ShakeG8 – Bicycle Caravan against the G8 in Heiligendamm 2007


Brno (cz), April 13th – 16th
April 13, 2007, 2:47 pm
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clownsclown parade

We arrived in Brno late on Friday evening. After two days of cycling with fantastic blue skies, beautiful countryside and a fancy-dress border action that left the border police looking very confused, we were happy to reach our destination.After some mild stress parking the tractor on a narrow street, while being watched by an amused crowd of local people, we were greeted by our hosts, the friendly ProtestFest group and shown to our accommodation.

Friday evening was split between attending a No Respect concert, trying out the famous local beer at a nearby bar, or those exhausted by the day’s cycling a much needed early sleep indoors.

Our busy Saturday began with a meeting and preparations for the days demonstrations, dressing up, making banners etc.

A very successful demonstration was then carried out in the afternoon: Dressed as clowns we had an info-table and handed out flyers, all while playing trashy disco pop from the wagon.

The demonstration at the square was followed by a big group cycle around the town, with lots of waving of flags, ringing of bells, shouting and chanting.

Our protest was generally received with friendly smiles and waves of encouragement from the local people. The police, on the other hand, seemed to be more frightened of us than we were of them, fleeing from the square!

In the evening we were given an info-event by our hosts, where we were shown some video clips and photos from some of their actions and some info-films.

Sunday was spent relaxing with several workshops, including an ice cream and castle visit working group!

So after a successful day’s action on Saturday and a relaxing Sunday, the group set off on Monday refreshed and revitalised ready for the 120km cycle to our next destination: Pardubice.

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