The protest we mentioned last week, there was a text written for it in the hope we could get a flyer together. This might not happen, but here’s the text.
Let us inform you about this amazing TED speaker that has no dignityat all: after he spent two years selling out the social wealth of thegreek people and managed to pauperize the country, he is nowwandering around in universities and conferences – always outsideGreece – presenting himself as some sort of saviour so that he iscreating the proper profile for an international career in politics(as destroying only one country is not enough).
G. Papandreou did his job very well, serving theinterest of the big capitalists in Europe by managing to present amainly private debt – created by corruption of the politicians ofGreece in association with some greedy big capitalists across Europeand U.S.A. (notably Siemens & Goldman Sachs) – as a public onecreated through the laziness of Greek people. The creation of thispropaganda gave the moral acceptance of the citizens of E.U. tosupport all the austerity and antisocial policies that were takenfrom the government of G. Papandreou. According to BBC, Bild andother mass media, the “lazy” Greek people had to “pay”.
A huge attack against Greek society started, whichof course only benefited Capital in Europe and Greece. In only twoyears the minimum wage was halved (to around €360, which cannotcover the expenses for renting a flat); all the basic working rightsthat have been won during the previous decades were abolished; publicassets started getting sold for ridiculously low prices and, ofcourse, all the private debt became public debt. All the properconditions in order for the few holders of capital to exploit anation as much as possible were established; in two short years G.Papandreou under the commands of his capitalistic bosses implementedall the neoliberal policies that Thatcher needed 11 years and a warto achieve.
During all this time the people in Greece weretrying to resist against their exploiters using any and all means ofdefence. Massive strikes and protests have taken place in Greece inan attempt for the people to fight for a decent future forthemselves, but the Government’s response was massive and radicalrepression by the legal system and the police. G. Papandreou represents the social exploitation and inequality that this systempromotes and it is our duty to make clear with our actions that thesepeople are not welcome. It is time for all of us to reject thissystem that opposes our freedom by creating a society based inexploitation and domination and fight back towards the establishmentof a society that will promote mutual respect, social equality,social and individual freedom. We must show our solidarity with thepeople that are in struggle around the world and organize ourselvesagainst our exploiters.
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Press release from some of our Greek friends.
George Papandreou, the former Greek Prime Minister who led Greece into the arms of the IMF has been invited to the TEDGlobal 2013 conference on the 11th June. The ‘Scotland Against Austerity – Stop Papandreou’ coalition have called for a mass demonstration on the same day to voice our opposition to his attendence.
Papandreou is one of the politicians largely responsible for the crisis in Greece, and a symbol of European austerity. As such, his invitation to lecture on “drawing lessons from the Greek debt crisis” is an insult to all those who have been stricken by the rise in unemployment and suicide rates, the reduction in pensions, the collapse of public welfare and those forced to emigrate.
A petition has been initiated calling on TedGlobal to rescind their invitation to Papandreou which has garnered 10,000 signatures and made headline news in the Greek media. (1)
We are calling for people across Scotland to mobilise in opposition to Papandreou and any other representative of austerity in Scotland.
The demonstration is being supported by a wide coalition of groups and individuals, including Real Democracy Now (Edinburgh) and Radical Independence (Edinburgh).
A statement from one of the organisers said “Papandreou is responsible for deceiving the Greek people and triggering a avalanche of catastrophic measures. However, the mobilisation is not solely against Papandreou but against the policies of austerity which he represents and have been imposed all over Europe, including Scotland. We feel that the only ‘lessons’ to be drawn from the crisis in Greece are a complete rejection of neo-liberal politics and the need for international resistance.”
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Edinburgh Anarchist Federation fully endorses the national day of action called by grassroots campaign Boycott Workfare.
Join the protest in Edinburgh:
Assemble 12 noon, Hunter Square, Saturday 3rd March, to visit some nearby businesses using unpaid workfare ‘volunteers’ to work for free.
Workfare is a government scheme that makes people on benefits work for their dole.
The government and some in the media present it as a way of encouraging people back into work by gaining experience. This ignores two things – first, there are not enough jobs available for those who want them; and second, workfare placements themselves are taking jobs away from paid workers. We have no problem with people learning while working – this used to be called apprenticeships. But workfare tells the unemployed that they will lose their benefit if they do not work for their it. In every other context the minimum wage applies, so why not here?
The companies using workfare all make large profits. The work being done would need to be done anyway. By getting forced labour to do it for free, the companies’ profits will grow. Their regular workers are often on low pay themselves and find their overtime cut and pay held back because of the forced labour scheme.
Bosses prefer not having to pay for workers. Instead, we are all paying to subsidise their profits. Protests have already forced some to pull out of the scheme. Let’s make it all of them.
Find out more here, and if you’re not in Edinburgh, find an action near you
If you are unemployed, find out about your rights under the various workfare schemes
This protest has been organised by a range of local groups and individuals, including:
Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty
Black Triangle Campaign
Right To Work Edinburgh
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Saturday 25th January, 4pm, Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
As international creditors & bailiffs circle Greece, its government has responded with austerity policies. The results include deepened unemployment, cut pensions and social provision. A permanent state of crisis is the new post-democratic way of government: in the name of the economy, the facade of democracy is one more unaffordable luxury sold off to pay interest on a debt to the rich.
Behind the headlines, the fightback. Beyond massive general strikes demonstrations: hospitals, factories and offices occupied and run by their workers. Regardless of votes in parliament and international brinksmanship, the people of Greece are resisting the IMF by “collective[ly organizing] the struggle for a life that is characterized by solidarity, resistance and dignity.”
What happens next?
Dimitris Dalakoglou, editor of Revolt & Crisis in Greece (AK Press, 2011)
and contributor to the From the Greek Streets blog (www.occupiedlondon.org/blog
) will talk about the situation in Greece as seen from the streets and in daily lives. Following this will be time for discussion. How does the revolt in Greece affect other countries? How can we support the Greek people in struggle? What do we do next?
Find the event on Facebook
Meeting organised by Edinburgh Anarchist Federation
With Occupied London
And Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
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Greece solidarity protest, Edinburgh
Despite the freezing weather, and an unexpected snow storm in the middle of the sunny afternoon, over 100 people gathered outside the City Chambers on Saturday 18th February to show solidarity with workers in Greece, who’s government has just voted to approve IMF and European Bank-approved austerity measures, which will have disastrous consequences for the working class.
The demonstration was well-received by passers by, and had a strong internationalist and anti-capitalist message: it is capitalism, not Greece, which is in crisis!
It's not our crisis, it's capitalism!
Slogans such as “From Scotland to Spain, the problem is the same! From Scotland to Greece, no justice, no peace!” were chanted, and a live link to a Greek radio station was established. The protest in Edinburgh was one of many around Europe and the world to mark an international day of solidarity with Greek workers, which included hundreds of Spanish protesters on the streets under the banner ‘Estamos Con Grecia’ – we are with Greece.
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Protests in Greece
There will be a second demonstration, called by Greek workers in Edinburgh, on Saturday 18th February, 12-3pm, City Chambers, High Street.
The demonstration is in solidarity with workers in Greece fighting the austerity measures imposed by their government at the request of the IMF and European Bank. The statement on the facebook event reads:
On the 12th of February the non-elected Greek Government adopted a new austerity plan, approved by the Greek parliament, which forces people into misery in order to save the European Banks. The 22% cut on the minimum wage (480 euros – 435 for young people), reduction on pensions, the abolishment of the collective bargaining, the privatization of the public sector (including health care and education) are only indicative measures for the future of the Greek people.
The “rescue” plan for Greece includes 130 billion euros, provided by European tax payers, which are not planned to serve the people but will only be given to the European Banks.
On Sunday the 12th of February the hundreds of thousands of Greek people took the streets fighting against the measures imposed be the EU, the European Central Bank, the IMF which would lead to the enslavement to the bankers. On the streets they gave a battle against the violent repression of the police forces having also as an opponent the “silence” of the media on demonstrations.
Greece is only the start before the generalization of the measures all over Europe. The people of Greece need the international solidarity and they call for our support.
Let’s stay united and fight back AGAINST the austerity measures, AGAINST repression, AGAINST the dictatorship of bankers.
WE ARE ALL GREEKS!
WHEN THEY SAY CUT BACK, WE SAY FIGHT BACK!
On Saturday 18th of February there will be demonstrations everywhere in solidarity with the mobilization of people of Greece.
We make this call at 12.00 outside the City Chambers at Royal Mile. See you ALL there!
Last week’s solidarity demo was lively and well attended. Please come along!
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