The Spirit of Resistance Thrives in Occupy Moscow
An Occupy-related group in Moscow has caught international attention for their bravery and wherewithal against a notoriously oppressive Putin administration. A few days ago (May 16) police moved in to disperse a group of activists who were occupying an encampment on Moscow’s Kudrinskaya Square. When police were attempting to detain two of the protesters, a crowd gathered around a police bus and severely damaged it. Police detained more than 30 activists including the leader of the opposition Solidarnost group.
Outrage from the arrests has sparked a new wave of demonstrations among Russian activists, creating occupations that have swelled to the thousands. Laws preventing protesters from doing what many would consider to be normal protest activities (chants, signs, posters, tents, drums, etc.) are being enforced. In the past, Moscow police have broken up unauthorized political rallies with swift and extremely excessive force.
But working class activists are not lying down and allowing Putin to suppress their anger. More than 10,000 Russians of all ages joined a demonstration through a neighborhood near Chistye Prudy on Saturday in a clear bid to test the limits of the law. Moscow painters have voiced plans to conduct a similar stroll over the we.And the working class wherewithal in Russia is paying off big time! On Thursday (May 17) stories reporting wide-spread reaction in the business world to the Occupy Moscow protests were published:
"Investors are fleeing Russia as demonstrators against President Vladimir Putin dig in, exacerbating the impact of Europe’s debt crisis on the country’s markets, money managers from Frankfurt to Moscow said.
Activists who clashed with police before Putin’s May 7 inauguration are protesting non-stop in Moscow, using the Occupy Wall Street movement’s tactics. As the benchmark RTS equity index entered a bear market, Russia-focused equity funds recorded $251 million of outflows in the seven days to May 9, the most this year, while China lost $127 million, India $148 million and Brazil $167 million, EPFR Global data show.”
Resistance in Russia grows in strength and relevance amid increasingly popular and prevalent anti-austerity movements in Europe. The circumstances in Greece are demonstrating to international activists everywhere that in 2012 a different kind of government is possible. We live in the era of revolution: from the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement to new vibrant anti-austerity movement creating the potential for revolutionary situations in Europe. The world we used to live in does not exist anymore. Things are possible that were not possible before.And that means we ALL have a much heavier responsibility to our societies and to our world to engage in struggle now than ever before (certainly in our life times).
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