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Reclaim the Streets

Reclaim the Streets (RTS) is a group of people with a collective ideal of community ownership of public spaces. It has been characterised as a resistance movement to the corporate forces of globalisation, and, more signficantly, as a form of opposition to the car as the dominant mode of transport.

Reclaim the Streets often stage non-violent direct action street reclaiming events such as the 'invasion' of a major road, highway or freeway to stage a party. While this may obstruct the regular users of these spaces such as car drivers and public bus riders, the philosophy of Reclaim the Streets is that it is vehicle traffic, not pedestrians who are causing the obstruction, and that by occupying the road they are in fact opening up public space. RTS events are usually spectacular and colourful, with dancing, traffic disruption and occasionally violence. The style of the parties in many places has been influenced by the rave scene in the UK.

These "street parties" have been held in cities all over Europe, Australia, North America, and Africa.

See also: Stop the City, No Logo, Naomi Klein, Anarchism, Situationism, Critical Mass, London Action Resource Centre, Guerilla gardening, SchNEWS

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