„Elephant in the room“ is an anarchist radio show from Dresden. When we started in 2015 as a radio-project of the former Remembering-Khaled-Initiative (https://www.black-rose.xyz/remembering-khaled/) our focus was migration.
Over the last three years several people left our show for different reasons. Some moved away, others weren’t into radio anymore, new people came. As our collective changed, so did our show. Now we talk about political and social problems existing in Dresden and all around the world. We are transmitting live on the free radio coloradio in Dresden every second and fourth monday in a month at eight o´clock.
In august 2020 we escaped Germany to visit some comrades in Northern Italy. On one of the super hot nights we recorded an interview with couple of them in their flat talking about coronavirus, self-organization and possible anarchist response to epidemic in the world without a state.
We got in touch with several anarchist comrades to talk about the recent protests on the streets of different cities in Russia: looked into political events of 2020 and how they brought people to the situation with protests. With comrades we managed to clarify if Navalny is a nazi and the whole protest should be ignored by the anarchists or leftists. And of course we talked about anarchists and their participation in protest movement.
Today the trial against some of the most famous protestors in Hong Kong began. Joshua Wong (24), Agnes Chow (23) and the 26 years old Ivan Lam. The prosecution accuses the three activists of having been present at an unauthorized demonstration outside a Hong Kong police station in June last year. They are also alleged to have asked others to join the illegal protest action. The three are facing up to five years in prison. The activists said this morning: „Neither prison bars, nor exclusion from elections, nor other arbitrary actions by authorities can stop us from our democracy activism.“ Demonstrations and protests like the one that put the three activists on trial would be impossible in Hong Kong today. Since July, a state security law has been in force in the Chinese special administrative region to prevent such actions. Continue reading „Elephant in the room – Liberate Hong Kong an interview about the protest #21“
Abortion in Poland was legal during Communism and became illegal (with a few exceptions) after the political shift to democracy. Since then, feminists have been active in resisting the abortion law but with little success in gaining public support or influencing legislation. This changed in 2016, when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in what became known as the Czarny Protest, or Black Protest. It was a victory for the feminist movement and came as a surprise, especially after a similar proposal in 2011 received almost no public attention and failed to mobilise even within the feminist movement. We talked to activists from the antirepression structure and the Anarchist Black Cross Warsaw about the recent protest, how it changed the last four years, which difficulties big protest face and how the state try to repress the protest.
For two month people have been protesting in the street in Belarus.
The 9th of August was the election day and Lukashenko hoped to be reelected like in the past 5 election periods. But this didn´t happen. First time in his ruling period real results were published. And to no ones surprise Lukashenko didn´t achieve 80 % as he usually orders everybody to announce.