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International Blockupy Alliance
24th of November 2013
450 participants at international Blockupy Action conference in Frankfurt + + + Decentralized actiondays in May + + + transnationalization of the Alliance
The opening of the new building of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main will be in focus of the Blockupy protests next year. This was decided at the weekend in Frankfurt with more than 450 participants attending the international Blockupy Action Conference. “The ECB has announced a ‘big event ’ in the fall 2014 – this event will be us. We invite all those who oppose in Europe and beyond the impoverishment policy for the fall 2014 to Frankfurt. “This will not take place as an undisturbed opening ceremony!”, said Blockupy spokesman Christian Linden. Since the date of the opening ceremony has not been fixed yet, the Alliance plans to mobilize to “Day X” as it is also known from the Anti-Castor-movement in Germany.
“Our struggle for #democracy, #solidarity and #commons is also explicitly directed against a right-wing populist Euro-criticism.”, said spokesman Hanno Bruchmann.
In addition to the protests against the ECB opening there will be decentralized days of action in May 2014. On a local level initiatives shall create a connection between their local struggles and the European crisis policy and try to build up a strong network between each other.
“We are creating a coordination structure for the planning of common, decentralized actions. This actually opens Blockupy up in favor of a real perspective of transnational movement and thus to a new quality.”, said Neva Cocchi of meltingpot.org from Italy after the conference.
The international Blockupy Alliance is supported by many different groups, individuals and organizations from all over Europe. Neva Cocchi and other activists from all over Europe represent a significant transnationalization process of Blockupy.
The two-day Blockupy Action Conference in Frankfurt stood in a row with different meeting of European movements, networks and organizations in the fall of this year – in Barcelona , Amsterdam, Brussels and Rome. In addition to specific arrangements for Blockupy 2014, it offered the participants from many European countries the opportunity to share their experiences of a growing, increasingly disobedient opposition to the Troikapolitik. Attending people came from over 15 countries, including active social movements from Italy, Greece , Spain, Bulgaria, the Benelux countries and the protests in Taksim Square in Istanbul
With a blockade of the ECB, civil-disobedient actions across the city and a large, colorful demonstration Blockupy-activists set a clear signal against the impoverishment policies of the Troika already for the second time in June this year. In contrast to this violent and obviously politically motivated actions by the police took place in order to undermine the right of freedom to demonstrate.
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