Bikisha Media Collective at 2001 Gothenburg anti-EU, anti-Bush protests

Two members of the Bikisha Media Collective (BMC) attended the GBG 2001/ Gothenburg ( Sweden) protests against the European Union (EU) summit, and against the visit of US president George Bush.  Riots and mass arrests were also a feature of the event, although most actions were peaceful.

Participating in the 12-17 June programme organised by the revolutionary syndicalist Swedish Workers Central Organisation (SAC) alongside activists from Bangladesh, Chile, Mexico, Nepal and Siberia, the BMC duo addressed a press conference on Wednesday 13th, gave a session that afternoon on “After apartheid: working class struggle against neo-liberalism in South Africa,” and also were key to the Friday 15th “Red+Black Meeting: what do the anarcho-syndicalists want?”  Naturally they were also active in the protests.

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About Lucien van der Walt

I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m 10th generation South African, born and bred. I have long been involved in union education, and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented or published 450+ papers, including conferences and workshops, co-edited 4 journal specials (on global and African labour history, and the left), and produced five books. Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). I won the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ PhD thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) award for best African dissertation, for my thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have also done research in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.