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(en) 27th of June, Evaluation of Istanbul-Kadikoy Anti-NATO Demo (tr)

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Date Mon, 28 Jun 2004 15:43:59 +0200 (CEST)


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About 50 000 people are estimated to participate in the anti-NATO demo which
was held in Istanbul-Kadikoy square on 27th of June, Sunday. Anarchists and
antiauthoritarians were also among the participators of the meeting as well
as labour unions, NGOs, leftist parties and groups.
Anarchists and antiauthoritarians who have been organizing their anti-NATO
protests under the name of Libertarian Coordination Against NATO took their
place with a cortege of 300 in total including various anarchist and
libertarian groups and individuals forming Black Block and some
anarchist-communists who have preferred to march behind this group. The
problem that has emerged before the march about the place of the cortege was
solved right after the march has begun. The group carrying so many
black-red, black and black-green flags and also about 10 anti-NATO,
anti-capitalist, anti-state and anti-army banners consisted of people coming
from cities such as Ankara, Izmir, Izmit, Antalya, Bursa, Bolu, Iskenderun,
Canakkale, Corlu, Duzce, Denizli in addition to Istanbul. Furthermore we
have had comrades coming from Greece, USA, Italy, Macedonia and Austria.
While anti-militarists were distributing leaflets reminding Pilaf Day
activity which is planned for September in Ankara, green-anarchists
distributed their bulletin calling for today's (28th of June) action.
Comrades from USA who were carrying banner of Food Not Bombs aroused great
attention. During the march lots of anarchist graffities were made,
stickers/posters were sticked on. The group marching with the banner of
"Anarchist Communism against State, Capitalism, and its Armies" also
distributed their own leaflet. For a while, a "military forbidden zone"
signboard which was dismantled and "decorated" took great interest alarming
the soldiers. Among the well-known slogans a new enthusiastic march calling
"to the Streets, to the Barricades" was also sang. After the meeting,
details about today's action were discussed.

Ozgur Hayat group which have been preparing for the protests under the name
of Anarsistanbul were also in the demo.

Preferring to follow the demo from a distance, for the first time cops have
applied a different strategy. Entering the square there was no police
control at all but it was said that a huge amount of police pile were
present in the back streets. It was seen that they have studied their lesson
they took from their Western fellows well. The meeting was in a harmless
place, kilometres of a distance from the place where summit were to be held
and with this strategy there was also no risk of a clash arising from the
tension of protestors' not letting cops to search them while entering the
square. This attitude of the police should not be naively seen from the
window of so-called democratization. This was an "European" way of
reformizing social movements with the idea of "Streets do not erode away by
marches" [a famous epigram of a right-wing politician named S. Demirel who
is an ex-PM and also an ex-president] as long as they do avoid meddling. For
sure, intervention was obvious in case of an "impetuosity" but none of the
groups initiated such "impetuosity". Those preparing to make some noise were
waiting for today's action which is held on the border of red zone in
Mecidiyekoy.

It is usually a matter of discussion about how many people have really
participated to such actions. Some comrades said it will be enough just to
say "count those in the photos" instead of giving an exact number. While
some were saying that our number were over 400, some were more
self-possessed. Giving an approximate number as "300 in total" I have
estimated 19 people (I do personally know) who came from Ankara and walking
with Black Block. In the Black Block cortege there were people coming
collectively from 6-7 different cities and abroad and with those from
Istanbul in any case it was certainly over 200. In the anarchist-communist
cortege there were about 50 people.

Photos and video images of the action will be in Indymedia soon, even it may
already been published.

Also news about today's action in which there was "some noise" will be
online soon.


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