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(en) Britain, London, Indymedia: more on the alternative antiauthoritarian Beyond ESF activists that invaded the ESF - banners on the invaded stage

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Date Sun, 17 Oct 2004 10:26:26 +0200 (CEST)


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at 6.45 this evening (16/10), activists from autonomous centres organised an invasion
of the main hall at alexandra palace to bring attention to the exclusive nature
of the london esf compared to other european esfs in the past, and to report
the police intimidation of activists at autonomous centres this weekend.
around 150 activists succesfully stormed the palace, took the stage, put up
banners, and held a rapt audience for half an hour with various speakers at
the microphone. security looked on hopelessly, while speakers explained in
several languages (and with the help of volunteer translators) the reasons
for their invasion.

they reported that while ken livingstone supports the esf, the various
autonomous centres and squats around london have been victim to continual
police harrassment, and any large groups of people have been prevented
from leaving centres at once.

another speaker pointed out that ken livingstone is a card-carrying member
of the labour party, the party that took us to war for oil!

the speakers were generally well-received and the full hall cheered.

another speaker told of how some activists had even been refused entry
to the country from other european countries, thus excluded totally from
both the esf and the autonomous meetings.

after nearly half an hour, the activists asked everyone to join them in
solidarity leaving the building, and left as one group chanting 'solidarity'
while some delegates followed.

the peaceful invasion was a success and brought the issues of the way this
london esf has been hijacked to the fore.

once outside, the group began a reclaim the streets march, and true to form,
the police responded violently. two witnesses told me that police had beaten
activists and some had been arrested. around a hundred activists continued
their march down the park towards 'beyond esf' followed by several police
vans.


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