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(en) Czech, Ostrava AF: The attack on Fico confirmed that propaganda by deed never worked (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 13 Jun 2024 09:00:46 +0300

We bring you a brief reflection on the May assassination of Robert Fico. ---- The recent shooting of the Slovak prime minister recalled the era of the end of the 19th century, when anarchists also used assassination tactics against rulers. At the time, the movement believed that assassinations of power figures could move society towards freedom. Many anarchists assumed that individual terror against members of the ruling class would inspire other underprivileged people to rise up in arms and overthrow capitalism.
However, the opposite was usually true. It is enough to remember, for example, the anarchist Luigi Luccheni, who killed Empress Sissi. The public was outraged by this act and people showed a wave of solidarity rather than passion for revolutionary ideas. The consequence of the assassination was the definition of anarchism as a terrorist ideology and the tightening of repression against the labor movement. The same was the case with the attack on King Umberto or Czechoslovak Minister Alois Rashín. Brutal repression followed, while society continued to function under the rule of the state and capital in an unaltered form.

Although the shooter Juraj Cintula did not shoot in the desire for a society without oppression, his action undoubtedly has completely different consequences than he probably anticipated before the attack. Perhaps he wanted to divert Slovakian politics away from Putin's fascism, perhaps he wanted to remove a politician who himself probably figured in ordering the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee. For now, however, it looks like the state will use the assassination to further consolidate power. Fico will be replaced by a politician of a similar, if not worse, style and everything will return to the old track. It is necessary to attack the logic of the system, Fico was only its product.

If we want a free society, we don't need politicians to shoot. Just stop voting for them. Without our votes, they have no power.

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