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Kollektiv 115 (CZ)
K115 brings non-dogmatic leftist politics and new forms of language and culture of protest into cold post eastern block region. Consisting of working groups focusing on topics such as the right to the city, feminism and antifascism, the group seeks progressive answers to massive reactionary wave rolling through Visegrád Four (V4) countries.
During the short time of the group’s existence (about a year), there has been several benchmarks and fun activities. The antifascist working group managed to steal the time and place of far-right party’s pre-election rally and put together a festival against nationalism. The politicians affected were, of course, not happy, but could do nothing about it; it marked the start of the party’s chaos and collapse on the local level, so the job was done well. The fight against far-right authoritarianism continues, with education and direct action.
The right to the city group opened the topic of gentrification and tenants’ struggles, which is now a part of the public debate. The first-ever right to the city festival, Vzpurná Praha, was an analysis and critique of Prague’s shift towards the city for the capital instead of the people. The intervention in tenants’ struggles is the core political work for this working group right now; organizing to live and living to organize.
The fight against anti-feminist backlash and its authoritarian far-right roots closely is what keeps the feminist working group busy. Demonstrations, festivals and meetings are about to be the spark of hope and self-confidence of the anti-capitalist feminist movement in the Eastern Europe.
For all that, the group takes inspiration and learns from comrades in other parts of Europe, as it is always important not to fight alone. Beyond Europe is a platform for that. Together we will win!