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(en) PGA* Call for action against the Hong-Kong WTO Ministerial Conference (14 -18 December 2005)

Date Fri, 21 Oct 2005 18:00:53 +0200

*10 years of WTO ­ 10 years of plunder and destruction*
For the ten years that the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) has existed, people have been
forced to face the disruption of their everyday
lives. Its single global market agenda poses a
great threat to the diversities of the world.
Every country is now facing deregulation of its
constitution and laws to comply with WTO
requirements. Expansion of monopolies and
corporate control through privatization means
that access to water, land, seeds, forests,
natural resources and energy is a constant
struggle for the poor of the world. This is
devastating lives in many ways- for example
50,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide in
the past 10 years due to WTO-driven agricultural
liberalisation. Therefore, millions of farmers,
agricultural labourers, indigenous peoples,
fisherfolk and other inhabitants of rural areas
are forced to abandon their homes and move into
the slums of large cities, in order to work their
lives away in exchange for a life of misery,
discrimination and oppression.

In addittion to destroying rural livelihoods, WTO
regulations are directly increasing climate
change and decreasing biodiversity, which is
destroying the entire planet’s future. They are
also increasing the concentration of wealth and
power, and fuelling the exploitation of the
workers worldwide, by enabling the free movement
of money and merchandise. However, human beings
from impoverished countries are deprived from
that freedom, and those who try escape misery, by
going to the countries that steal their wealth,
are subjected to growing racism, violence and
exploitation. The WTO laws also regulate the
dismantlement of public services and of many
welfare policies, with particularly devastating
effects for women, children and the elderly.
Finally, they contribute to the destruction of
cultural diversity and indigenous cultures by
imposing the private property over knowledge and
life forms, and by enabling Western media
monopolies to expand their power and influence,
with terrible consequences in terms of
manipulation of information and destruction of human values.

Capitalism is undemocratic by nature and as one
of its main driving forces, the WTO is also
undemocratic. It is based on undemocratic
national governments from all over the world
(including in supposedly democratic countries)
whose economic policies are dictated by capital.
This lack of democracy is shown in part through
increasing violence against protests and
movements, in the loss of civil liberties, and in
the neo-colonial wars of aggression for the
control of natural resources, hidden behind the
so-called ‘War on Terror’. Therefore, there is a
strong need to build up decentralised alternatives
from the grassroots.

Oppressed people everywhere must work in
solidarity against the manufactured consent of
the WTO if we want to see positive change. The
WTO is integrally connected to global
institutions like the G8, IMF and World Bank, as
well as regional integration processes and trade
agreements. These are all manipulated by corporations
and world superpowers.
The first Global Day of Action against Capitalism
took place in 1998 to coincide with the WTO
ministerial conference in Geneva and the G8
summit in the UK. A growing ‘movement of
movements’ developed in part out of these
mobilizations and it is now more important than
ever for them to flourish.

We encourage groups, activists and movements all
over the world to be part of this collective
effort and to organise decentralised actions
(whatever the size, wherever the location)
against the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong
Kong (14-18 December 2005). This meeting will
take place in a corporate fortress isolated by
the sea in order to prevent any effective direct
action. But we will not let them hide from the
realities of the damage they have caused to
people all over the world. A diversity of actions
could contain the seeds of our future; act as
opposition and proposition; resistance and creation.

The struggle against the WTO is now alive all
around the world, as it is necessary to resist
the implementation of WTO rules at a national
level and against capitalism itself at the global level.

Share your stories of resistance to the WTO with
the world using Indymedia (www.indymedia.org) and
other alternative media networks (eg.
www.all4all.org). We hope to use your stories to
create a Peoples’ Global Action bulletin on paper
and online in English and Spanish that can be
translated into different languages and
circulated worldwide to increase mutual knowledge
and expand resistance.

Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers'
Movements (BKU(All India), KRRS, Shektari
Sangathana,Tamilnadu Farmers
Association(TVS),Kerala Coconut Farmers Association,Nandi Raitha Samkya )
All-Nepal Peasant Association, Nepal
Krishok Federation, Bangladesh
Assembly of the Poor, Thailand
Thai Labour Campaign

Visit www.agp.org
* Antiauthoritarian anticapitalist direct action network

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