Det är G20-möte i London och till veckoslutet är det NATO-toppmöte i Strasbourg och Baden-Baden. Själv ska jag till Strasbourg för ett möte med andra antikapitalistiska partier, som NPA och BE, för att diskutera en gemensam hållning i EU-valet och till den ekonomiska krisen. Efter det ska jag också gå på ett offentligt möte med Olivier Besancenot och innan jag åker hem på lördagen så hinner jag eventuellt vara med i någon demonstration också. Men inga blockader eller nåt sånt för mig, inte denna gång.
The G20 summit in London next week will be the target of widespread protests, many of which are being organised online. City workers have been warned that they might be targeted and police are preparing a massive security operation. But who are the protesters and what are they planning?
An alliance of anti-capitalist groups organising a carnival, headed by ”Four Horsefolk of the Apocalypse”, which will converge in front of the Bank of England on 1 April.
The organisers’ aims are set on their website: ”G20 Meltdown calls for the G20 ministers to own up to their mistakes and admit that their global dominance – the dominance of finance capitalism – is the problem, not the solution to the current economic, ecological and political meltdown.”
Meltdown’s Facebook group has more details of marches from four London underground stations.
Organisers hope a videoclip on YouTube will help rally protesters to the event.
The group London Anarchists has called on its followers to join in ”fucking up the summit and other adventures”. It is planning action in London on 1 April and at the site of the summit at the ExCel centre in Docklands on 2 April. ”Join thousands of disgruntled, angry, pissed off people on the streets of the financial district. As the bankers continue to cream off billions of pounds of our money let’s put the call out – reclaim the money, storm the banks and send them packing,” reads a statement by the group, published by Ian Bone, founder of the anarchist magazine Class War. [A previous link has been removed due to doubts about its authenticity.]
The latest issue of Class War depicts the former RBS boss Fred Goodwin in a guillotine under the headline ”Ready to Riot”. The Whitechapel Anarchist Group has more details about how word has been spreading about the protests.
The group, which organised previous protests at Heathrow airport, will march on the European Climate Exchange on Bishopgate at 12.30pm on 1 April.
Climate Camp is planning to ”swoop in from different directions and under different means to all arrive within a minute or two of each other. We therefore advise that people meet up with their mates early, and somewhere within easy reach of the Climate Exchange. Then, at the appropriate moment, leave quickly, and timed to arrive at exactly 12:30. You may even want to practice beforehand.”
It has Twitter updates at ClimateCampLdn
The group describes itself as ”a varied bunch of radicals, drawn together by the fickle hand of fate and a joyful determination to build a better world for humanity, our biosphere and all the descendants thereof than the train wreck bequeathed to us by the decadent, decomposing corpse of capitalism”. It is urging supporters to take to the streets on 1 April and the next day for ”the trial and execution by beheading of capitalism featuring the final repentance of the accused for crimes against the planet”.
The anti-war campaign is focusing on Barack Obama’s first presidential visit to Britain to call on the US and UK to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is meeting outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square on 1 April and outside the ExCel centre on 2 April.
This TUC-backed march in London on Saturday (March 28) starts at Victoria embankment and ends in Hyde Park. ”Put People First is a coalition of development charities, trade unions, faith groups, environmentalists and other organisations, formed in response to call for a fair, sustainable route out of recession,” says the website.
A few hundred paces from the ExCel summit, an alternative ”teach-in” will be held at the University of East London. It is aimed at ”everyone who thinks that the bankers and politicians in their pay have been making a mess of things and need to be sacked and replaced”.
It too has a Facebook group with details of the speakers including Tony Benn, Caroline Lucas and Ken Livingstone.
Other online groups and websites planning to take part in various protests include: Billy Bragg Fans at the G20 Meltdown; the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination; the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; Rising Tide, which is organising a Fossil Fools Day; Reclaiming Spaces; and the Socialist Workers’ party.
I Frankrike och Tyskland planeras ockås en mängd olika protester och motseminarium till helgen:
War Resisters’ International is part of the international coalition ”No to war – no to NATO”, calling for protests at the NATO summit in Baden Baden (Germany) and Strasbourg (France) on 3 and 4 April 2009.
This page gives an overview of resources available on the WRI website.
- No to war – no to NATO, international call for protests against the NATO summit, agreed in Stuttgart on 5 October 2008
- Shut down NATO, call for nonviolent action against the NATO summit on 4 April 2009 in Strasbourg.
Action guidelines NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO
Legal information for the actions
- wri-info, 29 March 2009, No. 34, with the third newsletter of NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO
- wri-info, 19 March 2009, No. 33, with the second newsletter of NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO
- wri-info, 25 February 2009, No. 32, with the first newsletter of NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO
- The Broken Rifle, February 2009, No. 81, with a focus on NATO
- The Broken Rifle, September 2008, No.
79, 60 years of NATO are enough!
- Before the NATO summit: Police switches to escalation – the political message of the protest is to be sidelined, press release of NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO, 29 March 2009
- Press release NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO: Open Letter to the police in Strasbourg: Actions of civil disobedience on 4 April, press release of NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO
- Open letter: Actions of civil disobedience in Strasbourg on 4 April 2009, letter to the police in Strasbourg from 17 March 2009
- Block-NATO: Public action training in Strasbourg, 8 March 2009, photos from the public action training in Strasbourg
- Civil Disobedience Training of BLOCK NATO in Strasbourg, press release no 1 of Block-NATO
- No to NATO 2009: What is being planned?, a page giving an overview over the choreography of the NATO summit and the resistance
NO to NATO, NO to WAR
AGENDA in Strasbourg and BADEN-BADEN:
Saturday April 4, 2009 : Demonstration
Thursday and Friday April 2-3, 2009 : International Conference
LIST of Speakers and Workshops here
Wednesday thru Sunday April 1-5, 2009, direct action and civil disobedience and an international resistance camp
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