Peoples' Global Action call to action against the WTO summit in Qatar
Peoples Global Action calls on all grassroots social movements, community
based organisations, trade unions, student organisations, indigenous
peoples, farmers organisations, autonomous collectives and everyone who
wishes to participate around the world to carry out actions against the
World Trade Organisation (WTO) during the next ministerial summit in
Doha, Qatar, November 9th-13th, 2001.
The WTO's aim is very simple: to remove anything that gets in the way of
big business and free trade, upholding the freedom for multinational
companies to act as they please. Made up of 135 member countries, the WTO
polices international trade rules and continues to set an agenda that
places profit above people and the planet.
Faced with a rapidly expanding grassroots resistance to capitalist
globalisation, the WTO has fled to an isolated desert dictatorship for its
next meeting. Already built into the agenda are three immensely destructive
trade agreements: the greement on Agriculture (AOA), the General Agreement
on Trade and Services (GATS) and the Trade Related Intellectual Property
Rights (TRIPS). Between them, they cover issues like:
the privatisation of health, education and water, forcing GMO foods and
seeds on member countries and patents on life forms.
THEY CAN RUN BUT THEY CAN'T HIDE: WE ARE EVERYWHERE!
RESIST THE WTO THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THROUGH DIRECT ACTION AND CIVIL
DISOBEDIENCE WHEREVER COMMUNITIES ARE DESTROYED AND ECOSYSTEMS SACRIFICED
FOR THE SAKE OF FREE TRADE!
Regardless of whether the WTO meeting is maintained or not, we will be in
the streets, because the streets are ours. Grassroots organisations all
over the world are organising the following kinds of actions and call on
others to do the same:
- Awareness-raising campaigns against WTO and the effect of their policies
on a global and local level: community based consultations,
counter-meetings, public debates, publications.
- Maximum disruption of the work of the trade ministers attending the
conference: demands for the publication of national positions, blocking of
communications or of departures of delegations, etc.
- Mass coordinated actions on a national and international level: work
stoppages, road blocks, occupation of stock exchanges and other financial
institutions (New York, San Francisco, Sao Paolo...), liberation of grain
stocks (India) on Nov. 9th.
- Decentralised local action: land occupations, creative demonstrations of
grassroots alternatives... Nov. 9th-13th.
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