This ad-hoc assembly engages different experiences of political organising and civil resistance against ruling regimes.
The call for this assembly is inspired by the mass protests in Macedonia that kicked off May 5, 2015. That day people rallied for justice and against police brutality. Protests persisted on each consecutive day and grew with demands for resignation of the entire government and criminal charges, building on a years of public outcry over the unjust and discriminating policies and actions by the Macedonian government. Citizens-activists and different organisations had already opened fronts of struggle demanding greater control by the people over institutions that politicians use to make decisions on their behalf. For years now, protests had been held against police brutality, urbanisation, pollution, in defense of students rights and for access to quality public education, demanding equality before public institutions, in the name of social justice and workers’ rights, against homophobia and heteronormative laws and for media freedom.
The contributions to this assembly engage experiences from different spaces to address questions about the growth of civil resistance, the cohesion and modes of representation (who speaks, on whose behalf and towards what were actions directed). In this way we hope to bring to light visions about the distribution of political power, frames of knowledge and actions. To do that, we ask for experiences about people’s struggle against ruling regimes across borders, and in Macedonia. We ask, what was civil resistance directed against and how did it build up, as it was in the making?
The first part of this assembly presents four international perspectives:
- Of struggles, protests and plenums in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Zoran Vučkovac and Emin Eminagić
- (Euro)Maidan is over, the Revolution of Dignity goes on – Olga Zelinska
- Modes of resistance and Tahrir Square – Dina Fergani
- Resistance in Thailand a year after the 2014 coup – Rangsiman Rome
Photo: Vancho Dzambaski