â€œSuch a perfect democracy constructs its own inconceivable foe, terrorism. Its wish is to be judged by its enemies rather than by its results. The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive. The spectators must certainly never know everything about terrorism, but they must always know enough to convince them that, compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democraticâ€? (Guy Debord, Comments on the Society of the Spectacle).
This article examines the G8 mobilisation in 2005 from an anarchist perspective. Part 1 gives a full description of the mobilisation, the Carnival, the Black Bloc, the Ecovillage, and more...
US/UK media reports speak of a loss for Germany's socialists and of a more pro-business Germany, but the voters of Europe's biggest state actually stood solidly for a progressive, caring socio-political system and for a foreign policy that doesn't follow in lockstep behind Washington.
The real story of the German election, which has not been accurately reported in the American corporate media, is that the left won.
CITY COUNCIL REPORTER
POLICE chiefs have been invited to the premiere of a fly-on-the-wall documentary that promises to shine new light on the G8 protests in Edinburgh.
Lothian and Borders finest, as well as local MSPs and councillors, are set to attend the premiere of Won't Get Fooled Again, which is billed as a youth account of the demonstrations.
But the film may make uneasy viewing for the police as it is thought to feature a number of violent scenes involving officers clashing with protesters.
The documentary, said to be set "against a background of an escalating and menacing police presence on the streets of Edinburgh", is the work of the award-winning Pilton Video project.
The nine-strong group mingled with the crowds at all the main demonstrations in Edinburgh.
The documentary receives its premiere at the Filmhouse on October 1.
Joel Venet, documentary co-ordinator at Pilton Video, said: "There is some fairly hard-hitting footage from the various demonstrations in the final cut. We think the film is going to surprise a lot of people."
One of the young film-makers, 18-year-old Nick Eardley, said: "I hope one day that the documentary is seen by the likes of Blair and Bush, but it's not about them or Jack McConnell. The important thing is that as many people as possible see the film and we'd certainly like it to be shown in schools in Edinburgh."
Councillor Ewan Aitken, the city's education leader and a supporter of Pilton Video, said: "From what I've heard the last documentary is excellent and I'm certainly hoping to attend."
A police spokeswoman denied "menacing" tactics were used.
She said: "The police worked hard for a long time in advance to arrange for demonstrations to take place peacefully and safely in consultation with the majority of organisers. The 'menace' was in the media reports of threats to disrupt Edinburgh."
THE young filmmakers, all aged between 16 and 18 were put through a professional film-making course by Pilton Video, which has been running in the city since 1982.
The project is already planning to enter Won't Get Fooled Again into a whole host of film festivals around the UK and further afield after Old Enough To Know Better, the documentary about the anti-Iraq War protests, was shown to huge acclaim in Hollywood, Canada, Iran and Greece.
Among the awards it snapped up were one from the BBC and another for young film-makers, with judges including Jude Law, Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen.