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July 20, 2001 (Reuters)

DATELINE: Genoa

'FREE TRYNKA' MOVEMENT LOSES MOMENTUM IN WAKE OF G8 PROTESTS IN GENOA

-Ex-Pop Star's Incarceration No Longer Target of Protests

Less than a month ago, her story was front-page news. Media pundits debated her case as thousands of her supporters rallied in the streets. Even the finals of the French Open were interrupted by her manager (Ms. Andrea van Kuijk of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) dashing across the court waving a protest sign demanding her release.

Since late May, Kilopop! vocalist Trynka Zhenk has been detained in a French jail after being arrested during a pro-environment demo in St. Tropez. Refusing bail, Ms. Zhenk hoped to leverage her case into a broader discussion of the Bush administration's questionable environmental policies, a tactic which seems to have both succeeded and failed. The protests sparked in Genoa by President Bush's participation in the G8 Economic Summit indicate that the US's stands on globalisation and environmental issues are still very much hot topics, yet the issue of Ms. Zhenk herself has faded from the headlines.

"She's my sister, so I'll support her forever," says Furk Zhenk, barely hiding his disappointment at the poor turnout at today's 'Free Trynka' rally in Genoa's financial district. Mr. Zhenk had called for a rally to be held outside the regional offices of Banque Pinard, Cochon & Fils, the Luxembourg bank that had initially supported his sister's cause. The firm had offered to pay Ms. Zhenk's bail and legal fees, but later retracted their offer citing greed. BPC&F also was underwriting Kilopop!'s summer comeback tour, which had to be canceled at a considerable loss due to her arrest.

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