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An urgent appeal for financial solidarity

Wednesday 16 March 2011, by Pierre Rousset

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Japan has faced one of the worst ever earthquakes, followed by a devastating tsunami and now a nuclear disaster of which one cannot yet estimate the gravity…

We are launching an urgent call for financial solidarity. We do not yet know how the solidarity will be organized there, but we have good contact with our sister organisations, especially in Tokyo. We shall see with them what the priority needs will be and the best way to operate. But we already know that the needs will certainly be tremendous.

You can send donations via Europe solidaire sans frontières (ESSF), Europe in Solidarity Without Borders :

cheques to ESSF in euros only to be sent to:
2, rue Richard-Lenoir
93100 Montreuil

Bank Account:
Crédit lyonnais
Agence de la Croix-de-Chavaux (00525)
10 boulevard Chanzy
93100 Montreuil
ESSF, account number 445757C

International bank account details :
IBAN : FR85 3000 2005 2500 0044 5757 C12
Account holder : ESSF

We shall keep you informed through our website of the evolution of the situation there and of the solidarity initiatives.

We have various contacts in Japan with members of associations as Attac or PP21, trade unionists, or with the two organisations linked to the Fourth International (JRCL, NCIW).

For now, we have received news from those living in Toyo and Osaka. Friends from Iwaki (severely hit) are alive but the destruction was severe. We also received news of some of those living in Miyagi, Sendai, and Fukushima, but not yet from all of them.

The situation can worsen any time with “replicas” of the earthquake and, even worse, increasing radioactivity.