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(en) Russia, Anarchist Mayday in Vladivostok

Date Mon, 08 May 2006 23:56:54 +0300


Here's a somewhat belated account of May Day in Vladivostok. We're simply
too far away from central Russia. Hence, this message took so long to arrive. :)
On 1 May the Vladivostok section of Autonomous Action had it's small procession.
We joined a larger march which was arranged by the local authorities. Moving along,
under a red and black flag, we handed out leaflets and chanted: "Svoboda, ravenstvo,
anarkho-kommunism" (Freedom, equality, anarcho-communism), "Fashism ne proidyot
[~ They won't get away with Fascism] (someone from the crowd yelled back: "Konechno
ne proidyot" [Ofcourse they won't!])", "Doloi polizceiskoye gosoodarstvo"
(Abolish the police state), "Anti-Fa". The police, which surrounded the
march, didn't react to our presence in any visible way.

Later on we left the other demonstrators and moved on to the Lenin
monument, which was the scene of Opposition parties protesting against
the Communal Housing Reforms (Zhilischno Kommunalnooyoo Reformoo).
People, mostly older than us, surrounded our group at the monument and
gobbled up all of our remaining leaflets (throughout the march people
came up to us and asked for leaflets/pamphlets without us having to do
much). An elderly man approached us to enquire if we were "edinorosy"
(United Russia party members/supporters). Once he heard a negative
answer, he commended us and moved on. One granny mistook us for fascists
because of our appearance (everyone's faces were covered with bandanas).
We explained that we're anti-fascists.

The most frequently asked question was "which party are you from and why
are all of your faces covered up?" Most people welcomed our presence
and were quite happy to see that even young people are concerned with
social problems.

Shortly after we distributed all of our leaflets and answered people's
questions, we left the event to prepare for the next action.

Autonomous Action Primorye-Vladivostok (ADPv)

p.s. Throughout the events the cops approached us once, curious about who
we were, why we looked the way we do and asked us not to cause any disturbances.
The event was a success. One shortcoming was the inadequate number of
leaflets we had on us.

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