Ireland vote no for us

Update: Unfortunately, the scare campaign had an effect… 60 percent voted yes, 40 percent voted no…

In many different European cities, in Madrid, The Hague, Brussels and Copenhagen, solidarity actions were organised in front of Irish embassies and consulates asking the Irish to vote No against the austerity treaty. The Transnational Institute in Amsterdam (TNI) isued a statement that was handed to the ambassador in The Hague:

Ireland, vote NO for us on 31 May!

There is no popular support for EU-driven austerity. It’s up to the Irish people to raise their voice and say NO to permanent austerity.
Europe’s anti-crisis policies are on the wrong track. The Austerity Treaty – or the so called Fiscal Compact – is intended to impose a permanent regime of austerity in all 25 signatory countries. If the Treaty would enter into force, it would form a major obstacle to redistributive, progressive and socially just economic policies in the future. The economic dogma of ever-tighter budgetary rules is both absurd and highly unjust.
There are clear signs that the Austerity Treaty and related economic policies will not bring recovery or create employment, but could lead to an even deeper economic crisis. The Treaty and the economic policy it represents will lead to more inequality, more poverty and disenfranchisement throughout Europe and globally.
The Austerity Treaty is tailored to the needs of big corporations, including financial corporations, and neglects the needs of the majority. It represents the latest attempt to turn economic policy into a technocratic endeavour outside of democratic control, with unelected bureaucrats in a powerful, decision making role.
There is only one valid response to this Treaty: it must be stopped!
People across the EU are now looking at Ireland. Ireland stands as the only country amongst the 25 signatories that will subject the Treaty to a referendum. On 31 May, Irish citizens will have the chance to say NO to permanent austerity by rejecting the Treaty.
Movements like Occupy and the Indignadosas well as recent election results in France, Greece and Germany show that there is no popular support for EU-driven austerity. Now it’s up to the Irish people to raise their voice and say NO to permanent austerity.
Together with many other Europeans outside Ireland, who have all been deprived of a voice on this Treaty, we are putting our hope in the Irish people: do not to give in to threats and intimidation from your government, the EU institutions or others and vote NO for all of us.
Vote NO to the Austerity Treaty, YES to a Europe of the people!

Vote No to the Fiscal Compact Treaty, Referendum in Ireland, May 31 2012

UNITE MANDATE and the CPSU Call for No in the Austerity Treaty Referendum
Three major Irish trade unions with combined membership of more than 100,000 have issued a strong call to vote no in Thursday’s referendum on what they are calling the austerity treaty.
May 28, 2012

Why the Treaty Won’t Work
Author: Michael Burke of Socialist Economic Bulletin
Published: May 28th, 2012

What Happens if Ireland Votes No?
Jenny O’Connor
May 29th, 2012
Only a few months ago it appeared that a No vote in the Irish referendum would isolate her in Europe. This is no longer the case and now a No vote would merely add an Irish voice to the anti-austerity movement that is gaining force across Europe at the local, national, and now even regional level.

Internationalism Working Group of IG Metall (German metalworkers’ union) supports No to austerity treaty in Ireland:


Blockupy Frankfurt successful

About 30.000 people participated in the demonstration on Saturday, 19th May in Frankfurt (Main), Germany, the largest demonstration in the town of banks for decades!

There was a heavy police presence at the demonstration, up to six rows of police alongside some of the protesters, but protesters remained surprisingly calm despite the continuous provocations from the police. The demonstration ended at its planned destination, a stone’s throw away (nobody threw one) from the European Central Bank headquarters and the skyscrapers of many other large banks.

Activists from many different countries, including Greece, Italy and Spain, joined the demonstration and enjoyed the festive atmosphere in Frankfurt.

The police stopped several protesters from reaching Frankfurt in the previous days (they set up checkpoints on the motorways into town). The police issued a ban for the city centre for a large number of protesters, including three busses from Berlin. Some of them were detained, some dropped on the outskirts of the city. More than 400 participants of the demonstration on March 31st received a letter announcing that they were prohibited from entering the city centre and threatening them with high fines. This ban was lifted according to court ruling but the police still continued to issue such bans.

The demonstration on May 19th was the only legal event during the Blockupy action days from May 16th to 19th. The right to free assembly was suspended by the city of Frankfurt and by several court rulings. Thousands signed a statement protesting against this ban.

Even concerts were banned, including a performance by singer Konstantin Wecker. Despite the ban, many assembled on Thursday, 17th May on Paulsplatz in Frankfurt, next to the Paulskirche.
Mass media and shop owners criticised the police for practically shutting down the centre of town. All cash machines in the city centre did not work.

At the blockade action on Friday, normal business in the banking area practically came to a standstill. All access routes to the city centre were blocked by the police, regular business in the banking area was made impossible, the streets were nearly empty… At one of the blockade actions, a 17-year-old woman was hit and kicked by the police and had to go to hospital. During the action days, 1430 people were detained (according to the legal team (EA Frankfurt)).

Banks in Frankfurt advised their staff to either stay at home on Friday (Thursday was a bank holiday) or come to work in ordinary clothes rather than suits and ties. A scheduled meeting at the ECB was cancelled. The university buildings were closed (even those outside the city centre).

Before the blockades, the Occupy camp, located directly in front of the European Central Bank, was temporarily evicted. The Occupy activists were able to return and celebrate on Sunday right after the demonstration.

More information:

Some more reports:
Saturday, May 19, 2012 by Common Dreams: 25,000 Rally Against Austerity in Germany. ‘Blockupy Frankfurt’ protesters: “When unfairness becomes the rule, resistance becomes a duty”:

Connessioni Precarie (Precarious Connections, Italy):

A collection of press reports in German:

John Holloway:
Blockupy Frankfurt is a glimmer of hope in times of austerity:

see also: Notes on Blockupy Frankfurt by Sandro Mezzadra:

Videos (no women interviewed):
Hagen, No One Is Illegal, Hanau / No Border Network:
Christos, Dikaioma collective, Athens:
Marcus, Fels, Berlin / Interventionistische Linke:

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No to EU Austerity

On May 5th and 6th 2012, around 300 participants met in Brussels for the Conference: “EU in Crisis. Analysis, resistance and alternatives to corporate Europe”. Many of the participants also signed a letter of protest against the ban on all forms of demonstrations and actions in Frankfurt (Main), Germany, from May 16th to 19th, 2012.


EU in Crisis, Brussels

More information:

Growing Movement Rejects Austerity Treaty

see also:

From Amsterdam 1997 to Seattle 1999 to Brussels 2012:

Blockupy Frankfurt update

Several thousand people have signed a protest letter against the complete ban on protests in Frankfurt (Main), Germany from May 16th to 19th 2012.

Update June 2012: 30000 people came to Frankfurt in May 2012 to defend the constitutional right of free assembly!

see: Blockupy was successful!

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Italy: Rise up for a social Europe

On the way to Frankfurt

From 16th to 19th May, German movements launched a transnational mobilization in Frankfurt with the aim to block activities and flows of the financial capital of Europe. In Italy, we have decided to join and take part to the organization of these days. In fact, we believe it is a necessary step in order to build up a European movement that, starting from territorial struggles, specific and singular instances, is able to organize collective mobilizations against the international financial governance.