13 Jul 2006

Show solidarity against World Bank/IMF meetings in Singapore

Show solidarity against World Bank/IMF meetings in Singapore - Sept. 14 - 20, 2006
by Mobilization for Global Justice ( mgj [at] riseup.net )
Wednesday Jul 12th, 2006 11:25 AM
Mobilization for Global Justice (MGJ) has endorsed the following call, written and distributed by Jubilee South, a coalition of social movements throughout the Global South who are resisting illegitimate debts and IMF/World Bank policies. The statement calls on people worldwide to take action in their own communities against the IMF/World Bank the week of September 14-20, while the institutions meet in Singapore.
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Mobilization for Global Justice (MGJ) has endorsed the following call (at http://www.jubileesouth.org/news/EEVpllFFFFAtYxlIPx.shtml ), written and distributed by Jubilee South, a coalition of social movements throughout the Global South who are resisting illegitimate debts and IMF/World Bank policies. The statement calls on people worldwide to take action in their own communities against the IMF/World Bank the week of September 14-20, while the institutions meet in Singapore.

In the spirit of the call, MGJ is calling for all peoples to engage in their own actions to contribute to the resistance and solidarity of peoples everywhere against the international financial institutions.

We encourage people to organize and act in their own communities first and foremost. If you need names of corporations in your area who benefit from IMF/World Bank policies and would be appropriate targets for protest, please let us know, and we will help you find their names and locations. And please let us know about your plans! We will compile a list of local actions and organizing contacts, to help better nationwide coordination in our movement in the future.

Realizing that not all people can protest locally, we encourage people who are not acting locally to go to where they feel they would be most valuable in furthering the goals of our movement. (For example, you could go to the local action that is closest to you.) Should that be DC, we would be honored to accept your contribution to the actions that we in MGJ are planning. We will provide a space to coordinate effective decentralized direct actions in Washington, DC, through a spokescouncil.

As such, MGJ will be organizing and acting in September, but we are not organizing mass housing nor are we requesting a large presence of people from outside of the region. We are planning creative direct actions, but not a mass mobilization.

Looking forward to the April 2007 International Monetary Fund and World
Bank meetings, MGJ calls for people to think about and organize resistance to the April 2007 meetings here in DC; we will be holding meetings in the future and welcome the participation of all who share our goals of a more just world, free of the bondage of the International Financial Institutions.


For more information:
http://www.globalizethis.org :: mgj [at] riseup.net :: 202-898-5953



7 comments:

Anonymous said...

since demos require police permits, those organizations deemed to be hostile would not be able to demo legally; risk of arrest and imprisonment would be high

soci said...

I bet they are really afraid of the police and prison. Do you honestly think they give a damn about the PAP threats? They have heard all this rubbish before.

Singapore is about to be hit by a tidal-wave of peaceful protest this September.

Sad thing is that Singaporeans will only be allowed to watch.

jean-luc picard said...

I believe the PAP are secretly wishing that some demonstrations turn violent. They will, once the IMF meeting is over, use the visually unpleasant spectacle to further justify to Singaporeans their stance against public protest.

"We must guard our fragile multi-ethnic society from such foreign destructive chaos. We need dialogue, not this western madness" - I hear the PAP saying already.

antipathy said...

ok, we can have a demostration in support of the IMF.

Are u guys aware of the campaign "billionaires for bush?". http://billionairesforbush.com/index.php

teck soon said...

If the government allows some protests, it may turn out a different way. Suppose that in the midst of a throng of IMF protesters, a lone Singaporean makes his way in with a big sign that says "MiniLEE is a DICTATOR" or anything else related to Singapore. Would the PAP permit this? Or, in front of all the foreign media that the Singapore government supposedly doesn't care about "impressing", would they arrest a lone peaceful protester? What if there were 10 Singaporeans or 100 Singaporeans mixed in there, and they use the IMF protests to spontaneously start protesting their own government?

When a throng of police arrested Chee Soon Juan for public speaking, the foreign media was not interested. Things will be different if Dr. Chee shows up this time without a speaking permit. I'm actually quite curious to see how this all plays out.

SexPork said...

Unlawful Assembly

An assembly of 5 or more persons is designated an "unlawfull assembly", if the common object of the persons composing that assembly is:

a) to overawe by criminal force or show of criminal force, the Legislative or Executive Government or any public servant in the exercise of the lawful power of such public person;

b) to resist the execution of any law or of any legal process;

c) to commit any mischief or criminal trespass, or other offence;

d) by means of Criminal force or show of criminal force to any person to take or obtain possession of any property or to deprive any person of the enjoyment of a right of way;

e) by means of criminal force or show of criminal force to compel any person to do what he is not legally bound to do;

Punishment: Whoever is a member of an unlawful assembly shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months, or with fine or both.

Anonymous said...

I hope the they will ban all demonstrations. I move all the way from States to get away from all this shit.