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Help Ireland Throw a Spanner in the works of the GATS Machine. (english)
16 Oct 2002
Modified: 17 Oct 2002
Help Ireland Throw a Spanner in the works of the GATS (http://www.gatswatch.org/index.html) Machine. A call to action Ireland (http://www.indymedia.ie/article133/) to anti-GATS campaigners worldwide.
Irish citizens were the only citizens of the European Union who had the
opportunity to vote on whether or not to ratify the Treaty of Nice .
The
Irish people voted No to the Nice Treaty just over a year ago. This, in the
eyes
of the increasingly anti-democratic European Union and in the eyes of the
neo-liberal Irish Government, was the wrong answer. So the exact same
referendum
is being rerun on Saturday 19th October. Those calling for a Yes vote
include
the majority of our political parties, the entire National and Multinational
Business community in Ireland and pro-liberalization forces from all over
Europe. They are outspending the Irish opposition by a factor of
9/1  in their desperation to change the minds of Irish Voters. Why?
They say it is because they want to facilitate en
largement
of the EU and that the treaty is necessary to do this. This has been ch
allenged.

A charge on Indymedia Ireland is that the treaty it
will
grant anti-democratic fast-track
powers  to the unelected European Commission to sign the EU as a
whole
up to International trade negotiations with the WTO on the GATS and TRIPS
agreements. No wonder Peter
Sutherland
- ex head of the WTO - has been campaigning extensively here. The Irish
have
a vote on GATS and Corporate Globalization. Groups and individuals who are
against the forced implementation of GATS on a worldwide level can help us
by
sending statements of support for a no vote on Nice to the Indymedia Ireland
Newswire. We will
forward
these to the Irish Media
,
Politicians, Civil Society and those campaigning against this insult to
democracy.
See also:
www.indymedia.ie
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phone / email home / ireland (english)
17 Oct 2002
so all you have to do
is phone / email home
and tell your friends / relatives / people you´ve been avoiding for years;
"Vote NO!"
See also:
http:///www.barcelona.indymedia.org