SA 10.3 Kamara 12:00 | Balkan demonstration against every nationalism

LET’S REJECT THE NATION’S WARMTH

 

Because “love for our homeland” is what makes bosses and workers alike to gather under a common flag at the white tower in Thessaloniki and at Syntagma square in Athens; the “national interest” is what conceals the class and social contrasts and inequalities within each country; “saving our country” and, finally, the belief that we all have a “common fate because we are Greeks” is what permits the State and capital to organize and accomplish the increasingly violent devaluation of our lives.

 

WE ARE TOTALLY INDIFFERENT TO THE NAME

 

No nationalism was developed alone, in a void, but always against and in parallel with other nationalisms. Eventually, we, together with comrades from other countries, stand against every nationalism, here and everywhere. And we stand against every face of nationalism too. Against the face of nationalism which raises Greek flags in city squares and balconies, which organizes national feasts, which spreads hatred towards everything that is different, which attacks structures of the radical movement, which seeks national symbols and kings, which claims names and birthplaces of emperors, which interprets the past according to its needs and searches for continuities and linearity in history, which achieves national homogeneity through pogroms and purges. But we are also against the face of nationalism which forwards State alliances, which speaks of national development, which promotes and sells multiculturalism in order to make business, which wants to make violence against the oppressed a tourist attraction.

 

THE MEMORIES OF OUR STRUGGLES ARE SUFFOCATING IN NATIONAL NARRATIONS

 

And that’s why we organize in common the solidarity between the oppressed, beyond national borders; we struggle together against the exclusions and separations that are imposed on us; we put forward the communities of struggle against the community of the nation; we recognize the gestures of resistance in the daily life of all of those who fought against the devaluation of their lives as our collective memory and our only homeland.

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