> From: <Finlandia@e...>
> Reply-To: Gbg2001email@example.com
> Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2001 03:30:06 +0200
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org,
> Subject: [Gbg2001-diskussion] From the White
Overalls, J16 >
> To Civil Society
> To Media
> THE WHITE OVERALLS ARE NOT GIVING UP.
> We, the white overalls, are going to participate the
GBG 2001 demonstration on > saturday 16th June.
> We came to Gothenburg to discuss borders, that are
built up against > immigrants,
> the poor, minorities and all other suppressed groups.
We came to make those > borders visible and to defy them.
We wanted to open up the EU Summit for all > those groups
of people, who now don't have a say to decisions made about
their > lives.
> We were going to do active civil disobedience in a
non-violent confrontative > action. Our aim was to open
the police lines using only our protected bodies > and
shields - we didn't have any weapons. Our plans were openly
> On Thursday 14th of June the police sieged and intruded
our temporary home > (Hvitfeldtska school) at the moment
Bush arrived to Gothenburg. They didn't > give any
explanation and refused to negotiate. The police came with
full riot > gear, dogs, horses, helicopters and huge
containers. Later we, together with > other sieged
groups, tried to leave the area. After 8 attempts to break
> through, the police attacked us in a openly brutal way
with horses in the > front. Even the spontaneous support
demonstration was attacked in a similar > way. More than
200 people were arrested. There was no violence toward
police > and no provocations before the police attacked.
During the attack we were > forced to stop our action,
while other groups had no alternative but to defend >
themselves by throwing stones.
> From that moment on, the city of Gothenburg has been
militarized and turned > into a war zone. There has been
illegitimate arrests, beatings, throwing > stones
> and shooting towards people. These actions can not be
considered as "keeping > the public order". This is the
oppressive reality of neoliberal regime. >
> The police said that there were bombs and weapons in
our homes and that a > police car was attacked there.
These claims are not true and the police have > not been
able to show any evidence.
> Thus we accuse the police of rioting, acts of terrorism
and violations of > basic
> human rights such as the freedoms of expression and
assembly. The police must > be made accountable for these
> The police attacked because Power is afraid of us, the
rebel communities - > people who won't submit to the
> However, we are not giving up. Saturday 16th June we
will participate in the