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(en) Austria, KinderGarten Anarchists Welcome Bush

Date Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:02:27 +0300

While Over 20,000 people marched in Vienna yesterday in
opposition to George Bush's arrival, Austria's "KinderGarten
Anarchists" (KGA) used the opportunity to meet other young
anarchists and spread their ideas to the youth of their nation.
George Bush became the first US president to visit Austria in over
27 years yesterday as he arrived for an EU-US summit similar to the
one held in Shannon (Ireland) in 2004. Police bomb squads blew up
three suspicious packages and closed down the airport-city motorway
in preparation for the visit while planned protests passed off
peacefully with only a handful of arrests despite huge police numbers.

An anarchist bloc of around 70 masked up youths joined the march
to voice opposition to all politicians not just bush, the anarchists also
had a small contingent on a demo earlier that day as 3,000 students
walked out of school in protest. This school demo was organised by
Trotskyite and socialist youth groups who are longer established
than the Kindergarten Anarchists.

Bob, a 16 year old anarchist and member of KGA, explained how he
felt Austrian politics was dominated by socialists and reformists and
how there needed to be a real alternative to Capitalism, "I'm part of
an anarchist youth group in Vienna, we decided that it is definitely
necessary to demonstrate as anarchists against bush because the
whole mobilisation was coming from Trotskyites and reformists, so
we organised a meeting to talk about what to do."

Organising for the protests against bush helped the group build up
contacts across the nation and the KGA hope to build a network of
young anarchists across Austria to provide a real alternative for
young people. "We talked a lot with other young anarchists from
different cities in Austria and they told us that they are also trying to
build up anarchist youth groups. I was very happy about that and I
think if we are able to build up an Austrian wide network it would be
a very big step!"

“This network is just an idea so we will try to do that and we
heard from young anarchists in Salzburg that they also would like to
do that, I think its very important to make connections and to know
that we aren’t alone, we think that we have the chance to do
that, there are enough people in Austria so we hope that we will be
able to make our ideas real”

KGA are now preparing for the Anarchist Summer Camp which is
being held near Vienna in July, “The next big happening is the
anarchist summer camp where we hope to meet as much young
anarchists from Austria and all over the world as possible”. They
are also in discussion with Ireland’s Anarchist Youth hoping to
form a European anarchist youth network to facilitate the current
resurgence in anarchist ideas amongst young people.

Related Links,

KinderGarten Anarchists https://kga.revolt.org/

Anarchist Summer Camp http://www.a-camp.info/

Anarchist Youth Ireland http://www.anarchistyouth.org/

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