Dear Friends and Allies,
You have already received an email urging you to join protests against the G20 Summit,which will be held in Seoul,South Korea from November 11 to 12. As you know,the G20,originally formed to respond to the global financial crisis,is attempting to set itself up as the authority responsible for directing the world economy and defining world governance. While completely excluding most nations from decision-making,the G20 is attempting to make the world ‘safe’ for neoliberal capitalism by forcing emerging economies to shoulder part of the burden of the crisis,promoting trade and investment liberalization dressed up ‘in new robes’,negotiating weak financial reforms that largely allow financial speculation to go on unchecked,and reviving the ailing IMF and other IFIs. This agenda is being pursued despite the fact that neoliberal capitalism is clearly a failed model,which only increases poverty and inequality around the globe.
As if this was not enough,the Lee Myeong-bak administration is using the upcoming Summit as an excuse to strengthen repression of common people and social movements in South Korea. To fight this attack we need your support,even before November.
On October 1st tell the South Korean government and the world that the G20 Summit is NO EXCUSE for Repression by participating in the International Day of Action against the pre-Summit attack on Democratic and Human Rights in South Korea.