The A-Cyclists group was one of the first anarchists' organisations in Warsaw in the 1980s. The group was established around the year 1987-1988 by the teenagers from Warsaw's secondary schools, especially the one for the so-called "difficult youth". The A-Cyclists collective was relatively small, from a few to about dozen of members, but tens or even hundreds of participants gathered in the actions organised by the group. Members of the A-Cyclists group had different experiences, from engagement into hard-core punk music and alternative culture to participation in the demonstrations organised by the "Solidarity" union, Freedom and Peace movement, and Polish Socialist Party-Democratic Revolution fraction. Some of them for the first time committed to the political activism.
The A-Cyclists group has never been institutionalised nor has their archive collected by the group since 1988. The collective chose to be an unofficial, informal cooperation of young anarchists. They organised political demonstrations and street happenings as well as created alternative art, theatre, and poetry. Their regular meeting and discussions took place at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw. In 1989 A-Cyclists participated in the occupation of the University of Warsaw set up as an element of the strive to the legitimization of the Independent Students' Union. The anarchists several times fought in the street battles against police forces, they also combated the skinheads and neo-Nazis.
The climax of A-Cyclists' activities took place on years 1989-1991 when the dramatic and unprecedented events of transition from the state socialism toward capitalist liberal democracy gave young people the hope that there is a possibility for the revolution against both socialism and capitalism. After 1991 majority of the group got involved in the Anarchist Federation while the others resigned from the political activism at all.
Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland
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