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(en) Czech, afed: Greetings from the camp [machine translation]
Sat, 4 Aug 2018 08:59:39 +0300
Employing the mine was not the only thing that happened at this year's Klimakempu. Within
five days at Louka near Litvinov there were many more things worth remembering. ----
Anarchy means plenum and toilet management ---- From the beginning of the week until
Saturday's direct action, the number of tents on a large meadow continued to grow. On
Saturday morning, it was estimated that at least four hundred people were on site, the
number of visitors climbed over the five-hundreds of the camp. ---- This, of course, meant
a lot of organization, logistics and camp equipment management. The organizers around the
Limits team have done an admirable job, so Klimakemp has an advanced infrastructure in the
form of solar panels and sockets, wireless internet, composting toilets and necessary
washrooms. Everything worked, although it was obvious that the capacity was maximized.
The main decision-making body was a regular plenary held in a big pit in the middle of the
camp. Practical problems were solved, the program was announced, and individual action
groups were summoned by helpers. Magic was that, for example, when a kitchen group asked
for a dishwashing aid, that helped get it. Spontaneously and of course.
Even everyday work brought countless new acquaintances and entertainment moments. A number
of people have gained a deep recognition of this by being able to accomplish complete
miracles in their field. One of the examples is a pancake maker. In his booth with luxury
vegan pancakes, he spends about twenty-four hours a day and donated the money to help the
refugees. Before Saturday's direct action, he rose up very early to make a snack for
people. Just so, unselfishly, out of pure goodness and taste to help the success of the
event. For those who did not meet him at Klimakempu, it should be noted that pancakes and
their stand can also be seen at other events for climate justice in Europe.
Again, it has been shown that collective solutions to practical issues do not bring any
controversy, on the contrary, it leads to a sense of shared responsibility for doing the
necessary work. The language barrier was easy to overcome and simultaneous translation
from Czech into English and vice versa was working.
The only problem was the harvesting of the camp at the end. The vast majority of people
left on Sunday, and so much power was left for Monday's cleaning. But it is harder to look
for laziness or malice. It is understandable that people stayed only until Sunday, when
many of them had to return to work and other duties on Monday.
The action is to learn, to play and to cooperate
The campsite program was a lot. From strong and emotional evening folk concerts through
countless theoretical and practical lectures to the bizarre performances of a historical
ensemble with bare asses. There is no point in trying to summarize everything. Just say
there was always something to do. If you did not want to do a job, you could always go for
a swim at the nearby pond, ride a bike ride, go for a beer party or try to co-operate with
As the Saturday blockade approached, the frequency of action and legal training increased.
Above all, the first ones provided an infinitely fun spectacle when they resembled an
activist larp in which a group of people with a flag and transparency tried to run through
a line of improvised armed men in shawls and T-shirts with "police" inscriptions. Hurling
"in the name of the law, stand!", "Take the right!" And the following laughs of laughter
gave potential passers-by that we can not wait for direct action.
It was not just fun. The trainings paid off and contributed to the success of the
Saturday's event, though it was clear that they could not prepare for the hell of coal
dust and police batons hell. The exhausting run in direct sunlight and the confusion that
prevailed during the run-up of the Cordon of the "heavy-weight", however, had already
quite accurately foretold what was going to happen in the camp.
Like work, training, and the whole program, of course, it was the volunteering and
willingness of people to take part in it. Thanks to the fact that the action was
repeatedly advised and constantly reminded that participating in at least one training is
simply a good idea, all the while people were approaching responsibly and actively
interested in how to prepare for the Saturday.
Police are watching and constantly driving
We have been in contact with the law since the moment we arrived at the somewhat tucked-up
station of Louka near Litvínov. There was a patrol waiting on the spot, legitimated by
anyone who stepped out of the train with a backpack on his back. Not that it was an
extreme buzerace - it was clear that the higher places traveled to a group of local cops
who stopped immediately, but on the other hand they obviously wanted to have it as quickly
as possible. In addition, it turned out that at least part of the foreigners identified
"just as" and in fact their data were not bothered to enter anywhere.
The goal was clearly to create a paranoid atmosphere. Police patrols were constantly
circling around the camp and randomly checking people who went to town. The curiosity of
their activities was in sight. While some of us have successfully avoided the controls all
the time, others have had to legitimize two or three times.
Almost every day a police helicopter flew over the camp, and at least once in a game with
a dron, though strange. Why did the group of policemen decide to go to the five-thirteenth
morning when nothing happened in the camp, and why by a dron only one flight, even
absurdly low, is in the stars.
As the Saturday action approached, the number of secret in the town increased and
shortened the interval of patrols "randomly" passing through the roads around. On the
night of Saturday, there was also a fun diversion in the form of a wake-up car that the
cops parked a little behind the camp. As the darkness and a determined and impatient mood
dwelt, a group of people came to greet the Big Brother. In front of the stream separating
the police and our territory, an improvised aperture from a giant banner stood, and one of
the anarchists presently played various sweet songs specifically for police ears. We
blinded the surveillance cameras with strong flashlights, and at the end, the pair of lads
started talking loudly with a somewhat shaky police patrol on a law subject to the stream.
On Sunday, the police forces moved to the exit roads and the surrounding villages. The
effort to control everybody who left the camp was systematic, but with a little effort and
luck it could be avoided. But another risk of control was awaiting the transit stations in
the area, where the patrols called by the absurd mobilization of police forces from across
the region occasionally roared.
Overall, police activity during the campsite was trying to act in the style "to know we
know". The constant movement of patrols around the camp and the helicopter flight did not
really make much of a try (as well as when it was clear beforehand what we would do on
Saturday). In an effort to disturb people and discourage them, the police completely
failed. Whether there will be any consequence of a constant effort to identify Klimakemp
participants, we will see.
Klimakemp means that a new movement has come to the Czech Republic
In contrast to the previous year, Klimakemp grew, and the related direct action was much
more massive and self-confident. It is obvious that the climate justice movement is
awakening here and attracting new people and those who would not engage anywhere else.
For anarchists and anarchists it is a great opportunity and a challenge. It is essential
that we take part in such events, bring our experiences and learn from both successes and
mistakes. Whilst we may have complaints about the rigid pacifism of the event as well as
an informal hierarchy, we should expect that the next Klimakemp can easily exceed this
year's size and performance. It is essential to be there.
Before the excavator, behind the excavator
Change the system, not the climate!
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