Saturday, June 9, 2007

Ilia Miliev: Anti-G8 debriefing

Once the demos have been done, should be an evaluation. By simple calculation our number should be higher than we were there, even the success that we have felt on that days. The three location should be filled of people but not was the case.

In aim to be critics (as usual in lefty groups,as K. Marx did) we must to analyze the source of failures, and of course what was positive. But let's take point by point our problems:

  • Banning: we soffered a heavy banning on 5th and 7th of June, on 5th it was not possible to tp easily FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS. One may think that could be associated to maintenance on 6th, but Why this specificity for the problems in one area? I experienced myself taht tp for any other regions was not so hard. On 7th we experienced the same for going to Linden mansion . Sorry,.., two days of bugs??!! This is more than suspicous that there is a hidden hand over our activities, the hand of Linden of course we still are uncomfortable for him. What should be the way to avoid this? May be to make the things more spontaneous. I bet that if we all decided to go there right now it would be easy, easier than the demo day.

  • Call to different groups : more people than declared lefty people could be interested on progresist issues, and of course to be on a antiG8 demo. Our goals are more humanistic than politics. So many other people would come on the demo if they were called. I tried with some groups and some indenpendent people and some of them came. It would be nice to think in the rest. As Marx said the interest of a marxist has to be the same interest as the working class, so we have the majority of working class on the rest of avatars that are in other fun groups. As it happens on RL they don't join us for hating politics, ignorance or fear. These barrier must be broken, as we know.

  • Commitment: this is a point not so critical, cause more or less we all were there, but there were some absecences. Refering to groups I must notice that the most terrible abscence was Izquierda Unida (left party in our country, Spain) : no one of coordination was present, there was no possiblity to contact to them and there has been no presence of them from one month ago!! Well, this is a point ot discuss seriously with them. From our people (SLDM, CPSL, anarchists and so) there were some absecences and some of them not justified, we must to suggest to this people a higher commitment. We should do this friendly, but firmly.


Well, more could be discussed, of course, but I think that these are the points I wanted to show.

Thank you to all, for your attention and support

Ilia Milev

1 comment:

Smoke said...

I agree, as a lot of other people from other groups, there should be a reportback concerning the inworld protests. (organising as we speak) Here, I will just react to Ilia a bit; I feel like nuancing some things...

>> "Banning: we soffered a heavy banning on 5th and 7th of June, on 5th it was not possible to tp easily FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS."

Ilia, we were not banned from any place: not on the 5th nor the 7th. The locations we were at the 5th were CPSL Hq and SLDM Hq, for the parties, and we didnt ban anybody of course. We werent even banned from WSE, the fourth location on the 7th, where we did get attacked...

>> "Sorry,.., two days of bugs??!!"

Uhmm...Yeah...I wish it were two days, but SL is buggy for ages now.

>> "Call to different groups : more people than declared lefty people could be interested on progresist issues, and of course to be on a antiG8 demo."

Agreed. The parties organized on the 5th, at CPSL and SLDM Hq were partly meant for this purpose; we made them as public events, so to be seen and attended by anyone, to spread the word of the big protest on the 7th.
About these parties was some misunderstanding tho, as some thought we were demonstrating at those locations...Anyway, this caused a spontaneous demo at Reuters, which is more than fine...

The schedule of the protest on the 7th was distributed amongst many groups and people...it is not that this was kept secret or something, but of course this could have been done more.

Re the commitment-topic, yes I agree, we can ask more commitment of some of the members of respective groups.
Another important commitment imo is the will to work together...the will of groups to work together for a common cause and maximum impact. Imo, this is what with certain groups is missing a bit...

I am sure there will be more talk about this, so I will leave it to this for now...

Smoke