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(en) Swiss, DAVOS 2004 PROTEST - antiauthoritarian anticapitalists AGAINST THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM (WEF)

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Date Thu, 1 Jan 2004 12:49:26 +0100 (CET)

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Call for actions and more ! International demonstration against the World
Economic Forum (WEF) Saturday 24th January 2004 Davos Switzerland 14:00 in
front of Davos train station From the 21 of January to the 25 of January the WEF
(www.weforum.org),a meeting of the richest multinational corporations and
government buearacrats more than 2.000 (mostly european) "global leaders" from
politics,medias and economy are meeting in Davos ski ressort, Switzerland. (www.davos.ch)
They discuss in a "private setting" about ways of making oppression and exploitation more
efficient and more profitable. The WEF, which claims its mission is to help "eradicate
poverty, promote security and enhance cultural understanding" is more often that not seen
to represent the interests of multinational corporations.

It's members include microsoft, coca cola, nestle, shell and hundreds more. For
31 years the annual meeting of the WEF (world economic forum) has taken place
in Davos. Except in 2002 the WEF went to New-York City. This year again the WEF
comes back to Davos for its annual meeting .

The WEF-summit in Davos is another attempt to minimise the social and political
rights in favour of the benefit of the capital - owners. The last summits have
shown, that a critical public isn't welcome, neither inside nor outside the
conference-buildings. Due to the past years mobilisation in Davos,the Swiss
authorities hade authorized the demonstration in Davos on the 25 of January
2003 but in reality they mades everythig possible to denie acess to
demonstartors. Only half of the crowd accessed Davos. The others were victimes
of heavy repression as in 2001when the demonstration was forbiden and all, who
protest against the meetings with their voice and their presence, were
confrontated with a massive repression on the part of the police.

The state authorities protect the economy-bosses and the politicians with every
method available (legal but also illegal) and try to suppress every single
critic. 2004 will surely be the same. But we are going to confront the rulers
with resistance that cannot be ignored. In Switzerland and in other countrys
some autonomous groups have met to prepare and co-ordinate the actions against
the wef-summit in Davos and also to support international mobilisation.

The following four points show the basis of our cooperation and our political

- we disapprove of the WEF and our attitude towards it is confrontative. It is
impossible to reform the WEF, because of this we don¹t want to have any
dialogue. our aim is, to smash the wef and to prevent their meetings. But the
WEF is only one specific institution of the capitalistic system of
exploitation, which we disapprove of completely. Our protest does not end with
a smashed wef, our fight is against capitalism which can not be civilised its
own logic and rules together with other forms of oppression like sexism,
racism, homophobia, antisemitism characterise the injustice of our world.

- Our protest is against categorising, marginalising and excluding people and
social groups; our aim is a society, that is orientated to the needs of all and
not to the profit of a few. our protest contains the use of resources and
information equal to all people. In our actions and in our kind of organising
we try to live our own utopia. We are against a society based on hierarchy and
control. We disapprove of the state as a place of capitalistic actions and we
also refuse the new institutionalisation of the capitalistic exploitation by
world economic forum, international monetary fonds or world trade organisation.
Our answer is our protest, are our own actions. We do not rely on political
parties or lobbies, we express our criticism together, independently and
unmistakeably. The ways of protesting and showing the criticism depend on the
people who express them. In our resistance there should be room for different
kinds of actions and there should be no limits to creativity.

- the protest against the wef-summit in Davos is not the only thing, it is only
one part of the global resistance against oppression and exploitation. Our
solidarity is with all oppressed, who do not want to accept the prevailing
contradictions without criticism, and our solidarity is with all, who realize
their power and organise emancipated resistance. But as we are part of the
prevailing contradictions, we have to question our positions all the time. Our
action is a reaction on the prevailing situation, it is a logical and necessary
answer to the ruling politics and the politics of the rulers.

- the wef-summit is used by the Swiss government to create a distinctive image
of themselves as equal partners in the international context. Our protest
against the wef-summit is connected with our resistance against the Swiss
government politics, against racist and sexist politics and against the
neoliberal basic position of our society.

Protest and actions programm against the WEF 2004:

Saturday 10 January 2004 14h30 Winterthur Place de la gare Demonstration
against the WEF and for an anticapitalist alternative

Saturday 17 January Swiss wide ANTI-WEF action day !

Free trains and cities protest tour starts Fribourg: 13.00 Place Python >
Berne: 14.30 Heiliggeistkirche (in front of the station) > Burgdorf: 16.30
station > Langenthal: 18.00 station then concerts
Poster : http://www.indymedia.ch/de/2003/12/16668.shtml

Lugano in the swiss-italian canton of Tessin
anti-wef carnaval.... > > 12.00 minestrone, musica e scoregge anti-wef > 13.30
start of the demo SCACCIA WEF (hunt the WEF) > 15.30 thater and games : il
frutto del desiderio (the fruit of desire) > 21.30 Concerts Zapatistes with :
TRACCIAZERO (punckrock), MERDONALDS > (punck-oi), > RADICAL SOUNDS (reggae)
mailto:molino@inventati.org Homepage: http://www.ecn.org/molino

Zurich Volkshaus de Zurich, Stauffacherstr. 60 : the other Davos
(http://www.otherdavos.net/) conferences and workshops and seminairs from 10am
to 10 pm

Geneva international demonstration against the WEF (HQ in Geneva) time and
place to be confirmed … mailto:info@rebellion.ch
Homepage:: http://www.rebellion.ch

Wednesday 21 January 2004 decentralized blockades swiss wide but mostly
concentrated on the road in between Zurich and Davos to block the WEF delagates
to join Davos
Workshop and infos to prepare the blockages Sunday 18 January 2004 in Zurich
place and time soon : http://www.blockadenetz.ch
More infos soon: http://www.antiwto.ch/reitschule/anti-wto/index.shtml
And in Lugano on Saturday 3nd and Sunday 4th January 2004 from 10.00 to 16.00
info: csa il molino (091.9421221) o molino@inventati.org o

>From 19 to the 25 January 2004 snow and slide and more with the global leaders
in Davos free programme (Do it Yourself with us !) bring your winter stuff

Saturday 24 january 2004 Big international demonstration in Davos 14:00 in
front of Davos-Dorf train station . SMASH THE WEF ! WIPE OUT WEF !

Sunday 25 January 2004 Revenge on the slides and in Davos (Do it yourself with
us !)

Preperations for actions and demos (talks and concerts) possible to sleep and
cook (but limited) In Coire (Chur) not so far from Davos from Sunday 18 January
to Sunday 25th January
e-Mail:: dadavos@gmx.ch Homepage:: http://www.dadavos.ch.vu

WIPE OUT WEF ! anti-wef Switzerland December 2003

Accomodation and facilities for you in Switzerland:

If you want to sleep in Davos here are the chapest

60.- Swiss Francs/ night but possible to sneak …. Hostel Name: Jugend Hostel
(YouthPalace) Davos Adresse: Horlauberstrasse 27, 7260, Davos, Switzerland
Phone: ++41 81 4101920 Fax: ++41 81 4101021
http://www.youthhostel.ch/e/home.cfm Very central !!!! 5mn walk to congress

>From 17.- swiss francs cummon room with your sleeping bag to 37.- in a nice bed
in a room alone !
Possible to cook ! Owned by nice people ; ) but not central ! 10 min bus to
congress center or good 30 min walk!
Herberge Reception form 9 am to 12 and 19pm to 22pm
Fam,Olaf Kreuzen/Stroo
CH 7265 Davos Wolfgang
Schweiz, Swiss, Switzerland
Tel. 0041-81-4162040 Fax. 0041-81-4130936 Handy 078-7483078 (004178 from out of
Homepage http://www.herberge.net E-mail davosolaf@freesurf.ch

Maps in Switzerland http://www.swissgeo.ch/
Trains :http://www.cff.ch
Buy a cheap train ticket "carte journalière" = daily pass (a week in advance !)
Davos webpage: http://www.davos.ch
The WEF's webpage : http://www.weforum.org
Indymedia switzerland: http://www.indymedia.ch
"Correct" Mass media infos: http://www.swissinfo.ch
If you want to rent a car make many comparaisons because they can be great
price differences !

Food in switzerland: from the supermarket 1 kilo pasta = 1 to 2 Euros
500grammes bread= 2 Euros
100grammes chocolat = 1 Euro one apple = 50 cent a piece of cheese 250 grammes
= 3 Euros
A pizza in a ristorante = 9 Euros
Nice meal in a restorant arond 16 Euros to 20 Euros
A bier in a bar around 2,5 Euros in a shop 1 Euro

Usefull links:
maps: http://www.swissgeo.ch/
trains: http://www.cff.ch http://www.cff.ch
Carte journalière = cheap train pass: http://www.ate.ch
Hostels at Davos: http://www.youthhostel.ch/e/home.cfm ou
Davos: http://www.davos.ch http://www.davos.ch
WEF : http://www.weforum.org http://www.weforum.org
Last year demo pictures:

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