18th — 25th August 2015 in Chalkidiki (Greece)
Since the Blockupy&M18 action day in Frankfurt in March the idea of a Beyond Europe camp is going around through peoples mind’s and discussions. In the last three weeks the idea got more concrete: Antiauthoritarian Movement from Thessaloniki proposed to organize the first Beyond Europe camp in north-east Chalkidiki, Greece from 18th-25th August.
Why a Beyond Europe camp? Already in the months before the action in Frankfurt it was clear that Beyond Europe will need some kind of physical space to gather together. It is clear that there must be the possibility for more people who are not taking part in the regular process to get to know each other – and to build up dynamics of transnational discussion. As you all know BE is still in the experimental mode – so strengthening the exchange process and the getting-to-know each other are the first priorities. The idea of the BE camp is to promote the internal process of BE but at the same time to give the opportunity to people all over and beyond Europe to get to know this process. This was the reason why Beyond Europe was founded: to make the exchange process and discussions public and accessible, to leave the island of isolated organizing processes on transnational level.
Why in Chalkidiki? The eco-social struggle against the gold mines in north-east Chalkidiki, close to Thessaloniki, is one of the most crucial ones in the topic of inner politics in Greece and the relation of social movements to the new elected government. The local people of Chalkidiki and Thessaloniki are asking for transnational support in their action and discussions which are in a critical phase: how to deal with the relation to institutions? How to deal with the police and juridical repression? How to deal with the crisis regime on a transnational level?
In the following weeks we will publish here on camp.beyondeurope.net further information about the camp: call-out, political and cultural program, technical details and registration.