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London Message to Syntagma

In this time of great confusion, political apathy and misinformation we are compelled to respond dynamically to issues that affect us all as citizens of the world, as human beings.

We EXPRESS OUR SOLIDARITY to Syntagma Square and, together, we call for the RE-ENFORCEMENT of the network of the Real Democracy Now groups across Europe.

1) We CONDEMN the propaganda of the major mainstream media who do not tell the truth about Greece, claiming that the violence was started by the protesters while there are numerous sources confirming that the Greek police act oppressively against the crowd, use prohibited tear gases, punish and beat protesters without reason, attack stores and arrest even those who do not participate in the protests. The crackdown of June 29th was in fact a chemical warfare against protesters.

We CONDEMN the actions of the Greek government: 1) The introduction of the IMF-EU-ECB Troika’s demands against the wishes of the Greek people. 2) The stance of the vice president of the government Theodoros Pagalos for calling the majority of the Greek people “crooks” while he openly declared that if instability continues the army should be called to protect the banks from the people. We wonder who will protect the people from the cannibalistic power of the banks.

Spain and Greece have been trapped within cultural stereotypes, cultivated by the mainstream mass media and people are led to believe that this economic mess has to do with our cultural habits. Of course we recognise our failure to identify the warnings in time, as before now we chose to ignore the problems and refused to see that we were being led into a destructive financial death-trap for the sake of private banks and global speculators. Hence, we call for the people to RISE UP and despise apathy and consumerism. It is time to take the future in our hands, ending the power of capitalism over our lives, both economically and politically

What we are experiencing, is the vicious application of a disastrous economic model in the EU, in the most undemocratic and provocative way while the political leaders do their best to keep the people misinformed and therefore easily manipulated. The current socio-political system aims to maximize the profit and socialize the cost.

2) We stand by the side of the SPANISH INDIGNADOS who were and always are a great influence and inspiration, by the FRENCH people and all those who go through difficult times, by the people of IRAN who fight against their oppressive regime, by the TUNISIANS and EGYPTIANS who showed the way to freedom, by the people of SYRIA, BAHRAIN, YEMEN, MOROCCO… the struggle is common.

3) We send our solidarity, also, to the people of CHILE who are struggling against the privatisation of schools and universities. During 2011 numerous student protests took place across the country, but the media kept silent about it. The Chilean people have a long history of fights against exploitation, one of the most notable being the fight against the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Under neoliberal politics, only a few privileged will enjoy social benefits, the privatization of education will shatter the dreams of the entire youth and condemn future generations to illiteracy.

4) We believe in a global political system of EQUAL PARTICIPATION for all citizens in political life, which should be the dominant value of human society, instead of money, productivism and economism.

5) There is an English saying ‘to take the bull by both horns’. In response to the crisis, we now see both the politics of nationalism and European state-federalism rearing their ugly heads. Nationalism, however intended is divisive, racist, fascist even and therefore ultimately undemocratic. With global capital now dictating each country’s policies, the Treaty of Westphalia has run its course. At the same time, we REJECT any political union foisted on us by the European state as a solution to the crisis, which will only damage each country further by following the same FAILED neo-liberal / global capitalist-led model.

6) Instead, we will replace and transform these bankrupt institutions with democratic People’s Assemblies.

7) Let us now call for People’s Assemblies everywhere! To express our common, local sovereignty, the means to build a new society that supports people and planet, while ALSO forcing each nation to join as one, to take on the global hegemon. For only then, when global capital is superceded by people power will poverty, famine, war and planetary destruction come to an end.

ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE

I think I can change things.
I think I can help.
I know that together we can.
For peace, equality and freedom

Real Democracy Now – London International Assembly

The articlle is also available in Greek 


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Minutes: Trafalgar Square Assembly –17th of July 2011

An assembly of 40-50 people took place yesterday, the 17th of July, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in Trafalgar square (central London) consisting of the Spanish and Greek Real Democracy Now teams,  and individuals from France, Chile, and Iran. British activists were also present.

Below are the minutes

The proposals:

1) It was agreed to prepare a banner.

2) It was proposed to start communication with members from different parts of the UK. On October 15th, 15m activists will call for a global day of Real Democracy. On November 5th, there is a plan to march in London. (This issue will be discussed next week)

As it was planed, some of the participants spread news from around the world. «We are not here only for Democracy, we are here for solidarity as well»

Real Democracy Now spreads in Israel. In Tell Aviv about 200 people participated in an assembly, while hundreds attended in Jerusalem. (Find our more here)

In Paris, approximately 100-200 «outraged», from all over France participated. Direct action resistance in a peaceful way took place against banks.

In Greece things are calm at the moment because of holidays. The Mayor of Athens has threatened to evacuate the square where the groups of «Real Democracy Now» are gathered. The situation in Greece looks more like a dictatorship. There has been a new law that allows the police to enter the universities, which were considered protected spaces (asylum) until now. There have been threats against freedom of speech in the blogosphere.

In Chile last week there was a student protest. This week there will be a new protest where both students and workers will join. Chile is struggling against privatization of schools, universities and mines.

Activists from Britain sent greetings to Syntagma square. In the UK the police and the Media system are among the biggest problems. The British political system is a blackmailing system, based on bullying, intimidation, harassment… The crisis is not only economical, it is also political. We have to counter the ideas of the establishment. We have many things in common with other countries. This is a common crisis.

Some of the ideas expressed:

-We are trying to bring together people in a real democracy, where everybody participates. We are trying to create something new.

-The revolution is inside you. We don’t need somebody to tell us what is right or wrong. We don’t need authority. The police is against us.

-Everything started from Tunisia. Unemployment is a problem. What has happened in Greece shows a tension within the EU which was known (tension between the central European countries and the periphery). We must fight against this regime but we must be very careful of what comes next.

-This is a world issue. The major problem is power and wealth which is concentrated in the hands of few. Poverty and unemployment as well, poor wages and housing. Lack of freedom, dictatorships… Representative democracy is not real democracy. The Media are in the hands of few. Hierarchy causes the problems and capitalism.

-The problem is not economic. It is political. Political power should be spread equally to all. We need egalitarianism and a political system able to introduce new dominant values. The current dominant values are money and accumulation of capital. But we need to replace this with the necessity for political participation, in order to avoid class divisions. We must institute the society based on new democratic principles. We need social and individual autonomy.

-Nowadays the only movement that exists is the anarchist movement. Regarding anarchists: In 1936 in Spain the anarchists achieved to organise a fairer society. That movement was crashed. Also Libertarian socialism, is a socialism where an individual can choose freely to become a part of the society, where citizens have the control of the resources. No central authority. We have to think about that in an international level.

-There was also a discussion regarding a solidarity letter to Syntagma square and all the countries that are fighting tough austerity measures, injustice, dictatorships or authoritarian regimes. (The manifesto will be available soon).

A debate regarding «Direct Democracy» and the way it worked in ancient Athens took place as well.


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Spain: Residents of Lavapiés chased away the police / Ισπανία: κάτοικοι του Lavapiés απομάκρυναν την αστυνομια

 

EN: 5-7 Madrid – More than 100 residents of Lavapiés (a central district of the city) stopped an anti-immigrant police operation which was in complete coordination with the security «safeguards» of the subway station. The residents reacted immediately to the racist challenges of the police and by demonstrating peacefully they managed to expel the forces of repression from their neighbourhood and, consequently, to prevent possible arrests.

In the video below: Some of the most notable slogans: «El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido» (people united will never be defeated», «ningún control sin contestación» [no (police) control to remain unanswered], «vuestra represión, nuestra dignidad» (your repression, our dignity)…

EL: 5-7 Μαδρίτη – Περισσότεροι από 100 κάτοικοι του Lavapiés (κεντρική συνοικία της πόλης) διέκοψαν τον επιχείρηση «σκούπα» μεταναστών που πραγματοποιούνταν στο μετρό της περιοχής η αστυνομία σε συνεργασία με την ασφάλεια του μετρό. Οι κάτοικοι αντέδρασαν αμέσως στις ριατιστικές προκλήσεις της αστυνομίας, και διαδηλώνοντας ειρηνικά, κατόρθωσαν να απομακρύνουν τις δυνάμεις καταστολής από την περιοχή τους, εμποδίζοντας έτσι τις προσαγωγές.

Ακούστηκαν συνθήματα όπως: «El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido» (λαός ενωμένος ποτέ νικημένος), «ningún control sin contestación» (κανένας έλεγχος αναπάντητος), «vuestra represión, nuestra dignidad» (η καταστολή σας, η αξιοπρέπειά μας)…


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Announcement of the Greek Assembly in London / Ανακοίνωση της Συνέλευσης του Λονδίνου

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En: We met at the Royal Festival Hall today July 12, 6-7 people. It was an informal discussion rather than an assembly. What we agreed on is that since most of us will be away for 2 or more weeks during the summer we will not be holding Greek assemblies for now, but we will be joining the Spanish at Trafalgar Square every Sunday at 6pm. We all agreed that we will continue the Greek assemblies in September, depending always on the news from Greece and the actions and decisions of Syntagma Square.

Tomorrow 13/7 at 7pm some of us will join the Spanish at their meeting at the Royal Festival Hall and at the following event (screening of the film The Inside Job) on Thursday: Event (here)

The Greek Assembly of London


Gr: Στη σημερινή συνάντηση (συζήτηση παρά συνέλευση) στο Royal Festival Hall συμφωνήθηκε πως εφόσον οι περισσοτεροι θα λείπουμε για 2 ή και περισσότερες βδομάδες κατά τη διάρκεια του καλοκαιριού, δεν θα συνεχίσουμε τις Ελληνικές συνελεύσεις για τώρα. Υπάρχει επιθυμία από όλους να συνεχίσουμε τις Ελληνικές συνελεύσεις το Σεπτέμβριο και επίσης να βρισκόμαστε σταθερά με τους Ισπανούς στην Τραφάλγκαρ κάθε Κυριακή.

Αύριο 13/7 στις 7μμ όσοι μπορουμε θα παμε στη συνέλευση των Ισπανών στο Royal Festival Hall και την Πέμπτη στο παρακάτω event: (link)

Η Συνέλευση του Λονδίνου

Minutes: Trafalgar Square Assembly –10th of July 2011

A small assembly of 40-50 people took place yesterday, the 10th of June, between 6.30pm and 8.15pm in Trafalgar square (central London) consisting of the Spanish and Greek Real Democracy Now teams. British activists were also present.

Below are the minutes:

It was agreed to send minutes and report what we do to www.takethesquare.com
It was reiterated who we are and what we are doing in Trafalgar Sq.
The speaker did not turn up so we decided to open a discussion on an improvised agenda.
The issue of why there are not more non-Spanish people joining us was raised. Perhaps the Trafalgar assembly name should be considered.
The proposal for the day’s agenda was to carry on the subjects suggested in the forum during the week. Greece and the Gaza flotilla. It was agreed.

The assembly was given a brief update on the situation in Greece during the previous week:
– The Sintagma Square assembly is still there, a bit reduced in numbers.
– The Greek government has announced more austerity measures, job decreases and they will apply more public services cuts. They also announced that the Greek state will hire 4000 more cops.
– Part of the flotilla left Greece (2 or 3 boats).
– On the 3rd of July they had an assembly in Athens and they made a statement about investments made in Greek services and they decided to boycott those companies. There was a proposal to stand behind this boycott to show our support to the Greeks.

The date for the next meeting of the Greek assembly was announced, and everybody was invited to assist: Tuesday the 12th at 7 PM at the Royal Festival Hall, in Southbank.

A debate was started on Greece and the possible solutions to resolve the country’s situation. Several opinions were voiced leading to a talk about the EU. The question ‘should Greece withdraw from the EU?’ was raised.

These were the opinions expressed:
– The EU is not the problem, the problem is the lack of democracy. We need to learn to build a new system to live more sustainably. All systems that have been tried before communism, capitalism, all failed. We need new ideas outside the system to build a better way of living. Exchange of things, local sustainable crops, …
– The problem being the north of Europe does not like Greeks, that would create a problem for migration.
– We need to support Syndagma Square and everything that happens there. Keep up with their news and give our support.
– There are ways around the EU we could try, for instance if you have a million signatures you can propose things to the EU.
– The EU imposes austerity measures without asking the people, they should carry out referendums.
– We have other problems besides the EU, institutions like the IMF and the World Bank imposed the same measures in South America. The important thing is to build a movement to go forwards.
– People in Greece should recover their power and be able to change the things that the EU are imposing.
– The EU at the moment is about a Central Bank controlling the periphery, countries in the periphery are all going to suffer.
-The EU was set up precisely for what they are doing now: Greece is an experiment, then Italy and Spain, Portugal… EU for citizens is a good idea but this is not what we have now.
– We need direct democracies, representative democracy does not work.

Some general ideas on the assemblies movement were also expressed:

– The cycle keeps repeating, the poor are poorer and the rich are richer. We need a movement that encourage participation.
– We should think of where are we going to, think how to get people more involved,
– Local assemblies, neighbourhood based.
– We need to set deadlines to focus and set a direction. We should think of proposals for demonstrations
– We should start thinking about the 15th of October.

Some proposals were made for the near future:
– Build a working group to find out what are the mechanisms within the existing system we could use to change things.
– Build a working group on what we can do in terms of actions.
– Build a working group to look at alternative societies.
– Build a working group to investigate Participative Democracy models that already exist.

The assembly reminded that we need to take into account the human resources we have to carry out the proposals.

It was agreed by consensus to build a working group to investigate Participative Democracy models that already exist. We have 4 volunteers for this working group, they will do research over the week and will share what they find with the assembly. However everybody should do their own research in order to gather as much information as we can. We will discuss this topic in the next assembly.

The assembly was invited to use the documents form the 15M Madrid assembly and there was a suggestion on an open source software called Piratepad (www.piratepad.net) which is a tool for text editing and sharing online.

The assembly was reminded that we need to bring banners to the Trafalgar Square assemblies.


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