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15o bevegelsen i Slovenia og Ungarn

Posted by Fredsvenn den oktober 25, 2011

Etter en større markering, hvor mer enn 5000 deltok, i Ljubljana den 15. oktober i å okkupere plassen utenfor børsen og endret Borza til Boj za, som betyr kamp, har kampen fortsatt ytterligere.

The process 15O by which we are building a multitudinous movement against austerity for common welfare that is a realistic and possible way out of the crisis, began with a huge demonstration on 15 October, 2011. On this day thousands refused the dictates of financial capitalism and representative politics. At the demonstration we expressed the obvious: claims that the only way out of crisis is to save the interest of those who started it are nothing but a hoax, aimed at the continuation and expansion of the finacialization of our lives. We are going to stop this hoax. Institutions of financial capitalism and their political vassals manage commonwealth to the detriment of those that produce it, and for this reason we are taking away their mandate to decide over our lives.

The demonstration on the 15 October ended with the liberation of the square in front of the Ljubljana stock exchange (Borza) and transformed it into the square Boj Za (Struggle For). Immense logistic support and a supporting public opinion that make the existence of the common public space open for discussions, self organization and struggle, indicate the struggle for is not only an activist project, but a common project of the society: the common project of the 99%. Self governance of the occupation 15O is organized through various workshops, cultural interventions and daily assemblies. Direct democracy took the form of democracy of direct action, which encourages each individual and collective to actively seek alternatives to the existing system. Financial capitalism turns society into the desert of hopelessness; global resistance against it, of which 15O in Slovenia is a part, establishes a framework for realizing potentiality and its growth. This is the real way out of the crisis. To free the striving and to unblock the generation of common wealth, currently blocked by financial capitalism. The way out of crisis is: unconditional rejection of austerity, conquest of common welfare and new democracy that does not alienate our powers.

One of the vivid workshops in the common space in front of the Stock Exchange is the workshop “against precartiy, for commonwelfare”. The aims of the workshop, among others, are: the destigmatization of precarity, the articulation of relations between precarity and financialization, and establishment of relations of force with financial capitalism on the local and global level. This Wednesday, 26 October, at 4 p.m., Michael Hardt is going to be the animator of the workshop in front of the stock exchange.

Ljubljana 15o movement

Streaming of the occupation of Stock Exchange in Lubljana 15o

Streaming #revolucija 15o from Ljubljana, Slovenia


The Hungarian echoes of «Occupy Wall Street,» a mass demonstration of «tens of thousands» of people (really impressive for Hungary)
converged on Budapest this Sunday, the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and a national holiday, under the banner of «I Don’t Like the System!»  The demo was principally an anti-Fidesz rally (the defining image of the rally being a Hungarian flag with an orange –
Fidesz’s party symbol – being cut out of the middle the same way the hammer-and-cycle were famously cut out of Communist Hungary’s flag during the 1956 revolution) but was also quite amporhous and more broad in political content as well, with the slogan surely speaking to larger political issues and widely-shared frustration over the entire political system in Hungary, not merely Fidesz.

Some decent coverage:

They don’t like the system

Tens of thousands rally against Hungarian government

Hungarians Commemorate Uprising with Antigovernment Rallies

Also really interestingly, the protest was really given a huge charge by this video, which was actually created by and stars a former CEU colleague of mine, setting the slogan to music and having a variety of Hungarian notables and regular people repeat the chorus, «I don’t like the system»:

Live at the demo

If you look at the right you can see interviews with the people featured in the video about WHY they don’t like the system.  Pretty
cool idea.  Among them, this message of solidarity from Occupy Wall St.:


Some pics/ video



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