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(en) ruhr.dieplattform: 102 years of the March Revolution in the Ruhr area: commemorative events by FAU and the platform (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 19 Mar 2022 11:26:48 +0200


Two events took place in Dortmund this weekend to commemorate the March Revolution in the Ruhr area of 1920. These events were jointly organized by the Eastern Ruhr area section of the Freie Arbeiter*innen-Union Duisburg and the Platform Ruhr. ---- On Friday evening, a lecture on the events of the March Revolution in Dortmund took place in the Black Pigeon anarchist center. A speaker from the history workshop in Dortmund was invited. With about 25 people, the lecture was very well attended, after the end there was intensive discussion about what had been heard. In addition, participation in the second event of the weekend was advertised that evening.

This then took place the very next morning at the Dortmund North Cemetery, where the common grave of twelve Dortmund workers who were murdered during the March fighting is located. A small memorial service was held at the tomb. A representative of our organization and a comrade from FAU spoke at this. We have documented our speech on the importance of revolutionary and anarchist commemorative culture under this report.

The common path and the commemoration at the tomb
After two more songs were sung together, flowers, candles and a small banner were placed at the graves of the fallen workers. Afterwards we visited the nearby miners' memorial together, which was erected in memory of a colliery accident in 1925.

We are happy to be able to carry out a commemoration this year that is worthy of the dead comrades. We want to build on that next year: so that the March Revolution and the people who fought it are never forgotten!

We would like to take this opportunity to express our special thanks to everyone who made this commemorative weekend possible. The comrades:innen of the FAU, the Black Pigeon as host, of course the speaker of the history workshop. And last but not least, of course, to all the comrades who took the time to commemorate our dead pioneers on Saturday morning.

Here is the speech we gave at the grave of the march fighters:

"Dear comrades,
I am pleased to be able to speak to you here today as a representative of the anarcha-communist federation, the platform. But I am particularly pleased that so many of you have come to the North Cemetery today to commemorate the March Revolution in the Ruhr area and the workers murdered by fascists and reaction who found their final resting place here.

It is important that we came here today. I am convinced of that. Important because today hardly anyone in the Ruhr area knows what happened in March 1920 in the cities, districts and streets where we live today. Which child growing up here today knows that just 102 years ago, hundreds of thousands of workers went on a general strike against a fascist putsch? Who knows that they armed themselves everywhere to fight the fascists? Who knows that some of them have already started to form councils in the factories and cities in order to build a different society out of the anti-fascist resistance? Who knows, that in just a few days and weeks they managed to organize the strongest and most successful revolutionary uprising of the working class that Germany has ever seen? And last but not least, who knows that the SPD in government, as soon as the workers saved their asses, sent the same fascist bloodhounds into the coal pot and drowned the dream of a free future in the blood of over 1000 workers?

Yes, that's right. Hardly anyone knows that - neither here in the pot nor anywhere else in Germany. And unfortunately that even applies to many people who are politically active here, who continue to fight for a free future today. Why is that? It might sound trite, but of course that's because it's the winners who make history. And the victors of history, to this day, it is not the proletariat, but the capitalist class. After the bourgeois state and capital crushed the March Revolution with the help of the fascists, they made every effort to ensure that the workers would not think twice about shaking off their chains. This also included that this topic was given the place of a historical marginal note in history and school books. It was the same in my school book, from which I was supposed to learn about the history of the Weimar Republic at the age of 16. Ellenlang was told about this emperor, this general and that politician. The fascist Kapp Putsch, which triggered the March Revolution, was of course also mentioned. As a right-wing extremist threat to the republic. What they didn't tell us was the rest of the story: that it was the workers and not the fine democrats who repelled the coup. And that it was every fine democrat who then formed an alliance with the fascists and let them murder in the pot. There was no mention of the revolutionary uprising of the workers. from which I was supposed to learn about the history of the Weimar Republic as a 16-year-old, it was the same. Ellenlang was told about this emperor, this general and that politician. The fascist Kapp Putsch, which triggered the March Revolution, was of course also mentioned. As a right-wing extremist threat to the republic. What they didn't tell us was the rest of the story: that it was the workers and not the fine democrats who repelled the coup. And that it was every fine democrat who then formed an alliance with the fascists and let them murder in the pot. There was no mention of the revolutionary uprising of the workers. from which I was supposed to learn about the history of the Weimar Republic as a 16-year-old, it was the same. Ellenlang was told about this emperor, this general and that politician. The fascist Kapp Putsch, which triggered the March Revolution, was of course also mentioned. As a right-wing extremist threat to the republic. What they didn't tell us was the rest of the story: that it was the workers and not the fine democrats who repelled the coup. And that it was every fine democrat who then formed an alliance with the fascists and let them murder in the pot. There was no mention of the revolutionary uprising of the workers. The fascist Kapp Putsch, which triggered the March Revolution, was of course also mentioned. As a right-wing extremist threat to the republic. What they didn't tell us was the rest of the story: that it was the workers and not the fine democrats who repelled the coup. And that it was every fine democrat who then formed an alliance with the fascists and let them murder in the pot. There was no mention of the revolutionary uprising of the workers. The fascist Kapp Putsch, which triggered the March Revolution, was of course also mentioned. As a right-wing extremist threat to the republic. What they didn't tell us was the rest of the story: that it was the workers and not the fine democrats who repelled the coup. And that it was every fine democrat who then formed an alliance with the fascists and let them murder in the pot. There was no mention of the revolutionary uprising of the workers. who then entered into an alliance with the fascists and let them kill in the pot. There was no mention of the revolutionary uprising of the workers. who then entered into an alliance with the fascists and let them kill in the pot. There was no mention of the revolutionary uprising of the workers.

In the bourgeois historiography between all the great, powerful men of the ruling class, the experiences and deeds of the workers have no place. They are kept secret, denied or covered with lies. This applies not only to the March Revolution, but to the history of our class as a whole. And because there is no one to remind us of the achievements of our class, we just have to do it ourselves!

This cannot only mean that we are working on uncovering the whole picture of history, on virtually completing bourgeois historiography. The focus of our remembrance work must be to link commemoration of the history of our class with today's struggle for our liberation. Let's explore what worked well back then. How could the anarcho-syndicalist Free Workers' Union of Germany organize 20,000 people in Dortmund alone? How could the workers form an effective armed force in such a short time? But let's also take a look at what didn't work! Why did the revolution fail? What were the fatal decisions who were met at that time? We can and must draw lessons from all of this for today's fight for a free future under black and red flags! And we can find motivation even if the circumstances in which we are fighting today are incredibly hostile. Let us be certain: The conditions for our class after four years of imperialist world war, famine and with a military occupation of the pot on the doorstep were not easier times. And yet the workers managed to achieve great things. Famine and with a military occupation of the pot on the doorstep were not easier times. And yet the workers managed to achieve great things. Famine and with a military occupation of the pot on the doorstep were not easier times. And yet the workers managed to achieve great things.

A comrade once said: There is no revolutionary movement if the people who came before it and fought for the same cause are forgotten. So let's remember the fallen workers. Because we are standing at her grave today,


https://ruhr.dieplattform.org/2022/03/13/102-jahre-maerzrevolution-im-ruhrgebiet-gedenkveranstaltungen-von-fau-und-plattform
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