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(en) Russia, More on S26 in Moscow

From "kuzja@ecoline.ru" <kuzja@cci.glasnet.ru>
Date Wed, 27 Sep 2000 11:54:37 -0400


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Authorities banned planned concert against capitalism and Bretton woods
institutions, so Moscow scene had to improvise another approach. Concept
was a noisy demonstration with many separate meeting places to confuse
authorities. Fliers and stickers were made to invite people to Engels
statue near metro station Kropotkinskaya, media was asked to come to
Majakovski statue and organisers met with people they knew beforehand in
Majakovski metro station. Presumptions of media were detourned with a
press release which promised that demonstrators will trash a McDonalds
by the marchroute, althought there was no McD anywhere around the real
route of the demo. Cops had planned ambush to the Majakovski statue
after the press release, but came around too late since mainstream media
which turned with masses due to the press release was already guided to
another, less visible place which cops couldn't find. 

Finally, from all the meeting places some 30 people came up to the
demonstration, resulting the most active and energetic demo Moscow
anarchist/libertarian left scene has done in years.  Noisy demo went by
Sadovaya Kudrinskaya to World Bank headquarters raising banners like
"global resistance against capitalism and IMF" and "World bank is the
enemy of the people". In WB headquarters speeches were made, and cops
finally came up arresting 6 people carrying banners and making speeches.
Demo dispersed soon since most of the people went to the police station
to wait for the release of the arrested.  But police was pissed enough
for the failure of their ambush that they decide to keep 5 of the six
arrested until court coming up the following morning. I suppose it is a
kind of victory as well.  Later in the evening "down with it!" graffiti
appeared in the wall of the WB headquarters. 

Meanwhile, state is reporting that due to raising oil price further IMF
loans are not a lot in the interest of the state. However, neoliberal
structural adjustment keeps going on with the same pace with pure
domestic forces. IMF will meet authorities in Moscow in november, we'll
see if there will be new protests around then. 

S26 in Moscow was organised by initiative for Autonomic Action and
anarchists in Moscow. You can reach them by 
P.O. Box 13
109 028 Moscow
or http://www.tao.ca/~dikobraz/s26
or http://www.kolumbus.fi/antra/s26

(Antti)

A lot of jornalists made pictures of the actions, I think there were
about 25. Their reports of course are  sceptical. You can see some of
them (text in Russian and picture):

" "
http://www.ng.ru/events/2000-09-27/2_anarkhist.html

" " 
http://www.vremyaMN.ru/cgi-bin/2000/160/2/

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