PEOPLE POWER PUSH PUSHERS OUT

Direct democracy demolished Pusher Street.

The hash market was closed just nine hours after Christianites made the decision in the autonomous freetown of Christiania, Copenhagen.

Anger and condemnation erupted in Christianites after Wednesday’s late-night triple shootings of two policemen and an impoverished bottle collector by a Pusher Street gunman.

A five-hour common meeting – the highest governing power in Christiania – was held on Thursday night.

It opened with offering sympathies and condolences to the policeman, who was shot in the head, and the other officer in the leg.

The gunman, male mid-twenties originally from Bosnia and a violence-affected family, was shot and killed by police in Kastrup, south of Copenhagen.

The meeting heard an eye-witness report that the gunman with a bag and was approached by two cops.

There were other cops around, behind, both in civilian clothes and in uniform.

The guy grappled with the cops, and then there was firing.

Two cops went down.

The other police had disappeared.

The gunman walked off.

He looked over at an unfortunate bottle-collector who just happened at that time to check for discarded glass bottles so he could collect a pittance for returns.

The poor bottle-collect stood frozen.

The gunman raised his firearm.

He leveled it, aiming it at the bottle-collector’s head.

He then lowered it.

And shot the bottle-collector in the leg.

The psycho-gunman made off, escaping out of Christiania, into Christianstown, down Amager, south towards the airport to Kastrup, where the cops cornered him.

Christianites had had enough.

The common meeting, attended by nearly 500 people in the Grey Hall, agreed by consensus to close Pusher Street.

The meeting finally ended by midnight.

By 9 AM – nine hours after the meeting – on Friday, September 2, 2016, the demolition of Pushers Street began.

Christianites broke up the timber-framed plywood stands in Pusher Street, the main avenue of Christiania – a self-governing community of about 900 people since 1971.

Pushers had previously stood in these camouflaged stalls in sky-masks or balaclavas, wearing gloves and bullet-proof vests while selling hash.

This little cottage industry generates some two billion kroner in cannabis sales annually.

But who got the profit.

Not Christiania.

Gangsters, Hells-Angels, biker-gangs, professional criminals sucked the fat off this market and left fear and despair in their wake.

It felt like a new day, a Christmas morning, as the stalls fell, and gangster power crumbled, thanks to people-power, especially the power of women in Christiania.

It now feels like art, and music, creativity and joy can take the place of fear and violence.

Christiania has done its part, now it is up to the Danish government to legalise cannabis, regulate it, and get the gunmen psyco criminals out of this industry, which is after all a health industry.

Christianites worked into the afternoon knocking down Pusher Street stalls and skiping them.

The sun shone.

The Machine Halls tractors, diggers and fork-lifts hauled the Pusher garbage off to Christiania’s in-house waste centre, which overflowed with gangster debris.

Christianiaties set up picnic tables and celebrated the end of Pusher Street; laughter replaced fear.

The Danish rain came after the work was done.

Blessings on people-power … the Christianites have set the bar for democracy.