On the way to court on the second day, we all saw each other again for the first time. We were so excited, playing around, singing and laughing…afterwards the guards were way more pissed off than before. They were really mad about it!
“Our friendliness has nothing to do with our being women*. We were also kicking around other ideas. The occupation could have gone down quite differently.”
Why should the UN have to tell Switzerland it has to protect the persecuted? Why doesn’t Switzerland do so on its own?
We dedicate this article both to the memory of George Floyd as well as to the freshly founded autonomous zone in Seattle, where activists are further along in the Zurich timeline now than even Minneapolis, where it all started. We salute you!
Whether in Syria or in the diaspora, a big part of the problem is that Syrian voices are just not listened to. They know best what’s happening in their country. We could learn from their experience and support them.
The ideas that became socially acceptable with the rise of Serbian nationalism in the 1980s soon found their concrete political implementation. What emerged was an ideological cocktail of racism, demographic panic, conspiratorial paranoia, and revanchism that ultimately proposed an urgent need for action against an allegedly existential threat.
The rescue boat is still a long way off, at least two minutes away. I can see through the spray of the sea that it is coming as fast as it can. But it is too late for us.
As long as there are individual states, there will be borders that determine which state is responsible for which section of the Earth’s surface. But there is no reason to assume that these borders must be “closed.”
As radical leftists our work is built upon the self-organization of the oppressed and exploited; we need a different conception of the working class.
“We do it because otherwise they won’t leave,” Zurich functionary Mario Fehr (Social-democratic Party) recently explained.