A few hours ago, a few kilometers from my home, the Copenhagen European Council’s Presidency Conclusions were announced by the Danish Prime Minister, and marks the conclusion of the accession negotiations with Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. These will be new members of EU from 1 May 2004, if they want to (there has to be referendums in all countries).
The top meeting has brought thousands of politicians, journalists and and not least activists to Copenhagen. In the largest police action Denmark has seen, the police has practically occupied Copenhagen. The Bella Center area, where the meetings were held, has been a barricaded fortress these days, as so has the Parliament. And lots of areas in Copenhagen were closed down.
There have been a number of peaceful demonstrations, but nothing like the situation we saw last you in Sweden, with the riots in Gothenburg around the top meeting. I happened to be in Gothenburg at that time, and it was not a pretty sight.
The Danish EU Presidency’s official website, eu2002.dk, is running fine, it seems. One site that is not running is disobidience.dk, one of the activist sites. It has been DoS-attacked, after it itself called for people to attack the EU-site, under the slogan “Electronic civil disobedience… It rocks!”. The police went after the ISP that hosted disobidience.dk.