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(en) Estonia, solidarity action in Tallinn. Pictures

Date Mon, 24 Jul 2006 14:52:13 +0300

solidarity action in Estonia: 19th of July – action at 6 o'clock in
Tallinn in front of the Russian embassy (street: Pikk 19) to protest
against human-rights violations during the G8 summit and to show our
solidarity to our friends who are still in prison there.
There were about 30 people protesting, we handed out leaflets, played
drums and whistles, we had no permission for political demonstration but
there was no police interference
after the demonstration our webpage ( www.punamust.org got hacked by
unknown hacker and some files deleted from our server but we don’t know
for sure if it’s connected with this demo

some pictures: http://www.punamust.org/pildid/solidaarsus/

video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbE2rEVk9Gc

story about this action in local TV:

Report on anarchism in Estonia
by Sauree

Some months ago we opened a website (www.punamust.org ) with name PunaMust (in english: Red'n'Black) the aim of the webpage was to unite anarchists and create anarchist movement in Estonia. It's all in a beginning stage, but we are making slowly someprogress. There are about 20 people around the Estonia (mostly Tartu and Tallinn) who are actively participating in that movement right now and there
are about 100 people who are taking part of discussions in our web-forum.

About some actions:
in 8th of April we took part of the demonstration against police violence in
Tallinn. There was about 150 people - mostly young punks.
in 1st of. May we handed out anti-consumerist leaflets in front of big malls in
Tallinn and Tartu.
in 4th May we were guests in TV3 talk-show "Kahvel" (one of the most popular
TV talk-shows in Estonia), we talked about anarchism and our organization.
On 15th of May we had a joint-action with "Green" bicycle club Prussakov to
protest against abusing the public space by the private security company
Falck who is using one of the most important town square's in a Tallinn as a
parking lot. We occupied a parking lot - legally - we bought parking tickets
and "parked" our bikes and flowerpots to the parking spaces for one day. It
got quite a lot positive media attention. Afterwards we left without paying
for the parking tickets but as I know no charges were indict.
This Monday (29. may) we organized in a Tartu a free movie night about
"anti-globalization movement".
We had a chance to use one of the big auditoriums of the University of

Also there was a "Anarchist philosophy" class in University of Tartu in the
spring semester (by the guest lecturer dr Paul McLaughlin), some people from
our movement participated on that.

In the beginning of July there will be a bike caravan against G8 crossing
the Estonia and we try to organize a campsites for them and to organize a
Infoday about G8 and "anti-globalization movement" in Tartu in that time.

Most of the Estonians don't want to hear anything about "socialism". but
this is changing slowly. and we also want to do our best to change that.
There have been no real anarchist or (antiauthoritarian) socialist tradition
in Estonia so we have to start from scratch. It's a lot of work - due to
negative stereotypes about "socialism" and anything "leftist". But we are
still positive and believe that we can change things - we know it all takes
time and a lot of energy, but I believe that we have a real and functioning
anarchist network in about 2-3 years or so in Estonia.

In our movement in PunaMust is the "collectivist" or "socialist" wing in
majority. We still recognize the importance of individual freedom and are
not willing to sacrifice it in the name of "collective" or "socialism". Real
socialism must respect individual freedom._______________________________________________
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