More than 500 activists marched to protest the ASEAN Summit and to express calls concerning climate change issues as well as raise concerns over various issues involving people's sovereignty in the South East Asian region.

Activists March to US Embassy in Bali to Protest ASEAN Summit


More than 500 activists marched to the US Embassy in Bali, Indonesia on November 18 to protest the ASEAN Summit and to express calls concerning climate change issues as well as raise concerns over various issues involving people's sovereignty in the South East Asian region.

The rally, which was part of the Week for Global Actions for Climate Justice, called on the US and Annex 1 countries to reduce their GHG emissions, to provide climate finance for South countries and for the World Bank not to have a role in climate finance. It demanded for climate debt reparations from rich industrialized countries to South countries.

The protest march was deemed especially important because of the presence of US President Barrack Obama in the ASEAN Summit which provides an opportunity for JSAPMDD and Indonesian groups to put forward larger issues against the US.

Also, the ASEAN Summit involves a string of bilateral and transnational dialogues by the ASEAN and its East Asia Summit (EAS) partners namely Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the US. Aside from the East Asia Summit leaders and US President Barrack Obama, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also joined the said meetings.

Thus, the demonstrators also raised issues concerning Indonesia's situation such as human rights violations, economic domination by rich countries, exploitation of Indonesia's natural resources primarily through mining, interventions of international financial institutions (IFIs), food sovereignty and energy sovereignty.

A declaration signed by 39 Indonesian organizations and JSAPMDD criticized the ASEAN for becoming a tool by the US and its allies for its global capitalism agenda. The rallyists pointed out that transnational companies, big investors and market speculators reap huge profits and get bailed out by governments during crises while people suffer from poverty, unemployment, criminalization and deprivation of their basic rights.