DiEM25@G20: Constructive Disobedience! Resistance in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Summer is coming, but the Establishment is not yet on holiday. They are preparing to meet in Hamburg on July 7 and 8 for the next G20 Summit. And so are we.

The Establishment is working hard to exclude us – activists and protesters calling for a different Europe – from their event in Hamburg. Not only will the city be occupied by paramilitary forces and predator drones circling 5km overhead, but protesters are literally receiving death threats from Hamburg’s senator of the interior (the same official who previous called said the upcoming summit would be “a festival of democracy”).

On Friday June 9, Hamburg authorities passed a general ordinance banning all assemblies in a 38km radius of the G20 summit. So planned rallies cannot take place, and the previously-approved anti-G20 camp, offering shelter for 10.000 activists in Hamburg’s Central Park, is now rendered illegal. These actions constitute the de facto suspension of the German Constitutional Right to freedom of assembly.

We at DiEM25 have protested these measures in an Open Letter to the Hamburg Senate. But we believe it is not enough to protest, to say “No,” to criticise or disobey. To confront the Establishment head-on, and bring about the Progressive International that Europe desperately needs, we must practise what we call “Constructive Disobedience.” That means accompanying peaceful disobedience with counter-proposals, fully outlining alternative policies to those we disobey.

It is in this context that, on the evening of July 7, DiEM25 invites all progressives, all our fellow activists, everyone who is ready to join us to the biggest auditorium in Hamburg for an evening of “Constructive Disobedience.”

Julian Assange (Livestream), Renata Avila, Angela Richter, Aral Balkan, Srecko Horvat, Yanis Varoufakis (Livestream), Vedran Horvat, Aleksandra Savanovic, Thomas Seibert, Elisa Stowe, Sören Alstaedt & many others

07/07/2017 @ 19:30 – 22:00

Audimax, Universität Hamburg
Von-Melle-Park 4
20146 Hamburg


Sören Altstaedt | [email protected]


DiEM25 is a pan-European, cross-border movement of democrats.