Diary Sunday 11/12, 2005
supposed to be the big day that we had all been waiting for, as we would erect
the sculptures at Victoria Park before the demonstration at 2pm. It did, as we
had feared, not run that smooth. We got to the park at , just to find out that yesterdays work to
please the Park Manager, still wasn’t enough to do the trick. It appeared that
he did not want anything in to the park, including the whole arrangement of
toilets, stages etc. At the Park chaos ruled, while the trucks with all the
equipment circulated the area to great confusion for all. In the end The People’s
found out, the permit did not include our sculptures. As we had given the Park
Manager a Danish -
As it was Sunday
we could not have these changes made from
In the end, the demonstration came to close. We left the office without getting any final reply. We had the container stop a few streets away, went there, took out the “Hungerboys” and the stuffed cow of the “Mad Cow Decease”-sculpture, and drove the whole bunch to the Victoria Park on trolleys, which no one could object to. Less than ten minutes after this event the Park Management called us, telling us that we could enter with the truck. But at that time we had sent the container truck and the crane back and the demonstration was to close.
When the thousands of people from around the park got together to form the demonstration, we did not feel sad about the situation. The row of starving black kids left no eye dry and the real size cow behind them on a trolley, two coffins and madras was really effect full even though it should not originally have “participated” in the march.
The first of
the three marches went on perfectly and did not bring any violence of any sort.
Of the at least 7,000 people marching all of
When we got to
our final destination of “The Central Government Office” we got a warm welcome
from no other than Poul Nyrup
Rasmussen (former Social Democrate Prime Minister of
After an hour or so of speeches and singing, the demonstrators dispersed. We loaded the sculptures on to a truck and got back to Victoria Park, where the alternative WTO-forum served food and several cultural arrangements. We however had to meet with our Danish friends from “Danish Association for International Cooperation” (MS), who had just arrived few ours before. We got together over a cup of well deserved coffee discussing the events of the day, and explaining our friends how to use the excellent Hong Kong Metro.
Leaving the cultural arrangements to the ever enthusiastic and dynamic Asian NGO’s, we left Victoria Park to go straight to bed.
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