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May Day In Copenhagen, Denmark

Date Mon, 8 May 2000 02:50:44 -0400

Day Of Action On May 1st In Copenhagen

 As part of the global day of action against capitalism, 1,000
 activists in Copenhagen demonstrated against the neo-liberal
 exploitation of the majority of the world's population. The original
 plan was to march past symbols of the social war being waged by the
 ruling powers, in order to expose them by means of various happenings
 and attacks. But this was not possible, due to the excessive
 deployment of police forces.

 The demonstration was organized by various anti-capitalist groups
 (anarchists, anti-fascists, autonomists, feminists, libertarian
 communists, etc.) and took place on a spring-like May Day in central
 Copenhagen. This demo was the first time in many years - since the
 defeat of the autonomist movement in Denmark in the early 1990s -
 that a joint demonstration was carried out by various groups and
 networks from the non-reformist left. Many individual comrades from
 years past also came and participated in the demo. As a prolog to the
 march, a police car was overturned to protest against the massive
 deployment of riot police. The police concept was to prevent our
 march by means of massive pressure. Because we were not in a position
 to enter into a confrontation with the cops - among other things,
 because many children were participating, and there was a summer-like
 atmosphere among many of the demonstrators - we were forced to accept
 the cops' demo route. During the demo, the cops tried many times to
 use force to break up the march. Undercover cops also tried to
 infiltrate the demo, but they were exposed and beaten back. Speeches
 were held (among other things, about anarchists in Austria, about
 various workers initiatives, about women/lesbians against violence
 against women, etc.) and anarchists played punk and rap music from
 the loudspeaker car. At the end of the demo, there was a short
 confrontation with the aggressive riot cops and 6 comrades were
 arrested. The demo ended with an anti-fascist open air concert in
 Faelledparken (a big park in eastern Copenhagen) which 10,000 people
 attended. The reformist left, various ML groups, and the neo-liberal
 social democrats all held their May Day activities in Faelledparken,
 but they did not have demonstration marches.

 Against The Dictatorship Of Global Market Capital!
 For A Global Resistance From Below!
 No Pasaran!

 some autonomist activists from Copenhagen

 (Source: autonomikollektivet@hotmail.com; Translated by Arm The Spirit)


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