G8 in Kananaskis
Regarding forwarded message below:
How about a Global Octagon Carnival? [that's *cog*
Eight major simultaneous actions to wrestle with each
of the tentacles: Ottawa, D.C., Tokyo, Moscow, London,
Berlin, Paris, Rome? Maybe with a theme, such as
tagging the facade, as in painting government
buildings purple or something.
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Date sent: Wed, 01 Aug 2001 16:45:59 -0400
From: Eric Odell <odeller@...> (by
way of redscares22@...)
Subject: G8 in Kananaskis
White Paper on the G8 in Kananaskis
In order to avoid the impact of dissenting voices at
next year�s G8 Summit, Canada�s Prime Minister
(henceforth referred to as the Big Cheese�) has chosen
to move the meeting to the mountain resort of
Kananaskis. In order to aid protesters in their
planning, the Deconstructionist Institute for Surreal
Topology (DIST) commissioned this study to assess the
prospects for direct action during the summit.
A number of our security experts visited the site, and
conducted a thorough survey of the area. Our top
researchers then analyzed the data, and have issued
the following interim report. It is intended for
informational purposes only, and can serve as a basis
for the first spokescouncil meetings on August 25th
(to be held in Edmonton).
Kananaskis was chosen by the Big Cheese� because of
its remote location, and because the only road leading
to the resort is easy to seal off. However, the
Cheese forgot one thing - the location is remote and
is easy to seal off.
The terrain is ideal for hippies, crappy for cops.
Can you imagine riot troops in full body armour
plodding through dense forests? What were they
thinking?! Don�t they remember Vietnam?! Don�t they
remember Return of the Jedi when the Ewoks kicked
Stormtrooper ass in the forest of Endor?
SUGGESTED ACTION PLAN:
Protests around summits are usually given labels to
mark a day of protest (for example J26 to signify a
protest on June 26th). It is advised that protesters
drop the numbers. The letter J will do nicely - a
month of intense resistance...and a refreshing change
DETAILS of ACTION PLAN:
Early May: Hold a training camp in Kananaskis to allow
participants to get a feel for the location. Plan,
strategize and hold workshops. Consider it a dry run.
Participants can learn vital skills such as how to
incorporate grizzly bears into a direct action.
June 1st: Tree huggers begin blockading the road
leading in and out of Kananaskis. A wilderness area
should not have thousands of police plodding through
it. The road is ideal for Robin Hood tactics.
Block-and-run style; tripods; cars with their wheels
removed. It�s one real long road, and they can�t
defend it. Stop The Man from setting up their security
equipment and preparing the site.
June 7th: Set up tent city on the edge of Kananaskis.
Have a huge festival of resistance including music,
workshops, food, naked hippies. Create space.
June 10th: Critical Mass rides begin along the highway
leading to the site. Stockpiling mountain bikes will
be key later on. When they block the road, anarchists
will bike around them.
June 13th: Affinity groups and assorted desparados
move deep into the zone, and set up outposts. Bring a
video camera to protect yourselves from getting
batoned. Stick together. Pretend it�s a giant game
of hide and seek. Use tactics inspired by the Ewoks.
Maximum disruption combined with maximum cuddliness.
Anarcho-hippies can climb trees; they know how to use
ropes; they love it out in the mountains, and even
enjoy eating fungus. For a good laugh, watch the cops
try to get protesters out of the tree tops. Did you
see Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon?
June 22nd: The tent city moves onto the meeting site.
Protesters seal off the road before the cops do.
Lockdowns, hiding, running, and regrouping. With
enough people, the space can be defended.
June 25th: For people that arrive late: hike into the
zone. Don�t forget your rope ladders, and try to
avoid the traffic jams along the hiking trails. Ewoks
shut down the force field generator. Watch in mild
amusement as the black-bloc searches in vain for a
McDonald�s to smash. Oh, did we mention rope ladders?
Victory will go to those with the most rope ladders
(and the best pants).
June 26th: Summit canceled - too many fuckin� Ewoks in
For more information on the G8 in Kananaskis, visit
For more information on DIST visit
http://tao.ca/~wrench/dist/ or email wrench@....
To honour our dead - not a moment of silence, but a
whole lifetime of struggle.
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