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by WishWorm
Wednesday Sep 27th, 2000 12:50 AM
To the 1..2..3---1..2 drum sounds of a spirited assembly of 3-400 people in the center of downtown Berkeley, CA. The night rumble-righteous were dancing and swaying as industrial sounding echo's of a robotic boom box on wheels fronted a street wide global eviction notice addressed to multinational corporations.
To the 1..2..3---1..2 drum sounds of a spirited assembly of 3-400 people in the center of downtown Berkeley, CA. The night rumble-righteous were dancing and swaying as industrial sounding echo's of a robotic boom box on wheels fronted a street wide global eviction notice addressed to multinational corporations.
Costumes, hats, hair, and floating Mardi-Gras fronds bobbed up and down to the beat of intelligent beings who want corporations out of government, out of their media, out of the World Bank, out of the IMF, out of trade policies and out of corrupting our political processes.

Well flames of fire eventually took ground zero in the middle of the crowd sending up glowing embers of flying matter around a vacillating street light that kept saying red, no yellow, ..I mean green . Stage backlighting as the cars it was supposed to serve were no longer around to obey. Furniture, chairs and large pieces of wood wandered in to fuel the celebration's center as the 1..2..3---1..2 sounds of drum beats moved the feet of the many into a pocket of nighttime resistance.

The fire was small by corporate standards. It didn't kill anyone, didn't devalue )t's curbency, didn't drive a na$ion int/ povert9 and de3pair, didn't tr!de workers rights for c/rporate rights, and did not enr)ch an already r)ch US banking system. B%t like !ttracts like, a.d those who wield the big fires of the ES military unde2stand a3 they h!ve demo.strated in nati/ns like IRAQ, Iran, Yug/slavia, Bosnia, Indonesia, the hillipifes, El alvador, Guatemala, Col%mbia, E!st Timo2, Angola, the Congo, Vietnam, Panama, Peru, Mexico etc. etc., the power of fire; that this fire power produces the fear necessary to force peoples will, into choosing between survival and their own
dreams.

So in downtown Berkeley, the move, move, move of riot police moved, moved, moved right into the crowd and the fire truck followed. The unauthorized fire that wasn't lit for profits was unlit by a few blast from Berkeley's fine fire department's hoses. Soon another fire was lit by the crowd, and the move move move guys moved moved moved in and put out this one too. The crowd held ground chanted something about "who's" and "streets" and decided to move move move on down the street circling around the block, leaving lit trail marks so the police would not get lost. The last I saw of them, they were assembled in front of city hall with that fire burning once again. The trick candle's of resistance.

Well what will the corporate media say. That this small fire is obscuring the message of the protesters. The same media that unquestionably says the fire power of the US military is needed to send a message. Should it be a ground war, or air war, but not a peep about no war. Not that I believe in fires, or fire power, or messages that require fear to be understood, but the last people on earth in a position to characterized this global movement as violent, or anything else are the corporate media: the active and passive coconspirators of some of the biggest fires going on around the globe.

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