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(en) Workers Solidarity #74 - Report of EU summit Copenhagen protests

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Date Mon, 3 Mar 2003 14:14:48 +0100 (CET)


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In December protests were held at the EU summit
in Copenhagen. Ian Lynch attended the
demonstrations and tells Workers Solidarity a
little about it.

On the morning of the 13th, while up to 50 'Politi' raided
the offices of the service provider for many left-wing
alternative websites in Denmark there was a march,
called by 'global rodder'(global roots) of about 1000 on
'bellacenteret', the appointed place for the summit talks.
After this another march had an anti-racist/Fortress
Europe theme and saw a few thousand march from the
west of the city, past boarded up McDonalds,
Burger-Kings, to the centre of the city.

The morning of the 15th saw the biggest manifestation of
the weekend, with 10,000 people from many diverse
groups marching in opposition to not just the policies,
but the very existence of the European union. During the
demonstration, many undercover police tried to join the
march, however their disguises were so ridiculous, that
they were easily spotted and surrounded in a doorway, a
thrown bottle cutting one of them on the side of the face,
before they made a hasty retreat

It must be said that before the weekend, most of the
groups taking part in the protests had signed an
agreement with the police, agreeing that no one within
their ranks would take part in any 'violence'. They had
planned on having a meeting after this march, on the
subject of 'violent protestors', thus succumbing to the
hysterical media clichés, concerning violent/non-violent
protestors, and ignoring the issue of police
provocation/brutality. In response the Anarchist
Federation called a protest, whilst this meeting was
taking place, against 'police state Europe', which
marched on the prison 'Vestrefaengsel'. On the way back
into the centre, the march (which remained peaceful
throughout) was completely surrounded by riot police,
who tried to provoke (unsuccessfully) and snatch
protestors out of the crowd. As the demo was reaching its
destination, it was reported that the police had managed
to arrest one of their own (undercover), much to the
amusement of the crowd. 

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