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 Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Financial G7 leaders receive a noisy welcome PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 February 2005

The first of the G7 meetings leading up to the G8 Summit took place in
London over February 4th/5th in the form of the G7 Financial Ministerial.
The Financial G7 brings together the central bank governors and finance
ministers of the seven richest countries in the world. Activists from
Dissent!, the new South East Resist-G8 network and others were there to
greet them.

Each of the G7 central bankers sit on the board of directors of The Bank of
International Settlements (BIS) in Switzerland, the central bank of central
banks. The meetings of the ‘Basel Club' are disturbed by nothing. During the
Second World War, the BIS quietly carried on its activities, with bankers
from both sides meeting under the presidency of Thomas McKittrick, an
American who was ‘officially neutral' in the conflict. Diplomatic immunity,
provided at the time courtesy of the Swiss government, no doubt comes in
handy from time to time for these gentlemen.

The Financial G7 met for a fancy dinner at Lancaster House on the Friday
night and, as expected, the police presence was high with FIT team
harrasment continuing from beginning to end. Make Poverty History
campaigners were 'allowed' to protest from the confines of a fenced off pen.
However, after refusing to join them in the pen, activists were followed and
verbally harrased, with the Met using all the usual intimidation tactics.
Reportedly, others were stopped and searched with one person recieving an on
the spot fine for a minor offence.

However, despite this harrasment (and the short notice of a last minute
call-out!), Rythms of Resistance showed up, blocking the exit and along with
roughly 20-30 other activists made sure their presence was felt. Noisey
support from a pizza delivery driver topped the demo off. As the night drew
to a close, the ever thoughtful police officers kindly escorted activists to
a local public house, where they continued to look after them by parking a
riot van outside!

Despite the short notice (and thanks in no small part to the drummers) the
finance ministers and bankers didnt get to enjoy their dinner in peace.
Hopefully, the trembling rythms of a samba band did nothing for the rich
mens digestion! Yet this was only the first of the G7 Minesterials which
mark the countdown to the G8 Summit in July, and as the Summit gets closer
our resistance to these meetings must get stronger - lets shut them down!

March 10-11, G8 Employment Ministers Meeting, London
March 15-16, International Energy/Environment Ministers Roundtable, London
March 17-18, G8 Environment and Development Ministers Meeting, Derbyshire.
June 11-11, G7 Finance Ministers Meeting, London
June 16-17, G8 Justice and Interior Ministers Meeting, Sheffield
July 6-8, G8 Summit, Gleneagles, Scotland.
Newsletter 3 Winter 05 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 February 2005
All these articles available to be downloaded in the Winter 05 Dissent newsletter here
Last Updated ( Friday, 18 February 2005 )
Thousands resist the World Economic Forum PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 February 2005

Thousands resist the global elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Political and economical heavyweights came together behind closed doors in the Davos, Switzerland from 26-30th of January for the World Economic Forum (WEF), to give a "social label" to the capitalist globalization. Leading up to and throughout the WEF meetings, actions, demonstrations, and counter forums were held against the summit by a coalition of groups from France, Germany and Switzerland. These came under heavy state repression, and police violence. 250 activists were forbidden to enter the country and the army had 6500 soldiers on standby.

The first big demonstration against took place in Winterthur, Switzerland, with about 400 people taking part. Meanwhile, another 400 people voiced their resistance in Chur and Adelsberg. In Heiden, an attack against the UBS, a giant bank consortium, occurred, while in Zurich, an anti-repression group burnt down a training camp for
anti-terrorist units in protest against the WEF security preparations. In Bern, the education collective "Tour de Lorraine", educated with films, theatre and gigs throughout the week. Various protests happened during the week in Berna,
Davos, Lugano and Basilea.

On Saturday 22 January a day of Decentralised Creative Actions was called, because the huge mass demonstration which had been planned against social cuts, salary dumping, privatisation, institutional racism and war, was prohibited by a court decision. This repression and the ensuing police violence triggered protest in the Swiss parliament. Around 1.500 people took part in a series of civil disobedience actions. Neo-nazi's tried to descend the demonstration in Winterthur into violence, yet it
remained peaceful. At the same time, there was a solidarity action in Oxford.

More info on Indymedia: http://www.indymedia.org/or/2005/01/112839.shtml

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 February 2005 )
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