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(en) Finland, Re: <alter-ee> Actions in Helsinki

From Jarkko Saipio <jarkko.saipio@MAIL.DIAK.FI>
Date Wed, 23 Feb 2000 11:32:57 -0500


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At 18:05 21.2.2000 +0300, you wrote:
>10th of february 6 anarchists/anti-militarists blockaded the entrance of
>Aeroflot office in Helsinki, in response to international call to attack
>companies around Russian oligarch Boris Berezovski who is one of the main
>actors behind the recent bloody war in Chechnya. Action was really typical
>Finnish one: it was raining and snowing wet snow, and trespassers did not
>cared a lot. Aeroflot staff locked the office and went home from the
>backdoor, instead of demanding the police to come. After half of an hour,
>few press people who bothered to come get pissed and called to police
>station nearby, "to get some action". Police promised to come, which was a
>lie.

Actually they did come, althought they denfinitely were in no hurry. At
first they ordered us to leave the entrance, but when they realised the
Aeroflot staff had closed the whole office and left home, they did nothing.
Also the reporter who called the police to get good photographs for his
photographer did wait for the police to come and got his photographs. And
they was an article with a photograph next day in his newspaper (the
swedesh-speaking newspaper of Helsinki-region, Huvudstadsbladet). Sure the
action was a victory - the office was closed more than an hour before
closing time with such a little effort! You can really say it was typicly
Finnish. But it was exceptional even in Finland - this was the first civil
disobedience action I know, where the "target" of the action doesn't call
police to remove the protestors. And I've participated in a dozen or so. 

Jarkko Saipio



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