S11 was the activist code-name for a protest against meetings of the World Economic Forum on 11 September 2000 in Melbourne, Australia. Activism, in a general sense can be described as intentional action to bring about social or political change Protest expresses relatively overt reaction to events or situations sometimes in favor though more often opposed The World Economic Forum (WEF is a Geneva -based Non-profit foundation best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland Events 9 - The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ends 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. One of the groups involved in the protests called itself the S11 Alliance  and the success of the protest led to the creation of the M1 Alliance on 1 November 2000 in preparation for the next year's May Day events  and the S26 Alliance , in solidarity with protest against the International Monetary Fund/World Bank meetings in Prague (Sept. May Day occurs on May 1 and refers to any of several Public holidays In many countries May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour The International Monetary Fund ( IMF) is an International organization that oversees the Global financial system by following the Macroeconomic The World Bank is an internationally supported Bank that provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries for development programs (e Prague (ˈprɑːg Praha (ˈpraɦa see also other names) is the Capital and Largest city of the Czech Republic. 26, 2000). The protest was part of the anti-globalisation movement, and closely modeled after the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. " Anti-globalization " is a term that encompasses a number of related ideas Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) This movement has been motivated by a number of concerns about globalization, including loss of national sovereignty, environmental impact, and the impact of foreign debt and multi-national corporations on third world countries. Globalization (or globalisation) in its literal sense is the process of transformation of local or regional phenomena into global ones Sovereignty is the exclusive Right to control a Government, a country, a people or oneself Third World is a name given to nations that are generally considered to be underdeveloped economically
The protest was notable as the first major anti-globalization action to take place in Australia. As with previous events in other parts of the world, the event was characterized by civil disobedience and often festive direct action, and by an aggressive police response. Protesters linked arms and some chained themselves together in an effort to prevent delegates from getting into the meetings . The police reportedly responded with pepper spray (which in Victoria is not permitted to be used by police at demonstrations), and Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand MP Nandor Tanczos reported that he and other protesters were victims of police brutality . Pepper spray (also known as OC spray (from " Oleoresin Capsicum " OC gas, capsicum spray, or oleoresin capsicum The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is a Political party in the New Zealand parliament. Character Opinions of Tánczos vary greatly Political opponents have tended to categorize him as a dangerous radical, often citing his role as a spokesperson for Police brutality is the world wide use of excessive force usually physical but potentially also in the form verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by
During the S11 protests there was a significant media presence, and some reporters and photographers were attacked by police during their attempts to break up the protest. This resulted in a higher degree of reporting than that which normally occurs at similar protests, and a large amount of photographic and video evidence of the event was available. In a report regarding the police response, the Ombudsman's Report  stated "It was obvious that the event had been one of the most photographed events in recent memory and there was likely to be a great deal of video footage. "