Open Letter to Hamburg

Open letter (eng.)

Press release (eng.)

N o G20 International Coordinating group

www.g20-protest.info

international@g20-2017.org

Press release of the International No G20 coordinating group 17.05.2017

“Do not be afraid, because we come as friends”, says Patrick Bond, economist and activist from South Africa, when he talks about coming to Hamburg to protest against the G20 summit. “We want to take away the fears of us, which are fueled by politics”. In the letter co-written by him to Hamburg’s civil society it says: “The true invaders and destroyers of our cities are the G20 and we must protect ourselves together. If they want a democracy-free zone in Hamburg, we want a G20-free Hamburg.”

Already for months people from countries like Argentina, France and Ireland plan their journey to Hamburg. The International No G20 coordinating groups clarifies that they want to protest in July in solidarity with the people living in Hamburg: with respect for their neighborhoods and the inspiring activities within them, that emanates solidarity and freedom. Bettina Müller from Attac Argentina says: “I am looking forward to Hamburg and its people and hope that one gets to know each other during the protests”.

The International No G20 group is part of the global preparation of protests against the G20 summit in Hamburg and is composed of different groups from Europe and the world. This includes for example Attac Argentina, the network “BRICS from below”, social centers from Italy, left groups from Eastern Europe and human rights groups. The protest plans include a congress, blockades, actions of mass civil disobedience and a big demonstration.

General Info

On Dec. 1st in 2016, the German government took over the presidency of the G20. The G20 gathers 19 of the richest nation states of the world, plus the EU (as a union of nation states). On July 7 and 8 this summer, the heads of these states (and unions) will meet for their summit in the (real) center of Hamburg.

However, those who invite the G20 consequently invite protest.

Several initiatives, political groups and representatives of civil society have started in late summer of 2016, therefore, to organize and coordinate protests against the G20, the summit itself in the center of Hamburg as well as against its global organization of power

We know already, there will be a variety of activities from various currents and concerns of political life, there are and will be more alliances being build around local, thematic and political concerns (also under the rubric of the specific G20 minister meetings … such as finance, foreign policies, “Africa”, trade etc.).

However, some direction is clear already: Continue reading “General Info”

Further platforms and alliances

Here is a list of different platforms, networks and alliances, that will be part of the protest around the G20 summit in Hamburg.  This list is not exhaustive and maybe never will be complete. Also the list may not necessarily represent the political orientation of the collectives, which are part of the International NO-g20 work group. We just want to highlight the broadness, diversity and multiplicity of protest, that will take place.

Official G20 Homepage

G20 platform (germany)

No G20 Infoportal (Information portal from germany)

G20 Welcome to hell

G20 Entern (only german)

NoG20 France (france)

Arna (North european)

Coalition Belge contre le G20 2017 (Belgium)