Czechoslovak anarchist federation (CSAF) was found in 1995. CSAF is a member federation of the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF-IFA). CSAF is formed by groups or individuals, who consider themselves as the anarchists. Presently, CSAF is formed by 10 regional groups. We are organization unifying working people, students, unemployed people and pensioners, in agreement with the anarchist principles. It means above all federalism, autonomy, grassroots activities and absence of all kinds of hierarchy or inequality. CSAF seeks to built libertarian and autonomous society based on territorial and production autonomy, federalism, solidarity and social justice.
ANTI CAPITALIST ACTIVITIES
CSAF started its activity in the previous year by calling up an action days against the fee for the health service, which were aimed at the asocial reform of the health service. There was public manifestation in Prague organized by CSAF, leaflet campaigns in medical attendances, town halls, libraries etc. in more than twenty cities of the Czech republic.
Activities against the government reforms also continued in following months: CSAF published leaflet: Reform: Growth for a rich, fall for a poor
which explained the anarchist view of the asocial reforms and stressed the fact that capitalism cannot be reformed. Members of CSAF took part of each of the three demonstration organized by labour unions. There were distributed thousands of that leaflets, during this demonstrations CSAF also critically joined the strike
advertised by unions on the 27th of June.
Traditional anti capitalist manifestation, co-organized by CSAF, was an anarchist meeting and parade during May Day in Prague. CSAF also joined the FESTIVAL AGAINST RACISM
organized by Antifascist Action
(AFA), which took place after parade through Prague.
ANTI MILITARIST ACTIVITIES
CSAF has long tradition in its anti militarist activities and the year 2008 wasn't an exception. On the 12th of March, there was a demonstration against NATO and US radar base in the city of Hradec Kralove, which was organized by the Eastern Bohemia regional group of CSAF (CSAF – East). As the reaction to the heavy repressions against the anti NATO activists in Romania, there was a demonstration in front of the Romanian embassy in Prague.
Although CSAF refused to join the initiative NO BASES, because of the presence of the authoritarian leftist groups and political parties, we participated on the demonstrations against the US radar base. Most visible was the black-red block on the demonstration on the 15th of March.
Early in July, group of activists around CSAF welcomed US ministress of foreign affairs
On the 28th of October, there was military parade in Prague, which tried to show the commitment of the Czech government to NATO. Prague group of CSAF organized a small protest action.
Several members of CSAF are involved in the activities of FOOD NOT BOMBS groups.
ANTI ELECTION ACTIVITIES
Members of CSAF faced the election actively : they didn't vote and expressed in many ways their opinions about elections and politicians. In eastern Bohemia there was a cake-attack at the meeting of the nominee for district commissioner. There was a lot of leaflet, poster, stickers and street art actions in many Czech cities. Very popular and funny way how to express opinion on election was recessing flags with logos of political parties into the dog´s excrements lying on the streets. Remakes of election billboards took place also.
ANTI FASCIST ACTIVITIES
CSAF fully support and participate on the actions organized by the Antifascist Action (AFA). CSAF – East organized a pious action in the occasion of the end of WWII on the 8th of May and also pious action in July to remind the memory of Oto Absolon – Romano victim of the murder committed by the neo-nazis.
AFA organized a mass demonstration on the 13rd of December
named: Against racist pogroms, against social exclusion, for dignified life for all. CSAF took part of this demonstration with its own speech, banners, leaflets and other materials.
Seeing that anarchist movement has always been internationalistic, CSAF tries to keep the contact with the anarchists and anti-authoritarians from other countries. In July, delegation of CSAF took part on the 8th congress of IAF/IFA in Italy. Members of CSAF also took part at the 4th anarchist bookfair in Zagreb, where they also participated in demonstration against escalating prices. Members of CSAF also joined several demonstration in Slovenia - protest against visit of G. Bush, demonstration to support squats or to support social excluded people.
Few members of CSAF took part of No Border camp in Patras , or participated on several actions in Germany, like antifascist demonstration in Berlin – Pankow.
CSAF also joined the global day against state and police terrorism
advertised by Greek anti-authoritarians.
CSAF joined the international day of actions to support Argentinian anarchist Federico Puy, who was fired from his job.
During the last year, CSAF published thousands of various leaflets and stickers, which were distributed on the streets. More than thirty booklets came to light, presenting the anarchist history, theory and experience.
CSAF also began with publishing of the anarchist monthly “A3” which is wall-newspaper and also with preparing of a magazine which will be called “GRASSROOT”.
CSAF also took part in the Prague anarchist bookfair in November. The most important medium of CSAF is surely the website csaf.cz , which is daily updated.
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After last several years of stagnation of the anarchist movement in the Czech republic, we judged this year as a very successful. It was possible to observe the growth of the anarchist activities, as well as increasing number of people interested in the anarchist ideas. We hope this tendency will continue in the following year!