Olivier Besancenot och Esther Vivas i Barcelona

I Sverige ställer ArbetarInitiativet (AI) upp i EU-valet. AI är en del av en större europeisk kampanj med kandidatur och stöd i en mängd länder. Däribland Frankrike förstås, med Olivier Besancenot och det parti han är med i, NPA. Besancenot har deltagit i möten i Polen, Portugal och Spanien som en del av den europeiska kampanjen. I Sverige fick vi besök av ett par andra medlemmar i NPA. Marguax Leduc och Virginia Marconi.

ester.jpgHuvudkandidat i den spanska kampanjen är Esther Vivas, 33-årig globaliseringsaktivist från Barcelona. Hon talade tillsammans med Olivier Besancenotett möte i Barcelona i fredags:

The rallies the next day in Barcelona and Madrid were the first campaign meetings for the Anti-capitalist Left (Izquierda Anticapitalista, IA). There were almost 500 members and sympathisers present in Barcelona and more than 700 in Madrid.

Unlike the Left Bloc which already has significant parliamentary and institution representation (8 national MPs and 1 Euro MP), Izquierda Anticapitalista is standing in elections for the first time. It collected more than 18 000 electors’ signatures and 80 from elected representatives in its campaign to get on the ballot. There is already a dynamic campaign: meetings have taken place throughout the Spanish state, support committees are being organised in many new areas, and there is a lot of media coverage. Many personalities from the social and trade-union movements have openly supported the campaign, as have the French group Manu Chao and the British film-maker Ken Loach.

This campaign centres on “Ten Proposals” which were presented by Esther Vivas, spokesperson for the campaign – the two top candidates on the list are women – , which take up the themes of the Action Plan of the European anti-capitalist left, which oppose the bosses’ and governments’ policies which have already made more than 4 million people unemployed, 8000 more each day.

These meetings have shown that there is a new generation of activists emerging, and that an anti-capitalist pole in Europe, particularly faced with the current crisis, is possible, necessary and indispensable.

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