Decentralized Actions Blockade G8 Summit in G

Liz Highleyman 07.06.2007 02:05 Themen: G8 G8 Heiligendamm Globalisierung Militarismus
Some 10,000 activists succeeded in blockading the G8 summit on Wednesday, June 6, relying on cunning and massive numbers to overcome an overwhelming police presence.
After undergoing pass controls on the roadways and bag searches at train stations and on the streets, protesters gathered at a large park in Admannshagan starting about 9 am. The early arrivals were later joined by marches coming from elsewhere, making up a diverse demonstration of about 2000 people, ranging from clowns to black blockers to organized Socialist and Communist groups.

At about noon, the protesters organized themselves under different colored flags and took off across the expanse of fields separating the park from the restricted zone and the fence around the he Grand Hotel Kempinski in Heiligendamm, where the meeting of the heads of the world’s eight largest economies was scheduled to begin.

The activists scattered across the fields, covering a wide area. As some attempted to cross a country road, police unleashed water cannons and a cloud of tear gas; medics were on hand to treat the injured. One group of a couple hundred people was surrounded by police for nearly half an hour, before seven helicopters descended into the field and the cops loaded up and departed.

The protesters continued on toward Börgerende-Rethwisch, where the different groups met up again and blockaded a roadway, covering a distance of nearly 1 kilometer (about half a mile). Many brought sleeping pads intending to stay the night, and about 600 were still in place at 11 pm.

Meanwhile, another group also numbering in the thousands reached Gate II of the fence to the east of Heiligendamm. A sit-down blockade consisting of several hundred people was established on the street, bordered by railroad tracks, leading to Gate II out of Bad Doberan. Here, too, a similar number were still holding their ground into the night.

To the west of Heiligendamm, thousands more protesters, mostly coming from Camp Reddelich and Camp Wichmannsdorf, managed to get to Gate I at Hinter Bollhagen, again crossing large fields. As the afternoon wore on, a group of clowns was penned in by police and ordered to leave; later, a sit-down blockade of about 100 people was reportedly dispersed with water cannons, pepper spray, and batons.

Others activists blockaded the mainstream media headquartered in Kühlungsborn, preventing them from attending the summit; the journalists eventually had to be transported to Heiligendamm by sea.

Further to the south, activists surrounded Rostock-Laage airport and blocked the A19 highway. This group faced a massive police and military response and was violently removed, with about 60 arrests.

Overall, the day’s successful actions – which came despite months of planning by the police and an expenditure of 100 million Euros (135 million U.S. dollars) – injuries were few and only about 200 total were arrested, according to the legal support team.
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