More info for Frankfurt: demonstration on May 19

Character and aims of the demonstration on May 19

The demonstration on May 19 is the closing element of the European action days in Frankfurt from May 16-19 against the crisis dictatorship. We will convene at 12:05 near the Main Train Station, at Baseler Platz. Loud, diverse and resolute, we will progress through Frankfurt and we will reach the closing rally at 5 pm at Willy-Brandt-Platz, directly in front of the European Central Bank (ECB). We intend to collectively carry our protest against the austerity dictatorship to this actor. Together, as thousands of participants from many European countries, we will send a clear and visible message of international solidarity against the authoritarian crisis management and the policies of impoverishment of the troika, consisting of the EU Commission, the ECB and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The international demonstration will denounce the destructive policies of the troika as well as the German Federal Government that acts as its motor. Their politics oppose the will and the needs of the population.

To visualize our protest, we will carry diverse thematic messages on banners and signs. We will express our grievances and make demands. In addition to conventional banners, we will have symbols that call attention to everyday situations and struggles. For example, ladders and rubber boats symbolize the perilous efforts of illegalized migrants to cross highly-militarized EU borders; cardboard tanks criticize war, militarization and the corporations that profit from it; oversized dolls and shopping carts throw light on the precarious working relations of millions of people; barrels and protective gear visualize the countless devastating ecological catastrophes, such as Fukushima and Deep water Horizon. Our imaginations have no limits.

At the demonstration, we intend to show the size, strength and diversity of our colorful and broad protest and make the networks, initiatives, parties and individuals participating in Blockupy loud and clear. The demonstration will represent the loudness and multilingual assemblage of the many persons who expressed their protest and resistance in the assemblies, sit-ins and creative actions of direct democracy in the streets of Frankfurt on the previous days.

Course of action and route of the demonstration
The demonstration symbolically begins at 12:05 Middle European Time in the proximity of the Frankfurt main train station (Baseler Platz) with an opening rally, and should end at 5 pm with a central closing rally at a stage in front of the ECB. In between, the demonstration will circle the Frankfurt city center in one line of demonstration. When we reach Deutsche Bank, the line will divide into two and symbolically surround the Frankfurt financial district from two sides, meeting to unite again at the closing rally.

At the rallies and during the demonstration, various groups and guests will state their reason for protesting. Voices will be heard from Greece, Italy and North Africa, as well as from attac, Occupy, labor unions, the interventionist left, and the party Die.Linke. The demonstration will end with an Iries Révoltés concert.

For a free right to demonstrate
During the demonstration, we intend to create a situation that is transparent for all participants and in which they consider and support each other in solidarity and collectively advocate for a successful demonstration. All persons are welcome and should feel safe at our legally registered demonstration; this especially applies to persons in wheelchairs and families with strollers. We intend to arrive at the location of the closing rally and end the demonstration together.

We insist that none of the participants feel discriminated, mistreated or excluded due to age, clothing, sexual orientation, gender and/or origin. This applies to arrival at the opening rally, during the demonstration as well as to departure after the closing rally. We refuse discriminating and intimidating controls in the run-up to the demonstration and the possible deadlocks of parts of the demonstration by plainclothes police officers. We expressly underscore that there is no place for racist and neofascist slogans and organizations at our demonstration.

We strongly disagree with sensationalist press reports about the Blockupy days in Frankfurt, which obviously serve to increase circulation instead of reporting on our aims and the content of our actions. We see the danger that already in the run-up to the action days, a constraint on our freedom to demonstrate and freedom of opinion is being legitimated by propaganda.

An immediate concern of our demonstration is direct communication with the citizens of Frankfurt and educating the interested public about the content and aims of our protest and resistance against the current crisis politics.

In this way, we demonstrate our European and international solidarity.

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