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(en) Solidarious #17,Thessaloniki, September 6/7 2002 Demonstrations 9 months before the E.U. summit...

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 8 Oct 2002 02:22:18 -0400 (EDT)

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 The opening of the 67th Thessaloniki International Expo and
the speech of the prime minister who announces there every
year the economic policy in front of the country's elite, have
triggered off a series of demonstrations from various social and
political spaces. Students, workers, farmers, residents of
Aravissos (who struggle for years against the exploitation of their
village sources), even PAOK fans...

The city was full of cops and the area around the expo
surrounded by 7000, among them riot police squads from
Athens. Friday 6, there were clashes when the police blocked a
demonstration of 200 students and workers close to the Summit
Center. Demonstrators had fights with the cops who threw gas
and made two arrests. There were small riots in smaller streets
around. 300 leftists and anarchists made a march in solidarity
with the arrested and concentration in front of the police
headquarters. The arrested had been charged and then released
late at night.

Next day, Saturday 7, there were two different demonstrations.
The first one with 250 leftists and 200 anarchists /
anti-authoritarians, and the second one 1000 people from the
European Social Forum, left groups, Aravissos villagers and an
anarchist bloc. The two demos met outside the Expo, where
members of the communist party workers front and farmers had
already gathered. The general atmosphere was quite nerveless,
but the anarchist bloc was dynamic, shouting slogans like:
"There's police in every corner - Turkey is not the only Junta",
"Cops, judges, bosses, collaborators, you are all going to pay for
the blood of Giuliani", "The state is the only terrorist",
"Repression, money, reformation will no pass - Hands off Lelas
Karayanni squat!" and others in memory of anarchists and
revolutionaries who have been murdered by the state as
terrorists, Marinos, Tsoutsouvis and Prekas...". When the
concentration was coming to an end, anarchists and other
demonstrators started moving towards the Expo with the slogan
"Cops, Pigs, Assassins" and throwing stones and sticks against
the police forces who were guarding the entrance. They also
attacked few TV journalists that were close to the people and
smashed some TV cameras.

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