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(en) Czech, AFED: Don't let social resistance turn brown - the anti-government demonstration (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:49:02 +0300

A few notes on the anti-government demonstration organized by representatives of the ultra-right ---- A lot of wise (and stupid) things have already been written about Saturday's demonstration on Wenceslas Square, so we will not try to do some incisive analysis of what led to it. In the following commentary, we will focus more on what awaits us as anti-authoritarians and anarchists: ---- 1) First, let's admit that the situation is far from ideal and the cards are not dealt in our favor. Participating in events like the one on Saturday is unacceptable for us. We intensively reflect on the topic of the social decline of a large part of society thanks to the unchained energy prices and inflation, regardless of the fact that it concerns us. The problem is who organized the event. In the past, similar organizers have more than once earned various forms of confrontation (blockades, direct actions...), whether they were trying to make a political living on any topic. Now it would not be effective for several reasons, whether due to the current weak mobilization potential or the fact that it was not only the participation of the organizers and their most loyal.

2) Although among the organizers there are weirdos, forged Nazis, pro-Russian activists, leading figures of the disinfo scene and all kinds of anti-vaxxers, the same cannot be said about (all) the participants. Half of the Václavák "Nazis and Putinists" (fortunately) in the Czech Republic will not come to the demonstration. On the one hand, it seemed that the ultra-right managed to unite across groups such as Trikolora, SPD, DOST, DSSS, Svobodní, Chcípl pes, National Militia, Alliance of National Forces, Departure, Swiss Democracy, Manifesto... We can shamelessly include the KSCM in this family , whose Stalinist presidential candidate was one of the speakers advocating "fraternization" with Russia. We can assume that similar demonstrations will be repeated, but it is difficult to expect that the aforementioned associations will not break up into disputing factions at a decisive moment.

3) The main trade union headquarters of the CMKOS, paralyzed by the presidential campaign of Josef Stredula, cleared the field for too long, so that the "traditionally left-wing" topic was taken up by previously marginal entities, which can largely be described as fascist or proto-fascist without exaggeration. During covid, they networked and learned to organize larger events. That is not a good message. Nevertheless, it seems that after a long time the unions want to apply for a say in the streets as well. Let's just hope that it won't be the backdrop for Stredula's presidential campaign and that the unions as a whole will have enough sense to put his person behind them, as well as not to let other politicians take advantage of them.

4) So what can an anarchist, but also a progressive left movement, do? First of all, it is necessary to participate in future anti-government actions, which will be organized, for example, by trade unions, and not be afraid to take the initiative if it is even possible. As part of such protests, warn against half-heartedness and their misuse in the political struggle.

5) Our demands are clear: ordinary workers must not pay extra for the crisis, while energy companies collect record profits. "Gas from Putin" is unacceptable. Ukrainian workers are our allies, and no measures against rising energy prices must strengthen the position of the Russian dictator.

6) In the long term, we must push for the development of renewable energy sources and decentralized energy and for maximizing energy independence. We must not accept the narrative "when the going gets tough, ecology must step aside". On the contrary, it is an opportunity to move forward in mitigating the climate crisis. The current situation is largely caused by dependence on fossil fuels.

7) Let's identify the organizers of Saturday's event (and future ones), reveal the links between them, their funding sources and monitor the communication channels they use. The unpreparedness and shock of "how could this happen" is a very, very unpleasant thing.

8) Let's try to build an anti-authoritarian movement that will be able to pick up on social discontent itself, instead of just watching it being seized by the brown scum, who in reality desire above all their own power, the establishment of an authoritarian order in a society cleansed of all minorities, which does not fit her in the shop. It is no wonder that Putin is their favorite.

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