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(en) Czech, AFED: For pressure from below - Why the Anarchist Federation supports the Stop Covid initiative together and fairly. [machine translation]

Date Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:01:27 +0300

The Stop Covid initiative jointly and fairly presented its five demands:
1. Completely shut down the economy for four weeks, except for vital operations.
2. Really support health professionals and employees in social services.
3. Take into account social justice measures.
4. Take the importance of schools seriously.
5. Substantially speed up vaccination of the population and suspend patent protection for vaccines.
The initiative organized two public events in Prague, which were also supported by members of the Prague group of the Anarchist Federation by lighting candles on the site to honor the memory of people who succumbed to covid-19 due to chaotic steps and unsystematic action of the Czech government. The initiative is one of the few voices that emphasizes the social aspect of the epidemic and is not afraid to make legitimate demands that run counter to the interests of capital.

As anarchists, the policy of demand is not twice as close to us. On the issue of the pandemic and its solution, however, it must be assumed that this is an acute matter and that no fundamental social change can be expected with a solution. In such a case, therefore, we are adding pressure to those in possession of decision-making tools to take steps to stop the pandemic - for example, the requirement to stop the industry for a few weeks.

We emphasize initiative and bottom-up pressure, which is why we also support the Stop Covid Together and Fairly initiative, which has an anti-authoritarian organizational character, although it involves people with different, usually socially attuned, attitudes. Unlike some statisticians, however, we do not consider the state to be the only mover capable of solving something (the coronavirus crisis is clearly shown by the old well-known fact that the state operates in the tow of capital).

For anarchists, solidarity and mutual assistance at the most basic level have always been important, ie. an appeal to consideration for oneself and others as a matter of course, not a dictated matter, support for all sorts of initiatives dedicated to helping the homeless, seniors and other people in any way affected by (not only) the pandemic. At the same time, we reject the tendency inherent in selfish individualism, which has been pampered in capitalist society for so long and today tells us that we are each in it for ourselves.

For anarchists, the class dimension of the current struggle for the fight against a pandemic is also important, where on the one hand capital stands with its interests and on the other hand ordinary people endanger their lives and health. The coronavirus crisis has clearly shown the real attitudes of industry. They are profits and again only profits. People's lives and health are last for them.

For the lives and health of people, not for the profits of economic elites!
Capitalism against the people. People against capitalism!
Solidarity and mutual help against the epidemic despite the inability of the state and selfish individualism!

Related links:
Who makes a Long Nose on us?
International solidarity against global authoritarianism!
Health is not a goods
Fight for every life
Vaccines for everyone!
Let's save lives, stop the industry!
A3: Capitalism against the people The
Czech Republic is not a labor camp
Profits or lives? That's what People are running for
again in the last place

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