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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #80 March 2004 - Mayday Mayday - EU leaders in the castle - we'll take the streets On

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Date Sat, 10 Apr 2004 10:55:03 +0200 (CEST)


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Saturday, the first of May, anarchists and other activists from the
Dublin Grassroots Network are calling for a day of action and
protest against the EU. http://struggle.ws/eufortress/index.html
According to the government Mayday is going to be Bertie's big
day out as EU president. This is the day - traditionally workers'
day - when the EU will officially expand. The government is
planning on 'celebrations' for the population, while the 25 heads of
state will be wined and dined in Farmleigh house. We intend May
1st to be the highlight of a full bank holiday weekend of opposition
to some of the things we think are wrong with the EU:
neo-liberalism, militarism and Fortress Europe.

Neo-Liberalism: In 2000 the leaders of the EU came up with a
plan called the Lisbon Agenda. Essentially this targets education,
healthcare and services like gas, electricity, the postal services and
transport for privatisation. Before the government can privatise
public services it has to make them attractive to potential
investors. In Ireland the FF/PD coalition is doing this by
introducing bin taxes, stealth fees for third level education and by
attempting to sell off the most lucrative routes operated by Dublin
Bus. Privatisation means reducing costs by lowering wages,
cutting staff and increasing the cost to the consumer while
delivering worse services.

Militarism: Just as the business policies of the European Union
are based on looking after the fat cats, so too is its foreign policy.
As the European Union develops into a more cohesive economic
unit it needs to be able to 'defend' its interests. The development
of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Rapid
Reaction Force allows for this to proceed and together they form
the basis of a European Army.

Fortress Europe: While the leaders of these accession states might
be welcome in the EU (along with their farms and sweat-shops),
most of the current EU countries will remain closed to the people
of the accession states for the next 6 years. In advance of joining
the EU these countries have had to open their borders to the flow
of money, and to close their borders to anyone outside the new
Europe. The EU's repressive anti-immigrant policies claimed the
lives of at least 3,000 people between 1993 and June 2003, people
drowned in the Mediterranean, were electrocuted at the Channel
Tunnel and suffocated in Wexford. This is 10 times as many as
were killed at the Berlin Wall during its 30-year history.

The Irish government currently holds the presidency of the EU
and its behaviour typifies what's wrong with the EU: the attempt
to implement the bin charges continues and the ministerial
meetings that have taken place so far have been surrounded by
expensive police operations. To cap it all off, the first
'achievement' of the Irish presidency was the establishment of a
'repatriation fund,' to allow the wealthy countries to share the
costs of deporting people. http://struggle.ws/wsm/refugee.html

We aim to show them that their plans won't succeed, that they
can't just impose their agenda on us and decide our fate without
our opposition. We'll be out in the streets on May 1st. We hope to
see you there.

See also

Quebec 1, Global Elite 0 http://struggle.ws/wsm/ws/2004/80/quebec.html
When the summit circus came to Quebec and lost. The Summit of
the Americas, a meeting of 34 head of state to advance the agenda
of neo-liberal capitalism, was held in Québec in 2001.

* Anarchism and the European Union http://struggle.ws/wsm/eu.html
* FortressEU (protest organisation page) http://struggle.ws/eufortress/index.html
* Against capitalist globalisation http://struggle.ws/wsm/global.html
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