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ESF demonstration and actions wrap-up

manos | 18.10.2004 23:46 | European Social Forum | Repression | Social Struggles | Cambridge | London

A quick wrap-up of the Sunday ESF events, demonstrations and actions.

The European Social Forum has ended on Sunday, with a large demonstration and a number of autonomous actions (Clowns actions and Pro-capitalist block). The demonstration had a clear anti-war character and attracted a large number of people who did not attend the ESF. Reports and photos [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6]. A group of activists from the anti-capitalist block were detained at King's cross station in an attempt to prevent them from joining the march [1 | 2 | 3 | Global Project]. They were eventually let to go and when they finally arrived at Trafalgar Square some tried to get to the stage in what some describe as storming the stage. The police in cooperation with the organisers made several arrests including an Indymedia volunteer and member of the ESF organizing body. Solidarity actions were called, and a number of Clowns invaded Charing Cross police station (Video). Those arrested including a Greek activist are due in court on Monday. The ESF organisation, and the events during the demonstration, have been the subject of a lot of controvesy [In depth: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Previous: 1 | 2 | 3]. Some also resented the lack of coverage of actual ESF events [1] on Indymedia and the mainstream media [1 | 2 | Don't hate the media - just publish on indymedia].



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everyone listen to ME ME ME!

19.10.2004 17:06

So let me see if I've got this: all the organisers and participating organisations in the official ESF, all those trade unions and NGOs and peace groups etc, all the volunteers staffing stalls, plus everyone on the Stop The War demo especially everyone from STW, CND, MAB, and all of the stewards, are all part of a giant conspiracy against YOU.

And oh look, you all happen to be middle-class white men, who never have an inflated sense of their own importance at all. Extraordinary!