by Jasper Teunissen
Of course I don’t have to explain to you why people are rising up today. Even Wolfgang Schäuble, German finance minister, knows:
Warning of “catastrophe,” Schäuble said, “We need to be more successful in our fight against youth unemployment; otherwise, we will lose the battle for Europe’s unity.” Reuters reports: While Germany insists on the importance of budget consolidation, Schaeuble spoke of the need to preserve Europe’s welfare model. If U.S. welfare standards were introduced in Europe, “we would have revolution, not tomorrow, but on the very same day,” Schaeuble told a conference in Paris. (Common Dreams / 29-5-13)
Deep down inside he knows that the wealth of the world belongs to us all. So his fear is deserved. He doesn’t even know the magnitude and beauty of what he is afraid of.
The date of #J1 has been circulating for months already. The Blockupy protests, a second attempt to close down the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, were announced long time ago. In Spain a new wave of Marea Ciudadana is planned for today, while Portugal will stage a new round of Fuck the Troika protests, in the United States people will reoccupy Zucotti Parktoday. The ongoing escalation in Turkey fits perfectly: it has been boiling there for decades, and now the hearts of the people are all opening up, releasing all the pain and anger, making space to fill it with fresh blood and passion for life.
In fact this day has been announced in Sidi Bouzid, Tahrir, Syntagma, Puerta del Sol and many other places. Without a doubt, all these protests become an interconnected expression of solidarity. Today the trial of Bradley Manning starts, today we all feel the pain of the hunger strikers in Guantánamo Bay prison, the desparation of the Choucha refugees. But everywhere injustice and suffering are answered with action, turning things upside down, inside out.
Nazim Hikmet, the Turkish poet, wrote a long time ago from his prison:
maybe it will arrive the day I die
but it will come for sure the world’s not ruled by governments or money
but by the people
a hundred years from now
but it will be for sure
On a day like today we don’t need to theorize any longer about what is to be done. Because we already know it. Like the pharmacists in Istanbul who hand out medicines and water to the people. If you are too afraid to come out, then stay behind your screens and you will get what you want to see. But if you are not afraid, let’s meet in the streets, to see who our enemies are, and most importantly to see who our friends are. Let’s fight once more and let’s never forget to make the connections we need for all the struggles to come.