This week, the governments of the seven most important industrialized countries and Russia are meeting for the ‘G8 Summit’ at the Baltic seaside resort of Heiligendamm. A self-appointed informal world decision-making body, they make decisions which affect the whole of humanity–including deregulation, neoliberal globalization, immigration, climate, war in Iraq and many other issues.
Outside the meeting, thousands are putting their bodies on the line using non-violent direct action. Over 15,000 protestors have walked past the G8′s security zones and set up blockades on the roads and railways leading into Heiligendamm. G8 delegates are being blocked out; Bush and the other G8 leaders had to fly in by helicopter after activists blockaded the roads leaving the airport as well. Over 100,000 are converging on the Heiligendamm area for mass marches and counter-summits to the G8.
Like author Edward Abbey once wrote–”At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoroeau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour.”
All over the world, people are rising up against the G8 and their policies. It’s time to disrupt their party.