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(en) Turkey, 4th of April* NATO day celebrated! (tr)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 27 Apr 2004 12:09:58 +0200 (CEST)

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>From: Kara Gazete <karagazete-A-excite.com>
4th of April, anniversary of NATO's foundation.
As a precious part of "certain days and weeks"
this date was chosen as "NATO day" in Turkey.
Especially this year, it was ordered to be
celebrated in primary&high schools as a gesture
for NATO summit which will be held next June in Istanbul.
This celebration was not only in schools; on 4th
of April in Taksim Mis Street another celebration
was also held under the name of 4th of April
Ceremony Branch. Ceremony Branch consisting of
anarchist, libertarian socialist, libertarian
marxist, autonomous groups and individuals was
about 40 people, wearing school collars and cuffs
of "nato branch" "ceremony branch" etc. they
started to walk within regular steps in accompany
of snare drums. At first people sang together.
After the song, a poem mentioning the importance
of NATO has been read. Following the poem press
release has been read and ceremony ended.

During the action, the group carrying black,
black-red flags and placards of "nato head nato
marble", "capitalism kills", "nato army of the
rich", "nato servant of bosses", "no party no
leader", "don't go to army go to funfair" shouted
slogans of "rebel, revolution, liberty", "seattle,
genoa, prague, thessaloniki, istanbul rebel", "all
states are murderers", "millions are hungry, under
occupation, long live global intifada", "no
liberation on one's own, altogether or none".

In the press release it was stated that for ages
bosses, commanders, leaders, husbands or elders
have decided in our names, dragging people to
desperateness they have provided comfort and
government for their own sake and capitalism as
the system of masters of the universe was also
mentioned. Press release ended as "From here we
are calling out to those people waving the flag
of liberty with their resistance in Seattle,
in Prague, in Genoa and in everywhere masters
of the universe go. We are inviting all of you
to Istanbul to express solidarity with the
oppressed of these lands to Istanbul in 28-29 June.

Photos of action:

Video of action:

* [The action was actually organized by
Libertarian Coordination Against NATO and
the group named "4th of April Ceremony Branch"
is just a funny nickname. Few newspapers and one
TV channel mentioned about this anti-NATO action.
Please check declaration of the related group:
http://www.ainfos.ca/04/feb/ainfos00136.html ]

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