Block War Materials – Open Ports for Refugees: The Dockers of C.A.L.P. from Genoa

Saturday, September 11th, 14.30-15.30, Park Platz

Input – C.A.L.P.

Three people from C.A.L.P. highlight the entanglement between Europe’s arms exports and the causes of flight and report on their practical resistance at a central transhipment point for war materials – the port of Genoa. With their direct actions and the blocking of ships they connect anti-capitalist, anti-militarist, anti-racist and migration struggles, which is also reflected in their central demand: “Block war materials – open ports for refugees!” 

About C.A.L.P.

In direct actions across Europe, dockers in various countries prevented freighters with war material from leaving for Yemen. The dockers of the “Collettivo Autonomo Lavoratori Portuali” (C.A.L.P.) were successful in May 2019: thanks to their strike, a ship with war material could not leave the port of Genoa. This summer, in solidarity with the people in Palestine, they blocked the export of military supplies to Israel. But their perspective is not limited to anti-militarism: C.A.L.P. further demands to close the ports for war material exports and to open them for refugees and advocates for the rights of migrant workers.