Montreal español: http://argentina.indymedia.org/news/2002/12/69003.php
Victoria, British Columbia: Argentina - An island of hope (PDF en ingles)
5:30pm @ Plaza Tenochtitlan (18th St & Loomis)~Noisy Gathering
7:00pm @ Decima Musa Restaurant (19th & Loomis)~Screening & Tango party
Bring your pots and pans to the streets to protest US corporate greed!
(there is a cute McDonalds by the plaza)
Drums, noyse makers & Tango music?! to remember:
-the 1st anniversary of the Argentine revolt
-the 5th anniversary of the massacre of the Zapatista community in Acteal, Chiapas.
*Screening of Kick ass Video about Argentina by Italy IMC
*Slide Show with photos from Argentina/ Material will be distributed
*Testimonies from local struggles linked to Argentina
*Bring your ideas to strategize together for future actions!!
A year ago, the people of Argentina faced the Christmas season in a grim economic state. The IMF refused the government's loan request, so workers saw their salaries cut by 60%. Major banks froze people's bank accounts. Being the poster child of the IMF and World Bank, Argentina was forced during the 90s to privatize services and to open its market to transnational corporations that look for highs profit through low costs: massive layoffs and firings, raising the unemployment to 25%. Argentina found the end of the neoliberal economic rainbow: complete financial ruin.
Facing hunger and renewed police repression, over a million people spontaneously took to the streets on Dec 19-20. They banged on pots and pans and chanted "Que Se Vayan Todos!" (They all must go) to transnational corporations, corrupt politicians, and the repressive police forces that support them.
Since then, the Argentine people organize weekly Asambleas Populares (popular public assemblies) to make their own economic decisions and continue the Cacerolazos to make their voices heard. An inspiring movement has developed where the popular politics of the future are being re-invented. The people of Argentina are calling for a global day of action to mark their anniversary.
This is a message transmitted from Dennis Brutus, South African poet jailed with Nelson Mandela during the apartheid period.
"good news for Argentina - please transmit;
the SMI - Social Movements Indaba - a coalition of activists groups - today voted to express solidarity with the people of Argentina in their action, especially their action of December 20. (...)
Fraternal greetings, Dennis Brutus; Jubilee South Africa/ SMI - Social Movements Indaba, Johannesburg."