Blockupy International supports movements’ actions in the streets of Paris Following the tragic events of 13 November in Paris and the French government's decision to set and extend the “state of emergency”, it is now very clear: It is the freedom of movement and freedom of protest that is at stake. In fact, the choice to ban demonstrations and people gatherings does not make any sense from the point of view of an effective “anti-terror security measure". Contrary, it is part of a “state … [Read more...]

Report of the meeting of Blockupy International, Brussels, Oct. 16, 2015

The meeting had a good participation with activists from many countries (Belgium, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Croatia) and from different networks and organizations (trade unions, parties, associations, social centers, collectives) with a wealth of political and strategic discussion. We began with an overview of the history of the Blockupy process, highlighting some characteristics that it had during its development. It started from a German situation and was … [Read more...]

Report on the Meeting of Blockupy International Coordinating Group, “Taking a new step and making it concrete”

July 4th 2015 in Padua, Italy Summary of decisions: We agree on the strength of common transnational – Blockupy and other – mobilizations. We believe that there is the need for a medium-term perspective with strong moments of coming together and raising our voice in the streets with symbolically important targets (milestones) Therefore, we agree that Brussels from October 15th to 17th – the EU council summit – should become the next mobilization milestone for all of us (with other … [Read more...]

LET’S RAISE OUR EUROPEAN OXI! From Athens to Brussels and Berlin our NO is everywhere in the squares.

On July 13 the political and financial oligarchies of Europe imposed, with the knife at the throat, a program to Greece that the same mainstream economists call simply "impossible to enforce" even under capitalistic standards. Which was their real goal? They wanted to and had to demonstrate that there can be no viable alternative outside of the field of possibilities defined by their policies. To reach it, a faction of them led by Finanzminister Schäuble, was and is willing to make … [Read more...]

#ThisIsACoup: #OXI on every wall, in every street!

On 3 July hundreds of thousands unmistakably said OXI! NO! in the streets of Athens. OXI! NO! to the unreasonable demands of austerity, to their impoverishment and to the rescue of banks at the expense of the people. This OXI! No! was reaffirmed on 5 July by the Greek referendum with an impressive majority of 61%. OXI! NO! echoed across Europe, gave hope to the humiliated, encouraged the resistant – and scared those in power. Only one week later, Greece surrenders to the claims of the … [Read more...]

“There’s no solution but to fight”

No one in Athens knows what will happen next. No one. But everyone agrees that the referendum signifies a radical rupture. All we can report on for now is what people are discussing, what is happening at the moment, while we are here. Listening, talking. Laughing, cheering. No solution but to fight What does it mean when this phrase becomes more than just a militant slogan of the radical left, becomes an existential question for a whole society? The post-referendum situation is … [Read more...]

It´s a victory. The unknown triumphes.

The people said „NO“. Without knowing what that exactly means and what it will bring tomorrow. But they clearly know, what it means for them: They are fed up with this life and the memoranda. People are angry about the arrogance of power, of the authoritarian governance of the European institutions and their discourse mill. They are done with all of that. The New is the majority. The old system of the corrupt two party parliamentarism stood all in one for the YES. The „NO“ was articulated … [Read more...]

The day in between: after Syntagma, before OXI

It is Saturday. It is the day after the large gathering and the day before the referendum. We are trying to escape what overwhelmed us yesterday on Syntagma Square. Early yesterday evening thousands and thousands of people not only came together, but, in fact, converged: people who otherwise live for themselves, in their individual worlds, with their worries and wishes. It was the simple life that gathered its courage to refuse yesterday. Young people, families with children, kissing couples, … [Read more...]

#OXI – Day of the Referendum

Today is the day of days. The ballot boxes have been open since 7am, secret polls predict a deadlock with many wavering voters, and public surveys from private television stations have proven to be manipulated lies. Whatever the case may be, should “Oxi” win, it will not be celebrated at home. At 7pm (6pm CET) the polling stations will close, the exit polls will follow shortly thereafter, and around two hours later the first projections will be given. Many will only make their decision once … [Read more...]

Athens, Blockupy, and Europe: democracy and solidarity are borderless

Blockupy International supports the week of anti-austerity mobilization for Greece and calls for building up an alternative World Refugee Day In March we took the squares of Frankfurt with ten thousands of people from around Europe and blocked the opening of the new headquarter of the ECB to state that “their Europe” is neither speaking in our name nor we think of the ECB, the Troika, the Europe of capital as a solution to “the crisis”. To the contrary, the endless debt spiral is drowning … [Read more...]