Prague (we) are everywhere
TUCSON: 100 picketed the National Law Center,
a corporate free trade front. They were pepper sprayed and threatened
by police shotguns. The coalition of unionists, Earth Firsters
and Students Against Sweatshops held their ground, dispersing
only at THEIR appointed hour. They paraded a large shoe puppet
to mimic the sweatshop shoe making conditions.
LOS ANGELES: Using puppets, theater and dance, 300
folks shut down part of the LA financial district. They were threatened
by cop in riot gear, armed with rifles.
PROVIDENCE, RI: 250 rallied to a local living age world
MADRID, Sept 28 (Reuters) - About 15 demonstrators
burst into the Czech Republic consulate in Barcelona on Thursday,
demanding the release of fellow anti-capitalist activists held
in Prague during anti-IMF disturbances, officials said.
The demonstrators, mostly youths,
stayed in the consulate for about three hours before being cleared
by police, Czech honorary consul in Barcelona, Jose Maso Portabella,
BOMBAY:We want water, not Pepsi! We refuse
to accept the World Bank's dadagiri!
Approximately fifty protestors,
armed with a riot of colorful banners, posters, art and food demanded
the withdrawal of the government's 'New' Economic Program of economic
globalisation. Demonstrating instances in which the government
has ceased to be accountable to people and their issues, the activists
claimed that the government was increasingly pursuing foreign
capital at a tremendous social and environmental cost to the country.
protest was held in conjunction with tens of thousands of people
around theworld that are demanding that the International Monetary
Fund and World Bank are having a disastrous impact on the people
they are ostensibly instituted to benefit.
CAPE TOWN, S. AFRICA: A group of protesters gathered in front
of the United States Embassy in Cape Town under the banner of
Jubilee 2000 to protest against the debt relief policy of the
World Bank and the International Monetary Fund today. The
protest coincides with the international protest in Prague where
the World Bank and the IMF are meeting.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL: 800 + activists marched to the Stock
Exchange to protest against capitalism and globalization. One
could see banners saying "People's Global Action" (front
banner) and "Seattle, Prague, Sao Paulo: We are everywhere".
In the front line, the "Democrat Troop" with helmets
and shields with inscriptions of constitutional rights and the
phone number of the police corregidor. A group of people with
pig masks and wearing T-shirts written "IMF", "WB"
and "WTO" were playing football (soccer) with the globe.
A capitalist monster, with a giant ugly head and a cloth body
with scriptions of multinational corporations was "eating"
people in the demo. In a scuffle with police, 22 were arrested
and that night released.
STOCKHOLM: Approximately 200 anti-globalisation
demonstrated in Stockholm on the evening of September 26th. Beginning
with speeches and reports from the situation in Prague, the calm
but loud demonstration then began to move toward the large square
in front of the Bourse. There police stopped the demo and riot
police began to immediately seal off all the entries into the
square with portable riot fences. The demo stood their
ground in the alley in which they standing and a police van drove
into the alley from the rear. After circa ten minutes the entire
area was sealed off and the demo began to dissolve as the
police van in the rear pulled away. The planned speeches and street
theatre in front of the Bourse never occurred.
MONTREAL: Between 100-150 demonstrators gathered
in Montreal as part of the International Day Against Capitalism
(S26), and in solidarity with the protests against the IMF and
the World Bank in Prague and worldwide.
The demonstration was led by
banners reading "Smash Capitalism before it smashes you!"
and "La rebellion est un droit! A bas le capitalisme!"
[tr. Rebellion is a right! Down with capitalism!"]. The protest
parade wound its way through Montreal's downtown streets, ending
at the Stock Exchange Tower in the heart of the financial district.
Throughout the parade, the Montreal police were ever-present,
with dozens of vans crammed with riot police in full gear following
the protest at a distance.
Near the Stock Exchange Tower,
after a few speeches, the protest
dispersed into a nearby metro station as it became clear that
the riot squad was ready to deploy.
MOSCOW: About 40 anarchists and anti-capitalists
marched through one of Moscow's main streets on to the offices
for the World bank in a demonstration of protest against capitalist
globalization and a show of solidarity with comrades marching
in Prague. Protesters chanted anti-capitalist slogans, blew whistles
and leafleted the pedestrians. Some cut and paste art action was
made at the WB offices (slogans "Down with IMF/WB" were
pasted onto the walls). Police that arrived in about 10 minutes,
arrested six protesters and after a while the demo moved to the
police station where arrested comrades were held.
However small, the march itself
was a relative success because it was rather well-spirited and
organized. On the eve of demonstration city authorities banned
the demos in other parts of the city, but anarchists decided to
march to the World bank offices nevertheless. This was the first
action which was held in Moscow as part of the Global day of Action,
and hopefully it will not be the last.
And many more