25.9.2009 Istanbul -- Pittsburgh -- Genf


- Call for action in support of immigrants

- Pittsburgh police use sub-lethal weapons against protestors

- G-20 opponents, police clash on Pittsburgh streets

- 66 arrested in Pittsburgh G20 protests

- Ministerkonferenz der Welthandelsorganisation in Genf - Klimagipfel in Kopenhagen


Spokesmen and bureaucrats of multinational capitalist corporations will be in Istanbul, Turkey on 6 – 7 October for the 2009 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund where they will have decisions to destroy the lives of billions of people.

No doubt, this will be another meeting to save the benefits of capitalist rulers, they will discuss economic packages, reconstructions and austerity politics and constitutional accordance conditions, which only adds another ring to the exploitation chain for the future of the poor and the planet we live on.

First-hand experiences in Argentina, Jamaica, Nigeria, Kenya and elsewhere have long proved that the World Band and IMF policies have no benefits other than indigence and exploitation. IMF and the World Bank, the leading architects of global capitalism, are the primary instruments of the banishment of the poor from their habitat and their homes by urban gentrification politics, commercialization and monopolization of water reMores by selling it out to a few international corporations, the condemnation of the local farmers to global capitalist corporations with neo-liberal agriculture policies, and adding new rings to the chains of workers by implementing new employment legislations.

13.000 criminals and possibly even more patrolling forces to protect them will be walking amongst us on those days. Those days will be probably like hell. Police searches, id controls, blocking streets, fencings and so on.

Come on; let’s show them what hell is! Our bonfire will be their nightmare!

We call for a week of global resistance and actions against IMF and WB between 1-8 October. In Istanbul we are planning to organize workshops, exhibitions, movie screenings, conversations and activities against IMF and World Bank. Accommodation for those coming from other cities and abroad will be arranged. If you want to participate in the preparations and the process of mobilization please contact us at

For receiving regular information and updates regarding the preparations visit our webpage: (Turkish) (English)

In the bonfire days of resistance, we all have the hope to raise the international solidarity!

Autonomy of the People Against Global Capital!

Add Your Voice to the Scream Against National and International Capital!

Contact: (Turkish) (English)


Call for action in support of immigrants

Using fight against illegal migration as a pretext, Turkish government carries out policies based on repression and deprivation of liberty toward refugees and migrants.

Locked in the so called Yabancılar Misafirhanesi, migrants can be held for more than one year in inhumane conditions waiting for their expulsion of Turkey.

On the 20th of September, prisoners of Kumkapı Misafir Hanesi rebelled themselves against their detention conditions and the mistreatments they suffer from the police. We have to be in the front of Kumkapı Yabancı Misafir Hanesi to show the detainees solidarity and to give them support in their struggle against the deprivation of their basic rights.


Pittsburgh police use sub-lethal weapons against protestors

Mega-events are often the time for some surveillance / control / security innovation and experimentation by states. In what seems to be a rather unwelcome first, the Pittsburgh police have used a military sonic canon to clear protestors off the streets at the G20 summit. These devices are among many so-called ’sub-lethal weapons’ (see the article by Steve Wright here) that have been gradually migrating from military to civilian use for a number of years – see for example the ongoing debate over the use in the UK of the ultrasonic ‘Mosquito’ device, which is supposed to target young people; its makers rather cynically advertise it as ’so effective that they tried to ban it’.

The particular weapon used by the Pittsburgh police is the Long Range Accoustic Device (LRAD) made by the American Technology Corporation, which generates a piercing noise that is not only extremely unpleasant, it can damage eardrums and cause heart problems. It was rather eeriely appropriate to see them being used (as you can on The Guardian’s website) on the same day that TNI / Statewatch released their report on the security-industrial complex and a reminder that this is a global phenomenon.


G-20 opponents, police clash on Pittsburgh streets

PITTSBURGH — Police threw canisters of pepper spray and smoke at marchers protesting the Group of 20 summit Thursday after anarchists responded to calls to disperse by rolling trash bins and throwing rocks.

The march turned chaotic at just about the same time that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrived for a meeting with leaders of the world's major economies.

The clashes began after hundreds of protesters, many advocating against capitalism, tried to march from an outlying neighborhood toward the convention center where the summit is being held.

Police in riot gear stood guard near the protesters, who banged on drums and chanted "Ain't no power like the power of the people, 'cause the power of the people don't stop."

The hundreds of marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandanas and carrying black flags. Others wore helmets and safety goggles.


66 arrested in Pittsburgh G20 protests

POLICE in Pittsburgh have arrested 66 people after a night of battles with protesters who tried to march on a summit of the world's top leaders, the FBI says.
Twenty-four people were arrested yesterday when groups of diehard youths refused to disperse when police used pepper spray and fired bean bag rounds to break up an unauthorised demonstration of around 1000 protesters.

Anarchists had attempted to march on the conference centre hosting the Group of 20 summit of the world's leading economies, which anti-capitalist activists regard as an unaccountable group that ignores the world's poor.

A further 42 people were arrested when protests erupted in Schenley Plaza near the University of Pittsburgh in the evening, the FBI said in a statement today.


Ministerkonferenz der Welthandelsorganisation in Genf - Klimagipfel in Kopenhagen

Wirtschaftskrise, Klimakrise, Gesellschaftskrise
Wir müssen den Kurs ändern!

Vom 30. November bis 2. Dezember findet ein Ministertreffen der Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) in Genf statt, eine Woche vor dem Klimagipfel in Kopenhagen. In beiden Bereichen ist das Scheitern der in der Vergangenheit verfolgten Politik verheerend. Dennoch stellen unsere Regierungen nichts in Frage.

Versagen der WTO und des “freien” Warenverkehrs
Dreißig Jahre neoliberaler Politik und Globalisierung sowie 15 Jahre WTO haben lediglich die Krise im Süden sowie Ungleichgewicht, Arbeitslosigkeit und Ungewissheit im Norden verstärkt. Um uns letztendlich in die schlimmste Finanzkrise seit 1929 zu stürzen. Die WTO verspricht, uns wieder aus der Krise zu holen… indem sie auf der gleichen Schiene eine “Liberalisierung” des Warenverkehrs verfolgt, von der nur das transnationale Kapital profitieren wird, ein wilder Konkurrenzkampf, der den Druck auf Arbeitsplätze, auf Arbeitsbedingungen, auf Sozialversicherungen und öffentliche Dienste weiter verschärfen wird.