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(en) Britain, 1st of May 2007 - gr8 chaos pirates board socialist rally

Date Wed, 02 May 2007 09:02:00 +0300

Today the Gr8chaoskaravaan bicycle-caravan against the G8-summit in Heiligendamm participated in an action in Gent during the socialist party's annual march and rally. The action was meant to remind the demonstrators of the revolutionary origins of mayday. --- Three caravan pirates stormed the socialist party's stage, hijacked the microphone and plundered the spotlight by giving a passionate anarchist speech to the hundreds of spectators below. With the support of over 50 anarchist demonstrators directly in front of the stage holding black flags and banners, the pirates spoke of the origins of mayday and the necessity of maintaining solidarity with current struggles locally and globally. --- The day started out with members of the karavan and friends forming a black block during the socialist party's annual parade. To make their presence known members of the bloc drummed, threw loud firecrackers and
waved black flags. Nami, one of the members of the caravan, reports how
the action was received: "The responce of the spectators was somewhat
unexpected ... Some of the older members of the audience were actually
cheering us on." Members of Gent's anarchist center also demonstrated
today alongside the black bloc by marching backwards to illustrate the
backwards looking ideology of the socialist party.

Upon reaching the center of the festivities, the marching anarchist
demonstrators and karavan members went to the front of the stage where
they chanted "viva anarchy!" and cheered for the pirate speech.

The Gr8chaoskaravaan is one of six bicycle caravans against the upcoming
G8-summit so far. Along their routes the caravans want to call attention
to the summit protests and both local and global struggles. The
Gr8chaoskaravaan is the third caravan to start; the ShakeG8-bikeride has
been riding through Hungary and the Czech Republic since the 1st of
April and is now in Poland while the Scandinavian caravan started from
Stockholm on the 25th of April. Three more caravans will start from
Berlin, Dresden and Kassel at the end of May.

Members of the Gr8chaoskaravaan had converged in Gent since the 23rd of
April to make final preparations and get to know each other. A first
action with local activists had been a critical mass bicycle
demonstration through Gent on the 27th of April. The caravan will embark
for Antwerpen tomorrow morning, from where it will continue through the
Netherlands via Breda, Utrecht and Nijmwegen to cross the border to
Germany on the 8th of May.

Fotos from the action at http://de.indymedia.org/2007/05/174592.shtml

Further info about the bicycle caravans against the G8 summit in
Heiligendamm: http://www.g8-bikerides.net
Interactive map of the bicycle caravans:
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