Ukrainians, Russians and Europeans were on the streets today protesting against the Putin regime’s attack on Ukraine.
The anti-war demonstrations today are the only shaft of light I can see in a dark sky overshadowed by the danger of war, with 6000 Russian troops reportedly on Ukrainian territory in Crimea, some of them surrounding Ukrainian bases.
Internationalists and anarchists from Russia and elsewhere have issued a declaration condemning both the Russian and Ukrainian governments, arguing that the working class in both countries should reject nationalism and fight for their own interests.
Here is the declaration in its entirety:
War on war! Not a single drop a blood for the "nation”!
Statement on the Russian military action in Ukraine from Ukrainian revolutionary syndicalists.
On February 27, 2014, pro-Russian chauvinists of Crimea, supported by Berkut riot police and Russian Black Sea Fleet committed military coup in Crimea. Right now it’s already obvious that the government of “Russian Unity” movement headed by Aksionov is no more than a puppet of the Kremlin regime.
Anti-Vietnam war pamphlet published as pamphlet 25 by Solidarity June-July 1967, which was quite unique in the time in that it also criticised the North Vietnamese bureaucratic regime. It was later added to and superseded by the lengthier pamphlet, Vietnam: whose victory?.
Pamphlet published by the Reading group of Solidarity in 1962, mostly written by Andy Anderson, about his refusal to pay the portion of his rates to the Civil Defence fund and subsequent prosecution by the local authority.
The London Remembering the Real World War 1 group has now had two meetings, and has begun planning our response to the official commemorations of World War 1, which look like celebrating the war as a just cause, a triumph of British nationalism, and ignoring as much as possible the huge resistance to the war, and the origins of the war in routine capitalist competition.
Below is a summary of some of the decisions and ideas so far.
One suggestion for principles which we all liked was
• We honour all the dead.
• The war arose from normal capitalist social relations.
• Working class resistance stopped the war.
(These may need to be expanded on –but responses to this from folk not at the meeting would be useful).
A documentary about a war veteran and now determined anti militarist Kenzo Okuzaki and his attempts to investigate suspicious murders in his old regiment. He works his way up the chain of command and confronts his former officers and uncovers some grizzly secrets.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On is a 1987 documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki and his one man crusade against war and Japan's greatest war criminal Emperor Hirohito. Throughout the film he confronts officers over there crimes during and after the war ended, exposes shocking conditions Japanese soldiers had to endure and ridicules the justifications for the acts and there cover up.
Pamphlet about the 'Spies for Peace' co-published by Solidarity (UK), the ILP, the Syndicalist Workers Federation and the London Federation of Anarchists. For Solidarity this was pamphlet 14. A PDF file of the original pamphlet is attached.
The secret ‘Regional Seats of Government’ are meant to ensure that the state outlives the people. . .
We want to ensure that the people outlive the state
Read this and pass it on
The story of the ‘Spies for Peace’ and why they are important for your future
1. WHAT OFFICIAL SECRET?