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(en) Poland, Warsaw, <alter-ee> the "official" invitation to the broad alterglobalist movement of Europe and the World

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Date Sat, 21 Feb 2004 09:08:44 +0100 (CET)


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Dear friends, On April 28-30 the European Economic Forum will take place in Warsaw. As
you know, this took place beofre in Salzburg, Austria. President Kwasniewski
volunteered Poland to host it at the WEF meeting in Davos. The Polish
authorities don't hide the fact that they would like the EEF to be
transfered to Warsaw for good. Besides the prestige of hosting such an
event, they want to show the rest of the world that they have no problems
with opponents of neoliberalism here in Poland. They know that the
alterglobalist movement is weak and disorganized in Poland. They want to
use this to to show the world that while they have tens of thousands of
demonstrators in the streets, riots and closing off whole sections of the
city, Poland will be calm and orderly. They are so sure of this that they
have chosen to hold the event in the Palace of Culture in the very center
of Warsaw. The choice of this place shows how sure they are that nobody can
bother them. The decision-makers in Davos pointed out that this event
will decide if it will be permanently held in Warsaw. So it is important
that we foil their plans. We have to show them that we won't tolerate their
politics. The social situation is favourable because the imcompetence and
corruption of all consecutive governments makes more and more people open
their eyes to what's going on. The effects of the policies of both the
right-wing and left-wing governments in Poland have led to over 20% unemployment
in the country and this is growing. (Among youth, not counting graduates of
higher education, this figure is twice as high.) More than 60% of people live at
or under the poverty line. Last year it came to violent miners' protests in
Warsaw. Such fights haven't been seen since the 80s. Other social groups
are also in an equally bad situation. Social frustration concerns
many social groups and professions. The libertarian and left
anti-authoritarian milieus started preparing late last year but we won't
hide the fact that without significant support from abroad we won't be
able to organize large-scale protests. We are open to cooperation and welcome
you here. We will accept any kind of help with open arms. This will be the
first action on this scale in Poland. From our side we will try to ensure
legal
protection and basic medical care during the action to the best of our
capabilities, a place to make banners and so on. In places we will have
translators, we'll organize a list of afforadable accomodations, the Food
not Bombs activists from different cities in Poland will prepare food for
those who need it. We will try to organize the technical infrastruture for
Indymedia although this might be a problem on account of the very modest
funds that we have available. We invite everybody who shares the ideals of
fighting suffocating neoliberalism. we'll show the army of technocrats,
politicians and financier/sharks who are coming here that nobody gave them
any right to decide for us. Let's all meet in Warsaw on 28-30 of April.

We will decide about our future!
Polish Libertarian Milieu Organizing the Anti-Summit Wa29
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