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08/26/2007 02:34 AM ID: 64491 Permalink   

Mermaid's Celebration Overcome By Sharks


The celebration of the 94th birthday of the famous Little Mermaid statue was taking place in Copenhagen. The statue commemorates the central character in the story of The Little Mermaid created in 1836 by Hans Christian Anderson.

Women clad in bikinis board a canal boat and release balloons the colors of the Danish flag and then jump into the water to shape themselves into the number which represents the statues birthday. As the women prepared to shape a "94" sharks arrived.

The sharks were protesters wearing shark fins and the number "69" who were protesting the demolition of a local Youth House earlier in the year. The eviction of the residents and its destruction in March caused riots and the arrest of 170 people.

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Christiania residents have become guerilla (or 'shark') fighters! Go Christiania!

The Copenhagen rich and powerful should have left the commune alone. Now they will have to wonder if someone's going to destroy every event that takes place and every building that is raised on the island.
  by: theironboard     08/26/2007 07:47 AM     
I am all for having the right to protest against something, but protests should not be allowed to interfere with other peoples lives, including celebrations.
Why is it that every time I read about protests there is always a 'victim' somewhere along the line?

On the lighter side women clad in bikini's is always a good way to celebrate something ;)
  by: Anglo_Englishman   08/26/2007 08:31 AM     
I agree that they should try to confine their protests to the area of concern. I support the fight for Christiania, but don't have high hopes for it.

The statue of the mermaid was recently clad in Islamic women's garb as a sign of protest.

I wish people would respect this particular symbol as it is a popular character from a children's story and has nothing to do with these issues.

I hope the Danish protestors choose their targets more wisely next time.
  by: theironboard     08/26/2007 08:50 AM     

Guys with shark-fins, beautiful Danish women in bikinis, brass band music.... who could for ask for anything more?
  by: theironboard     08/26/2007 09:55 AM     
  Youth House  
excuse me but if I remember the story right it was a bunch of stinkin hippie squaters in a vacant building, uh sorry a "youth house".

Maybe they should try to (for once) contribute to society instead of telling society how they deserve a free ride.
  by: FTFFTW   08/26/2007 10:23 PM     
Nah, man--- they weren't stinky. They were in the water getting all clean!

Besides, the youth center was part of the community-- Christiania is a place of several businesses and galleries. It's quite a special place!

Pretty much everyone there is employed in some fashion, but I think there was a problem with some people there claiming special benefits while they were actually selling pot or hash... back in the good old days.

This whole thing is going on because of greedy politicians who want to over-develop the land for their own pockets.
  by: theironboard     08/26/2007 10:53 PM     
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