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(en) Slovenia, Ljubljana, <Coppied from alter-ee> anti-war / anti-NATO protests

From Tine Frece <tine1@volja.net>
Date Fri, 21 Mar 2003 15:36:45 +0100 (CET)

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Soon after the attack on Iraq started, around 2 a.m., group
of activists occupied the place infront of the US embassy in
Ljubljana. In the morning more people joined
them and more and more people were gathering there
throughout the morning.
For 4 p.m. protest against the war and direct actions were
called. Police 1,5 hour before that started to build
barricades around the US embassy. Around 30 activists
were still occuping the place infront of the embasy. Police
barricades were builded and activists stayed inside. Around
4 p.m. people and organised groups started to
gather on the place some 100 metres away from the
embasy. Around 1500 people gathered, between them
groups of anarchists with red&black flags and banners.

Later the march headed towards the embassy and some
individuals and anarchists started to attack the barricades.
Good number of people menaged to get through
the barricades and join the activists on the other side of the
barricades infront of the embassy. There was conflict with
anarchists and police lines on the barricades,
police almost arrested one anarchist but the other
comrades saved him. After this attempts and conflicts -
more police, horses and riot gear were driven to the
place. Protests lasted the whole day. Lots of baloons with
red colour were thrown at the embassy and police lines, but
there was no other conflicts althoug there was
big tension all the time on the barricades. Around midnight
police started to "evacuate" the place and activists infront
of the embassy were removed by riot police.

Small number of people stayed there the whole night and
today the protests (will) continue. As the referendum on
NATO and EU will take place this sunday (23rd
March) in Slovenia, all actions are aimed also against this
institutions. Today in Ljubljana and some other cities in
Slovenia protests against war and NATO will take
place. Probably also some direct actions on different
locations. Also for saturday and sunday actions and protests
are called.

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