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Anti-G8 protest in Rostock, Germany, Saturday June 2, 2007
Here's a series of 15 photos from the pre-rally and beginning of the demonstration. We guessed somewhere around 100,000 people took part, but it's impossible to properly estimate huge crowds like this. Suffice to say it went on and on... Reports say there were 13,000 police... un chingado as some would have it...
A remarkable installation at the beginning of today's demo by the Netzwerk Freies Wissen, "against the domination of exclusionary rights on the knowledge economy"
Strangely, the police decided to sweep professional photographers from the bridge just as the mayor and police commander happened to pass below... the photographers put up some resistance and the police were waved off by their commander below.
While many businesses in downtown Rostock boarded up their windows, some appealed to protesters politics with handwritten signage: these read: "A world without weapons" "G8 Summit: Love, Responsibility, Consciousness" "Fear Destroys Love" "Peace For All"... dear reader, what would you do?
The local poliice are nothing if not savvy about their theatrical posing, as they awaited their chance to mix it up with the protesters, which they did less then 15 minutes after this photo was taken. Check other indymedia sites in Germany for more pictures of the confrontation between protesters and police.