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(en) Media, Danish Protesters Bring Traffic to a Standstill

From Dan Clore <clore@columbia-center.org>
Date Mon, 4 Nov 2002 02:42:53 -0500 (EST)


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Friday, 01-Nov-2002 12:50PM
COPENHAGEN, Nov 1 (AFP) - Around 200 anti-globalisation
demonstrators protesting against big business and private
cars and for the right to party brought traffic in the
centre of Copenhagen to a standstill late Friday.

Anarchists, anti-globalisation activists, animal rights and
environmental campaigners brought together under the
"Reclaim the Streets" banner occupied one of the busiest
intersections in the Danish capital while police looked on.

One activist, who refused to give her name, said the protest
had deliberately targeted the major junction at the height
of the Friday rush-hour traffic in an effort to cause
maximum disruption.

"Globalise This," read one banner facing angry motorists,
blocked from using the major street.

"The streets belong to the people and not the big
corportations," said another protestor.

She said the protesters were not part of an organisation but
"a concept."

Demonstrators, who put the turnout at around 250, braved
cold Nordic winds, sustained only by the strains of techno
music pumping from an impromptu sound system mounted on the
back of a truck.

Police, who put number of demonstrators at around 150, said
they would tolerate the protest while it remained peaceful,
but warned that riot-equipped officers were on standby.


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