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Bringing together a global movement of revolutionary youth [en]
3 January 2004

The workshop was a great success. The call for the youth international was disseminated into a practical application that appealed to the majority of the participants ­ the need for a youth international was apparent. The breaking down into smaller workshops worked well and promoted discussion.



 

The introduction focused on the inherent radicalism of the youth (we are at the forefront of every struggle whether it be anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-racist); and also the need for youth to organise independently because of the specific oppression youth face: insecurity of work, oppression at home and at school, as well as youth as cannon fodder in the war. The call was made for a youth international.

WORKSHOPS within the Atelier

Anti-Fascist/Anti-racist workshop
Discussion was based around the transformation of fascist parties around Europe into a more polished image ­ less openly fascist ­ do our tactics change? Talked about the importance of no platform. Experiences of street gangs in Austria and the betrayal of the social democrats. Also discussed the anarchist standpoint: non-strategic stance and refusal to work with other anti-fascist activists; anarchist brutality in the Czech republic.

Anti-War workshop
Reports from different countries of anti-war activities: Sweden, Spain, Austria, UK and Czech. Talked about the strategic importance of the war on Iraq and the occupation in Palestine in terms of American global dominance but also actively support the struggles of other peoples, such as the Chechyans and the Kurds. The activists from the UK invited all participants to come to London to STOP BUSH protests (Nov 19-21).

Supported call from the American movement for mass international anti-war demonstrations on Mar 20, the anniversary of the day the war began ­ discussed organising school strikes and proposed a joint declaration/statement from the participants of the workshop to continue to strengthen and build the movement.

Anti-Capitalist workshop
Discussed the anti-capitalist demonstrations and the revolutionary events in Argentina and Bolivia; support the Mar 20th call for action against the war, linking the drive to war with the drive for profits; discussed ways of linking up with workers in struggle.






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