Rostock: Tens of thousands protest against the G8
In the run-up to the G8 Summit next week, tens of thousands of anti-G8 protesters, with several thousands on the Black Bloc alone, took part in the international demonstration in Rostock on 2 June, 2007. With colourful banners and puppets, protesters of different backgrounds tried to draw attention to the bigger problem of capitalism and the 'empire'. Police was very aggressive and provocative, using batons, water cannons and tear gas, not only against the 'bad protestors' but 'normal' ones as well. Violent confrontations were taking place on one side of the demo, while speeches and the concert were trying to continue on the stage. Over 100 people were arrested and many injured on both sides.
- 12:30: The demo coordination group said that all buses carrying protesters have arrived in Rostock without any police controls.
- 13:15: The big demo has started to march from the Rostock central train station.
- 13:45: Demonstrators at the Rostock central station are still preparing to march and will continue to do so for at least another 20 minutes. There are about 40 big puppets and two samba bands at the front of the march. A black bloc of several thousand people are on the march too. It was announced from the rally stage a while ago that Nazis are heading towards Rostock but not to worry.
- 20:00: According to the Legal Teams, at least 100 were detained on the Rostock demo today.