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Social Forum of Eastern Europe: brief results

From 11th to 13th March 2016 about one hundred participants from different civil society organisations and radical left forces gathered in Wroclaw (Poland) in order to exchange experiences on the peripheric situation of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEEC) and the South and to outline common political goals for the future. As a result of the 13 sessions on wide ranging issues, like militarization, racism, antifascism, feminism, neocolonisation, environment, peripherisation, workers rights and devastating consequences of the system change in CEEC, participants arrived at the following conclusions:

1.) The participants of the Forum were united in declaring that this forum had an clear anticapitalist character and keep on cooperating in this direction in the future;

2.) The participants unanimously demanded the dissolution of NATO and to stop militarisation;

3.) Under the rule of neoliberal capitalism in crisis, the population of the peripheric countries both of the South and the CEE region has been suffering heavy losses in their life conditions, economy, culture, society, and our environment has been seriously damaged. Industry has been downsized, unemployment and poverty reached unbearable size, i.e. the CEEC – similarly to the South – have become the exploited periphery of the developed capitalist countries. During the transition years, even the up-to-date technical and economic co-operations of the CEEC were cut off. At the same time, participants are aware of the fact that the former socialist attempts have had several weaknesses and even mistakes – some of which originated in the historical situation of under-development and military conflicts.

4.) In the wake of the crisis, dangerous far right and fascist political forces have been reviving and strengthening. This is the result of the prevailing capitalist system and imperialism.

5.) Participants of the Forum made the following decisions:

a.) to organise a meeting on the refugee question in South Europe, either in Greece or in Italy this year;

b.) to hold the next Social Forum in spring 2017 in Hungary or in Bulgaria.

c.) to enlarge cooperation and build up a stronger movement of the CEEC and the countries of South, including the Balkan, North Africa and Latin-America as well as with social movements of China.

d.) Main slogans were: STOP MILITARISATION! DISSOLVE NATO! INSTEAD OF WAR BREAD TO THE PEOPLE! ANOTHER WORLD IS NOT ONLY POSSIBLE BUT VERY NECESSARY!

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