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(en) Ireland, derry anarchists: In the Spirit of 1968 - Fight the Power!

Date Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:31:58 +0300


This week marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Derry on October 5th 1968. Those historical black and white television images of unarmed peaceful civil rights protesters being baton-charged off the streets of their city for attempting to challenge the Unionist masters in Storming created shock-waves. ---- Amongst the clambering, infighting and drama as to who did what and when on the day, the various political parties lambasted one another over who exactly are the rightful inheritors of that day, anyone would be forgiven that there was some type of election in the offing next year. ---- Little do they know that after all their self-righteous ceremonies, speeches and honours that it was actually the people of the city who had taken to the streets and brought the events that faithful day to a head. It is the people themselves who truly deserve credit for their dignity and strength of courage against the state and its forces.

But whilst the great and the good gathered in the Guildhall, several hundred people rallied outside to remember the struggle of 1968 and the struggle that continues to this day which is why anarchists in the city took part. If there are lessons which can be learned from the events of '68 be in Paris, Chicago, Rome, Washington or here in Derry it has to be that is real change can only come about from below, by the people and in the streets and in our workplaces alone, not from within their chambers and halls of power.

For our class the division of sectarianism, housing, jobs, health and education have reached depths not witnessed since the sixties however many communities are already mobilising in the streets in an effort to fight the power, drawing on the lessons of the past. Together, without the politicians we can win!

The Spirit of 1968 - Lessons from the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement:

https://www.wsm.ie/c/1968-lessons-northern-ireland-civil-rights-movement

http://derryanarchists.blogspot.com/2018/10/in-spirit-of-1968-fight-power.html
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