Opening speech on the Founding Assembly of ILPS-Netherlands

Theo DroogBy THEO DROOG
Chairperson, Nederlands-Filippijns Solidariteitsbeweging
Member, International Coordinating Committee

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Lees oorspronkelijke tekst in het Nederlands

Dear Guests and Participants,

On behalf of the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS), I welcome you to the founding of the ILPS Chapter in the Netherlands. The theme is ‘Defending Human Rights and People’s Welfare in time of Crisis in Europe and the Netherlands.”

I am honored to open this assembly of the biggest anti-imperialist mass movement. The vast majority of the world is in crisis. ILPS believes that this is maintained by the unequal distribution of economic and political power. ILPS aims to achieve equal distribution through working on 17 concerns.

The aim of the founding of ILPS-Netherlands is to discuss the national situation (political, economical and cultural), form a national alliance of anti-imperialist and democratic organizations, establish its Constitution, form a Coordinating Committee that monitor the organizational, educational and political development, and to set up a general program of action.

ILPS was founded in Zutphen in 2001. In the meantime, there are chapters in Canada, Hong Kong and Macau, the Philippines, Australia and Indonesia. The founding of a chapter in the Netherlands comes at an opportune moment. We find ourselves in a financial-economic and political crisis. The inequality in the Netherlands is becoming bigger. In 2011, the total poor people increased to 7.1 % of the population. In 2012, more than 70,000 people went to the Food Bank and the CPB expects that at then end of 2013, more than 560,000 people will be unemployed. Meanwhile, 10% of the richest households own 61% of the wealth.

Dissatisfaction is growing among the people. Big demonstrations took place these last years. ILPS-Netherlands responds to a growing need to unite anti-imperialist and democratic organizations in different sectors of society to establish the cause of increasing inequality and undertake actions accordingly. We should work together on a better world – a world without war, poverty, oppression and exploitation, and a world where the profit-driven mentality is eliminated.

A lot of people have contributed to the preparations for this Assembly. We thank the representatives of member organizations and all volunteers. We are inspired by your efforts to prepare the Assembly.

Dearest friends, I wish you all an inspiring Founding Assembly!

Thank you for your attention!

Founding Assembly International League of Peoples’ Struggle Netherlands Chapter from KODAO Productions [Europe] on Vimeo.

[Amsterdam, 14 April 2013] The aim of the founding of ILPS-Netherlands is to discuss the national situation (political, economical and cultural), form a national alliance of anti-imperialist and democratic organizations, establish its Constitution, form a Coordinating Committee that monitor the organizational, educational and political development, and to set up a general program of action.

 

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