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(en) Czech, AFED: Myanmar's problems are not so far away [machine translation]

Date Mon, 7 Jun 2021 13:21:50 +0300

Speech by FNB Zizkov at a demonstration of solidarity with the resistance against the junta in Myanmar ---- We have gathered here today to express solidarity with the people who are protesting and fighting against the military dictatorship in Myanmar, especially solidarity with the members of several FNB groups operating in the country. Food not Bombs is a worldwide movement of which we, as FNB-Žižkov, are part, and consists of autonomous groups that provide vegetarian and vegan food for free to all who need it, without distinction. We are thus trying to make visible the value of interpersonal solidarity and mutual assistance and to protest against social inequalities, poverty, armaments and wars. These are global problems caused by a system that knows no borders, although its manifestations may differ, just as the ways in which it affects us may differ.

At a time of global covid crisis and the associated economic and social repercussions, it is proving again and again that it is interpersonal solidarity and interconnected networks of mutual assistance that we can truly rely on.

While we distribute food to dozens of people, FNB Myanmar members provide basic food and protective equipment to hundreds of refugees in camps or workers in now closed factories. While we are dealing with occasional police bullying, the FNB in Myanmar is facing severe police repression and military violence. Some of the members are in prison, and one was shaken by a repressive force during a demonstration. We can point out the shortcomings of the system quite publicly, but the people from Food not Bombs in Myanmar are being persecuted for their actions and must operate in secret.

However, we must not forget that the problems of Myanmar are not as separate and distant from us as it might seem at first glance. Fossil companies, benefiting from the devastation of entire ecosystems and the destruction of the health of countless people, such as France's Total, Chevron of the United States, Posco of South Korea and Malaysia's Petronas, support the military junta with considerable sums. Together, these companies are spending more than a billion dollars to destroy more lives. While weapons killing protesters in Burma travel from the United States, Germany, Russia, China and Israel, the UN has still not been able to impose an arms embargo on the country. And we must not forget how Western companies such as Zara, H&M or Adidas exploit their workers in Myanmar. They're just striking workers from clothes factories, who, even under normal conditions, work to a minimum and now find themselves completely without resources. Above all, our solidarity must be geared towards them.

Related links:
In Prague against the junta
Our demands are immodest
Solidarity with protesters in Myanmar
A3: Against the junta in Myanmar
"We need global solidarity"
A call for international solidarity with the Civil Disobedience Movement
"We do what we believe in. We believe in what we do. "
Solidarity with those fighting the coup in Myanmar

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