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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]
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!
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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