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Apr 17, 2007

After the first meeting during the Global Meeting in Venice (that took place at the end of March 2007), people from various Social Centers (Italy) and people from the Antiauthoritarian Movement (Greece) called the International Meeting during the 3rd G8-Action-Conference in Rostock, Germany.


STATEMENT
We met today on the 14th of Αpril, we are people of different territories and countries of Europe. We participate in the third Action Conference against the G8 Summit in Rostock. Several of us took part in the Global Meeting organized on the 31th of Μarch in Venice, where we began to coordinate on an European level. Facing our committements to participate in the protest and actions against the G8 summit, we want to share some agreements about borders control and freedom of movement.

We state that:

1) All human beings must have a freedom of movement in a Europe and in a world without borders.

2) We refuse any control, repression and ban used by European polices to stop peoples moving toward the protest against the G8, and we reject any classification and discrimination between protesters.

3) We will express solidarity to people facing problems at the borders and we will coordinate efforts to guarantee the right of movement through the first week of June.

4) A political Europe already exists and it's based on border control and capitalistic economy, instead we are building another Europe of equality, justice and equal rights for all.

5) We call for actions of solidarity on embassies, consulates, Goethe-Institutes, German enterprises all over Europe and the world. In this context we will respect every form of action and protest.

This text has been discussed and supported by participants from Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, France, U.K., Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Netherlands, U.S.A. and Canada.


We will be everywhere!

Rostock, April 14th 2007

International Meeting against G8-Summit

Links:
www.globalproject.info/art-11817.html
www.resistance2003.gr
www.2007-g8.tk
www.heiligendamm2007.de/index_en.html


About and against the G8-Summit 2007
www.2007-g8.tk
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Posted: Apr 17, 2007 6:38am
Apr 17, 2007
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: United States

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwHlbBbZNT4

Is anyone from care2 going? Please let me know...

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Posted: Apr 17, 2007 5:03am
Apr 13, 2007
Focus: Government
Action Request: Various
Location: Canada
**Info events in Montreal and Torornto: Please distribute through your networks in Canada**


On the International Day for Peasant Struggles ...

Showdown in Germany: Resistance to the G8 Continues
Montreal Stop of Canadian Info-Tour

Tuesday, 17 April, 7pm
LOCATION

(((Presentation in English. Whisper translation to French.)))

Although the North American "anti-globalization" movement was displaced
by post-September 11 agendas, the movement in Europe
has continued to evolve and gain momentum.

Kriss Sol is an Amsterdam-based organizer with the Netherlands
component of the "Dissent! Network of Resistance". He will be in Montreal as
part of an info-tour
about the G8 summit taking place in Germany this summer. Kriss will provide
an analysis of the issues, give an overview of
the mobilization against the G8 that is taking place across Europe, and lead
a discussion about the importance of the European movement to North American
organizers. Kriss will also show some short films made for this summer's
anti-G8 mobilization.

RESISTANCE TO THIS SUMMER'S G-8 SUMMIT IN GERMANY

This year, during the first week of June, the G8 leaders will meet in the
German resort of Heiligendamm, close to Rostock. To guarantee the security
of their meeting, the superpowers will surround the resort with a 2-meter
tall and 13-kilometer long security fence. The base of
the fence will be sunk 1 meter deep into the ground. In total, they will
invest 12.5 million Euros in barbed wire and cement.

In the face of capitalism's politics of enclosure, European activists
will draw upon all they've learned since Genoa in order to throw a wrench
in the gears. Combining mass anti-summit initiatives with tactical mobility
and decentralization, the planned actions promise to address the
shortcomings of previous anti-summit protests and to raise the bar for
coordinated resistance.

More information about Dissent Network:
http://dissentnetzwerk.org/node/73

More information about the Montreal stop in the info-tour:
tel. 514 222 0205

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Block the Empire Montreal
bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca
http://blocktheempire.blogspot.com

*********

P U B L I C F O R U M (Toronto)

Showdown in Germany: Resistance to the G8 Continues


Although the North American anti-globalization movement was displaced on the
world stage by post-September 11 warmongering, the movement in Europe has
continued to evolve and gain momentum.

This year, during the first week of June, the G8 leaders will meet for a nice
cup of tea in the German resort of Heiligendamm, close to Rostock. To guarantee
the security of their meeting, the superpowers will surround the resort with a
2-meter tall and 13-kilometer long security fence. The base of the fence will
be sunk 1 meter deep into the ground. In total, they will invest 12.5 million
Euros in barbed wire and cement.

In the face of capitalism’s politics of enclosure, European activists will
draw upon all they’ve learned since Genoa in order to throw a wrench in the
gears. Combining mass anti-summit initiatives with tactical mobility and
decentralization, the planned actions promise to address the shortcomings of
previous anti-summit protests and to raise the bar for coordinated resistance.

What can North American activists learn from the European experience?

Join Kriss Sol – an Amsterdam-based organizer with the Netherlands component of
the "Dissent! Network of Resistance" – as he provides:

- An overview of the anti-G8 mobilization

- An analysis of the issues confronting activists, and

- A summary of the lessons that North American organizers
can learn from the European situation.


Thursday, April 19 | 7:00 pm | 519 Community Centre (Church + Wellesley)


This Public Forum is brought to you by:
Autonomy and Solidarity <<http://auto_sol.tao.ca>>
and "Upping the Anti: a Journal of Theory and Action"
For more information, contact: uppingtheanti@gmail.com


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Posted: Apr 13, 2007 9:39am
Apr 13, 2007
Focus: Government
Action Request: Think About
Location: Germany
Eight good reasons to block the G8
(By: Affinity Group Wilnis)

An impressive number of groups in Germany and outside is currently
preparing to effectively blockade the G8 summit this June. At least they
will try to, they are, of course countered by a large police force that
will try and stop them.

At carious info-nights about these mobilisation efforts held in the
Netherlands, you often hear people voicing doubts about the use of
blockades. It is sometimes claimed that they “useless”, “a ritual” and
that “summits are only symbols”. Below you will find eight good reasons
for taking part in the blockades and help making them successful.

1) In order to win. Imagine that this time round it will really work! The
big names will, of course, be flown in with a helicopter, but that’s only
a few of them. The lower ranks, especially the personnel, will have to be
brought in by car. Furthermore, you can block a helicopter, too (with hang
gliders, sky rockets&hellip, and on the day of the summit, people have already
announced they will try and block the only big airport in the region. But
again, imagine that it will be a successful blockade; that we are enough
people with enough fantasy, initiative and courage to block the entry
points. Then the G8 summit, where those who are instrumental in
perpetuating global poverty, environmental destruction and neo-liberal
business want to get together and play, will simply fail. Just that day,
remember Seattle?

2) In order to create networks. Summit protests are spaces where countless
groups and individuals join forces who rarely see each other in their
daily lives, let alone organise protests together. We have been divided
into countless one-issue movements which in turn are divided over
strategic and political questions. But during protests against a summit
such as this one, everything comes together and crosses each other. This
cross-fertilisation yields unexpected results.

3) As a school for protest. The protests, the preparations and the action
camps, are spaces in which everyone learns new things. It is a living
school for self-organisation, theory, discussion, action forms, etc.
Helping organising an action camp, witnessing how people who barely know
each other can stop something of that scale in such a short period of time
and under difficult circumstances, is in itself something that everyone
should have experienced at least once in their lifetime. These camps are
also places where people who have just recently decided to become active
against the current world order can come into contact with people who have
been active already for a long time. The blockades and actions can be
astonishing experiences, they can change lives and let people see that we
can change things and that resistance is possible. These experiences are
then used in different places and on different subjects and thereby
disseminated beyond only the summit.

4) For the spin-off effect: the effects of these sort of mass actions are
much bigger than the place and time of the summit. It influences a large
part of the surrounding society, the media, the discussions at the baker’s
and in the bus. Suddenly everyone is talking about the issue, and that
would never happen if the protests would not take place. Of course, not
everyone agrees with the activists, but at least they are discussing the
issues. Compare that with summits that meet with no resistance, which was
common place only a few years ago. Then the media picture presented is
largely that which those in power created, and you would see men in grey
suites shaking hands. But now, WE are in the picture. But the spin-off
goes much further than that: the networks created during the protests,
activists return to their local settings and are inspired to carry on with
their work. Because no one considers these summit protests as the end
point in their lives as political activists; it is but one moment in our
daily campaigns and struggles to change the world. But it is an important
one that can be used well.

5) Ritual and spectacle? The common reasoning that summits are just a
ritualised display of power and serve as a trap which activists step into
by protesting against them is simply not true. The powerful would much
rather meet and discuss in peace. Now they are forced to protect
themselves with an army surrounding them in order to keep off the angry
masses. They have a very hard time, under these circumstances, to
legitimise themselves and their actions and are thereby forced to make all
sorts of pseudo-promises. So this is what we have achieved already. Of
course they also learn from these experiences and activists have to be
inventive to keep up the pressure. It is also important to realise that
summit protests cost activists a lot of time, money and labour, which
could also be invested elsewhere. Hyping militant behaviour can also be
irritating and counter-productive. Much more dangerous, however, is the
ritualisation of powerless political agreement which mainstream NGOs make
with governments, such as symbolic mass demonstrations (round the church
and back). They also cost much time, money and energy, and are, moreover,
painfully boring.

But to be active only at the local level and &lsquoositively’ is also not an
option, the ruling elite will laugh at you and couldn’t care less. Every
now and then, you have to try and come together and score ‘globally’, and
then part again to carry on working at the local level. Also: not all
actions that have taken place many times are also out of date. For
centuries now, workers have gone on strike against their bosses and
strikes are still necessary tools that book results.

6) In order to break out of the often illusionary ‘civil society input’
culture. In order to experience a different reality for a moment (other
than the endless ‘consultation’ model with its ‘civil feedback groups’,
‘stakeholder meetings’, reports, studies and policy recommendations), it
helps to, once in a while, attempt an actual act of resistance without
compromise. Yabasta! It’s enough, in June in Heiligendamm, we had enough
and will try and stop the limousines and dance on their roofs. All this in
the hope that the practice of direct action will effect the negotiations,
because not so long ago this was the case and had actual effect (e.g. in
the squatting, women’s and initially the workers movements&hellip. Fewer things
on earth are more fulfilling than to smash the party of fat cats and stop
them, even if only for a moment, from destroying this planet.

7) For strategic reasons. Although the G8 is an informal meeting at which,
officially, no decisions are taken, the G8 is becoming an increasingly
important forum and, for this reason, is being increasingly
institutionalised. Thousands of politicians and civil servants take part
in it and it is prepared during the whole year by large teams. It is
evident that these sort of meetings form the structure for negotiations
between the most powerful capitalist nations in the world in order for
them to coordinate their policies. Important decisions of other
institutions, such as the WTO, IMF and World Bank, are prepared during
this summit. The ‘system’ will not collapse if they cannot hold one of
their summits, but it makes it all a little more difficult to keep the
machine running smoothlessly. Imagine that each of their gatherings is met
with such resistance. Also ideologically, they are forced into the defence
by this form of mass protest.

8) For international solidarity. We fight against the G8 leaders because
we are suffering from their policies. But we also know that often people
that are hit the worst by them live in the global South, far away from the
cities where the power lies, where the conferences are held and the
offices of the multi-nationals are located. In southern countries it is
often common to resist economic oppression with hand and feet, for which
people pay a high price. Those people also appreciate that also in the
capitalist centres, people actively resist and demand an end to the
desperation and status quo. This is why ‘global’ actions often go hand in
hand with very specific demands around specific issues that all have to do
with the G8 – supporting the Ogoni fighting against Shell in Nigeria,
freeing political prisoners, solidarity with Oaxaca/Chiapas, oppose GMOs,
etc, etc.

But first and foremost 1) in order to win! Those who join can later tell
their grandchildren (or those of the neighbours) that they were there; the
historic beginning of the end of the capitalist nightmare. Heiligendamm,
June 2007, that’s where you have to be, en masse and active!

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For more information on the coming protests see, amongst others,
http://www.dissent.nl


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