#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...]

Invitation: Meeting of the Blockupy International Coordinating Group Taking a new step and making it concrete

Saturday, July 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 18.00 p.m. in Padua, Italy, [Sherwood Festival, Stadio Euganeo, Viale Nereo Rocco 60, 35135 PD] Dear comrades of the Blockupy coordinating group, dear interested networks, groups and organizations, On May 9th we met in Berlin, evaluating #18M as an Europe-wide mobilization, a day of protest and resistance against the crisis regime. We discussed the Blockupy process of the last years, our steps to build a broad transnational platform against austerity and … [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...]

Taking a New Step! Report on the Meeting of Blockupy International Coordinating Group, evaluating #18M and the European Blockupy process, building perspectives.

May 9th 2015 in Berlin Summary of decisions Blockupy international goes on, continuing and developing its collaborating structures. The next coordination meeting will be on the 4th of July in Padua, Italy. Save the date! More info will follow soon. Blockupy supports the “Solidarity with Greece” week of action 20th-26th June. The focus will be especially on the 20th June when demonstrations and events will take place in different European cities (Berlin, London, Rome, Brussels, … [Read more...]

AGENDA: Meeting of the Blockupy international coordinating group

evaluating #18M and the European Blockupy process, building perspectives. Networks that took part in #18M and want to be part of Blockupy welcome! Taking a New Step! Saturday, May 9th 2015, 10 a.m. ‐ 6 p.m. Venue: SfE, Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr. 2A (2nd backyard), Berlin-Kreuzberg (closest subways: U7 or U6 at Mehringdamm, see also: http://www.mehringhof.de/) Dear Blockupy activists from many corners of political life and European regions, Dear All, who came to Frankfurt various … [Read more...]

Public discussion: Where is the transnational counterpublicity?

Where is the transnational counterpublicity? Public discussion as an introduction to the Blockupy activists meeting Saturday May 9th, 2015, 7 pm Mehringhof – Versammlungsraum, Berlin-Kreuzberg Gneisenaustr. 2A, Berlin, 2nd backyard (mehringhof.de) Closest subway: U7 or U6 at Mehringdamm Mass mobilizations, general strikes and changes of government do not seem to challenge the neoliberal regime in Europe but rather entrench it. Even though it is ideologically bankrupt and discontent is … [Read more...]