Syntagma calling

21-22 March 2012


This call is initiated by activists in different social spaces and who participate in one or another way in the massive struggles that have developed during the last years around the issues of the crisis and the devastating policies undertaken by governments, EU institutions and the IMF. The starting point for this initiative emanated from discussions among Greek and Italian activists on the need for the exchange of experiences and ideas among the different parts of the movement across different countries, where resistance against austerity under the pretext of crisis emerge.

This call is not part of any structured initiative, neither it necessarily aims at any permanent organisational structure. The only aim is to gather as many persons as possible from different social spaces, such as occupations, social centres, trade unions, migrant organisations, local assemblies, national and transnational solidarity networks, and individual activists, in order to to think ways of further potential common actions in the field of social struggles already emerging in many contexts.

The planning, the structure, the content and the outcomes of this assembly are open to the participation of everyone who would like to join his/her rage and hopes in an effort to build coordinated actions that overpass national borders and given organisational and ideological limitations. The only rule for the organisation of the assembly is the total absence of any hierarchical structure and the absolute ruling of direct democratic principles.


Το κάλεσμα αυτό γίνεται από ακτιβιστές που δραστηριοποιούνται σε διάφορους κοινωνικούς χώρους και συμμετέχουν με τον ένα ή τον άλλο τρόπο στους μαζικούς αγώνες που έχουν αναπτυχθεί τα τελευταία χρόνια ενάντια στις κατεδαφιστικές πολιτικές της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης, της ΕΕ και του ΔΝΤ. Το έναυσμα δόθηκε έπειτα από συζητήσεις ανάμεσα σε έλληνες και ιταλούς ακτιβιστές για την ανάγκη ανταλλαγής εμπειριών και απόψεων ανάμεσα σε κομμάτια του κινήματος σε διάφορες χώρες, όπου αναπτύσσονται αντιστάσεις ενάντια στη λιτότητα που έχει ως πρόσχημα την κρίση.

Δεν αποτελεί κάποια συγκροτημένη πρωτοβουλία ούτε έχει αναγκαστικά ως στόχο να πάρει οποιαδήποτε μόνιμη οργανωτική μορφή. Ο μόνος στόχος είναι να βρεθούν όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερα άτομα από διαφορετικούς χώρους, πιο συγκεκριμένα καταλήψεις, κοινωνικά κέντρα, εργατικά σωματεία, μεταναστευτικές οργανώσεις, τοπικές συνελεύσεις, εθνικά και διεθνικά δίκτυα αλληλεγγύης και μεμονωμένους ακτιβιστές προκειμένου να σκεφτούν τρόπους τυχόν περαιτέρω κοινών διεθνικών δράσεων στο πεδίο των κοινωνικών αγώνων που ήδη αναπτύσσονται σε πολλαπλούς χώρους.

Ο σχεδιασμός, η δομή, το περιεχόμενο και τα αποτελέσματα αυτής της συνέλευσης είναι ανοιχτά στη συμμετοχή όσων θα θέλανε να ενώσουν την οργή και τις ελπίδες τους σε μια προσπάθεια να οικοδομηθούν συντονισμένες δράσεις που ξεπερνούν εθνικά σύνορα και δεδομένους οργανωτικούς και ιδεολογικούς περιορισμούς. Ο μόνος κανόνας για τη διοργάνωση αυτής της συνέλευσης είναι η παντελής απουσία οποιασδήποτε ιεραρχικής δομής και η απόλυτη κυριαρχία αμεσοδημοκρατικών αρχών.

2 comments on “Who

  1. GuanManTinTan
    March 1, 2012

    I doubt it will be of any real use to attend this Assembly, just as up till now I have seen little use in attending any Assembly no matter how much effort I have put into it.

    My main objections are two:

    1) One has to do a serious effort to understand the objective dynamics of this crisis on a world-wide scale in order to be able to look for and find adequate strategies to counter the strategies that place the burden of the situation as much as possible on the least wealthy among us.

    It is not enough to be mad and angered at the situation all together (if at all we are angered for compatible reasons)… we have to come to compatible conclusions all together. Too many want us to understand the situation as if it were a final confirmation of their all-time theories, because their ideologies compete with the established ones they can now blame for the crisis, and they would like to reach their final victory at last.

    If those who oppress us are the 1%, it is of no use to have one 49,5% of the people fight the other 49,5% while the 1% watches and prepares to grab the spoils.

    We should all be humanists, tolerant the ones towards the other, without splitting into left and right, only to oppose those dogmatic enough, either on the left or on the right or behaving economically in predating ways, to not be able to be tolerant towards other. Forget ideologic disputes, and it will become easy on the individual level to separate friend from foe through everyone’s own behaviour.

    As long as we interpret the world through the colours of the glasses the different contending ideologies have prepared to interpret propaganda… we will remain lost in their discourses.

    2) While I can imagine a truly working horizontal Assembly, it is not enough to adopt the proper rules to become one. It takes people with a real understanding of the dynamics of an Assembly and enough goodwill and discipline to behave according to what is needed for an Assembly not to be swamped under the load of childish proposals and childish behaviour that will be the contribution of a far too big part of its participants. I do not mean to discriminate, but I can but point to the fact that mass dynamics tend to favour mob rule as soon as the average education level or wiseness of most of its members does not allow them to understand but the most simple of propositions.

    Our present situation is a quite complex one, built upon the interaction of some of the most astute and pragmatic minds around (even if playing the ones against the other and dealing with world-wide mass dynamics makes it difficult for any to achieve all its initial goals and the overall resulting situation is rather shitty), and no putting together of many simplistic opinions about it is going to result in a coherent and feasible strategy to undo all the wrongdoings and continue on a track more equitable to all.

    These two issues must be addressed before we can start to brainstorm to find a proper way out of the mess all of us have put us in, be it actively or passively.

  2. Marietta Provata
    March 15, 2012

    Unfortunately I agree with the reflections expressed to the comment above, however I would debate that the magnitude of the issues/principles at stake are so high that we cannot afford condemn, or even worse sabotage, any such peaceful social gathering initiatives. It’s true that at great extent, as society we lack the maturity -so essentially required- to successfully process such undertakings however at the same time, we cannot disregard the optimistic side driven even only by the existence of such initiatives (even though still quite dispersed). The more we act the more we learn, mature, and make progress. Inactivity leads to stagnation. The last few years, a constant argument of the “indignants” was that “people do not get up of their couches” (namely, stand up and react to what is happening). Today, when this same people, little by little recover from the chock and actually start (re)acting we should all put our strength to support this movement(s) rather than demoralize and discourage those efforts.

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Ανοικτή συνάντηση

Για την διαμόρφωση του προγράμματος και την οργάνωση της Διεθνικής Ανοιχτής Συνέλευσης την Κυριακή 11 Μαρτίου, στις 18.00 στο Θέατρο Εμπρός.

Open meeting

for drafting the program and organising the assembly will be held at Empros theatre on Sunday, March 11 at 6 p.m.
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