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(en) [caravan99] Call to Action against the WTO from the Peoples' Movements of Asia involved in the PGA process.

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Date Mon, 1 Sep 2003 19:15:34 +0200 (CEST)


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> From: jonathan01-A-gmx.net To: caravan99@lists.riseup.net
From September 10th to 14th 2003 the World Trade Organization (WTO)
plans to hold its fifth Ministerial Meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The WTO
will be discussing four controversial Singapore issues - investment,
competition, transparency in government procurement and trade
facilitation. Moreover, it will also make important decisions on key
agricultural issues. The WTO has already increased food insecurity, landlessness,
indebtedness and privatisation in Asia. There can be no doubt that the
decisions to be taken will go against the interests of the people of Asia and the
masses of people everywhere.

The WTO is an undemocratic and illegitimate institution that is built in
the interests of Transnational Corporations. Through the WTO,
imperialists seek to further commoditize the world and profit from its
peoples. Because of the WTO our food security has been endangered.
People especially peasants are becoming landless and marginal farmers
because of dumping of agricultural products from MNCs and industrialist
countries. Consequently the peasants are not getting a reasonable price
for their farm products. Peasants are losing their patent rights over
bio-diversity. On the other hand, given the heavy subsidization to
agro-producers in the northern developed countries its direct impacts on
the south is articulated with heavy reduction in productivity in
agriculture. That is why, we want the abolition of the WTO.

The WTO Ministerial in Seattle 1999 turned out to be a disaster for the
proponents of capitalist globalization, and for the first time the
mainstream media could no longer remain silent about the global protests
against neo-liberalism. The WTO then went to hide in the desert in Doha,
Qatar, and Cancun might now be a second Seattle (in spite of its
inaccessibility for so many millions who would like to protest at the
ministerial). Around the world organizations and grassroots' movements
are mobilizing to derail the WTO!

In Asia, as elsewhere there has been incredible resistance to capitalist
globalization. Hundreds of thousands have protested against the WTO
agreements, against privatization, against the Structural Adjustment
Programs of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank,
against militarization and war from Bangalore to Bangkok and from Dhaka
to Manila. Earlier this year in India a wide variety of peoples'
movements traveled the length of the subcontinent to connect with
countless peoples' struggles and together proclaimed their rejection of
neo-liberalism, ommunalism, feudalism, fundamentalism, patriarchy and war!
Indigenous
peoples have mobilized to reclaim their lands; peasants and landless and
agricultural laborers have fought TNCs such as Coca-Cola over the right
to use theirnatural resources; farmers have protested (with some
success) against the sale of genetically engineered seeds/foods that
will increase the power of agribusiness TNCs over the world's food
supply; women's organizations in South Korea and the Philippines have
mobilized against war; the landless people in Bangladesh have mobilized
to establish their land rights; the common people in Bangladesh are
still fighting to protect their natural gas from the grip of US oil
companies, and to protect the industries and agriculture that are
threatened by the policies of the World Bank and IMF; in countless
villages and urban neighborhoods around Asia people are resisting the
impacts of capitalist globalization and all forms of domination.

Many different sectors will continue their struggles against capitalism
in diverse ways: peasants, indigenous, dalits, trade unionists,
students, youth groups, women's movements and environmental
organizations are taking to the streets and paths this September in
response to the call for action issued by the PGA Asia convenors and
other calls issued in Asia. We call for decentralized actions everywhere
during the WTO Ministerial in Cancun from September 10th until 14th. At the
same time we want to celebrate as a sustained global movement. We want to
continue our search, asking
questions like the Zapatistas, towards a different world here and now.
We want to question the patriarchal capitalist logic of war. Not only
during summit protests like in Hyderabad, Geneva, Seattle, Prague,
Bangkok, Quebec, Genoa, Quito, Buenos Aires and everywhere - but also in
our everyday life we want to creatively turn our anger into resistance.
Together with many grassroots movements active within the Peoples'
Global Action (PGA) framework, we say: Ya Basta! Enough!

Shut down the WTO!


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