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(en) Ireland, DUBLIN MAYDAY 2005 - No Borders Weekend Fri April 30th to Mon May 3rd - leaflet

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Date Wed, 14 Apr 2004 11:01:13 +0200 (CEST)

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. Activists from the Dublin Grassroots network are calling for a
. European day of action in Dublin on Saturday, May 1st, as the
. highlight of a weekend of action from Friday April 30th, to
. Monday May 3rd. These days of action will focus on symbols of
. all that is wrong with the EU as it currently stands: militarism,
. PICTURE neo-liberalism, fortress Europe and the EU police state. We are
. inviting people from all over Europe, and the world, to join us in
. Dublin on Mayday to show our leaders that their agenda for EU
. integration, driven by the wealthy and powerful, will face
. resistance. We will also be using the days of action to highlight
. local issues and campaigns which are linked to the broader
. problems of corporate globalisation and the EU.
The Irish government is currently holding the rotating presidency of
the EU. We have a pretty good idea of what it means for us. The
ministerial meetings that have taken place so far have both been
characterised by extraordinary and expensive police operations, paid PICTURE
for by the public and aimed at keeping the public as far away as
possible from the decision makers. In Dublin, Indymedia reported that
an independent cameraman was forcibly removed from the vicinity of
Dublin castle and had his camera damaged by police. Obviously the
EU leaders aren't too keen to allow critical public scrutiny of their
While the leaders of these countries might be welcome in the EU (along with their farms and
sweatshops), most of the current EU countries will remain closed to the people of the
accession states for the next 6 years. Worse still, at the same time as the EU leaders talk
about international co-operation and openness, they are actually implementing a 'fortress
Europe,' a closed EU from which the inhabitants of the third world, the majority of the
world's population, will be ruthlessly excluded. It is instructive that 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 to poor countries.
In opposition to the current EU of the rich and powerful, we propose a grassroots Europe. A
Europe united through empowered communities taking decision making power back into
their own hands. A Europe without borders, internal or external. A Europe where wealth is
equally shared and everybody has the same opportunities. A Europe where our resources are
spent on education, health and sustainable development rather than war and capitalist
profiteering. This Europe cannot be formed from above, but needs people to stand up for
themselves and say 'no' to our corrupt and greedy leaders. The time to start is always now.

The EU Ministers are being invited to Farmleigh House for a State
dinner. The Dublin Grassroots Network invites you, the people, to a
weekend of actions. Here is the menu. Please get in touch with us
for the Chef's special. Group bookings may be eligible for discount.
Aperitif: Friday April 30th
Critical Mass
Starters: Saturday May 1st (Daytime)
Border Controls Street Theatre
Blood On Your Hands
Welcome The Boat People
Homes Not Jails
Public Beatings Street Theatre
The Polluter Pays
Reclaim The City!
Main Course: Saturday May 1st (Evening)
Bring The Noise!
Dessert: Sunday May 2nd
No Borders Camp
Tea/Coffee/Liqueur: Monday May 3rd
No Borders Reclaim The Streets
For more information on the Menu, please visit our website,
or email: grassrootsdublin@yahoo.com

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