Is it a protest or a revolution

Far from revolution

The "Revolutionary May Day Demonstration" in Berlin has been a long way from revolution for many years. The fact that the alliance broadened its position on May 1st by including migrant groups was only to be welcomed. After all, there can be no class struggle without the participation of precariously employed migrant workers. Unfortunately, that didn't change the folkloric character of the event either. In fact, there was no need for a Myfest this year to pacify the protests; in large parts they were more like a run-of-the-mill folk festival than a political event. The fact that anti-Israel slogans were then also left unchallenged by the organizers may have deterred progressive forces. If the police hadn't let the demonstration escalate with their unnecessary intervention, the people would probably have just continued to slap semi-motivated through the streets, would have been happy to finally see their friends again while a few speeches are being made somewhere in the distance and in the front block "Intifada until victory" is called.

All of this has about as much to do with class struggle as this year's Fusion Festival has with holiday communism. If a political event degenerates into an end in itself, one should at some point consider doing something fundamentally different or abandoning it. The satire demonstration in Grunewald, which is enjoying increasing popularity, shows how it's done: Instead of drunks hungry for entertainment who crowd around lit rubbish bins, topics such as property and class relationships, the social question and expropriations are creative and intelligent carried into the masses. One does not have to limit oneself to bourgeois forms of protest, but if one's own work only serves to provide the executive with legitimation for one's own armament, this does not serve the class struggle, on the contrary.

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