After Seattle, Prague and Quebec next big protest
against capitalist globalisation is going to take place in Genova, Italy. This
Italian city was chosen as a meeting place for 8 most powerful state leaders
"G-8", promoting neo-liberal agenda and capitalist globalisation. One
of the important aspects of this meeting is that it includes the participation
of the Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Putin goes to Genova from the
country which continues to fight a war in Chechnya and he will represent the
government that is proposing a new labour code which will include child labour
and 12-hours working day. Press freedon as well as minorities rights are under
attack in Putin's Russia. This very same administration insists on importing
radioactive waste into the country. Promising to pay Russian debts to Western
countries, Putin's government tries to make even poorer countries to pay their
debts to Russia.
In this situation it is very important to have a Russian
contingent among the protesters. There is no shortage of activists ready to go
to Genova but unlike Russian nouvaux riches they don't have the money to go
abroad: foreign travel is a luxury in today's Russia.
include renting a bus in Kiev, bringing people to Genova and back, paying for
the visas, food etc. In Seattle Western organisations helped the representatives
of the Third World countries to arrive to the place. This time it will be
appropriate to help Russian and Ukrainian activists to go. About $4,500 is
needed to get people to Genova, almost half of this money already collected.
Mr. Putin will show in Genova his solidarity with G-7 in bringing more
suffering to the world. Russian contingent must come to show solidarity of
ordinary people in Russia with those who fight for a different world. Your
donations will help to bring forward the struggle.
Ilya Budraitskis , member of EC of the
Movement for the Workers Party
Please, send your letters about your help