1 June 2013

International Call

International Protest on the 1st of June



In Portugal, there are calls for 15 cities. In view of the political instability, the President called a meeting of the State Council to May 20. The platform Que se Lixe a Troika! called a demonstration for that day at the Presidential Palace. The unions confederation CGTP called for the same location for the next Saturday (May 25), a week before the international demonstration.

In the Spanish State (also in English), after the May 12 demo (2nd anniversary of 15M) the movement has its next journey on June 1st. There are news of meetings in several cities across the State.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the Left Front declared in the press their support to the international call and appealled for decentralized actions in the France.

The German Bloccupy movement, that brought together more than 20.000 in Frankfurt a year ago, has joined the call.

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Currently known event list:

Lisbon: https://www.facebook.com/events/457869240969459
London: https://www.facebook.com/events/528002230597504/
Den Haag: https://www.facebook.com/events/445054518919836
Frankfurt: https://www.facebook.com/events/491819860871669
Galiza: https://www.facebook.com/events/169180479912272
Spanish State - Marea Ciudadana: https://www.facebook.com/events/602461973098662
Athens: https://www.facebook.com/events/159972794172427
Paris: https://www.facebook.com/events/304900976308010
Wall St. https://www.facebook.com/events/314432145348912/

United against the Troika Troika Troika: IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank, which together impose austerity measures through the conditions tied to loans to countries in difficulty.

IMF : https://www.ecb.europa.eu/home/html/index.en.html

Europe is under a violent attack by the financial capital, represented by the troika (IMF IMF
International Monetary Fund
Along with the World Bank, the IMF was founded on the day the Bretton Woods Agreements were signed. Its first mission was to support the new system of standard exchange rates.

When the Bretton Wood fixed rates system came to an end in 1971, the main function of the IMF became that of being both policeman and fireman for global capital: it acts as policeman when it enforces its Structural Adjustment Policies and as fireman when it steps in to help out governments in risk of defaulting on debt repayments.

As for the World Bank, a weighted voting system operates: depending on the amount paid as contribution by each member state. 85% of the votes is required to modify the IMF Charter (which means that the USA with 17,68% % of the votes has a de facto veto on any change).

The institution is dominated by five countries: the United States (16,74%), Japan (6,23%), Germany (5,81%), France (4,29%) and the UK (4,29%).
The other 183 member countries are divided into groups led by one country. The most important one (6,57% of the votes) is led by Belgium. The least important group of countries (1,55% of the votes) is led by Gabon and brings together African countries.

European Central Bank
The European Central Bank is a European institution based in Frankfurt, founded in 1998, to which the countries of the Eurozone have transferred their monetary powers. Its official role is to ensure price stability by combating inflation within that Zone. Its three decision-making organs (the Executive Board, the Governing Council and the General Council) are composed of governors of the central banks of the member states and/or recognized specialists. According to its statutes, it is politically ‘independent’ but it is directly influenced by the world of finance.

, EC) and by the successive governments that apply concerted policies with these entities, despising and destroying the people. We know that this offensive is set on breaking the peoples, rendering them slaves of debt and austerity. This offensive crosses Europe and it must be defeated by an international struggle.

Each one of us, in each country, in each city, in each house, with our own specificities, feels directly the measures that annihilate the rights conquered throughout the decades, measures which aggravate unemployment, privatize everything that can make a profit Profit The positive gain yielded from a company’s activity. Net profit is profit after tax. Distributable profit is the part of the net profit which can be distributed to the shareholders. and repel the countries’ sovereignties under the propaganda of “external help”. It is urgent that we join forces to fight-off this attack.

The appeal we launched for a decentralized international protest has circulated through dozens of movements in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany and Slovenia. Several international activists, from different European countries, were present In a meeting on the 26th of April, in Lisbon, where this international proposal was discussed.

In the end, we reached a consensus to launch an international protest for the next 1st of June, under the motto “Peoples United Against the Troika!”.

This is the beginning of a decentralized, inclusive and participatory process. We wish to build it collectively, joining all forces available. Henceforth, the date of the 1st of June will be spread on a European scale, and we urge everyone to join this international protest against the troika and against austerity... for the peoples to take control of their lives.

We urge all citizens, with or without party, with or without a job, with or without hope, to join us. We urge all political organizations, social movements, unions, parties, collectives, informal groups, to join us.

We wish to continue to broaden our contacts, both nationally and internationally, for we are aware that only the sum of our voices can stop the new waves of austerity that are being prepared. The peoples of Europe have demonstrated in several moments that they’re not available for more sacrifices, in the name of a future that will never come. The time has come for a massive demonstration of the capacity of these peoples to coordinate the struggle against these policies.

From the North to the South of Europe, let us take the streets against austerity!

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