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IMF Meetings Close Early After Protests
The IMF and World bank meetings have finished
in Praha after enormous protests successfully blockaded
the convention center.
UPDATE ON JAIL SITUATION IN PRAHA
The Prague Legal Team has released a new report that indicates that there are still people being
held in the Czech Republic. They have also relased a
survey of imprisoned
activists and their experiences in jail. If you were arrested in Praha
INPEG is requesting that you
fill out this form.
For more legal information and numbers for the Czech Ministry of the Interior, see
the legal information.
For a breakdown of numbers of foreigners arrested, see:
numbers. For the INPEG press release on
the detained activists, see: press release. A
call to protest Czech Embassies world wide
has gone out. We've gotten reports from protests at the Czech Embassy in
London. In Switzerland, the Embassy
more. Reports have also come in from
protests at the Stockholm,
More Breaking News
links to archives of Free Radio Praha
Summary of S26
actions from around the world.
The Prague Declaration
INPEG AND OTHER NGOs STATEMENT ON S26
28 September 2000
We, the members of non-governmental and community-based organizations from
different parts of the world, gathered in Prague and signing this statement,
note the unprecedented early suspension of the 2000 annual general meeting
of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. Given the
number of scheduled sessions, including meetings with non-governmental
organizations, that will evidently be canceled, the claim that they have
simply finished their business rings hollow.
[ read the declaration ]
Czech Newspaper Accuses Police of Using Provocateurs
PROVOCATEURS AND MC DONALDS DESTRUCTION
Police were probably involved in looting in the center of Prague on Tuesday,
where the destruction of Mc Donalds took place. The organization of Citizens'
Legal Observers (OPH) filed a charge against alleged agents yesterday.
Using men in disguise during demonstrations is a common police practice.
Policemen masked as anarchists walk in front of almost every mass action.
However, it is illegal to use agents-provocateurs. But according to photographers
and eyewitnesses OPH has at their disposal, this is exactly what happened on Tuesday.
For example, observers have filmed a man smashing a McDonald's window and then walking
away through a police cordon without any hassle.
"We have video footage, photographs and eyewitness accounts," said Dusan Stuchlik,
one of the OPH observers. Lidove Noviny (a Czech Newspaper) reporters met policemen
dressed up as demonstrators in black sweatshirts with black scarves or hoods over
their faces. At Tylovo Namesti, reporters saw one of the masked policemen hit metal
bars on a showcase window with a pole torn off a railing; later, he arrested activists.
[ read more ]
From Melbourne to Prague: the Struggle for a Deglobalized World
ANTI-GLOBLAIZATION ANALYSIS BY WALDEN BELLO
by Walden Bello
We are, here in Melbourne in the next few days and in Prague in two weeks' time,
participating in an historic enterprise: that of creating a critical mass to turn
the tide against corporate-driven globalization.
For years, we were told that globalization was benign, that it was a process that
brought about the greatest good for the greatest number, that good citizenship lay
in accepting the impersonal rule of the market and good governance meant governments
getting out of the way of market forces and letting the most effective incarnation of
market freedom, the transnational corporation, go about its task of bringing about
the most efficient mix of capital, land, technology and labor.
[ Part 1 |
Part 2 ]
IMC Summary of S26
Statement from Seattle
a report from an IMF offical on the relationship of the protests to
the cancelation of the meetings.
Tuesday September 26 saw the outbreak of massive demonstrations
against the IMF/World Bank annual meeting that is taking place
here at the moment. Protestors from all over the world collectively
besieged the summit with up to 20.000 people maintaining a circular
blockade of the conference facilities, and some even gaining access
to the heavily-guarded complex itself. Protests were city wide and
numerous, both peacful resistance and active confrontations occured
with a single united voice - Shut down the IMF - Shut down the World Bank.
Undercurrents Report on S26 in Praha
The images presented to the planet when the International Monetary Fund
and World Bank hold their annual joint meetings are not ones of men in
suits making key decisions for entire nations. The latest images are now
of young people playing drums and waving banners, often lost in smoke and
tear gas fired from riot police. Today, as the meetings got underway in
Pragueâs former Communist-era Palace of Culture, a police and army guard
set out to ensure the security of the ãcastleS as activists have dubbed
it. Around 8000 activists are on the streets of the capital of the Czech
republic to disrupt the meetings, taking inspiration from the actions in
Seattle and Washington DC.
Despite Police Repression, S26 Success
Editorial by T. Moore
After a day filled with intense confrontation with police,
demonstrators managed to actually completely surround and
practically enter the IMF meetings. While corporate media
has focused entirely on the so-called "violent, black-clad,
pierced, and unwashed anarchists," they have completely
neglected to mention that the policies of the IMF, World
Bank, and WTO can no longer be tolerated. The police
outside the convention center were protecting the IMF
meetings from having public participation in them. We are people
who are governed by the policies of the IMF, the World Bank,
the WTO, and the myriad of other economic institutions,
with no voice in them. We do not govern our selves-
we are governed by the tyranny on unaccountable economic
institutions. We want to make decisions about our lives for
ourselves- as a community, as families, as people, as
children. The people on the streets yesterday were demanding
a right to their own political power- not just for debt
cancellation, not just for the reform of the IMF and the
World Bank. S26 was about realizing a new day, a day were
the people can choose the kind of society that we want
to live in.
The World Joins Praha in S26 Actions
| S26 SOLIDARITY ACTION
REPORTED AROUND THE WORLD
Reports on a few of the S26 solidarity actions on this International
Day of action:
| Belo Horizonte
| Bristol, UK
| Mumbia, India,
| New Brunswick
| New York,
| San Francisco
| San Palo,
| South Africa
| Sydney 1,
| Upsalla, Sweden
| Washington DC
The IMF/World Bank are currently holding their 55th annual summit
Thousands of people are continuing to converge in
the city to highlight their opposition to the poverty, environmental destruction
and social injustice created by these institutions. This is part of a growing
worldwide movement against corporate globalisation.
Michael Albert's Primer
on the IMF
Mark Weisbrot's Protests
Keep Spotlight on IMF and World Bank Failures
IMF on the Ropes By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissmant
Rallies, art festivals, conferences and direct action are happening every day
for the duration of the summit. Stay online... stay in touch!
Open Letter to Vaclav Havel
SUPPORT YOUR RIGHT TO PROTEST
In November 1989, we won some fundamental democratic rights, including the
right to free assembly and free expression of political opinions. With the
fall of the Iron Curtain, we won the freedom to travel. With the birth of
the Czech Republic in 1993, The List of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms became
part of the Constitution of the Czech Republic.
As in the 1970s and 1980s, our rights are formally guaranteed. However, in
practice they are trampled on because they depend on the benevolence of
read more |
auf deutsch ]
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For a complete list of upcoming actions, check out: protest.net.
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