Friday, 1 June 2001, 10:07 am
Press Release: Ya Basta To the Global Civil society
To the Italian Defence Committee - Chief of Staff
To the Italian Government - The Prime Minister -
The President of the Republic of Italy
To the US Army Chief of Staff - American
Embassy in Rome
To the CIA Office - SISDE headquarters
DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST THE POWERS OF INJUSTICE AND POVERTY
We learn from the Italian media that in a meeting held in Rome on
May 24, the Italian and the US government have decided to declare
war to the multitude of brothers and sisters that will gather in Genoa
against the G8 meeting scheduled for July.
Your choice to deploy your armies and special forces against humanity,
takes you closer to your allies in the global south where everyday
they kill, starve, and persecute those who dont accept the neoliberal
All over the planet your soldiers use guns against the ideas and the
dreams about a different world, a world that would include other worlds.
In your Genoa meeting too, you want to impose a world that is exclusive,
a world where the only ideology is that of money, profit, market,
goods and bodies. Your world is an empire, you are the emperors and
billions of people are simply your subjects.
From the outskirts of this empire, from the several worlds that resist
and grow dreaming of a better life for all, today, we, rebel subjects,
formally declare war on you.
This is a choice that you made because we do prefer peace and this
decision will mean defying your arrogance and your power, but we have
to do it.
It is our duty to try to stop you in order to end injustice.
It is our duty to give voice to our brothers and sisters of the world
who are suffering because of you.
It is our duty not to surrender to the fear of your armies and to
raise our heads.
It is our duty because we declare wars only when we are obliged to
But if we have to choose between fighting your occupying troops and
passive acceptance, we have no doubts. We will fight.
We formally announce we are going on the war-path too. We will be
in Genoa and our army of dreamers, poor, children, indios of the world,
women, men, gay, lesbians, artists, workers, old and young people,
whites, blacks, yellows and reds will disobey your impositions.
Our army was formed to be disbanded but only after your defeat.
Today we say YA BASTA!.
From the outskirts of the empire.
White Overalls for humanity against neoliberalism
26 May 2001 - Genoa - Italy - Planet Earth