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uhuru (freedom)

To block the march... to protest against it... Against a march that takes place under honourable patriotic slogans but conceals a much worse reality. What they call the „third position” means in reality rascism, fascism, xenophobia and all these bad things we stand against.

dance out your rage
and strike right into the hateful world
spill your resistance on the pavement
tie a colourful scarf around the grey mass
get out on the streets in the rhythm of a common responsibility
get out on the streets and shout in the name of freedom

They are slowly getting more and more powerful and we still don't do much to stop them. Think about it, they are building a new system.
there will be no equilibrium until you won't say stop to injustice
there will be no peace until you won't say stop to discrimination
there will be no safety until you won't say stop to pressure and violence

Think about it, they are building a new system and it is not something we are going to like when they rise to power. It is another system, another opression and I hope that fascism, no matter if in its polish, german or soviet form, will not pass.

dance out your rage
and strike right into the hateful world
spill your resistance on the pavement
tie a colourful scarf around the grey mass
get out on the streets in the rhythm of a common responsibility
get out on the streets and shout in the name of freedom

Because for every antifascist every new day is another demonstration.

because for every antifascist every new day is another demonstration

are you afraid?
that's good
look into my eyes
fear is something that links us all
do you feel pain from the batton blows?
you are still alive
that's all it means
do you feel resignation?
do you feel the passion?
that burns insde you
just like napalm
it also means something, you know?
that we are right

do you feel the gas in your lungs?
take a deep breath
grab my hand and hold it tight
this crowd is a resultant of life
it's a sum of all falling stars
all our tongues full of cries
all the questions
that still have no answer
it's every doubt
that dwells inside
and can't be expressed everyday
it's a carnival of rage and fury
what? we didn't fit into the trend?
it's us who don't have any perspectives on changing things
without theory or practice
a sequence of numbers filling the statistics

but I am the whole crowd
and the whole crowd is me
it is grigoropoulous
przemyk and oscar grant
itoya, guilliani
and all the others
murdered by the police
by this masked organism
perversly called guardians of law
by the gun of the state
stuffed into the mouth of your loved ones
only to kill

Since national states have existed their goal was to protect the cititzens. It is manifested in the way we are treated, better or worse according to the nationality in our passport. And so by implication we may see that people of other nationalities, that is the people who have already suffered from wars and natural disasters – I am talking about refugees – are treated in a worse way. They do not have the same legal status as we do, they are economically excluded, they are being discriminated. That's why we may never forget that fascism and nationalism wouldn't exist if there hadn't been national states first.

you'll see us in TV
read about us in the papers
criminalisation of tactics
squeezing activists into subcultures
quotations out of context
and minimalisation of the message to zero
that's anarchism in the media
an antifascism perfect for critics
that will be easily consumed
by populist demagogues
blind warriors
autonomy for the servants
is a fertile soil
for political investments
it's a movement that can be easily destroyed
by police and state provocations
it's us, dimming the shine of politically correct neo-liberals
it's us, on the stage covered in smoke and accompanied by gunshots
it's us, the unresponsible youth, the unreflecting, apolitical rioters
or just the contrary, political kamikazes
it's us, the only ones who had the courage
and you? what did you hear? what did you think?
tell the truth
For every antifascist every new day is another demonstration when they oppose discrimination. When they protest when a Vietnamese is pushed around in the bus. When they protest when during a family celebration some grumpy uncle gabs that everything has been bought up by the Jews. When they protest when a Ukrainian cleaner earns less money than her Polish counterpart. When they protest when someone says that non-Poles that come to our country steal our jobs. When we do not oppose these things we, frankly speaking, are not much different than the fascists. We have to repeat it in our heads a hundred times every day: „Equal rights for everyone!”

This text is about the more direct and physical side of battling the fascist side of the people, the fascist side of the state and about its reception by the society. There are as many tactics as there are tacticians, as many wars as there are warlords and this kaleidoscope is really wonderful.

Demonstrations, blocades, physical clashes with the police and fascists are elements of the anarchist as well the antifascist movement, no matter if you like it or not. As every choice in life, the decision to physically, hazardously, snotty, aimlessly face these elements of the system implies some consequenses, creates doubts and dillemas. Our decision to do it doesn't mean that we think it makes no sense or that we do not know why we do it. A friend of mine was once asked: „So you are an anarchist?” The answer was: „Believe me, sir, I have my reasons.”

You may laugh at me, I also ridicule your life created by IKEA, men's magazines, Fashion TV and TVN (the biggest Polish private TV broadcaster, the symbol of the neo-liberal media in Poland).

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from simbola antifaszista, released October 14, 2010

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