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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - Against all imperialisms, solidarity with the victims of war! (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 13 Mar 2022 09:30:00 +0200


Last Sunday (February 27), a hundred people gathered at Citizen's Square in solidarity with the Ukrainian people who are currently suffering from the Russian military offensive launched by Vladimir Putin. Between the slogans, the solidarity signs, the Ukrainian flags and the speeches, this war divides even in Chicoutimi. During an intervention, two people, including one Russian-speaking Ukrainian, raised their voices towards each other due to divergent positions. This event, which may seem trivial, clearly demonstrates the complexity of this conflict. Contrary to the vision promoted by NATO where Ukraine is the good side and Russia the bad, the reality is much more complex. A look back at a conflict that has been going on since 2014.

From the Maidan Revolution to Russian military aggression

In 2014, part of the Ukrainian population rose up following the decision of Viktor Yanukovych's government not to sign an association agreement with the European Union (EU). Instead, the leaders opted for a rapprochement with Russia, which did not go down well with many people who wanted to join the EU and the West. This decision will lead to the fall of the Ukrainian government after an uprising now known as the Maidan Revolution. Meanwhile in the Russian-speaking region of Donbass, pro-Russian separatists unleashed an armed insurrection against the new Ukrainian government and quickly proclaimed two new territorial entities: the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic. Faced with the situation, the Ukrainian army is sent and a conflict ensued which still rages today. Finally, in Crimea, between the separatist demonstrations and the coming to power of a nationalist government in Ukraine which threatens the Russian language and culture, a referendum is organized in this predominantly Russian-speaking peninsula. The attachment to Russia is voted by a large majority and in March 2014, Crimea joined Russia after an agreement signed between Putin and the leaders of the Republic. a referendum is organized in this predominantly Russian-speaking peninsula. The attachment to Russia is voted by a large majority and in March 2014, Crimea joined Russia after an agreement signed between Putin and the leaders of the Republic. a referendum is organized in this predominantly Russian-speaking peninsula. The attachment to Russia is voted by a large majority and in March 2014, Crimea joined Russia after an agreement signed between Putin and the leaders of the Republic.

Neither NATO, nor Putin: no to imperialism!

For a week now, the Ukrainian people have been grappling with the military invasion of their country by the Russian army. The Donbass war, this frozen conflict which already has more than 14,000 victims, has taken on a whole new dimension by spreading to the whole of Ukraine. The events began after the recognition by the Kremlin of the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk and the invasion of Russian troops massed for months at the border. To justify his aggression, Putin declares, among other things, that he wants to denazify Ukraine and make this country a demilitarized neutral zone which would no longer be a threat to Russia. Above all, the Kremlin tsar does not want Ukraine to approach or join the European Union and possibly NATO. The Ukrainian and Russian peoples therefore suffer from two imperialisms, that of Moscow and the other coming from the West. The two fight for areas of influence, territories and resources. The Ukrainian population lives under the bombs and the Russian population will be the main victim of the economic sanctions of the West which will destroy the economy of the largest country in the world.

As for denazifying Ukraine, it is true that the Maidan Revolution allowed the emergence of far-right and neo-Nazi groups such as the Right Sector, Svoboda or the Azov regiment (integrated into the National Guard of Ukraine from September 2014). However, as Russian anarchists say, you have to fight the extreme right in Ukraine, it is undeniable, but it does not go through the Putin regime and its bombs dropped on civilians, causing thousands of innocent deaths .es

International solidarity between peoples, not war!

Belarusian anarchist comrades wrote: "Anarchists have never welcomed wars because they distract the population from the real problems that surround us all the time. Instead of fighting for freedom, the population begins to discuss the successes of advancement on the front lines. The place of international solidarity is occupied by nationalism, which transforms brothers, sisters and comrades into mortal enemies. There is nothing progressive about war. It is the triumph of a misanthropic ideology of power. Now, as always, war is the business of leaders, but it is ordinary people who die in it. In a patriotic trance, or simply for money. ".

It is in this line that last Sunday, we demonstrated our solidarity with people who have to flee their homes, hide in basements or subway stations to protect themselves from artillery shells, cruise missiles and bombs dropped by Putin's air force. And tomorrow, let's not forget that our brothers and sisters are still under attack from Bashar al-Assad. Let's not forget the men and women of Rojava who fought against the Islamic State and who now have to face Turkey, NATO's second largest army. Let's not forget those families fleeing the war in Yemen, a country still bombed by Saudi Arabia, which is buying armored vehicles from Canada. NOT' let us not forget that hundreds of thousands of people are crammed into refugee camps. Let us not forget the refugees who died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Let's not forget our Afghan sisters who continue to fight for their rights at the risk of their lives. They don't need to be saved, they need to be heard and supported. Let us not forget that Palestine is still under occupation by the Tsahal, that Israel, that great friend of the West, continues to build illegal settlements in occupied territory and to impose an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people. let's not forget our Afghan sisters who continue to fight for their rights at the risk of their lives. They don't need to be saved, they need to be heard and supported. Let us not forget that Palestine is still under occupation by the Tsahal, that Israel, that great friend of the West, continues to build illegal settlements in occupied territory and to impose an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people. let's not forget our Afghan sisters who continue to fight for their rights at the risk of their lives. They don't need to be saved, they need to be heard and supported. Let us not forget that Palestine is still under occupation by the Tsahal, that Israel, that great friend of the West, continues to build illegal settlements in occupied territory and to impose an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people.

Let's fight against all forms of imperialism whether they come from Moscow or from NATO!
Let's fight against militarism and its deadly logic!

On their wars, let us impose international solidarity between peoples, workers, women and all the oppressed!

Posted 18 hours ago by Collectif Emma Goldman

http://ucl-saguenay.blogspot.com/2022/03/contre-tous-les-imperialismes.html
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