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IMC NEWS BLAST | WORLD SOCIAL FORUM -- WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
by Indymedia News Blast
Friday Feb 2nd, 2001 9:41 PM
A compilation of photos, video, and audio and text reports from the Independent Media Center's coverage of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brasil, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Released Thursday, February 1, 2001. Check the http://www.indymedia.org newswire for upcoming translations of this News Blast.

IMC NEWS BLAST | Thursday, February 1, 2001 |

http://www.indymedia.org

A compilation of photos, video, and audio and text reports from the Independent Media Center\'s coverage of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brasil, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Released Thursday, February 1, 2001. Check the www.indymedia.org newswire for upcoming translations of this News Blast.

OVERVIEW

From January 25 to 30, the first World Social Forum convened in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The World Social Forum (WSF) brought together grassroots activists, international NGOs and social movements in the global struggle against neo-liberalism and corporate domination. Planned to coincide with, and provide an active contrast to, the World Economic Forum (WEF), which attracted the richest and most powerful corporations to the Davos, Switzerland, during the same period, to discuss strategies to further increase their profits, the World Social Forum sought to create a place in which those involved in the struggle against globalization could gather to initiate and/or expand dialogues about developing viable alternatives to neo-liberalism. Nearly 10,000 individuals representing social-change organizations from all over the world converged in Porto Alegre for the Forum, and throughout the week they attended workshops and plenaries about creating viable global economic and social structures. Was the summit a groundbreaking convergence of forward-thinking activists or a move to simply \"put a human face\" on globalization?

The World Economic Forum, which held its own annual meeting from January 25 to 30 in Davos, Switzerland, barricaded itself against hundreds of anti-globalization protestors. Founded in 1971 by Swiss-based German entrepreneur Dr. Klaus Schwab, the WEF has grown to become one of the world\'s most important conventions of \"global leaders\" such as corporate executive officers and heads of state. The WEF allows multinational corporations unprecedented access to the government decision-makers who influence their industries, and it grants governments an unparalleled opportunity to coordinate their operations with global business. Swiss police vowed not to allow protestors to disrupt the meetings, as activists in Melbourne, Australia certainly did to the September 11th, 2000, WEF meetings there. Did Swiss police succeed in keeping the focus on global capitalism and away from those fighting against it?

This Indymedia News Blast will present some highlights of the multimedia, multilingual coverage of the WSF and WEF that appeared on the Indymedia sites from January 25 to 30, 2001. Keep your browser pointed at the Indymedia sites, especially IMC-Brasil (http://brasil.indymedia.org) and IMC-Switzerland (http://switzerland.indymedia.org) for continuing coverage.

**** BACKGROUND comparing the WSF and WEF: ****

MANIFESTO OF THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM

By the World Social Forum collective (21-DEC-2000)

The WSF\'s Manifesto declares that the WSF has formed to strengthen alliances between NGOs, unions and social movements in the effort to develop sustainable alternatives to globalization. It also suggests that the WSF wants people to have greater participation in the IMF, World Bank and WTO, feeding criticisms that WSF planners intend to reform those institutions, rather than fight them. \"The World Social Forum will be a new international arena for the creation and exchange of social and economic projects that promote human rights, social justice and sustainable development.\"

http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=15202 (English)

 

DAVOS - PORTO ALEGRE: TWO WORLDS CLASH

by Patrick Le Hyaric, directeur de l\'Humanité (27-JAN-2001)

For the first time in its existence, the World Economic Forum in Davos sees

itself up against a World Social Forum, meeting in Porto Alegre in the south

of Brazil. \"In the cold fog of Davos, multi-billionnaires, self-proclaimed

world directors, are going to discourse in plush rooms, sheltered from

inquisitive eyes, on ways to restart the profit race.\"

http://www.cmaq.net/viewarticle.ch2?articleid=373 (French)

WHEN DAVOS MEETS PORTO ALEGRE

by Walden Bello (01-FEB-2001)

The author, Executive Director of the Bangkok-based Focus on the Global South, contrasts the history-making World Economic Forum in Porto Alegre, a forward-thinking, world-changing event, with the World Economic Forum in Davos, a corporate conference that could only take place behind a wall of overly brutal Swiss police.

http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=21404

**** THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM ****

--- BACKGROUND: \"The Promise of Porto Alegre\" ---

THE PROMISE OF PORTO ALEGRE

By Ignacio Ramonet (22-JAN-2001)

The author explains the WSF as the beginning of a new kind of global democracy. \"The new century is starting in Porto Alegre....At the start of this new century, the dreamers gathered in Porto Alegre will remind us that globalisation extends to more than just the economy. The protection of the environment, the crisis of social inequality and human rights are also matters of global concern. And the time has come for the world\'s citizens to take them in hand.\"

http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=19466 (English)

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=94 (Portuguese)

http://belgium.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1763 (French)

 

WHY THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM?

By Noam Chomsky (20-JAN-2001)

Chomsky answers the question in the title of his essay: \"The World Social Forum offers opportunities of unparalleled importance to bring together popular forces from many and varied constituencies from the richer and poor countries alike, to develop constructive alternatives that will defend the overwhelming majority of the world\'s population from the attack on fundamental human rights, and to move on to break down illegitimate power concentrations and extend the domains of justice and freedom.\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=85 (Portuguese)

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=101 (English)

http://belgium.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1312 (French)

 

THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: THE NECESSARY ARTICULATION OF THE PEOPLE

by Stedile João Pedro (16-JAN-2000)

The author, an economist and member of the Brazilian movement of landless peoples, the MST, sees in the WSF a step toward creating \"mechanisms of articulation\" among the people of the world. \"The World Social Forum will take place in Porto Alegre over the next few days, from January 25 to 30, in opposition to the Capital Forum being held,

as it is every year, in Davos, Switzerland. In the continuation of a long

march, we come upon the need for creating linking mechanisms among the

peoples of the whole world.\"

http://www.cmaq.net/viewarticle.ch2?articleid=314 (French)

 

 

SIX DAYS TO SHOW THAT ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE

by Benito Perez (25-JAN-2001)

The \"Davos of the South\" opens Thursday in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Thousands of delegates from social movements opposing neoliberalism are attemptng to coordinate their struggle for another kind of society, a society that has yet to be invented. Ten thousand delegates representing a thousand

organizations, 40 workshops... The first World Social Forum (WSF), which

will be held between the 25 and 30 of January at Port Alegre, awakens the

greatest expectations among those who defend the idea that \"another world is possible.\" It is a slogan that summarizes the dual ambitions of the

promoters of the Forum: to strengthen resistance in the face of \"neoliberal

globalization\" and to develop alternatives.

http://www.cmaq.net/viewarticle.ch2?articleid=357 (French)

 

 

For more information on the World Social Forum, visit the World Social Forum\'s web site at \"http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br\"

 

--- THE FORUM ITSELF: An overview and some statements from the Forum ---

OVERVIEW OF THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM

By Thiago Oppermann (28-JAN-2001)

An extensive overview of the WSF: the coming-together of international social movements and NGOs, the criticism by those who oppose it, the relationship of the WSF to the city of Porto Alegre, the demonstrations by WSF participants against genetically modified crops and McDonalds and response of the Brazilian media.

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=176 (English)

[Italian summary of first day at the WSF, by Altremappe: http://italia.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=715 (Italian)

Italian summary of WSF, January 29, by Altremappe:

http://italia.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=770 (Italian)]

 

 

YES, THE DREAM IS POSSIBLE

by Mugny Patrice (29-JAN-2001)

In the context of the World Social Forum, the author explores those fighting poverty in Brazil. \"The metal door opens. Small, two-storey houses line both sides of the street. Behind these houses there are other, similar streets. Living here are families who, weekend after weekend, have built their dwellings. All around Sao Pualo there are collectives such as this one. Those people fought to obtain the land, legally or illegally. Then, they found small loans. Then, they built. At the bottom of the street, behind another iron gate, along a brook, extends a favela. The contrast is striking. There is an

intense feeling of a juxtaposition of hope and despair. And yet....\"

http://www.cmaq.net/viewarticle.ch2?articleid=384 (French)

 

AUTHOR AND ANTI-CAPITALIST EDUARDO GALLEANO SPEAKS

By Maxxx E. (27-JAN-2001)

Galleano\'s poetic speech against the \"McDonaldization\" of the world blasts the hypocrisy of nations that call for peace but make war.

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=164 (Portuguese)

 

Against Bush\'s Policy: Legalizing Abortion is Possible

Posted by gcr (29-JAN-2001)

Several organizations of women represented at the WSF come together to denounce U.S. President George Bush\'s stance on abortion. \"In the first day of his government, George Bush signed a documents imposing a ban on funds to international organizations that offer abortions. This gesture does not affect North-American women, but those in countries that depend on this financing. Within these, it affects the poorer women. It cuts off their access to education, health and family planning services.\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=184 (English)

 

WTO CAN\'T HIDE FROM VIA CAMPESINA

By M.McNee (29-JAN-2001)

\"Representatives from Via Campesina, a transnational coalition of peasant movements from over 80 countries, promised during a press conference today at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, that the WTO, IMF, and World Bank will not be able to hide from their protests. Movement

leaders from Brazil, Chile, Honduras, Indonesia and the European Union promised that, even in the middle of a desert in Quatar, there activists will be there protesting.\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=186

 

REALITIES AND PROBLEMS OF THREE ABORIGINAL GROUPS

By Ana P.S. Rodrigues (29-JAN-2001)

Representatives from groups of indigenous peoples in Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil nations convene to explain their current situations and to express their support for upcoming actions like a Zapatista march at the end of February.

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=195 (Portuguese)

 

--- ACTIONS: Participants in the World Social Forum engage in several acts of protest and civil disobedience ---

LIVING THE ALTERNATIVES

By Ana Nogueira (26-JAN-2001)

\"Waving flags of all colors and stripes and chanting \'another world is possible,\' over 15,000 people marched through a main street in Porto Alegre, Brazil yesterday at the close of the first day of the World Social Forum. Thousands of people representing hundreds of organizations from around the world are gathered here this week. Their purpose: to create that other world.\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=142

 

OCCUPATION OF MONSANTO AG-INDUSTRY COMPLEX IN NAO-ME-TOQUE

by Patricia Comunello (translated by Malc), (26-JAN-2001)

\"The occupation of a Monsanto agribusiness complex in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil begins a new year of activism targeting genetic modification of seeds and the corporate domination of agriculture, according to Joao Pedro Stedile, one of the leaders of Brazil\'s Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST).\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=127

 

JOSE BOVE HELPS TO DESTROY MONSTANTO TRANSGENICS IN NAO-ME-TOQUE

By Débora Lerrer, Circuíto Porto Alegre (27-JAN-2001)

\"A caravan of peasant leaders from around the world, lead by French farmer José Bové, joined Brazilian rural activists in Nao-Me-Toque, Brazil on Friday and helped to destroy a crop of transgenic soy planted at the Monsanto research center occupied on Thursday evening.\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=152

(Bove ordered by Brazilian Federal Police to leave the country, by dacontra, 29-JAN-2001,

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=194)

10:04am Fri Jan 26 \'01

 

A WSF PROTEST AGAINST THE TORTURE OF BRAZILIAN PRISONERS

by Toya (27-JAN-2001)

During a January 26 press conference of the Governor of the RIO DE JANEIRO Garotinho, participants in the World Social Forum protested the torture of prisoners politicians by the Committee Against the Arrest and the Persecution Politics in Brazil.

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=158 (Portuguese)

 

ACTION AGAINST MCDONALDS IN BRAZIL AS PART OF WSF

By Maria Eva Blotta (29-JAN-2001)

Activists marching in Porto Alegre in support of the WSF approach McDonald\'s food and, defying police who were protecting the \"junk food\" restaraunt, offered to exchange the McDonald\'s food that people were eating for natural food grown in an ecologically sound manner.

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=188 (Spanish)

 

--- CRITICISMS: Several organizations criticize the WSF for elitism, reformism, authoritarianism and lack of participatory process ---

MANIFEST OF ANTI-CAPITALIST YOUTH AGAINST THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM

Posted by gcr (29-JAN-2001)

Anti-Capitalist youth from the Youth Camp in Porto Alegre accuse the WSF of being a reformist effort that only seeks to reform capitalism, not to eliminate it. \"We say: The World Social Forum is a ruse of those who wish to detour the anti-capitalist fight towards the policy of collaboration of classes and elections, continuing to apply the misery of capitalism.\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=190 (English)

[Anti-Capitalist Youth Demonstrate in WSF Mail Hall, by Maxxx E., 29-JAN-2001, http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=193 (Portuguese)]

 

DIRECTIONS AND MISDIRECTIONS OF WORLD SOCIAL FORUM

By Helio Gama (26-JAN-2001)

The author accuses both the WEF and the WSF of a similar type of elitism - the WEF being a function of corporate leaders who want to impose their blueprint on the world, the WSF being a meeting of sociologists and political scientists who want to remake the world to conform with their vision.

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=126 (English)

(Also, Gama\'s: \"Take care! The \'feudalistic socialists\' are coming\", 26-JAN-2001, http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=125, English)

 

OTHER CRITICISMS OF THE WSF:

-- Criticism of WSF by \"Federacao Anarquista Gaucha\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=71 (Portuguese)

-- Criticism of WSF by the publisher of \"The Organizer\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=90 (Portuguese)

-- Criticism of the WSF by Collective Acrático Proposal

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=72 (Portuguese)

-- Comunidade Piracema

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=84 (Portuguese)

-- Coletive Contra a Corrente http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=83 (Portuguese)

-- WSF: Authoritarian Left or Anarchist Left?

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=62 (English)

--- PHOTOS of the WSF ---

PHOTOS BY RABBLE:

-- Anti-USA Banner:

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=172

-- Banner Announcing March Against \"Wall of Death\" (US/Mexican Border) in 2003

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=171

-- World Social Forum \"Mosaic of Resistance\"

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=169

-- \"World Heart\" at WSF, Symbol of Global Unity

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=168

-- Police Protect American Brazilian Cultural Center as Activists Pelt it With Rotten Fruit

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=141

-- Activists Throwing Rotten Fruit at the American Cultural Center (I)

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=140

-- Activists Throwing Rotten Fruit at the American Cultural Center (II)

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=139

-- Counter ALCA/FTAA Banner

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=138

-- Burning McDonald\'s Bag

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=137

-- Anarchist Symbol Scrawled on Van in Porto Alegre

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=136

-- Flags at a Rally in Porto Alegre

http://brasil.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=133

Keep checking the IMC-Brasil (

http://brasil.indymedia.org) web site for updates on the meetings during the WSF, including audio recordings of, and reports about, many of the sessions.

**** THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ****

--- BACKGROUND: The World Economic Forum\'s Vision for a New World: Global Capital and More of It ---

DR. SCHWAB AND HIS WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Posted by IMC-Belgium (20-DEC-2000)

A good history of the World Economic Forum and overview of its view of the new world order.

http://belgium.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1649 (French)

(Background in Italian: http://www.ecn.org/agp/davos01/inumano.html, http://www.ecn.org/agp/davos01/dottklaus.htm)

 

BACKGROUND ON THE WEF (BY ANTI-WEF COALITION)

By: coordination anti-OMC (22-DEC-2000)

The anti-WEF coalition\'s background of the WEF, explaining why the coalition opposes the \"total community, a total partnership between the leaders economic, political, university and media,\" that the WEF hopes to create.

http://belgium.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1670 (French)

 

PLATFORM OF ACTION AGAINST THE WEF

By coordination of anti-OMC (22-DEC-2000)

The anti-OMC coalition\'s platform explaining why it deplores the goals of the WEF and declaring that it does not want dialogue but instead intends to confront the WEF

http://belgium.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1669 (French)

 

MINUTES FROM THE 1st INTERNATIONAL PLANNING MEETING AGAINST THE WEF

By shut it down (15-NOV-2000)

Minutes from the October 14 and 15, 2000, meeting of about eighty anti-WEF activists to plan opposition against the WEF meetings in Davos. The minutes include a declaration against the WEF and a discussion of possible tactics activists plan to use while trying to shut down the meetings.

http://www.belgium.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1130 (English)

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

-- Coalition Against Davos (WOW -- Wipe Out WEF)

http://www.under.ch/davos/index.htm (French)

http://www.ecn.org/agp/ (Italian)

http://www.reitschule.ch/reitschule/anti-wto/index.shtml (German)

-- The \"Other Davos\" Web Site:

http://www.otherdavos.net (multilingual)

-- Public Eye on Davos

http://www.davos2001.ch/ (English)

 

---\"NOT ANOTHER MELBOURNE...!\"---

Police and WEF officials desperately did not want the Davos meetings to be anything like the September 11, 2000 meetings of the World Economic Forum Asia-Pacific Summit in Melbourne, Australia. Demonstrators there disrupted the meetings in order to state their opposition to the global economic order that the delegates are promoting for the region. Activists stopped the delegates from entering by surrounding the \"Crown Casino\" conference center and blockading streets. While facing down police without badges, demonstrators provided the delegates to the WEF meeting with quite a surprise

Vandana Shiva Reads the Activists\' Explanation of Protests to WEF Delegates:

http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1607&group=webcast

Activists Surround the Conference Center:

http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1483&group=webcast

Demonstrators Blockade Streets:

http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=2232.

Melbourne Police Without Badges:

http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=2311

Photo Montage of Anti-WEF activists:

http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1736

Activists Bare All to Protest WEF:

http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=2105

IMC-Melbourne (

http://melbourne.indymedia.org) provided audio: (http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/melbourne/saro.ram, http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/melbourne/marion.ram) and video (http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/melbourne/vidclip.ram\"http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/melbourne/vidclip.ram) coverage of the happenings.

For more information, order the IMC-Melbourne\'s video: Melbourne Rising:

http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=4560

-- INDEPENDENT MEDIA COVER THE WEF: During the Davos protests, independent reporters provided multimedia coverage --

TEXT AND PHOTOS:

During the days of Davos the IMC-Switzerland (

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1148&group=webcast) provided up to the minute updates of the protests against the WEF and the police reaction to them

AUDIO:

During the WEF actions the alternative Swiss radio station Radio LoRa provided excellent audio coverage of the events, primarily in German but occasionally in English. Reports available on the web site include excerpts from \"The Other Davos\" and \"Public Eye on Davos\" meetings, statements from police press conferences about their handling of the WEF demonstrations and consistent up-to-the-minute updates on those demonstrations.

http://www.lora.ch/events/davos/index.htm

VIDEO:

During both the WEF and WSF, MadMundo TV provided some coverage of the events, inviting a wide array of participants, from business leaders to in-the-streets activists, to comment on the unfolding events.

http://www.madmundo.tv

--- THE ACTIONS: Activists Challenge Corporate Power ---

SUMMARY OF THE PROTESTS THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THE WEF-SUMMIT

by Anti-WTO-Coordination (29-JAN-2001)

http://www.switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1268 (German)

 

--- BEFORE JANUARY 25: Swiss police vow to keep WEF meetings running smoothly even in the face of mass protest ---

SWISS POLICE PREPARE FOR THE WEF

Posted by Fred (03-JAN-2001)

A statement by Swiss officials about the importance of the WEF to Switzerland and the likely disturbances that protests will create.

http://www.belgium.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1770 (French)

WEF-PROTESTS IN DAVOS AND RESTRUCTURING OF THE SWISS POLICE

By lup (07-JAN-2001)

The author questions the resolve of the Swiss police to maintain free-speech rights considering the importance to the Swiss government that the WEF run \"smoothly.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=16&group=webcast (English)

 

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT WARNS U.S. CITIZENS AGAINST BEING IN DAVOS DURING THE WEF

By vp (22-JAN-2001)

http://www.switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=105&group=webcast (English)

 

BUS TURNED AWAY AT SWISS BORDER ON TUESDAY, JAN 23

by IMC France (24-JAN-2001)

\"A group of French people going to Switzerland to protest the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has been stopped and turned away for no legal reason by the Swiss Mobile Customs Services.\" The article indicates that as early as January 23 Swiss police were checking names of demonstrators through a database and prohibiting those who had been arrested in Prague, protesting the World Bank and IMF this past September, from entering the country.

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=161&group=webcast (English)

 

--- JANUARY 25: Tensions mount as activists start to demonstrate; many refused at Swiss border ---

THEOLOGICAL MOVEMENT STREET THEATER SHOVED BY POLICE

By IMC-Davos (25-JAN-2001)

\"Members of the Theological Movement Street Theater Group were shoved around by the police in Davos today. The actors were also searched and detained for one hour before being released.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=299&group=webcast (English)

 

MCDONALDS SECURITY GUARD PEPPER-SPRAYED AFTER SCUFFLE IN ZURICH

By Bill Vaughn (25-JAN-2001)

A group of about twenty people calling themselves anti-WEF activists converged on a plaza in central Zurich and began spray-painting commercial buildings. A McDonnalds security guard, who came out and physically attacked the spray-painters, was pepper-sprayed in the face after pinning down one man.

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=288&group=webcast (English)

 

ACTIVISTS OPPOSED TO WEF BLOCK SWISS MOTORWAY IN \"OPERATION ESCARGOT\"

by Collectif \"Luge des classes\" (26-JAN-2001)

A statement from the activists who blocked a Swiss highway on January 25, 2001. \"This action\'s goal was to concretely disturb the progress of the Forum by impeding the arrival of the delegates, some of whom were in fact blocked in the ensuing traffic jam.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=495&group=webcast

[Activists from Highway slowdown released, by Bill Vaughn, 26-JAN-2001,

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=260&group=webcast]

 

\"THE LONG HISTORY OF THE INDYMEDIA VAN\"

By Indymedia (25-JAN-2001)

An account of the ordeal of the Indymedia van, stopped at the border on the way to Davos.

http://italia.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=710 (Italian)

[Also: Police Stop Indymedia Van at Border, by Bill Vaughn, 25-JAN-2001, http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=203&group=webcast (English)]

[Photo of police checking Indymedia ID passes, 28-JAN-2001

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1150&group=webcast

 

--- JANUARY 26: Swiss Police Stop More Activists at the Border, Actions Begin Around Switzerland ---

PROTESTERS PREVENTED FROM ENTERING SWITZERLAND HAVE ACTIONS IN GENEVA (FRENCH BORDER) AND CHIASSO (ITALIAN BORDER)

by Bill Vaughn (26-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=513&group=webcast (English)

 

ON THE BORDERS OF FREEDOM: \"WHITE OVERALLS\" BETWEEN ITALY AND SWITZERLAND

by ya basta (26-JAN-2001)

\"The Global Action Bus with members of the Milan \"white overalls\" (Ya Basta) organization on board left Piazzale Loreto, Milan, on January 26 at 3.30 p.m and reached the Swiss frontier at 5.30 p.m. from the centre of Como.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=452&group=webcast (English)

[Photo of \"White Overalls\" http://switzerland.indymedia.org/local/images/tutteb.gif]

 

PUBLIC EYE SPEAKERS TURNED AWAY

by Bill Vaughn (26-JAN-2001)

\"Adam Ma\'anit of Corporate Europe Observatory was supposed to speak today at the Public Eye on Davos Conference but could not because the police in Landquart grabbed him, took him off the train and sent him back to Basel.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=374&group=webcast (English)

INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS TURNED AWAY FROM DAVOS

by Bill Vaughn (26-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=366&group=webcast (English)

 

SEVENTEEN FOREIGN NATIONALS STOPPED BY POLICE

by Bill Vaughn (26-JAN-2001)

\"This afternoon 17 foreign nationals in a caravan, mostly from the UK, including a Channel 4 TV crew, were stopped on the way to Davos by police. They are currently in police custody at a nearby police station and are all being finger printed, photographed, and interrogated.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=319&group=webcast

AUSTRIAN BUS TURNED BACK

by Infoshop Grauzone, Innsbruck/Austria

A bus with 38 anti-WEF activists from Austria was turned back at the

Swiss border. According to the Swiss authorities their presence in

Switzerland would endanger the \"inner order and security\" of the

country.

http://www.switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1011 (German)

 

ITALIANS STOPPED AT BORDER

By SGAMATI (26-JAN-2001)

http://italia.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=729 (Italian)

 

FIVE HUNDRED PEOPOLE GETTING TO DAVOS DESPITE POLICE REPRESSION

By Bill Vaughn (26-JAN-2001

\"According to the latest information at 12:30pm, at least 500 protesters attempting to defy a ban on protests, have travelled by train to Lanquart, about 40 km from Davos, at which authorities previously decided Davos-bound trains would be terminated. Additionally, dozens of buses and other vehicles full of protesters are also advancing towards Davos.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=551&group=webcast (English)

[Photo of anti-WEF train arriving, by Andy Dockett, posted 31-JAN-2001, http://davos.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1506]

 

ACTIVISTS ATTACK A DEPARTMENT STORE

by Skunks Against capitalism (26-JAN-2001)

\"In Zurich today a group of activists opposed to the World Economic Forum in Davos attacked a department store, a symbol of capitalism.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=496&group=webcast (English)

 

ANTI-WEF ACTIVISTS OCCUPY GENEVA WTO HEADQUARTERS

by Bill Vaughn (26-JAN-2001)

\"Statement of the 200 activists: We are pissed off at the WTO, so we pissed on the WTO . . . .\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=519&group=webcast

 

--- JANUARY 27: Tensions between police and activists explode into violence ---

 

REPORT ABOUT DEMONSTRATION IN LANDQUART AND ZURICH

By ac anti-wef@juso.org (27-JAN-2001)

Saturday\'s anti-WEF activities in Switzerland repeatedly saw heavy

police attacks using teargas, water-cannons and rubber pellets

against peaceful demonstrations. These unprovoked attacks finally

sparked a riot in the streets of Zurich. An eye-witness report about

the events in Landquart and Zurich.

http://www.switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1181 (English)

 

DEMONSTRATION IN DAVOS

By anti-wef@juso.org (27-JAN-2001)

An eyewitness reports about the demonstration in Davos itself, which

remained peaceful despite of constant police provocations.

http://www.switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1210 (English)

 

REPORT ON THE JAN 27 DAVOS PROTEST

by Doc Rosen (27-JAN-2001)

Another eyewitness report about the protest and harsh security

measures in Davos on January 27th.

http://www.switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1247 (English)

 

REPORTS OF VIOLENCE

By Inter (27-JAN-2001)

Ten arrests and several injuries are reported at the demonstration at Sihlquai (near main train station) in Zurich, along with several burning cars and other incidents. The soundtruck has been seized by the police and 6 people maintaining it have been arrested. Two German girls are in the hospital with eye injuries which appear to have been caused by rubber bullets fired by the police.

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=928&group=webcast (English)

 

SEVERAL PEOPLE INJURED AFTER POLICE ATTACK IN ZURICH

by Indymedia (27-JAN-2001)

Several people were injured during the violent police attack on a

peaceful demonstration in Zurich on the 27th. A day later Indymedia

published an (incomplete) list of injuries.

http://www.switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1286 (English)

 

PHOTOS OF JANUARY 27 DEMONSTRATIONS

by vp

-- \"Wipe out WEF\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1156&group=webcast

-- Anti-WEF, Anti-police Graffiti

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1159&group=webcast

-- A Snowy Demonstration in Davos

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1152&group=webcast

-- Police Attack Demonstrators With Water Cannon

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1138&group=webcast

 

PHOTOS OF JANUARY 27 DEMONSTRATIONS

by IMC Davos

-- Snowy Davos Demonstration:

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=739&group=webcast, http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=665&group=webcast,

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=626&group=webcast

-- \"Wipe Out WEF\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1097&group=webcast

 

\"OUR RESISTANCE IS AS GLOBAL AS YOUR OPPRESSION\"

Photo by Alcid (posted 28-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1110&group=webcast

PHOTO OF FIRES IN ZURICH

posted by Swingkid (27-JAN-2001)

http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=20462

 

ITALIAN SUMMARY OF J27 PROTESTS

By Indymedia (28-JAN-2001)

http://italia.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=756 (Italian)

 

DID POLICE BEAT VANDANA SHIVA?

By Bill Vaughn (27-JAN-2001)

Noted anti-globalization author Vandana Shiva faces rough Swiss police in Davos.

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=648&group=webcast

[Photo of Vandana Shiva in Davos, By Rote Fabrik,

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1100&group=webcast]

 

GAS ON THE ROAD TO LANDQUART, 27 JANUARY

Photo by cybershakacrew (posted 29-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1347&group=webcast

 

SCREEN SHOTS FROM TV OF SWISS POLICE, 27 JANUARY

by webmaster@you-know-what.ch (posted 28-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1158&group=webcast

 

PHOTO OF POLICE IN DAVOS, 27 JANUARY

Photo by vp (posted 28-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1160&group=webcast

 

PHOTO OF WATER CANNON IN DAVOS, 27 JANUARY

by vp (posted 28-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1155&group=webcast

 

PHOTOS OF SWISS POLICE IN LANDQUART, 27 JANUARY

By Loris (posted 30-JAN-2001)

http://italia.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=784

http://italia.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=783

 

--- JANUARY 28 and after ---

NGOS AND MANSTREAM PRESS CRITICIZE POLICE VIOLENCE

By Bill Vaughn (28-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1113&group=webcast (English)

PUBLIC EYE ON DAVOS DECLARES THEIR FORUM A SUCCESS

http://davos.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1425

[Photos of \"Public Eye\" forum by IMC: http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=655&group=webcast, http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=654&group=webcast]

 

REPRESSION AND \"WHITE TORTURE\" AGAINST ARRESTEES

By IMC Zurich (30-JAN-2001)

Several released arrestees have reported severe repression and \"white

torutre\" carried out by the police against them while they were

imprisoned.

http://www.switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1397 (English)

 

--- SOLIDARITY: Individuals and organizations from around the world show support for WEF demonstrators ---

 

PROTO OF ANTI-WEF PROTEST IN BARCELONA

By barcelona.indymedia (28-JAN-2001)

 

ACTIVISTS BLOCKING TRAFFIC IN BARCELONA

http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=20739

 

ANTI-WEF PROTEST IN POLAND, 28 JANUARY

By IMC Zurich / nadir / Osteuropa-Ag (posted 30-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1479&group=webcast (Polish)

 

OCCUPATION OF SWISS EMBASSY IN LYON IN SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE ARRESTED IN SWITZERLAND, 29 JANUARY

By collectif anti-repression (posted 29-JAN-2001)

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1440&group=webcast (French)

 

SOLIDARITY ACTION IN MADRID, 27 JANUARY

by Radikal Stencil (posted 28-JAN-2001)

\"5-7000 anti-capitalists take to the downtown streets of Madrid in solidarity with Davos protestors, and against the fascist new immigration laws in Spain.\"

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1022&group=webcast (English)

 

ACTION IN FRONT OF SWISS EMBASSY IN ROME BY ITALIAN ACTIVISTS, 29 JANUARY

By Candid (30-JAN-2001)

On January 29 there was a protest in front of the Swiss Embassy in Rome asking for liberation of the two Italians who at that point were still detained in a Swiss jail http://italia.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=794 (Italian):

Video: http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/italy/ambasciata.rmvwxk50.ram (Italian)

 

SOLIDARITY FROM AMARC

posted by AMARC Africa (26-JAN-2001)

Solidarity message from the Second Pan-African Conference on Community Radio organized by AMARC, the world organization of community radio

http://switzerland.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=409&group=webcast (English)

 

SOLIDARITY STATEMENTS FROM WORLD SOCIAL FORUM SPEAKERS POSTED BY JOSE G. AND NOEMI

-- Short Audio Solidarity Message from Indian Anti-Globalization Activists at WSF

http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/switzerland/fsmdalvos7.ram

-- Solidarity Statement from Samir Amin

http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/switzerland/fsmdalvos4.ram

-- MST Supports Davos protests

http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/switzerland/fsmdalvos.rmicqabg.ram

-- Solidarity Message from Hebe de la Bonfini

http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/switzerland/fsmdalvos2.ram

-- Solidarity Message From Eduardo Galleano

http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/switzerland/fsmdalvos3.ram

Keep checking the IMC-Switzerland (

http://switzerland.indymedia.org) web site for updates on those arrested during the Davos protests and for overviews of the effect of the protests on the WEF initiatives, and watch IMC-Italy (http://italia.indymedia.org) over the days to come as they post their extensive video coverage of the demonstrations.

 

Thank you to the News Blast team:

A.Narres anarres@gmx.net from the IMC translation team, c.arlo carlo2k1@netscape.net from IMC-Italy, Diane feralsage@sprint.ca from the IMC-print team, s|a|m sam@media.com.au from IMC-Melbourne, Jay jay@tao.ca from IMC-Philadelphia. Do you want to help with the next News Blast? Contact Jay at jay@tao.ca.

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The IMC was established to cover the WTO protests in Seattle

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