Anti-Globalization Protestors Banned From Demonstrating at Davos Forum

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Local authorities in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos Wednesday turned down a request by anti-globalization protestors to hold a demonstration during a gathering of the world's top political and business leaders here in January. 

The authorities said in a statement they had rejected the request for a protest on January 27 during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) because of security concerns. 

Some 200 leaders and government representatives will be in Davos for the summit, and their safety must be guaranteed, the statement said. 

It said demonstrations at global conferences were frequently being accompanied by violence which the police could not totally control. 

In January 2000, more than 1,000 protestors smashed windows, damaged cars and clashed with police at an unauthorized demonstration during a visit by US President Bill Clinton to the WEF meeting. 

Two policemen were injured in the clashes, while demonstrators smashed the front of a McDonald's restaurant, damaged cars and burned a US flag stripped from a pole outside a hotel. 

This year's summit runs from January 25 to 30 -- DAVOS (AFP)  

 

 

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