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(en) report :anarchist Bush-Putin protest in Slovenia

From dr woooo <vornman@excite.com>
Date Mon, 18 Jun 2001 05:24:56 -0400 (EDT)


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Bush-Putin protest in Slovenia (english)=20
by Ronnie 9:14am Sun Jun 17 '01 =20
babylonwillfall@hotmail.com =20

Saturday, George W. Bush and his partner in crime Vladimir Putin held their
first of a sequel of meetings, in Slovenia. While those two were discussing
issues that are concerning the whole globe like missile defence systems,
expansion of NATO with Eastern European countries, and trade regulations
between both nations behind closed doors in the Brdo castle far away from
urban concentrations, concerned people were gathering in the city of
Ljubljana to protest against the summit and the issues being discussed.=20
Saturday, George W. Bush and his partner in crime Vladimir Putin held their
first of a sequel of meetings, in Slovenia. While those two were discussing
issues that are concerning the whole globe like missile defence systems,
expansion of NATO with Eastern European countries, and trade regulations
between both nations behind closed doors in the Brdo castle far away from
urban concentrations, concerned people were gathering in the city of
Ljubljana to protest against the summit and the issues being discussed.=20

After a two weeks period of violating human basic rights by the police and
government of Slovenia through the rejection and questioning of certain
foreigners at the borders, tapping of phones and email, arrests for
flyposting, intimidating =91suspicious=92 persons, registering foreign lice=
nse
plates, portraying anti-globalisation activists as terrorists and
neo-fascists in the media, excessive police presence in the capitol,
unannounced visitation of people=92s homes for information, the Festival Of
Resistance could finally find its way to the streets.=20
Or at least that=92s what the organising platform, Office For Intervention
(UZI), had in mind. But due to state propaganda leading up to this
manifestation, strong police presence and surveillance was justified and so
the city looked like a concentration camp with iron fences and robocops
armed with lots of teargas in order to stop any protester from entering the
city centre. This totally according to the warning of the Chief of Police,
for preventing every possible manifestation or march of actually getting
started.=20
First protestors or just lovers of a free world gathered in the Tivoli Park
from 1.30 PM, where some were already being denied entrance for no reason.
But slowly all people seemed to enter the park without much trouble, except
for all those who were stopped on the streets for identification. This
however was a common thing the past week. But since it=92s totally legitima=
te
according to the law, there was not a solid basis to oppose this fascist
campaign.=20
A van which was carrying a sound system for the demonstration, was being
held by the police, including its passengers during the time leading up to
the manifestation because in the back was a couple litres of petrol and oil
to power the system, but that could also be the source for a possible
terrorist attack of course. At a certain point the drivers were given
permission to head back to the park where the van was peacefully being take=
n
over by the protesters, and escorted it to the meeting point.=20
As the music was blowing out of the speakers, and the sun shining on the
peaceful and diverse crowd, this gathering of people was already a beautifu=
l
contradiction to the highly secured, colourless and faceless summit that wa=
s
taking place at that time. The wonderful weather, accompanied by the
different jugglers, dancers, speakers and fireworks, turned the place into =
a
carnival of decentralisation, happiness, beauty, life and co-operation. Mos=
t
participants were determined that this manifestation was not a fight agains=
t
power, but a manifestation of PEOPLE=92S combined power to create a differe=
nt
world and not rest in apathy and complaints. The world is ours, and we have
to guarantee the future of our children and nature.=20
While this happened, YaBasta! activists from Trieste, Italy, were being hel=
d
at the border and refused entrance after four of them got beaten up by the
cops on their own bus. In response to this, they blocked the border between
Italy and Slovenia with their bodies. And unfortunately they weren=92t allo=
wed
to get through at all, with big disappointment from the people in Ljubljana
of course. The press was being forced to leave the border area, so the worl=
d
couldn=92t held them accountable for their actions.=20
When the news got through that the Italians were not going to get in at all=
,
it was decided that the manifestation would last till four, and hit the
streets and march to the centre. Without much trouble the streets were
occupied by the 300 to 400 protesters, but soon it was clear why. Every
street leading to the city centre was blocked by riot cops, tanks, fences,
horses, water canons, vans and jeeps so they didn=92t have to fear the marc=
h.
In an attempt to find our way into town we took over one of the main roads
leading through Ljubljana and thus shut down most traffic that goes though
this town. Our first stop was near the Russian embassy (as it was totally
surrounded by fences and robocops), which soon got clear to us to be the
last one in that direction. As we stopped, a four lane wide blockade of
robocops, tanks, horses and a water canon moved in on us and prevented the
whole group from moving forward. In quick response to this, everybody sat
down and stopped the police from moving further. This however didn=92t spoi=
l
the atmosphere but only strengthened everybody to let this protest go on.
Spontaneity and humour made this blockade a success and the police forces
look like a ridiculous private Bush mob. To stress this, tanks were
decorated with toilet paper, balloons, and a banner which said: =91Capitali=
sm
=3D Cannibalism=92. The crowd kept on reacting creative at this time being =
and
started human conversations with cops, kissed helmets, meditated, danced,
juggled, undressed and kissed in front of their lines, threw paper planes a=
t
the robocops and screamed slogans like =91Where are the terrorists? At Brdo=
!=92.
Unfortunately this didn=92t end the police blockade of course, and made the
march head for Metelkova Mesto, a big squatted old military complex and now
the home of several independent, subversive and counter-cultural
initiatives. This was actually the only option as the police blocked every
other street that was leading to the centre, so there was either the choice
between leaving the city or having our own party at the squat.=20
On the way several main intersections were occupied through sit-ins to make
our message clear and show the people our intentions and those of the power=
s
that be. And we did it well, as citizens=92 reactions were rather positive
seeing us, youngsters, marching peacefully and colourful and obstructed to
move freely by expensive and excessive police forces who turn the city in a
fortress.=20
So, the repression only strengthened our statements on power, militarism,
ecology, capitalism and violence.=20
Thanks cops, we had a wonderful day together! You=92re welcome to join us o=
n
the other side of the fence next time in Ljubljana or wherever our global
movement for a more fair and just world will pop up.=20

HAVE FUN AND ANARCHY!!!=20
The Crimethinc Street Party Initiative
=20


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