CALL FOR THE STRUGGLE AGAINST MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS, THE MAIN THREAT FOR PEASANT AND INDIGENOUS FAMILIES AND FOR HUMANITY.
16th of OCTOBER 2009, first day of international action
The transnational corporations are our common enemy; they constitute the present form of capital which exercises control over our economies.
In the rural areas we are witnessing a savage offensive by capital and by the transnational corporations on agriculture and natural resources. It is a privatisation war of plunder directed against peasants and indigenous people, a privatisation robbery of the land, biodiversity, water, seeds, production, and agribusiness trade.
We are talking not only about the agribusiness corporations but also about those companies involved in mineral extraction, monoculture tree plantations, big dams, those controlling the distribution markets, and in general, all of those which are involved in the expansion of the contaminating industries, and the dispute and appropriation of land, water and territory.
At a time when we the people are exercising our rights and resisting widespread plunder, or, when we are obliged to join the flow of emigration, the answer has been criminalisation, repression, political prisoners, murders, walls of shame and more military bases.
This is why we Via Campesina call for the struggle against multinational corporations in general and in particular against Cargill, Monsanto, Nestle, Syngenta, Wal Mart, which are threatening directly our farming communities and indigenous people. As part of the struggle for the coming years, we have declared war on transnational corporations.
Therefore we call upon all organisations integrating the international peasant movement, Via Campesina, our partners and friends, city workers and citizens in general to focus our rejection and discontent against MONSANTO and against GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOs) on this coming 16th of October.
With all the creativity of struggle of which we are capable, let’s make our cry to the world heard;
MONSANTO OUT, NO TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOs)!
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY NOW!
GLOBALISE THE STRUGGLE, GLOBALISE THE HOPE