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International Dissent! meeting from the 16th to 18th January 2009 to prepare the NATO counter-summit

NATO invites itself to the center of Europe in April 2009 !

The 3rd and 4th of April, representatives of the countries members of NATO will meet again to celebrate their 60 years of domination, but also in order to develop their new plan to "defend freedom" and quoting the terms of their own generals: "A great strategy for an uncertain world."

From the 1st to the 5th April 2009 we will be present in Strasbourg and we'll oppose their "globalization by force" with the creativity of our actions of resistance: direct actions, blockades, civil disobedience, demonstrations, meetings, debates, alternative village, convergence centers, autonomous arts, concerts, ...

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The success of this counter-summit also depends on an efficient international network which enables to succeed in taking decisions and preparing actions for the next NATO summit in April and for the longer term.
This network process has always been carried out but most of the time sporadically. Connections faded or even got lost after each counter-summit. Re-establishing them at a distance takes time to be truly effective, reason why we propose a meeting.

This international meeting of the radical resistance movements will be held on the 17th & 18th January 2009 in Strasbourg. It aims to strengthen international networks and achieve concrete actions during the counter-summit. This would be the only international Dissent! assembly before the NATO summit, a strong mobilization and the presence of all on this occasion is essential.

Blowin' NATO in the wind !

In order to shorten the discussions we ask participants to kindly send us a survey of the status of their mobilization against the NATO summit. This will allow us to prepare a note on each country and to ease discussions by avoiding endless presentations.
This is a proposal for an agenda. Please send us your comments and your propositions of modification of the program before the 19th January. At this date we'll send a more detailed invitation.

Friday, 16th January 2009
19.00 : Participants arrival

Saturday, 17th January 2009
10.00 - 11.00 : Participants presentation and overview of the international mobilizations
11.00 - 12.30 : Lunch - Discussions
12.30 - 14.30 : Presentation and discussions about the different action days
14.30 - 15.00 : Break - Discussions
15.00 - 17.00 : Workshops :
1.1st day
2.2nd day
3.3rd day
4.4th day ?
5.5th day ?
17.00 - 17.30 : Break - Discussions
17.30 - 18.30 : Workshops progress reports
18.30 - 20.00 : Dinner - Discussions
20.00 : Discussion on the relevance of creating a perdurable international Dissent! network

Sunday, 18th January 2009
10.00 - 12.00 : Discussion on the relations with the authorities and the non-radical organizations and media
12.00 - 13.00 : Lunch - Discussions
13.00 - 15.00 : Workshops :
1.Villages - Convergence Centers - Kitchens – Infopoints
2.Anti-repression, Legal Teams

15.30 - 17.00 : Workshops progress reports, discussions on the means to communicate together and proposal for a next international meeting
17.00 : Goodbye – Never Ending Discussions...

They want to decide for us,
Our lives belong to us !

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