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(en) Anti EU demonstration ends in police violence

From robbel <robbel@stad.dsl.nl>
Date Fri, 11 Jun 1999 15:48:52 -0400


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Anti EU demonstration ends in police violence

The Hague, Netherlands, June 11th

Yesterday afternoon, in The Hague, Netherlands, a demonstration took place against the European Union and the European Elections. The demonstration was organised by
anarchist collective EuroDusnie, and was a protest against the capitalist project European Union and its repressive refugee policy. There were also other topics in the
campaign: protest against the involvement of the E.U. in the creation of 'free'trade agreements, involvement of E.U countries in the Balkan war and the massive E.U.
propaganda. 

In spite of the small number of people taking part (around 120) the demonstration was strong and peaceful. The first of five planned stops on the route was the office of
the Dutch EU representation. This organisation is the brain(less)centre behind the massive brainwashcampaign trying to win popular support for the European Union.
Millions of leaflets, glossy magazines, EU-condoms, EU-umbrellas etc. etc. are being distributed from this building. We planned to rename the building as 'EU ministery of
propaganda' and to burn their leaflets (in a bin we had brought). The police corps of The Hague however immediately provoked a riot demanding we would not set fire to the
EU-leaflets. So when we burned a EU-flag instead (to light the propaganda) they tried to make an arrest. They failed.  After already twenty minutes walking, they
unilateraly decided to end the demonstration. When the protesters disagreed and wanted to go on, police started hitting people with truncheons. People tha!
t fell on the street were kicked in the stomach and back, several people were injured, one had to be taken to hospital. People were chased like cattle to the starting
point of the demo. Also journalists and innocent bystanders (notice: we are not calling journalists innocent!) became victims of disproportional police-violence. Eleven
people were arrested on dubious grounds but later released. 

In the night a group of around thirty people disturbed a EU-Yuppie gathering near the parlement building. A live broadcasting of a national TV-station was disturbed as
anti-EU slogans were chanted.

Almost all newspapers were filled with lies about what happened, something which was already predicted by the demonstrators. One of the slogans was (regrettingly in
Englisch it does not rhyme) Tommorow the newspapers will say: Squatters burned the city down. Press, state and capital, they are all liars!

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