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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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