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(en) Czech, Prague, Anarchists against NATO summit

From AP <apf@seznam.cz>
Date Fri, 22 Nov 2002 05:02:53 -0500 (EST)


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The main anarchist's protest against NATO summit in Prague was
attended by around 4 000 people at the strongest moment. People
gathered on Namesti Miru square and then marched to the working class
area of Nusle under the Congress center where actual NATO summit take
place. March was joined also by a smaller one of the Eastern Europe
anarchists which started on another place.

As was announced beforehand, anarchist's march didn't attempt to go
to the Congress center. The march led by the black block (who
corporative media claimed it is guarantee of blood and violence
about) marched around the city for more than 3 hours. No incidents
happened despite several police provocation (mysteriously "lost"
police car in the middle of the crowd, the same situation with the
bus for summit delegates, two convoys of limousines going around the
Namesti Miru at the moment when the march was coming...) - people
were disciplined and didn't react on it in any way...

Generally, the mood of the demonstration was really good thanks not
only to the two samba-bands. People knew that police is trying to
provocate and than attack the demo, so everything was peacefully not
because police wanted it and "led the situation," but because
demonstrators wanted so. People shouted slogans against NATO and
capitalism and carry lots of banners and red and black flags.

On the beginning of the demo, a group of bolsheviks with flags was
kicked out after the short fight. One of the anarchists was bit by
angry bolshevik during fight. Also, one of the Polish activist was
arrested when coming to the demo, because he is "persona non grata."
In spite of the fact he was checked 14 times before, he was arrested
at the day of the biggest action...

This is just a short summary. A longer article will be available on
Monday.

more information => www.csdaf.cz/english.php


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