Monday, March 14, 2011

Dumpser Diving Demo

The demo against the law that prohibits dumpster diving in the 8th district of Budapest took place on 10 March at 5 p.m. in the 8th district of Budapest. There were around 100 people at the demo. The event started with Rhythms of Resistance drumming, followed by the speeches. After that people started the action - around 20 people went to the nearby trash bins and started dumpster diving in front of the police. First, the police did not make any action against the people who were dumpstering, so one of the organizers asked the people to dumpster actively. The people of the local government asked the police to arrest them. Overall, 9 people were arrested. One of them, the organizer who asked the people to dumpster was brought to the police station because of 'agitation to dumpster', and the rest were brought to the local government office.

After the arrests, a spontaneous march started from the location of the demo to the police station with drumming and shouting "a szegények nem bűnözők" (the poor are not criminals), "a város mindenkié" (the city is for all). Some people in the street liked this march and joined the spontaneous march. When the people arrived to the police station, the police told the people to stop drumming, shouting and showing banners as this is an illegal action, and if the people continue on doing the things they were doing before, the police has the right to arrest everyone. So, the demonstrators were just standing on the opposite side of the police station waiting for the police to release the arrested organizer. As it started to be boring, some of the people started dancing and making smaller performances. E.g., one girl who was dressed as a bride went to the policemen with another girl in order to ask them if they want to marry her. The police told they liked her, but just on the other side of the road. So, then the people started marching with an anarchist flag, after that the people started performance with clowns and police. After a while the police gave the people the permission to make a demonstration.
So, the Rhythms of Resistance started drumming, but it did not last long, as the local inhabitants complained because the disturbance. Around 11 p.m. the police released the arrested organizer. The other 8 people arrested for dumpster diving had been released earlier, and they were in the building of local government.
More information in Hungarian and English, pictures and the video can be found >>HERE.

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