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Montreal, April 2nd, 2018
This G7 summit is taking place this June 8-9, and will convene seven of the most powerful countries in the world at the Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Québec. The world leaders say they will discuss economic growth, employment, gender equality, climate change, and foreign policies. Sounds great right? Unfortunately, what the G7 Summits actually do is decide the world organization of the capitalist economy according to the interests of the banks, and the oil, agri-food, pharmaceutical, technological, armaments, and other large conglomerates. To denounce this blatant hypocrisy, hidden by progressive, democratic, and inclusive rhetoric, we have formed the Anti-G7 Resistance Network / Réseau de résistance anti-G7 (RRAG7). “Discussing the role of women in this world while Donald Trump is at the table is a joke, and not consistent with the principles put forward in promoting the G7,” says Anna, RRAG7 member.
The G7 is proving to be one of the neoliberal states' symbolic meetings that legitimize the richest 1% of the world's population by creating and maintaining social and economic inequalities. All over the world, the workers, the unemployed, the stateless, the exploited, and those left behind in the capitalist system are indignant at this farce that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and refuse to let it be legitimized by those who benefit from it.
“We believe it is time to unite and refuse this absurdity to make our voices heard. It is time to mobilize, to protest, and to resist the system manipulated by the privileged!” says Patrick, an activist in the network. Capitalism is a slow death for the rights of the people, as well as for the natural resources that have been and continued to be decimated in favour of maintaining current power structures. We invite you, the people, to join the mobilization efforts and express your refusal of this system that perpetuates the imperialism of the G7 countries and continues to spread human misery and ecological destruction every day all over the world!
The RRAG7 will hold a festive collective march against the G7, extractivism, and borders in the evening on Thursday, June 7 in Quebec City. It will be an opportunity to demonstrate our values, and our anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist, anti-racist, anti-patriarchal and anti-capitalist struggles. The RRAG7 also calls for a day of disruption of the G7 summit in the day on Friday, June 8 in the Quebec City area.
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