This mobilization also sought to pursue the dynamic of trade union contestation of the European institutions initiated with the summits in Amsterdam, Porto and particularly Nice. A gamble which paid off massively with the Thursday demonstration called by the European Trade Union Confederation: more than 80,000 strong, the majority Belgian or French but also with the presence of Slovene, Slovak, Czech and Polish delegations.
The "anti-globalisation" demonstration called by the D14 collective on Friday December 14 involved NGOs like Attac, militants from the British Socialist Workers Party and/or Globalise Resistance, Belgium’s Party of Labour (undoubtedly the youngest and most dynamic contingent), libertarian anarchists and a contingent from the Fourth International.
On Saturday December 15, a "street party" organized by the Bruxxel collective attracted around 3,000 people, hemmed in by a disproportionate security presence. Meanwhile, a "march for peace" organized at the initiative of the PTB gathered 2,000 people and an anarchist march called by a European libertarian coordination assembled 3,000 people.
The movements of opposition to capitalist globalisation are part of the opposition to neo-liberal Europe. Onwards to Seville.