Make a donation with PayPal, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover cards - it's fast, free and secure!

Home Page

Nonprofit founded in 1988

About SEI

Culture Change Letter
via email
61 60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10  9  8  7  6  5  4  3  2 1  subscribe  index  feedback

Culture Change print magazine issues: 20  19  18  17  16  15  14  13  12  11  10  9  8  index

Pedal Power solutions to petroleum dependence and polluting vehicles: Arcata Library Bikes, Pedal Power Produce, and more!

CAOE - Committee Against Oil Exploration - stop offshore oil drilling to protect sensitive habitats and cut petroleum dependence.

Culture Change through music! The Depavers eco-rock!

Take our Pledge for Climate Protection and learn about the Global Warming Crisis Council.

SEI hometown action!
Arcata city council's proclamation against war on Iraq and Kyoto Protocol proclamation.

Overpopulation has become a reality.  Overpopulation Resources and News Tidbits

Sail Transport Network

Fact Sheets
Press Releases

Long Distance


March Against War for Oil

Nov. 9, 2002
400,000 protest Iraq war and globalization in Florence

from the Associated Press primarily

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over Europe marched through Florence, Italy on Saturday to protest a possible war against Iraq and the negative impact of globalization amid stepped-up security.

The demonstration was the high point of an anti-globalization gathering that started Wednesday and ends Sunday.  The anti-globalization gathering is called "The European Social Forum," and is part of the World Social Forum which meets annually in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  It drew to Florence around 35,000 delegates from hundreds of associations.

Organizers said 400,000 people were in the protest.  The more-than-expected flood of demonstrators caused the demonstration to start more than an hour early.

Protesters came from Greece, Spain, Britain, Denmark and elsewhere to protest U.S. policy on Iraq and the transnational corporations which harm the poor and the environment.

"We want to demonstrate that a different world is possible," said Noemi Cucchi, 31, who arrived in Florence on Saturday morning with her sister from the Italian port city of Ancona.

Headed by a banner reading "No War," the marchers walked peacefully through Florence, with rainbow flags and signs, as curious Florentines looked down from their apartment windows.

The atmosphere was relaxed, with some demonstrators dressed as clowns, some eating as they walked, or roller-bladed along the route, shouting "Hands off the Middle East" and "The real terrorist is the West!"

"I really just wanted to be a part of this," said a pink-haired Justine Trillaud, aged 16, who came from Paris by bus with a group of about 20 people.

Marchers were to walk along the Arno River for some of the 6 1/2 kilometer (4 mile) march to nearby the soccer stadium and end with a concert.

Florence's center, with its narrow alleys, its Renaissance buildings and art treasures, was banned for the protest for "security concerns," and dozens of police vehicles were parked on side streets off the march route to block any demonstrators.

Many shops in the fashionable streets closed, putting metal or wooden shutters to protect their windows. The jewelers' stores on the Ponte Vecchio, the three-arch bridge, have kept their wood shutters down for days.

After weeks of debate over whether to allow the anti-globalization meeting, Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government gave approval, but imposed strict security.

The air space above the city has been closed to private aircraft. The Schengen Treaty, which allows for no border controls when travelers go from country to country in the 15-nation grouping, was suspended.

The demonstration Saturday was seen as a major test for Italian police, who shot a protester dead, by a Carabinieri paramilitary officer.  Hundreds were wounded during clashes in the streets and the bloody police raids on sleeping protesters in buildings.

Images of wrecked banks, gas stations and stores in Genoa are still vivid for observers and media consumers.

Some predicted a repeat of militant protest and police violence in Florence, but the anti-globalization gathering has been peaceful, with no incidents reported and a carnival atmosphere at a 16th century fortress which has served as the headquarters for the gathering.  Food stands, exhibits and street theater complement the dozens of discussions held inside.

A small anti-war demonstration in front of a U.S. military base Wednesday, which had sparked "public security concerns," took place without major incident.

The anti-globalization movement got going big-time at the 1999 World Trade Organization summit in Seattle.  For over two years, anti-globalization protests have been held at all international summits.

Some analysts claim the movement reached its peak at the Genoa summit and lost momentum since the Sept. 11 attacks.


(Thus a similar AP article ended, on a pessimistic note for future protests - ed.)


Articles of interest:
Anti-globalization protest grows, with tangible results.  WTO protests page

Tax fossil-fuel energy easily
by Peter Salonius

UK leader calls War on Terror "bogus"

Argentina bleeds toward healing by Raul Riutor

The oil industry has plans for you: blow-back by Jan Lundberg

It's not a war for oil? by Adam Khan

How to create a pedestrian mall by Michelle Wallar

The Cuban bike revolution

How GM destroyed the U.S. rail system excerpts from the film "Taken for a Ride".

"Iraqi oil not enough for US: Last days of America?"

Depaving the world by Richard Register

Roadkill: Driving animals to their graves by Mark Matthew Braunstein

The Hydrogen fuel cell technofix: Spencer Abraham's hydrogen dream.

Ancient Forest Protection in Northern California . Forest defenders climb trees to save them.

Daniel Quinn's thoughts on this website.

A case study in unsustainable development is the ongoing crisis in Palestine and Israel.

Renewable and alternative energy information.

Conserving energy at home (Calif. Title 24)



Culture Change/Sustainable Energy Institute mailing address: P.O. Box 3387 , Santa Cruz , California 95063 USA
  Telephone 1-215-243-3144 (and fax)

Culture Change (Trademarked) is published by Sustainable Energy Institute (formerly Fossil Fuels Policy Action), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) California non-stock corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.