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(en) Actions to commemorate Timur Kacharava around Russia in beginning of November

Date Wed, 28 Nov 2007 15:52:11 +0200

There was a row of important memorial days in beginning of the November - at first 9th of November, day of Crystal Night and international day to combat racism and xenophobia, 11th of November was declared a global Food Not Bombs action day to commemorate Timur Kacharava, 13th of November was second anniversary of death of Timur. Different cities preferred different days for actions, and many cities saw action for several days. Here is an overview of some of the reported events. --- Bryansk --- 10th of November in square of Karl Marx a picket gathered on occasion of international day of struggle against
Nazism, Racism and Xenophobia. 30 people participated, banners "Nazism kills" and "Fascism won't trespass" were raised. Speeches were made on purpose of demonstrations 9th and 10th of November, murdered Russian anti-fascists were commemorated. Some Nazi scouts were spotted, but when they got photographed they decided to move further.

This was first ever anti-fascist event in Bryansk, which
was organized not by political parties but by a grassroots
initiative of anarchists and anti-fascists.

Bryansk photo

source: http://www.avtonom.org


Anarchists and anti-fascists of Irkutsk made graffiti in
Irkutsk in night before 9th of November. Commemorations
for 4 dead anti-fascists and Ovanes Ayrumyan murdered by
Nazis in Moscow 20th of October were written on asphalt
in region of lower embankment. Graffiti was also made in
places where Nazis live and hang around and in the center
of the city. 10th of November a Food Not Bombs was
organized to commemorate Timur Kacharava.

13th of November in Irkutsk, anti-fascist dropped a
banner with text "13.11.05 Nazis murdered Timur
Kacharava" in the very center of the city, at Karl Marx
street in crossing of Proletarskaya and Uritskaya

Source: http://russia.indymedia.org


In Kazan, anarchists dropped two banners from bridges at
main entrances and exists from the city. Those arriving
from Kazan, could see text "A city without fascism", and
those leaving Kazan could see a text "Liberty, equality
and fraternity". One banner was written with red on black,
and another with black on red. Commuters could see
banners for more than two days, as no-one was interested
to remove them.

Source: http://russia.indymedia.org


In Moscow there was also a Food Not Bombs action to
commemorate Timur Kacharava 11th of November. There was a
number of parallel actions - at metro Kropotkinskaya, at
cathedral of Christ the Savior, at Manezhnaya square and
at zero kilometer. Up to 70 people - anarchists, Food Not
Bomb activists, punks and hardcore kids participated.
Police made some minor attempts to harass action, but
eventually everything went without problems.

Source: http://www.avtonom.org/index.php?nid=1299

On their way back from action, activists made a
spontaneous action to pray huge pro-Putin election
advertisement at Okhotniy Ryad - this picture got immense
popularity in Russian blogosphere at
http://drugoi.livejournal.com/2388214.html, hilarious
thing is that perhaps one third of the commentes took
the praying seriously!

Praying for Putin picture


13th of November anti-fascists of Novosibirsk gathered to
eternal fire to commemorate Timur Kacharava. Leaflets and
stickers were distributed. Novosibirsk had also joined
global Food Not Bombs action day two days before.


13th of November Timur was commemorated in park of Ivan
Yakutov, where many people are hanging around and
everlasting fire is burned to commemorate those who have
perished in wars. More than 50 people joined action.
Candles and sea torches were lit.

(source: http://russia.indymedia.org)

St. Petersburg

In St. Petersburg more than 200 people gathered at the
entrance of bookstore "Bukvoyed", where Timur was
murdered exactly two years before. Photos and different
writings were left to the site. Leaflets commemorating
those killed by neo-Nazis were distributed to passers by.
No speeches and no calls were made - people came to
commemorate their perished comrade, and actions speak
louder than any words. There was also a Food Not Bomb
organized in St. Petersburg during global action day 11th
of November.

SPB 13th of November photo

Video: http://piter.indymedia.ru/files/timur_2007.mp4

(Source: http://piter.indymedia.org)


In Paris, in Gar du Nord activists of Food Not Bombs
distributed free food to commemorate Timur Kacharava,
after this some 60 people marched in unpleasant weather,
scanning slogans in French and Russian (block had a 9
person strong bloc of Russian speakers), Russian slogans
included "Russia without Putin, Paris without Sarkozy"
and other. During march, graffiti was made against a
Virgin superstore.


Source http://russia.indymedia.org

(for a version with photos, check http://avtonom.org/index.php?nid=1316)
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