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(en) Anarchist Mayday in xUSSR - leftover reports

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Date Thu, 20 May 2004 06:49:23 +0200 (CEST)

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Irkutsk, anarchists did not wrote what they did in Mayday. However 2nd of May
local group of Autonomous Action was having a meeting in a private flat, when
police ringed bell and demanded to open the door. Police had not a search
permission, so anarchist refused to open door. Police decided to come through
by force. Activists of Autonomous Action tried to call some press, but telephone
line had already been cut by police. Police shot tear gas to flat, activists
barricaded door, raised black flag to balcony and threw hand-written leaflets to
the street. Stand-off lasted about one hour, after which Police managed to break
through and to rush in. Everyone was thrown to floor and beaten up. Police searched
flat, leaflets and journals were confiscated. Arrested were taken to closest police
station, where they were held until next morning.

Translated and edited from an anonymous report

Lugansk, Ukraine

New anarchist group in Lugansk, "Common Action" organised a non-formal meeting in
"Treshke", a traditional hang-around of local underground during 90's. Everyone,
reaching for freedom with anti-authoritarian ideas (autonomes, anarchists, commundards
and their supporters) were invited to happening, altogether some 40 people

An attempt to realise libertarian communism was taken with means of
a "redistributor", everyone could bring stuff they did not needed anymore to
a box with a text "take and give anything what you want - from everyone
according to their abilities, to everyone according their needs". Leaflet
about history of mayday (from Avtonom #12), manifest of Autonomous Action,
and small orange flags with anarchist symbols were distributed.
Periodicals Avtonom, Volya, Noviy Svet, Tretiy put and Pereday dalshe were distributed,
as well as brochure "short history of anarchism". Highlight of the day was mounted
raid of three anarchist with orange flags to Komsomol square. Action was
ended with a march to alley accompanied by flute and shouts ura!.

"Harmonic society of free individuals" organised a banquet under statues of young
guard, drinking Georgian chachu and eating bread of Partisan Krapivin. Main dish
was very tasty meal from field kitchen of "Harchevni", which was given free without
any political propaganda.

Translated and edited from report by Common Action

Nahdoka, pacific ocean

Due to time difference, far East anarchists were
first to demonstrate this year in Russia. A warm day
and nice mood, some 15 anarchists and their supporter
joined general maydaymeeting in the central
square. Red and black diagonal flags were unrolled, soon leaflets were
confiscated by coppers and 3 persons were arrested. These were picked by
criteria of activity and non-Russian outlook, one arrested was Caucasian
and other Korean. Arrested were held 2 hours, and subscribed protocols
stating "during arrest my leaflets were confiscated, which I did not
printed, did not distributed and I had for my personal use only, I do not
remember who gave them to me, since I was totally drunk".

Meanwhile police threated rest that arrested will ill-treated if they join
the general meeting. So they turned around and had their own march by the
central street of the city, finished with a picnic.

Translated and edited from a report of Ugler

Nizhni Novgorod

Anarchists from local group of Autonomous Action joined general Mayday
demonstration. Anarcho-communists were the most youthful and radical group
this year, so they attracted attention of passers by and elderly "communists".
Tabloid "Situatsiya" was sold, and anarchists scanned Power gives birth to
parasites!, "Self-governance! Self-organisation! Socialism!, Capitalism may
not be reformed!, No to Putin, no to regime! and so on.

As was reported before, one member of KPRF died and several were injured when a
bus full of OMON drove to march. Event was first ignored by but later on covered
by local media, however it would be surprising if someone got punished.

Translated and edited from a report of ***


Anarchists from Ufa Federation of Anarchists and Ufa group of Autonomous
Action participated to annual mayday festivities. Anarchists raised black
and red and black diagonal flags, distributed leaflets

and papers Situatsiya and Radikalniy lentyai (of Autonomous Action) and
Chernaya Zvezda (of KRAS-AIT). Anarchists gained attention of both other
participants from KPRF, RKRP and Yabloko and police. When march began,
anarchists decided to push to the front, which other "opposition" did not
liked. They asked police to order anarchists to their usual place of honour
in the backseat of the train.

99 years before, 1st of May of 1905 first illegal Mayday celebration ("Mayevka")
of Ufa workers with booze and dance was organised in a very beautiful spot at bank
of river Beloi. Anarchists decided to honour this tradition, and celebrated
in the very same place under black flag. "We were few, but every fire begins
from a spark".

Translated and edited from a report by Ender

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