This appeal was originated by the French online journal Mediapart. You can read the original text and sign the appeal here. The English translation is by Yours Truly, so if there are any misunderstandings in it, you’ll know who to blame.
“A European appeal against financial dictatorship
An unprecedented crisis exacerbates social inequalities and poverty and leads Europe to an imminent disaster.
We, the citizens of Europe, declare that this crisis is not inevitable as some would have us believe: there are solutions and they must now be imposed by the people. In face of the irresponsibility of the many governments that make their citizens pay for the madness of those truly responsible for the debt crisis, namely the Financial Markets, we appeal for a refusal of the dictatorship of financial speculation and its terrible consequences on our lives.
Current policies lead to an economic impasse.
On pretext of the debt crisis, governments impose everywhere plans to reduce public spending that destroy the institutions that are vital for the common good: schools, hospitals, Justice, Research, Social Security …
After the 2008 crisis, our national and European leaders were strongly committed to limiting the devastating effects of financial speculation: these commitments were not kept! Worse still, the most unbridled speculation was unleashed with impunity, undermining any chance of economic recovery and reducement of unemployment.
We reject finance as a weapon that crushes people to benefit the richest.
Financial institutions must be at the service of the society and the economy, not vice versa. Therefore, we affirm that we must now change politics and the economic model.
We call upon the citizens of European countries to use all democratic and peaceful means at their disposal to impose the following five initiative measures on their governments and European institutions:
- cancellation of austerity measures;
- the prohibition of all financial speculation in commercial banks;
- a substantial tax on financial transactions harmonized at the European level;
- independent auditing of public debt with a view to their reduction or cancellation;
- tax reforms to redistribute wealth equitably.
We express our solidarity with all indignants and call for the support, development and bringing together of all the protests at the European level.
To this end, we call to occupy every Sunday, massively and peacefully, the squares of major cities. These gatherings will be repeated weekly as long as the will of the people has not been heard and respected. They are destined to become true citizens’ forums for the recovery of the sovereignty of peoples. Let us take our destiny into our own hands and fight as a common front against the financial dictatorship!
A thousand popular assemblies for a Europe of citizens!
A thousand citizens’ forums against financial dictatorship!”
On a related note, there’s an international “anti-banks” day planned for September 17 with actions being prepared in several cities in the US, Spain and France. And then there’s of course the “world revolution” day looming on October 15. It looks like the European plazas are going to be busy in the coming months.