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reclaim the streets

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Mayday 2K, May 1st 2000
Reports, photos, comment here.

March 25, 2000: Adelaide Reclaim the Streets Full report at their website

March 18th 2000, Sydney NSW Australia

3000 people rallied to protest destructive corporate transport policies, with music coming from solar-powered sound systems mounted in sculptures made from deconstructed cars and pulled by people-power. The crowd occupied Liverpool St in the city centre, then marching to George St outside the Town Hall, [Sydney's main road] where a one hour occupation ensued.

The march then moved to Park Street, site of a soon-to-be-constructed motorway tunnel, at a cost of $500 million. This road was occupied for an hour. The rally then moved to the Eastern Distributor Tollway, a recently opened privately-owned motorway which has destroyed much of Sydney's inner city and parks. The tollgates were occupied by citizens, who barricaded the site with road barriers, human bodies and flags.Due to police violence, the planned 20 minute protest there dragged on for one and a half hours - it was a classic police riot, peaceful protesters attacked by poorly-trained, disorganised and aggressive police.

The police were out of control - punching people, crushing them with horses, using torture holds, capsicum spray, collapsible metal truncheons, even pulling a handgun on a woman at one point. The protest then moved to Hyde Park Fountain, where the crowd occupied the park until late at night, dancing to several sound stages and dancing in the fountain to cool off. All those arrested were released without charge. Three police and a number of protesters were hospitalised with injuries. It is believed police were using this as a training exercise in crowd control for anticipated widespread protests by indigenous rights and anti-corporate activists at the September Olympic games in Sydney.
Citizen P. RTS crew

November 30th 99 anti-WTO Day of Action
Reports and photos here.

June 18th 99 International Day of Action
Reports and photos from the action here.

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