international dissent! meeting in strasbourg the 16-18th january 2009

January 11, 2009


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The revolts which are presently rising in Europe and the other parts of the world are a reaction to the global economic and social situation which deteriorates at an exponential rhythm. The impoverishment of resources also causes numerous conflicts. IMF have already asked the countries to get ready to face numerous uprisings due to the generalized recession, insisting on the importance to be able to control those resistances to insure the safety of capitalism. Actually NATO seems to have the will to appear as an army in the service of a global security, merging interior and external security, what implies a military vision of the management of every type of crises. Naturally we know that it is only their own interests which they try to protect and to widen… The 3rd and 4th April, representatives of the countries members of NATO will meet again to celebrate their 60 years of domination, but also in order to develop their new plan to “defend freedom” and quoting the terms of their own generals: “A great strategy for an uncertain world.” From the 1st to the 5th April 2009 we will be present in Strasbourg and we’ll oppose their “globalization by force” with the creativity of our actions of resistance: direct actions, blockades, civil disobedience, demonstrations, meetings, alternative village, convergence centers, autonomous arts, concerts, … The success of these action days depends on an efficient international network which enables to succeed in taking decisions and preparing actions for the next NATO summit in April and for the longer term. Until now those networks have always been set up temporarily before international summits and it is important to meet to reactivate them, enrich them and to think about eventually finding ways to make them durable to gain in resistance ability… This international meeting of the radical resistance movements will be held on the 17th & 18th January 2009 in Strasbourg. It aims to strengthen international networks and achieve concrete actions during the counter-summit. This would be the only international Dissent! assembly before the NATO summit, a strong mobilization and the presence of all on this occasion is essential. Actually we had to reserve a place including meeting rooms, kitchen and sleeping places (bring sleeping bags) which costs us quite a lot of money. We are still waiting for the answer of two other places which would be much cheaper. We have to ask all participants to demand to their groups if they can help financially as actually all the money is coming from personal funds of individuals who take parts in the organization of this meeting. Of course this is absolutely not an obligation and nothing will be asked to those who cannot afford to help ! If we have enough money we will try to help those who have diificulties to pay their travel expensies. Discussions will be in English and will be translated by groups in French and German. We do need more volunteers ! Moderation will be done by a group. Those willing to participate to this group are invited to take part in the preparation meeting of this group who will happen on the Friday 16th afternoon. /

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Friday, 16th January 2009 * 19.00 : Participants arrival * 20.00 : Crisis, repression and resistance. Discussion about the actual situation and perspectives. An international mobilisation has to stay abreast of changes and actual situation. We propose participants to give an overview of what is going on in their country and to analyse altogether the global situation and the resistance possibilities.

*Saturday, 17th January 2009* * 10.00 – 11.00 : Participants presentation by themselves and overview of the international mobilizations * 11.00 – 12.30 : Lunch – Discussions * 12.30 – 14.30 : Discussion about the political content of the action days : Relation with ICC (International Coordinating Committee) : Do we want to be part of it by signing their call ? Do we want or not to coordinate ourselves with them for a choreography of actions ? Quick presentation of the proposal for the action days (we have propositions on fighting repression, crisis and G20, blockades). Please try to come with some other proposals. * 14.30 – 15.00 : Break – Discussions * 15.00 – 17.00 : Workshops : 1. 1st Action day 2. 2nd Action day 3. 3rd Action day 4. 4th Action day ? 5. 5th Action day ? * 17.00 – 17.30 : Break – Discussions * 17.30 – 18.30 : Workshops progress reports * 18.30 – 20.00 : Dinner – Discussions * 20.00 : Discussion on the relevance of creating a perdurable international Dissent! Network *

Sunday, 18th January 2009* * 10.00 – 12.00 : Discussion on the relations with the authorities and the non-radical organizations and media * 12.00 – 13.00 : Lunch – Discussions * 13.00 – 15.00 : Workshops : 1. Villages – Convergence Centers – Kitchens – Infopoints 2. Anti-repression, Legal Teams 3. Infotour * 15.30 – 17.00 : Workshops progress reports, discussions on the means to communicate together and proposal for a next international meeting * 17.00 : Goodbye – Never Ending Discussions… _

*Some more informations*_* :* When people meet up to speak about their common perspectives and to organise resistance, the government agencies are always interested in. From the official files of the inquiry, it has been proven that the German intelligence service observed the meetings of preparation for the G8 Summit 2007 in Heiligendamm. It is certain that at two meetings (Dissent! Meeting, October 2005 in Hamburg and January 2006 in Berlin) have been used IMSI-catchers. A device called an “IMSI-catcher” pretends to the mobile phones in its vicinity to be a legitimate base station of the mobile phone network, mobile phones in the coverage will log in there automatically. The users don’t realize that, they can still use the telephone in a normal way as the device passes on communications to the mobile network. Phone calls can be directly tapped as well as SMS. Furthermore are also recorded your International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI, the serial number of your mobile phone) and your International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI, your identification number on the network). Moreover, the intelligence service installed in Berlin a video camera to identify afterwards the visitors of the meeting. We think it is important to make this public, not to cause paranoia, but to your and our security. Looking closely the conditions under which we move and act has become more important than ever. If you have mobile phones but can stay without for 3 days, you may as well leave them at home or shut them before you arrive. Keep your eyes and ears open so you can come to the meeting without any fear !

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