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For a European Spring’ is a call for actions, strikes and demonstrations all over Europe on the 13th of March

For a European Spring

For a European Spring' is a call for actions, strikes and demonstrations all over Europe on the 13th of March

Our Democracy against their austerity!
A call for action against the EU Spring Summit

‘For a European Spring’ is a call for actions, strikes and demonstrations all over Europe on the 13th of March, and for a pan-European demonstration and creative actions in the city of Brussels on the 14th of March. It is targeted at the EU Spring Summit, where leaders from across the continent will assemble on the 14th and 15 to strengthen the European Council’s response to the crisis.

The response to date from economic and political elites in the European Union amounts to a massive attack on welfare, social rights and democracy. This has been achieved by undermining democracy, reflected in EU policies including the imposition of austerity, demands for deep cuts in social spending, attempts to weaken labour laws and the roll back of hard earned labour rights.

This course of action is dangerous, profoundly unjust, and must be reversed. While these policies are designed to rescue big banks and big business, we, the vast majority, are made to pay for the excesses of the privileged.

All over Europe struggles and strikes are happening against these unjust policies. These struggles are our struggles, and we reject the violent attempts of European states to suppress them. Now is the time for solidarity across borders and sectors, to be the force to create real democracy and social justice. We are seeking to build a society where solutions, very different to those defended by the elites and imposed by the EU, can be proposed and discussed by everybody.

We call for actions, strikes and demonstrations on the 13th March across Europe as part of a week of European resistance, with a mass mobilisation on the 14th in Brussels targeting the EU Spring Summit. We will show those in power that our growing movement will, sooner or later, be strong enough to change the course of Europe in the interest of us all.

  • Abolish all EU-austerity treaties and legislation!
  • For an ecological Transition!
  • Disarm Financial Markets!
  • Debt: Don’t owe, don’t pay!
  • Fire the Troika, not the people!

ES: http://madrid.tomalaplaza.net/marzo2013/

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Updates from Portugal for #12m15m MAY12

There will be actions on the May12 in Porto, Coimbra, Santarém and Lisboa, and it seems that there are people in Évora already organizing something too. In Leiria, Braga, Aveiro, Faro and Vila Real is possible that someone or some group comes up with a demo, but I didn’t find any information yet.

There have been already two assemblies to prepare the May12 in Lisbon (in which several groups are participating and finally managing to work together!), one in Coimbra and another in Porto. This saturday there will be assemblies in Lisbon and Coimbra to (I hope) define the final plans (or almost) for the May12.

As soon as there are definitive information about the different protests I will let you know. For now, I leave here the link for the protest in Santarém: https://www.facebook.com/events/361011567273888/
- Popular Assemblies
Besides of what is related to the Global May, there are regular popular assemblies in Porto (weekly), Coimbra (twice a week) and Lisbon (different groups gathering in different rhythms). In Lisbon there are also several neighbourhood assemblies.
- Protests and Other Actions
In this cities and in other cities, some actions happen but most of them are still small, except some actions that start happen which are related with the National Health System – this saturday there will be protests in several cities against the destruction of the National Health System.
- Occupied spaces
In Porto, there is a school that was abandoned more than 5 years ago. It was occupied last year (on April 10 it was the one-year anniversary) and it achieved amazing things: right now the community of the neighbourhood is participating in the activities of the occupation and also on the organization of everything, and the children play and receive free educational support in the school. This project is called “Es.Col.A. da Fontinha” (Es.Col.A. means Collectively Managed Space, Fontinha is the name of the neighbourhood) and the city hall is threatening to evict the space. It is possible that the eviction takes place already on this night.
This project is mobilizing many people on a national level because there is not really tradition of occupying abandoned places in Portugal. In the end of march there was a “Acampada Es.Col.A” in the place with some dozens of people of several portuguese cities and many more from Porto itself. If the eviction happens it is probable that people take the streets at a national level (I hope so!)
You can check the blog of the project at: http://escoladafontinha.blogspot.pt/
More occupations of abandoned buildings might happen in the near future in other cities, there are people working (or at least thinking) on that.
- Communitarian Gardens
I don’t know how exactly to call to this “spaces”, but let me explain: basically, its pieces of abandoned land occupied by activists and normal people to create places where everyone can cultivate to provide food for the communities. There is one that I know in Lisboa and at least one in Porto. In Coimbra very soon a public abandoned terrain will also be occupied with this goal.
In short, things are developing in a each day greater rhythm, although still not many people are involved. I would say that from several hundred to not much more than one thousand people are participating in these kind of dynamics in Portugal. But we hope that in May the movement will grow a lot and several acampadas will certainly happen with that goal.
Portugal is on for the May 12. Portugal is also struggling for another world!

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This is a message for all committees of communication of Occupy/Occupii

We are the 99%.

The current distribution of economic resources is such that only the scarce minority escapes from poverty or daily uncertainty. Future generations are condemned to receive a poisoned heritage due to the enrionmental risks undertaken for the very few who profiteer. We demand social justice, we will not stand down in the defense of our rights. Our representatives have the obligation to be guided by our needs; they have to listen to us. Let’s turn the streets into the biggest loudspeaker on earth on May 12th.  Because we are the 99%, because we are not goods controlled by politicians and bankers. Let’s take the streets on May 12th.


As part of the Wgroup of Facilitation of the international meetings for action planning in May 2012 and at the same time as a member of the Action Alternatives and Solutions WG, I would like to share 4 info points:

Our next general meeting related to this subject will be held on Saturday March 17th at 19:00 UTC on the DRY’s mumble  http://mumble.democraciarealya.es/index.php?lang=en
You can access the minutes of the last meeting that took place last night through this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13k_-m4W3aZ3qrDVSZm53jrZxBpSPGcX…
All proposals presented so far by the assemblies have been organized in an schematic way and are available here : http://titanpad.com/proposalfor12and15May
NOTE: This pad will become a cute graveyard of excellent proposals if we neglect our responsibility to study them in our assemblies, that is the job of each one (as I understand it, and sorry if this sounded rough).3) Within this pad there are six or seven simple proposals to carry out in the three ****star days***  of the month of May.
On our last meeting we agreed to spread them, it is understood that it is responsibility of each person to carry out the task. Therefore I am doing my part!
- Return to camp in the squares the 12M or 15M
- Flashmob: standing still (or sitting down)  quietly for about 3 mins. in squares or public places –  in shopping centers, areas of bars, arenas, football stadiums and others but without obstructing the traffic.
-In contrast: Blockades of Public transport means and roads as a measure of pressure, stopping normal traffic
-Alternative to the demonstration 12M Global:  reappropriation of public space
- Actions of civil disobedience: do not pay the meter, not paying at the supermarket,  for water, gas or light, which is compatible with civil disobedience actions in the internet.
- Send mass emails/tweets individually with a single short sentence to a global target
- “MEMORY Action” To produce a documentary or other summaries (pamphlets, posters, collage) Recalling the achievements so far attained by each assembly> region> countryThis list is not an imposition, but only suggestions. They are proposals that came out of assemblies and are now returning to them as queries to satisfy transparency and horizontality.
We hold regular WG meetings (details below) where we can answer questions and receive comments / contributions.
An example of how they are working in Madrid: http://actasmadrid.tomalaplaza.net/?p=3078
The work groups that discuss these proposals are:FACILITATION – mail: dinamization12m15m@gmail.com
Meetings on Wednesdays in the ”happy room” - serve roccupytalk.org http://occupytalk.org/article/how-connect-our-server
COMMUNICATION – mailing list & email:communication12M15M@lists.takethesquare.net
Communication # 12y15M 02/11/2012 minutes http://titanpad.com/4iKhcrJgOP
Meetings on Fridays at 20:30 on the serverocupytalk.org
ACTIONS ALTERNATIVES AND SOLUTIONS email: actaltmay12@gmail.com meetings every Sunday at 19:00 UTC, in Mumble (Server: occupytalk.org + Room: Round Table) Assembly Minutes 02/18/12 : http://piratepad.net/DCgEQgP6lA
facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216573315106098/
Please bring/blast this information back to your assemblies and come back bringing an answer.
Any doubt especially related to using mumble and servers, direct them to:dinamization12m15m@gmail.com we’ll be glad to help.
Thank you!

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In response to the state of emergency imposed by the Peruvian government to protect an unviable mining project “Conga”, in breach of fundamental human rights, and environmental policies of the Peruvian people in Cajamarca. Indignant runakuna demonstrating in Cajamarca (Perú) “Conga NO! Life and water are worth more than gold”

The indignant movement has spread worldwide struggling to protect and vindicate the rights and public spaces of the citizens, as social actors of change and of direct political participation, against the greed and economic interests of a few who have established “policies” of anti-social injustice. The movement is present in every corner of the world and it claims global demands without forgetting the particularities of each context. Thus, the indignation caused by the Conga, unfeasible mining megaproject, has led to the Peruvian citizens to
manifest peacefully against the implementation thereof.

The government’s response to the protests has been to declare, without legal basis, a state of emergency to repress the people (siege), This intrusion of the military seeking to protect the private interests of Newmont Mining, a transnational corporation and ignoring the people’s voice, who claim “we are not commodities in the hands of politicians, bankers and transnational companies” and “our livelihood is not for sale, it is to be protected”

According to the International Criminal Court, a crime against humanity is “violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, as part of a widespread or systematic attack against any civilian population” by, for example declaring siege, without a legal justification.

Thus, the interference of the military to enforce the command from the executive management of the Peruvian state (state of emergency) infringes any legal basis and the fundamental rights of the citizens of Cajamarca, by restricting the freedom of the indignant, who demonstrated peacefully, upraising against the violation of their rights and livelihoods and the imposition of a mining mega-project, which at all levels puts the population at risk.

This is a project that only benefits the interests of a transnational that corrupts
politicians in order to make profits. Activities of Newmont Mining Corporation
company are known worldwide, their mining practices more than once have
been related to serious harm to entire populations and the environment, causing irreparable damages.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/jaime-chihuala/destrucci%C3%B3n-de-las-condiciones-de-vida-en-yanacocha- crimen-ecol%C3%B3gico-y-de-lesa-h/228696983869699)

There are several releases that have declared the existence of deficiencies in both the Conga project reports, studies and possible physical processes or gravimetry, as well as water resources management and analysis of predictive mathematical models. In adition, the nomination and application of molecular biology technology and genetic manipulation of bacteria to turn the tailings innocuous – called disruptive technologies-, described by some “interested” advocates who defend this particular type of mining projects, lack of any scientific and technical support. It is known from studies issued in Canada, that there is no technology able to mitigate, reduce and nullify the harmful environmental effects of using 10 or more tons / day of explosives, which releases toxic gases and acids characteristic of the explosion, and other noxious “gases that have been trapped for centuries in the innards of the
earth (and) that are released into the atmosphere abruptly.” And the tailings ponds, subjected to control and manipulation by the miners, always have poor monitoring of the institutions of state, and they don’t get the treatment that should be applied to the neutralization according to the rules and procedures, to avoid as far as possible pollution of fresh water sources in the area of intervention.

(http://biodiversidadla.org/Principal/Contenido/DocumentoS/Peru_cabeceras_de_cuenca_en_Cajamarca_Por_que_debemos_defenderlas_y_protegerlas#.TtrZSI7zDCV.facebook ).

It is noteworthy that the Conga project is an open pit mining project in the headwaters of a watershed, which feeds at least five water systems. The resulting pollution seriously endangers the health of the people, the environment, and agricultural and business activity in the area, potentially causing drying and disappearance of 4 lakes.

On the other hand, it is important to note that, unlike other countries, environmental impact studies that are based on extractive projects in Peru are not approved by the Ministry of Environment, and “are performed by consultants hired and paid by the stakeholder companies”, “thereby subtracting credibility to the subject matter hereof and lacking scientific
value”. In the present case, the preparation of the EIA is carried out by consulting closely linked to the Yanacocha mine, who has been causing irreversible damage to the town of Cajamarca for the last 17 years.

These studies do not meet the satisfactory conditions to embody serious reports by UNOPS and OEFA, among UN and allow the violation of fundamental rights protected by the Peruvian Constitution (Art. 38 º, 45 º, 51 º and 138 º 2nd paragraph of the Constitution) that are outlined as follows:

- Thy do not guarantee effectively the right to an adequate and balanced environment that is contained in art. 2.22 of the Constitution. There is no sustainable economic demarcation, or consideration of the OEFA, thus violating a possible balanced development, conservation, and prevention of risks, not concreted specifically in the current design of the EIA approval. (STC Exp. Nº 3510-2003-AA, f.j. 2.e y Exp. Nº 0048-2004-PI f.j. 18)

There is a basic incompatibility with the fundamental right to promote and
ensure a balanced environment, a right recognized in Article 44 of the Constitution.


- The Peruvian government shows not interest in removing the legal and illegal obstacles that prevent the exercise of fundamental rights and environmental matters, held in Article 2 of the American Convention on Human Rights and developed by American Court of Human Rights (Court HR) “and in Article 67 of the Constitution, which requires the Peruvian government to develop a national policy on risk management and environmental care”.

- They do not give rise to any agreement by consulting the people involved,
contravention with the ILO 169.

There is no amount of money that can compensate the damage caused, or the consequences and diseases caused to the population. The –so called- development that wants to be sold to the citizens is an attempt to disguise the real interest directly towards their private assets, diminishing the real possibilities the population to have access to their own resources.

The indignant movement demands a real democracy in which the affairs of the state, that are within its competence, are taken into account through consultation or referendum, so that public participation is effective, and plausible and recognized consensus is achieved, fed from the collective intelligence and democratic participation. Only then the citizens can protect
both their public rights and their right to protect themselves, nurture and maintain their livelihoods and environment. It is mandatory that the people’s voice is taken into account and gets back the power to react against any state contract with transnational companies that seek their own interests, because the population is not a tool for projects that are not viable and pretend to run at the expense and to detriment of the people.

“We shall not allow the economic power of a few, like Newmont Mining Corporatioon, control everything in Cajamarca, including availing itself of the Peruvian army and airports to defend and monitor their economic greed-laden purposes.”

International movement of indignant, Legal Team International.

Mining Yanacocha and the environmental damages.

According to the WHO report that accounts for the presence of heavy metals in living organisms (plants, animals and humans), and the significant pollution that exists, causing various diseases irreversible to entire populations around
the mine. Contamination of the water supply and groundwater in the Yanacocha mining area.


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Press release in support of the student movement in Chile

Democracia real Ya! (Real Democracy Now!), the peaceful protest movement of the ‘Indignant’ who took to the streets of Spain on May 15th to demand real democracy, states its support and solidarity with the Chilean people in their legitimate demand for  free quality Public Education as a fundamental right for all of society. We also support the initiative by the student movement to conduct a referendum to resolve this conflict in a direct and legitimate way, while we condemn the Chilean government’s intransigence, its denial of citizens’ right to assembly and public gathering, and the brutal police actions against the people of Chile.

The Democracia real Ya! platform is an open network of individuals, groups and autonomous movements that work together for real democracy. Democracia real Ya! began in Spain in early 2011 and called for the May 15th demonstration under the slogan: ”We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers.” From this call to take to the streets, emerged a spontaneous popular protest in the form of tent cities that later evolved into neighbourhood and town assemblies. All of this constitutes what is known as the 15M movement (May 15th movement), which has united hundreds of thousands of outraged citizens. Currently, we are networking with people around the world.

In the case of Chile, we support the students’ demands for increased public funding in higher education as a percentage of GDP, for a democratization of the system, and for equal access to quality education for people from diverse social backgrounds. We also condemn profit making by private universities that use state funds, which has generated the most expensive, segregated and unequal education system in the world. It’s worth noting that profit in education is illegal in Chile, but for over 20 years society has implicitly accepted it, without the authorities taking any action to deal with this.

In addition, what outrages us today is Chile’s Ministry of Interior’s repeated violation of basic human and civil rights guaranteed in any constitutional democracy. We repudiate the unacceptable violence by the Chilean Police Force, who are using tear gas and water cannons against peaceful demonstrators, causing serious harm to their dignity and health. The Carabineros are also using police infiltrators to incite violence in demonstrations and are have carried out violent evictions of occupied educational establishments, even when students did not put up resistance.

It is intolerable that the government and the special police forces do not allow citizens to exercise their legitimate right to “peacefully assemble without permission and without arms”, stipulated in Article 19, clause 13 of the Constitution of the Republic of Chile. Furthermore, we condemn the refusal of the authorities to permit citizens to exercise their legitimate right to “petition the authority on any matter of public or private interest, with no limitation other than to proceed in a respectful and appropriate manner”.

Due to the above, we support the resolution of this conflict through a plebiscite, referendum, or any other mechanism of direct democracy, which in this case, needs to be ratified by the Congress through a constitutional amendment, so that citizens can legitimately exercise their right to express their will regarding this issue.

In tune with social movements around the world, Democracia real Ya! blames the global financial system for this new form of domination over the sovereignty and self determination of people. We also share citizens’ outrage at the pollution and lack of respect for the environment, including the brutal plundering of natural resources in Latin America.

For all the above reasons, we call on Chilean authorities to heed the legitimate demands of its people for Public Education, to stop the repressive measures against those who exercise their right to demonstrate publicly and to seek a peaceful solution for the sake of the Chilean society.

Finally, we call upon citizens around the world to organize and rise up peacefully to demand their rights. We cannot just sit and wait. We must act. Several parts of the world have already begun to awaken. We must be the protagonists of our own destiny.

Fuerza Chile and to all citizens of the world.

Global Democracy Now.

Democracia real Ya!, August 17, 2011



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We condemn the brutal police attacks that were carried out against the people on the night of August 4th

From Democracia real Ya! we  condemn the brutal police attacks that were carried out against the  people on the night of August 4th.
We forcefully condemn the events  that took place during spontaneous demonstrations in Madrid,  particularly the brutal attacks that the Spanish security forces carried  out on August 4th 2011.
This action is unacceptable and  cannot be tolerated in a country that defines itself as a  democratic  state that abides by the rule of law. If the universal rights of  citizens to assemble and move freely are not observed, what is the  legitimacy of those who use violence to try to impose their reason on  us?
These actions are even more  serious considering they have been perpetrated against outraged people  who are crying out for a real democracy that guarantees citizens’  participation in the political arena and against the mighty influence of  financial powers in global policies.
People’s  freedom of speech has been restricted and they have been subjected to  physical aggressions, both young and old. Moreover, police officers have  arbitrarily demanded peaceful protesters to show them their IDs.  (Article 21 of the Spanish Constitution acknowledges the right to  peaceful, unarmed assembly with no need for prior authorization; see hier)
Many Spanish cities have called  for actions of solidarity. Given the immediate dissemination of images  showing the seriousness of the events, it is expected that this  solidarity and outrage will only grow.
We strongly support the  statement released by tomalaplaza.net after the eviction of Puerta del  Sol and Paseo del Prado as well as the protests that are taking place  these days in Madrid. We call for citizens to reflect on the credibilty  of a political system that, with impunity, has promoted a brutal,  unjustifiable agression against people whose only crime has been to  excercise their freedom to protest peacefully.
If you believe in freedom and in  the rights that our security forces are violating, Democracia real Ya  invites you to take to your city squares to show your indignation and  solidarity, not only with all the injured in Madrid, but also with  people around the world whose lawful rights are being undermined through  the use of violence.
We  therefore support and encourage the protests that will take place on  Friday, August 5th. We cannot allow our freedoms to be curtailed. We  cannot tolerate agressions against people who protest peacefully.
We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers.
Be informed, be outraged, react, and protest for your rights in your streets and squares. They are ours!
DEMOCRACIA REAL YA (Real Democracy Now)
Democracia real ¡YA! condamne la brutale charge policière contre le peuple, qui a eu lieu dans la soirée du 4 Aout.
Nous condamnons énergiquement les événements qui ont eu lieu au cours des manifestations spontanées à Madrid et en particulier la brutale charge des organismes et forces de sécurité de l’Etat le 4 août 2011
Ces faits sont inadmissibles et ne peuvent être tolérés dans un état qui se défini comme étant démocratique, un etat de droits. Si les droits universels des citoyens à se réunir et à la libre circulation ne sont pas respectés, quelle légitimité auront alors ceux qui à travers la violence veulent imposer leur raison?
Ces faits sont d’autant plus grave quand il s’agit de violence contre le peuple qui clame indigné pour l’application d’une réelle démocratie oû se garantisse la participation citoyenne dans la scène politique et contre la puissante influence du pouvoir financier dans la politique mondiale.
La liberté d’expression des personnes est plus que limitée et on a attenté contre l’intégrité physique de celles-ci en agressant sans mesure autant les jeunes que les personnes âgées. En outre, les forces de l’ordre ont exigés sans discernement l’identification de manifestants pacifiques.
(Article 21 de la Constitution, reconnait “Le droit de se réunir pacifiquement et sans armes. L’exercice de ce droit ne necessite pas d’autorisation préalable” http://noticias.juridicas.com/base_datos/Admin/constitucion.t1.html).
Jusqu’à ce soir les démonstrations de solidarité se sont répétés dans diverses villes à travers l’état. Et étant donné la gravité des images relatives aux faits qui ont été diffusé dans tout l’état de façon immédiatement, on s’attend à ce que cette solidarité et cette indignation ne peut qu’augmenter.
Nous soutenons fermement et de façon contondante tant le communiqué publié après l’évacuation de la “Puerta del Sol” et du “Paseo del Prado” par Tomalaplaza.net que les mobilisations qui se déroulent ces jours-ci à Madrid et nous appelons les citoyens à réfléchir sur la crédibilité de notre système qui a encouragé impunément une agression sauvage, brutale et injustifiable contre le peuple qui n’a commis d’autre délit que d’éxiger de façon pacifique le droit de manifester librement.
Si vous croyez en la liberté et en les droits que les forces de l’ordre vulnèrent, nous vous invitons depuis Democracia real Ya à montrer votre indignation dans toutes les places d’Espagne et d’ailleur en signe de solidarité non seulement avec tous les blessés de Madrid, mais avec tous les gens du monde entier dont les droits légitimes sont réduit par l’utilisation de la violence.
Par conséquent, nous soutenons et encourageons les rassemblements de protestation qui auront lieu dans toutes les places de pays demain, vendredi 5 août. Nous ne pouvons pas permettre que l’on limite nos libertés et qu’on nous agresse pour nous manifester pacifiquement.
Nous ne sommes pas des marchandises entre les mains de politiciens et de banquiers.
Informe tou, indigne toi, réagir et manifeste pour tes droits dans tes rues et places. Elles sont nôtres!

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