Link: Diem 25: Hamburg is transforming itself into an Orwellian dystopia for the G20 Summit
On July 7-8 the G20 Summit is happening in Hamburg. The city’s authorities plan to transform it into a democracy-free zone of complete surveillance, enforced by paramilitary means. We wrote the letter below to the Senate of Hamburg to protest.
DiEM25 will be in Hamburg
for the Summit to take the fight to the Establishment in our own special way: with Constructive Disobedience
. All welcome – join us
Honourable Senators of the City of Hamburg,
We are the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), a pan-European alliance of European citizens for the democratisation of Europe. What we are witnessing in Hamburg worries us deeply.
In less than three weeks from now, the world’s attention will be drawn to your city, as you host the planet’s most powerful heads of state for the G20 summit. Let us be clear: the G20 has no democratic mandate: it embodies the politics of austerity, social inequality, war and ecological destruction. The protests and draconian security measures that follow G20 summits around the world are testament to this group’s odiously illiberal and autocratic nature. Continue reading “Hamburg is transforming itself into an Orwellian dystopia for the G20 Summit”
“The rich do wrong and boast of it, while the poor are wronged and beg forgiveness. As long as the rich can use you they will enslave you, but when you are down and out they will abandon you.As long as you have anything they will live with you, but they will drain you dry without remorse.” (Jesus Sirach 13,3-4)
From July 7 to 8, 2017 the G-20 will meet in Hamburg, Germany to discuss the state of the world. They will try to solve its most urgent problems – or at least make them manageable. They will talk about the future of this world. So let us do the same, or even better: let us express what everybody should know by now: THIS world in THESE conditions has no future!
Despite its enormous technological opportunities, despite sufficient resources and despite its vast treasure of historical experience the question arises how long we will be able to go on like this.
The conditions under which people scrape a living and reproduce – let us call it capitalism – produce squalor: unemployment, inequality in its different forms and poverty and death. Capitalism has nothing on offer to oppose the wars, the displacement, the terror and the uncertainty. In its deluded strife for growth it floods our world with garbage and also produces “human garbage” through marginalisation, as stated by Pope Francis. Continue reading “G-20: this world different”
Open Letter and Call for European networks and movements to discuss:
Let’s use the Anti-G20 mobilization as stage and step of our struggles for a Europe from below
Dear friends and comrades from European networks and movements,
Dear friends from these last years of struggle for a Europe from below,
We are living in turbulent times. The “old world” we have known and fought against is crumbling. However, “the new” that is currently emerging does not come about with any signs of positive change. Rather, this is a “time of monsters” appearing all too clear and in frightening speed! In this mess, political responses of global capitalism vary from the “business as usual” of the neoliberal élites up to old and new populist right- wings, that offer nationalist and protectionist proposals with a return to reactionary, authoritarian and deeply asocial modes of ruling. In their competition for political power, they presuppose and feed into each other. It truly is the time of monsters! A time of systematic denial and restriction of fundamental social and civil rights to all, a time of intense social and political precarity, a time of “the survival of the fittest”. Continue reading “Let’s use the Anti-G20 mobilization as stage and step of our struggles for a Europe from below”