International Demonstration “People United against Austerity”
Date(s) - 01/06/2013
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This International Demonstration “People United against Austerity” will be held Saturday 1st June 2013 in London and in many other cities in Germany, Netherlands, Cyprus, Slovenia, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Portugal.
In London it will take place at 2pm at HM Treasury, 1 Royal Horse Guards, symbol of austerity forces in the United Kingdom. A march will then take us to the European Comission representation in the UK, at 34 Smith Square, symbol of the austerity forces in Europe. See www.facebook.com/events/528002230597504.
For elsewhere in Europe (or Wall Street in New York) see a list of protests in www.facebook.com/events/462102117200866.
This International Demonstration “People United against Austerity” was called by an internacional meeting of anti-austerity activists that took place in Lisbon on the 26th April 2013.
The follow appeal was issued in the end of the meeting:
Europe is under an onslaught by the financial capital represented by the Troika, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and by the governments that implement policies in agreement with these entities against the people. This offensive intends to crush the people, making them slaves of debt and austerity. Austerity has spread across Europe and should also be defeated by international struggle.
Each of us, in every country, in every city, in every home, in themselves, feel the effect of policies and decisions on peoples’ rights won over decades. They have increased unemployment, they look to privatize everything that can be profitable, they attack the sovereignty of countries under the propaganda of “foreign aid”. It is urgent that we join our forces to better fight back.
We have launched an appeal for an international decentralized demonstration to dozens of movements in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Slovenia … At the meeting held on 26th April in Lisbon, companions from several European countries have discussed this proposal together.
We reached an international consensus to take to the streets on the 1st of June 2013: People united against troika!
This is the beginning of a decentralized and participatory process. We want to build it collectively by joining our forces. Countries across Europe will be from now on invited to join in a protest against the international troika and against austerity on the 1st of June 2013… people shall decide how to live their lives.
We call on all citizens, with and without political party, employed or unemployed, with or without hope, we urge you to join us. We call on all political organizations, civic movements, unions, political parties, communities, informal groups, we urge you to join us.
We are extending our contacts, both nationally and internationally, because we know that only the sum of our voices can stop the new wave of austerity that is being prepared. The peoples of Europe have demonstrated on several occasions showing that they are not available for more sacrifices on behalf of a future that will never come. It is time for a major demonstration to show the ability of these peoples across borders to coordinate in this fight. The people say NO to the policies of austerity.
From North to South of Europe, we will take to the streets against austerity!”