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(en) Czech, AFED: Occupational strike for climate -- High school students also joined university students in direct action for climate justice. [machine translation]

Date Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:47:36 +0200

On 12 and 13 November, the University's Climate Initiative announced an occupation strike for climate at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. It was an event that combined direct action with education, protest with self-organization. ---- The rich program began on Tuesday at about 10 am with a public performance at Jan Palach Square, where a statement to the strike was read, and subsequently moved to the adjacent faculty building. The "Occupational strike for climate" banners on the facade and inside clearly show what is happening in the building. The upcoming celebrations of November 17th are covered by the banners "Remember is not enough. There are no anniversaries on the dead planet, '' We have bare forests '' or 'Thanks for letting go extinct'. Otherwise, there are signs on the walls and railings such as "The end of coal", "The future is now", "Coal, oil, gas belongs to history", "We cannot remain silent. Fish Army "," Close Pocerady "and more. The words on the pub tablecloth form the inscription "There is no Gambrinus on the dead planet." But not just greening the current system is suggested by the slogans "System change instead of climate change", "Tykache arrestors",

Many people supported the event. There was a huge interest in the lectures and the space where they were held was literally crowded with people. Lectures were highly praised, whether it was talking about strategies of antiekological tendencies or action training (not only) at Ende Gelände. The occupation was dominated by a great atmosphere. One of those present Anarchists she commented: "I recently experienced the occupied campus in Paris." Otherwise, the place in the chillout zone were dismantling Occupying a cookbook , which in 2012 published by the University Press AF on the occasion of the student protests, and in different places, then the current Anarchist newsletter number from belowdedicated to the climate crisis. There are also two money boxes in which people can contribute to food for strikers or faculty staff as an expression of solidarity with the cleaners they may be adding to work.

In addition to the opening plenum, lectures were held in the corridors, including Bedrich Moldan, Adam Borzic and Dana Kuchtová. We continued to talk about ecology under socialism and capitalism, about the core, about the role of the social sciences in the time of the climate crisis.

Some came in the evening to help those present to deal with a possible police intervention. But nothing of the sort happened in the end and the original threat to the faculty management proved to be false. This then de facto admitted that he could not communicate with horizontally organized structures. And so it remained only in sight of the summoned securitizer. The evening plenum agrees on rules that will apply overnight, such as locking the front entrance, and tuning the program for the next day. And then there are only free debates and sleeping bags.

Wednesday morning starts with morning plenary and continues with morning program of talks and lectures. Arnošt Novák talks about autonomous politics in times of climatic collapse, Matyáš Krížkovský and Ondrej Slacálek join the topic of social movements, and there will be something about urban activism in Prague and permaculture. After the bastion at two in the afternoon is the meeting in front of the Faculty of Arts and may start a demonstration entitled "We do not want warming, but neither Winter". This number of hundreds of students and chanting of different slogans ends at the Rector's Office in the Carolina building. On the agenda is the second demand of the strike, namely the resignation of the rector of Charles University Tomas Zima. For several reasons (for example, a contract with Home Credit; allowing influence of Chinese interests; a tour for university money, which makes its name before the presidential election;

The Rector waited with a well-chosen strategy not to make a bad name for repression before November 17, which could further damage his reputation if he ran for president. So even though there were police officers who were trying to do something, the demonstrators welcomed and offered tea. He disagreed with the reasons why he should resign and then left. But the students stayed, decorated the banners of the Rector's Office, even set up a tent and continued the program of lectures and discussions. So they could hear a talk about Syrian Rojava. The evening discussed the requirements that should be raised towards Czech universities.

A night spent in the Rectorate passed and the occupation strike continued on Thursday, 14 November. In the afternoon, a press conference was held in front of the Rectorate, where the requirements for universities were presented. The present call is the result of cooperation between people from academia from Brno, Olomouc, Prague and other cities and its consensual approval was the result of a plenary session that took place within the occupation strike. Among the demands is that universities actively engage in pressure to tackle the climate crisis, both towards the public and political representation, as well as their own direction towards carbon neutrality. The call also urges universities not to cooperate with actors involved in pollution and deepening social injustices.

The occupation strike continues at this point and will continue on the third night on campus. Do not hesitate to support it. Collective photographs to support her came from Oxford or Warsaw.

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