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(en) Amsterdam, antimonarchists clash with riot cops

From "v.v. GroenFront! | EarthFirst! s.g. NL" <groenfr@dds.nl>
Date Sat, 26 May 2001 17:10:47 -0400 (EDT)

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This is a message from the Comittee March on the House of Orange.


Today a bit more then hundred anti-monarchist clashed with a 
detachment of riot police on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. After 20 
minutes of heavy streetfighting, the pigs, for the occasion dressed 
in orange uniforms and wearing shields quoting 'Grace to the Marriage 
Couple', retreated under a storm of bricks. The activists were 
accompanied by a soundsystem and sambaband.

"This was our general repetition for 2-2-2, the day crown prince 
Willem Alexander and Maxima are planning to get married. Only if 
Alexander denounces the thrown, he can be certain of a nice marriage. 
That would be a first step to abolishing the monarchy and finally all 
elites and hierarchy alltogether," said a spokesperson of COMODO, the 
Comittee March on the House of Orange, who wished to stay anonomous. 
COMODO was invited by the Amsterdam networking initiative 'The Free 
Zone' to co-organise todays events, which also included public 
discussions on the monarchy, preventing repression, action-tactics 
and coalitions to mold. The Free Zone regularly organises 
action-events in the squatted filmacademy and social center at the 
Overtoom 301.

A point of discussion was how much the nasty background of Maxima 
should be stressed. Maxima is the doughter of Jorge Zorreguieta, 
minister of agriculture under the fascist junta of General Videla in 
Argentinia. There have been contacts with the 'Crazy Mothers' from 
Argentina, who's thousands of children and relatives have been 
murdered by Videla's regime, but there was disagreement whether they 
should be invited to help.

Many participants felt that large scale demonstrations would  very 
likely end up large scale 'preventitive' arrests, like they did at 
the EU-summit for the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1997, where around 800 
people were arrested. Also, the National Security Agency (BVD) has 
been ordered to do a full screening and risk-analyses of all 
anarchists and leftradical groups to see if they have any plans or 
capacity to disturb the royal wedding on February 2, 2002. "Creative 
tactics are needed, you know" someone said.

COMODO: mailto:comodo@squat.net http://squat.net/beakomt
Vrije Zone: mailto:vrijzon@dds.nl http://www.vrijezone.nl

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