The corona virus has been around the world for more than a year. Large parts of public life have been shut down. The capacity of the Dutch health care system is under increasing pressure. While public money is being used to “save” large companies, for years too little money has been spent on healthcare and the system is increasingly privatized. Health insurance is expensive and care is not accessible to people who cannot afford it. People in marginalized or vulnerable groups do not receive the care they need or do not receive care at all. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs or homes. Many lives have been lost because of the pandemic and because of the mismanagement of the state, but it didn’t have to be, it doesn’t have to be. Let’s not believe their lies we do not stand for it “all together”. The rich get richer from the safety of their beautiful homes, while the workers, the poor and the people in marginalized groups bear the greatest burdens and risk their lives.
It’s not just the pandemic, there are systemic problems caused by capitalism and the state. Here we will list some of them.
Institutional Racism / Police Violence
We are not all affected in the same way by the lockdown and the pandemic in general. The curfew only applies to poor people, as rich people can pay the fine. People with a yard can still go outside, but if you don’t have a yard, you can’t. If you don’t have a home, you can’t stay at home. Those of us who live in neighborhoods where the average income is lower and where historically there have always been more people with an immigrant background face more police presence and police aggression than people who live in wealthier neighborhoods.
The Supplement Affair is one of many examples that show us that this country is institutionally racist.
And now the state is using the crisis to further expand police power, restrict the right to demonstrate and exert even more influence on our public life. Giving the police more power will only increase racist police violence. Ethnic profiling, mass surveillance and “predictive policing” (using algorithms to so-called “predict crime”) pose threats to our communities.
The police don’t protect us, we protect each other. Stop institutional racism and end the Dutch surveillance state. They are not there to help us, but to protect the rich.
In Amsterdam, one of the most expensive cities in Europe, the housing situation worsened during the corona crisis. Privatization has reached the point where social rental housing is being sold to the private sector. House prices are expected to rise again, large companies receive rent discounts while we are struggling to pay our rent. Even the suburbs we have been driven to are experiencing gentrification and becoming unaffordable. Meanwhile, there are buildings all over the city, so that the rich can speculate with them. People without a home have no security and shelter places are increasingly closed. Social centers that offer people a place have serious financial problems, are in danger of being evicted and solidarity is criminalized.
Because of the lockdown, domestic violence has increased, along with mental health problems. We want good housing for everyone.
We may think that there is now at least a good development for the climate because fewer people travel and therefore less CO2 emissions. But that’s not true. Individual lifestyle and individual choices are not the cause of the climate crisis. The crisis is capitalism. Capitalism is terribly inefficient.
To give an example: there are now planes that are completely empty and continue to fly, because that is cheaper than leaving them on the ground. Does that sound ridiculous? It is!
The capitalist system will continue to deplete the planet, pandemic or not. After all, everything has to make way to maximize profit. Government policy will not stop this. Large multinationals work with states. In this way, there can never be an effective response to the climate crisis. We need to get rid of the idea of endless profit. We have to get rid of capitalism and the state.
There is no such thing as endless growth on a finite planet.
After the overcrowded Moria refugee camp burned down last year, the EU has continued to deliberately ignore the fact that people die at the borders every day. FRONTEX’s European “coast guards” push people back at sea, inhumane conditions in camps during a pandemic, people drowning while rescuing people at sea and solidarity at borders criminalized, and the racist EU working with states like Turkey and Libya to stop people at the borders at all costs. The situation has only worsened since the start of the pandemic.
The EU is not going to change, we have to get up and make change happen.
Conspiracy Theories and Nazis
The ultra-right tries to take advantage of this uncertainty to mobilize people for their purposes. Conspiracy theories are not the answer to the systematic problems. Capitalism is not a conspiracy theory, it is real and its effects are measurable, and we can get rid of it. Nazi mobilization? – Not with us!
We have every reason to be angry: While wealthier people can stay at home, we still have to work under dangerous conditions and for low pay. We are the people who work illegally, the factory workers, the craftsmen, the shop workers, the delivery men, the taxi drivers, the nurses. We are the people who make sure that we are all healthy, that you can still get food from the supermarket – we are the social workers, the education workers, the cleaners, the sex workers. But we are also people who were not born with the Dutch nationality, for whom it is less good because we do not have the same rights to work and we do not have the same access to social services. We’re the ones who don’t have enough money to rent an apartment in this ridiculous housing market. We are the people without citizenship who therefore have no rights. We are the students for whom it is difficult to pay the high tuition fees. We are the people who have now become unemployed and are struggling to make ends meet. We did not create this crisis, so why should we feel the consequences? Do we now have to “tighten our belts” because we are now “all in this together”? Yes, we are all in this together now – but the capitalists, landlords, landlords, managers and politicians are in a different boat. why then should we feel the consequences? Do we now have to “tighten our belts” because we are now “all in this together”? Yes, we are all in this together now – but the capitalists, landlords, landlords, managers and politicians are in a different boat. why then should we feel the consequences? Do we now have to “tighten our belts” because we are now “all in this together”? Yes, we are all in this together now – but the capitalists, landlords, landlords, managers and politicians are in a different boat.
Corona crisis? Not over our backs!
Take Action – We’re Making the Rich Pay for COVID-19!
Another world is possible!
(Wear a mouth mask and pay attention to the 1.5 meter distance)
Good housing for everyone. We crack the rich, we keep our rent.
Change your locks, resist evictions, collective resistance.
Stop the surveillance state and stop police brutality. Let’s defend ourselves and protect each other.
Anti-Semitic conspiracy thinkers and QANONers are dangerous and do not provide an answer to the crisis. Get rid of racists, anti-Semites, cops and Nazis!
Let’s overthrow capitalism before capitalism destroys the earth.
We make the rich pay for COVID-19
Meeting of the Anti-Capitalist Action Amsterdam
Corona is the virus – Capitalism the crisis!
The virus has been going around the world now for more than a year. Entire sectors of public life have been put to a standstill. The capacity of the Dutch healthcare system is pushed to its limits. While public money is being used to bailout big corporations, the health care system is underfunded and increasingly more privatised. Health care insurance is expensive and health care is not accessible for those who cannot pay. People in marginalized and vulnerable groups cannot be treated properly or are not treated at all. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, their homes, and their livelihoods. Many lives have been lost because of the pandemic and the state’s mismanagement of it, but it does not and it did not have to be like this. Let’s not believe their lies, we are not “all in this together”.
It’s not just the pandemic, there are systemic problems with capitalism and the state. Here we will try to tackle some of them:
Systemic Racism / Police Violence
Lockdown policies and the pandemic in general, does not affect all people in the same way. The curfew only applies to the poor as the rich can afford to pay the fine. People with gardens can still go outside. If you don’t have a home you can not self-isolate. Those of us who live in working class and historically immigrant neighborhoods, have to deal with more police presence and aggressive policing then those in middle class and rich neighborhoods. As proven, amongst other things, by the ‘supplements affaire’ (benefit scandal) this country is institutionally racist. Now the state is using this crisis to further extend police powers and crackdown on our rights to protest and exist in public. Giving more power to cops will only increase racist police violence. Ethnic profiling, mass surveillance,
The police do not protect us, we protect each other. Stop institutional racism and the Dutch Police / Surveillance state. They are not here to help us but they are here to protect the rich.
In one of the most expensive cities in Europe, the housing situation has worsened during the pandemic. The privatization of the housing market has reached the point that social houses are being sold to the private sector. Housing prices are expected to rise again this year, big businesses are getting rent cuts while we struggle to pay rent. Even the suburbs we have been pushed into are being gentrified and are becoming unaffordable. At the same time houses everywhere in the city are intentionally left empty for the rich to speculate with. People without homes have no certainty and shelters are getting closed down. Social places that offer spaces for people affected are facing serious financial problems, are getting evicted and solidarity is being criminalized. Because of the lockdown, domestic violence is increasing as well as serious mental health concerns. We want proper housing for everyone.
We might think that because many people have stopped traveling that C02 emissions are decreasing and that at least this is a positive development for the environment. However, individual lifestyle consumption choices are not to blame for the climate crisis. The crisis is capitalism. Capitalism is incredibly inefficient. For example, Airplanes continue flying empty, because it’s cheaper to do this than to leave them standing at the hangars. Sounds ridiculous? – it is!
The capitalist system will continue to drain the planet’s resources, pandemic or not. Everything must give way in order to maximize profit. Government regulation will not stop this. Large multinationals are working together with states. In this way, there cannot be an effective response to the climate crisis. We have to get rid of this idea of infinite growth. We have to get rid of states and capitalism.
There can be no infinite growth on a finite planet.
After the overcrowded Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos burned down last year, the EU continues to intentionally ignore the fact that humans are dying at its borders every day. Push backs by the EU coastguards of FRONTEX, inhumane conditions in camps during a pandemic, drowning of people whilst sea rescue and solidarity at the borders is criminalized, and the racist EU cooperates with states such as Turkey and Libya to stop people at the borders by any means. Since the beginning of the corona pandemic the situation has only worsened. The EU will not change, we need to rise up to make change happen.
Conspiracies and Nazis
The far-right tries to make use of this uncertainty to mobilize people for their gains. Conspiracy theories fail to show the real systematic issue. Capitalism is not a conspiracy it is very real and observable and can be abolished. Nazis mobilizing? – not with us!
We have every reason to be angry: While the upper class is able to stay home, we still have to work under dangerous conditions for a low wage – we are the ones that work illegally, the industrial workers, the craftspeople, the retail workers, delivery people, the taxi drivers, the nurses. We are the ones who make sure that we are all healthy, that there is still food to get at the supermarkets – the social workers, the educators, the cleaning staff and the sex workers. But we are also the people who are not native Dutch, who are not taken care of because we do not have the same rights to work or access to social services. The ones who do not have enough, or any money to afford a flat in this ridiculous housing market. We are the ones without citizenship and therefore, without any rights. We are the students that struggle to pay high tuition fees. We are the now unemployed workers struggling to get by. We did not create the crisis, and yet should we now bear the consequences? We should “tighten our belts” because we are now “all in the same boat”? Yes, now we are all in the same boat – but the capitalists, bosses, landlords, politicians, and managers are in another.
Corona Crisis? Not on our backs!
Come in action – let’s make the rich pay for Covid 19!
Another World is Possible!
(Wear facemasks and try to keep to social distancing)
Proper housing for everyone Squat the rich, renters keep your rent!
Change your locks, resist evictions, community resistance now
Stop the surveillance state and stop police violence. Let’s defend ourselves and protect each other.
Antisemitic conspiracy theorists and QANON-ers are dangerous and do not represent an answer to the crisis. Racists, anti-Semites, cops and Nazis off our streets!
Destroy capitalism before it destroys the earth.
Make the rich pay for the Covid19
The assembly of the Anti-Capitalist Action Amsterdam.