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(en) Russia , Perm – radical ecological protest meeting 16th of July

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Date Fri, 16 Jul 2004 22:04:19 +0200 (CEST)

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Anarchists and ecologists gathering 5 PM at movie theater Ekran had only
Permission for a picket. Some 200 people, most of whom Zakamsk inhabitants
came to listen what powers had to reply to ultimatum given in a meeting a
week before. Protest camp participators repeated performance which had
been organised at oblast administration two days before, and atmosphere
was cheerful. Since powers did not came with any answers, activists
brought in a loudspeaker, agitating people for more radical action. By
legal definition, loudspeaker is the crucial difference between meeting
and a picket, and so action turned illegal.

Soon chief of Scientifical Research Institute of Polymeric Materials
Anatoliy Ponik, fierce supporter of the missile dismayal project, demanded
loudspeaker and when that was refused he began to make a speech with his
own. This was most likely a planned provocation, since police could now
arrest Ponik with little resistance, after which they attempted to grab
orator of the protest action. Provocation seems even more likely, when one
takes into account that Ponik was supported by a bunch of drunken and
violent goons, and unlike other arrested he was not taken to police

Grabbing anti-rocket protesters was a harder task for coppers, and
eventually anarchists managed to de-arrest orator, with casualties of two
arrested and a trashed loudspeaker. Protestors formed a human chain
scanning “Burn rockets in your own cabinets!”, “Gave us Trutnev to be
dismantled!”, “Our politics is that we want to live!”, “Together we will
win!”, and eventually coppers had to withdraw without further arrests.

When police tried to drive away with a “Buhanok” with one arrested, road
was blocked and activists scanned “Free political prisoners!”, “Free our
“Shame on police!” and “We are not afraid of men in grey!”. Coppers turned
pretty rude, people lying in the ground were beaten to stomaches, kidneys
and stepped on with rather non-sexist and non-agist manner, giving equally
rough treatment to children, girls and elderly. Elderly Zakamsk
inhabitants were also taking on coppers, shouting “Free children!”.
Violent goons helped coppers in cleaning the way. Eventually police
managed to get away with arrested.

Third clash with police happened when protestors attempted to began an
illegal march towards administration building of the Kirov factory, but
now numbers were already too much in favour of coppers, and alltogether
police managed to arrest
15 persons during the action.

Some 90 persons decided to march to Kirov area police station in order to
support arrested comrades. On the way, a man drive by and offered eggs to
attack police in Kirov police station. Soon it became obvious that guy was
a provocator, and it was decided to cook eggs for dinner (unfortunately a
vegan option was not offered). Later on car of this “friend” was seen in
yard of the police station.

Colon supporting arrested comrades was met by chain of 40 police guarding
the station. Supporters waited until all of the participators were freed
half past eight, but released were not given their passports, which is
illegal. Adults among arrested will face court 11 AM next Monday (19th of
July), charge will be a misdemeanor “violation of regulations concerning
public mass actions”, police is demanding short jail sentences of few days
for arrested. Activists learned from unofficial sources that orders to
arrest protest organisers was given personally by police chief of the city
Konstantin Strogiy.

While camp participator Sergei Kryuchkov was returning alone to camp after
action with information stand used in daily pickets, he was assaulted by
goons, stand was destroyed and he was beaten up. Goons promised to visit
camp “soon”.

Background of the problem

In accordance with international disarmament treaties, Russia has to build
certain amount of factories to dismantle old missile engines and their
fuel, in practice this is done with American technology and money. Not
that we have anything against disarmament, but this must be done taking
into account health and welfare of local people, which currently seem to
have no any value whatsoever to military-industrial complex. 3 years ago
in Votkinsk, they failed in an attempt, to build missile dismantling plant
8 kilometres from a city with 100 000 inhabitants, this time, according to
plans, a similar extremely dangerous object is planned to be located right
into 100 000 inhabitant suburb of a city with more than one million
inhabitants! Officially, no one admits that project in Perm will replace
Votkinsk project, which is currently freezed. In practice, missiles
planned to be dismantled in Perm are the same which were planned to be
dismantled in Votkinsk. Actually this is already 3rd round of the fight,
Votkinsk factory was originally planned to be located to Perm, but in late
nineties these plans had to be cancelled due to local protests!

FGUP Perm Factory Mashinostroitel has been given a license to be leading
company in Russia in field of dismantling missiles using solid fuel, most
importantly SS-22 “Scalpel” missiles which have flight radius of 10 000
kilometres and each of which may carry 20 nuclear warheads of 550 kilotons
(46 times Hiroshima bomb). Missiles to be dismantled do not have nuclear
warheads anymore, and although missile corpuses are also slightly
radioactive main problem is the extremely poisonous fuel they are loaded
with. They plan to build a site inside factory of S.M. Kirov, which
currently both builds and tests engines of strategic missiles.
Mashinostroitel decided to fulfil its task with means of anti-ecological
direct action, considering necessary permissions and environmental impact
assesments as a waste of time.

American funding, given in the framework of 13-year-old Lugar-Nunn
legislation is very crucial for realisation of the project. Actually
regional powers have already wasted lions share of the money given 7 years
ago already, and currently social budget has to be shrinked in order to
have project finally realised and not to have Americans asking to whose
pocket this money ended up back then. Money is channeled through
transnational Washington Group International (http://www.wgint.com/). They
are a huge corporation, operating in more than 30 countries with 26000
employers. American Congressman Richard Lugar himself visited Perm last

Dismantling missiles having solid fuel happens in temperature of 3500
degrees of Celsius, according to Russian and American specialists
poisonous dioxins will form in cooling stream of gas during the process.
Even smallest doses of dioxins are poisonous; they easily accumulate in
food chain, hurt embryos and cause cancer. They are chemically stable, and
stay lethally dangerous during several decades. Technology for safe
utilisation of missile engines using solid fuels just does not exist.

Goal of the protest camp is a total revoke of criminal program to utilise
rocket engines and their fuel in Perm. Protest camp will last until
decisive victory, or at least until beginning of the September.

Contact of the protest camp:
+7-922 242 78 00

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