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(en) Britain, London, Media: Anarchists storm European Social Forum

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Date Sun, 17 Oct 2004 10:00:00 +0200 (CEST)


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Up to 200 demonstrators, some of them masked, took control of the
Forum claiming that the event, which purports to be a celebration of
global justice and peace, has sold out.
Around a dozen activists climbed scaffolding around the stage to unfurl
banners with messages such as "Ken's Party, War Party" and "Another world
is for sale" a pastiche of the Forum's own "Our world is not for sale" slogan.
Mr Livingstone had not yet entered the 2,000-capacity hall.
Speakers jostled for the microphone to attack the event organisers and
sponsors - including The Guardian.

Protesters claim the Forum, which has attracted around 20,000 delegates,
has been used as a pretext for heavy-handed security measures against
campaigners and activists.

"The police have been at every squat in vans with riot gear because of this
event," one said.

A representative of Indymedia, the activists' news network complained
that the group's UK servers have been shut down on the FBI's orders.

He said: "One week ago the FBI issued a request to the Swiss and French
governments to take down a server in London.

"How can US law be executed in the EU?" He added: "I ask the corporate
media, partner of this event, The Guardian, to find out from the Home
Office. They've had a week of reporting time to do it."

This was met with loud applause.

Police and private security guards stood by, while the action seemed to
have the support of the majority of the 1,000-strong audience.

After around 40 minutes a procession of the anarchists left the building
and proceeded away from the Forum venue at Alexandra Palace behind a
banner, followed by police cars.
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