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Paint bombs against Millionaire Fair

9 December 2008 – Paint bombs have been hurled at billboards, hundreds of bills have been posted across the city, a slogan has been painted at the office of the organisation and a growing number of organisations will be joining in protests at the opening of the Millionaire Fair on Thursday.

Yesterday, Rebelact brought relief for millionaires (photo above). The organisation claims it was removed by security within four minutes.

During the past week, various billboards of the Millionaire Fair in and around Amsterdam have been targeted with paint bombs, Ravage Digitaal reports. On Sunday, the offices of GMG in Amsterdam Zuid were also targeted by activists, who paint bombed it and painted the slogan 'The good years are over' on a wall.

The activists want the organisation of the Millionaire Fair to be stopped immediately. Above all, they demand “forced collectivisation of all property of anyone having more than one million on their bank account or in investments”, according to Ravage.

A growing number of organisations say they will join a protest on opening night at 7.30 pm at the RAI, including political parties AA/DG and SP; immigrant's organisations DIDF, HTIB and KMAN; welfare recipients' organisation Bijstandsbond; the University Activists and the International Socialists.

Later that evening, unknown anarchist groups plan to 'disrupt' the fair, meeting at 8 pm at RAI Railway Station. On Sunday, a community art group will organise an event in collaboration with the Bijstandsbond.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “the protesters have every right to make their voices and whistles heard. But the demise of the Millionaire Fair won’t come from protesters – it will come from a lack of millionaires. And that would be bad for everybody”.

Yves Gijrath, who is the initiator of the fair, thinks opposition to the event is unjustified. “People often think that the rich only dance on the waves of success, whereas most of them are hard-working entrepreneurs who also want to enjoy themselves”, he told de Telegraaf.

Gijrath complains that the fair's contribution to the local economy is not recognised by the municipality. “Look, I really don't need no subsidy, but a postcard would be nice”.

In Istanbul, the fair was opened by the minister of Economic Affairs. “In the Netherlands, we haven't even seen Mayor Cohen. In a way I understand this, he fears that his followers will get to see a photo of him with a glass of champagne in front of an expensive car in the newspaper”.


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