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(en) Days of resistance to the G8 ... and your best chance to get Bush's autograph...(fr, ca, de)

From atanar@no-log.org
Date Thu, 15 May 2003 17:00:35 +0200 (CEST)


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The G8 meets from Sunday 1st of June till Tuesday 3rd of June in Evian,
France, on the shore of Lake Leman opposite Switzerland. This small city and
10 kilometers around it will be a militarized "exclusion zone" (entry
only with badges), however most of the some 10,000 people involved
(advisors, support, journalists, technicians, translators, etc., plus the
ministers of 20 vassal countries) will have to be lodged in a radius of
40 kilometers (Geneva, Lausanne and the French mountain resorts of Haute
Savoie south of Evian).

There is thus the possibility of perturbing the summit by blocking entries
and/or exits to the zone. Most participants will normally enter and exit via
ferries between Evian and Lausanne, where two smaller exclusion zones will
protect the landing zone of the ferries and two of the largest hotels in the
center of Lausanne. Two thousand five star hotel rooms have been reserved in
Geneva.

These people will normally also cross the lake to Lausanne and continue to
Geneva by the Swiss turnpike on the North side of the lake (The hotels and
airport are all on the north side of Geneva – ie, the right bank of the
river). However, if the ferry is blocked, they would also have the option of
going West along the South side of the lake from Evian to Geneva, or if
necessary going East from Evian to the other border with Switzerland at
St-Gingolphe and from there going all around the lake with the turnpike (see
maps www.swissgeo.ch).

Support people will be arriving in the hotels by Thursday 29th of May.
Bush was planning to land for an official reception at Geneva airport at 4pm
on Sunday 1st of June, then on (by helicopter) to open the G8 in Evian at
around 7pm. However, popular indignation, the opposition of all the left
parties and the fear of uncontrollable protests finally brought the
authorities of the Canton of Geneva to publically oppose this plan,
which has been officially cancelled. Bush will land in secret, like the
criminal he is, perhaps at Geneva, but possibly also at Zurich or elsewhere.
Participants will probably be trying to return to their hotels from about
9pm on.


On Monday and Tuesday other protests and blockades will no doubt continue...
Four anti-G8 coordinations (Lausanne, Geneva, Haute Savoie and Paris) are
jointly providing a political umbrella for various events of particular
organisations and groupings:

Alternative villages (each for a few thousand people), all more or less on
the Strasbourg No Border camp model (self-organisation, debates,
horizontality), are being set up in Lausanne, and Geneva, plus two at
Annemasse (a French suburb of Geneva), one anti-authoritarian
<www.vaaag.org> and one of diverse groups and individuals
<www.g8-illegal.org>. The villages open the 28th of May.


** Thursday 29th of May: demos
Lausanne : demo around the hotels to say "Not Welcome!" to the G8
participants in a colorful, musical way.

Chamonix, France : demo at the Mont Blanc tunnel for liberty of movement
and against truck transport.

Annemasse, France : a festive, out-reaching demo to thank the inhabitants
hosting the "villagers" and reclaim public space.

Note: The general tone of G8 demos will be determined but humorous,
musical and open. The local organizers want the G8 to be the occasion to
widen the movement and comprehension of the issues not be seen as a "foreign
invasion" !

** Friday 30th of May
An instructive tour of Geneva's international institutions: against "free"
trade and for free movement of humans.

** Friday and Saturday
Various countersummit events of NGOs, ATTAC, CADTM, etc. Debates are
planned in several villages and at the University of Geneva concerning
"commons" as an alternative to private and state control of education, land,
culture, etc... Arrival of late-coming thousands, organization of affinity
groups, etc., for the grand opening of the tomorrow...

** Saturday night
"Fires on the lake", about 50 huge fires will be lit in localities all
around the lake encircling the G8. An occasion to mix with the locals who
may or may not fancy demonstrating the next day (Groups invited by
local communities to a particular fire might well have less problems at
the frontier, Contact www.evlan.org).

** Sunday 1st of June
Mass demo: (100 thousand? Two? More?) between Annemasse and Geneva (about
6 kilometers), starting at 9 or 10am. Part of the demo will start from the
French side (the French "villages" and campsite, the station in Annemasse
and the turnpike junction) and march towards Geneva along the Route de
Chêne.

Others will leave the lakeside in Geneva to meet them along the same
route. After the junction, marchers will return to their starting points via
the Route de Malagnou parallel to it. For maps, see <www.swissgeo.ch>. This
demo and a simultaneous one in Lausanne will be in effect blocades as they
will paralyse all trafic in the area (Geneva's population = 300,000!)

Blocades: Demos will be completed by blocades and encerclements around the
exclusion zones of Lausanne and roads leading to Geneva hotels.

KEY APPOINTMENTS
As early as possible Sunday morning at the Lausanne village and by the
lake (the park called Jardin Anglais) in Geneva. Monday and Tuesday, more
civil disobedience, fun and games ...

** France

Convergence
Annemasse airport, Info-point and campings, etc.

Two villages (also beside Annemasse airport)
The Village Alternatif Anticapitaliste Antiguerre <www.vaaag.org> and the
Village InterGalactique <www.g8-illegal.org>. The two villages are open to
all. See websites for objectives, principles and organisation.

Access
Vehicles can park at the airport except on 1st of June. There will be an
info-point at the Annemasse railway station (about 2 kils. away)

** Geneva

Convergence
l'Usine, Place des Volontaires

Info-points
Info-Bus opposite the railway station; l'Usine (Place des Volontaires),
University (UNI-Bastions, Rue de Candolle) and Maison des Associations (Rue
des Savoises)

Village ZAAGE <zaage.lautre.net>
Stade du Bout du Monde (Carouge)

Campings
Stade du Bout du Monde (Carouge)

** Lausanne

Convergence
Village C'VILLAGE and Campings near the Parc de Vidy (see the website
www.squat.net/contreattaque for confirmation)

Info-points
Maison du Peuple (see the website www.squat.net/contre-attaque for
confirmation)

General practical infos
Frontiers, control and repression: Gas masks and helmets are considered
arms and an excuse for immediate expulsion. Frontier controls will be
reestablished all around France, plus controls on accesses to the region
(railway stations such as Lyon or Valence, turnpike booths, etc...). The
Swiss and french governments admit to having "black lists" of people present
in previous demos. Frontier controls with Italy will be shifted south of the
alpine tunnels (eg Domodossola) to permit mass exclusions...

Be prepared to be as autonomous and mobile as possible: camping and
cooking material, including some food imagine shopping on Ascension weekend
in a besieged provincial city...; as many bicycles, rollers, etc.

Bring a small radio, special broadcasts are planned.

Bicycles or any rolling objects might be very useful.

CONSULT http://squat.net/contre-attaque/ AND OTHER SITES FOR DETAILS, MAPS
AND HIGHLY PROBABLE LAST MINUTE CHANGES !!!

Please let us know if you are coming ! It is soon and we have no idea on
who or how many....!


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