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(en) Canada, Montreal, Why we are marching? "NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!" (July 27, 2003)

From Resiste l'OMC!/Resist the WTO! <resisteomc@resist.ca>
Date Sun, 27 Jul 2003 11:19:57 +0200 (CEST)

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(The following is the text of the flyer to be distributed today at the No
One Is Illegal March in Montreal against the WTO ...)
On the eve of an important meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
in Montreal, we are marching together today in clear opposition to the WTO
and its agenda of dispossession and displacement. This is a demonstration
representing over eighty groups, and many more individuals, who are
publicly and unabashedly declaring our solidarity with movements for
self-determination, justice and dignity, at home and abroad. We also march
as a message of support and solidarity for our sisters and brothers in
Latin America, who will converge in September to oppose the WTO in Cancun, Mexico.

Today, we wish to particularly assert our support for the sovereignty of
the indigenous peoples and nations of the Canadian state, who were the
original victims of dispossession on this land, justified in the name of
colonialism. Our indigenous sisters and brothers stand as an inspiring
example of resistance from whom we have much to learn.

We also assert our support for immigrants and refugees in this country,
human beings whose existence continues to be marginalized and criminalized
by racist immigration laws and the implementation of Jean Chretien and
George Bush's Fortress North America. Hypocritically, capitalist
globalization makes it easier for rich people and their money to cross
borders, while controlling and exploiting the poor. We call for open
borders, and full rights for migrants and refugees worldwide.

Arabs, Muslims, South Asians and other identifiable groups have been
targeted and scapegoated by recent anti-terrorist and security laws. This
march affirms our rejection of racial profiling, and attempts to slander
entire communities. We celebrate the full humanity of our cultures and

Similarly, we reject the self-serving excuses and blatant lies that have
led to bloody and destructive wars. The so-called war on terrorism has
meant state terrorism against civilian populations throughout the global
South, including Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq. Around the globe and at
home, people-centered movements for social justice assert their dignity
through various and diverse struggles - from the Philippines to Colombia;
from the jungles of Chiapas to the so-called "reserves" of Turtle Island.

We are highlighting today certain struggles and movements. There are many
more. But they are all fundamentally linked in their opposition to
exploitive systems like capitalism, imperialism and patriarchy.
Importantly, they are linked in their demand for social justice, dignity,
and genuine democracy. In the face of attempts to divide peoples and
movements, and to render entire groups of human beings illegal, invisible
or disposable, we march together today to declare publicly and with
conviction: "No One is Illegal!" This is just the beginning ...

To get in touch with the organizers of the No One Is Illegal March*, please
phone 514-409-2049 or e-mail: resisteomc@resist.ca

No Justice, No Peace!
Open the Borders!
End All Occupations!
No One Is Illegal!

La Mobilisation Populaire
contre l'OMC à Montréal
The Popular Mobilization
Against the WTO in Montreal

July 26-30 Juillet 2003

* [Ed. Notes: Antiauthoritarian initiative]

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