Thursday, December 22, 2011

Attila József Picnic

In autumn 2011 the Hungarian government decided to continue its struggle against the remaining of communism or things that may remind about it. After numerous renaming of the streets in Budapest and an attempt to remove the statue of liberty build during the communist times, the government decided to continue the fight with statues. This time its choice was made for the statue of a revolutionary proletariat poet of the 20th century, Attila József , who was a member of a communist party for a short time somewhere far away from the lawn near the Parliament building where it is now.

There were a couple of symbolic mainstream events against removal of the statue where people were holding speeches and listening for concert. We decided to make our own action - a picnic to commemorate Attila Jozséf. We like him because his life and worldview is unique and revolutionary. His poetry writing manner is full of provocation and grotesqueness, and his worldview is rebellious and anarchist.
On November 20 we took the food (mostly dumpster dived at the market on Saturday) we were cooking over the weekend and the FreeShop to the lawn with Attila Jozséf statue. There were some people there already, and during our stay there  more people came. We were just hanging out, eating and sharing food, and also talking to the interested people who were passing by. 

"I am paying attention that your lifestyle is just sitting here in the street on the stone..!"

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Winter tea for those in need

Once the soup from the dumpstered food in the market was over, as we distributed it among the people, we came up with an idea of giving free tea to the people just in the streets of Budapest, as it turns out to be  really cold outside.
We decided to give the tea in Blaha square close to the place where we can actually make the tea. It was a good timing as there were some workers reconstructing the tram line, so first we brought them the tea. Then we were standing with the tea and the passers-by were coming to us to drink some tea and to talk. There were a lot of poor and homeless people, as well as some immigrants, as this place is full of them.
The workers

Free tea

Free of money tea and the neighbouring corporate for-profit McD

Monday, November 28, 2011

Budapest: Women Protest against Domestic Violence

25 November is an International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On the next say, November 26, a number of feminist and women rights NGOs organized a demonstration to commemorate the victims of domestic violence in Hungary.
The demo started at 3 p.m. in Anker köz after the speeches and presentation of the current situation in Hungary with domestic violence. It was said that since the beginning of 2011, in Hungary 44 women have been murdered by their husbands. Major reasons behind these numbers are the outdated laws (in fact, there is no separate law in Hungary against violence against women), passivity and unwillingness of the government to deal with this problem, as well as inappropriate treatment of domestic violence by the police that considers it to be a private matter. Patriarchy, sexism and everyday male chauvinism are widespread in Hungarian society nowadays, and they are the main triggers of the widespread of domestic violence against women and lack of appropriate treatment of this issue by the state.
Ca. 100 participants of the demo were going from Anker köz to Ferenc Liszt tér through Andrassy ut. It was not the best route, as the street is just a big central avenue with lots of posh shops and cafes, and there were not many passers-by, whose attention the demo could attract. The demonstrators were holding various transparencies and 8 red women dummies to symbolize those who died from domestic violence. There was also a Samba band drumming during the demo. The Samba peopel were shouting the following slogans while walking together with the crowd:
Aki erőszakot lát emelje fel a szavát! (Who witnesses violence raise the voice!)
Az erőszak nem magánügy! (The violence is not privacy!)
Break the silence, stop the violence!
Overall, it was a nice demo on a topic that rarely gets any attention in the Hungarian society.


BRIC’s of Stability: Why Occupy Wall Street Isn’t Coming To Moscow Or Beijing

"the Arab world remains in the midst of convulsions, and political instability is spreading into the West – most visibly in Greece and the Med, but also in the guise of Occupy Wall Street and associated movements in the US."

Read more HERE.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Evictions in the 14th District of Budapest

On October 18 local authorities of the 14th district of Budapest, Zugló, started evictions of the homeless. Until October 18 there existed several self constructed houses near the railway embankment at  Francia St. and Egressy St. corner for almost 7 years. There were hiding behind the garages, so they even were not visible from the street. On Tuesday, though, the municipality started its action and demolished around 5 huts and left 9 homeless without a roof. On October 19 the authorities evicted other 7 people and destroyed their huts.
Some activists from A Város Mindenkié (The City for All) initiative and anarchists tried to prevent the destruction of the huts.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hundreds demonstrated against the growing criminalization of homelessness in Budapest

On 17 October, The City is for All (AVM) held a major demonstration against a government proposal to impose a €500 fine or imprisonment on people who are found “residing in public places” twice over the course of 6 months. According to AVM, the proposal is unconstitutional and inhumane, since it punishes homeless people for not having appropriate housing.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Secret is to Begin

Our goal is life. We are free to live it as we want. Nobody can judge us and tell us how to live. We are born free. We have freedom of choice.
Somehow we know all this, but we are not free. In the society we live in it is very hard to be free. You can be free without the society when you escape away from the civilization and live in the nature, cultivate your own self-sustainable garden and live alone or with a community. Live isolated from the society.
If you want to be free within the society, or you want to make the society free, you should believe in what you are doing, and in the power of change.
You are most probably not free. You may have a number of problems, and you may feel totally frustrated about them and injustice in this world. You can just sit there and accuse in your problems the state, the institutions, the society, the environment, bad ecology, family, world order and so on... You can temporary run away from the problems with help pf alcohol, drugs or random sex. You can even justify all of these by such words as "relaxation", "freedom" and "poliamory". This is just an illusion.
You can just chill out and tell everyone how cool you are because you wear political pins, go to punk concerts, live in a squat, and get drunk.
You do not work, you do not do wage labour because you do not want to be exploited and you hate capitalism. But you live with your friends, you do not participate in cost sharing for the flat, you do not cook, you do not clean, you never bring any food home, you hardly ever share anything with your frinds because you do not have anything to share, you use your friend"s laptop for youtubing for the whole day and say that you are busy with fighting capitalism. But you are simply exploiting your friends.
Or you live in a commune, stay away from exploitation by the capitalists and you do not have a wage labour to sustain it, but you charge your guests fixed price for being able to stay overnight.

If you are able to open your eyes and take you butt of the coach, then you may take your life in your hands and START LIVING and START CHANGING THE WORLD AROUND YOU. Just start doing anything you feel positive vibrations inside of you. Do not sit and wait until the world will change itself, it will not. By just sitting and observing you are flowing with the stream of the biomass, and you let others decide about your life and freedom, you let yourself being exploited. They are just overtaking decisions about your life, and at some point you will wake up to demand your freedom, but it can be too late.
Stop adopting to this changing world, let it adopt to you! Be yourself, start doing things, fewer words, more action, take an active side of the life. Start the change, first change yourself, and you will see how teh things around you also start changing, one by one, little by little, and later on the scale will grow, and you will see ho a drop of water creates bigger and bigger circles on the surface of a lake.

Start beliving in impossible, and just act as your heart tells you!
Anarchy Works

Monday, June 20, 2011

Police 'Welcomes' Austrian supporters of the 16th Budapest Pride

  • A bus with supporters of the Budapest Pride 2011 from Austria was detained by the police. 
  • Two of the Austrian supporters were detained for ca. 6 hours.

The 16th Budapest Pride was a good 'temperature check' of nationalism and homophobia in the Hungarian society. The Parade itself took place on June 18, 2011 in Budapest, and this time it was an ambitious attempt to hold it without fences, on a longer route and without secure evacuation of teh Pride participants by metro after the end of the Pride.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Student Demo in Budapest

A student demonstration took place in Budapest, in front of the Corvinus university, on June 16, 2011.
First, it was planned as a ‘university occupation’, with the permission of the rector. Later on it turned out that it was not possible to get any permission, so the students of various universities just gathered in front of the Corvinus university to hold some speeches and transparencies, and after 1,5 hours of demonstrating everyone interested moved to the 'Kossuth Klub' nearby the Corvinus university to participate in the workshops. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hunting Vegetables

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

END ANTI-GYPSYISM – The EU must not turn its back on Roma

Public action / Demonstration:

Time: 11.30-13:00, 8 April 2011.

Location: Kossuth square, in front of the Museum of Ethnography, near the Kossuth statue (grassy area)

The 5th European Roma Platform will be held in Budapest, in the Museum of Ethnography, two days after the European Commission has released its Communication entitled “10 years to make a difference: An EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies by 2020”.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hejőszalonta tüntetés 2011. április 2.


On April 2, two different groups of people went to a small village Hejőszalonta (near Miskolc, ca. 160 km east from Budapest). The first one went there to make a “Demonstration against Gypsy Terror”. This group of people mostly dressed in black Hungarian Guard uniform consisted from right-wing representatives of Hungarian society including far right Jobbik party representatives. A lot of local people from Hejőszalonta joined them. The second group consisted of Roma rights activists, anti-racists and other civilians, a big part of whom were foreigners, who are willing to stand up against neo-nazi terror spreading out in the country. There were also the representatives of Amnesty International and TASZ.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Call for Action

A “Demonstration against Gypsy Terror” will be held on Saturday evening at 6, in Hejőszalonta, with the participation of far right Jobbik MPs. The town is about 160kms east of Budapest.
The local Roma are asking us to join them and form a HUMAN CHAIN around the Roma neighborhood of the town to protect those living there.
A woman was recently murdered in Hejőszalonta and far right Jobbik MPs published a statement that she was a victim of gypsy crime. They have called on people to join them if they want to put an end to gypsy terror. The speakers will include 3 Jobbik MPs and other Jobbik politicians.
Join us in forming a human shield! We are meeting at Blaha Lujza Tér at 3pm. The police will be informed that we are going.


Spring of Resistance: Kyiv Edition

26 March is the Day of Spring of Resistance.
"Direct Action" student union of Taras Shevchenko university of Kyiv organized a demo and the first all-Ukrainian conference aimed at rewieving activities of "Direct Action" for the past 2,5 years and plan future activity togetehr with representatives from various Ukrainian cities.
About the Spring of Resistance >>HERE
About the demo in Kyiv >>HERE
About the Conference >>HERE

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 20: a Visit to Gyöngyöspata

On March 20 15 activists visited Gyöngyöspata in order to support local Roma community that was suffering from neo-nazi terror in the past weeks. 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lybia: A War is Coming?

Here are some articles about the possible war in Lybia:

March 21: International Day against Racism

March 21st is International Day Against Racism, a day when the people across the globe show their opposition to racism.  This annual event declared as a memorial by the United Nations in response to the murder of 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960.
There will be several events happening in Budapest:
A solidarity rally against racism
A peaceful demo by Amnesty International
A comics exhibition by Music against Racism

Nuclear Energy? No, Thanks

Recent Earthquakes in Japan that caused numerous disasters, the most striking one is Chernobyl #2. It happened quite close in time to the 15th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe... There were several explosions at Fukushima nuclear plant, the first one happened on the 12th March, the 2nd was observed on the 14th of March. Surprise-surprise, but the scenario repeats itself in a way that there is almost no information about real situation with the nuclear plant and most of the facts are being kept secret.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Roma neighborhood under control of neo-nazis in Hungary

Roma neighborhood under control of uniformed vigilantes in Hungary
Budapest, 16 March 2011
R. I. S. 

According to the local representative of the Jobbik party in the Heves County village, crimes against property have become unbearable to the locals, who have therefore called the Civil Guard Association for a Better Future to protect them. Gábor Vona, the president of Jobbik said in Gyöngyöspata[1] that „those are not willing to integrate should leave the country.” More than 2,000 members and sympathizers of Jobbik and the Civil Guard Association for a Better Future held a protest in the village, which counts 2,500 citizens, against „Gypsy terror”, fearing that „crimes committed by the minorities could create a civil war situation.”

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dumpser Diving Demo

The demo against the law that prohibits dumpster diving in the 8th district of Budapest took place on 10 March at 5 p.m. in the 8th district of Budapest. There were around 100 people at the demo. The event started with Rhythms of Resistance drumming, followed by the speeches. After that people started the action - around 20 people went to the nearby trash bins and started dumpster diving in front of the police. First, the police did not make any action against the people who were dumpstering, so one of the organizers asked the people to dumpster actively. The people of the local government asked the police to arrest them. Overall, 9 people were arrested. One of them, the organizer who asked the people to dumpster was brought to the police station because of 'agitation to dumpster', and the rest were brought to the local government office.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Freedom to Dumpster Divers in Budapest!

Local municipality of the 8th district of Budapest criminalizes poverty by prohibiting dumpster diving in that district. This is one of the poorest districts of Budapest (it is close to the centre of the city) where mostly poor families, homeless, Roma and Asian immigrants live. So, the law that prohibits dumpster diving in the 8th district is clearly directed against the poor. The law aims at satisfying interests of the middle class and rich tourists that should not see 'ugly' face of poverty. The law restricts and excludes the poor and homeless from the city centre. It also serves the rich and capitalism as it prohibits recycling and encourages BUYING and CONSUMING of the STUFF.  The social workers of Budapest are organizing a demonstration against this law, please, find the CALL below:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

8 March Demonstration

8 March Demonstration for Women's Liberation in Budapest!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Counter G8/G20 Mobilisation in France – Call of Dijon: Deauville we won’t drink your water

2011. The last “crisis” to date is in its third year. In Europe, the financial and banking systems crisis has become a crisis for States. Having thrown millions at the banks and big business, governments say they
can no longer take on their debts and they organise, with the help of international institutions (IMF, European Bank), austerity plans: cuts to salaries, social welfare and pensions, massive redundancies, privatisation of public services, destruction of social rights… If rebellious movements develop in many more countries like in Greece, Romania, UK, Italy, France, the politics of social rupture have not stopped and are starting to produce their effects. Exploitation and growing inequalities, repression
of migrants and the development of techniques of control, gentrification and ghettoization accompany well-oiled capitalist media propaganda and formidable security policies aimed at maintaining the status-quo and avoiding outbursts.

On a global level, the planet suffers from all kinds of pollution, hunger and thirst concern millions of human beings, wars endure but international institutions and multinational corporations are having a party. Millions suffer whilst their power continues unhindered. These institutions get away with anything under the pretext of “handling the crisis”, and this, without leading to coordinated resistances. It is in this context that the ‘powers-that-be’ are about to come together in Deauville (G8, 26/27 May) and in Cannes (G20 in November).


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Opera Ball in Budapest

The 6th Opera Ball is taking place in Budapest on the 5th of March. This year an Anti_Opera Ball demo is organized by the people from the European Social Forum.
There will be food, a FreeShop, speeches, a concert, and dances. Here is the announcement in Hungarian:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

8th of March

8th of March is a Day of Women's rights, a day of resistance against sexism and patriarchy. 
There are a number of protest and demos organized all over the world organized by women who want to have their voices heard!
Women of Budapest are joining the women of the world by a solidarity action on the 8th of March. 
Wait for the updates...

Antifascist Demo in Budapest

The Hungarian Neo-Nazis organized a demonstration on 12h of February, so-called Day of Honor 2011:  in the capital of Hungary, Budapest. They had a demo in the Northern part of the city far away from the centre.

Antifascists of Budapest planned to organize a counter demo, but as the place of the neo-nazi demo was not announced in advance, but one hour before the demo start, the antifa demo was agreed to be held in the centre of Budapest. Unfortunately, the neo-nazi demo was to far away to block it, but the antifa demo in the centre had its advantage, namely that more people can see an antifa demo, as there are more people in the centre.

Don't wait for a revolution - make it!!!

We should not wait for others to start something, we should start ourselves!!!
Here is an inspirational article in Russian from "Autonomous Action":

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Transnational Migrant Strike in Vienna

Transnational Migrant Strike
On 1 March all over the world migrants stand up and organise against social exclusion, discrimination and racism. The movement started with a migrants’ strike and boycott day in the USA in 2006. Since then protests spread transnationally to different parts of the world. This year as well, employees working in the world’s richest countries will walk-out on work, take direct industrial action or practice other forms of protest. In Austria, we want to create the foundation for a broad movement to initiate a radical change in policy towards migrants.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PUBLICATION: Nothing New in the East

Some remarks about authoritarian methods of fight with the crisis in Croatia and Ukraine: