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On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares” announces 15october.net, the website in charge of mobilizing tomorrow’s event. “From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global nonviolent protest” they add.
And apparently people have heard the call because at this moment, 951 cities in 82 different countries have already sign up for the global change. The last ones to join have been Tirana, Albany and Madeira, Portugal, but the long list includes several cities worldwide such as Tijuana in Mexico, Jerusalem in Israel, Brisbane in Australia and Bamako in Mali.
Take The Square, the “informative platform in English that aims to support the ongoing pro-democracy protests throughout Europe” explains on its website that this social movement was born with the objective of making a civil response to the global crisis of society through a global, but peaceful, protest: “The key of 15 Oct should not be just mobilizing people, and doing some actions simultaneously, but being conscious that the world is acting together, and therefore starting to build a network between all of us, for deciding all together […] We know that the powers are global, that we live in a globalized world, and therefore our answer should be global too.”
All the evidence points to October 15th not being an isolated event but the result of individuals and collectives coming together in unity to protest. It is part of a movement for social change that has spread to the world in incredible time. Everything started in Egypt and Tunisia, then protests moved to Spain with the 15M and now Occupy Wall Street, the latest example of people’s thirst for change.
The manifesto, which has been translated into 18 languages, explains that the aim of this mass protest is to send a clear message to politicians and the financial elite: “United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.” It also defies the deep sense of unease and the weariness of the world’s population due to financial crisis: “The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end.”
If you still have doubts about what October 15th means and what will happen all over the world tomorrow, the answer to these questions might help you:
What? “People from all over the world will take to the streets and squares”.
When? October 15th 2011.
Where? All over the world, 951 cities in 82 different countries have already sign up for the #globalchange.
Why? “It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.”
How? “We will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.”
If you want to report about the happenings in your city tomorrow, use the hashtag #event15oct on Twitter.com