Occupy Abai – day 8
One day in the life of protest camp against inauguration of Putin in
Moscow – 14th of May
For photos, check original at http://avtonom.org/node/17655
Before evening Anarchist singer-songwriter “comrade Arkadi” made a
concert. Later, a freemarket was opened, where everyone could leave
their goods and gather what was left by other people. Tomorrow 15th of
May, there will be a lecture on free non-capitalist economy in the camp.
Closer to the evening, participators of the “Food Not Bombs”, who have
already developed a routine for feeding the camp, brough food. Evening
assembly become a full general meeting, deciding all important
questions. This evening, several hundred people took part, but
unfortunately not all participators of the camp are interested. It was
decided that a general assembly will be organise every evening 21:00 at
the statue of Abai Kunanbayev.
This time, financial questions were given a special attention. Most of
the people agreed, that due to big turnover of the people in the camp
(in practice nobody may be present 24 hours a day), there should be at
least three treasurers, and not just one, as it was decided 13th of May.
As a matter of fact, there is already a working group on the finances,
which was selected after first general assembly in the camp, it is
allocating necessary money for other groups. Amounts exceeding 5000
rubles (120 euros/$) will be dicscussed in the general assembly.
Also, question of moving the camp was discussed. Some people proposed to
negotiate with Moscow authorities, and to move camp to a spot where
authorities would allow tents (at the moment, people are sleeping
without tents). But other participators were adamant in staying in
Chistye Prudy until the end, and in case of dispersal of the camp, to
move camp to other spot in the boulevard ring of the capital.
Duma deputy Dmitri Gudkov was visiting the camp, and wanted to speak at
the assembly. However he was totally surprised, that his status as a
deputy did not implied any privilegies, and he was asked to raise his
hand and wait for his turn. Deputy preferred to leave the camp.
As we already wrote, during the day 14th of May authorities attempted to
close camp by using park workers from local administration of the
municipality, with a pretext of renovating the grass. Camp participators
moved their property from the grass, but returned in the evening. Photos
of local people prove, that grass around the statute of Kubai was
trampled a long time before the protest camp was established. However
camp participators announced that they may repair the grass on their
own, and necessary funds for that were already raised.
Activists of Autonomous Action distributed special issue of the paper
“Situatsiya” and leaflets.
Schedule for tomorrow 15th of May:
Online translation from the camp:
Updates in Russian:
Updates from other Russian cities: Ðîññèè: http://www.ikd.ru/node/18262
Contact address for those, willing to come to camp: