chapter  13
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Global days of action, global public transcripts and democracy Reply by Mark Chou

ByCatia Gregoratti

In the streets and squares of Genova, in 2001, the slogan ‘You are G8, we are the 6 billion’ symbolically conveyed the material and ideological divisions separating unaccountable global rulers from the people. Little over a decade later, paying homage to the global justice movement, Occupiers, indignados and protesting commoners in large and smaller cities around the world demanded the replacement of the G8 with the whole of humanity – the G7,000,000,000. For more than a decade, the global justice movement continued to highlight cracks in the institutions of neoliberal global governance – the G8, G20, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and multinational corporations. More recently, during global days and months of action that took place between 2011 and 2012, protestors around the world called for nothing short of ‘a global regime change’, taking issue not only with usual suspects but also with a wider number of life-shaping and life-taking global forces such as banks and the financial crisis.