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category south-east asia | community struggles | news report author Friday October 21, 2005 13:28author by by pgaers Report this post to the editors

Against the Hong-Kong WTO Ministerial Conference

(14 -18 December 2005) 10 years of WTO ­ 10 years of plunder and destruction

For the ten years that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has existed, people have been forced to face the disruption of their everyday lives. Its single global market agenda poses a great threat to the diversities of the world. Every country is now facing deregulation of its constitution and laws to comply with WTO requirements. Expansion of monopolies and corporate control through privatization means that access to water, land, seeds, forests, natural resources and energy is a constant struggle for the poor of the world.

This is devastating lives in many ways- for example 50,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide in the past 10 years due to WTO-driven agricultural liberalisation. Therefore, millions of farmers, agricultural labourers, indigenous peoples, fisherfolk and other inhabitants of rural areas are forced to abandon their homes and move into the slums of large cities, in order to work their lives away in exchange for a life of misery, discrimination and oppression.

In addittion to destroying rural livelihoods, WTO regulations are directly increasing climate change and decreasing biodiversity, which is destroying the entire planet’s future. They are also increasing the concentration of wealth and power, and fuelling the exploitation of the workers worldwide, by enabling the free movement of money and merchandise. However, human beings from impoverished countries are deprived from that freedom, and those who try escape misery, by going to the countries that steal their wealth, are subjected to growing racism, violence and exploitation.

The WTO laws also regulate the dismantlement of public services and of many welfare policies, with particularly devastating effects for women, children and the elderly. Finally, they contribute to the destruction of cultural diversity and indigenous cultures by imposing the private property over knowledge and life forms, and by enabling Western media monopolies to expand their power and influence, with terrible consequences in terms of manipulation of information and destruction of human values.

Capitalism is undemocratic by nature and as one of its main driving forces, the WTO is also undemocratic. It is based on undemocratic national governments from all over the world (including in supposedly democratic countries) whose economic policies are dictated by capital. This lack of democracy is shown in part through increasing violence against protests and movements, in the loss of civil liberties, and in the neo-colonial wars of aggression for the control of natural resources, hidden behind the so-called ‘War on Terror’. Therefore, there is a strong need to build up decentralised alternatives from the grassroots.

Oppressed people everywhere must work in solidarity against the manufactured consent of the WTO if we want to see positive change. The WTO is integrally connected to global institutions like the G8, IMF and World Bank, as well as regional integration processes and trade agreements. These are all manipulated by corporations and world superpowers.

. The first Global Day of Action against Capitalism took place in 1998 to coincide with the WTO ministerial conference in Geneva and the G8 summit in the UK. A growing ‘movement of movements’ developed in part out of these mobilizations and it is now more important than ever for them to flourish.

We encourage groups, activists and movements all over the world to be part of this collective effort and to organise decentralised actions (whatever the size, wherever the location) against the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong (14-18 December 2005). This meeting will take place in a corporate fortress isolated by the sea in order to prevent any effective direct action. But we will not let them hide from the realities of the damage they have caused to people all over the world. A diversity of actions could contain the seeds of our future; act as opposition and proposition; resistance and creation.

The struggle against the WTO is now alive all around the world, as it is necessary to resist the implementation of WTO rules at a national level and against capitalism itself at the global level.

Share your stories of resistance to the WTO with the world using Indymedia (http://www.indymedia.org) and other alternative media networks (eg. http://www.all4all.org). We hope to use your stories to create a Peoples’ Global Action bulletin on paper and online in English and Spanish that can be translated into different languages and circulated worldwide to increase mutual knowledge and expand resistance.

Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements (BKU All India), KRRS, Shektari Sangathana,Tamilnadu Farmers Association (TVS), Kerala Coconut Farmers Association, Nandi Raitha Samkya, All-Nepal Peasant Association, Nepal Krishok Federation, Bangladesh Assembly of the Poor, Thailand Thai Labour Campaign.

author by rejectionist frontpublication date Sat Oct 22, 2005 01:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It is wonderful that people all over the world are united against the corruption and harm imposed by non-democratic and profiteering institutions such as the World Trade Organisation, the International Monetary Fund. the World Bank and the corporations which govern their policy through corrupt governments.

The terms liberalisation, privatisation and corporate governance are now understood to be corporations and pliant Governments plundering natural resources, denying access to essential resources such as water, destroying the environment, causing starvation and death or hunger through war or imperalist capitalist policies designed to make people of the world slaves to a policy called globalisation.

It is an awful world created by the neo-liberals of the right-wing and left-wing politicians of the US and Europe particularly the UK - a keen supporter of genetically modified foods and terminator seed industries. Today the Prime Minister of Britain was called a delusional pyscopath - an apt title for someone who has invaded a country without reason, caused the death of over a hundred thousand civilians, introduced policies that led to 52 people in London, disrespects the rule of law and has introduced policies that one judge described as scraping the bottom of the legal barrel. He is a supporter of the war, genetically modified foods, corrupt individuals and of course right wing world leaders such as George W Bush and Silvio Berlusconi. He is supported by Whitewash Hutton another colonial buffoon prepared to write anything for money and favour. He is only second to Goldsmith warmonger, the attorney general who supported the war even though no international lawyer except those in the unequally unacceptable US. So you see, we are all disturbed by the individuals who call themselves democratic leaders but are in fact despots.

I want to just let you know that many of us do not want any of this and oppose it in one form or another every day, All any of us can do is send our love and fight for the right of people's across the world to live in a world free from tyranny, free from taking away our natural resources, a world where the human species and the wondrous earth which we have been bestowed, is protected.

Thank you for the existence of each group opposing the policies of neoliberalisation and the WTO. I will try and fight against tyranny and wish for a world where love, compassion and togetherness is again possible.

 
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