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(en) Czech, AFED: In Prague against the junta in Myanmar [machine translation]

Date Wed, 9 Jun 2021 07:35:14 +0300

Report from a demonstration of solidarity with the people who stood up to the military junta in Myanmar. ---- The Anarchist Federation (AF), together with the Food not Bombs Zizkov, responded to a military coup in Myanmar on February 1 by convening a demonstration condemning the military's seizure of power and supporting all those who opposed it, protesting and striking. AF has recently reported on events in Burma on its website, in particular on the activities of the local Food not Bombs (FNB). ---- The demonstration, which took place on Wednesday, June 2, was convened at five o'clock in the afternoon in front of the Myanmar Embassy, which is located in Prague on Wenceslas Square 51. Since it was already after office hours, we gathered in sight under the statue of St. Wenceslas. Flags were hung here - rainbow and two anti-fascist. There were about twenty red and black shields on the ground with inscriptions in Burmese and English such as "Free All Political Prisoners", "Support FNB Myanmar", "Fight War Not Wars", "Stop the Military coup", "All Power to the People". etc. These shields (made only of cardboard) referred to a typical defensive aid used collectively and organized during the protests in Burma, where they often have a promotional function.

After a while, the techno rhythms of the Olgoj Chorchoj sound system began to resound through the space. FNB-Žižkov offered water and Zapatista coffee for refreshment. Participants and passers-by were given leaflets briefly acquainting with the situation in Myanmar and leaflet versions of the A3 wall newspaper devoted to this topic.

The introductory speech was made less than three-quarters of an hour after the start of the event. The first speech was given for FNB-Žižkov. It mentioned the conditions in which the local FNB teams must develop their activities, and their incredible scope was acknowledged with admiration. There was also an expression of solidarity, condemnation of the murderous rampage of the junta and a call for pressure on corporations that support the current Burmese regime with their investments. After the speech, those present were invited for financial support from FNB-Myanmar.

This was followed by a message from a member of FNB-Myanmar and the band Rebel Riot. The message is part of a longer interview, which will soon be published together with the headlines. Kyaw Kyaw, as translated into Czech on the spot, states: "The ongoing fighting in Myanmar is not a distant problem, but especially today it is a problem of all mankind. We must confront not only the military coup in Myanmar, but any discrimination and any repression. Let's stand together in the fight for humanity. "

About 40 demonstrators also listened to a speech by the Anarchist Federation, which spoke of the meaning of solidarity, condemned the silence of former Prime Minister Myanmar of the Rohingya genocide and concluded: "Our demands are immodest but the only possible: abolish the army, abolish the police ownership of the means of production. Then no one will be able to usurp power over others by force, whether military, police or economic. "

Our friend from Myanmar was the last to speak briefly. He expressed outrage that, although the coup had sparked disapproval in the world, no help had actually come and the world was doing nothing despite the 800 dead and thousands arrested and missing. Immediate help is needed. Finally, he thanked him for his solidarity.

Another part of the demonstration was the taking of a joint photo, which will be sent to the FNB in Myanmar. Most of those present, with shields in their hands and black-and-red banners above their heads, raised their hands with the symbol of Myanmar's protests - three fingers raised - and chanted, "Our weapon is solidarity!"

Shortly after six o'clock, songs from the anarchopunk band Rebel Riot were heard from the sound system, and for some time the sound of the music was discussed, after which the protesters parted around half past six.

If you were unable to attend, you can express your solidarity and support in a variety of ways. One such is the dissemination of the A3 wall newspaper with the text " Against the junta in Myanmar ". For example, in Olomouc, the local anarchists pasted 35 pieces around the city. You can report on their websites, as the Kids and Heroes music server did . Or you can hang a banner in a public space like anarchists from Frýdek-Místek.



Related links: 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 are doing what we believe in. We believe in what we do. " Solidarity with those fighting the coup in Myanmar

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