19.07.2019 Radical Repression against Peaceful Climate Protests:
It’s time to get active again!
Major Swiss banks invest in projects and companies in the oil, gas and coal sectors across the globe. In doing so, they are financing technologies that are damaging both humans and the environment. With this ruthless, profit-oriented approach, the Swiss Financial Centre is not only ignoring the Paris Climate Agreement, but is steering us towards a global warming of 4 to 6 degrees Celsius!
The Climate Justice Collective has decided to do something about this situation and is calling for international participation in our resistance against the Swiss Financial Centre!
To this end, we will be holding a Climate Camp with numerous cultural activities, workshops on climate crisis and the role of the Swiss Financial Centre, and much more from 2-11 July 2019! At the camp you can:
- Prepare actions or join an existing one
- Attend workshops & lectures or offer them yourself
- Relax, stay overnight, eat, participate in cultural activities, and make contact with other climate activists.
Our ACTION DAYS against the Swiss Financial Centre will take place on the 8th and 9th of July! The focal point will be a non-violent but assertive openly-announced action of civil disobedience at two hotpots of the Swiss Financial Centre which we will organise together. Hand in hand with small, independent group actions, we will cut off the money supply for the climate killers!
Only if we are many, can we make a difference! Therefore:
Come to our Climate Camp and bring your friends with you!
Participate in the Action Days! In order to be well prepared, you should arrive at the camp, at the very latest, by Sunday, July 7th at 12 o’clock noon and participate in the Action Plenum.
The man-made climate crisis is the greatest global problem of our age. Global warming causes devastating environmental catastrophes and particularly threatens the habitat and livelihood of humans in the Global South. It is that proportion of humankind that, when it comes to processes of planning and distribution, is systematically discriminated against by those that caused the climate crisis in the first place: The rich industrial nations of the North.
Climate justice is impossible in a capitalist economy and society. Profit interests of capital often cause the destruction of nature. Hence, sustainable climate justice is only attainable through solidary economic systems and lifestyles. The developments of past years and decades further show that governments are a part of the problem and that there is no reason to hope for social or ecological betterment. Climate justice can neither be expected from the economically and politically powerful nor from any kind of technological innovations.
We can no longer wait for political decisions or for the next climate summit. The disaster is already a reality. The predominant societal and economic order, and its understanding of the environment, already kills, sickens and steals the livelihoods of people around the world today. Only a movement that takes charge of the necessary radical changes itself can still work against the climate crisis.
The climate crisis is a global problem. Our approach does not limit itself to local climate protection. The cause of climate change is a global, fossil capitalism that enables the wealth, prosperity and the entailing privileges of western industrial nations through exploitation. Effective strategies against climate change must begin with global, fossil capitalism, its power structures and the profiteers of said system.
Social questions of distribution (share of resources) and justice (opportunities for self- and co-determination) always have direct ecological consequences. In this sense, the climate games are a part of a global fight for justice, solidarity and sustainability. We oppose the perpetrators of the global climate crisis with diverse actions, disrupt their activities and denounce the profit-driven indifference of the political and economic spheres.
It is due to the frequency and urgency of the problem that we recognise civil disobedience as a legitimate form of action. Violence against livings beings, on the other hand, is categorically opposed.
In addition to actions, we will deal with the topic of climate justice in discussion rounds, workshops, presentations and many more forms of collective exchange. We’ll pool the acquired information and make it available to anyone interested. The events aim to help people empower themselves and to find viable alternatives to global, fossil capitalism. Our events are open to anyone interested in a global transition toward a just and solidary world and/or want to work toward such a world. The climate crisis is a central ecological and societal problem, but not the only one of our time. We stand in solidarity with further anti-capitalist struggles, both local and global.
Demands and Perspectives
Climate justice cannot be achieved through adjustments of the current system. We demand a system change:
We demand an end to the exploitation of specifically living beings and generally nature. We demand a radical and swift withdrawal from all fossil fuels and a transition to a lifestyle that is based on renewable resources and on solidary economic and social systems. The main cause of climate change is the burning of coal, gas and oil. Sensible climate politics must not compromise on leaving these resources in the ground.
We demand compensation for the immense climate injustices, which subsist along the global North-South-axis. Therefore, we must also profoundly change the societal relationship to the environment. This means democratising and respecting the vetoes of the directly affected against enterprises of the fossil fuel, mining and agricultural industries, and against the climate-damaging politics of perpetrator states.
Leaflet and recommendations for those affected by repression of the action of 08 and 09 July 2019 in Basel
1 For all those who have not yet done so: contact us so that we can keep you informed about the further course of the procedure, any follow-up meetings etc For all those who haven’t done it yet: contact us so that we can keep you informed about the further course of the procedure, possible follow-up meetings etc.
2 If you haven’t done it yet, take a quiet minute and write a memo. Not only does it help to process the events, but it can also be important for the further course of the procedure. This is mainly because court proceedings can take a long time and important details are often forgotten.
3 We recommend that you raise an objection as soon as you have received a penalty injunction. The deadline is only 10 days from receipt of the injunction. This also applies if WG colleagues* etc. accept the letter or if the letter is not picked up at the post office. The period begins to count from the following day of receipt. No later than 10 days later, the objection must be submitted to a Swiss Post office or directly to the public prosecutor’s office. Once the deadline has expired, the penalty order is final and you can no longer oppose the conviction or penalty. An entry will then also be made in your personal criminal record.
If you make the objection yourself, it does not have to be justified. It is enough if you write the following sentence:
„Hiermit erhebe ich Einsprache gegen den Strafbefehl Nr. ……“. Insert first name, surname, date of birth, registration address, place, date, signature.
You should enclose a copy of the penalty injunction. You can also use the appropriate form attached to the order of summary punishment. There is no need for a statement of reasons. ATTENTION: On the form you will be asked for your telephone numbers. This is not necessary for the objection. You can simply leave this section empty. Send the letter or form with a copy of the penalty injunction by registered mail so that you can prove that you met the deadline. You can also submit your objection directly to the public prosecutor’s office (Binningerstrasse 21, 4051 Basel, reception on the ground floor).
IMPORTANT: At the moment, we do not recommend that you indicate any legal representation to the public prosecutor. As the accusations are substantial according to the penalty orders (especially qualified damage to property with damage of at least CHF 10’000), you are entitled to official defence. As long as you are not represented, evidence cannot be gathered against you. Please contact us as soon as you have received an order of punishment with regard to information on further proceedings.
4 If you wish to appeal against the recognition treatment (DNA, fingerprints etc), please contact us as soon as possible so that we can assist you in writing the complaint (draft complaint). Again, the complaint period is only 10 days. (For those who did not receive it when they were discharged: This also applies if colleagues etc. accept the letter or if the letter is not picked up at the post office.) You should also send the complaint by registered mail (and enclose a copy of the original decision).