The G20 Summit in London in 2009 naturally brings to mind the G20 Summit in Melbourne in 2006.
As is well known by now, in Melbourne in November 2006 a group of masked New Zealanders — most of whom remain at-large — lead a mob of several hundred people in a rampage through city streets. The rioters (who chose, for reasons which remain unclear, to dress as ghosts), were armed with hundreds of balloons and condoms full of urine, which they indiscriminately threw on both police and terrified shoppers. Many of those participating were later revealed to be from overseas — England, Germany, Sweden — and interstate… and there is even some speculation that the group was actually being controlled by police from Auckland using a complex system of pipes, tubes, and string.
Both revolutionary Marxists and hardened reporters were appalled by what they saw. Cam Smith: “Halfway through the riot I began to worry that I’d never be able to write about it… I thought I was going to die out there on Russell Street”.
Petite-bourgeois Working Families Party member Revolutionary proletarian socialist Bob Gould was angry. “The very act of people from outside a city invading a demonstration in another city with the clear intention of launching a semi-military attack on the cops, with their faces covered, irrespective of the consequences for the rest of the demonstrators, is a calculated political act directed against the bulk of the demonstrators.” Mick Armstrong was even more angry: “The anarchist crazies involved in the ultra-violence were in no serious sense part of the demo. Just like their black bloc mates in Europe they simply exploited the demo for their own purposes.”
Inner City Pressure
“Police have not yet finalised how many officers will be on duty during the summit, nor do they know exactly how many protesters will take part, although they say there is no indication that overseas anarchists are planning to travel.” (Anarchists warn of London G20 summit action, Reuters, March 19, 2009). Emma Alberici in London for AM: London prepares for violent G20 protests, ABC, March 24, 2009.
G20 anarchists plan wave of strikes against Canary Wharf and BT Tower
The Daily Telegraph
March 23, 2009
An anarchist group is planning to “switch off the lights” at some of London’s most iconic buildings, including Canary Wharf and the BT Tower, in the run up to the G20 summit in the capital next week, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
It is one of a series of “guerrilla-style” raids being planned by hard-core anti-capitalist protesters to cause disruption across London in the days before the key meeting of world leaders to discuss the economic crisis. The radicals hope the early raids will surprise police, who are focusing their efforts on controlling protests in the City on April 1 and 2, when the summit opens…
Global Economic Crisis, Or:
Jump! You Fuckers!
“…They will not jump, these people. They cannot easily accept that they are presiding over a system that must be replaced. They will not give way willingly to new ideas and a new reckoning with the problems facing the planet. The world will always be run by confident and impressionable men (mostly men), because they want power so badly…
I am not saying that we should push those responsible out of tall buildings to their deaths. I am not saying that. They will, if properly handled, do what is required.
But we do have to push them.”
Dan Hind, January 19, 2009 [PDF]
Nice title. Somewhat tepid conclusion. Thus while “The choice is not simply between state control and private capitalism” Hind maintains “The state needs to be more thoroughly democratised”. Then again: “Readers are welcome to revise the text and forward it with changes if you feel so moved.”
How about a little anarchy?
Anarchy in London, Or:
40 New Zealand anarchists still at large; London and Berlin tremble (March 1, 2009) Davos 2009 : Capitalism in Crisis (February 1, 2009)