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(en) G8 News from actions in Russia. Blockades and Arrests.Solidarity needed!

Date Mon, 17 Jul 2006 20:53:40 +0300

Pass info on to journalists, call the embassies in St. Petersberg, call
the Russian embassy/consulates in the UK, organise actions!!!
Today in the morning around 30 people who are involved in the
Network Against G8 (NAG8) blockaded the entrance of a hotel
which is used by participants of the G8 summit in St. Petersburg.
They blockaded the street for a while, carried banners, distributed
leaflets against the policy of G8 and made noise with a trumpet and
by shouting slogans like "No G8 anywhere" and "it is the end of G8
as we know it" in Russian and English.

The action had international character as anarchists and
anticapitalists from different European cities like St. Petersburg,
Moscow, Minsk, Chishinau, Warsaw, Kiev, Cardiff and Berlin took
part. The action was planned to show that there is protest and
resistance to G8 no matter where it takes place. Police reacted with a
clash on the action, everybody was arrested, some of the activists sat
down and were carried away, others were brutally graped and forced
to leave the street.

Laws are not made by the people who have to cope with them in the
end but by those in power.
The blockade of the street and protest which violated these laws is a
response to the repressive situation in the city of St. Petersburg,
where everyone who does not fit in the picture that the Russian
officials and the G8 supporters are trying to create is criminalized.

The G8 as an institution strengthens the role of the elite countries in
the worldwide market and promotes hierarchy. It makes decisions
for millions of people and interferes with libertarian and
selforganised relations between people. The member countries make
decisions about direct and hidden wars.

There is an urgent need to take action against the G8 summit. The
protest is taking place all over the world. The growing movement of
resistance against those in power can not be stopped in Russia or
anywhere else by tough police or a president who denies peoples
right to say no to this elite club. Today's intervention with a direct
action against the G8 summit is another step not to demand but to
work on what is needed - to shut down the G8.

16/07 at 8.30 an action of blocking the redisson hotel (Nevsky
prospect 49) took place. about 20 activists were nicked by the riot
police (OMON) in a couple of minutes. they are now at the police
station ­â29. address: Marat St. 79 phone number: +7 (812)
7642802. Please phone and ask about them.

one of the activists was sitting in a cafe right in front of the hotel
taking pictures of the action. one of the policemen noticed it. the guy
tried to escape through a nearby courtyard but they nicked him as
well. we dont know if he was beaten up. he is in the same police
station now.


People arrested during blocade are at the 28 Police station of St.
Petertsburg (Marat
street 79, phone +7 (812) 764-28-02).
Police at the moment doesn't know what to do with the detained. So
we need media
attaention. Please call to the number above and ask what's going on
with the people!!!
There're many foreign activists among them. So also you can call to
the embassies and ask
them the same. Phones of the embassies in St. Petersburg:
Germany +7 (812) 320 24 00, fax 579 32 42
Britain +7 (812) 320 24 00
Poland +7 (812) 336 31 40
Ukrain +7 (812) 271 47 00, fax 271 47 77
Netherlands +7 (812) 334 0225, fax 334 0225

ps i don't know at the moment if it's worth to give the names of
arrested people but at
least one of tham told that his name can be published. it's Maxym
Butkevich, a
participant of Network against G8 from Kiev, Ukrain. He presented
at the action as a
journalist but was attacted by riot police. now he's at the police
station and when he
asked for the lawyer cops started to threaten him to put him at the
worst cell etc. today is his birthday...

at legal team
+7 911 762 92 38
+7 911 762 92 47
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