(en) Down with superpowers ! Anti-summit demo (part 1)

Fri, 21 Mar 1997 22:42:58 GMT

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Clinton-Yeltsin Helsinki Summit woke up some resistance also by Helsinki radical left. Thursday 20.3. "Toivon Internationaali" (International of Hope), zapatista-inspired group of anarchists and some trotskyist youth organised demonstration against imperialism and neoliberalism in front of President Palace where Clinton and Yeltsin had dinner. There were about 60 demonstrators, which was maybe good considering that time had to be changed just couple of days before and organisation has been bit hasty anyway. Spirit of this illegal demonstration was quite good however, with lots of shouts and banners like "Bill and Boris - scum go home !", "Down with superpowers, power to the people !" and "Smash imperialism!". We also burned US flag ( we would have burned Russian flag too, but no-one had managed to stole one ). As expected there was at least hundred police to secure Yeltsin which drove to palace just 20-30 meters from us. Ordinary police wasn't enough however , as there were also police helicopters flying above us and snipers (!) in positions ready to shoot. Finnish media seemed to be more interested about right-wing demonstrators from Baltic countries and some lonely Finnish right-wing loonies. But I guess media coverage was anyway more than in usual demos. It would be nice to know if we got any international media, so if you saw demonstration in some media, let us know. ( Somebody said that at least some US radio network interviewed one demonstrator at Thursday...did they send this ?)

Reko Ravela ravelre@dlc.fi "Kapinatyolainen" (Rebel Worker) - magazine


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