31 thoughts on “Monti’s capitalism or democracy in Europe?

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  2. Italian beach workers strike

    Thousands of beach workers at clubs across the country’s normally popular coast staged a short strike last week in an ongoing dispute over the right of access to the seafronts.

    The action—organised during peak season—was in response to a government plan that would see the right to operate patches of seafront decided by auction from 2016. Although it is officially state property, access to much of the Italian coast has long been controlled by the beach clubs, which blanket the sand with umbrellas and sun loungers and charge beachgoers to use them.

    Reuters said, “But the beach workers’ union says the government’s proposal for auctions will favour multinational companies over smaller local businesses, putting 30,000 beach business and 600,000 workers at risk.”

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/aug2012/wkrs-a10.shtml

  3. 1) EU may explode: Assisi debates
    2) Antarsya (Greek radical left outside Syriza) in Assisi
    3) Updated programme Assisi (including Bahrain)
    4) Democratic revolution against Assad AND Gulf-backed forces

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    1) EU may explode (soon)
    Can popular protests be developed to size power from the capitalist elites?

    The European Union is experiencing its deepest and most acute crisis ever ? both in
    economic as well as in political terms. We are faced with massive capital flight from
    Southern Europe to its centre, which is not much longer sustainable. At the same time the
    imposed austerity is driving a downward spiral into recession leading to mass
    impoverishment. Popular protests are in the making while the politico-institutional
    framework is at the brink of collapse. The Euro and the entire EU is being threatened,
    destabilising the power of the capitalist elites.

    http://www.antiimperialista.org/eu_may_explode
    including details programme on respective Assisi debates and guests

    Call for Assisi’s Anti-imperialist Camp
    Tahrir – popular uprisings at our doors
    http://www.antiimperialista.org/call_camp_assisi_2012

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    2) Out of the Euro or a long Greek winter
    “Anti-capitalist Left Co-operation for the Overthrow” (Antarsya) in Assisi

    Beside the Communist Organiation of Greece (KOE), which is part of Syriza, also the
    coalition of the radical left outside Syriza (Antarsya) will be in Assisi.

    Their respective statement for Assisi:
    http://www.antiimperialista.org/node/7472

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    3) Programme Anti-imperialist Camp (updated)
    High-ranking delegation from Bahrain to join

    Bahrain: the omitted struggle for democracy

    Dr. Jasem Hossein, economist and MP of the Wifaq opposition party
    Dr. Farideh Gholoum, Wifaq MP and human rights activist
    Dr. Seyed Hadi Al Mousavi, leading figure of Wifaq party and MP
    Prof. Intissar Masri, secretary of the Arab-Italian center Assadakah

    http://www.antiimperialista.org/camp_assisi_2012_programme

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    4) Democratic revolution against Assad AND Gulf-backed forces
    Taking Aleppo from outside goes to the detriment of the popular movement

    The military escalation in July, opened by the assassination of four high ranking regime
    officials, is an acid test both for the regime as well as for the various and diverging
    opposition forces. Will the current battle help to decompose the ranks of the regime,
    increase the stream of defections and eventually lead to a military coup to eliminate the
    Assad-Makhlouf-Clique? Or will the increasingly militarist strategy embodied by the
    attempt to take over Aleppo by means of an outside assault prompt the closing of the
    regime?s ranks and alienate parts of the population?

    http://www.antiimperialista.org/node/7461

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  8. Italian public sector workers march against austerity

    Around 30,000 mainly public sector workers marched through Rome last Friday September 28 to protest against cuts in public spending imposed by the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti. The march coincided with a second day of industrial unrest at the ILVA steel plant in south of the country. Staff at the Colosseum and the Roman Forum walked out, closing two of the city’s major tourist attractions.

    University professors, public administration staff, refuse collectors and health workers also stopped work in support of the march. Wages have been frozen for more than two years in the public sector, and cuts have been made to state healthcare funding. The government passed spending cuts in August that included a further downsizing of the public sector.

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/oct2012/wkrs-o05.shtml

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  14. http://morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/125348

    Fifty severely disabled people have gone on hunger strike in Italy to demand that the government of Mario Monti restore funding axed by his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi and provide round-the-clock care.

    The hunger strikers are suffering from progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

    The campaign group co-ordinating the protest has presented a plan to the government called Stay at Home which would assist severely disabled people in their homes with all the support, including tools and equipment, necessary.

    It is asking for government funds of €20,000 per year (£16,100) for each family where a seriously ill person resides.

    The protest follows sit-ins in between April and July which led the government to allocate €658m (£532m) in the latest budget for disabled people in need of support.

    But the deployment of these resources is being frustrated by the lack of a comprehensive long-term care plan to ensure that all people with disabilities have access to appropriate help from cradle to grave, say campaigners.

    They argue that fundamental constitutional rights are at stake. Article 32 of the Italian constitution says: “The ?republic? safeguards? health? as ?a? fundamental? right? of ?the ?individual ?and? as ?a? collective ?interest.”

    The country spends less than any other European country bar Spain on social protection for the disabled.

    Communist leader Paolo Ferrero expressed solidarity with the hunger strikers and criticised the unelected government headed by the former Goldman Sachs adviser, saying: “The Monti government, after the cuts already made by Berlusconi, continues to rage against the weakest, striking heavy blows to the welfare state and even going so far as to threaten a tax on the disabled that was withdrawn at the last minute.

    “Local authorities are axing services because of cuts in [central government] transfers worth tens of billions of euros.”

    The cuts come at a time when billions of euros of public money, raised through sharp increases in taxes as well as swingeing cuts to public services, have been allocated to save local and foreign banks despite continuing evidence that they are holding back lending to the real economy.

    Disabled rights activists and their radical political allies like the Communist Refoundation party Ferrero heads will be joining yet another mass protest, dubbed No Monti Day on Saturday October 27 to demand a shift in billions of euros of public resources from the bankers and the super-rich to help the growing millions of ordinary Italians facing misery and distress.

    For more of Tom Gill’s writing visit http://www.revolting-europe.com

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