war to the war!" - Antiwar picket in Moscow
https://avtonom.org/en - 28/03/2010
They don't want to talk about Afghanistan. In Russia people try to
forget about events, that happened between 1979-1989, to forget how much
people was killed and how much of them became disabled, how much
soldiers blindly fought for the "great nothing" and how much of them had
no choice. We recall those memories. In Afghanistan there are still
military operations, but now due to NATO's forces. It's called as
"control over sore points of Near East". This control became a cause of
death for 18541 people, starting from 2001.
We are for all refuseniks and antimilitarists,
because there was and there is no war which can be called as something
honourable, no war has benevolent aims. Also we are against military
service (especially involuntary service), because it's violation of
human right - freedom of choice and sometimes the right to life.
Today 28th of March from 4 p.m. till 5.30 p.m. there was a picket
against participation of USA and their NATO co-belligerent in military
operations in Afghanistan, and also in support of refusenik-antimilitarist
Joe Glenton, who was jailed for nine months because of refusal to return
to Afghanistan. Joe Glenton is the first serving soldier who could
express his protest against war in Afghanistan in public.
Activists unwrapped banners "It's better to be deserter, than to be a
killer!", "Army is slavery!", "No war, let there be rock'n'roll!" spring
air was cut with shouts: "No one is born as a soldier, people are dying
being soldiers!", "People are more important, than money!", "Your oil
smells like blood!", "NATO, get out from Afghanistan!", "Army is
slavery!", "If you don't want to do military service, don't do that!",
"Our Motherland is all mankind", "Freedom for Joe Glenton!", "Freedom
for political prisoners!". One of members of the picket read monologue
of soldier from Dalton Trumbo's book "Johnny got his gun".
Passerby's got interested in this action, they
took leaflets and talked with members of the picket. After 1.5 hour
activists broke up.
"At least 869729 people have been killed in
Afghanistan and Iraq. 823729 of them were civilians. Isn't it enough to
make you stop?"
"Army is slavery!"
"It's better to be deserter, than to be a
"No war, let there be rock'n'roll!"