Danish police evict trailersite in Christiania, Copenhagen

 

Pictures copyrighted to Mark Knudsen / Monsun
Pictures copyrighted to Mark Knudsen / Monsun


The Danish police has raided part of Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark. About 200 riot police stormed the freestate and quickly sealed off 'Fredens Eng' (The Meadow of peace) which is a part of the site, where people live in trailers. In one of the biggest mass arrests in Denmark ever, the police made over 100 arrests. There are various reports of injured people. Most people have been charged with not following police orders, although some with charges relating to violence against the police.

Christinia had been self adminstrative, meaning no permit was needed to 'build' new property or have trailers parked up on it's grounds. Newly introduced law, means trailers have to leave, so new development can take place. The people from Christiania have resisted this new legislation for years. They wish to keep their autonomy and self managed decision making structures that have kept the place running for over 20 years...

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At about 9:30 this morning (Wednesday 7th), about 200 police officers wearing riot gear stormed the freestate Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark. They quickly sealed off 'Fredens Eng' (The Meadow of peace) which is a part of the site, where people live in trailers. Everybody on the meadow (some dressed like clowns) got arrested.

Word of the situation quicky spread around, as more people turned up in support. A state of turmoil and unrest ensued. A few induviduals threw water on the police, but nothing serious. The police however were very brutal in their conduct. Probably being one of the biggest mass arrests in Denmark ever, a police chief estimated the number of arrestees at 111. The situation has calmed down as the police has left Christiania. There are various reports of injured people.

The press spokes person for the Danish police, Flemming Steen Munck, stated to modkraft.dk (left wing Danish media) that the arrests were made in a peaceful manner. Others speak of a very different situation. A 17-year old protestor speaks: "The police cornered us in very violently. I got a fist in my stomache unprovoked. Even though I coughed and bled from my lip, I was not allowed to leave. Instead I got arrested."

The current Danish goverment seems to have a hostile attitude towards Christiania. Until recently Christinia had been self adminstrative, meaning no permit was needed to 'build' new property or have trailers parked up on it's grounds. A newly introduced law (L205), will mean trailers have to leave, so new development can take their place. The people from Christiania have resisted this new legislation as in no way they are consulted in the drawing up of the new development. They wish to keep their autonomy and self managed decision making structures that have kept the place running for over 20 years...

People living in trailers had now been given an ultimatum by local authority to remove the mobile homes before 12am yesterday (Tuesday 6th). They had given another ultimatum earlier in the week, but people moved the trailers somewhere else in the meantime. Yesterday some police entered the site, but was escorted off. A tripod which was placed on top of the trailers, to prevent the police from moving them. Apperently one person in the tripod urinated on police officers after warning them he needed it really badly (but they didn't move...)

People have been charged with not following police orders. This is known in Denmark as a §119, section 3. Because this charge does appear on the criminal record it means that about 50 people (mainly young students) blew their chances of getting a job in certain areas, having been arrested. 10-20 people have been charged with charges relating to violence against the police. All people have been released after having been held for 7 -8 hours.


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Another COuntry joins the terror list

Is the West all terrorists- Missing 911 12.Sep.2005 00:22

Well I guess we need to add another country to the terror list -


Mahathir calls US, UK terrorist nations
Al Jazeera

Friday 09 September 2005 5:46 AM GMT

US and British pilots whose bombs killed Iraqi civilians were murderers, and actions taken by those two countries during the invasion and occupation of Iraq amounted to terrorism, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has said.

Several British and US diplomats walked out in protest of Mahathir's broadside against their countries in a speech at a national conference in Kuala Lumpur on human rights on Friday.

Mahathir, who ruled Malaysia for 22 years before retiring in 2003, also defended his human-rights record in government. He was often criticised for detaining suspects without trial under a security law and for the imprisonment of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.

Mahathir decried the deaths of thousands of Iraqi civilians as a result of the US-led military invasion and occupation. He compared American and British actions in Iraq to rocket attacks by Israel on Palestinians, and referred to those countries as "these terrorist nations".

To kill and maim

"The British and American bomber pilots came, unopposed, safe and cosy in their state of the art aircraft, pressing buttons to drop bombs, to kill and maim," Mahathir said of the Iraq invasion.

Mahathir called British and US
bomber pilots 'murderers'

"And these murderers, for that is what they are, would go back to celebrate Mission Accomplished."

"Who are the terrorists? The people below who were bombed or the bombers? Whose rights have been snatched away?"

He also questioned why there was no tally of Iraqi deaths while every US soldier's killing is documented.

"These are soldiers who must expect to be killed. But the Iraqis who die because of the US action or the civil war in Iraq that the US has precipitated are innocent civilians who under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein would be alive," said Mahathir.

'It was a lie'

Mahathir, who when in power was a US ally in the fight against terrorism although he opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, noted that Washington's reason for invading Iraq was that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.

"As we all know it was a lie," he said.

"Who are the terrorists? The people below who were bombed or the bombers? Whose rights have been snatched away"

"Worse still, the powers which are supposed to save the Iraqi people have broken international laws on human rights by detaining Iraqis and others and torturing them at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere," he said, referring to US prison camps.

British High Commissioner Bruce Cleghorn and several unidentified US officials attending the conference walked out midway through Mahathir's speech.

British and US diplomats were not immediately available for comment.

Very distasteful

Hamdan Adnan, a senior official with the state-backed National Human Rights Commission, described the diplomats' action as "very distasteful.

"If they claim to subscribe to the democratic process, why can't they listen?" he told The Associated Press.

The US accused Mahathir of rights violations when he fired Anwar as his deputy in 1998.

Anwar was arrested after leading anti-government rallies, and sentenced to 15 years in prison on corruption and sodomy charges. He was freed on appeal last year, after serving the corruption sentence

irrelevant

aero 12.Sep.2005 04:07

At the first commenter: The comments section of an unrelated article really isn't the place to post that. Stop going off-topic.

Danish police evict trailersite in Christiania, Copenhagen

Scott Rigelsford 12.Sep.2005 08:45

Nice little article of how the police are behaving (or not behaving) themselves. Allthough, the case about the trailers is not correct. Christiania had for some weeks a happening to set focus on the problem ; that young people are having a hard time with finding recidence in copenhagen. The trailers were dragged into christiania as a Happening to set focus on that problem. this happening were to last for a month or so. But, the danish "Property-Union" (don't know what to call it in english) interprented this as a new PERMANENT RECIDENCE in Christiania , witch was indeed NOT the case. The trailers were NOT meant as a new permanent recidence but as a happening as written above. The police dragged the trailers with them and left 8 people homeless, or short, they expanded the recidence-problems in copenhagen with 8 people.....
THIS HYPOCRISY MUST STOP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

denish racist and facist state

ori 12.Sep.2005 12:37

denmark in the last few years turn into the most racist and right wing place in europe

Message to christiana:

King Amdo 16.Sep.2005 16:32

STOP DEALING DRUGS....REAL HIPPYS SHARE.

EXODUS.

Copyright?

Nobber 20.Sep.2005 07:13

Sorry for not posting on the subject, but why the fuck is there a picture Copyrighted at the top of this article?

Its really not

imc-denmark-activist 23.Sep.2005 21:03

For all practical purposes its copyleft. However the photographer needs some payment as he is professional so he cannot afford commercial institutions use it without paying him a piece of th gold. In denmark our commercial medias take whatever they can from open projects so its kinda nescesarry to avoid profit being made from your stuff.