Image Map

European Social Forum 2008

Speech Of Süleyman Çelebi On Behalf Of Social Forum Of TurkeyR11; ESF 2008 Malmö

I greet you all with deep affection on behalf of the Confederation of Progressive Trade UNIONs and  Social Forum of Turkey.
We come together here at the European Social Forum 2008 to share and exchange experiences with each other in regard to the struggle against neo-liberalism, wars and discrimination of all sorts.
Our global resistance started in the jungles of Mexico, on the streets of SeattleR30;and the struggle continues today in the cities of Europe and poverty-stricken villages of Asia.

We have gained two important things by this struggle; consciousness and hope.
Because of this consciousness we are now aware that we have a common enemy even though we fight our wars in different countries. And we have seen that this is a global and enduring attack against the class. That is why our struggle too must be global and enduring.
With the hope that the Social From has raised, we learned to say “NO”. The Social Forums have given us the hope that we can change the worldR30;
There is a long list of problems for the workers and oppressed. Poverty, de-UNIONisation, insecure jobs and flexible working regulations, privatisations, outsourcing, deprivation of social rightsR30;we experience all these problems all over the world and these are the policies designed by the same institutions; the IMF, World Bank and World Trade Organisation.
The Social Forums are the beginning of a new international movement. The Social Forums are a global rebellion and challenge…there is only one power which can stop trans-national companies and governments working under the command of these companies. This power is US; a united international movement which dares to challenge this order

There is no end to capitalist wars and no limit to exploitation. Here is Iraq! Here is AfghanistanR30;Here is PalestineR30;
Here is the CaucasusR30;Just a few days of an imperialist war there left  thousands of deaths and homeless behind
Not only in the Middle East and Caucasus but also in South America, the whole continent of Africa, and Far East we have to put an end to this vicious circle of wars and povertyR30;
Essential public services are being privatised, killing all hopes for a decent life after retirement. Health services are under attack all over the world under the pretext of “restructuring”. What they say is “die! if you can not afford to buy health services”. Millions of people do not have any access to health services and even to safe, clean water.

The Social Forums have been the first spark to ignite the spirit of rebellion. The global justice movement has now become the torch of this struggle. In Malmo, we strengthened the fire of this spirit.
We appreciate the hospitality of our comrades from the European Social Forum (ESF) 2008 Committee. The ESF 2008 has been a milestone, because for the first time, we saw a huge participation from the Eastern Europe. The next Forum will organised in a non-EU country.
As you may know, the next Forum will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.
Today, we are here to pay tribute and to carry on the legacy of Carlo Guilliani and we will bring the torch of the struggle to Istanbul after Paris, Florance, London, Athens and Malmo.
We invite everyone to Istanbul, all social movements of Europe, progressive movements, UNIONs, ecologists, feminists…
We invite you to our country where everyday workers lose their lives at shipyards because of occupational accidents.
We invite you to our country where the May Day is celebrated with tear gas
We invite you to our country where farmers fight against the genetically modified organism, against the companies using cyanide to extract gold from the ore, against government plans to build dams
We invite you to our country where
Political parties, UNIONs, associations are banned
People fight back against isolations in prisons
Students struggle for the right to education
Workers are dismissed only because they joined a UNION
Women struggle to survive under the fear of brutal honour killings
People want peace in Cyprus
People kept the military out of the war in Iraq
We invite you to the country of journalists Hrant Dink, Uğur Mumcu and Musa Anter, and great poet Nazim Hikmet
And we warmly invite you to our country with a poem by Nazim Hikmet

“to live like a tree, alone and free..
And to live like a forest in brotherhood
This invitation is ours”
We are looking forward to seeing you all in Istanbul. Until we meet in Istanbul, all we have to do is to keep on fighting relentlessly

Another Europe is possible!
Another world is possible!