Prague anti-war conference

Submitted by Juan Conatz on June 6, 2024

Curious if anyone who still posts or lurks here attended the Prague antiwar conference a few weeks ago?

The AnarCom Network, which I assume is some kind of split from an existing UK group, published this account which mainly describes some intense conflict between the antiwar attendees and I presume anarchists who are in favor of Ukraine national self-defense?

https://anarcomuk.uk/2024/05/28/prague-congress-interim-report/

I haven't seen any other reportbacks or statements. I saw syndicalist, who I'm not sure if he still posts here, looking for more elsewhere, as well.

ZJW

2 weeks 2 days ago

Submitted by ZJW on June 7, 2024

Complementary to what AnarCom said, see the second to the last paragraph in this statement by KRAS: https://t.ly/6d1X0 .

ZJW

2 weeks 2 days ago

Submitted by ZJW on June 7, 2024

From before the event took place,

an interview with the organising committee:
https://actionweek.noblogs.org/interview-with-the-organising-committee-of-the-action-week

a list of groups planning to take part (as of 15 May):
https://actionweek.noblogs.org/list-of-participants-at-aw2024

Despite the fact that organising committee said 'we didn’t invite any of the most “famous” so-called “left-communist” big organizations existing since decades and often identifying themselves as the “revolutionary milieu” [...]', the CWO/ICT apparently did attend, or planned to, in this manner:

‘Some organisations who are in NWBCW [the No War but the Class War Initiative] like members of the AnarCom Network (ACN) and the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG), have been specifically invited to Prague. Others have not, including the Internationalist Communist Tendency (ICT), yet we shall be present alongside the other comrades as we accept all eight points of the invitation. It is in this spirit that we attend the Prague Week of Action which we hope will be a success and open out to other internationalist initiatives in an attempt to draw us all closer together.’

(Quote above from the CWO article ‘To the Internationalists Attending the Prague Week of Action’ at https://www.leftcom.org/en/articles/2024-05-01/to-the-internationalists-attending-the-prague-week-of-action )

Alf

2 weeks 1 day ago

Submitted by Alf on June 7, 2024

I was there as part of an ICC delegation. We will publish an article on what happened

ZJW

1 week 6 days ago

Submitted by ZJW on June 10, 2024

At the same Leftcom url given above, there is now, under their initial article, comment by the ICT (/CWO) on what transpired in Prague. The first paragraph is simply about the organisational/venue chaos and eventual division into two different congresses. This has already been noted by others. But the second two paragraphs are of political content:

'From a political point of view, the real divide that emerged was between the activists who were looking for immediate solutions on how to stop the war, and those with a class struggle orientation who had a more long term perspective and understood wars, as a product of the capitalist system, can only be ended by the mass struggle of workers.

However, it wasn't all a waste of time. Over the week, many good conversations were had (particularly in smaller groups, in pubs, cafes, etc.). Experiences were shared and links were made between organisations and individuals from many different countries. Above all, seeing internationalists of various tendencies join forces to basically improvise their own congress was heartening. We all tried to make the best of a bad situation and it drew us closer together. In that sense, we are glad we went.'

ZJW

1 week 6 days ago

Submitted by ZJW on June 10, 2024

Link to KRAS article given above has 'expired'. A working link: https://shorturl.at/IUiJB .

Alf

1 week 6 days ago

Submitted by Alf on June 10, 2024

This is the ICC's article: "Activism is a barrier to political clarification":
https://en.internationalism.org/content/17524/activism-barrier-political-clarification

Authored on
June 6, 2024