12 July 2021 06:00 PM 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞

The reasons for the alterglobal movement and the experience of the Genoa Social Forum. How we got to Genoa: Seattle, Porto Alegre…
Exactly 20 years ago, Carlo Giuliani was shot dead by a policeman during the demonstrations against the G8 summit. Thousands of people were injured. They were demonstrating against neoliberal globalization, against the free trade policy of the WTO in the interest of global capital, against the deregulation of the financial markets, which called millions of livelihoods into question, especially in the global South. It is still linked to the lowering of social, ecological and consumption standards and of workers‘ rights and incomes. The G8 or G20 protests have a 20-year tradition to this day. However, beyond that, new forms of organising became possible. Inspired by the World Social Forums in Latin America, European Social Forums also developed in Europe as spaces for alternative thinking and practices. Ten years after the failure of state socialism, they developed a dynamic of resistance that also changed the political field and led to new forms of cooperation for the left parties in Europe, to the formation of the European Left Party.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐬? 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞? 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬? 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐬? 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞?
𝐖𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡:

📍 Fabio Amato, Former Young Communist referent
📍 Fausto Bertinotti, Former Secretary Rifondazione Comunista and former President of the Party of European Left
📍 Raffaella Bollini, Former Spokeperson of Genoa Social Forum
📍 Yiannis Bournous, Former member of the Youth of Synaspismos, now MP of SYRIZA-PA
📍 Marga Ferré, Co-president of Transform! Europe
📍 Gabriele Zimmer, DIE LINKE

🔹 Cornelia Hildebrandt, Co-president of Transform! Europe –
🔹 Roberto Morea, Transform Italy


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