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(en) Help Ireland Throw a Spanner in the works of the GATS* Machine

From "Andrew" <andy@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Wed, 16 Oct 2002 16:48:13 -0400 (EDT)

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Help Ireland Throw a Spanner in the works of the GATS* Machine.
A call to action from Ireland** to anti-GATS campaigners worldwide.

Irish citizens were the only citizens of the European Union who had the
opportunity to vote on whether or not to ratify the Treaty of Nice[1] . The
Irish people voted No to the Nice Treaty just over a year ago. This, in the
eyes of the increasingly anti-democratic European Union and in the eyes of the
neo-liberal Irish Government, was the wrong answer. So the exact same
referendum is being rerun on Saturday 19th October. Those calling for a Yes
vote include the majority of our political parties, the entire National and
Multinational Business community in Ireland and pro-liberalization forces from
all over Europe. They are outspending the Irish opposition by a factor of 9/1
[2] in their desperation to change the minds of Irish Voters. Why? They say it
is because they want to facilitate enlargement[3] of the EU and that the
treaty is necessary to do this. This has been challenged[4].

A charge [5] on Indymedia Ireland is that the treaty it will grant
anti-democratic [6] fast-track powers  to the unelected European Commission to
sign the EU as a whole up to International trade negotiations with the WTO on
the GATS and TRIPS agreements. No wonder Peter Sutherland [7] - ex head of the
WTO - has been campaigning extensively here. The Irish have a vote on GATS and
Corporate Globalization. Groups and individuals who are against the forced
implementation of GATS on a worldwide level can help us by sending statements
of support for a no vote on Nice to the Indymedia Ireland Newswire [8]. We
will forward these to the Irish Media, Politicians, Civil Society and those
campaigning against this insult to democracy [9].

* http://www.gatswatch.org/index.html
** http://www.indymedia.ie/article133/
[1] http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/about/nice.html
[2] http://www.indymedia.ie/cgi-bin/newswire.cgi?id=13949
[3] http://www.indymedia.ie/cgi-bin/newswire.cgi?id=14160
[4] http://www.indymedia.ie/cgi-bin/newswire.cgi?id=14375
[5] http://www.indymedia.ie/article133
[6] http://attac.org/ireland/page24.htm
[7] http://www.indymedia.ie/cgi-bin/newswire.cgi?id=12493
[8] http://www.indymedia.ie/cgi-bin/publish.cgi
[9] http://www.indymedia.ie/cgi-bin/newswire.cgi?id=14657

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