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(en) Italy, Florence 09.11.02: War needs you, you don't need war! Object! Desert!

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Date Fri, 15 Nov 2002 10:16:09 -0500 (EST)


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Saturday 9th November 2002 - Florence
"War needs you, you don't need war! Object! Desert!"

The anti-war demonstration which took place in Florence on
Saturday 9th November was a great success. Apart from the main
march which was part of the events of the European Social Forum,
there was a separate march, which added to the total numbers
demonstrating, of alternative unions and anarchist federations
and individuals including the Italian Anarchist Federation, the
Federation of Anarchist Communists, the Unione Sindacale
Italiana and Unicobas. Approximately 5000 marched in the
anarchist dector of the march. Total numbers for the two
anti-war demonstrations range from 500,000 to 1,000,000
according to the source - impressive if you consider that
Florence itself has a population of about 400,000.

The reaction of the city's inhabitants was generally positive
and the march route was lined with applauding onlookers. Only
the most reactionary of shopkeepers actually closed for
business, even to the extent of boarding up windows - in
consequence of the crazed government campaign of criminalization
and scaremongering in the days preceding the demo. There were no
reports of damage caused to property, although expecting the
doomsayers to eat their words afterwards was a little too much
to hope for. But just in case the world didn't get the message,
yesterday (15th Nov.) 20 anti-globalization and union activists
were arrested on charges of "subversive association" and
"conspiracy" (charges usually reserved for mafia).
Demonstrations will take place in many parts of Italy later
today.

For various photos of the anarchist demo, see:

http://www.ecn.org/ponte/foto/firenze/firenze.html
http://italy.indymedia.org/news/2002/11/107619.php
http://www.ecn.org/usi-ait/firenzeimm.htm


In Solidarity,

nestor mcnab


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