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(en) Ukraine, protests against World Economic Forum conference in Kyiv, 16-17 of June WEF—bye-bye, WTO—get out!

Date Wed, 22 Jun 2005 10:24:54 +0300

At the second day of World Economic Forum (that took place in Ukrainian
capital from 16th till 17th of June) protest actions of radical
antiauthoritarian initiative “World is not for sale” was organized. Its
activists run a piquet in front of “Ukrainian House” where WEF took
place. Bright anti-WTO posters, fire show, drumming and dancing were
accompanied by the “Food not Bombs” action. Free distribution of food
was supposed to show the ways of non profit cooperation between of
people out of limits imposed by capitalistic globalization. What
journalists and photographers liked the most was an action of three
activists from “Left Initiative”. They took down their trousers and
showed their asses on which “WTO” were written.

At the same time there are some freaks in our country who try to support
so called European and world wide “orientation” of Ukraine, which means
opening of local markets to invasion of foreign capitals. It will follow
destruction of the possibilities to nationalize the most important
economic branches, which can only save the real political right for
citizens of this country.
Not far from the our action several activists of organization “Pora”
stayed with one but big poster “East and West in Ukraine invest”. Having
supported in such a way the summit the main aim of which was to deprive
and oppress “Pora” showed their real face — to serve for new political
masters looking for some career benefit and to fix a capitalistic
“democracy” in our country. Activists from “Food not bombs’ brought
those people from “Pora” some free food and tried to collect some money
for them, but Pora rejected any such “help” and were keeping to ask WEF
for investments. When it began raining they run away to hide somewhere
and left their poster. It was immediately stolen by four activists from
“World is not for sale”. )) During the action there was no incident with
authorities from the part of protestors.

Besides one day before “World is not for sale” organized a demonstration
of movies about catastrophic influences of economic globalization. As
members of initiative declared they fight the expansionist policy of
structures like WTO, IMF which lead Ukrainian society to the whole
pauperization and mankind - to established new world order. “World is
not for sale” initiative was created specially to run protests against
WEF, it includes activists form Kyiv hardcore scene, anarchists,
anti-fascists, and other left movements.
From julia <ruda-A-riseup.net>
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