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(en) Portugal, [forumsocialp] Manifesto - Porto Social Alternative** (pt)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 13 Oct 2002 15:30:21 -0400 (EDT)

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During the mid-seventies, in the peak of the Cold War, an
organization was created with the purpose of softening the
clash between the two world superpowers (that organization
would evolve to become OSCE today). Back then the
organization's purposes were established by the Helsinki

1.Sovereign equality, respect for the rights inherent in
2.Refraining from the threat or use of force;
3.Inviolability of frontiers;
4.Territorial integrity of States;
5.Peaceful settlement of disputes;
6.Non-intervention in internal affairs;
7.Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms
the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief;
8.Equal rights and self-determination of peoples;
9.Co-operation among States;
10.Fulfilment in good faith of obligations under international

All this is nothing but hypocrisy and colourful yet
meaningless words - as was later shown when one of the
superpowers disrupted the equilibrium of forces in the world,
eventually leading to a fratricidal war in Central Europe
(ex-Yugoslavia). Nowadays, with the end of the Cold War
and the establishment of a new world order, new priorities
have arisen for the OSCE:

1. To consolidate the participating States' common values
and help in
building fully democratic civil societies based on the rule of
2. To prevent local conflicts, restore stability and bring peace
to war-torn
3. To overcome real and perceived security deficits and to
avoid the
creation of new political, economic or social divisions by
a co-operative system of security.

Just as the initial priorities of the seventies, these new
purposes are nothing but a façade of respectability (claiming
to be ideologically fair and supposingly aimed to defend the
universal benefit) when, in reality, their single purpose is to
uphold the interest of money and profit over people.
Particularly, in this time period after the September 11th,
when the oppression and the threats on the individual
freedoms and citizen's fundamental rights are increasing
alarmingly, we cannot allow ourselves not to make the
representatives of this new world order feel that they are the
sole responsible entities for the terror, the economical
insecurity, the inequality and the continuous destruction of
the planet.

We have come to a moment in time in which the omnipotent
and ever-present money appears behind every corner of
people's lives. In these tough times, it becomes more and
more clear that the choice is between it and us, the human
beings trapped in this capitalized world and the all-mighty
In fact, how can they sustain the flag of "upholding the law"(a
law which stands above the citizens themselves), if the
offences to the remaining human dignity are caused by the
law itself? Current legislations predict the positive
discrimination in favour of the upper classes and point the
finger to the common man as being held responsible for the
crisis of the world lords and their system in which we are
treated like parts of a machine.
What kind of security and cooperation is this in which
legislations will consider us all suspects of terrorism or accuse
us of committing some other equally hedious crime just
because we dare to think differently from the institutionalised
Under the façade of defending "our civilization", brutality
spreads everywhere, insuring that rich get richer and poor get
poorer and wars are started because of merely economical
and geo-strategical reasons.
Under the façade of "our freedoms", the label "terrorist" is
applied to anyone that might have thought one day: "What we
need is a change!"
Under the façade of protecting "our security", they
breakthrough our computers, go through our mail, tap our
phones. They know what we do, what we like, on what we
spend our money.
Under all this hides the supreme commander - Profit. It's the
same old oppressive ideologies with a whole new fresh
outlook. Profit is still the supreme reason and purpose,
everything else becoming secondary.
Do not doubt. if you get in the way of Profit, you shall not

The representatives of this new world order, under the entity
of OSCE, are aiming to gather up in Porto. Being aware of
their role, we do not expect good things for Humanity arising
from this meeting. So, a group of concerned citizens of this
planet has decided to unite and proclaim protest during the
OSCE meeting in Porto, next December 4th-5th.
In this way, the Porto Social Alternative is created!

The Porto Social Alternative is a free association of
individuals and collective groups that reads under the same
basic statement, the above mentioned (namely in 2.) and
under the organizing principles here defined (namely in 4.).
The Porto Social Alternative intends to manifest an
alternative path to capitalist organization, and it intervenes on
the occasion of the OSCE meeting in Porto.
The basic statement and the organizing principles of the
Porto Social Alternative are to be followed by everyone who
decides to join. They can only be changed through absolute
The Porto Social Alternative is, from the start, an
organization with a defined time span.
The Porto Social Alternative organizes itself under the
principle of autonomy. Every action organized under its name
is to be submitted to consensus. The individuals though,
possess the autonomy to take action under their own name,
of course.
The Porto Social Alternative is a strictly horizontal
organization. Therefore, no individual or collective group is
hierarchically placed above others. Smaller groups can be
formed, though, to best carry out the general decisions.
The actions of the specific groups should always be ratified if
no other possible form of control is found. No such specific
group has a regular existence and can be dissolved and
reinstated at any time.

Porto, September 28th 2002

The Porto Social Alternative runs open organizational
meetings, to which everyone that agrees with this document
is welcome. The public call for these meetings is made
through the site www.azine.org. The Porto Social Alternative
calls for the citizens from all over the world to step forward in
order to coordinate their will with our own. If you agree with
this document and want to subscribe it, please write to
forumsocialp@yahoogroups.com manifesting your intention.

**  An initiative of the antiothoritarian left of Porto.

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