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(en) Ban on demo in Davos unacceptable! Come to Davos if you can!

From Alain Kessi <kessi@bitex.com>
Date Wed, 12 Jan 2000 05:22:46 -0500

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1) From: Anti-WTO Koordination <anti-wto@reitschule.ch>
Berne, 11 January 2000
2) by the Anti-WTO Group Zurich (part of the Anti-WTO Coordination Switzerland)

1) Press release from the Swiss Anti-WTO Coordination. concerning 
the demonstration against the World Economic
Forum on 29 January 2000 in Davos

Today the small county council in Davos has decided that no permission
would be granted for a demonstration on 29 January. The county of Davos
did not enter into discussion about our offer to do only a rally without
a march! We are offered a permission for demonstrating on Sunday 30
January only, which for us does not in any way constitute an acceptable

On 9 December already we have submitted the request for a permission to
demonstrate on 29 January 2000 with the county of Davos. If the county
of Davos tells us only today that strictly no permission will be granted
for demonstrating that day, this comes too late and constitutes nothing
but a juridical trick to outlawing the demonstration without officially
declaring a ban on demonstrations!

We will appeal to the administrative court in Chur against this
scandalous decision which massively limits the free expression of
opinion and boils down to a ban on demonstrations. Our mobilization has
been in full swing since the beginning of January, and it is thus
impossible for us to change the date of the demonstration.
We will gladly reply to questions you might have. Call us at ++41-31-306
69 52.
Anti-WTO Coordination

2) 11. Januar 2000

As you surely know, on 9 December 1999 (!) the Anti-WTO Coordination
Switzerland submitted a request for permission for a demonstration
against the World Economic Forum in Davos on 29 January 2000. 

This request was not dealt with by the county of Davos and the canton
Graubünden until today. In the meantime it has become known that on
precisely 29 January Bill Clinton would stop by in Davos for a few
hours. After we resolutely demanded it, a meeting was scheduled for
morning at 11 o'clock between the Anti-WTO Coordination and
representatives of the county of Davos in order to discuss how to
proceed with the permission to demonstrate. A final decision was
promised as of late this afternoon. 

At 4 p.m. our office was informed that strictly no demonstrations or
rallies will be permitted on 29 January. However, and against our
explicit wish (the mobilization for 29 January, 3 p.m. has already
started!), they said they were considering granting permission for 30
January. Last year already, the administrative court of Chur had, after
the fact, reprimanded the county of Davos for its general ban on
demonstrations during the WEF 99. We see today's decision as just one
more example of the privileges the 'Global Leaders' afford themselves.
We resolutely protest this violation of the right to free expression of
opinion and call on all progressive forces to support our appeal with
juridical and mediatic means.

Anti-WTO Group Zurich

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