Oct 8th, Anti-Capitalist Demo Report from Bern (Switzerland)
On October 8th, at the completion of the campaign ‘Keep in motion – Abolish capitalism’, over 150 people demonstrated in Bern against the State and the Capital. After more than a month in which various counter-information actions were held about the evils of capitalism, anti-capitalists/anarchists took their criticism to the streets again.
The protest rally flowed calmly, apart from two small incidents. For instance, independent city councilor Jimy Hofer approached a group of about 60 protesters. He first addressed to them verbally, tried to snatch their front banner, but also turned violent against a protester. Only then, pepper spray was used to ward off his attack.
The gathering was scheduled at 16.00 o’clock outside Heiliggeistkirche at Bahnhofplatz. Demonstrators were welcomed, while examples were used to indicate which damages capitalism inflicts on a daily basis. With slogans and fireworks, the demo went through the Altstadt (old town). When the protesters block reached Kornhausplatz, people had a chance to hear about the anarchist struggle for a world without State and Capital. They put up a banner there, which read SCHEISS AUF WAHLKAMPF, WIR WOLLEN KLASSENKAMPF (‘Fuck the electioneering; we want class struggle’).
In Hirschengraben demonstrators and passers-by got more familiar with the critique on capitalism and its guarantor, the bourgeois State. It also became apparent why reforms will never lead to a substantial improvement in living conditions. The protest march ended in Bahnhofplatz.
This demonstration marked the completion of the anti-capitalist campaign and the ongoing struggle against a system where every day tens of thousands are starving while others accumulate billions via property rights; against a system in which the vast majority is forced to sell their labour-power; against a system where a small minority possesses and determines everything; against a system which goes further without taking account of nature, animals and humans.
For a self-organized society without domination.
For the social revolution!
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