Antifa- Festival in Zrenjanin (Serbien)

V Zrenjanin Antifascist Festival

5th and 6th of October, 2012.

Cultural Center of Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia

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Fifth Zrenjanin Antifascist Festival (ZAF) will be held on 5th and 6th of October 2012. in the Cultural Center of Zrenjanin (Zrenjanin, Serbia)
We see ZAF mainly as an opportunity to confirm local and strengthen Balkan anti-authoritarian relations. Although the festival is largely oriented towards the Balkans, with the book fair segment that is the offspring of the Balkan Anarchist Book fair, ZAF is open for all anti-authoritarians interested in cooperation based on solidarity and mutual aid.

During the second day of the festival (6th of October), as a part of the program of ZAF, an anarchist book fair will be held.
Friday, 5th of October

14h Lunch

16h History of anarchism in Serbia

History of anarchism in our region is for the most part almost unknown – this creates a false impression that it doesn't exist. On the contrary, in the period from 1904. to 1912. there were a couple active anarchist and syndicalist groups in Serbia. In the 19th century a group of socialists from Serbia was closely connected with Bakunin, and later followers of Johann Most appeared. To this we should also add the influence that Proudhon had on first socialists in Serbia.

In the period from 1904. to 1912. there were a few anarchist and syndicalist groups in Serbia, very active inside the labor movement and connected with anarchists from the region. Besides their activities and character we will also take notice of the relation that these groups had towards the earlier 19th century socialism from the region, as well as towards Marxists who consolidated themselves in the beginning of the 20th century.

We will also discuss differences between these groups and currents, and their relation towards national liberation, capitalism and industrialization, and question why anarchism didn't develop in a more massive movement in this area, and what caused the later prevalence of Marxism.

18h Mujeres Libres – Free Women of Spain
(a discussion with Vanda Perović, historian)

Founded in 1936 during the Spanish civil war by a group of women in Madrid and Barcelona, Mujeres Libres was a 30 000 strong organization dedicated to the liberation of women from their “triple enslavement to ignorance, as women and as producers”. Although the anarcho-syndicalist movement in Spain was dedicated to overcoming all forms of domination (including the domination of men over women), the women who founded the movement argued that women and their specific problems were marginalized in the movement and needed special preparation to overcome their subordination and to take their place in the new society. They organized an independent women’s organization based on anarchist collectivist and communalist principles of self help and solidarity organizing schools, child care, printed newspapers, announcements. They were not supported by the national anarcho-syndicalist organization CNT and FAI.


21h Concert:

Chupakavlas, Thessaloniki, punk
Brickheads, Novi Sad, garage/punkrock
Krlja, Zagreb, grindcore/crust/punk
Enraged Minority , Rheinfelden, street punk
Helltard, Belgrade, grindcore/punk
Livia Sura, Timisoara , blackened sludge/crust


Saturday, 6th of October

from 14h to 21:30h Anarchist Book fair, which will include an exhibition of photos made in Chiapas, Mexico.

14h Lunch

16h Resisting the border system
(EU migration policy in Serbia and the possibilities of resistance)

In the recent years, Serbia has turned from a country of transit for undocumented migrants into a country where migrants are stuck for increasingly longer periods of time. Under the pressure of approaching the EU membership, Serbia has developed its independent asylum system and reinforced border controls and deportation mechanism on the border with Macedonia. It has also obediently cooperated with the EU's efforts to keep migrants out of EU -- it has signed the readmission agreement with the EU and developed the cooperation with Frontex, the EU agency for the management and operational cooperation on the external borders of the EU.

The result of this is the increased repression of migrants in Serbia. Hundreds of undocumented migrants living in make-shift jungles close to the Schengen border with Hungary (especially in Subotica) are daily persecuted by the police and fear violence, arrest, detention and deportation. Since the creation of asylum system in 2008, nobody has gotten the refugee status and in recent times, the asylum seekers open centers often do not have space to house all asylum seekers. What is additionally worrying are the racist protests and mobilizations against the presence of asylum seekers open centers in their locality -- and as of yet a complete lack of migrant solidarity mobilizations, and a relative lack of a discourse, critical of the repressive EU policies and their externalization in Serbia.

In this discussion, we will first flesh out some details of the externalization of the EU migration policy to Serbia and the situation of migrants in Serbia. We will then open up the discussion to reflect together about the possibilities of resistance, by referring to self-organized struggles and migrant solidarity struggles elsewhere. The border is everywhere -- but the resistance is everywhere too.

18h CrimethInc. Presents: Capitalism and Resistance in the 21st Century
(a discussion with people involved in CrimethInc anarchist collective from the US, about their new book Work)

After so much technological progress, why do we have to work more than ever before? Why is the old labor movement powerless to stop the new assault on workers? Can capitalism survive another century of crises? And how do we get out of this mess?

Please join us for a high-energy discussion of these questions and more. We'll focus on the ways capitalism has changed over the past few decades, and scrutinize recent examples of resistance in the around the world to propose anti-capitalist strategies for the 21st century.

20h Alternatives in Eastern Europe

Open discussion about alternative living in Eastern Europe - a chance to share our own end hear other experiences with squatting and everything else that comes with this subject: finding social or economical solutions and sharing personal experiences and struggles. At the end of the discussion a film will be shown: Exploring the Concrete Jungle (2012, Romanian with English subtitles, 20min)

22h Party!

Samo Sloga Sound System (trashy stuff)
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Ergänzungen

Call-out for the No Border Serbia meeting

callout 18.09.2012 - 18:50
[Serbia] Call-out for the No Border Serbia meeting at the Zrenjanin
Antifascist Festival

5. – 7. October 2012

+++ Come to ZAF! +++ Get involved in the resistance against the border
system in Serbia! +++

In the recent years, Serbia has turned from a country of transit for
undocumented migrants into a country where migrants are stuck for
increasingly longer periods of time. Under the pressure of approaching the
EU membership, Serbia has developed its independent asylum system and
reinforced border controls and deportation mechanism on the border with
Macedonia. It has also obediently cooperated with the EU's efforts to keep
migrants out of EU -- it has signed the readmission agreement with the EU
and developed the cooperation with Frontex, the EU agency for the
management and operational cooperation on the external borders of the EU.

The result of this is the increased repression of migrants in Serbia.
Hundreds of undocumented migrants living in make-shift jungles close to
the Schengen border with Hungary (especially in Subotica) are daily
persecuted by the police and fear violence, arrest, detention and
deportation.
Unfortunately there is a complete lack of migrant solidarity
mobilisations, and a relative lack of a discourse, critical of the
repressive EU policies and their externalisation in Serbia.

That's why one of the focuses of the ZAF – the Zrenjanin Antifascist
Festival – this year will be the resistance against the border system in
the Serbian context and the critique of the EU migration politics.

The Zrenjanin Antifascist Festival (ZAF) will be held on 5th and 6th of
October in the Cultural Center of Zrenjanin (Zrenjanin, Serbia -
 http://zaf.anarhija.org/?q=node/40)

We see ZAF mainly as an opportunity to confirm local and strengthen Balkan
anti-authoritarian relations. Although the festival is largely oriented
towards the Balkans, ZAF is open for all anti-authoritarians interested in
cooperation based on solidarity and mutual aid.

One focus will be the resistance against the border system, this segment
will start on Friday 5th of October with a getting-to-know-each-other
meeting, open for everybody who is interested in getting involved in no
border struggles in Serbia. During the second day of the festival (6th of
October), as a part of the program of ZAF, there will be a discussion
about the EU migration policy in Serbia and the possibilities of
resistance. On Sunday the 7th of October there will be an organizing
meeting in which results of the days before discussion about posibilities
of resistance can be intensified and the planning to put ideas into
practice will proceed.

Apart from that there will be several discussions
( http://zaf.anarhija.org/?q=node/49), concerts
( http://zaf.anarhija.org/?q=node/52) and an anarchist book fair
( http://zaf.anarhija.org/?q=node/38).
If you are interested in attending the festival, or participating in the
program, especially if you need accommodation in Zrenjanin, please let us
know that you are coming in advance. Please note that accomodation places
are very limited, so providing your own sleeping arangements would be
great. Please get in touch with the organizers to consult the options of
accomodation.

If you come by car, it would be great if you could bring blankets,
sleeping bags and other warm stuff that the undocumented migrants, stuck
in Subotica on their way towards the EU, will be in need of, as the colder
months approach!

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