„We’re gonna stand up and we’re gonna fight back.“

Respekt. Die beste Rede, die ich seit Jahren gehört habe.

Falls irgendwer gelegentlich dem Impuls zu verfallen droht, die jungen Leute heute wären nicht mehr so wie.. [bitte einsetzen.] – das hat sich hoffentlich nach diesen 5 Minuten erledigt. Großartig.

Anlass übrigens waren die SchülerInnen- und StudentInnen-Demos in Großbritannien gegen die Verdreifachung der Studiengebühren.

Well, I might be in detention a week and the school might not be very happy but we sure showed something much bigger last Wednesday. K, sorry. You know, this was meant to be the first post-ideological generation, right? This was meant to be the generation that never thought of anything bigger than our Facebook profiles and our TV screens. This was meant to be the generation where the only thing that Saturday night meant was X-Factor.

I think now that claim is quite ridiculous. I think now that claim is quite repulsive. Now we’ve shown that we are an ideological as ever before. Now we’ve shown that solidarity and comradeship and all those things that used to be associated with students are as relevant now as they’ve ever been.

You know, the most incredible thing that happened on Wednesday — I went down, I thought I was gonna go down on lunch break and then get back in time for lessons. Perhaps I should have known they’d put the guy in charge of the G20 in charge. Perhaps I should have been more concerned for my life than whether I was gonna get down for lessons, but, ah, but when tried to get out and I was told it was a sterile? area by police officers standing and not letting anyone out, I thought well that’s why we need a university education. If we don’t get one we end up in police uniforms.

You know, when I was kettled in there I was with thousands and thousands of school students who’d come down with their ties around their heads and their school uniforms and yeah they were cold, who’d come down, who’d never been on a protest before, who’d never joined a political party or been involved in a political movement before, Who didn’t have any economic knowledge or political degree. But they were there because they believed in something. They were there because they believed in something bigger and they were there because they knew that either — you know there weren’t a million choices, there were two choices — either they laid down and took whatever the government threw at them or they stood up and fought back.

And so those school students who’d never been involved in anything before stood up and they fought back.

And when they were in that kettle, being kettled in by police, you know, the word went round as we were sitting huddling round fires sharing out what little food we had and the word went round, people said, we know what they’re up to. We know that they don’t think we’re a danger to the public. I’m fifteen-years old, people there were as young as thirteen. We know they don’t think we’re going to run riot though the streets of London. We know what they’re up to. They think that if they kettle us now we’re not going to come in a demonsration ever again.

Well let the word go out from today, people said, let the word go out about next Tuesday. Let the word go out about next Week, and next month and next year that they can’t stop us demonstrating. They can’t stop us fighting back. And however much they try to imprison us on the streets of London, those are our streets and we will always be there to demonstrate. We will always be there to fight.

People who had always thought that the police were just those people at the other end of the telephone line to help if there was a burglary, people who had always thought that the media were just those friendly newspaper men there to give them that unbalanced picture of the facts, people learned a lot last Wednesday. People learned a lot as they huddled round fires and then emerged from that kettle to see headlines like “Vandals” on the Evening Standard that afternoon. People learnt a lot when a police van was left in the middle of the road so that the police could tow it away and show the whole public that, look what vandals these people are. People learned a lot.

So the message that goes out from last Wednesday is very clear. We are no longer that post-ideological generation. We are no longer that generation that doesn’t care. We are no longer that generation that’s prepared to sit back and take whatever they give us. We are now the generation at the heart of the fight back. We are now the generation that will stand with everyone who’s fighting back.

The most inspiring thing, I think, was that just after Wednesday, hundreds of people joined a Facebook group, school students joined a Facebook group in solidarity with RMT members on strike. Those are people who previously thought Tubes [ subway ]strike was something annoying because it stopped them getting into school. Now they think they’ve got to link arms and fight back with everyone.

So we want to show solidarity with everyone who’s fighting back. We hope you’ll show solidarity with us and send a strong message to this government that they can’t throw their cuts at us. We’re gonna stand up and we’re gonna fight back.

(thanks to peacearena.org)

8 thoughts on “„We’re gonna stand up and we’re gonna fight back.“

  1. Wirklich gute Rede, und ich hoffe dass er recht behalten wird.

    Doch bin ich mir nicht sicher, inwiefern die Britische Gesellschaft wirklich bereit ist sich mit den protestierenden zu solidarisieren. Mein Eindruck als jemand der das aus nächster Nähe betrachten kann ist, dass dies momentan nicht der Fall ist.

    Spricht man mit den Menschen auf der Straße, heißt es oft, dass die Studenten dass doch nur für sich selbst machen, doch eh genug von einem Studium profitieren und bei den Protesten nur Chaos anrichten. Auch innerhalb der Studenten gibt es einen großen Teil, der sich nicht mit den protestierenden solidarisiert.

    Jetzt scheint sich gerade ein Fenster aufzutun, bei dem am Ende eine funktionierende Protestkultur im UK die Politik wenn auch nicht kurzfristig, zumindest längerfristig beeinflussen kann – aber nur wenn sie auf die breite Basis der Bevölkerung zurückgreifen kann. Ob sie diese Chance ergreifen wird? Ich kann es nur hoffen…

  2. @kees
    Ich habe erst gedacht, dass Du das auf ziemlich doofe Weise ironisch gemeint haben könntest, da Jody McIntyre ja nicht gerade fließend sprechen kann. Aber dann wurde mir klar, dass der Mensch unglaublich cool auf die ganzen Anwürfe reagiert und statt in die Fallen zu dappen jedes Mal einfach insistiert, es ginge um mehr. Danke für den Link.

    I thought you just wanted to make a bad joke about Jody McIntyre, because his speaking can not be called ‚fluently‘ – but then I realised that he reacts unbelievable cool to all the slanderous remarks insisting that asking if he or others had been violent is completely beside the point. Thanks for linking.

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  4. Hallo Anne,

    das Video ist weg.. hat noch jemand eine Kopie… ich wollte da grade drauf verlinken

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