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Netstrike shutdown by Italian police

10.08.2001 14:17

NetStrike Is Back An Italian judge has ordered the ISP to shutdown the online protest site NetStrike.it. It was taken down by their ISP at 3:15pm local time. The judge claimed that the site was an invitation to break the law. According to NetStrike their software and the activities of the users of the software are not illegal in Italy. NetStrike demands that they get their day in court before their servers are shutdown. The NetStrike site has been up for a year and a half and has conducted approximately 6 actions including recent direct online actions against Lufthansa and the G8 in Genoa. They see this attack as attempt to stop legal forms of dissent using the net. The judge has stated to the corporate papers that this is the first of a list of Italian activists sites he intends to shut down.

Update from Genoa

07.08.2001 16:02


Almost two weeks after over 200,000 critics of corporate globalization descended upon Genoa, Italy to make their views known to the "G8," leaders of eight of the world’s most powerful countries, the political fallout from the demonstrations still remains unclear. While activists around the world debate the implications of Genoa on the burgeoning movement’s strategy and tactics, those in Genoa are still trying to confirm the safety and health of those still in jail and in the hospital. According to recent reports from IMC-Italy, 331 were injured during the course of the demonstrations, plus the over two hundred treated by medics from the Genoa Social Forum, and approximately 280 were arrested. As of August 7 there are still 51 people in jail; lawyers will appeal their continued incarceration next week. Twenty-five members of an international theatre troupe, PublixTheatre Caravan, are still in jail as well, accused of vandalism, endangering public safety and participating in a criminal organization. Their recent statement describes their imprisonment and disputes their charges. In addition to those still in jail, there were more than 100 people deported from Italy, not allowed to return for five years.

Solidarity protests continue around the world as allegations of police brutality and abuse in jails threaten to embarrass the two-month old Berlusconi government. Continue to follow the Indymedia newswires for updates, especially IMC Italy for documents like the urgent news for people who are arrested, injured or want to sue the Italian police, and IMC-Austria for updates on the arrested theater troupe.

UPDATES and SUMMARIES from IMC-News Blast and IMC-Print teams:
August 10 -- IMC News Blast | Violence and/or Non-Violence? -- English
July 29 -- IMC News Blast | Genoa Legal and Human Rights Issues -- English
July 24 -- IMC News Blast | Genoa G8: What happened? -- English and Italian
July 22 -- Special Edition of the IMC "Printista" -- English PDF
July 21 -- IMC News Blast | Genoa G8: What is happening? -- English
July 20 -- Special Edition of the IMC "Printista -- English PDF | Portuguese PDF

Indigenous Day of Action Highlights Dam Projects

01.08.2001 19:44

People march against dams in India "Big Dams are to a nation's ?development? what nuclear bombs are to its military arsenal.
They're both weapons of mass destruction . . . ."

--Arundhati Roy, Indian author and anti-dam activist

Today in Southern Africa indigenous people who have felt the negative effects of massive government and industry-supported dam projects conducted a 24 hour fast, refraining from both eating and using electricity, to mark solidarity with the indigenous people facing "illegal submergence" due to the building of the Sardar Sarovar dam in India. Over the last several years, similar indigenous protests against large dam projects have inspired millions to act to force governments, corporations that profit from hydroelectric power and international "development" bodies such as the World Bank to withdraw from massive dams that have often had devastating effects on the very people they are claiming to help.

According to the World Commission on Dams a World Bank-supported organization that has been critical of the Bank?s past dam projects, since its inception the World Bank has provided almost $75 billion for 538 large dams in 92 countries. Bank-supported large dams have forced at least 10 million people from their homes and lands, adversely impacting local economies, especially of indigenous people and those in poverty. The WCD also criticizes the lack of voice the Bank gives people in a proposed dam?s region in decisions about the project. Supporters of huge dams say they?re necessary to generate efficient, environmentally-friendly power. Detractors say the privatization of utilities enables powerful entities to unduly profit from the earth?s natural resources.

Widespread protest has slowed dam expansion and even temporarily halted dam building in places like Djenne, Mali, where the Talo dam project threatens the livelihoods of thousands of farmers as well as the historical Djenne mosque, the world?s largest adobe structure. People are currently fighting massive dam projects in the Narmada region of India, where Satyahraha (non-violent resistance) is planned throughout the year, Lesotho in Southern Africa, where the Lesotho Highlands Water Project has been a continual source of corruption, Southeastern Anatolia in Turkey, where the Ilisu Dam will displace tens of thousands of people, most of them Kurdish, and destroy the ancient archeological site of Hasankeyf, and China, where the Three Gorges Dam threatens to displace up to two million people.

In some places government and corporate reaction to these activists has been harsh. In 1982, Guatemalan paramilitary units massacred 400 Mayan villagers who refused to leave their ancestral lands to make way for the Chixoy Dam As recently as June 30 of this year Honduran anti-dam activist Carlos Roberto Flores died, according to eyewitnesses, after being shot by six security guards working for a corporation that has a government contract to build a hydroelectric dam on the Babilonia River. Amnesty International estimates there have been 25 anti-dam activists killed or kidnapped in the last ten years in Latin America. Despite ongoing popular action, the Honduran government continues to support Energisa, a privately-owned concern that is attempting to build a 4.4-megawatt dam in the buffer zone of Sierra de Agalta National Park..

Street Journalists Fight Daily Violence

28.07.2001 14:17

the dot-com boom Housing activists, street journalists, and communities under attack are converging at the North American Street Newspaper Association gathering in San Francisco, where the dot-com boom has polarized the city, pitting yuppies against other residents and accelerating the worst housing crisis in the last century. This year, NASNA participants are focusing on corporate media's complicity in creating a violent atmosphere which allows daily class warfare against poor people in the United States.

SATURDAY UPDATE: A large group of homeless people and their supporters marched to the SF Chronicle to protest their biased portrayal of poverty issues. Cops turned out in force to tear down flyers. People also held a huge rally and hip-hop show against police brutality and a proposed "super-jail for juveniles". On Friday, a visiting NASNA participant witnessed everyday police harrassment of poor people and documented it at the People's Newsroom, an IMC space set up for the gathering.

Street newspapers are written, edited, and sold by people who currently or previously have experienced homelessness. The momentum of independent media and the coming together of people worldwide against social injustice has created an atmosphere of increased expectations and commitment. After a direct action against mainstream media last week, NASNA participants will be delivering a list of demands to the San Francisco Chronicle, a corporate paper which helps create a climate of violence against the city's poor and homeless.

As corporate globalization continues to tear apart communities across the world, people are rising up to document and oppose the violent rule of wealthy elites in their own cities and towns. In Ontario, Portland, New York, Washington DC, Zimbabwe and across the world, people are increasing their militancy, creativity and persistance in harnessing widespread global dissent into radical, concrete changes locally.

In the Days After Genoa . . . .

26.07.2001 15:57

In Genoa during the G8 Summit Visit the IMC-Italy site for up-to-date information on those arrested, injured and still missing. IMC-UK has updates on injured IMC journalist. From Italy-IMC:
"280 arrests in the three days; between 500 and 700 injured (both hospitalized and healed by the Genoa Social Forum doctors on the field and in the raided school); denial of the right to talk to a lawyers until being moved to jail (up to 96 hours); secure wards in the hospitals; a wall of silence ordained by media and institutions . . . "

The massive street protests in Genoa, Italy, this weekend have ended. Most of the estimated 200,000 to 300,000 who participated this weekend in demonstrations against the closed meetings of the G8, leaders of eight of the world's most powerful nations, have returned to their communities. People around Europe and the world are debating what the protests meant, why they happened, what inspired such harsh reaction by the Italian police and where we all go from here. Many see Genoa as a crossroads for the alternative globalization movement, facing fragmentation from internal differences or increasing influence in challenging global forces of domination. In the aftermath of Genoa, a large number of posts on Indymedia turned to discussion of strategies and tactics, old and new.

A small sample of some interesting summaries, ideas and debates overflowing the Indymedia newswires:
New Tactics and New Targets | Letter from inside the Black Bloc | Media & What to Do | Not Criminalizing the Black Block | Genoa and its Aftermath

In Italy:

UPDATE -- July 29 (we are searching for more recent, reliable updates):
Alessandria's jail: 25 people from the "No Border Tour": 17 from Austria, 2 USA, 2 Germany, 2 Slovakia, 1 Australia, 1 Sweden, Pontedecima's jail: 13 Germans accused of "being black Block." Pavia's jail: 5 people (Germans???) accused of "being black block..." Five people are still in San Martino Hospital including "Sky" from IMC-UK. There are still 18 people unaccounted for.
Human rights and press freedom organizations such as Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists, The International Federation of Journalists, Reporters Sans Frontieres and FAIR have cautioned the Italian government to not allow, support or encourage human rights abuses in the jails. An Italian policeman already admitted shame and guilt for what he saw and did not stop.

Solidarity Demonstration in Geneva Around the world:
There have been over 200 solidarity demonstrations around the globe, in places such as Buenos Aires, Berkley, CA, Toronto, New York, Portland, Oregon, Finland, Linz, Austria, Vienna, Austria, Rome, Bologna, Turkey, Naperville, IL, Turkey and more. Protests in over thirty cities around Italy were especially large -- an estimated 50,000 protested in Rome, 45,000 in Milan, 15,000 in Bologna. Indymedia will continue to update our solidarity protest page please continue to post your information to the newswires. A partial list of further planned actions.

UPDATES and SUMMARIES from IMC-News Blast and IMC-Print teams:
July 29 -- IMC News Blast | Genoa Legal and Human Rights Issues -- English
July 24 -- IMC News Blast | Genoa G8: What happened? -- English and Italian
July 22 -- Special Edition of the IMC "Printista" -- English PDF
July 21 -- IMC News Blast | Genoa G8: What is happening? -- English
July 20 -- Special Edition of the IMC "Printista -- English PDF | Portuguese PDF

200,000 - 300,000 Demonstrate Against the G8 Summit in Genoa

22.07.2001 12:49

From the &quot;pink march&quot; in Genoa On Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, an estimated 200,000 - 300,000 people were in the streets of Genoa, Italy, to express dissent against the closed meetings of the Group of 8. The 'G8' - the leaders of the world's most economically powerful countries, meets yearly to discuss general international policy direction. Demonstrators from all over Europe have converged on Genoa to present alternative visions of the way the world's population could organize to undo poverty, inequality and environmental disintegration. The Genoa Social Forum has hosted speakers and organizers from around the world, who talked at their counter-summit of alternatives to the current destructive economic policies pursued by Western governments and took to the streets to voice their opinions to the world leaders gathering there.

Demonstrations, attended by members of literally thousands of diverse European and international social justice organizations, featured a mass action of organized civil disobedience headed by the Italian Ya Basta! movement, attempting to break through the sealed off 'Red Zone' security barriers dividing the militarized town of Genoa. Italian police met the demonstrations with violence, resulting in serious injuries from both street clashes and raids on sleeping protesters (see feature below). There has been one confirmed death in Genoa of a young Genovese man, Carlo Giuliani. The man was shot by Italian police and then run over by a police vehicle. IMC-Italy has a picture sequence of Carlo Giuliani at the time of his death. There are still unconfirmed reports of another death of a woman. At least two other men received serious facial injuries from the 40mm tear gas canisters being shot at them. Debates about Black Bloc tactics and other issues raised in Genoa rage on many Indymedia newswires. Protests at the G8 meeting mark a climax of the European Summer of Resistance which has included festivals and demonstrations accross Europe in places including Goteborg, Sweden, Barcelona, Salzburg, Austria and Bonn, Germany, (see climate conference feature below), to express dissent against the current form of 'globalization' and to move towards different forms of global unity.

Background about the G8 Demonstrations: Seeking Change in Genoa | About the Demonstrations

Police Raid IMC Italy &amp; GSF, Steal Legal Documentation; Leave 20 Seriously Wounded

22.07.2001 12:49

blood spilt on walls
blood smeared on the wall on the
building across the street from imc
during the police assult
Visit IMC-Italy and other European IMC sites for more recent updates.

UPDATE 1:15 GMT july 25: The situation is still quite confusing in Genoa. There are many contradictory updates and different estimates of how many people are still in the hospitals or jail. There are several reports of abuse in the jails. Amnesty International is cautioning the Italian government to not allow/support/encourage human rights abuses in its jails.

The most recent estimates from IMC-Italy:
There have been 280 arrests. 400 people are still unaccounted for, approximately 200 are injured. Many people are still in hospitals and not allowed to speak with counsel as they are soon going to be moved to jails. On July 23, 130 people arrested on July 20 were released, but 60 more people dressed in black and traveling in a caravan were arrested on the roads and in areas surrounding Genoa.

From IMC-UK:
The IMC UK reporter Marcus "Sky" Covell is still in hospital after he was severely injured in Saturday's police raid on the Genoa Social Forum and the IMC, suffering two broken ribs and a punctured lung. An IMC contact has spoken to Sky's doctor at about 6pm on Tuesday who confirmed that Sky has had surgery on his chest. Fifty-one people were injured in the raid, 31 were taken to hospital, and three required surgery. More on arrested Britons.

From IMC-Austria:
A group of 21 people (16 Austrians) from the "publiXtheatre no-border-caravan" were arrested on July 23, charged with vandalism, endangerment of the public security and violent behavior against police. A delegate from the Italian communist party was able to visit some prisoners in Voghera. He said that some of the women of the noborder group have broken arms, one girl has lost 5 teeth, 1 women has a broken wrist. Those heavy injuries did not happen during the protests.

Collection of accounts of the IMC/GSF raid from the Bay Area IMC

Thank you to all who continue to post updates to the Indymedia newswires.

update 15:33 GMT july 22 Reports are coming in that police are beating up people dressed in black in Piazzate Kennedy. The atmosphere is full of tension again.
Information from hospital Galleria [main] source: doctor at hospital: 29 people wounded, 3 serious. 1 very serious. British consul visited him in hospital. There is a big police presence in hospitals; people in the hospitals have been reluctant to give details. 1 US 1 swiss, remainder swiss/german
San Martino hospital: transfering people directly to jails/courts. (unclear which). wounded include broken arms, nose, head injuries. (men and women, more men). The doctor gave imc this information only after pressured to by IMC reporter inside hospital.

update 14:00 Italy time: in Charles hospital only: wounded: 14 German, 1 English, 5 from Canada/US/Turkey. Being transferred directly to Jails. They are seriously wounded included broken bones and should not be moved.

update 1:20 GMT July 22: Cell phone call ins, and indy reports are keeping us updated with events from Genova. An hour ago, POLICE STORMED the building that hosted the IMC with tear gas and batons, and the building opposite that hosted other GSF groups. About ten people escaped from windows. The police held people and took IDs. According to the medics on the scene, there have been approximately 20 seriously injured people from police violence but that no one was dead. Blood which stained the streets outside the imc quickly disappeared. Numbers of people arrested have not been relased yet.

blood covers the floors
T he school opposite the IMC building was where the worst police violence occured. Floors are covered in blood. Police assault lasted over 45 minutes. Several people have been carried out in black bags. The people in the street were chanting en masse "fascist" and "bastardo". The wounded were carried out on strechers continuously and taken to ambulances that arrived with the police. Police sealed off street by surprise and a helicopter remained low overhead like a military operation. A temporary hospital was set up on the 1st floor of the IMC building to treat wounded.

Activists Fight For Climate Justice

18.07.2001 21:56

Sometimes globlization is an economic ideology, and sometimes it's a reality. Over the last fifty years, climate change has become a problem with truly global consequences. The lifestyles of the overdeveloped nations have been destroying the very basis of life in vast areas of the earth.

Government officials are gathering this week at the Climate Summit in Bonn to decide the fate of the beleaguered Kyoto Protocol, but morale is low. U.S. President George W. Bush recently paid back his campaign contributors with withdrawal from the treaty, while Australia and Canada made clear today that they will not sign onto the Protocol. All this makes passage increasingly unlikely, with the only real hope residing in the activists who have gathered here in the name of climate justice.

The vast majority of the scientific community confirms the existence of global climate change. Even George W. Bush's Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges it. Information on so-called "global warming" is readily available yet some corporations like Exxon/Mobil (see feature below) and groups of questionable intent still mantain that it does not exist. In fact, some scientists are now suggesting global warming may be worse than previously imagined.

Keep your browser tuned to the Climate IMC and/or to IMC-Germany for up-to-the-minute coverage.

Fighting Organized Rape: The Flesh Trade War

15.07.2001 12:18

A wave of attention and criticism has been accumulating around the issue of trade. Now another type of trade, that of children trafficked into the military and prostitution, has also begun to raise questions within the mainstream consciousness. Slavery, a supposed relic of the past, still exists in many forms all over the world. Visit the Utah IMC for an investigative report from Nepal concerning the buying and selling of young girls into the bonds of sexual slavery, and hear from one organization fighting the flesh trade war against all odds. Watch a video about slavery in India.

Protests Around the Globe Highlight Exxon-Mobil/Esso Corporation’s Environmental and Human Rights Record

12.07.2001 10:04

Esso Day of Action Banner Drop in Germany July 11th's "international day of action" against the world’s largest corporation, Exxon-Mobil/Esso, focused attention on the multinational’s poor environmental and human rights record. Campaigners in cities around the world protested at Exxon-Mobil/Esso headquarters, boycotted the company’s service stations, fax-blasted the company’s offices, dropped banners in public areas and carried out other forms of action to highlight the company’s enormous wealth (the company made $17.7 billion in profits last year) and disproportionate, unaccountable power in global decision-making. In the days leading up to important international negotiations on climate change (July 21 in Bonn, Germany stay tuned to Climate.indymedia.org and Germany.indymedia.org for coverage), activists have chosen to attract public scrutiny to many of the company’s policies and positions including Exxon-Mobil/Esso's:

Groups supporting the actions include:
Pressurepoint.org | CampaignExxonMobil.org | GlobalWarming.isBad.net | StopEsso.com

European Border Camps: &quot;<i>No person is illegal</i>&quot;

08.07.2001 03:25

Photo from Tarifa border camp Freedom of movement for everybody is the main objective of six "bordercamps" that are taking place in Europe this summer. Saturday July 7th at 9pm CET four of them - Tarifa (Spain), Krynky/Bialystok (Poland), Petisovci (Slovenia) and Campsfield (England) were connected through a "life stream," an experiment to show that hope and solidarity are just as prevalent as national borders themselves. As it is getting easier for the money, goods and capital to roam around the globe, crossing a border is becoming more and more difficult for most people. These camps are sites to express dissent against this trend through political, cultural and media activities; they are creating a space to gather and meet, to discuss, take action and create connections. About 250 activists from Poland, Ukrainia, Belarus, Russia, Finland and Germany opened the noborder-camp in Krynki with a demonstration in Bialystok in spite of previous days criminalization attempts (read bordercamp pressrelease ).

UPDATE: Photos from the Tarifa border camp

Follow coverage from the European IMC sites, such as IMC-UK, IMC-Germany, IMC-Austria and IMC-Barcelona.

Bolivian Workers Occupy Bank to Demand Debt Relief

04.07.2001 11:01

Protests in Bolivia Approximately a thousand Bolivian workers and anarcha-feminist activists occupied the office of the Superintendent of Banks on July 2, demanding relief of personal debt. Those occupying the building represent a movement of approximately 12,000 workers and homeless Bolivians who have borrowed small amounts of money but faced abuse at the hands of the country’s financial institutions. For over ninety days thousands of debtors have been demonstrating peacefully in the Bolivian capital of La Paz to demand debt forgiveness. The occupiers took hostages (the first estimate of 94 is now in question) and threatened to burn the building down before negotiating a settlement with police, convincing the country’s banks to reevaluate many loans. This action followed a tense week in Bolivia, after government troops shot farmers who were blockading a highway in the Bolivian Antiplano, demanding social and economic rights. Bolivia has exploded in protest lately, with farmers, health workers, teachers, students and many other sectors of society vocally stating their rights in the face of harsh and sometimes deadly reaction from the Bolivian government.

More information:
Fifty years of the Bolivian left | Where to find information about American corporations in Bolivia | Photos from Bolivia

UPDATE July 15: "Preparing for Genocide in Bolivia" -- (Spanish with English translation) | Photos

Activists Face WEF in Austria

01.07.2001 15:15

Austrians demonstrate against WEF The streets of Salzburg, Austria, are teeming with dissent today as thousands are marching to criticize the World Economic Forum. The WEF is an exclusive organization composed of businessmen and politicians -- a global “elite” – who are gathering in Austria to discuss plans for, among other things, European Union eastward expansion and the “migration-movement.” Increasingly active protests have greeted the last several WEF meetings, such as those in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

From the Anti-WEF coalition:

"Our protest is against categorising, marginalising and excluding people and social groups; our aim is a society that is orientated to the needs of all and not to the profit of a few."

Tune in to IMC-Austria for breaking news | Video from Austria | Check out IMC-UK's coverage

Papua New Guinea Demonstrations Against Structural Adjustment

28.06.2001 13:39

http://www.indymedia.org/local/webcast/uploads/metafiles/pngstudents.jpg Violence in the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby threatens to overshadow the issues that spurred powerful, peaceful protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund this week. In return for a promised loan of approximately $US210 million, World Bank plans for Papua New Guinea include widespread privatization of national industries and social programs and pave the way for increased clearing of rainforests. World Bank/IMF plans have already had a substantial effect on Papua New Guinea, manipulating local industries in the name of “responsible resource development and management”, introducing user fees at rural clinics (resulting in a 30 percent decline in attendance), and even threatening to halve the size of the military, leading to a rebellion in March. Papua New Guineans also still remember the World Bank’s support of Indonesian Transmigration Programs: starting in 1969 the World Bank spent more than a half billion dollars to move millions of Javanese peasants to outlying and less populated islands, including Irian Jaya (West Papua). In 1988 the World Bank admitted the transmigration programs had not worked and stopped funding them. Papua New Guniean activists promise to continue protests despite the escalating violence.

Algerians Say, &quot;<i>Nous Sommes Tous des Kabyles</i>&quot;

28.06.2001 12:04

Algerians Demonstrate for Cultural and Economic Rights Berber organizers in the Algerian region of Kabyle vow to march again as early as July 5 for cultural and economic autonomy, even after the Algerian government has banned demonstrations in the wake of a June 14 “March for Democracy,” attended by an estimated million people. What had been primarily a movement of ethnic minority Berbers, reasserting their right to cultural autonomy in the face of government-imposed “Arabisation,” has grown into a broad movement for economic and cultural rights. Demonstrations highlight the country’s housing shortage and growing unemployment rate, even though the country’s oil wealth is growing. Non-Berbers have since joined this push for economic democracy, broadening the protest beyond the bounds of a cultural group. According to the Mouvement Culturel Berbère, unless the country, still reeling from a decade of bloody civil war, faces its ethnic and economic problems the demonstrations will only escalate, warning of "la braise berbere" - "the smoldering of Berber consciousness against the time when it would burst into flame."

Barcelona Police Under Investigation After Attacks on Peaceful Protesters

24.06.2001 17:18

world bank barcelona IMC-Barcelona reports in four languages:
Català | Español | Français | English

Even though the World Bank is staying away from Barcelona, protesters are showing up for an "insurrection." Over 30,000 people are demonstrating in Barcelona today. The protest turned bad when undercover police dressed as activists physically provoked real activists which gave riot police an excuse to attack the crowd with truncheons. 32 people were injured. However, the Associated Press reported that the attack was unprovoked. The City of Barcelona has indicated that it will investigate the provocations by undercover police during the demonstrations. Many local press and affinity groups will present videos to prove the provocations. In addition to the violence by the police in the street, the General Assembly of the Campaign Against the World Bank was attacked by police during a peaceful meeting (a peaceful convergence space was also attacked in Sweden recently).

Continuing news is being published at the Barcelona IMC. Background about the cancellation is here.

Activists Gather to Protest Biotech and Celebrate Life

24.06.2001 14:00

beyond biodevastation "The idea that life is merely a manufacture...and hence tenable hasn't sunk into the human consciousness, it's still in the draft and propaganda of the corporations...it's not in our minds." Vandana Shiva, June 22, 2001

Hundreds were in attendance this weekend for Beyond Biodevastation, a teach-in discussing biowarfare, human genetic engineering, biopiracy, and farm and food issues. Beyond Biodevastation is the fifth in a series of international grassroots gatherings against the biotechnology industry. Last year, more than 4,000 people gathered in Boston in what was the largest gathering against biotechnology in the Western hemisphere. Activists, community members, concerned citizens, and NGOs are gathering in San Diego to protest against the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (bio.org) annual conference, which is the largest gathering of biotechnology corporations, scientists, and marketers in the world.

TV News reports as well as police statements are fueling community fears about events planned for this week in San Diego and around the world. Local media in San Diego were surprised by the pacifist crowd at the conference, but the police presence set an ominous tone that hampered the educational and discursive goals of the attendees.

EU Summit Protests Wrap-Up

23.06.2001 16:11

Corporate globalists in Sweden met by 25,000 protesters; protesters met by police gunfire

Largely peaceful Europeans filled the streets in protest. Police beseiged their meeting places, illegally detained and arrested them, and shot and wounded three. Independent journalists working with the IMC-Sweden provided grass-roots coverage. A collection can be found here:
NarrativesRead personal accounts of the events of Gothenburg; first-hand testimonies from witnesses.
VideoWatch streams of some of the celebrations and confrontations captured on video.
PhotosSee the images of the protests brought back by film and digital photographers.
CommentaryRead critiques of the causes, effects, and big-picture consequences of the tactics used and the media spin of the Gothenburg protests.
SolidarityFind out about the protests carried out in solidarity across the world.

Housing for people not profit

22.06.2001 13:24

Housing for people not profit Police have broken down the door and arrested activists of the group Homes Not Jails that had been occupying an abandoned building. On Thursday the group took over the vacant firehouse at 4th and Massachusetts Avenue, NW, demanding that Mayor Anthony Williams keep his promise to use the building to provide housing for women living in dilapidated trailers at 4th and L streets.

[ photos : the arrests (1 2 3 4 (and more)) | the occupation | video of press conference]

Not Guilty

Concurrent with the occupation, three Homes Not Jails activists, arrested at 304 K Street NE during a housing takeover in February 2001, were found "not guilty" by a jury this afternoon. [ full story | Feb takeover ]

Homes Not Jails DC is a direct action housing organization that believes in obtaining housing by any means necessary.

American Lori Berenson Convicted of Collaboration With Peruvian Rebels

22.06.2001 12:15

Photo of Lori Berenson (Berenson is on the right) American Lori Berenson was convicted of collaborating with leftist guerrillas in a plot to assault Peru's Congress, but cleared of charges she was an active rebel militant. It is unclear at this time whether that means jail-time or deportation, but the prosecution has asked that she be given twenty years. "I am not a terrorist," she repeated in her closing statement. "I am innocent of the prosecutor's charges of being a member of and a collaborator with the MRTA I condemn terrorism, and I say that in every case." Berenson complained that the civilian court was still applying the same draconian anti-terrorism laws decreed by Fujimori in 1992. "This is a political trial," Berenson said. "Where is the presumption of innocence?"

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