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(en) die plattform - "You don't need to explain anything to us!" - Our contribution to the Youth Day in Leipzig (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 7 Jun 2021 13:21:37 +0300

June 1, 2021 was International Children's Day. As in a few years before, various groups from Leipzig organized Youth Day to draw attention to the neglected situation of young people during the corona pandemic but also in the capitalist system in general. You can find more information about the event, the idea behind it and the call here .https://fightforyourfuturele.noblogs.org/post/2021/05/19/aufruf-1-6-2/ ---- Dear children, dear young people, dear comrades, ---- All of them have suffered greatly from the corona pandemic and the measures associated with it in recent months, but no age group has received as little protection and attention as the young people. But especially among children and adolescents, the suicide and depression rate has increased so massively since 2010 as in no other population group. During the pandemic, feelings of depression increased and many teenagers said they were often lonely. This isolation is not just a short-term constraint, but an enormous cut in the social, personal and health development of young people. Solidarity was preached with the elderly, and the youth showed solidarity. However, our needs, which differ from those of adults, were classified as irrelevant, until politicians could use them for their own purposes. She was supposedly concerned, but changed nothing. One thing quickly became clear: the rulers don't really care about young people. Whether in school or university, young people were exposed to high risks because the government was too busy taking care of economic interests. While pupils were forced into classrooms without air filters and adequate hygienic care, they had to deal with allegations of corona party, which made adolescents responsible for increasing incidences. This lack of interest was excused on the basis that children and young people are less at risk of seriously contracting or dying from Corona. The risk may be less But the fear of infecting friends or relatives is all the more real. So much the bigger. And the fear of the Long Covid Syndrome, which can also occur after a weak course, was inevitable.

When we don't have to go to school or work, we hang in front of a screen to study for university. A university that we have seldom seen from the inside since mid-2020, the existence of our fellow student: we almost forgot inside beyond the screen. We are no longer alive, we just exist. And while the offices, the factories and the schools remained open, every meeting in the park was criminalized, every leisure activity was banned as far as possible. And this although it has long been proven that the risk of infection outside is very low. However, none of these problems are caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, they are only brought to light.

The cause lies in a broken system that neither pays attention to our needs, nor listens to our voices, and marks our opinions and worries as childish and therefore unimportant. Adolescents are viewed as a mere resource waiting to be harvested. We are worthless until we are able to invest 80% of our time in wage labor. We have been trimmed towards this goal since we were six years old, in an education system from which our funds are gradually being withdrawn. This inevitably not only leads to rows of teachers, but also students who suffer from burnout syndrome. Not even 18 years old! This shows how little children and young people are worth in our patriarchal-capitalist society.

Notice only as the next cogs in the capitalist machine. This pejorative attitude particularly reflects the disdain for people who are read by women. Not only are they still given most of the unpaid care and reproductive work. As long as the upbringing of children is mainly done by women who read women, children are dependent on their social position, and vice versa. Only when young people within the patriarchy leave the reproductive sphere assigned to them and begin to work are they taken seriously. Only when young people have to leave their youth behind to face the "seriousness of life" do they become socially relevant.

We cannot and must no longer tolerate these abuses! Because young people shouldn't have to worry about their future, they sho

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