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(en) Czech, afed Love Catalonia, Hate Cops -- Prague expressed its solidarity with the Catalan people. [machine translation]

Date Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:15:36 +0300


When it came to a referendum on the independence of Catalonia, it can not be said that anarchists and anarchists would occupy a clearly defined position. On the one hand, we support the right to self-determination, on the other hand we are very skeptical for a long time to be divided on the basis of the dubious category of the nation, let alone the founding of new states. ---- However, when Catalonia attempted a referendum on 1 October, although it was clear that the Spanish state would never recognize it, it was difficult to preserve impartiality. The brutality that the police sent to suppress voting occupied the polling station, invaded people, and ran demonstrations, shocked everyone who watched the media. ---- Violent dragging of people from polling stations, firing rubber projectiles to Barcelona demonstrators, photographs of bloodied people, and hundreds of increasing numbers of wounded - all of which showed us the true nature of a Spanish state that has never been able to cleanse from the heritage of the Cleopatra Frank regime. It is only symptomatic that police brutality affected Catalonia with its history of a rebellious region, where perhaps the most impressive attempt to build anarcho-communist society was born about eighty years ago.

That this rebellion from Catalonia has not completely vanished is, fortunately, obvious. Police violence immediately followed mass protests and the organization of a general strike, the first of which was called by the CNT's anarcho-syndicalist unions.

We were by far the only one the Catalan bloody hit on October 1, so it is no surprise that a brief protest in front of the Spanish Embassy in Prague was not in our direction, even though we supported it as anarchists.

Tuesday is not a typical day for demonstrations, but around forty people from various groups gathered in front of the Hradcanská embassy. We met Catalans, human rights activists, Young Green and Socialists from SocSol, who organized the event. Although the street was splitting from the embassy, the police were also watching police in the civilian, mostly old acquaintances.

They could see the "work" of their colleagues on several dozen photos, which on the sidewalk eloquently showed Sunday violence. In addition to the photos, demonstration equipment included a variety of flags (most of which, of course, Catalan) and pickaxes of all kinds. Some have called for democracy, others have wished freedom to all nations, and vice versa, death to every state. The imaginary prize for the most authoritative expression of solidarity with the inscription "Love Catalonia, Hate cops, Do gay stuff" is in any case taken by the anarchoqueer QAS.

In addition to the organizers, the meeting was also attended by a Young Green member and representatives of the Catalan community. They said that for them the question of independence at the moment is out of the question, because what happened on Sunday is inadmissible regardless of what one thinks of the idea of independent Catalan. There was also a warning that such excesses of power could very quickly spread to the rest of Europe. It is also worth mentioning the speech of Jan Májícek from Socialist Solidarity, who supported the openly Catalan autonomy and, above all, called for international solidarity and the search for alternatives to the present state of affairs.

In order for the action to be even more international, the Polish activist, who recalled the recent anniversary of the beginning of the Black Protest against the anti-social and anti-war policies of the ultra-conservative Polish government, There was also a smaller symbolic expression of support for the fight of Polish women.

The evening had fallen, and so it was time to put the flowers to the embassy guarded by a line of cops, to make a couple of pictures together, and gradually begin to break.

https://www.afed.cz/text/6751/love-catalonia-hate-cops
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