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(en) Slovenia, Ljubljana, 8-4-2003 statement from balkan bookfair

From SAF info <saf.info@email.si>
Date Tue, 8 Apr 2003 18:28:40 +0200 (CEST)

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The statement from the First Annual Balkan Anarchist Bookfair
"From the Local Struggle to International Resistance"
Anarchists from numerous groups and organizations
from eight Balkan, Eastern and Central European
countries gathered at the end of March in Ljubljana,
Slovenia for the International Anarchist Gathering and
the First Balkan Anarchist Bookfair. The purpose of
the meeting was first and foremost to create a space
for dialogue among anarchists from various parts of

Because of the existing authoritarian and repressive
system, which divides people with the help of ever
more walls, many comrades were turned back at the
Slovene border. The border and visa regime therefore
kept many of our comrades from joining us.

Nonetheless we met in great numbers with the desire
to exchange experiences and ideas, as well as create
new contacts, understandings and connections among
the diverse realities within the international struggle
for a world founded on solidarity, equality and social
justice. We struggle for a world of free of the
permanent global war and violence that creates and
sustains new divisions among people and imposes new
borders at all levels making possible the maintenance
of the unjust world social order. We oppose the logic
of war just as we oppose the current war in Iraq as well
as the system that produces that war. We therefore
exrpress solidarity with the Iraqi people, who alone
can fight for their true liberation because "Enduring
Freedom" can never be flown in on the wings of
capitalist, quasi-democratic aggressors and occupiers.
We therefore also express our solidarity with the our
comrades from the "Antiauthoritarian movement of
Salonika 2003" and all those who have set off for Iraq
with the goal of honestly helping the Iraqi people.

Through our discussions, debates, and meetings we
remained firmly committed that our struggle is
essential. We are just as sure that the further
investment of energy and effort into the building and
development of our movement for a true alternative to
the existing unjust sytem. The international character
and principles in the realization of this gathering
confirm the possibility as well as the advantages of
abolishing all borders between, people, classes, races,
sexes and cultures.

We share the belief that the anarchist movement
cannot be built in ghettos nor closed in its own circles
but rather that we must open anarchism and the
anarchist movement to the people. This is only
possible by building strong local structures which work
in local communities and take advantage of existing
potential to bring development and progress to the

The anarchist movement must ceaselessly work to
create a parrallel alternative world that operates
outside the existing paradigm as well as alternative
forms for communicating with the public.

With the desire to create the above goals we will
protest in the coming months against the capitalist
system that, in its exploitation, forgets humanity. We
will work for another world, which is not divided
between the dominant and the exploited, a handful of
rich and a majority of impoverished. May 1, 2003 will
therefore be marked by protests under the title East
European May Day 2003, so we will go to the
conference in Sofia, in June fill the streets of
Thessaloniki and oppose the summit of the EU, and
meet again at the International Anarchist Meeting in
Warsaw (Anarchy 2003).

At the Second Annual Balkan Anarchist Bookfair
(expected in Belgrade or Sofia) we will reflect on these
efforts and their accomplishments.

Of course, it is important to say that this year's event
was successful, constructive and productive. We all
allowed ourselves to enjoy the positive mood, which
showed great potential, desire and energy for future
cooperation towards the building of a internationally
connected movement.

The First Annual Anarchist Bookfair is therefore an
important milestone which will leave its traces on the
future path of the international anarchist movement.


AK47&DHP, anarchist distribution and publishing (Croatia)
ANFEMA, anarho-feminist action (Croatia)
SKRATOVA CITALNICA, anarchist library (Slovenia)

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