October 19th, 2012
From the Citizen Debt Audit Platform in Spain (PACD), we have worked on convergence with different groups in the Debt axis in order to be able to come up with common strategies, dynamics and calender (with Florence10+10 in mind) and the objective of building a united international resistance movement to face the neoliberal agenda.
Why we consider it important? European economic austerity policies are attacking our rights, draining our democracy and destroying what we knew as “welfare state”, particularly affecting vulnerable groups (children and young people, women, immigrants, precarious workers…) and regardless of the environmental perspective, betting on dead economic growth.
This is why we consider strategic to directly attack the root of our problems. Austerity, cuts, loss of rights, the depletion of our imperfect democracy… are symptoms produced by the debt mechanism; a tool in hands of EU neoliberal policies. Africa, Latin America, Asia … have already been through this, now it’s our turn. ¡No pasarán!
AGORA99 2nd-4th Nov, Madrid
October 14th, 2012
By Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK. Published at Red pepper, October 2012
15 October marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of an African liberation hero. We need to remember him, to challenge the dominant view of Africa’s helplessness and to fight our own debt crisis in Europe.
On 15 October 1987 a revolution was brought to an abrupt and bloody end by the murder of Thomas Sankara, President of the newly named state of Burkina Faso. In the years following Sankara’s assassination, by his once trusted friend Blaise Compaoré who runs Burkina Faso to this day, his revolution was overturned and the country became just another African fiefdom of the International Monetary Fund. But for a brief period of 4 years, Burkina Faso shone brightly, a stunning example of what can be achieved even in one of the world’s most impoverished countries.
Sankara was a junior officer in the army of Upper Volta, a former French colony which was run as a source of cheap labour for neighbouring Corte ‘d’Ivoire to benefit a tiny ruling class and their patrons in Paris. As a student in Madagascar, Sankara had been radicalised by waves of demonstrations and strikes taking place. In 1981, he was appointed to the military government in Upper Volta, but his outspoken support for the liberation of ordinary people in his country and outside eventually led to his arrest. In August 1983, a successful coup led by his friend Blaise Compaoré, brought him to power at the age of only 33.
October 11th, 2012
Text included in the press kit buy the PACD (Citizen Debt Audit Platform), Barcelona.
October 7th, 2012
Elaborated by “barrio” assemblies and different collectives from Barcelona.
Global Mobilisation, Saturday, October 13th at 18h, Catalunya square.
“We will throw back the debt to those who created it”.
DON’T OWE, WON’T PAY, IT DEPENDS ON US!!!
In recent months, the impact on our lives of the so-called crisis has intensified and politicians show no will or capacity to act upon it. So, we are building our own politics, we are taking the initiative, revealing what is behind the debt mechanism that sustains this big scam they call crisis. We declare that: