Press Statement: Anarchist Organisation launches ‘No to Lisbon’ poster campaign

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Anarchist organisation Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM) has launched two ‘Vote No to Lisbon’ posters. One features pictures of John Gormley, Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen and Mary Harney under the slogan ‘Would you buy a second hand treaty from these chancers?’ The other urges people to vote no to Lisbon but also to ‘Organise For Real Social Change’.

“These posters deliver two simple messages,” said Gregor Kerr, WSM’s Lisbon spokesperson. “The first is that our government are not to be trusted on Lisbon or on anything else. The second is that voting No to Lisbon won’t by itself make any difference and that working class people need to get organised and begin to build a new society.”

“In the first Lisbon referendum, the basic government message was ‘Trust us’ and the people delivered a resounding response that they didn’t trust them,” Kerr continued. “These are the same politicians who have presided over the current economic catastrophe so people have even less reason this time round to trust them.”

“We don’t believe that voting No to Lisbon will in itself make any huge difference,” Mr. Kerr concluded. “That’s why as well as calling for a No vote we’re urging people to get involved in their trade unions and communities in opposing government attacks on wages, working conditions and social services. Ultimately we want people to become involved in the fight for a new free and truly democratic society.”

WSM is currently distributing a special copy of its newspaper ‘Workers Solidarity’ which includes 3 articles on the Lisbon treaty (see http://www.wsm.ie/story/5978 ).
Further WSM comment on the Lisbon treaty can be found at http://www.wsm.ie/lisbon

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More information from WSM Lisbon spokesperson, Gregor Kerr on 086 1501151

Note to editor:
Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM) is an Irish anarchist organisation with branches in Dublin, Cork and Belfast and members in several other places around the country. WSM members are involved in many trade union and community campaigns.

Photographs of the posters on display attached.

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