30 November 2020, Monday, 4:05
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Strikers Are Winning Information War

Strikers Are Winning Information War

It is important to convince the undecided of three things.

Conflicting information about the scale of the strikes comes from different cities of Belarus. This is natural, since there is an information war going on. The main goal of the authorities in this war is to sow discord between the strikers and those who have not yet decided. Lukashenka's propagandists take advantage of people's ignorance of what a strike is in the modern economy. After all, our ideas about strikes are based either on the experience of other eras, or on the example of countries with a completely different history and a different political system. For example, many people think that the strike of a shopping center in Lida is less important than a strike at a huge tractor factory. This is not the case.

First, let's be mindful of economic chains. For example, the Zhlobin metallurgists stopped shipping their products - transport companies immediately face problems, especially since gasoline prices have jumped again. That is, the likelihood that the transport workers will also protest immediately increases. Secondly, even if the workers were forced to work under the duress, and the same MAZ works, then it costs, - how will the market react? It is already known how the authorities reacted: they are in a panic.

But Belarusians are remarkable because they are perfectionists and want a general strike in full. Therefore, you will have to learn on the go and remember a little theory.

According to the theory of strikes, a general strike is one in which about 90% of workers are involved. It should be lightning fast and short-lived, because it is difficult to keep such a bar for a long time. Its main idea: the owner will be so afraid of losses that he will immediately enter into negotiations through intermediaries. But in a strike with political demands, in a dictatorship, there are no intermediaries. In such conditions, careful preparation is required. It includes working hard with the undecided and mutual control of the participants - knowing exactly who is where, what pressure they are being subjected to, and much more. It is important to convince the undecided of three things. 1) A strike is the only way to get things done. 2) Achieving the goal is real indeed. 3) The majority is already protesting, and those who hesitate can only join, they are not required to be pioneers.

Now the question is: what if there were no conditions for good preparatory work? Answer: tell yourself that the preparation has just begun, that is, what is happening is learning. But such a study that can already produce results. Returning to theory, the following points can be highlighted.

First. The first success is very important. For example, you can hold a strike with a local purpose - to reinstate dismissed workers at work or to release arrested colleagues. Such a strike can be won, and it is an invaluable experience that everyone else learns from. This is done today, for example, by doctors.

Second. Choose those enterprises and those industries where there is the greatest chance of organizing a strike for all workers. And the purpose of the pickets is to show that the strikers constitute the overwhelming majority, even if there are not so many people employed at this enterprise. Let it be small, but everyone participates and demonstrates it. An example is yesterday's strike of pizza chains.

Third. Select spheres where the effect is immediately noticeable. In the modern economy, this is, first of all, the service sector. What a strong effect it was yesterday when GUM mall just closed a couple of hours earlier! All news agencies, including Russian ones, immediately reported this.

Fourth. People overcome difficulties in different ways. The greatest chances of success, as in many countries, are where the majority of employees are former military personnel, veterans, or single, confident young people who do not need to feed their families and who can easily find other jobs if necessary.

And most importantly, no regime can change the objective economic and sociological laws, and these laws in Belarus now bring the general strike closer and allow the people to win the information war.

Grigory Melomedov, "Echo of Moscow"