[Marxism] Blockupy Frankfurt!

Angelus Novus fuerdenkommunismus at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 25 16:15:03 MDT 2012

An important demo in the belly of the Euro-austerity beast.  I encourage all European comrades who can afford the bus ticket to mobilize:

#Blockupy for Global Change
Transnational Call to Action in Frankfurt, May 16-19 

International Solidarity in Our Common Struggle  

We are calling for massive protests in Frankfurt this May 
against the crisis regime of the European Union.  We are activists 
representing a multitude of movements and struggles from different 
European countries and elsewhere, who have risen up in the past months 
and years to protest the assaults on our freedoms, jobs, and livelihoods that have become fiercely intensified in the global crisis.  We have 
joined together and shared our struggles and experiences, and we have 
realized that in a multitude of local forms, we are fighting the same 
fight.  Like never before, our movements are starting to strengthen each other: a truly transnational opposition is beginning to emerge.

Directly following the global action days on 12M and 15M, where we will protest in our own cities and regions, our transnational 
struggles will join together in Frankfurt, the European hub of global 
capitalism and the place of origin of the distress and misery that 
dictatorship of the markets has caused for millions of people.
We are protesting the widespread impoverishment and denial of 
democratic rights occurring in the Eurozone as part of a global systemic crisis.

In the periphery of the EU we are experiencing the extreme 
effects of politics pushed for by the governments of Germany and France 
and enacted by institutions representative of global capitalism: the 
ECB, IMF, EU, and their imposed technocratic governments.  Millions of 
us have been impoverished and driven to misery by austerity and 
structural adjustment programs, the denial of labor rights and the 
slashing and privatization of public services, such as education, 
healthcare, and welfare.  We are experiencing the looting of human and 
natural resources by supposedly democratic institutions!

Yet these processes are only the most evident sign of the 
precarization of working and living conditions experienced in all of 
Europe and beyond.  Our social uprisings, traversing the internal 
borders of the EU, are the expression of indignation acting outside 
every form of political representation.  As representative democracy 
fails, we leave it behind, creating our own democratic practices in 
everyday struggles against exploitation.

We are experiencing global migration as another clear sign of 
the refusal of this transnational system of exploitation, its border 
regimes and violent wars.  It is devastating our earth and basic 
livelihood.  The situation is urgent: we are facing a human-made climate disaster!

Yet in Europe and beyond, we are also experiencing the 
emergence of political movements that are challenging the everyday 
exploitation of people and the earth, the social fragmentation, 
precarization, and racism that pretend to divide and then weaken us.  By creating connections among these movements and making ourselves visible and powerful, we are attempting to practice a real democracy right now.  In Frankfurt, we have the opportunity to make these connections real, 
and to empower local struggles on a transnational level.  We will 
blockade a crucial center of global capitalism, learning from what we 
watched in Oakland and the Occupy movement in the United States, who in 
turn learned from the revolutions across North Africa, the Middle East, 
and the Indignados of Southern Europe.  Let us bring our movements 
together in solidarity to continue the fight!  Let us not miss this 
opportunity to set the agenda to reinvent our common future!

On May 17 we will occupy parks and main squares in the city 
center with our tents to create spaces for discussion and exchange.  On 
May 18 we will advance from different points toward the financial 
district: our vision is a full blockade of the ECB and all the other 
important financial institutions in Frankfurt to stop their running 
business.  On May 19 we will show our magnitude in a mass demonstration 
and make it known that we will not allow our societies to be destroyed 
by financial institutions.

May 16 -- arrival and actions at the ECB board meeting
May 17 -- OCCUPY the financial district, asambleas, cultural program
May 18 -- BLOCKADE the ECB and major banks
May 19 -- MASS international demonstration
+ create local and regional planning groups + spread infos and stay tuned + come in masses +
 For more information, <blockupy-frankfurt.org>; <17to19m.blogsport.eu>.

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