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Danish smokers plan marijuana march May 05 2005 ol.co.za
Copenhagen - Danish marijuana users will on Saturday demonstrate in favour of legalising the drugs internationally, news agency TT reported.
The protest march was called by the so-called Cannabis Council, whose members feature representatives from political parties, including the Socialist Peoples' Party.
"We are peaceful cannabis smokers who are protesting because we are being discriminated against by the law," said council representative Klaus Trier Tuxen.
The protest will start with a "smoke-in" in Christiania, Copenhagen's notorious drug-user neighbourhood, and demonstrators will then march to City Hall and on to the Danish parliament.
An alternative community founded by hippies in 1971 in an abandoned military barracks near the centre of the Danish capital, Christiania is home to more than a thousand hippies, artists, activists and misfits as well as to restaurants, cafes, shops and some unique-looking homes designed by residents.
A popular tourist attraction, the area also has had the dubious reputation of being the biggest drug market in Scandinavia.
But police crackdowns since March 2004 are said to have nearly wiped out the drug trade.