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Shaking Salzburg

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Issue 1756

And in Austria…

Shaking Salzburg

By Paul Mitchell in Austria

ANTI-CAPITALISM has come to Austria for the first time. Around 2,000 people descended on the small town of Salzburg when it hosted the meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) last weekend. Young people, mainly from Austria, defied the authorities’ ban on demonstrations and marched on the conference on Sunday. We broke through the police’s exclusion zone and got within 150 metres of the conference centre.

Only 4,000 police stopped us getting to it. Later on the police hemmed in around 800 protesters in the centre of Salzburg and tried to attack us for six hours. People chanted, “Break the power of the banks and companies.” There is a trade union demonstration against the hard right government’s national insurance plans on Thursday of this week.

Anti-capitalist demonstrators have been expelled from Austria. Resistance to the right wing coalition government, which includes Jrg Haider’s fascist Freedom Party, has led to anti-capitalist resistance to the rich and powerful in the last few months.

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