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(en) Australia, Post-WTO, Spin the bottle success - solidarity action

From dr.woooo@nomasters.org
Date Sat, 23 Nov 2002 05:33:43 -0500 (EST)

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> by Morris Day montezboy@yahoo.com  

Pash-tivists claim victory inside and outside Parliament

Militant anti-capitalist pashtivists today hailed as a great
success simultaneous games of spin the bottle held inside
and outside State Parliament today. ?Some would call it civil
disobedience, but civility had nothing to do with it,? boasted
Spin The Bottle Bloc member Morris Day. ?We have taken
direct action to defend our democratic right to snog where
and when we like!? Dozens kissed happily on the pavement
while four committed cadres put their mouths where the
money is, pashing in Parliament?s public gallery until
security guards removed them. Protestors were happy to
chalk up a total of 154 kisses, which apparently is the magic
number just now. 

The action followed Police Minister Michael Costa?s
November 14th parliamentary denunciation of the Spin The
Bottle Bloc - one of the groups involved in recent No-WTO
protests. Mr Costa, apparently unaware that spin the bottle
is a popular teen kissing game, took the phrase to be a code
for violent disruption. Mr Costa referred to ?disturbing
threats of violence? which led to ?a spin the bottle action -
an activity conducted this morning that had led to disruption
of the city and illegal behaviour.? 

In fact, the Spin The Bottle Bloc were literally planning to
play spin the bottle - a creative, fun way to show their
opposition to the WTO?s agenda of free trade and human
misery. Their plan was foiled when police confiscated their
six-foot bottle prop on the 15th. "The most dangerous thing
about that bottle was that you might have to pash someone
who hadn?t showered in a few days," said Day ?It barely
stood up on its own!?. Day noted that Spin the Bottle was
the only example the Mr Costa could furnish of violent
threats that demanded a heavy-handed police response to
anti-WTO protests. ?Now Costa?s spent millions defending
WTO delegates against the threat of tonsil hockey. I shudder
to think what?s going to happen to teenagers? right to
naughty touching.? 

Apollonia Kotero, one of the four spunky young
revolutionaries ejected from Parliament for their public
display of affection, was outraged. ?Just the other week the
Daily Telegraph was telling us this is ?our house?. If it?s our
house we should be allowed to pash in it to our hearts?
content.? Instead, these four courageous radicals were
banned from Parliament House for life. ?We were shocked,?
said Kotero. ?It?s not often the government reward you for

The Spin The Bottle Bloc maintain that Michael Costa is
?patently an idiot?, but say the Police Minister was right to
be scared. ?These lips, these hips are a definite threat to
global capital,? said Day. ?But bringing out the police horses
last Thursday was clearly excessive.? 

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