Source Pravda.Ru

Danes do not want to see Bush

As they promised before, thousands of Danes march to protest a visit by President George W. Bush. Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen on Wednesday to protest a visit by President George W. Bush amid one of the biggest security operations Denmark has ever seen, reports the AP.

The rally kicked off as Bush left Denmark after a 17-hour visit and headed to a G8 summit in Gleaneagles, Scotland, making his way to just another protest venue.

Organizers expected some 20,000 people to join the anti-Bush demonstration outside the embassy. There were no immediate reports of violence.

"The main issue is Bush's foreign policy," said Lars Moeller, a 44-year-old janitor. "The Iraq war ... is an illegal war they way I see it and Denmark is part of it."

Denmark's center-right government is a staunch supporter of the Bush administration and has committed troops to U.S.-led coalitions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nine demonstrators were wearing orange jump suits and ankle chains to protest the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A 30-year-old Dane was arrested Monday in Copenhagen for allegedly making threats against Bush in an e-mail.

Protests started even before the U.S. president had arrived, with about 150 people turning up for a peaceful anti-Bush rally in the northwestern city of Aarhus.

In Copenhagen, organizers said about 5,000 people came to a downtown park for a rock concert staged to urge Bush to do more to fight poverty and HIV/AIDS.

During his visit Bush once again defended his stance on Iraq, climate change, Guantanamo and aid to Africa - all things that have made him unpopular in Europe.

Notably, even being far away from his country Bush continued acting as he was at home. For example, he used a news conference with Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as a tribune to express his opinion on domestic policies: Bush said he would not choose a Supreme Court nominee based on their views on abortion or other hot-button political issues.

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Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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