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Carnival of Full Enjoyment, Edinburgh

features | 04.07.2005 11:17 | G8 2005 | Globalisation

The Carnival for Full Enjoyment travelled around the streets of Edinburgh on Monday 4th, involving a cast of G8 Summit protesters, clowns, police and local people. The Carnival called upon 'workers, migrants, students, benefit claimers, New Dealers, work refusers, pensioners, dreamers, duckers & divers' to resist the 'daily grind of the institutions that plunge us into overwork, poverty and debt.'

The day started with police and groups of protestors playing cat and mouse through the streets, as police quickly started to stop and search people under the Section 60 imposed all over Edinburgh. At 12pm groups of people began to gather in and around Princes St. From that time on, and throughout the day, police tried to heavily repress any demonstration using scores of riot police, horses, dogs, and endless batton charges whilst attempting to pen in groups of people. As a result several clashes occurred in the Princes St and Canning St areas that resulted in more than 100 people arrested, including teams of street medics that were spcificaly targeted for harassment and arrest. Around 60 protesters were also treated for injuries caused by the heavy handed policing. Despite this many streets in central Edinburgh were taken over by protestors throughout the afternoon.

Click here for a full appraisal of the day and here for the Timeline of Events Account of the Day.

Newswire Reports: Medics interview and reports 1 | 2 :: Police [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] :: Princes Street [ 1 | 2 ] :: Carnival for full policing :: Debunking the Myths :: Day report on IMC Scotland
Reports and Pictures: Princes Street [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 ] :: Financial District 1 | 2 | 3 ] :: Clowns [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ] :: Bristo Place [ 1 | 2 ] :: Soundsystem Seized :: IMC IE on the day
Video: Clowns | Police | Local retaliation 1 and 2 | Arrest outside IMC centre

Other Indymedia reporting: IMC-Nantes | IMC-Germany | IMC-Holland | IMC-Switzerland(It)

Sit down and sing along
Sit down and sing along

The day began with police insisting on searching members of the Clown Army, resulting in hilarity for everyone (except maybe the police). Meanwhile, a second group of clowns chased the police. The heavy-handed policing continued, with use of riot police, dogs and mounted police. Many Carnival-goers were penned in by police on Canning Street and kept there for three hours (or longer in some cases), before being photographed and searched. A number of protestors objected to this and so, in a show of solidarity, a group refused to leave the pen. This lead to at least ten of them being arrested.

Another part of the Carnival moved to Princes Street, where baton-charges forced demonstrators against the fences of Princes Street Gardens. Around 35 people received hospital treatment for injuries caused by climbing over the spiked fences around the garden to escape the attacks of the riot police. In the afternoon a group of clearly identified street medics was arrested and the vehicle impounded with all supplies.

After this, the carnival moved around the centre of Edinburgh, incorporating people leaving work, along with many local youths. Police charges continued, along with at least 17 arrests of protestors and onlookers. Police met particularly fierce resistance from local people, who attacked the police (many of whom are English), shouting "fuck off out of our country". Police withdrew from the city centre area.

In the midst of this chaos, there were more bizarre scenes. The clowns did their acts, dusting off uniforms, directing people or marching. Repeatedly hundreds of shoppers and tourists just stood there to watch the spectacle, finding themselves directly in one big mixed crowd in front of a police line. At various points, tourists sat in the park eating picnics while riot police massed a few yards away, while the mobility of the crowds sometimes left lines of riot police formed up, apparently guarding empty streets from invisible protesters.

But repression was heavy throughout the day. A sound system travelling to the carnival was siezed on its way there. There were reports that police were targetting medics, while University security (on the advice of police) forced the Convergence Centre in the student union at the Teviot Centre to close. At around 11 pm three police vans turned up outside the Forest cafe and Indymedia centre where two people were arrested (Video)

The Legal Support Team has informed that over 100 people were arrested during the day's actions and protests. Most of them are being released on bail, but effectively deported from Scotland as they will have to sign on their local police stations everyday until their cases are heard in court.



Display the following 53 comments

  1. Update on carnival, 1pm — RonnyW
  2. Street name - possible correction — NK
  3. Demo in Princes Street — Dan
  4. Mass protest is futile — Time for Guerrillas
  5. What was that all about? — Jake
  6. Princes Street — anon
  7. Canning Street / Carnival — anon
  8. Testemony — Yaar Peretz
  9. Time for a rethink of strategy — anti-capitalist
  10. Why is direct action supposedly impossible now? — ldxar1
  11. Problems with demonstrations — Time for the Guerrilla
  12. link for this article on front page is wrong — anonymous
  14. ticket to edinburgh — raleric
  15. The Law? — akindo
  16. Another P*ssed of Edinburgh resident — ANGRYJAMBO
  17. Disappearing Comments — John
  18. How Exciting — Baercelona.
  19. Choice — Tony
  20. local youths — hairy nips
  21. Your people may have a point — Bob fae Edinburgh
  22. Out-thought and out-fought — Edinburgh citizen
  23. don't bother using any effort, just use this handy template! — Bobby Scouse
  24. Yup more angry Edinburgh folk — Bob
  25. rethink of strategy continued... — anti-capitalist
  26. Thanks a lot... — Edinburgh Resident
  27. all jolly fun — Wtargentina
  28. CITIZENZ — N
  29. Remember Geneoa — Graham
  30. ANTI-CAPITALISM SHAM?? — Scotsman
  31. Agree — Happy Hibee
  32. Shhhhhhhhhh — Hat off to the Hibee
  33. u make me sick — jcp
  34. JCB – The Commi Comic! — Mike
  35. from my point of view — two sides to ever story
  36. My Accounts of the Events, including my injury. — Frustrated Protester
  37. "Fence Spikes" — Scottish Resident
  38. sing a long — Leroy
  39. Deleted Posts....... — Katana
  40. Deleted Posts — stirling local
  41. fuck the pigfuckers — fuck the pigfuckers
  42. no need to comment — because you have done it for me
  43. M32 — Kernewek
  44. . — .
  45. Hello Again — Ex Lex
  46. If you "don't want to represent us assholes"... — John
  47. You don't care...We don't care. — Pete
  48. Cool uniforms — BadManBizniz
  49. morons — anarchoteapot
  50. Dream On... — John
  51. q — uniforms
  52. Carnival for Full Enjoyment - the full story — fwd
  53. . — .


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