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IMC Solidarity Missing From ESF Assembly of Social Movements Declaration!

imc'ista | 19.10.2004 01:52 | European Social Forum | FBI Server Seizure | Indymedia | Social Struggles | Technology | London

The official ESF website: now has a copy of the call of the assembly of the social movements up on it - you can see this below. However, it has not included the important addition which was added at the final assembly on Sunday 18th October about the support for Indymedia.

On Sunday a Indymedia UK volunteer presented the Indymedia Global Solidarity Declaration / Statement to the Assembly of the social movements, reading through each point, and proposing that the assembly give its support and include that in the final assembly document.

See Global Indymedia Solidarity Declaration:

This proposal recieved overwhelming applause and support.

It was proposed from the chair that a paragraph be added along the lines of 'The Assembly of the Social Movements supports the Indymedia global solidarity statement and condemns the seizure of the indymedia servers as an attack on free speech, press freedom, privacy and the right to communicate, and calls for a full investigation'.

This was agreed in the assembly.

However, after the end of the ESF, the call now published on the official ESF website does not include this statement. This is hopefully an oversight, and I hope this will be corrected asap.


The Call of the Assembly of Social Movements


We come from all the campaigns and social movements, “no vox” organisations, trade unions, human rights organisations, international solidarity organisations, anti-war and peace and feminist movements. We come from every region in Europe to gather in London for the third European Social Forum. We are many, and our strength is our diversity.

Today war represents the harshest and most real face of neoliberalism. The war and the occupation of Iraq, the occupation of Palestine, the massacre in Chechnya, and the hidden wars in Africa are crushing the future of humanity. The war in Iraq was justified by lies. Today Iraq is humiliated and destroyed. Iraqis are prisoners of war and terror. The occupation brought neither freedom, nor better conditions of life. On the contrary, today the supporters of the thesis of “clash of civilisation” are stronger.

We are fighting for the withdrawal of the occupying troops in Iraq, for an immediate halt to the bombing and for the immediate restitution of sovereignty to the Iraqi people.

We support the Palestinian and Israeli movements fighting for a just and lasting peace. Following the judgment of the UN International Court of Justice and the unanimous vote of the European countries in the UN General Assembly we call for an end to the Israeli occupation and the dismantling of the apartheid wall. We call for political and economic sanctions on the Israeli government as long as they continue to violate international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people. For these reasons we will mobilize for the international week of action against the apartheid wall from 9 to 16 November, and for European days of action on December 10 and 11, the anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights.

The destabilisation of global climate poses an unprecedented threat to our children's future and to humanity: We support the call from environmental organisations for international action on climate change in 2005. We support the campaigns against GMOs and for safe agriculture, food and environment.

In February 2005 we will join the actions of protest against the NATO summit in Nice. We oppose the G8’s self-assumed task of global government and neo-liberal policies, and therefore we pledge to mobilise massively on the occasion of the G8 summit in Scotland in July 2005.

We want another Europe which rejects sexism and violence against women and recognises the right to choose an abortion. We support the international day of mobilisation against violence against women on 25 November and the European initiative. We support mobilisation to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March. We support the European initiative on 27/28 May in Marseilles proposed by the World March for Women.

We stand against racism and Fortress Europe and for the rights of migrants and asylum seekers; for freedom of movement; for citizenship of residence and the closing of detention centres. We oppose deportation of migrants. We propose a day of action on 2 April 2005, against racism, for freedom of movement and for the right to stay as an alternative to a Europe based on exclusion and exploitation.

At a time when the draft for the European Constitutional treaty is about to be ratified, we must state that the peoples of Europe need to be consulted directly. The draft does not meet our aspirations. This constitution treaty consecrates neo-liberalism as the official doctrine of the EU; it makes competition the basis for European community law, and indeed for all human activity; it completely ignores the objectives of ecologically sustainable society. This constitutional treaty does not grant equal rights, the free movement of people and citizenship for everyone in the country they live in, whatever their nationality; it gives NATO a role in European foreign policy and defence, and pushes for the militarisation of the EU. Finally it puts the market first by marginalising the social sphere, and hence accelerating the destruction of public services.

We are fighting for another Europe. Our mobilisations bring hope of a Europe where job insecurity and unemployment are not part of the agenda. We are fighting for a viable agriculture controlled by the farmers themselves, an agriculture that preserves jobs, and defends the quality of environment and food products as public assets. We want to open Europe to the world, with the right to asylum, free movement of people and citizenship for everyone in the country they live in. We demand real social equality between men and women, and equal pay. Our Europe will respect and promote cultural and linguistic diversity and respect the right of peoples to self-determination and allow all the different peoples of Europe to decide upon their futures democratically. We are struggling for another Europe which is respectful of workers’ rights and guarantees a decent salary and a high level of social protection. We are struggling against any laws that establish insecurity through new ways of subcontracting work.

We are fighting for a Europe that refuses war, a continent of international solidarity and ecologically sustainable society. We fight for disarmament, against nuclear weapons, and against US and NATO military bases. We support all those who refuse to serve in the military.

We reject the privatization of public services and common goods like water. We are fighting for human, social, economic, political and environmental rights to defeat and overcome the rule of the market, the logic of profit and the domination of the third world by debt. We refuse the use of “war on terrorism” to attack civil and democratic rights, and to criminalise dissent and social conflict.

The European Social Movement supports the national mobilisation of the Italian movement on 30 October to mark the signing of the European Constitutional Treaty – against war, liberalisation and racism, to get the troops out of Iraq and for another Europe. The European Social Movement supports the national mobilisation in Barcelona against the European summit on the European constitution in January 2005. We support the mobilisation on November 11, 2004 against the Bolkestein directive.

At a time when the new European Commission shamelessly boasts a high profile of laissez-faire politics, we must start a process of mobilisation in all European countries in order to impose the recognition of both collective and individual social, political, economic, cultural and ecological rights for men and women alike. To enable all the peoples of Europe to join this process, we must build a movement that overrides our differences and groups all the forces of the peoples of Europe ready to be involved in the struggle against European neo-liberalism.

20th March 2005 marks the second anniversary of the start of the war against Iraq. On 22 and 23 March the European Council meets in Brussels. We call for national mobilisations in all European countries. We call for a central demonstration in Brussels on 19 March against war, racism, and against a neo-liberal Europe, against privatisation, against the Bolkestein project and against the attacks on working time; for a Europe of rights and solidarity between the peoples. We call all the social movements and the European trade union movements to take to the streets on this day.



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20.10.2004 00:43

Considering all the supportive coverage of the ESF through the buid up and during the event that has been on Indymedia as well.

Where else could we have read all those positive stories.



21.10.2004 14:07

Yes, such positive coverage of the ESF on Indymedia. Not.


Lazy trots

21.10.2004 15:40

Can't be bothered to put their own reports up about the ESF, so instead they spend hours moaning about how other people's articles aren't positive enough, or copy and paste the occasional On-Message agitprop from the Socialist Worker site.

Consider this, Dave/Dan/Molly/Barry/pseudonym-of-the-hour: wouldn't it be simpler and quicker just to write your own article depicting your take on the events?

Or are you afraid we'll spot the writing style similarity between all the different fake names, if you post something longer than a paragraph? Seeing as there's only one or two of you posting all this flamebait crap?


A platform for terrorism

21.10.2004 20:23

I would like to understand how it can be that an event which is supposed to be about PEACE and JUSTICE, has, as a major speaker, Gerry Adams. It is only since 1992 that Gerry Adams has calimed that Sinn Fein is a separate organisation to the IRA. The IRA has been responsible for thousands of cowardly murders of innocent people in non-conflict zones. Londoners paid for this conference from their taxes and I see it as an insult that Mr Adams took such a high-profile event at this conference, when it is only recently that there have been evil murderous bombs placed by the IRA in London, such as the Ealing bomb.
Perhaps he thinks we have such short memories that we will just forget. I still remember the 'actor' type slots on the news, where he argued incessantly AGAINST disarmament of the IRA. I am afraid I hated that man and I was only a child then. Perhaps it was because I had already seen my own town- Bournemouth- bombed by the IRA. There is evidence that Mr Adams was a commander in the IRA. This is like having Gadafi doing a spot!
Personally I would have been very interested in the input by Greenpeace and Friends of the earth to this conference and would have paid to go. However I did not go because of the presence of Mr Adams. I am very disturbed that organisations I would consider myself a supporter of have been associated with a person who has in the past condoned terrorism. I do not believe that a person can really change that completely or that quickly. I would like to understand what exactly our Mayor of London's relationship is with this man and why he was at this conference. Please feel free to email me if you feel you would like to explain.

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