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(en) Czech, afed: We are your nightmare" - Interview with Kafeh, an anarchist movement in Lebanon [machine translation]

Date Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:33:38 +0200

Kafeh, an anarchist movement operating in Lebanon, is active in the ongoing revolutionary uprising against the Lebanese state and its capitalist economic policy. Kafeh members answer questions about their view of protests and anarchist organization in Lebanon. ---- What are the specific features of the rebellion in Lebanon compared to so many rebellions that we have witnessed worldwide? ---- The Lebanese Rebellion is unique in that it is a revolution not only against one system or one symbol, but against several. It is known that Lebanon has 18 sects and each sect has its bosses and leaders. And so this rebellion represents the people who have united against these leaders who have brought us nothing but war and struggle, poverty and corruption. Although there are many similar things to the uprisings in other countries in terms of oppression and demands.

What were the most annoying problems for people and what was the breakthrough that led to such an expansion of the revolutionary movement in Lebanon?

The main idea is that the country has been ruled by the oligarchy for about 40 years and that the regime refuses to give up. We even see fathers who give ranks and powers to their sons and grandsons to continue their rotten ways of governing. As a result, people suffering from poverty, insecurity, the economic and social crisis have found no other way than to rebel and overthrow the regime.

What are the historical factors shaping the conditions for a revolutionary uprising in Lebanon?

The endless cartel of rulers and their families, which have deep roots in Lebanese history, being regional privileged families ruling over religion and sects.

What are your goals as anarchists in your involvement in current protests?

The overthrow of the regime is certainly the first great step, as is the prosecution and punishment of corruption and oppression by sectarian laws.

Name some anarchist and revolutionary slogans that you chanted during the protests or painted as graffiti.

All slogans are in Arabic, but could be translated as: "People want to overthrow the regime," "People get hungry, eat their rulers," "Our war is a class war," "Down with the domination of the army" or "We are your night moth ". And of course there is an anarchist symbol on walls, banks and government buildings.

What long-term preparations must anarchists take to defend the gains of a revolutionary uprising?

To spread anarchist philosophy among people and show them how perfectly they can live without being ruled by them.

What current or historical revolutionary movements or characters are the greatest inspiration for your group?

Catalan Revolution, Rojava, Mikhail Bakunin.

What other activities did your group engage with, apart from the current protest movement?

Meetings, public debates, social media platforms, research and education.

What actions would you recommend to anarchists in other parts of the world if they want to show solidarity with the revolutionaries in Lebanon?

To be honest, little financial help would be very useful.

What is your attitude as anarchists in the Middle East on Trump's so-called peace plan in the region?

We express solidarity with all oppressed individuals and groups. Therefore, the Palestinian people should be freed from the oppression of Israel.


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