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(en) Report on anarchism in Estonia!

Date Tue, 13 Jun 2006 23:07:48 +0300


What's up in Estonia? 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 some
progress. 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 a week ago we had to move our webpage to another server because the
forum and data traffic had gone too big (we had some documentary movies and
mp3 lectures about anarchism and "anti-globalization" movement there) and we
had to find a bigger server. We lost all our Forum data and now we are
slowly recovering from that (users of the old forum have to register again
in new forum and it takes a bit time).

About some actions:
in 8. April we took part of the demonstration against police violence in
Tallinn. There was about 150 people - mostly young punks.
in 1. May we handed out anti-consumerist leaflets in front of big malls in
Tallinn and Tartu.
in 4. 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
Fack 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
Tartu.

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. I personally did a oral-report about
post-structuralist anarchism for that course.

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.

well..
greetings from Estonia
Sauree
www.punamust.org
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