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I would guess at semi-organized convergence.

For a while protests against EU summits and G8 meetings has been met with harsher measures. I would be surprised if the police in one country holding such a meeting do not discuss their strategis with police from countries that has recently had meetings.

In Sweden it has recently surfaced that during the EU summit in Gothenburg 2001, swedish police acted on faulty intelligence provided by american services. Many times the leadership overruled agreements that had been concluded in a planning group consisting of demonstration organisers, local police and city administrators. Any provocation was perceived in the worst possible manner. Demonstrators - already not very trusting of the police - interpreted in their turn it as a crackdown and voilà: riots.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Mar 15th, 2007 at 07:16:36 PM EST
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In Sweden it has recently surfaced that during the EU summit in Gothenburg 2001, swedish police acted on faulty intelligence provided by american services.

Diary!

I would be surprised if the police in one country holding such a meeting do not discuss their strategis with police from countries that has recently had meetings.

I rather think that the opposite is true: what we saw was a series of panic reactions of the powers-that-be to a challenge they were unprepared for, and previous events in other countries were considered only via the media (e.g. police's and politicians' views of 'the enemy' included the strong distortions of the media). I emphasize that by panic reaction, I do not exclude consciously planned subversive actions, above all what Italian police did in Genoa 2001.

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by DoDo on Fri Mar 16th, 2007 at 01:56:57 PM EST
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