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(en) Britain. Edinburgh, RESHAPE linking to the international struggle against global capitalism

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 9 Jan 2005 11:54:30 +0100 (CET)


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Reshape is an Edinburgh based grouping of anti-capitalists and
alter-globalists. We came together in early 2004 as rumours emerged
that the G8 summit of 2005 was going to take place up the road at Gleneagles.
With the forces of global capitalism coming together in one place for
the joys of golf, champagne and backslapping, dissent would be inevitable.
What unites us is the belief that such dissent has to be more than
mere shouting and placard-waiving, that in 2004 more than ever
before, it is clear that this will only be met by patronising, dismissive
media coverage, and by the feigned 'understanding' of politicians emphasising
their 'patience' as they ride out their five minutes of pressure.

And so, such gesticulations fail.
More, it seems they are no longer even taken seriously.

In 2005, we want to make the champagne-sipping elite inside the G8
tent sweat. We want them to feel under siege: to feel the vulnerability
that billions feel each day.

news & messageboard

For the latest on RESHAPE events and discussion please check our
messageboard.

For more general local news with an anti-capitalist slant, check out
Indymedia Scotland. Try Indymedia UK, Schnews and the Enrager
Newswire for independent news and analysis of, um, just about
everything.

Dissent!* a network of Resistance Against the G8

RESHAPE operate as part of the Dissent!* Network. The dissent!
network is a UK (and Ireland) wide network of autonomous groups
who have come together to plan and build the demonstrations against
the G8 summit of 2005.

The network operates a working group list for those wishing to get
involved.

Enrager.net host a messageboard for G8 2005 discussion along with
this page on Dissent! and the G8.

the G8 and its role in global capitalism

The G8 is the closed door forum through which the future of global
markets, are decided. To get in, you have to rule one of the seven
richest nations on earth: the US, UK, Canada, Japan, Italy, France,
Germany or if you're in charge of Russia, well, with all those
nukes, they can find a place at the table for you.

So every year the leaders meet at some fancy hotel and hammer out
the future of world trade together.

How do they do that - they only represent 10% of the
population of the world?

Yeah, but with 48.2% of the voting power in the IMF (International
Monetary Fund), plus the veto the US holds the G8 is in a pretty
good position to screw the rest of the world over. Don't forget
the 45.7% power in the World Bank they hold either.

They're not subtle about their utter contempt for democracy.
At meetings of the WTO (World Trade Organisation) they actually
disappear into whats known as the 'green room' for
private closed door meetings when things are getting tough for them.
No shit. They plot behind the backs of the other nations in order to
block anything that they don't like - anything that might
therefore help the one billion without access to drinking water, or the
three billion who according to the UN 'live lives of substantial
deprivation'.

So the policies decided by the G8 in the dining rooms of the
West's finest hotels are then implemented at the gatherings of
the WTO: no wonder then that when they tried to meet up in Seattle,
November 1999, 50,000 people famously turned up to shut down the
summit. Since then, WTO summits have been shunted off to places
like Qatar in order to block dissent.

Since then, much of the focus of the 'alter-globalisation'
movement has shifted to the G8 summits themselves. When they
met in the old port of Genoa in July 2001 for example, they were
confronted by a quarter of a million people.

The Italian state dealt knew just one way of dealing with this volume
of dissent and proceeded to carry out an attack on protesters that
would leave hundreds injured and Carlo Guilani dead.

Find out more about the G8:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G8
http://web.amnesty.org/g8
http://www.web.net/acgc/issues/g8.htm#g8guide
contact
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Email: reshape-A-riseup.net
Mail: Reshape,C/O 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5HA.
Phone: 0131 557 6242
Messageboard: http://www.enrager.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=78

get involved

Meetings
We meet at ACE (Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Place),
contact us for details of the next meeting.

E-lists
Working group list: http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/dissentedinburgh

Annoucement list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/reshape/
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* [Ed. Note: Dissent! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative against the G8.]


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