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Ken Livingstone cancels speech at ESF

16-10-2004 18:33

21:30: The demonstration has entered the Tottenham campus, the location of Beyond ESF. Apart from the one arrest at Alexandra Palace earlier, everyone is safe and sound.

21:05: The crowd is walking in the middle of White Hart Lane, and has got as far as the sports area. Police helecopters are flying overhead. Everything is OK.

20:40:The crowd has marched passed Wood Green tube station, taking a detour to come out past he station and off the main road. Crowd numbers are now aprox 200. There are four police vans, which is much less than before. Once people left the main road the police escort decreased. There is a good mood in the crowd with chants of "our streets".

20:35: Demonstrators are approaching Wood Green tube station, marching along the road with a banner saying "ESF --another world for sale. We say another world is possible."

20:20: 150-200 people are now walking back to the Beyond ESF space. A police van (driving too fast) drove into protestors. No-one was hurt. Demonstrators kicked the van; other police vans are in close proximity.

20:10: Other eye-witnesses say that the police were "quite" violent, using batons while making the arrest. 100s of people are marching towards Wood Green, there is no trouble with them at the moment.

20:00: The part of the demonstration oustide Ali Pali contains 100 people. There was a confirmed report of one arrest in the past few minutes. An eye-witness describes police "wading in" and the person arrested being "bundled into a van." Demonstrators are now moving towards Wood Green station.

19:50: Some of the protestors are moving outside of Alexandra Palace (Ali Pali). Police presence outside is small numerically. Demonstrators outnumber police and are encircling them. Police are coming out of Ali Pali as reinforcements. Police are trying to move noisy demonstrators off road onto pavement and not really succeeding. There are reports of extra police vans arriving from both inside and outside Alexandra Palace.

19:20: between 200 and 400 people have succeeded in entering the official European Social Forum without paying or registering. They are in the main plenary space, scaling scaffolding and hanging banners saying: "Another world is for sale" and "Ken's party -- the war party", referring to Mayor Ken Livingstone, funder of the ESF and member of the ruling New Labour Party.

While Ken Livingstone has cancelled his planned plenary speech, protestors are now giving speeches explaining why they are dissatisfied with the current ESF, including reading a statement from the translation group, Babels, explaining that while they would be happy to work in a Social Forum that followed the WSF principles, they had problems with the way the ESF in London had been organised. Babels had 500 international volunteer translators who were keen to work according to WSF principles, but many have not come to the ESF in London (see earlier criticism of the London organising from Babels).

Babels said, "Many opportunities of experimentation and innovation have been missed out on during the organization of this forum, resulting in the exclusion of many. This is in total contradiction to the Porto Allegre charter. Instead, the London ESF has employed classical neoliberal organization, management & service delivery, with the result that the forum has been totally dependent on the state. This has had disastrous consequence for the development of our movement." They finally mentioned that, "as ESF delegates prepare to discuss the fight against racism and facism in Europe today, some of our fellow translators cannot be here today because they are not allowed into the UK. It is sad that the organisers of the ESF have not helped in this process."

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the new messiah is coming

16-10-2004 18:23

the answer to the passion of Christ, an inverted writing film, of a reality.

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Gonzalo Gomez founder and editor of Venezuela independent news wire

16-10-2004 18:10

Aporrea is an independent news wire set up in Venezuela after the failed coup de etat against president Chavez as a direct response to the massive sabotage of the official media against his Goverment.

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Uranium Chronicles: The 200 Billion Dollar Counterfeiting Caper

16-10-2004 17:12

Our 200 Billion Dollar investment in Iraq may not have occured, if not for several counterfeit documents. Is anyone interested in finding out how the United states was hoodwinked by forgeries?

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What do you think caused the damage?

16-10-2004 16:56

Photo 01
1. Have you seen these photos before?
2. What do you think caused the damage?
3. Which photo was taken more recently?
4. In which country do you think each photo was taken?
5. What season or time of year was each photo taken?
6. What very specific events are these photos of?

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'The Chaps' out in force 'civilising the city'

16-10-2004 16:24

A group of ladies and gentlemen were out in London today counteracting the vulgarities of everyday life, immaculately dressed in suits, tweed and smart hats, sporting waxed moustaches and pipes, doffing their caps to passersbys.

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McDonald's demo in Lancaster

16-10-2004 16:16

Today a group of people in Lancaster marked anti-McDonald's day by holding a protest outside our local branch.

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German workers disrupt all GM car production in Europe

16-10-2004 15:56

protesters outside main gate
Unoffial industrial action at Opel car plant in Bochum, Germany will bring production in all General Motors car production in Europe to a standstill. GM threatens to sack 4000 of 10.000 car workers. Factory gates are being occupied since last thursday night shift. Families flock to gates to support strikers. On thursday 19th a European day of action is called for in all European GM plants. Last news: 1 pm ECT: ESF meeting sends solidarity greetings signed by 400. 5 pm ECT: GM is preparing for lockout, police sighted, millitants ask Bochum citizens for a "all out" to gather at gates.

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Worldwide Anti-McDonalds Day - mass leafleting event

16-10-2004 15:13

A mass leafleting action took place at midday today, outside the McDonalds in Leicester Square. Today is worldwide Anti-McDonald's Day. The event was a celebration of 20 years of resistance to McDonalds and solidarity with all exploited workers and customers, brainwashed children and their harrassed parents!

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Lab of Insurrectionary Imagination worship outside Selfridge's

16-10-2004 14:45

The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination teamed up with a samba band and clowns outside Selfridge's on Oxford Street.

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Some more impressions of the ESF [picture report]

16-10-2004 14:44

Some impressions of the ESF
Some more impressions of the ESF [picture report]

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police video teams at beyond esf

16-10-2004 13:18

police video surveillance team outside beyond esf in tottenham.

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Sat 15 - Two arrested still in police station

16-10-2004 12:34

Saturday 1th - 12pm - Update on the two arrested from yesterday night's tube party.

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IMC Party photos at Camden Center

16-10-2004 12:26

Some photos from the party in the indymedia space at the Camden Center.

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Peak oil and the imminent collapse of industrial civilisation.

16-10-2004 12:08

There is a huge problem on it's way. Governments have given up on attempting to resolve it and are in fact actively suppressing information about it. It's the reason that we're in Iraq and will most probably be invading Iran in the near future. The problem is all about diminishing reserves of oil and an economic system that requires perpetual growth (A physical impossibility) It will mean billions of deaths.

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Police at Ramparts

16-10-2004 11:28

About a dozen police have been reported outside Ramparts, Rampart St, E1.

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Blair to trash incapacity benefit

16-10-2004 11:02

Blair plans to subsidise the pensions shortfall by targeting the sick and disabled who
"languish on benefits"!

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Police Presence At ESF Accommodation

16-10-2004 10:24

Between 9am and 10am there has been a build up of police presence outside a building being used to accomodate people who are attending the ESF and Autonomous Spaces.

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16-10-2004 09:29

Police photograph mermaids, etc.

Global warming protestors Rising Tide brought traffic to a halt for almost an hour in London’s West End today.

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Haiti slum repels police amid angry protests

16-10-2004 05:43

The morgue at the [Port au Prince] General Hospital issued an emergency call this afternoon stating that there was no longer space for new corpses and it had reached full
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