Summary of the Meeting of the Blockupy International Coordinating Group & Friends, Nov. 27 2016 in Brussels

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(the day after the “Social Rights for All” conference organized by Alter Summit) With participants from Attac France, Solidaires, Sud PTT; from DIE LINKE/Liaison Office of social movements; the interventionist Left, Germany; Occupy Frankfurt, Germany; Plan C, UK; Euro- Nomade collective, Italy; TPO Bologna and Emilia-Romagna Social Centers, Italy; Act!, Belgium/Italy; Alter Summit, Belgium; Transform!Europe, Italy and Transform!Europe, Austria; European Alternatives. We had invited to a … [Read more...]

BLOCKUPY – FOR A DISOBEDIENT MOSAIC

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Searching for cracks in the European crisis regime and for a transnational counter- vailing power A statement by the Blockupy coordinating group in November 20151 Blockupy emerged for the first time in 2012. In the context of a wave of movements across Europe and North America that occupied the squares and demanded real democracy and social rights, we called for action days in Frankfurt am Main in spring 2012 under the slogan “Resistance in the Heart of the European Crisis Regime”. Frankfurt … [Read more...]

When, if not now; who, if not us? Boundless Democracy from below instead of national division from above!

Let's block the Labor Ministry – Let's mark their politics of impoverishment and exclusion ­ Against the inner walls and outer borders. It has been too long that we were visible on the street together. Our practical solidarity takes place every day though: we are part of welcome initiatives, we organize support and actions on the European borders. We fight against free trade, war and climate change, which force people to flee their homes every day. We struggle against our cities becoming more … [Read more...]

From Paris to Europe, let`s unite the struggles!

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The class conflict in France marks the most recent escalation of the struggle of European movements against the austerity policies of the ruling neo-liberal elites. Ironically, of all countries it is in France, the country of an authoritarian state of emergency and a strengthened nationalist block, where fierce resistance is currently forming against labor law reforms, the so-called “Loi travail El Khomri”. The frontline of the struggle against austerity and precarization, which has shaken the … [Read more...]

Let’s strike back! Towards a Global debout, against Loi Travail and neoliberal European labor reforms!

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Blockupy International supports the convergence of struggles that is currently taking place in France against the Labor Bill and its system and austerity policies which are creating a society of injustice, precarity and inequalities. The movement has continuously grown over the last two months of mobilisation in the streets, on the squares, and in the workplaces. The government is pushing harder to impose its law against the population. After using violence and criminalization against the … [Read more...]

Blockupy goes Paris and Nuit Debout! Against Loi Travail in France and Precarization in Europe: General Strike!

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Blockupy International Coordination sends a strong message of solidarity to all those who are fighting now against the labor bill imposed by the French government, a fight that is taken up by young and old, by industry and precarious workers, by migrants and students. It is contested not just in Paris, but in places all over France, it is contested not just by certain groups, but there is a movement growing that reaches across those immediately affected. Those who took the streets and the … [Read more...]

On the side of the migrants! Freedom of movement, freedom from austerity!

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On Friday February 12th the EU commission sent another intolerable ultimatum to Greece. If the country does not tighten its borders and install immediately the so called hotspots for the registration and segregation of the incoming migrants, it will be expelled from the Schengen community. The ultimatums imposed on Greece in all these last months and years – via the threat of a Grexit – were put in force on the skin of those suffering from the effects of austerity measures; this one – now via … [Read more...]

FOR CLIMATE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, LET US REFUSE THE STATE OF EMERGENCY!

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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...]

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

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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...]

Blockupy – Disobedience, Alliance, Street: On the conditions of left capacities for action in the heart of the crisis regime

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Thesis paper of the Blockupy coordinating group on March 18th 2015 PDF-Download March 18th was an important day of protest against the catastrophes of the European politics of impoverishment. Thousands of people participated in the blockades in the morning, 25.000 came to the rally and demonstration in the afternoon, and all this in the middle of the week, as a big transnational mobilization. This made #18M a clear sign of strong resistance against the crisis regime and for another Europe of … [Read more...]