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The Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal (CLAC 2010): To Toronto!
Capitalism is the crisis!
June 21 2010 – Less than a week from the G8 and G20 meetings, the Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal (CLAC 2010) is escalating its mobilizing efforts to bring as many people as possible to Toronto to directly confront the policies of the G8 and G20 on June 25, 26, and 27. Groups and individuals under the banner of CLAC 2010 have organized a campaign of popular education and outreach to condemn the savage and destructive capitalist politics of the planet’s most powerful political and economic leaders who are meeting to decide the fate of the global population.
These private and ferociously protected summits only serve to perpetuate an authoritarian and criminal system of exploitation, permitting a small fraction to continue to enrich itself using wars, environmental destruction, land expropriation, the exploitation of women, cultural genocides, the indebtment and impoverishment of entire communities, political repression and border control to achieve their goals. As explained by Danie Royer, spokesperson for CLAC 2010: “This meeting will finalize one the biggest diversions of funds ever seen: the transfer of hundreds of billions of public money towards the leaders of the previous recession: banks, private investment funds, transnational companies, speculators of all stripes, etc.” Their next step will no doubt be against public deficits and the “cleansing” of government finances!
This illegitimate elite accepts no criticism or questioning of its privileges and will go as far as demanding a budget of billions and tens of thousands of puppets armed to the teeth to celebrate its domination. In the words of Mathieu Francoeur, also spokesperson of CLAC 2010: “ With the tools given to the forces of repression and the fear campaigns spearheaded by the compliant mainstream media, there is a desire to associate any expression of dissent and all form of resistance as either empty vandalism or terrorism.” The reasons for revolt are numerous and it is legitimate to disrupt this sad mascarade. Only one statistic is necessary: 2% of humanity possesses 50% of the planet’s wealth while 50% of the global population only holds 1%.
The Conservative government is using this meeting to promote its reactionary ideology by having the nerve to hold this summit in the downtown area of the biggest city in the country and by erecting a multi-million dollar wall! This offense can only provoke a combative response. In solidarity with the peoples of the world that do not have the “occasion” to directly confront those who control their lives, we will be in the streets of Toronto.
CLAC 2010’s media committee is available to explain the issues touching our diverse communities and to make links between our local struggles and the destructive programs of the G8 and G20. Journalists will be able to keep in contact with the CLAC 2010’s media committee by e-mail or telephone.
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