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(en) Czech, AFED: Against the antisociality of the government and the deniers - Prague meeting is approaching [machine translation]

Date Tue, 4 May 2021 10:47:57 +0300

The May Day meeting of anarchists in Prague on Strelecký Island is approaching. ---- leaflet ---- As we have informed , will be the first of May from 11.00 to give the traditional with etkání anarchistek and anarchists , and the equally traditional place - in Prague right on an island. It was here in 1890 that the first workers' assembly was held in Prague on the occasion of Labor Day, which was declared on the basis of events connected with the struggle for eight-hour working hours in 1886 and the judicial murder of several anarchists in Chicago a year later. ---- The meeting is planned in a picnic style. Refreshments will be available on site, which will be provided by the Food not Bombs Žižkov team, and the distribution of anarchist publications produced by AF Publishing House (including a fresh issue of Existence magazine dedicated to Petr Kropotkin) and the historical association Zádruha .

However, the question is how the bouquet will be placed at the memorial plaque of the first May Day workers' manifestation. Lubomír Volný took his place in front of her for his political agitation. Even though they are constantly trying to draw attention to themselves, many will probably not know who it is. Volný works in Ostrava, where he is known as a "poverty trader" for renting overpriced dilapidated flats, otherwise he is a defector from Okamura's SPD (he did not give up his parliamentary mandate) and a staunch "anti-sculptor". His agenda is not significantly different from other nationalists - Islam, the EU, the Roma, migrants, upside racism, blah blah blah - all wrong. On the other hand, Putin's Russia is OK, his nuclear weapons would solve enough, Lukashenko is the legitimate representative of Belarus, blah blah blah. The original was a bit of a nonsense, that studying abroad is a golden cage and a source of false ideas about the world. But most recently, he has emerged as a representative of all sorts of deniers in connection with the covid-19 pandemic.

These deniers, as we call them, do not present any homogeneous attitudes. Some go so far as to deny the existence of covid-19 and usually see a conspiracy behind it. Others downplay it, reject anti-antidote measures and refuse to wear veils. They often call them muzzles to silence us. Others question the meaning of vaccination. Sure, there would be a lot of other bizarre attitudes, but we don't want to deal with that.

It is nice for someone to criticize the government and take to the streets with their criticism. But the sympathies go away with the deniers. The consequences of their demands and the desire for defiant behavior do not differ in their antisociality from the decision-making of the government. Neither the government nor the deniers want to defeat the epidemic as soon as possible. If it were the government, it would stop industry as well as leisure activities. A few weeks was enough and it could be over. If it was a matter for the deniers, they would first have to take their heads out of their butts and become considerate and responsible to their surroundings.

Both the government and the deniers are a reflection of the values that neoliberal ideology tore into us for 30 years, the herald of which was especially Klaus the Elder. She proclaimed that the stronger winners, we compete with each other, and so we should each look primarily at our own personal interests. It is no wonder that the weakest pay for the pandemic, while large capital can continue to produce its profits. And no wonder we see unprotected demonstrators wanting to drink in public and sitting in a pub.

Irresponsibility and egoism are not an alternative to chaotic and unconceptual government decisions. Threatening others by rejecting veils or vaccinations is not a rebellion, but a sign of limitation and ruthlessness and, last but not least, disrespect for the medical staff who are at the forefront of the pandemic. And there is always a political entrepreneur who rides such a wave and will feed it.

The alternative, on the other hand, is a responsible approach, solidarity and mutual assistance. And also the rejection of individuals who build their political careers and business on the backs of others, as well as the rejection of alliances of state and capital in order to profit a few at the expense of the rest of society. We also don't like veils anymore. We also want to go to the pub. We also want to meet friends and travel indefinitely. But we know that we cannot do this at the expense of the health and lives of others.
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