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We – representatives of music bands, antifascist groups and DIY-initiatives from around the world – believe that it is time to declare our stance on the situation in Ukraine, and its negative influence upon the antifascist scene in CIS countries.
We have been over many years, and still are, antifascist internationalists. Many of us have more than once faced direct threats to our health, life and freedom due to our views. Based on our beliefs and our perspective of the situation, we would like to make the following statement.
We call for an immediate ceasefire and a resolution of the conflict by means of peaceful, democratic negotiations. Human lives are more important than all national flags and borders put together.
We are convinced that professional contractors and criminals rule both sides of the conflict. They are fighting only for the interests of oligarchs and politicians, but dragging innocent civilians into the slaughter. Both sides have volunteers from infamous Russian ultra-right organisations fighting for them.
We condemn any member of the CIS antifascist scene who in any way supports the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” – the shameless genocide of civilians – in Eastern Ukraine. We do not wish to be associated with those who provide financial, moral or any other support to the armed forces fighting for the anti-people, pro-fascist and pro-oligarch government of Ukraine. The government of Ukraine which initiated the humanitarian and economic disaster. The government of Ukraine which is doing its best to take advantage of the crisis, acting not in the interest of the people of Ukraine, but for its selfish purposes.
We condemn any member of the CIS antifascist scene who supports puppet militarist regimes. The LNR and DNR founded in Eastern Ukraine are also sponsored by pro-russian oligarch sources, and take advantage of the civilian population in their dirty political games. We do not believe that rebel military actions are conducted in the interest of protecting the civilian population of East Ukraine. We do not believe in the open and honest declaration of will while held at gunpoint. And we do not believe in the sudden “antifascism” of armed militants who bring lawlessness to their controlled territory and bring harm upon innocent civilians.
We do not wish to have any association with the vast numbers of people now claiming to be “antifascists” and “anarchists”, who are actually nationalists and chauvinists; with those who glorify war and murder, instigate hate and ethnic conflict, who celebrate the death of others. Either intentionally or through stupidity, these individuals are widening the gap between activists from different countries. Through conspiracies and the spreading of false and unfounded information and propaganda they are destroying the united antifascist scene. We call for zero tolerance for all idiots and provocateurs.
Those who once declared their antifascist views but now form alliances with ultra-right football hooligans; who compromise and openly sympatise with nazi and ultra-right organisations and political parties; who excuse military criminals and those who rewrite history written with the blood of a generation, we consider to be traitors to the ideals of friendship and fraternity. History has demonstrated how Nazis and fascists mercilessly dispose of their allies of convenience. We are sure that this time will be no different.
We should remember how much blood has been spilled over the last ten years for the sake of creating a united, international antifascist movement in our countries. Our friends did not fight and die only for the next generation of antifascists to fall victim to the deceit of state propaganda.
No – to any and all kinds of compromise or union with nazis!
No – to any form of nationalism or imperial chauvinism!
No – to excusing or justifying war crimes and genocide!
No – to the policy of double standards and power of oligarchs!
All our support – to the peaceful population of Ukraine!
When our society is split by provocations and information war, we call upon all sensible people in anti-fascist scene to support our statement.
With anti-fascist salute,
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MOSCOW DEATH BRIGADE (RUSSIA)
STAGE BOTTLES (GERMANY)
WHAT WE FEEL (RUSSIA)
ULTRA ST.PAULI (GERMANY)
MISTER X (BELARUS)
MAD BUTCHER RECORDS (GERMANY)