Instead of writing out the entire dialogue of the meeting, this paper simply consists of the basic outline of each of the four events, Gothenborg, Barcelona, Salzberg and Genoa, and then the result of the small-group discussions, skipping all confusing stuff in between. -Antonia.
From the 14th until the 16th of June the top EU leaders will meet in Gothenburg, Sweden. George W. Bush will also be there.
The organising network is planning a number of events including a kick-off party on the 14th, a large civil disobedience action on the 15th including a white overall confrontation, a non-confrontative action on the 16th, a reclaim-the-streets style street party, a number of workshops, general festivities and five different counter summits dealing with environmental issues, culture, feminism and workers issues (that's the Syndicalist international meeting).
The organising network are working with many different groups including a number of immigrant groups, chiefly Kurdish, Columbian, and Somalian groups.
Immigration policy will therefore be a strong issue throughout the week, however with such a wide range of groups participating there's something for everybody, really.
The government has built an entire village for the delegates which will be blocked off to the public, this includes hotels and the conference centre, however our friend Mr. Bush will be staying in town, as will the French delegation.
From the 25th to the 27th of June the World Bank will meet in Barcelona to discuss development issues.
Two strong networks, one a Catalonian network, the other a Spanish network, is organising a series of local, decentralised actions all over Spain beginning on the 17th of April and lasting until the 17th of June. These dates are significant as the 17th of April is International Farmers Day and the 17th of June is the last day of the EU Summit in Gothenburg.
The organising networks will run a number of training camps in the days before the week of action. A counter summit will run on the 22nd and 23rd of June and then a popular festival on the 24th. The 25th, 26th and 27th will be days for blockades and civil disobedience, as these are the three days of the World Bank meeting.
The week of action in Barcelona will try to concentrate on popular culture, trying to work with many different elements in the resistance movement, but also trying to integrate popular culture.
The focus of the campaign will mainly be on migration issues, which have grown to be an important issue in Spain recently. The issue of the criminalisation of the movement will also be dealt with, and linked to the repression in the Basque country.
Indy media has just started in Barcelona.
From the 1st to the 3rd of July, the Austrian Government will be hosting the first European World Economic Forum in Salzbourg.
The coordinators of the campaign against the WEF in Salzbourg are a network of autonomous groups. They hope to run workshops in the days leading up to the WEF and will organise a cultural festival on the night before the WEF opens. July 1st will be the action day with demonstrations and civil disobedience.
While the WEF will last three days, the focus of demonstrations will only be on the first day. This is because of a number of circumstances, one being the right-wing government, which has taken a big step in oppressing left and anarchist groups making it difficult for them to meet and organise. This is also the first large scale action that the coordinating group has organised. The coordinators hope to work with other Austrian groups opposing the fascist government and make contacts with, particularly, Eastern European groups.
The present political climate will make this a difficult event, as the governments oppression of left and anarchist groups is so strong, it is quite possible that the borders will be closed to anarchist-looking people and strong police repression is expected.
From the 20th to the 22nd of July the G8 Summit will take place in Genoa. The organising network will hold a number of events, beginning on the 19th with a migrants day, where large demonstrations will take place in support of migrants, particularly 'illegal' migrants. On the 20th the blockades will begin, lasting for a number of days. On the 21st there will be a big demonstration from the General Social Forum, which includes a broad range of the left including left parties, environmentalists etc.
An important idea for the Genoa actions is a citizens strike. This is an idea based on the General Strike, however will include students, the unemployed, illegal workers etc. The citizens strike hopes to bridge the gap between different social sectors to create a broader, unified resistance.
Clearly, then, the main focus of the Genoa demonstrations will be, again, migration issues.
After the events of Napoli, again police and immigration officials are expected to throw their full weight around against demonstrators.
After a lot of round-about discussion, it was decided that we would split up into three groups and discuss certain issues and ideas in depth. Some of these were the issues of legitimacy and how to express the legitimacy of what we do, coordination and how to link these events and support events all over europe, methods, and creating non state-based alternatives, all the while remembering immigration issues and the criminalisation of the movement as central themes for all four events.
This paper simply outlines the ideas that came out of the meeting. Firstly, I have noted the central themes and concepts that are relevant to all of the four actions, and hence to each of the small discussion, and then I have written the ideas and proposals of each group under it's own heading.
The central theme of these four actions is chiefly policies and attitudes regarding immigration. The criminalisation of the movement is so closely linked to the struggle of migrants that this, too, was seen as an important theme.
Important issues that were relevant to each of the discussion groups were:
With regards to the immigration issue:
In Geneva, Barcelona and Gothenburg convergence centres are already being organised by the coordinating groups. It is only in Salzburg where it is a logistical challenge to organise a convergence centre, as there are no squats and the only house available to the coordinating network is the house of the communist party....
Throughout the general discussion the idea of a caravan was discussed. The idea of a caravan, however, was continuesly confused with the reality of the Carnival Caravan, a UK caravan of 30 people travelling over the summer. Therefore, the caravan discussion group concluded that the Carnival Caravan was the only caravan organised to their knowledge in connection with any of these four events and that the Carnival Caravan has its own agenda, and while they may be open to suggestions, the Carnival Caravan is not the initiative of this group. The Carnival Caravans agenda is something approximating providing logistical support to events and linking up with convergence centres along the way. The Carnival Caravan will include Geneva, Barcelona, the No Borders meeting in Spain and a refugee camp in Frankfurt. Regardless of the Carnival Caravan, some ideas were thrown around the general meeting and may be taken up by the Carnival Caravan or used in another context. These were ideas about running a caravan inspired by the Zapatista Caravan where contacts are made all along the way, the Zapatista bit being both a symbolic and practicle idea. Another idea was to follow the immigration issue through with a caravan that includes many migrants and defies border controls, something similar to what happened for Nice for the EU meeting where protesters refused to carry identification and instead had photocopied i.d cards that simply said “we are all illegal immigrants" (but in Italian, which sounds more catchy than the English translation).
The movement of Global Citizenship can link all four different events and unifz all subjects that are excluded from other sectors of society.
The concept of Global Citizenship must materialise in local discussion as each countrz has ist own problems and realities in regards to this question. A proposal was made that all groups write a definition of the idea of Global Citizenship and submit it to the email list so that a discussion can be staged and a common definition can be created before the first of these four events, being Gothenburg in mid June.
REGARDING COMMUNICATIONS; ALL EMAILS COLLECTED AT BOTH MEETINGS WILL BE SENT THIS PAPER AND THE ONE FROM THE LAST MEETING AND INVITED TO JOIN THE CARAVAN '99 EGROUPS LIST: THE FOLLOWING EMAILS ARE THE DIRECT CONTACTS FOR THE COORDINATORS OF EACH OF THE EVENTS:
gothenburg - j15gbg2001hotmail.com
barcelona - enricdurmenta.net
salzburg - wipe.out.wefgmx.at
genova - yabastagenovahotmail.com
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