Bolsheviks, syndicalists and nice inter-anarchist relations (Poland)

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Jan 27 2008 05:47
Bolsheviks, syndicalists and nice inter-anarchist relations (Poland)

Maybe a description of yesterday's action in Warsaw to give people a little idea of some local realia.smile Anarcho-syndicalists from WI and LA fail to see anarchists present at "their action" - they only saw Bolsheviks and Trots. More typical manipulations from our "comrades".
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At the end of December, a member of Workers' Initiative was fired from his job in a supermarket. People from ZSP also called for support for his case. In the next days, one comrade pointed out what in fact the guy who was fired's internet pseudonym was and it turned out that he's one of the nuts from a Dzerzhinsky-loving bolshevik sect. We discussed this issue and in the end decided to still do some actions against general violation of workers' rights in the supermarket (Auchan) and against their anti-union activities for the principle. So even if people in ZSP didn't feel any special love towards this Bolshevik, they could still protest bad working conditions, firings, etc. Locally (Warsaw), we saw this as in line with several other campaigns we had made in the past - against the supermarkets Tesco (solidarity action), Biedronka and Carrefour (long-term actions, Carrefour action well-known by locals) and against Media Markt for firing a unionist.

Only Wroclaw and Warsaw ZSP did anything in the end. Wroclaw ZSP went a couple of weeks ago to Auchan. Afterwards a leftist member of WI's national commission was angry that they didn't adhere to the idea of "national action day" (which none of us knew about anyway), since first they wanted to ask for the guy's reinstatement. It was argued (by the leftist guy) that if we went "all out" and did such a radical action right away (radical action NB= picket!) that there would be "nothing left" to do if the guy wasn't reinstated, so those type of actions "hurt" the guy's cause since ostensibly we should sit nice and quietly while the bosses were considering the reinstatement. My comment to that that a picket/ leafleting action wasn't an extremely radical action and that more direct action was left apparently scandalized the moderate pragmatists. To be fair, some member of WI later assured us that this was just this guy's opinion, and that nobody is WI agrees with it, but of course we understand that that guy's opinion, in turn, was also just his own opinion since obviously they hadn't consulted with everybody and @s are just a small minority in WI. Who the fuck knows what the majority of them think. What the leaders say and what the majority think are two different things.

Having been informed of the "national action day" Warsaw ZSP agreed to co-organize this with the group CKLA who are currently acting in solidarity with WI in Warsaw. We tried to get them to agree with us as to how this action should look, but either due to crap organization or bad will, this didn't really happen. A few days before the action, still no announcement of it had been put up in the anarchist, leftist or Indymedia. So I inquired about when and how it should be advertised, etc. etc.. Normally we would have advertised such an event much earlier, organize some press or action group, etc. It was particulary bad in this case as a lot of other events were going on and local @s were preparing for them - a demo, a demo/direct action, a lecture, two meetings and a concert were all planned for the same day. Just on Wed. we agreed on the invitation we'd publish, to be signed by LA (which recently dropped its CK) and Warsaw ZSP. And we did this.

A few hours after this agreement and publication on the website of the action at Auchan, LA people sent to other media and mailing lists the invitation with either that the action was being organized by LA or LA "and other organizations". Other organizations - Trots from local CWI, trade union and Bolsheviks. In any case, we were disappeared.

Nice diplomatic members of ZSP claimed it "could be a mistake" whereas locals pointed out that it's typical behaviour for some of them. Some local @s didn't want to go either with Bolsheviks or on Saturday when they had other things to plan and do. So we decided to go on Friday with an action to Auchan. Went quite well. Then we had a dilemna, since we announced ourselves as co-organizers, whether to go or not Saturday, but we decided we had to since some of our comrades could show up. We also had a discussion about whether or not to later confront the Bolsheviks who are mostly writing lies and attacks about anarchists (to the point where they're the only left group banned from the fluffy "we love everybody" Indymedia).

An impressive act of solidarity was the fact that also some friends from AnarchistFederation from Torun (who were in town for other actions/meetings) showed up, although not all. Background on that is that members of WI were bashing and harrassing them, acting quite agressive towards them at the FA camp, calling them lifestyle anarchists, making sexist remarks at the women and jacking off to pornography. Some of that group (which does include what people would call lifestyle anarchists) were very very upset and claimed it spoiled the whole camp (I don't know because worst stuff happened after we left - maybe we were helping to keep things in line a bit). Despite that, they felt like coming for the cause - NB I think it's just plain wrong to write off people like that as "lifestyle anarchists" because we always find that if you discuss with them, even many times you can mobilize them to actions such as this one.

The action took place, it was OK. The Bolsheviks were too busy taking photos of themselves and making their film to be of any bother, although of course many normal people in Poland get angry at Bolsheviks when they see them.

After the day of actions, we found that a report from the Warsaw (and other actions) had been made and was up on the leftist portal and Indymedia. The report (written by leader of WI Urbanski, presumably based on LA relation of events) writes about the action in Warsaw and names the groups taking part: LA, Trots, Bolsheviks, August 80 and Warsaw Anarchist Group (WI friendly fluffies). In fact, there were about 20 people there: 8 were from ZSP and FA Torun, 2 guests from the Czech Republic. No Warsaw Anarchist Group. So turns out that half of the participants weren't there, according to reports.

Of course no doubt this will also be explained at "an oversight" that they saw and reported 5 Bolsheviks and Trots but not 10 other @s but for us it's just another point in a long list of such "oversights". So much for solidarity between anarcho-syndicalists since again it's shown that the real solidarity is between authoritarian leftists and the reformist branch of @-syndicalists. I'm inclined to going back to ignoring those guys despite the fact that ZSP as a whole wanted to be more friendly than hostile towards them since hostility does nobody good.

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Mar 4 2009 10:56

Laura, u forgot to add that it's you personally who's banned from polish indymedia1 and it's quite easy not to notice the 2-people cohorts of ZSP.

all the best from the warsaw anarchist group fluffies.

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Mar 4 2009 12:05

Is that a question to me or to the nutjob?

Members of ZSP made pickets for the dismissed guy from Auchan: one in Wroclaw, two in Warsaw. Then they also co-organized a third action in Warsaw and were at two other actions in other cities. The same person was dismissed from his next job at supermarket Alma and somebody from ZSP participated in an action in Warsaw.

About the case and the actions:
http://zsp.net.pl/node/48
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=367x6719
http://www.zsp.bzzz.net/node/41

The solidarity has not been reciprocal. After one member of ZSP (also a member of IP) criticized the announcement of the local commision of IP which the leftists are that they will run for election (local government, not union), he received some threats about being "punished" from those people and our website received anonymous threats of violence, including death threats (which I don't take seriously) against me from an IP address in Dublin. Given that situation, it's would be quite silly to keep up the one-sided solidarity campaign for people whose energy in relation to you goes into threats.

There are people we would not do solidarity actions for. It doesn't make sense to show solidarity to your enemies. In terms of people we have political differences with, we have made solidarity actions for them, but each situation is decided on an individual basis.

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Mar 4 2009 12:43

PS - This post a bit old. The situation with Left Alternative has improved greatly over the past year and we don't expect such problems with them anymore. Also local members of ZSP and IP supported each others' last couple of pickets,

PSS - On the picket mentioned last year were just over 20 people - 3 people from ZSP, 4 from CKLA, 3 Bolsheviks... this stupid posturing about who has the most people is the real petty sectarian idiocy used by people with no ideological arguments.

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Mar 7 2009 20:23

LOL

akai
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Mar 8 2009 08:39

Case in point.