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SchNEWS Round 1996
51-100 / December 1995 - November 1996
Action takes over England... M41 motorway gets occupied in
huge Reclaim The Streets party... The Third Battle Of Newbury...
plus the national SchLIVE Tour, the Liverpool Dockers go 'direct
action', resistance to Jobseekers Allowance, Exodus Collective,
Trident Ploughshares women go free after smashing Hawk Jet,
Selar Opencast Mine protest camp, Fairmile - A30 protest camp,
Wandsworth Eco-village, the Squatter's Estate Agency...SchNEWS
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100, 22nd November 1996 -
Where Do We Go From Here? The programme of the Direct Action
Conference in Brighton.
15th November 1996
Shell garage closed for a day on anniversary
of Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa's execution. A talk about genetically
modified food gets closed down at World Food Summit in Rome; Jobseekers
Allowance sanctions busters in Brighton
98, 8th November 1996
The Spies The Limit! Veteran peace campaigner Lindis Percy is
suing US security officers for assault at Mildenhall spy base
and more about Menwith Hill spy base and other US military presence
in Britain. Plus - base closed down for day at Faslane; a decade
of wrongful imprisonment for Satpal Ram and more
97, 1st November 1996
Stop The City! Toronto closes down all public services for two
days - with a million striking against 'economic restructuring'.
96, 25th October 1996
Soya: A Four Letter Word - Genetically modified food and the
international stitch-up multinationals like Monsanto are gearing
up for; BP fund Colombian death squads...
95, 18th October 1996
Guinness Pillage Eco-village - after five months of turning
the 12 acre site in Wandsworth into a sustainable low-impact community,
activists are evicted. Plus - ID Cards, Secret Services Act becomes
law (see SchNEWS 75); how to beat JSA
94, 11th October 1996
Welcome To The Clampdown - Tories introduce Jobseekers Allowance,
cuts in Housing Benefit and expansion of Workfare schemes. Plus
- Pressmennan Oakwood North in East Lothian - ancient forest under
93, 4th October 1996
Docks And Dreadlocks Come Together - The Reclaim The Future
weekend in Liverpool where hundreds of direct action people come
to the port city for actions with and in support of the sacked Liverpool
Dockers. Plus - 60th anniversary of Battle Of Cable Street, where
protests stopped Oswald Mosley's British Union Of Fascists (BUF)
march through London's East End.
92, September 1996
Collective Strength - Exodus collective thrive, despite police
harassment, press smears, the council and freemasons on their case,
and threats of eviction
91, 20th September 1996
Repetitively Beaten? A run down of the way the summer's festivals
have been hit hard being forced to play by the new rules of the
CJA. And - police try to pay activist Janet Lovelace to turn informer
- uncovering a plot between the police and British Aerospace; Fairmile
under imminent eviction; grass-up-a-dole-cheat hot-line
89/90, 6th September 1996
Got Any Spare Coppers? Police close down Justice? meeting in
Brighton, after last week's RTS; plus 40 arrested at Farnborough
88, 30th August 1996
Reclaim The Streets: 40 Dead - every day in the UK 25 die from
pollution and 15 die on the roads; Police go over the top at Brighton
Reclaim The Streets with 80 arrested; Plus Liverpool Dockers
87, 23rd August 1996
Justice? - Michael Howard's proposes ID Cards - and the Labour
opposition go along with it, and then gives the go-ahead to police
use of CS gas after trial. Plus report about air pollution; Reclaim
The Streets in Birmingham
86, 16th August 1996
Out Of (law &) Order - It's been a summer of over-the-top
policing. Plus - Reclaim The Streets still under attack after July
12th Street Party III; racism in British criminal justice system;
open cast mining madness in Wales continues
85, 9th August 1996
All Together Now! Cyclists take to the streets of London in
a Critical Mass in solidarity with the striking tube workers; Wandsworth
land squat facing eviction; Smokey Bears Picnic and more
84, 2nd August 1996
Anyone For Trident? The four women who wrote off a £23m
Hawk Jet with hammers walk free - after successfully defending themselves
against charges of criminal damage by arguing they were preventing
a larger crime - genocide! Plus - a rundown of workers struggles;
hunger strikes in Turkish prisons end and more
83, 26th July 1996
It Could Be You! One In A Thousand Britons Now In Nick - people
in British prisons reaches record proportions. Plus - Rank plan
leisure resort at Lyminge Forest, Kent; and more
82, 19th July 1996
Ireland Erupts - Irish nationalist marches in Northern Ireland
face rubber bullets from armed police, while the Protestant Orange
march gets cleared by police to march through Catholic areas. Plus
- M41 in London gets occupied in Reclaim The Streets party!
81, 12th July 1996
It Ain't Arf Hot Mum - the climate change spectre for Britain.
Plus a two page special 'Ecological Revolution on Bougainville'
80, 5th July 1996
What You Lookin' At? The Police and Security Expo in Manchester
- where police forces from Britain and abroad inspected the latest
line in surveillance equipment such as CCTV cameras, tear gas, grenade
launchers and more
Plus a two page special 'Forest Gardening:
a growing movement' - reclaiming food production from supermarkets.
79, 28th June 1996
Would You Like Lies With That Sir? McLibel - the longest libel
trial in British history has it's second birthday.
21st June 1996
England 0 East Timor 200,000 (dead) - Britain has a booming
(and subsidised) arms industry and profits from international conflicts
and genocidal regimes like Indonesia. British arms were used by
Indonesia to cause the deaths of 200,000 East Timorese. Plus - Exodus
Collective; Faslane Peace Camp
7th June 1996
Offensive Weapon? Police carry guns in public for the first
plus a rundown of new weapons introduced to British police
in the past year.
31st May 1996
Deeds Not Words! A Talking Shop In Turkey: Habitat II Summit
June 3-14th Istanbul - follows up the 1992 United Nations Rio Earth
24th May 1996
Bugger Off! The Security Services Bill will enable secret police
to legally gain entry to your home, install cameras, tap phones,
bugging devices etc.
74, 17th May 1996
Splash & Grab - the Yorkshire Water fiasco, privatisation,
and facts about water
Plus - tenth anniversary of the Squatters
handbook; still nine camps at Newbury and more
73, 10th May 1996
Pure Profit! After a week of occupation, landowners Guiness
try to evict 'The Land Is Ours' squatters from a site in Wandsworth
which has been empty for six years. Plus - Germans blockade nuclear
train and more
3rd May, 1996
Reclaim The Ground
As Seagulls Get Into Direct Action.
Football fans at Brighton storm the ground during the game in protest
against club ground sell-off by money-minded developers.
SchNEWS 71, 26th April 1996
Chernobyl: 10 Years On - the roaring successes of the nuclear
70, 19th April 1996
Summer Of Love! Newbury might be finished but it's summer and
there's loads more camps on
Plus Stoke Newington cops in drugs
scandal; Kings Cross Women's Centre evicted; Tony Rebel Green is
nicked at RTS and more
69, 12th April 1996
Anarchists Storm Parliament - march against Jobseekers Allowance
marches on the Houses of Parliament. Plus - the GANDALF trial begins;
and Cothrom - a Scottish SchNEWS is launched and more
68, 4th April 1996
The CJA With Bells On! - new additions to the Prevention Of
Terrorism Act (PTA) have gone thru, allowing new 'stop and search'
powers to police; Plus - The last camp is evicted at Newbury and
67, 29th March 1996
How Now Mad Cow? The story behind CJD, BSE and British farming
practises. Plus two page special 'Doomsday For Doley's? -
Six Months And Counting Till The JSA' - a rundown of Jobseekers
Allowance. Plus - six months for the Liverpool Dockers
66, 22nd March 1996 -
600 Nicked At Newbury Eyewitness accounts of dramatic evictions,
as the protest enters its last stages. Plus - CS gas claims its
first victim - Ibrahima Sey
65, 15th March 1996
The direct action movement has made great strides
but how does it expand to include locals, yer mum and dad, and others
outside the 'direct action movement'? Plus - more evictions at Newbury
8th March 1996
Squat A Cheek! - The Squatters Estate Agency in Brighton.
63, 1st March 1996
Monster Munch: As Selar is set to be swallowed whole! After
a big fight Selar protest camp was evicted, to make way for the
open cast mine - as SchNEWS wonders if we need a change of tactics.
Plus - evictions begin at Newbury; Black Moon sound system become
first victims of section 63 of CJA; doleworkers' strike ends and
62, 23rd February 1996
Gotcha! As Peace Activists Have Smashing Time With Genocidal Aircraft.
Three women wrote off a £13 million hawk jet with hammers,
in protest against British arms sales to human-rights abusing regimes
like Indonesia. Plus - LAMB - campaign against banks' involvement
with international arm sales.
16th February 1996
"Battleground" - as protesters bounce on castle and
60, 9th February 1996
Firebombed - pressure mounts on Luton free party posse. Cop
admits that Police have got it in for the Exodus collective in Luton.
Plus - the battle goes on at Newbury; Brighton Critical Mass; member
of US Black rights group The Move speaks in UK, and more
59, 2nd February 1996 -
Arooooga!! Battle Cry As Camp Get Set For Action - week 4 of
the battle to stop the Newbury Bypass, and 300 have been nicked
as police and security forces escalate. Urgent call out for people
to get up there. Plus - anniversary of the death of animal rights
campaigner Jill Phipps and more
58, 26th January 1996
Bypass The Law - Battle Of Newbury Hots Up - Come And Join The Fun.
After three weeks and there are now 20 camps along the path of destruction,
while many are being arrested for Aggravated Trespass. Plus - victory
for Exodus Collective; cops to use CS gas; and Selar Farm open cast
mine protest under threat of eviction
57, 19th January 1996 -
Direct Action Stations - more people needed to beat the bulldozers
at the Newbury Bypass. The Third Battle Of Newbury goes into its
third week, as the police begin to use the new powers of the CJA.
All this during the 100th anniversary of the car.
56, 12th January 1996
Nice One Newbury. After the first week of action at the Newbury
Bypass, and the protesters are winning - but for how long? And why
roads create traffic problems, not solve them, and more about 'car
culture'. Hamburg squatters have a victory; Durnford Quarry; SchLive
to go on tour and more
55, 5th January 1996
CJA Disassembled. Cracks are appearing in the CJA as sections
of the law are quashed on appeal. Plus - callout to get down to
the Newbury Bypass; digging the dirt on Home Secretary Michael Howard,
police to introduce pepper spray; dole workers on strike
54, 21st December 1995
Wanted! - Have you seen these two faces? They are coppers in
the 'Forward Intelligence Team' - set up to gather info about 'potential
troublemakers'. Plus - two page special report about the Asylum
and Immigration Bill - a new attack on human rights in England.
And - the Exodus Collective
53, 15th December 1995
Babylon's Burning! Another black death in police custody in
London - Brian Douglas - sends Brixton to boiling point. Plus -
report from Justices' National Direct Action Conference held in
Brighton last weekend.
52, 8th December 1995
Whatley Quarry?! Earth First! 60 Nicked In Superquarry Shutdown!
The quarry in Somerset - supplying stone for road building - is
closed for the day. Plus - the French in mass strikes against Thatcher-style
cuts, and more
51, 1st December 1995
Signing Off! As Striking Dole Workers Hit The Streets
Dole workers go on strike; plus the 500 Liverpool Dockers get international
support; gypsies under attack, and more...