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(en) US, Burlington, Vermont, March 22 Anti-Capitalist Bloc And Breakaway March

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 28 Mar 2003 20:26:38 +0100 (CET)

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> by Cindy Milstien
Some 3,000 to 4,000 people gathered in Burlington, Vermont,
on Saturday, March 22 for a statewide antiwar march and
rally. The largest demonstration in this city for some
decades, the permitted march also included
Vermont‚EUR^(TM)s largest anti-capitalist bloc to date.
After a rousing march from City Hall Park to a rallying point
overlooking Lake Champlain, the anti-capitalist contingent
invited others to join them -- by explaining ‚EURoecivil
disobedience this way‚EUR? -- in an unpermitted march,
which grew to between 500 and 1,000 people. Lead by
banners reading ‚EURoeDrop Capitalism, Not Bombs; for a
World of Direct Democracy and Mutual Aid,‚EUR?
‚EURoeNeither Militarism Nor Capitalism,‚EUR? and
‚EURoeUnite against This War; Don‚EUR^(TM)t Despair,
Resist,‚EUR? the breakaway march stretched across both
lanes of traffic as it wound its way through the streets of
downtown Burlington. The breakaway was accompanied by
an impromptu marching band and a variety of loud chants,
including ‚EURoeNews for the people, not for the
Pentagon‚EUR? in front of the ‚EURoelocal‚EUR? Gannett
newspaper office, and ‚EURoeThe bombs are dropping; no
more shopping‚EUR? on the Church Street Marketplace by
the mall. A highlight for longtime Vermont
anti-authoritarians was the moment when the breakaway
march, numbering in the hundreds, stood in front of the
Federal Building and proclaimed, ‚EURoe1, 2, 3, 4, the
whole world says no to war; 5, 6, 7, 8, organize to smash the
state.‚EUR? Best of all, though, was the space that the
breakaway initiated for nonhierarchical organizing and a
greater diversity of tactics in the near future as part of

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