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Anti-Globalization Protest: New York, January 1 - February 4, 2002



WEF Protest February 2, 2002

Puppet Power: Arts Group Looks to Liven Up NYC Protests (March 10, 2002)
"People are finally learning how to use color and sense of humor to point out how ridiculous things are:" Arts in Action, a group formed just a month prior to protests against the World Economic Forum in New York, believes puppetry can "awaken other elements in this [anti-globalization] movement besides anger and frustration." (Indymedia)


New York! Saturday and Beyond (February 15, 2002)
The New York Police Department claimed security plans for the World Economic Forum were a success. In contrast, protestors assert that the heavy police presence delegitimized the Forum, showing it as a narrow elite in need of state protection from a peaceful majority. (ZNet)

Global A-list Attack American Policies (February 6, 2002)
The policy of inviting non-business delegates to the World Economic Forum ensured that the business leaders meeting in the Waldorf Astoria took note of the concerns of anti-globalization protesters outside. (Daily Telegraph, Australia)

NGOs Evaluate Their Experience at the World Economic Forum (February 5, 2002)
Two NGOs, Friends of the Earth and Public Eye on Davos, give an insight into the workings of the World Economic Forum. An insider's view shows the corporate leaders of the world have, on a limited scale, begun to take notice of the protestors outside. (Earth Times)

Question Authority (February 5, 2002)
Post-World Economic Forum media reports praised the police for ensuring anti-globalization demonstrations remained peaceful, yet failed to give any credit to the protestors. Few reports addressed police tactics that resulted in the "constriction of the right to express dissent." (Working For Change)

March Against the WEF (February 3, 2002)
The New York Police Department found no use for their weeks of riot practice at demonstrations against the World Economic Forum protests in New York City. Violence was virtually non-existent and arrests were few in number. (Earth Times)

Activists Say Peaceful NYC Protests (January 30, 2002)
The New York Police Department expects civil disobedience, and even violence, to emerge when crowds gather to protest against the World Economic Forum. Anti-globalization demonstrators promise a carnival atmosphere "to show that protesting can be fun." (Associated Press)

Media Advisory: NYC Newspapers Smear Activists Ahead of WEF Protests (January 28, 2002)
The up-coming World Economic Forum has generated a great deal of interest in New York media. Instead of focusing on the issues at hand, many reports concern only the security aspect of the anti-globalization protests. (FAIR)

Law of the Fist (January 23, 2002)
Twice a day for two weeks, the New York Police Department practices tactical maneuvers in preparation for anti-globalization protests at the up-coming World Economic Forum. The NYPD expects 200 "jet-setting troublemakers" to infiltrate peaceful, organized demonstrations. (Village Voice)

Hob-Nobbing at Ground Zero: The World Economic Forum is Coming to New York
(January 18, 2002)

The anti-globalization movement is likely to meet with more hostility than usual when it gathers in the streets of New York to protest against the World Economic Forum, as "rhetoric about causing capitalism to collapse somehow seems creepier when the remnants of the World Trade Center are just blocks away." (In These Times)

World Economic Forum Protest Planned (January 12, 2002)
Contradicting claims that the anti-globalization movement has lost impetus since September 11, the New York Police Department is preparing itself for mass protests against the up-coming World Economic Forum. Critics have dubbed the meeting "the dining club for the ruling class."
(Asssociated Press)


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