Resistance is global
THE revolt against capitalism is gathering pace. On the same day as the Naples protest (see front page) over 500 people demonstrated in Santiago in Chile. They were protesting against the meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank last weekend where Argentinian president de la Rua urged people to stick to IMF dictates.
People across Europe are planning protests at international meetings of government and business leaders in Sweden and Spain in June, and in Genoa, Italy, in July.
Socialist Worker spoke to some of those organising the resistance. RIKKE HOLM reports that the international ATTAC movement, which campaigns for taxing financial speculations, held a huge 1,200-strong meeting in Denmark last month: "The organisers had to turn people away. Suddenly people all over Denmark are discussing global politics. Local ATTAC meetings around the country have attracted hundreds of people. We are now mobilising for the demonstrations at the EU summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 15 June."
From Norway MARIETTE reports, "On 1 March 120 people, representing around 80 organisations including trade unions, met to discuss the establishment of ATTAC-Norway. Already 400 people have become members."
"The interest in the ATTAC anti neo-liberalism group has been huge," reports RISTO from Finland. "The e-mail list has already got 600 names, and local groups have been founded across Finland."
"The reception committee is already well under way for a World Bank conference in Barcelona this June," says David Karvala from Spain. "The 'Against the World Bank' campaign has held several organising meetings of more than 200 people for a counter-conference (22-23 June), a mass demonstration (24 June) and blockades of the conference (25-27 June)."
ACTIVISTS ARE organising to protest against the meeting of the governments of the eight richest countries in Genoa, Italy, on 20-22 July. Globalise Resistance has booked 750 train and ferry seats from Dover to Genoa. This costs �115 per person, which includes two nights accommodation on the train.
- Phone 020 8980 3005 or visit www.resist.org.uk