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(en) Turkey, MayDay in Denizli (tr)

From <bakitgul@yahoo.com>
Date Mon, 12 May 2003 15:29:11 +0200 (CEST)

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>It was the worst MayDay i have even seen.
We were 3 people (i mean we were so many).
While we were entering the square we saw
clusters of 25 30 people from different groups..
Later, relatively crowded groups of ödp, chp
and ip (about 40 people) entered the square.
Opening our empty black banner we placed
between ödp and chp, we have already had
flags in our hands :) While reaching the meeting
place (i mean the place which was chosen as
center-to go there u have to walk about fifteen
or twenty steps) we shouted slogans of
OR NOWHERE. At the first moment when we
opened our banner (i am not exaggerating) a
group of 20 civil policemen stood beside us. And
after the questions such as who are u? Your
contacts? one asked what does this A mean? We
answered his question as "this is the A of Love"
ehi ehi :) [in Turkish Love=Aşk(spelling "Ashk")]
and he said everyone needs this flag. One of us
answered him then u can walk behind our banner.
I think it was the first time that people in denizli
met with anarchists. Everyone including cops
watched us with curious and ignorant eyes. Those
who could dare (for sure from the leftists :) ) came
and asked what are your views, it is the first time
that we see you etc. As we have heard an old-lady
from leftists groups wondered&said that
"wauw satanists came to mayday".
[Few years ago satanists "immolated" one girl in
Istanbul. This event -with the usual manipulation of
mainsteam media- lead to an anti-satanist campaign,
which meant a campaign against all those wearing
black, listening rock&metal music, long-haired/marginal
looking people. This is/was why some people still
confuse anarchists with satanists.] One guy standing
on a bus -which we guess to be from organization
committee- went on insulting the groups not to stand
here or there, not to do this and that etc. The
atmosphere was turning into kind of national
ceremony, so we left the square. Well that was all
stay in health... By the way i felt so jealous about
(mayday demos of) Izmir and istanbul...

[translation-batur ozdinc/ainfos]

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