THE WORLD IS NOT FOR SALE
on the LARZAC
Against the world trade organisation
8 - 10 august 2003
The next meeting of the WTO will be held in Cancun,
Mexico, 10 - 14 September 2003. On the agenda : the handover of
public services, agricultural trade and natural resources to a handful
of multinationals. The list of the damage caused by the WTO never
ceases to lengthen.
In the countries of the South,
farmers are no longer able to live from their labour. They are forced
off the land only to add to ever-growing shantytowns and to waves
of migrant workers. Public services are sold on orders from the
IMF and the World Bank. Access to health care and to education worsens
constantly. Hunger is an everyday reality suffered by 850 million
men, women and children.
In the countries of the North,
corporate relocation and economic restructuring feed massive unemployment.
Capitalism poses a constant threat to social rights. The working
week lengthens, social security is under attack, large segments
of the population lead a precarious and uncertain existence, inequality
increases. Repression and criminalisation become the main instruments
for maintaining social order. The WTO intensifies competition between
the citizens of the world. War is used as an imperialist tool of
economic, social and cultural domination.
Throughout the world the
environment is devastated. The general interest and the common possessions
of humanity (water, land, biodiversity, seed and other natural resources)
DON'T LET THEM DO IT !
WE, THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD,
WILL DECIDE OUR OWN FUTURE, NOT THE WTO !
Come to the Larzac plateau
in August to stop the WTO. During three days of festivities, music
and reflection we will aim to develop concrete ways of fighting
for a better world. The stakes are high;
our response must be equal to the task at hand. The choice of the
Larzac is no accident. The plateau symbolises the mobilisation of
political activists 30 years ago in support of the decade long struggle
of Larzac farmers against the extension of the local military camp.
A huge effort will be needed if we are to succeed.
OTHER WORLDS ARE POSSIBLE