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(en) Czech, afed.cz: Forget those, who do not care about us - A summary report of the actions against the elections to local councils and of the Senate. [machine translation]

Date Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:11:05 +0300

October was supposed to be important for the citizens of this state, due to the holding of elections to local councils and of the Senate. If you have for someone important and most political parties and professional politicians, even those who are should they wish to become. Those around the voltage monitor how much of the channel passed on to them. Ordinary, unprivileged person would probably not noticed a substantial change. So could the whole of the masquerade wave a hand and make a pleasant weekend, so if it had not been forced to spend on the job. If you wanted to tease, he could worry about choosing the lesser evil and think that tenant of his or her situation worsens as possible. ---- Anarchists with the vast majority held strategy boycott the elections under the banner of "lesser evil is also evil" and "When I know that the elections will not change anything, not least his voice to legitimize a system with which I disagree." Some of us then expressed its position was somewhat more active and demonstrativneji.

Anarchist Federation (AF) on the occasion of the elections nevyhlašovala any anti-elections campaign, although they usually do. Not because we thought that the electoral absence is an alternative that can instantly change something, but the pantry on the ground that the elections are a good opportunity to show that it is a fairy tale for underprivileged while the rules of bourgeois democracy are long written ones they serve. Yet some of us are not idle and devoted to altering advertisements of political parties, for example in Usti nad Orlici are sealed over several billboards saying "scam".

Antifascist Action (AFA) on his Facebook profile before the elections publish profiles of some candidates in the regional elections, who are in a narrow circle of his peers known as an active neo-Nazis. They traditionally have stood for DSSS and National Democracy.

The free community VAP natisklý several types of anti-elections posters with slogans such as "best government - no government" or "Choose your executioner." Individual regional group is then pasted in your area.

Mobilizing anti-elections this time most devoted Severoceská Anarchist Federation (SAF). It has been prepared in advance of a few kinds of labels designed for pasting in the streets and continued to agitate, to join her anarchists in all regions. Prompt many of them actually heard him, and so SAF rozdistribuovala 3,000 pieces of labels to 50 locations throughout the country. In northern Bohemia, moreover printed and expand posters and many others have prepared their own "election" materials. Subsequently, sending in photos of pasting that SAF publish on its Web site for inspiration to others. The published list of sites was respectable: Usti nad Labem, Teplice, Krupka, Duchcov, Litvínov, Chomutov, Most, Peruc, Louny, Litomerice, Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou, Turnov, Mnichovo Hradiste, Jilemnice, Vrchlabí, Pilsen Kralovice Praha, Young Boleslav, Pribram, Dobris, Salty, Rakovník, Caslav, Kutna Hora, Nymburk, Benesov, Hradec Kralove, Pardubice, Blatná, Strakonice, Prachatice, Czech Budejovice, Czech Krumlov, Great Mezirici, Trebic, Ostrava, Orlová, Frydek-Mistek, Czech Cieszyn, Jablunkov, Prostejov, Hodonin, Znojmo, Slavicín, Mikulov, Brno and some other cities and towns. Often there remained only for sticking labels, also took to the destruction of election posters of political parties during meetings anarchists as their "sympathizers" were carrying large quantities of promotional materials that are dealt in the area, but instead wandered into containers to paper. Some edited and street trash containers in the "ballot box". In Usti nad Labem and Teplice, Brno, Ostrava, Frydek-Mistek or Slavicín was a common, sometimes privately, burning or throwing protest ballots.

Although participation in regional elections barely reached 35%, it would be naive to ascribe anarchist campaign for electoral absenteeism. A lot of people resigned on any alleged participation in the democratic process, because they are aware that much is hidden somewhere else than in the election urns. Others again fail to choose from once every eighteen and others without two twenty and more by their absence at the polls communicated disdain existing political elites. Although the number of candidates and groups that are openly xenophobic, greatly exceeded the number of refugees who appeared in 2016 in the Czech Republic, protiuprchlické theme fortunately not a great success. Besides the sheer emptiness, almost illegible or absence of a program of political parties only confirmed that those who are fighting for power, does not stop before roznecováním racial, ethnic or religious hatred.

Not to participate in the ceremonies of bourgeois democracy is nice and appropriate gesture. But until we fail to build a strong movement that can offer for people to grasp the vision and the possibility of meaningful participation, it will still only a gesture.

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