UK G8 Russia 2006 Feature Archive
This year's G8 Summit took place in St. Petersburg (Russia) from the 15 to the 17 of July. The Russian Network Against the G8 called for a series of protests and events to take place in and around the city, where activists faced heavy repression and police harassment.
Latest Updates: IMC-UK Feature | IMC-Russia (multilingual) | IMC-Russia Video Gallery | Welsh Anarchists Blog.
Calls to Action and Events: Global Day of Action July 14 | Day of Direct Action for Climate Justice July 15 | Bike Caravan Berlin-St.Petersburg | Libertarian Forum July 8-12 (Moscow) | Social Forum July 11-15 (St. Petersburg) | Forum des Peuples Counter-Summit July 15-17 (Mali)
Practical Info and Resources | IMC-UK G8 2006 Page.
While the situation for protest in Russia is very different (Interview) from what it was in the UK during the G8 in Gleneagles, the Russian "Network against the G8" called for protests against the summit and invited people from around the world to come to Russia. A cycle caravan that departed from Berlin arrived at St.Petersburg well ahead of the protests [reports and photos] A Libertarian Forum also took place in Moscow from the 8 to the 12 of July as a build up event for the protests in St. Petersburg. [Reports: first and second days]
On the 14th of July there was a call for a Global Day of Action, when protests against the neo-liberal politics of the G8 took place worldwide [Summary of global protests] These included planned actions in Washington, Manchester, Berlin, Hamburg, and Manila. Environmental groups also called for an International Day of Direct Action on July 15th for climate justice, against climate change and the G8. See the protest calendar for further details.
At the same time as the G8 summit took place, protesters gathered around the Social Forum in St. Petersburg, and in a convergence centre in the Kirov stadium (with an autonomous space within it). A counter summit called Forum des Peuples was also held in Mali from 15th-17th July.
Other Indymedia Coverage: IMC-Russia (russian) | IMC-Russia Video Gallery | IMC-UK G8 2006 Page.
Practical Info: Info Bulletin #2 | Travel Info | Moscow Survival Guide | G8 2006 Info and Press Group.
Related websites: spb8.net | g8-2006.plentyfact.net | nog8.ru | Reclaim The Commons | Welsh Anarchists Blog and international mailing list.
Not been invited to the G8 Summit this year?
Never mind, Indymedia London is hosting an eight day film festival in London venues with no obligation to buy a gallon of Coke or a bucket of popcorn. And up in Sheffield there is a Summer of Truth film festival with screenings every Sunday in July.
For the full programmes and venues click at the 'full article' link above.