Ljubljana. Slovenia. Text from the Infoshop in Ljubljana about the events on November 05, 2020.
Originally published by Unkown Biker. Translated by Enough 14.
Tonight (November 5, 2020, Enough 14) there were riots in Ljubljana. Similar to what has been happening for weeks in other European cities, where people are protesting against the autocratic measures of governments that are more committed to repression to protect capital and the interests of the elites than to public health to save people from the virus. Many people already had a hard time before the corona crisis: no job, no money for rent, no future. Tonight many of them were on the streets. Young and angry. All kinds of workers.
Those that did not find themselves addressed by the previous protests, since the protests only aimed to change the composition of the government. So just as the Friday protests did not reach these young people, their form of protest today has not attracted many. Many people stayed at home in advance. We did not take part in this protest either. However, this does not mean that their anger and the way they express it is in any way less legitimate than other forms of demonstration or protest we have experienced so far.
In the coming days there will be a number of conspiracy theories about and around this unrest, about whether it was a provocation from abroad or from right or left groups. We will probably never know who was involved in today’s protests. But it is the task of all of us who have been on the streets for months and years not to believe these conspiracy theories.
When this type of social conflict occurs, which we are not used to and which occurred today, we prefer to believe that there is a deeper and more complex reason for it, or a group that controls everything. But sometimes that is simply not the case. Sometimes the fuses in people just burst. They are marked by years of harassment and repression in the parks next to their apartment blocks, by the many nationalist insults, by years of hard work that doesn’t even cover the cost of living, let alone enable them to live decently.
The question and challenge ahead of us is not how to distance ourselves from each other, but how to face our rage and fears. At the end of the day, let us not forget that our common problem is not the young people who were overwhelmed by their emotions tonight, but capitalism and the authoritarian government.
Text from the page “Proti policijski uri” on Facebook
In spite of all the propaganda and maneuvers by the authorities and the state, it is necessary to trust the people and not fall for every provocation against which they are inciting us. There is no reason not to believe that the intentions of the participants in today’s protest were sincere and well-intentioned. Don’t believe all the stories that are presented to the public with the exact intention of creating confusion.
For us there is not only one acceptable way to protest. We understand that people express themselves in different ways. Therefore we support all forms of sincere protest!
We urge all liberal people to think twice before condemning today’s protests about what you want to express. If you do not know and understand something, it does not mean that there is a conspiracy behind it. Rather stay calm and listen, now the street is talking. It is clear that the police are the enemy. They are a tool of the elite and an obstacle between people and the possibility of another life.
There are no bad protesters, only bad cops!
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