South Africa: “Occupy Grahamstown!” – statement by the Unemployed Peoples Movement

[Another step for the worldwide movement against capitalism with its illegitimate wealth and authority, this time in South Africa.  Abahlali baseMjondolo, (Unemployed Peoples Movement) has issued this call:  “…our state is rotten to the core. Until we can build enough people’s power to be able to discipline the state from below we will have to treat it as what it is, a vehicle from the predatory elite to feed off society….The capitalists in Europe are saying that the people must pay for the banks to be recapitalised. We say that it is time to stop all public subsidies for the rich. We say that it is time for the banks to recapitalise the people.  Abahlali baseMjondolo has correctly insisted that the poor were made poor by the same economic system that made the rich rich.” — Frontlines ed.]

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13 October 2011

Unemployed People’s Movement Press Statement — “Occupy Grahamstown!  Recapitalise the Poor!”
As a movement of the poor we have taken great inspiration from the rebellion that has spread from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Syntagma Square in Athens, the Puerta del Sol in Madrid and now Liberty Plaza in New York. Our comrades in Students for Social Justice have been just as inspired by the growing spirit of rebellion that is jumping, like a fire, from country to country.

On Saturday we will occupy Grahamstown. The students will march into town from the Botanical Gardens. We will march into town from the township and the squatter camps. We will meet on the square at the Cathedral. We will turn that square into a people’s university, a people’s kitchen and a space of people’s power. Our aim is to bring the rebellion of the poor, the rebellion that has put thousands and thousands on the streets of South Africa in recent years, into dialogue with this global rebellion. The alliance between organised students and the organised unemployed is strong in Grahamstown. Together we can build strong foundations for the struggles to come. Continue reading