Democracy is a global struggle

by Renata Ávila

The fight for democracy in Europe cannot be uncoupled from the struggle for justice around the world.
As members of DiEM25 and co-conveners of the Progressive International movement, we want to express our deep condolences to the people of Kenya for all those who were killed, injured, or otherwise impacted in Tuesday’s attack at the Dusit hotel complex in Nairobi.
We also extend our condolences to the people of Colombia impacted by the car bomb attack in the Colombian capital, which risks a fragile peace process and brings to the memory of many the hardest times of the war.
The situation is not better in Zimbabwe, where scores of activists are in hiding and a campaign of censorship is being deployed to silence the demands of people and hide the violent crackdowns. When former revolutionaries torture their own people struggling for peace and fairness, the spirit of change is doubly tainted.
Peace and solidarity are nearly impossible to achieve without a shared vision of democracy, prosperity and sustainability to protect people from senseless violence and the military industry that feeds it.  Our movement will firmly stand and support those struggling against violence, inequality and needless wars. We will find a voice, a hand, support and solidarity from our friends around the world.

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