTISM


April 1915

In a minor episode of World War I, Australian and
other troops of the British Empire storm a Turkish
beach. The war is a crime against humanity, a clash
of two great imperialist alliances over territory,
colonies and markets. Before the year’s end, the
Anzacs are sent packing, but the war drags on until
1918. Nine million troops die for “their” country.

April 2006

The armies of the United States and its allies
(including Australia) occupy Iraq and have done since
2003. The occupation is a crime against humanity, a
grab for strategic military power and control over
some of the world’s largest oil deposits. At least
35,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed by
the occupation, its puppet government, or reactionary
forces within the resistance. 2,500 imperialist
troops have also died. The occupation has not yet
been sent packing.

Patriotism

John Howard and the Liberals, supported by the ALP,
spread romantic myths about the Anzacs in order to
build support for Australian imperialist adventures
today and convince people of the need for sacrifice in
the “national interest”. Patriotism is used to thwart
resistance to unpopular wars by making it compulsory
to support “our” troops. It is also used in an
attempt to convince workers in Australia that we have
the same interests as our bosses, a common “national
identity”.

Workers can end war

Workers around the world are on the same side. We can
refuse to fight the capitalists’ wars or make
sacrifices for the sake of our bosses’ competitive
position. We can reach out to the workers of Iraq and
support them instead of the imperialist troops. We
can reach out to the workers of Asia and support their
struggles against oppression and exploitation. We can
make a revolution that destroys the State and
capitalism worldwide. Then, never again, will anyone
have to die for their country.

YES TO WORKERS’ SOLIDARITY TO END WAR


Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group
macg1984@yahoo.com.au
PO Box 2120 Lygon St North
East Brunswick 3057 25 April 2006
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