Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001
Gothenburg police terrortactics create refugees


We are people who have travelled from across Europé to protest against the
European Union Summit, and the visit of the illegitimate president of the
United States, George Bush, which are taking place in Gothenburg over the
following days.

We are being forced to abandon the place where we have been staying, the
Hvitfeldska Gymnasium, as this morning there was an unnannounced attempt to
forcefully enter the building by several hundred fully equipped and armed
riot police. We do not consider ourselves to be safe in this building, as it
is the site of intense political repression on unarmed individuals and
groups who are coming to assert our political views. We do not believe that
we are safe in this school, as we are isolated from wider societey there.
Neither do we believe that we will be allowed to exercise our right to
protest tomorrow at the EU summit, if we remain. As such, we are political
refugees, and have no other option but to leave.

The police are attempting to label us as terrorists, but we are simply
attempting to exercise our political rights, and seeking to build
alternatives to the current genocidal capitalist world system. We are not
armed, but actively exert the right to protecting our bodies and property
>from police attacks. It is the police who are the terrorists. An essential
part of the current global order, defined by the EU and George Bush, and
other institutions, such as the Word Bank, the World Trade Organisation and
NATO, is to attempt to criminalise dissent, through repression and violence.
State repression is an essential part of this system, and we do not accept

As a result of this, we are going to sleep in a public place in the centre
of Gothenburg, and we call upon people in Gothenburg to offer us active
protection from the political repression we are suffering. We also call on
social movements, the media and other groups to support and protect our and
your political rights to organise politically.

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