Newsbrief: Silence on Pusherstrasse -- Christiania Drug Sellers Strike for Future of "Free City" 3/28/03

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Reuters reported Wednesday that the legendary hash-sellers of Christiania, the Danish "free city" at a former Copenhagen army base, have gone on strike to protest government proposals to raze the three decade-old enclave.

"All trade has been stopped since this morning and we do not know how long this strike will take, maybe days, maybe months," said Pernilla Hansen of the Christiania Information Office. "We want to show the government that an open market for soft drugs is better than forcing people on to the streets where much harder stuff is sold illegally," she said.

Politicians from the center-right Liberal Party of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, which has long loathed the hippies of Christiania and their open soft-drug market, are calling for the enclave to be demolished and replaced with an "urban renewal" project.

The dealers' strike is not a first in Christiania. In 1994, after a year of escalating conflict with police over open hash sales, Christiania vendors went on a five-day strike because "parliament doesn't have a grip on Danish drug policy," according to the official Christiania web site (http://www.christiania.org). After media and ministerial attention was prompted by the strike, the police went away.

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