May 30th to June 1st 2013
Blockupy is back: In May 2012, activists gathered in the banking area of Frankfurt to protest against the austerity politics of the German government and the Troika (EU, ECB, IMF). From May 30th to June 1st 2013 we will return for European action days in the heart of the European authoritarian crisis regime in Frankfurt/Main.
At the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) we will send a powerful signal of solidarity with all those affected by the current politics of austerity and cuts.
As a symbol of struggle against austerity rule we will organise mass blockades of the ECB in Frankfurt on May 31st. We will move on to actions in a “second wave” in the late morning to other protagonists of the crisis, such as the Deutsche Bank. Our aim on May 31st is to visibly disturb the usual business proceedings of the ECB as well as other protagonists of the crisis regime.
On June 1st, the European action day, we call for a large international demonstration, together with many thousands of people from all over Europe.
The action camp at Rebstock will serve as a political and social meeting point for Blockupy. On Thursday, May 30th, we, activists and affinity groups, will gather there and prepare the actions together.
Call for Action: Blockupy Frankfurt!
Resistance in the Heart of the European Crisis Regime May 31 and June 1, 2013
Once again Blockupy calls for European days of protest in Frankfurt am Main against the crisis regime of the European Union. On May 31st and June 1st 2013, we want to take the resistance against the poverty policy of the German government and the Troika – consisting of ECB, EU-Commission and IMF – into one of the centers of European crisis management: to the residence of the European Central Bank (ECB) and of many German banks and corporations – the profiteers of these policies.
April 27th, 2013:
The European Spring 2013 – A New Beginning?
27 March 2013
Sol Trumbo Vila
The European Spring’s Days of Action, that targeted the EU Summit and its austerity agenda, provides important lessons on how to develop alliances between trade unions, grassroots movements and civil society organisations.
This article analyses these initial experiences as a contribution towards building more successful actions that aim to construct a pan-European social movement.
For a European Spring was launched as a call for action on March 13-14, 2013 supported by 73 organizations from 13 European countries. This has been the first significant effort since the crisis erupted in 2008 to build a pan-European movement focused on the European Union (EU) institutions and their role in intensifying the economic, political and social crisis throughout Europe.
Read more: http://www.tni.org/article/european-spring-2013-new-beginning
The European Spring, although very initially, has demonstrated that the EU neoliberal narratives and policies can be effectively questioned and that a common pan European resistance is possible. However advancing this resistance will require new forms of cross border political action which will be strengthened in the process towards the Blockupy (European Central Bank) in Frankfurt (May 31-June 1) and the Alter Summit in Athens (June 7-9).
Chiapas, Mexico, on December 21, 2012
Some were expecting the end of the world… As the Maya calendar ended, a new cycle of struggle began with thousands of Zapatistas peacefully and silently occupying town squares across Chiapas, Mexico.
On 14 November 2012, there were general strikes, strikes, actions and demonstrations in many European countries, the biggest strike ever.
There was a general strike in Portugal and Spain, Malta and Cyprus, there were strikes in Greece and Italy, and actions and demonstrations in Belgium, Germany, and other countries.
New York Solidarity Action: http://www.occupywallst.org/article/general-strike-historic-transeurope-solidarity-ass/
In Germany, the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) called for actions and demonstrations in solidarity with #14N in Europe, following the ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) call.
There were rallies and demonstrations in Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Stuttgart, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Cologne, Wuppertal and other cities.
Reports in German / Berichte auf deutsch
Europäischer Aktionstag: Europaweit Tausende auf den Straßen
Proteste in Spanien, Portugal, Belgien, Italien gegen die soziale Spaltung Europas. Auch in Deutschland gingen die Menschen auf die Straßen. Aufgerufen hatte der Europäische Gewerkschaftsbund EGB, um ein Zeichen zu setzen für Arbeit und Solidarität – gegen das Spardiktat der Europäischen Union.
IL und Ums Ganze: Solierklaerung: http://umsganze.org/ein-guter-abschluss-fuer-2012-ein-grund-zur-freude-in-duesterer-zeit/
A very short report
On October 20th and 21st 2012, the Blockupy alliance met in Frankfurt (Main) again and more than 500 people came to the debates. A tent was set up on a large square in the centre of the city.
On Saturday, there were several panel discussions on the catastrophic effects of the austerity measures in Europe.
On Sunday, activists discussed future plans of the movement and agreed to continue in 2013 (with action days probably at the end of May / beginning of June, and including actions of civil disobedience) and beyond (the European Central Bank is planning to celebrate the opening of its new building in 2014 in Frankfurt).
Blockupy 2013 will start by joining the European action day on November 14th with decentralised actions in solidarity with strikes in Southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, and elsewhere). In March 2013, activists from Germany will either join the protests in Brussels or organise solidarity actions. Blockupy activists will travel to Agora 99 in Madrid, 2 – 4 November 2012 and to Firenze 10 plus 10 from 8 – 11 November in Florence to share proposals and co-ordinate protests with groups and movements from other countries.
In the panel discussions, activists from Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy described the situation in Southern Europe and reported on the recent protests. The events on Saturday were organised because there was a ban on all public tents and protests in May 2012 issued by the city of Frankfurt.
press declaration in German:
May 2012 in Frankfurt:
counter-events to the Euro Finance Week 19 – 23 November 2012 in Frankfurt (in German):
Some press reports in German:
Blockupy-Sonderseite FR: http://www.fr-online.de/blockupy-frankfurt/15402798,15402798.html
Im Herzen der Bestie: http://www.fr-online.de/blockupy-frankfurt/blockupy-im-herzen-der-bestie,15402798,20674958.html
Blockupy plant neue Proteste: http://www.hr-online.de/website/rubriken/nachrichten/indexhessen34938.jsp?rubrik=36082&key=hessen_vtx_meldung_46422375
Infos zum Bussgeldverfahren: http://de.indymedia.org/2012/10/336400.shtml
Video: Panel Occupy Democracy 20.10.12: http://www.european-resistance.org/de/node/465
Image source: http://www.elo-forum.net
In Portugal, Spain, Cyprus there will be a general strike, and the European Trade Unions (ETUC) have called for a European Day of actions and strikes.
ETUC day of action and solidarity for a Social Compact for Europe: http://www.etuc.org/a/10439
Communique for GlobalNoise against International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Tokyo
Occupy IMF/WB Tokyo
This coming October 12th to 14th, Tokyo is going to host the annual meetings of International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as well as the conferences of Finance Ministers and presidents of central banks from G7/G20 countries. More than ten thousand bureaucrats and officials will gather in several locations including Tokyo International Forum in Marunouchi district. Originally the location of the 2012 meeting was assigned to Cairo, Egypt, but the administration change by the democratizing impetus of the people ousted the plan. Thereafter, Japan’s Ministry of Finance intervened to push the idea of hosting the meeting, with the intention to appeal to the world the nation’s recovery after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Japan’s proposal was accepted. The reality however is that the recovery from the disaster, let alone the ongoing nuclear catastrophe, has made little progress.
On October 13th, 2012, several hundred people joined the international Global Noise Day with a rally at Hermannplatz in Berlin, following a performance in the morning. There even was an assembly before the demonstration started out to meet the people from Kotti und Co who have been protesting regularly, making lots of noise, for several months in Kreuzberg. They have set up a protest camp called Gecekondu at Kottbusser Tor against higher rents and gentrification.
Together with Kotti und Co., the Berlin Global Noise demonstration joined the Refugee Protest March. The refugees had already organised a huge long distance march all the way from Bavaria to Berlin to fight for their rights, to protest against deportations in Germany and to demand the abolition of the “Residenzpflicht”, a residence obligation for refugees. Several thousand people (8000 to 10000) came to this large demonstration from the refugee camp at Oranienplatz all the way to the centre of Berlin.
The mass protests were even able to celebrate a success: the government was forced to cancel the latest austerity measures.
On 25th September, movements called to Occupy the Parliament (Ocupa el Congreso) by surrounding the building, well, to surround the police lines around the parliament. The police brutally charged the protesters, there were many injuries. They even followed protesters into the subway and train station at Atocha in Madrid.
In Greece, there was another general strike on September 26th, thousands took to the streets again to protest against austerity measures imposed by the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund).
There was a solidarity demonstration in Berlin with the protests in Spain and Greece:
25.9.2012: Ocupa el Congreso:
Berichte zu Griechenland bei Labournet:
25 S: http://politica.elpais.com/tag/manifestacion_25_septiembre_2012/a/
“¡Estáis locos! ¡Estáis locos!”
26 Sept. 2012
30 antidisturbios bajaron a los andenes de Atocha en busca de un grupo que estaría rompiendo el mobiliario, según la versión de la policía. No detuvieron a nadie.
Video: La policía entró en la estación de Atocha porra en mano y disparando salvas: