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(en) G8 Germany: Activists Reclaim Beach Outside 2007 G8 Summit Venue

Date Sun, 13 Aug 2006 09:07:11 +0300

“Camp Inski”*, the preparation and information camp for the
forthcoming G8 summit in Germany drew to a close on August 11,
2006 with a direct action “bathing day” on the beach outside
the Hotel Kempinski where the summit will be help. Approximately
400 people followed the call and arrived at the beach from various
directions. There were various actions to Samba sounds - apart from
the communal swim, a building was briefly occupied, highlighting
the expropriation of the Kempinski family by the Nazis. Police used
heavy handed tactics, pepperspray and batons when a train was occupied.
> swimming against the G8

People faredodged several trains to get to the beach. However, a
small holiday train was stopped by police and activists taken off it to
walk for much of the way – penned in by police units. The
situation at the beach was calm, peaceful and colourful, until several
activists occupied a house nearby. A swift eviction was prevented by
a show of solidarity of anti-G8 swimmers and the Rebel Clown
Army. The Hotel’s security guards also couldn’t prevent
people getting as close as to the Hotel’s walls of the future
summit venue. Attempted arrests on the beach were also prevented
at that time.

Only when about 180 people occupied a train leaving the beach did
the police’s strategy escalate. Officers shut the coaches doors
and sprayed pepperspray into the train. Children and babies were
equally affected as asthma sufferers. Several people were taken from
the train by riot police and one person kept in custody.

All in all, activists speak of the day as a success, despite the
shocking end.

“Camp Inski” opened its doors on 4 August in North West
Germany. There, more than 500 activists prepare for the protests
against the G8 2007 summit, to be held in the nearby town of
Heiligendamm. Numerous workshops and action training provide
information and skills while at the same time direct actions are
already being carried out in the area.

Somewhat less than one year before the G8-summit, autonomously
organized resistance meets and plots for several days in close
proximity to the future summit location. Numbers are difficult to
guess – several reports speak of more than 500, but the kitchens
prepare 1,500 portions per meal.

The Camp tries to unite groups and individuals from diverse political
currents – but conflicts have already threatened to split the
coalition. A bar collective, trying to raise money for its own political
projects, was banned from the camp. The Israeli-Hezbollah war is
another dividing factor, with anti-imperialists pledging support for
oppressed Arab peoples, while many anti-nationalists denounce the
Left’s support for Islamic fundamentalism and warn of a new
wave of anti-Semitism.

Meanwhile, preparations for the summit are well under way and acts
of defiance have already begun. A “Door Knocking” exercise
saw activists going from door to door in nearby villages and towns to
inform residents of the future protests. A villa was occupied in
opposition to the commercialisation of the increasingly posh seaside
resort. An anti-racist demonstration was held in the nearby city of
Rostock, an area infamous for its neo-Nazi activities. Anti-fascists
have also warned of National Socialist infiltration of anti-capitalist
protest during the summit.

clowns take on the hotel's security

a nearby building is occupied and defended

a train was occupied but later attacked by police
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