Statement of Solidarity for the March for Freedom

The March for Freedom has reached Brussels, after marching for one month from Strasbourg via Saarbrucken, Schengen and Luxembourg. With the March for Freedom, hundreds of refugees, migrants and supporters defied the national borders imposed on them and us. They took their right to free movement which is denied to them.

With them, the international coalition of Blockupy raises its voice for this right and the right to study and work for everybody. With them, we oppose the deportation of refugees and migrants within the European Union and to their countries of origin. With them, we oppose the militarized border controls on the external borders of the EU which are organized by Frontex.

We condemn the police violence against some activists in Luxembourg during an action confronting the European Council meeting. We condemn also the attempt to stop a delegation of refugees headed in Brussels, first at the Swiss-Italian border, then at the French-Italian one.

We greet finally the results of the “NoBordersTrain” which, in connection with the March for Freedom, has succeeded to overcome the Swiss border at Chiasso and to ensure freedom of movement and of choice for dozens of refugees.

- Blockupy Europe coordinating group -

Statement +++ May of Solidarity sent a message across Europe

May of Solidarity sent a message across Europe: Let’s fight together and build a transnational movement of resistance in and through Europe and beyond! Let’s cross borders in solidarity and build democracy from below!

Solidarity beyond Borders – Building Democracy from Below was the motto for a May of Solidarity and Action Days just before the European elections. Launched by the transnational European coordination of and for Blockupy it was a powerful moment of Europe-wide mobilization and solidarity. Thousands of people throughout the continent – in Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Greece and Portugal – took to the streets and demonstrated against austerity policies pushed by the Troika and the EU, against ongoing attempts to privatize commons and public services, against institutional racism fostered by border regimes and immigration laws, against the resurge of nationalism and right wing populism as well as against exploitation, poor working conditions and further neoliberal trade agreements such as TTIP furthering global capitalism.

Not by coincidence, May of Solidarity called for action in a time of high European awareness. The aftermath of the European Parliament elections show, with the wide-spread defeat of governments who have overseen the crisis regime for the past five years, a widespread rejection of austerity policies. But there is a stark difference between the success of left forces (as in Greece and, in part, in Spain) which intend to change Europe, and the advance of nationalist and reactionary forces, proposing racist policies of exclusion and the closing of borders. This is another reason why we have chosen the battleground of social movements fighting for a radical transformation, and why the May of Solidarity stands for building democracy from below, a democracy which can be realized only through struggles beyond borders, for the commons, in and for solidarity.

We took to the streets and squares in a multitude of actions, building on regions’ existing mobilizations and combining these with genuine shared transnational threads: from blocking the European Business Summit in Brussels to supporting the successful fight of the Greek janitors; from the asambleas and marches of the 15M movement in Spain to the cross border “march 4 freedom” by the refugees; from the mass mobilization in Rome for social rights against austerity and privatizations to the widespread actions across the continent against Monsanto and the introduction of GMOs in Europe; from the marches and actions in different cities to the Tribunal against the Troika in Brussels and to the Transnational Care Meeting in Vienna – May of solidarity has been able to become an umbrella for diverse movements, mobilizations and causes. Europe is a field of struggle and a truly political space we are beginning anew to occupy, struggle for, reconstruct – not unifying under a central banner and logic, but inviting all the multifarious approaches, sites and constituencies to come together to start defining a common framework and acting for and through it.

As part of the days of solidarity we value common initiatives and the realization of common threads of actions, such as those addressing the global exploitation chains with coordinated initiatives targeting Apple and Foxconn in different cities, those targeting the border regime highlighting the link between institutional racism, the exploitation of migrant labor and the  austerity programs of precaritization. These actions represent an attempt to organize transantionally and in global solidarity, in order to grasp the volatile and transnational nature of global capital that criss-crosses the European space.

The richness of the movements and different actions during these ten days testify the potentiality of a transnational movement we have been establishing in past years by acts of solidarity, transantional meetings and common street practice – as in Blockupy Frankfurt. Therefore, we call on everyone anew to join the upcoming discussions and joint practical efforts towards the summer (in Turin 11th July against the EU Summit on “Youth unemployment”) and autumn (in Frankfurt with the new ECB Tower opening), of struggles and beyond.

See you on the streets and squares in the upcoming months!
- Blockupy Europe coordinating group -

16M in Naples

On the #16M morning, more than 30 municipalities in Campania have been experienced by groups of activists of the territorial committees for the environment. They are once again returning to work on initiatives that request a solution for the territories of the region, poisoned after years and years of legal and illegal dumping of common and industrial wastes.
These committees, against what they call “Biocide”, had been protagonists of last autumn of mobilization and created the famous political demonstration called #Fiumeinpiena, last 16th of November.
Yesterday, on the 16th of May (#16M),six month after that big mobilization, they have decided to come back in the streets and in the public buildings: some of them have built a morning of information, by stands in which people could find information about the ”Biocide” and, first of all, about the alternatives to the “non-solution” of the Government and the local administration.
In Naples, the committees have been occupying the municipal building, settling a large stripe on the main balcony that said “The land of the fires is still burning – stop biocide”.
But Campania is not the only region in which this campaign lives: now, Stop-Biocide committees were born all around the country, and yesterday a lot of Italian cities like Rome, Taranto, Pescara, have been building similar initiatives to say that now “Stop Biocide” is a national movement, and it wants to achieve an European breath.
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Reggio Emilia – Our response to Renzi’s Housing Act

Reggio Emilia – Our response to Renzi’s Housing Act

On 17th of May, while PM Renzi was helding his electoral speech in the town-centre of Reggio Emilia, refugees and activists fof Città Migrante, Lab AQ16 and CasaBettola forced the entrance of an empty building and occupied it with a housing project.

Five malian refugees started a big work to live in  dignity in their new home. These five people, who came to Italy after the civil war in Libia in 2011, were sleeping in abandoned factories or in the streets, without any kind of comfort.

This is a response to the lack of institutional policy for public housing in this moment of crisis, where thousands of people can’t afford rents and live in the streets. In these days the Italian government, through the “Housing Act” by Minister Lupi, has declared a war to poverty and to those who get organised collectively against it. The new Act voted by the Government allows the State to cut water and light to occupied buildings, no matter if the bills are regularly paid. Not only, residence certificates will not be delivered to those living in abandoned places, leading to invisibility and exclusion thousands of citizens, including their children, who will have no longer access to public services. This is Renzi’s response to crisis!

The response we give during #mayofsolidarity is far different. Occupation, collective maintenance and restoration of abandoned houses, stop building speculation, confiscation of properties from organised-crime! These are the strategies to face the problem of homeless-ness and spread rights and dignity to everybody.

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Reflections on Sundays´ Water Referendum in Thessalonikki

From: http://www.autonomias.net/2014/05/people-vs-corporate-rule-some-personal.html
People vs. corporate rule: Some personal notes from my participation in Thessaloniki’s great #vote4water referendum

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First, quantitative:

More than 1500 volunteers set up ballot boxes outside the 192 electoral centres of the 11 municipalities of Thessaloniki’s metropolitan area, at the same time as the municipal elections taking place inside. Numerous groups and citizens’ initiatives worked side by side to carry out the plebiscite, with the infrastructural and moral support of the 11 municipal councils. A few volunteers, intimidated by the government’s threats to arrest the organizers for “obstructing the electoral process”, failed to show up, however the coordinating groups moved people around quickly and covered the vacancies. There were minor incidents, with some police guards refusing to hand the ballot boxes to the organizers, but legal counsellors intervened successfully in all cases.

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Blockupy International coalition +++ Press release +++ 19th of May 2014 +++ “Our democracy and solidarity goes far beyond elections.”

“Our democracy and solidarity goes far beyond elections.”

+ movements across Europe participate in the days of action

+ Demonstrations and civil disobedience for democracy, solidarity and commons.

Tens of thousands in several countries participated in the first part of the European days of action “solidarity beyond borders – building democracy from below”.

Eleonora Cappuccilli from Bologna gives a first résumé for Blockupy international:

“Many initiatives joined the action days from outside the existing networks. Relations are built struggling for a Europe from below and a real democracy. The European movement is strengthened and broadened. These are great conditions for the coming struggles for solidarity, commons and radical democracy. The days of actions will continue until the day of the European elections on 25th of May. On 11th of July the Movement for a Europe from below will mobilize to Turin, to protest against the EU-summit on youth unemployment. In autumn we will get together in Frankfurt to turn the opening of the new ECB-towers into our party of a rising new Europe.”
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Final Statement of the Transnational Care Meeting Vienna

From the 16th to the 18th of May the *Transnational Care Meeting* took
place in Austria, Vienna.

This is the Final Statement of the Transnational Care Meeting:

“From the 16th to the 18th of May 2014, we met on invitation of the
Blockupy Platform Vienna to form the Transnational Care Meeting as part
of the European Action days. We are active in different political
groups, movements and projects. For three days, we discussed how the
crisis affects our common social infrastructure, our social relations of
care and our political struggles.
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More than 1000 in Bologna: we cross the borders, you will not stop us!

More than 1000 in Bologna: we cross the borders, you will not stop us!

On May the 18th in Bologna more than 1000 persons, many migrants among them, took part at the demonstration organized within the frame of the mobilization #MayOfSolidarity, promoted by the European coordination Blockupy. A strong and resolute demonstration that won the challenge of organizing a great protagonism of migrant in the center of the city during a holyday. In the streets of Bologna many voices shouted against the borders of exploitation and European immigration policies. Many voices shouted against the re-opening of the detention center (CIE) in Bologna and for the closure of all those existing inside and outside Europe, against the emergency management of welcome politics and for the closure of detention centers for asylum seekers, for the abolition of the Bossi-Fini law and of the link between the labour contract and the residence permit. These are the objectives of a truly central and transnational initiative.

During the demo the responsibilities of the Italian government and its local delegates – Questura and Prefettura – have been pointed out, and it was denounced the border regime of Schengen, the patrols managed by Frontex, deportations and the Dublin II agreement on asylum. Against the politics producing death on the external borders of Europe, and exploitation and precarity for all inside Europe, migrants brought their force into the streets, together with many workers, students, precarious and movements, associations and unions who supported this day of struggle. A day which concretely united, within the frame of #MayOfSolidarity, the struggles against austerity politics and precarization with those of migrants against the hierarchies produced by institutional racism. A solidarity without borders is necessary in order to win. From Bologna a voice raises and says: we cross the borders, here we struggle, you will not stop us!

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News from Thessaloniki: Authorities declared Referendum on water in Thessaloniki as “illegal”

In a last-minute panic move, the Greek government, through a circular by Minister of the Interior G.Michelakis, declared “illegal” todays’ grassroots referendum regarding water privatization in Thessaloniki, and threatens the organizers with legal action for “obstructing the electoral process”. This sudden panic move was obviously motivated by the fact that the organization of the referendum so far has been impeccable: Around 1500 volunteers are confirmed for setting up the ballot boxes, which translates to about 7 volunteers per electoral centre. Moreover, the citizens have embraced the referendum and an overwhelming “no” vote is expected.
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