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(en) US, BRUNSWICK, Ga. Media, Group of Hub anarchists converges on G8 Summit

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Date Thu, 10 Jun 2004 13:08:51 +0200 (CEST)


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- A small contingent of Boston-based anarchists marched with about 200
others against the G8 Summit here yesterday and vowed peaceful protest
at the Hub's Democratic National Convention.
``We will not fight with the police,'' said ``Sharpie,'' a Great
Barrington resident and member of the Boston-based Black Tea
Society underground activist group. ``It's stupid. We don't have
any guns. Why would we fight with them?''
Authorities reported no incidents during the anti-war march
through Brunswick, just a few miles from the exclusive Sea
Island resort, where President Bush [related, bio] met yesterday
with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. The leaders of
Canada, Germany, Russia, Italy, Britain and Germany later
reached Sea Island for the economic summit, which has been
marred by violence in the past.

Towering police barricades and heavily armed officers have sealed
off the island, while waterways and airspace are restricted. In
Savannah, the city has been turned into a virtual ghost town as
many residents left, fearing massive civil unrest that has yet to
materialize.

``People have been scared off,'' said Al Booth, an ex-Marine who
was among a small number of tourists dotting Savannah's
normally bustling River Street.

In Brunswick, protesters locked arms, many with their faces
covered by bandannas, shouting anti-Bush chants.

Durham, N.C., high school senior Elijah Vick said he is angry the
summit is closed to media while the world's superpowers shape
the future for smaller nations.

``I disagree with just eight powerful countries making decisions
for other countries. I think everyone should have a say,'' said
Vick, a member of the group Hip Hop Against the Racist War.

Most of the protesters interviewed said they were planning to go
to the Republican National Convention in New York in August
while some said they may attend the DNC. ``Sharpie'' said he
thinks the Georgia law enforcement build-up was ``overkill'' and
hopes Boston takes a lesson.

Boston police Deputy Superintendent Robert O'Toole spent the
day monitoring the police handling of the protests in Brunswick
and Savannah and gathering intelligence on what type of
protesters Boston might see for the DNC. He hoped Boston also
will seem overprepared.

``I'm hoping in August (people) are saying it was overkill. That's
my hope,'' O'Toole said.


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