80 Street Actions across Europe and in New York have taken place simultaneously at 12:00 (12th December 2008) in towns and cities across the continent to demand CHANGE in Europe.
The Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe) have mobilised activists in over 80 European cities to demand a true Federal Government for the citizens of Europe able to exercise and implement ambitious European wide policies to address global ecological, financial and security matters.
In Brussels activists and British MEP Andrew Duff demonstrated outside the European Parliament with masks of major political figures who appeared to be sleeping. At the same time MEP Libor Rouček joined the action in Prague (Czech Republic), while MEP Karl von Wogau participated in the action in Freiburg (Germany).
Our action took place even across the Atlantic in New York City [Times Square] with our friends from the World Federalist Movement.
All photographs of the action are available on this link.
JEF-Europe President Samuele Pii stated: “Enthusiasm, ideas and commitment are the elements of this success. The enthusiasm showed by our activists and by many other young Europeans that joined us in this action also in cities where we don’t have a section give a clear sign that our network is enlarging.”
“The ideas of the JEF manifesto are close to young people’s concerns and should be debated by everyone at every level.”
“We are committed to play a role in the European Parliament Election campaign by proposing a vision for a federal Europe and fight against nationalist forces. JEF will fight the new populist wave against Europe advertised by Mr. Ganley and friends with their Libertas toy.”
JEF-Europe Vice President Toni Giugliano commented: ”This successful action is only the beginning of a six month campaign to get as many candidates to the European Parliament on our side and support our common initiatives stated in the JEF Manifesto.”
”We encourage the candidates to the EP elections to take into account these proposals and not to ignore the voice of young people as is often the case.”
”European youth has spoken out for CHANGE in more than 80 cities across the continent. That cannot be ignored.”[ENDS]
Final list of participating cities (83):
Albania: Tirana
Austria: Graz and Klagenfurt
Belgium: Brussels, Ghent and Leuven
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Sarajevo
Bulgaria: Sofia
Croatia: Zagreb
Czech Republic: Prague
Denmark: Copenhagen
England: London, Manchester and York
Finland: Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Oulu
France: Bordeaux, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Le Havre, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Nîmes, Paris, Rennes, Strasbourg, and Versailles
Germany: Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Chemnitz, Freiburg, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Münster and Trier
Greece: Athens, Crete, Komotini and Pireas
Hungary: Budapest
Italy: Bologna, Cava de’ Tirreni, Erba, Gorizia, La Spezia, Milan, Pavia, Pescara, Pisa and Prato
Ireland: Dublin
Kosovo: Pristina
Latvia: Riga
Lithuania: Vilnius
Luxembourg: Luxembourg
Macedonia (FYR): Bitola
Malta: La Valletta
Moldova: Chisinau
Montenegro: Podgorica
Netherlands: Amsterdam
Norway: Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger, Tromsø and Trondheim
Poland: Warsaw
Scotland: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Serbia: Niš and Novi Sad
Slovakia: Bratislava
Slovenia: Ljubljana
Spain: Madrid
Sweden: Stockholm and Uppsala
Switzerland: Geneva and Zurich
Wales: Cardiff
United States: New York
Press Contact:
Toni Giugliano (Pan European Action) +44 (0)7756663312
Email: sg@jef.eu | 0