May Day 2006, Russia: Moscow, Irkutsk, Nizhniy, Rostov...

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May Day 2006, Russia: Moscow, Irkutsk, Nizhniy, Rostov...
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In Primorye (the Far East),

http://www.avtonom.org/index.php?nid=166

...I approach the main square, where all local action usually takes place. KPRF-ofzcy ("ofzcy" means sheep in Russian; in this case it's also a grammatical element that refers to "KPRF members;" KPRF -- the Russian acronym for Communist Party of the Russian Federation) are already bunching up and getting ready (hanging up banners, etc) around the Lenin statue. Slightly off to the side, our valiant FSB (contemporary KGB) stands, 4 snouts in total.... The first rays of festivities begin with the on-stage appearance of some "comrade" who periodically pontificates that the real culprit is the Jewish mafia headed by so-n-so-this-or-that. Someone asks: "Would you be so kind as to annunciate your views?" "Ah, figures, you're Reds!" -- the weirdo answers his own question. He's follwed by a granny who can barely contain her enthusiasm as she spews some crap about how, supposedly, 100 skinheads came to our town to take back local land that was sold to some Chinese. The origin of such fables remains a mystery to us.

...The rally beings... some puffed-up provincial persona from the KPRF takes center stage. He spoke at length, profusely and tediously, while reading off a page, pummeling the pentioners's ears with an abundance of highbrow jargon, something along the lines of: "the consolidation of consolidating consolidants..." On top of this the songlike speech often soared in it's appeals to God Almighty. Well, here we go, what can be more classic than pimping God to gain the trust of sincere old grannies.

...Somehow one of us managed to get on the official list of speakers. The appearance turned out to be quite the masterpiece... Only a few phrases sufficed, stuff along the lines of: "You guys've talked a lot today about how bad United Russia is and how good KPRF is, but essentially they're both the same thing! Neither has accomplished anything substantial for ordinary people and they're both against the people. How long have the KPRF delegates been sitting in the Duma (federal Parliament), for what kind of salary? Nothing's come of it!" Noises of disapproval came from the forward echelons of the most dedicated henchmen of the "red-reich." Some started to throw rubbish at the speaker. In the end, the speaker's microphone was turned off and ripped out of his hands. Next came accusations to the tune of "How much were you paid?"

04.05.2006 | Anarchist May day actions in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Rostov, Nizhni Novgorod and Irkutsk:

In Ekaterinburg, Autonomous Action activists picketed in front of the main Post Office holding signs that read: "Death to the State, Freedom to the Workers" and "Anarchy, hear and now."... Folks on the street, apparently intrigued by the flags and unusual banners, often came up to us and expressed curiousity about our views. Several conversations and even acquaintances took place. Positive moments included workers telling us stuff like: "You guys got it right. If only there were more of you." On a more sour note, some grumpy old lady went into hysterics while calling us imbeciles and eventually began to scream "You should all be arrested, your website should be shut down and, besides, your all a bunch of non-Russian drug addicts." A particular highlight was a discussion we had with one retired guy on the subject of free v. compulsory labor following the creation of a free society. Sympathetic young punk rockers came up to us to show their support.

In Nizhniy Novgorod, ...The city authorities behaved in accordance with their usual principle -- "there's no such thing as too many cops." They were placed all over the city center and outnumbered the demonstrators three to one. The sort of attention awarded to young people in groups of 3 or more was unprecedented. Overall, our impression is that what city residents got to know as the tradional May Day celebration of 1998-2003 is no longer with us. It's worth mentioning, that the general consensus among the various youth opposition organizations is that "May Day" and "November 7th" is lame or "palevo" (~thrash). In other words, they're political events that bring

little serious benefit and instead serve as a "flashy display" for the

authorities. By curtailing genuine public political expression, power

provokes the development of totally different forms of protest...

In Irkutsk (Siberia), ...This year's May Day demonstration saw it's first participation of ecologists from the Baikal movement with their blue flags. Irkutsk autonomes brought a long banner that read "Oil instead of water?" (Recently, in April 2006, there were major street protests in Russia over a proposed oil pipeline route very close to Siberia's Lake Baikal, a World Heritage Site). Even though Putin ordered the Transneft (state) oil company to move their re-route their pipeline, it's a good idea to keep the pressure on. Autonomous Action activists were joined by people from the radical labor union SKT-Shelekhov (the Shelekhov section of SKT: Sibirskaya Konfederazciya Trooda | Siberian Confederation of Labor). We gave out copies newspapers like Situazciya, Volnaya Sibir (~Free Siberia), Shelekhovskiy Rabochiy (Shelekhov Worker) and flyers in support of French students. After the rally the crowd marched down Lenin street. Autonomes chanted: "svoboda, ravenstvo, anarkho-komunizm" (freedom, equality, anarcho-communism), "vyshe vyshe cherniy flag, gosoodarstvo glavniy vrag" (~higher higher black flag, the state is the main enemy), "nashe otechestvo vsyo chelovechestvo" (our fatherland is all of humanity).

In Rostov-on-Don, The Rostov Federation of Anarcho-Communists, Oborona and our friends from the Green Alternative and other anarchists organized a rally ... Nearby another group of partyers included the Red/Brown types (Brown represents Nationalists in Russian politics) from KPRF (Communist Party of Russian Federation), VKPB (Vsesoyooznaya Kommunisticheskaya Partiya Bolshevikov | All-Soviet Bolshevik Communist Party), RKRP (Rossiyskaya Komunisticheskaya Rabochaya Partiya | Russian Communist Workers Party). The stage was seized by a bunched-up crowd of "peoples' leaders" who spent the time pontificating about their problems. Among the youth we also had some out-of-towner NazcBols (National Bolshevik Party activists) who numbered less than our group....The rally ended in a march from the square down Pushkinskaya till Gorky Park. During the march we carried a 4-meter-long banner that read: "Ban the Illegitimate Authority of Bureaucrats and Cops!" Chants and slogans shouted by our contingent during the march included "Revoluzciya," "Net Fascismu," "Anarkhiya - Mat' Poryadka," "Net Polizceiskomoo Gosoodarstvoo." The event concluded with a loud and awesome party at the botanical gardens.

In Moscow, Moscow - may day eve: Late at night on 30 April - 1 May, a piece of grafitti that said "Time to answer for your culture!", signed antijob.tk, appeared on the wall of the central office of the FNPR (Federazciya Nezavisimykh Profsoyoozov Rossii | Independent Trade Union Federation of Russia), Leninskiy Prospekt # 42. Every year on May Day, the workers' movement holiday, the Independent Trade Union Federation of Russia forces people who dependent on that organization to participate in a showcase ritual for it's bourgeois masters. For the entire rest of the year the FNPR spends it time not on the defense of workers, but on the handing out of all-inclusive vaction packages and the pacification and selling-out of the organization's few honest rank'n'file

activists. We think that these activities haven't the sligtest thing to do

with the workers' movement. Furthermore, we believe that everyone should answer for their words, actions and self identification.

-- antijob.tk

1st of May in Moscow

More than 200 people joined us to celebrate May Day in Moscow, despite the fact that the info about the event was sent out only a day in advance. The festivities took the form of a outdoor rally/concert. Performers included groups directly involved in the movement, representing various music styles from harcore to hip hop. Food Not Bombs gave out food. At the last minute we even pulled together a large-screen showing of various anarchist video projects. Some Swedish comrades joined us at the celebration. Closer to nightfall, cops, with machine guns, arrived to "disperse the skinheads" but by then the last band was nearly finished with their set and their arrival didn't affect our general good mood.

milk
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May 8 2006 03:59

An interesting read. Thankyou.

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freedum
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May 8 2006 05:26
milk wrote:
An interesting read. Thankyou.

you're quite welcome.

milk
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May 8 2006 05:35

Do you know much about the ABB collective? Do they have their own website. I only know of their journal.

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May 8 2006 12:37
milk wrote:
Do you know much about the ABB collective? Do they have their own website. I only know of their journal.

http://www.abb.hardcore.lt/