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?
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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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Gathering in Manchester to discuss anti-cuts activity. They’re starting off organising under the PGA principles that you might recognise from the anti-globalisation movement.
Call out for Network X
On 15th and 16th January we are calling a gathering for all networks and
individuals that are oppositional, non hierarchical and opposed not only
to the cuts, but to capitalism itself.
Across the country local groups have sprung up, and networks have worked
together to pull off some amazing protests, but we want to go further…
From peoples kitchens to action medics, action support to workshops.
If we would like to see anger around The Cuts over the next few years
become strong movements then it is not only necessary to establish this
infrastructure, but to base them in a wider
discussion – we will hopefully be inviting delegates from occupations and
actions across the country to this end.
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