May Day organisers condemn Polish represssion

Dublin Grassroots Network, which is organising a Mayday weekend of events for an alternative Europe, today condemned the repression of activists campaigning against the World Economic Forum in Warsaw.

May Day organisers condemn Polish represssion

 



May Day organisers condemn repression of Polish protests
We are the real Europeans, say Grassroots group

PRESS RELEASE Dublin Grassroots Network April 28th

Dublin Grassroots Network, which is organising a Mayday weekend of events for an alternative Europe, today condemned the repression of activists campaigning against the World Economic Forum in Warsaw. Poland is one of the ten "accession states" due to join the European Union this weekend.

Spokesperson Laurence Cox said, "These attempts to suppress the freedom of speech and assembly are parallel to those we have seen in Ireland in recent weeks. They show the unease of European governments faced with dissent from within their own civil societies. While the EU pays lip-service to democracy, it seems that in practice opposition to privatisation, militarisation and "Fortress Europe" policies are so threatening that governments want to silence these alternative voices."

Polish activists associated with the Alternative Economic Forum say that Warsaw has been turned into a "no-go" area by the police, with harassment of organisers, prevention of leafletting, the closure of venues and targetting of "foreign" protestors from other European Union states. Irish activists were quick to draw the parallel with what they say are similar heavy-handed Garda tactics in the run-up to May Day.

The Polish and Irish events both stress positive alternatives to the existing direction of EU policy, and form part of a global movement of opposition to neo-liberal economic policies, the increased militarisation of world politics, and state attacks on the right of asylum. Cox said, "The true European heritage is one of struggles for social justice and the right to dissent. Our May Day events are part of the real Europe, along with the events in Milan, Barcelona and Warsaw."

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