From January 19 to 26, 2008, the social movements, active in the WSF process assembled in their respective countries for a visible local action as an alternative to the financial globalization. An alternative to World Economic Forum of Davos – a big neoliberal mess - where a small group of rich unilaterally decide the future of the planet.
February 6, 2008.
The CADTM as well as its international network, which is in every day struggle to ensure the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of 1948, could not and neither wished to miss this major event. Hence, in a number of countries, the issues raised made by members of the international network are as under:
Belgium: In the heart of the capital of Europe at the stock exchange, symbol of the dictatorship of capital, 500 people assembled in a collective action on Saturday afternoon, i.e. January 26th, with a slogan “The stock-exchange or the Human Life”. Later, a demonstration in support of 100 illegal immigrants on hunger strike, marched towards the building where the hunger strike was on. The next Tuesday, a SLAM party organised by the Thomas Sankara Group/CADTM, on the theme “Another world is possible/Another Liege also” witnessed a gathering of more than a hundred persons.
Benin: On Friday, January 26, 2008, CADD (member of the CADTM international network) mobilized against the Beninese public debt in front of the ministry of Finance and Economy.
Congo Brazzaville: SOLIDAIRES-CADTM Pointe-Noire organised on 25th and 26th debates around the theme of debt with Clotaire KOUSSOUMANA and Jean Victor LEMVO as speakers. The debates followed with a meeting with three parliamentarians about debt audit.
France: CADTM Grenoble group participated with its own stall (with displays, stands, activities, presentations….) against the logic of war, on Saturday, January 19, in the centre of the city. At Lyon, a gathering took place with forums, debates and campaign stalls.
Guinea Conakry: The citizens’ coalition for the alternatives against debt and development and in defence of the fundamental interests of Guinea (CADIF-Guinea) as well as a number of other social organisations mobilised against the public debt demanding the enactment of the Declaration made at the CADTM West African regional seminar, held at Abidjan from December 19 to 22, 2007.
India: VAK-CADTM participated in a float parade at Mumbai on January 26 focussing on issues of agrarian distress, urban crisis, textile workers’ crises, etc. while on January 24 at Kerala, in the south of the country, Eric Toussaint and Denise Commane (CADTM Belgium) participated in a meeting on “Impact of globalisation on the peasants and the poor” and on January 26, at a union meeting of the fisher folks close to the capital of Kerala Trivandram.
Ivory Coast: On January 25, FNDP made a campaign for mobilisation and sensitisation for the issues “Citizens’ audit for a total & unconditional cancellation of the debt” & “Stakes of the WSF” while on January 26, it organised a press conference to present the gains of the Abidjan Seminar of December (see Les Autres Voix de la Planète n°37)
Mali: CAD Mali in a popular conference dealt with Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) had a turnout of 50 persons.
Morocco: the activists of ATTAC/CADTM Morocco participated from January 25 to 27 at the Global Day of Action and the Moroccan Social Forum mobilisation which had assembled more than 1,400 people. Victor Nzuzi of CADTM, D R Congo and Solange Koné of FNDP-CADTM, Ivory Coast as well as delegates from RAID-CADTM of Tunisia spoke on this occasion.
Mauritania: CS/ASCM for the cancellation of Debt/ Mauritania organised two awareness meetings and various banners that the activists prepared on this issue were displayed at major crossings of the capital.
Niger: RDD in alliance with the Citizens’ Alternative Space Group carried out a debate on Alternative Radio on the issue of debt and the HIPCs (Heavily Indebted Poor Countries)
Pakistan: A Global Week of Action took place. The specific political issues of Pakistan were the central theme of a seminar held by Labour education Foundation.
Democractic Republic of Congo: debates and conferences took place on the financial embezzlement by Mobutu, odious debt (with the students of Kilwa School) and the further plunder of natural resources.
Togo: On Friday, January 25, a conference on the citizen’s audit of debt was held at the West African Social Forum (WASF). On January 26, a rally for the WSF Global Day of Action focussed on the theme “Attack the Debt”. An interview on The Togolese television channel on the EPA took place on 20th. WASF closed on the 27th with a march for peace and against the EPA.
This list of activities of the network is not exhaustive. The significant fact is that beyond these activities, the network has facilitated during the week, a global mobilisation. The week has helped us to strengthen the foundations for a more just and harmonious future. We see January 26 as a symbolic day, the final aim of which is a struggle against an economic recklessness. We hope that, taking all this into account, it’s the engagement of a larger population which is the key to solving a lot of questions for a better world for all.
In order to look at all the actions of this week feel free to visit the website of WSF. You can as well, post your own reports, articles and audiovisual materials: http://www.wsf2008.net/eng