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(en) ait russia: Anti-militant action in Kirov [machine translation]

Date Wed, 1 Jul 2020 09:34:09 +0300

On June 24, a rally "Do not want to repeat" was held in Kirov against the use of military equipment in the Victory Day parades. Activists of the creative association "Vyatka Subjective" walked along Green Embankment, dancing and singing repeatedly to Viktor Tsoi's song "I Announce My Home (Nuclear-Free Zone)". At the end of the action, they laid flowers at the Eternal Flame. ---- About 10 people took part in the action. Everyone dressed in bright clothes, brought a guitar and a tambourine. Activists decided not to do posters and campaign remarks. As representatives of the Vyatka Subjective explained to 7x7, the idea to hold an action came from a series of discussions about the fact that Victory Day is more about a day of peace and reverence for previous generations. And on this day, military equipment on the streets of peaceful cities is even more unacceptable, activists say.

They began their journey from Rosa Luxemburg Street, not far from the Green Embankment. There at 11:45 they gathered to rehearse the song, to prepare flowers for laying on. At 12:00 we went to the embankment and started an action near the Feodorovsky Church: we sang and danced loudly to the song of Tsoi, gradually heading for the Eternal Flame. To do this, go through the entire promenade.

"The desire of our government to unite the Russian Federation with the title of the country that won the fascism turns into a public demonstration of militaristic power, pride in the ability to kill massively and in high technology," the Vyatka Subjective said. - In modern times, the cause of wars is not the struggle for survival with the resources of another country, not ideology, but geopolitics, which rarely relates to ordinary ordinary people, to us. Therefore, the activists decided to take to the streets to show the townspeople that it would be completely different to celebrate military holidays, where there would be no guidelines for a possible repetition of the war.

Walking along the promenade, activists non-stop sang "I declare my home a nuclear-free zone." Passers-by watched with interest, some tried to shoot, there were those who passed with the phrases "What are they doing?", But the majority greeted the procession with a smile.

- There was a moment when I first saw the rehearsal of the parade with military equipment. I then went home after work on my scooter, and I was not allowed to cross the road. At that very moment huge tanks drove past me. And when you see them on TV, it's like miniature cars, and when you see them in reality, something instinctive tells you the emotion of fear, "the organizer of the action, Sofia Demina, shared. - Cities are made for people, we want to live here and build a humane society. We want to tell children that you can't kill other people. How can we talk about this when we have a holiday that glorifies the murder weapon? I want us to get out of this, so as not to think that that war is generally possible for a repeat.

Sophia shared that the number of participants could be greater, but then there would be a risk of a ban. Activists would be forced to apply for permission to march. This time they decided to be more like tourists than protesters.

- This is our artistic statement. And even such a splash of thought is good, otherwise we can only discuss such topics on the sidelines. And I personally do not know a single peer, a friend who would like to sit in a tank and start killing people. "We don't know who needs such parades," the activist added. "We are grateful to the older generations for countless courageous sacrifices and feel responsible. Our respect is expressed in the desire to invest our efforts in the development of a humane society built on knowledge and respect.

At the end of the action, activists stood in a circle behind the Eternal Flame, re-singing the song of Tsoi. After they laid flowers and spent a moment of silence.


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