People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
MOSCOW, LENINGRAD, PARIS, CAEN .. SAY :
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US president, George Bush's recent trip to Europe met with the sound of
thousands of protesters denouncing the “unwanted warmonger” and clashing
with riot police on the streets. The biggest such protest took place in Berlin
where even opposition MPs joined the demonstrators on May 21, 2002.
red flags and banners that read “We don’t want your war” and “Axis of
evil – Washington-Paris-London-Berlin”, nearly 20,000 anti-Bush protesters
marched through the centre of the city in a series of demonstrations. The
rallies drew protesters from around 240 groups throughout Germany. They included
members of the Green Party, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s coalition partners,
opposition Communist Party for Democratic Socialism, the anti-globalisation
movement Attac and a broad coalition of environmentalist and peace groups called
“Axis for peace.”
Stroeble, a senior Green party MP, said: “There are many reasons to
demonstrate against George Bush. His plans for a war against Iraq and his
government’s refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol on the environment are but a
protester, teacher Christa Peter, 46, from Berlin said the demonstration “is
not against Bush or his visit, but his war policy”. She added: “This theory
of the ‘axis of evil’ is dangerous, and allies like Germany need to take
this opportunity to warn him.” (...) The scale of the demonstrations obliged
city authorities to put Berlin on a near-war footing. An unprecedented 10,000
police were drafted to seal the central area around the Brandenburg Gate and
nearby Adlon hotel where Mr Bush stayed. The American president is accompanied
by a 600-strong security team.
coverage given to Mr Bush’s visit in the German press demonstrated growing
public concern at his policies. A poll in Der
Spiegel magazine showed 76 per cent of those questioned thought Washington
“was too involved in the affairs of other countries”. Only 19 per cent
thought Mr Bush was doing a good job.
years ago, when Mr Bush’s predecessor Bill Clinton visited Berlin, crowds
applauded outside a fashionable city restaurant where Mr Clinton and Mr Schröder
dined and swapped cigars.
of the few signs welcoming Mr Bush to Berlin was from Deutsche Telekom which
superimposed a giant image of the White House on tarpaulins covering the
Brandenburg Gate which is being renovated.
thousand people marched through central Paris on May 25 to protest US president
George W Bush’s two-day visit to France and denounce American domestic and
shouted “Bush, You Are the Terrorist,” and “Yes to Peace, No to War,” as
they proceeded from the landmark Place de la Republique to another monument, the
television station LCI reported that 4,500 people attended the march. Hours
before, several dozen death penalty opponents gathered near a replica of the
Statue of Liberty in Paris to denounce his support for capital punishment. The
statue is located near a bridge where death-penalty opponents hung cardboard
figures that dangled from string to denote the 152 people executed in Texas
during Bush’s nearly six years there as governor.
Taube, head of France’s “Together Against the Death Penalty” Association,
said the grim display was a message to “tell the United States to abolish the
death penalty, as European countries have done.”
and extreme left organizations, ecologists and pro-Palestinian groups were
involved in Sunday’s demonstration in Paris, where Bush was meeting with
French President Jacques Chirac.
protest took place in Caen in the Normandy region, where Bush will travel on
Monday to honor the thousands of US soldiers who died there during World War II.
About 1,000 people attended that protest, LCI reported.
taking part in protests include Attac, a Paris-based anti-globalization
organisation that helped organise mass protests at the Genoa G-8 meeting in July
2001; and environmental groups, which have sharply criticised Bush for rejecting
the Kyoto Protocol that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions responsible for
small but determined group of anti-US demonstrators followed president Bush
around St. Petersburg on May 25 until its leaders were shoved into a van by
plainclothes security personnel and driven away, reports Associated Press.
few hundred communists, nationalists and anti-globalisation activists protested
Bush’s visit at rallies in the center of the city. About two dozen people
followed Bush to St. Petersburg State University, where some of them broke
through a police line and were quickly detained.
Bush and Russian president Vladimir Putin were addressing students at St.
Petersburg University, police kept the surrounding streets blocked to both
and pedestrians. Suddenly, a few shouting nationalists and leftists ran past the
police toward the university. Blowing their whistles, uniformed and
police ran after them, as about 20 other protesters shouted obscenities.
police dragged protesters, including several who had not attempted to cross the
line, to an unmarked van, which drove away. A man in plain clothes who
identified himself as an anti-organised crime officer said eight people had been
detained. The ITAR-Tass news agency, citing the city police department, said 30
had been detained.
than 20 people were detained in the evening at a rally outside the Mariinsky
Theater, where Bush, Putin and their wives were watching a performance of The
Nutcracker, said Olga Kozlova, whose husband was among the detainees. The
protesters had been planning to sing revolutionary songs outside the theater as
an alternative to the ballet, Kozlova said.
about 200 demonstrators, mostly elderly communists, lined Nevsky Prospekt, the
city’s main thoroughfare. They held banners reading “US President George
Bush is Terrorist No. 1 on Planet Earth” and “Bush: Hands
younger crowd of activists—including those who later were detained at the
university—rallied against what they called US ambitions of world domination
and against Russia’s warm ties with the United States.
very ideology of America is anti-Russian,” said 18-year-old Andrei Pepotsky, a
member of a nationalist party who wore a hammer-and-sickle arm band.
in Moscow hundreds of communist and leftist demonstrators staged a noisy protest
near the US embassy in Moscow on May 23, hours before Bush arrived for his
summit with president Vladimir Putin. They were waving red Soviet flags and
chanted anti-Bush and anti-Putin slogans.
against Bush and the politics of our government, the political course Putin is
taking,” said Alexei, a 73-year-old retiree who refused to give his last name.
“It’s destroying our national pride,” he said.
protester, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, held up a chicken leg, symbolising
the lingering dispute over US poultry imports that has clouded US-Russian trade
relations ahead of the summit. The demonstrators also protested Russia’s
decision to accept nuclear waste from other countries in exchange for cash.