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(en) Russia, 3rd Black Petrograd festival and commemorations for Timur

Date Sat, 25 Nov 2006 12:24:58 +0200

11-12th of November anarchist Black Petrograd-festival was organised third
time in St. Petersburg. During festival of last year 13th of November 2005,
Nazis killed our comrade Timur Kacharava, and thus in Monday 13th of November
there was a vigil to commemorate him in place of his death, bookstore "Bukvoyed"
in October square of St. Petersburg.
11th of November saw indoor events and 12th of November saw different actions.
Festival was launched 11th of November with a movie screening of "4th world war"
with Russian subtitles, followed by a short "music video" with actions organised
in St. Petersburg during the year. Next movie was 7 year old film about protests
in Prague 2000 by Maxim Butkevich "World is not for sale".

After movies, Food Not Bombs of St. Petersburg was distributing food to everyone
for free, after which there was a workshop where t-shirts were made with
stencils. Activists of movement for HIV-infested in Russia, FrontAIDS presented
their movement and showed a video with actions, guests from Belarus told about
current political situation in the country, and about anarchist participation to
protests following the mock elections last spring and the following repression.

In the end, a comrade who had lived a long time in Israel made a speech,
protesting against the idealizing picture which movie "4th world war" is
giving about the Palestinian resistance. Altogether there was twice more
people in the event than organisers had expected, more than 80 people, which
meant that all press on sale was quickly sold out.

Next day, there were a number of street actions - first was illegal, "orange"
(theatrical) march of 50-60 anarchists from metro station Petrogradskaya by
Komendatskiy prospekt, by Gorky and Marsovoye pole, to Malaya Konyushennaya
street, where anti-war pickets have been held weekly for last 8 years. Main
slogan of the march was "Honour god, love tsar, respect rich people". In
front of the march, a worker was marching with a priest sitting on his neck.
Priest promised to buy out sins of the people passing by for a reasonable price.

Following the priest, there was a Tsar sitting on another worker, and third
"means of transport" had a bourgeois sitting on his neck. After them,
law-abiding citizens were following.

But during the march, authorities were overthrown one by one - first the
priest, and soon Tsar lost his throne at Spasa na Krovi. After this, colon
joined anti-war picket. In picket, there was an attempt to settle some
disagreements between anarchists on question of national-liberation struggles by
After anti-war picket, a food not bombs was organised as usual next to metro
station Vladimirskaya - on way there at Dostoyevskaya metro station 25-30
Nazis attempted to jump anarchists, but this failed and one patriot had to spend
some time in a hospital.

There were also about 4 smaller incidents with Nazis during the day, but
anarchists took no casualties.

Video footage from march (6.2 mb):

8 PM in the evening, festival was finished with a concert with Kranshtein,
Crowd Control, Lyuez and solo performances by Ukrop (Change the World Without
Taking Power) and Panch (Koleso Dharmy) in best traditions of anarcho-chanson.
There were more than 200 people in concert.

Pictures from the concert: http://piter.indymedia.ru/?q=node/510

In the evening of 13th of November, more than 100 people gathered at place
where Timur Kacharava was murdered to lay flowers and candles. There were minor
incidents with Nazis who came to monitor the event, but nothing serious.

(by www.avtonom.org)
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