THE WAR COMES HOME
STATEMENT ABOUT LONDON TERRORIST ATTACKS
So its happened, the war has come home. Of course SchNEWS
isnt standing up for the scumbags behind the bombs, but they
werent irrational acts of evil for the sake of it. Its
hard to stomach world leaders weeping crocodile tears over terrorist
attacks when their own actions have caused hundreds of thousands
of deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan and Chechnya.
Collateral damage is counted in broken bodies and destroyed
lives whether it happens in Kings Cross or Kabul. Its
no better to drop a bomb from 30,000 feet and blow someone up, than
it is to explode one on the tube. What Governments call war (or
justified military intervention) is terrorism when the
bombs are falling on you and your family.
The mainstream press have tried to eliminate political context
from the story. Without that it becomes the story of a cabal of
evil scary men bent on the taking of human life. That is how they
are depicting the bombings here come the bogeymen. Stripped
of analysis, we are faced with a nightmare of implacable, irrational
evil. Without an understanding of what has motivated these acts
we cannot hope to prevent further atrocities.
The right-wing press has insisted that these attacks are not connected
to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the occupation of Palestine.
They are apparently an attack on our way of life. But
these bombs werent planted in Sweden or Holland (surely a
modern day Sodom and Gomorrah). In every communiqué released,
Al Qaeda and other Jihadist groups explicitly condemn western military
intervention in Muslim lands. Some fundamentalists undoubtedly do
view our society as permissive and corrupt, however if it werent
for the economic and military dominance of the West over the Muslim
world they would be isolated fanatics. Terrorism thrives only where
there is no outlet for peoples legitimate aspirations. Surely
the lesson of Northern Ireland is that solution to terrorism lies
in dialogue and negotiation.
In February 2003 the Joint Intelligence Committee reported that
Al-Qaeda and associated groups continued to represent by far
the greatest terrorist threat to western interests, and that that
threat would be heightened by military action against Iraq.
Against our will we have been dragged into a war of resource theft,
a war which in Iraq has cost 100,000 civilian lives. Is it any surprise
that somebody has struck back?
So what happens next? Will Britain follow the American 9/11 path
or will the backlash against Blair force the withdrawal of troops
from Iraq and Afghanistan as the Spanish Government was forced to?
A further massive clampdown on civil liberties and the stifling
of dissent is now on the cards. Bushs with-us-or-against-us
logic could emerge here, but we are also presented with a golden
opportunity to prevent any more imperialist adventures. It wouldnt
be surrender for the anti-war movement to re-emphasise the Troops
Out message: its recognition of our governments complicity
in the creation of this downward spiral of violence.
The most worrying immediate development is the attacks taking place
against mosques as people seek to vent their anger on those demonised
for years by the tabloid press. At the moment this could just be
the work of a few bonehead right wingers trying to stir up racial
conflict, but its imperative that they do not succeed in fanning
the flames of racial hatred. With the government and the tabloids
having built the pyre will it be left to the BNP to strike the matches?
So the question we must all ask: How do we, trapped between a rock
and a hard place - with the State, cops and capitalism on one side
and fundamentalist religious bigots on the other continue
to struggle for a better world? We must not allow this atrocity
to overshadow the actions taken at Gleneagles against the main belligerents
in this war: the G8 leadership.
Crap Arrests of the Week
For waiting for a bus...
One attendee at the protests in Scotland last week was sitting
at a bus-stop waiting for a bus when the forces of Law and Order
come screeching up beside him. Out jumped six of Scotlands
Finest who promptly searched him and, having found nothing dubious
on him, reached for a half-empty can of lager left under the seat
he was on. Said suspect was then arrested for street drinking
and held for 30 hours. This is despite the fact that the person-in-question
has not touched alcohol for 15 years!
For not beaming out of Scotland
One man was arrested for breach of the peace during the road blockades
of Gleneagles, and was given bail conditions forcing him to leave
Scotland. A few hours later on his way back to Wales he was arrested
again for not leaving quickly enough. SchNEWS wonders if the cops
think anti capitalists have invented some kind of Star Trek type
machine that can immediately beam people out of the area. Beam
me up Squatty, ahem.
It was the largest policing operation ever seen in the UK with
366 arrests. If you saw people being arrested then the G8 Legal
Support Group urgently needs to hear from you: www.g8legalsupport.info
MAKE CELEBRITY HISTORY
The week at Gleneagles tee-ed off with the showbiz glitz and
greasepaint glamour of Make Poverty History. Over two hundred
thousand people gathered in white at the behest of Bob Gandalf and
his magical singing staff. They came marching through the centre
of Edinburgh, Birkenstock clad and Guardian brandishing, proud to
be part of the latest mass hysteria and revelling in the fact that
Poverty had been made History. OK, it was great to see such a groundswell
in favour of radical change but tragic to see it co-opted by ill-informed
celebrities on behalf of the New Labour project. In the run up to
the G8 serious commentators were arguing that what Africa needed
was not more western intervention but less. Fair trade and end to
agricultural protectionism and the arms trade. Not an ex-Boomtown
Prat dishing out the crumbs from the rich mans table and cuddling
Tony Blair. These tax-evading shitbags are not relegating poverty
to history; they are now so far up their own arses they cannot see
that they are now actively lending support to these killers. In
Edinburgh we faced the sickening spectacle of the tragedy of Africa
being used as a vehicle for has-been popstars to aspire to secular
NGOs from the global south, meanwhile, looked on horrified by a
campaign that makes demands on the G8. They know who is responsible
for most of the problems of the developing world, and that the protests
should be directed against the G8, not through it. As journalist
John Pilger put it The truth is that the debt relief the G8
is offering is lethal because its ruthless conditionalities
of captive economies far outweigh any tenuous benefit. This was
taboo during the G8 week, whose theme was not so much making poverty
history as the silencing and pacifying and co-opting dissent and
An invitation-only meeting of Christian Aid supporters and church
leaders in Edinburgh was typical. They were being addressed by the
man who pulls the Neo Labour purse strings, Gordon Brown. One man
who hadnt read the script asked him When will you stop
the rape of the poors resources? Why are there so many conditions
on aid? He was thrown out, to cheers from among the assembled
Meanwhile Bruce Whitehead of Make Poverty History (MPH) commented
[Ours] is not a march in the sense of a demonstration, but
more of a walk. The emphasis is on fun in the sun. The intention
is to welcome the G8 leaders to Scotland and ask them to deliver
trade justice, debt cancellation and increased aid to developing
Leaked emails to MPH from its events-management people, asked how
it intended to deal with certain people at the rally who would be
ignoring our ownership of the event and our key messaging.
Some of those off message no doubt included people like us handing
out SchNEWS and Dissent flyers.
Unlike the massive million plus march that turned out on Londons
streets to oppose the Iraq war, this seemed like the Live8
concerts around the world - almost devoid of politics. Neo Labour
had lapped it all up, spun it all out and happily co-opted the whole
bloody lot. Dont mention the war. Dont mention capitalism.
And dont for focks sake mention that G8 policy, far from alleviating
poverty, is a direct cause of it.
SchNEWS decided the best approach was to mingle with the crowds
on the march trying to get some information behind the emotion.
It seemed important to make people aware that Geldofs
ego-fest wasnt the only game in town and make people aware
of more radical views and break the monopoly of truth.
On Sunday the chasms between the protestors opened even wider with
three separate conferences in the city happening at the same time.
In one hall: the liberal NGOs (where some excellent speakers
outlined their opposition to the G8 and the world order with one
telling us we had to put a stake through the heart of the World
Trade Organisation!) (Talks cheap but it takes money to buy
whiskey). In another The George Galloway Personality Cult (Respect,
G8 Alternatives and the rest of the ragbag authoritarian left) We
saluted their indefatigability!! Meanwhile a broadly anti-authoritarian
gathering disagreed about what to call themselves at Edinburgh University.
Sadly there was little traffic between camps. The bulk of those
attending the G8 elected not to participate in direct action against
the summit. We have to ask ourselves why.
Next up was Mondays Carnival of Full Encirclement where the
sheer weight of cops stopped anything carnival-like dead in its
tracks. Hemmed into a park, clowns and black block rained flowers
on the police. Local youths showed us how it was done with flying
kicks at riot shields. The Metropolitan Police did their best to
look like an invading army, their screaming faces all over next
mornings front pages. But while shoppers looked on bemused
a few of us were there to hand SchNEWS to people eager to know what
these anarchists and anti-capitalists supposedly hell bent on razing
Edinburgh to the ground were on about.
CONVERGENCE - FINALLY FACING MY PORTALOO
The Anti-G8 protesters were based around three convergence centres:
Hori-Zone - a rural camp of 3000 near Stirling, plus centres in
Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Horizone in Stirling was, um, a sterling example (sorry) of
how people can organise and make the impossible happen. The police
leaned on a whole series of land-owners who offered us space and
they caved in one by one. The site we ended up with was just outside
of Stirling, miles from Edinburgh and the wrong side of the Ochil
Hills for Gleneagles. So some serious walking was on the way for
the happy campers.
Although the backdrop was beautiful there were a few drawbacks.
First it was surrounded on three sides by a notoriously treacherous
tidal river where many people had drowned, which later helped the
cops block us in. Second it was a landfill site with potentially
explosive methane seeping out, so no campfires or even smoking allowed
on the riverbank because of the fire danger! Thinking about it its
a surprise the whole of Scotland wasnt declared a fire risk
with the amount of methane seeping out of certain celebrity orifices!
The site only turned up only two weeks before the summit, leaving
a few people with the mammoth job of making it liveable. Despite
the obstacles people pulled together and did without sleep for days
to make the camp not only a harmonious living space for some three
thousand protesters from all over Europe but an effective base for
action. A staggering achievement. It was truly inspiring to see
people voluntarily tackling logistical nightmares. The crew even
dealt well with the emergency caused by the police stopping the
shit-pumping trucks from emptying the portaloos for days during
their siege of the camp.
There were fifteen kitchens, all working hard to keep everyone
fed. Brightons Anarchist Teapot and Rampenplan, a Dutch kitchen,
joined forces to form an uber-kitchen feeding a thousand people
a day. Throughout the week there were medics and legal support tents,
the Indymedia tent with free internet access, and the 24-hour tranquility
team (who kept an eye on the cops and any on-site conflicts).
It was also a place where we could organise under pressure and
meet like-minded people without having to split ideological hairs.
The focus on direct action caused a remarkable chaotic cohesion.
However in some ways the strengths of the ghetto worked against
us. There were 60,000 people at the G8 Alternatives rally being
entertained by tired old rockers and being hoodwinked
into thinking they were making a difference. Meanwhile a few thousand
of us almost stopped the summit and outran, outsmarted, and in some
cases outfought an enormous police presence. Horizone was too far
away for the curious to wander into, apart from some Stirling locals,
most of whom were pleasantly surprised. It would have been nice
if more people from outside the scene had the chance
to participate in this mostly successful living experiment, but
it would also have made planning actions more complicated than it
The Jack Kane centre in Edinburgh played host to several
thousand protesters throughout the week. It certainly wasnt
pretty - walled in, with a Stalag Luft holiday camp feel due to
the watchtowers and constant security patrols. But the security
turned out to be sound and apparently mostly Welsh for some reason.
Craigmillar is a poor outlying bit of Edinburgh. Some local kids
came and helped out in the kitchen and the community centre opened
up their doors and gave people free access to all their facilities.
The Forrest Cafe was a major meeting point with the Indymedia centre
being run upstairs.
In Glasgow there was a self-organised crash space. It was smaller
than the others, holding less than two hundred at a time, including
affinity groups from all over who used it as a base.
PLANNING - WE ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE
Our disorganisation is our strength! Hori-zone the eco-village
convergence centre was a decentralised and effective entity for
planning actions. Co-ordinating protests in a consensus manner with
three thousand vocal activists seemed an impossible task. Faff,
paranoia and strange hand signals seemed to doom the project from
the start. But it worked!
But theres all along been a chaotic, slippery quality
to the energy of this project, something that resists plans and
timetables and logical organization. By the end of the day, we have
plans, multiple plans, plans so complex and overlaid with fallbacks
that even if were infiltrated, I doubt the cops can understand
them. We barely do. Suddenly all the plans seem completely chaoticbut
then, chaos is what were trying to create, said Starhawk,
freelance facilitator and American Eco-Witch. Because so much of
the action was organised through small and larger groups talking
among themselves and all sorting out their own little parts of the
picture, nobody knew the whole story least of all the cops.
Our correspondent in Glasgow had a tough time with meetings ending
up hamstrung by disagreements. In the end groups left and did their
own thing which might have been for the best.
Although were all over the place, we cant be everywhere.
SchNEWS didnt have any info on how Edinburgh campers managed
to organise themselves, but evidently they did.
13-16th September 2005: DSEi (Defence Systems and Equipment
International) is the worlds biggest weapons fair
selling everything from battleships and attack helicopters
to cluster bombs and machine guns. At DSEi 2003 there were
973 exhibitors selling their deadly wares to delegates from
a third of the worlds countries.DSEi 2005 runs from
13 - 16 September, at the ExCeL Centre, London Docklands.
DISARM DSEi is calling for a week of action and resistance
against this evil trade, both at the exhibition and at relevant
targets across the country. There
are also plans for a convergence space and two day conference.
Theres loads to do to make this happen - organising
actions, publicity, fundraising, convergence spaces, mobilisation...the
list is endless. Get involved now!
ACTION STATIONS - WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE
On the morning of Wednesday 6th, the opening day of the summit,
different affinity groups using a broad spectrum of tactics blockaded
roads leading to Gleneagles, causing serious disruption to the opening
of the conference. The top bananas were flown in by helicopter,
but some 6,000 minions were coming along to attend to their every
whim. It was the translators, bureaucrats and cooks that would have
to use road and rail, and if we stopped them we could stop the summit.
Sterling efforts on the communications front meant that if a blockade
was cleared, people could find out and plug the gap. A spontaneous
information hub centred around a map covered in post-it notes helped
filter out the rampant rumours. By noon it was clear that the blockades
had been largely successful. Despite all the media-fed paranoia
about over policing, on the day they were left overstretched and
underbrained. Delegates to the summit were left stranded on gridlocked
roads. The diverse range of tactics used kept the police guessing.
One minute theyd be faced with black bloc, the next it would
be clowns, kids or hippies sat in the road.
These actions may not have prevented the G8 summit from taking
place, but they certainly slowed things down and cost G8 plc an
absolute packet. More importantly the demos showed how non-hierarchical
decision making can produce real results.
The broad plan emerged late on Tuesday night to stage a number
of blockades on the roads surrounding Gleneagles. From Hori-Zone
there were two public blockading actions which had been proposed
by different groups and consented to on by the ecovillage spokes-council
- a blockade of the A9 (the primary route for delegates and staff),
and another of the M9, a strategic point within walking distance
of the ecovillage. A car convoy and critical mass bike ride served
as flying blockades.
The fact that the eco-village was easy to seal off was the big
difficulty to overcome. The A9 was also an eight hour hike from
the ecovillage. But this didnt deter us. Groups left the eco-village
early on Tuesday to pre-empt the police. People sat in circles with
maps asking questions like does blue mean water then?.
Throughout the day, groups approached the action transport tent,
and asked for a lift to whichever hedge they were going to (try
to) sleep in. Others just started walking over the hills towards
Gleneagles. As darkness fell, hundreds of activists were hidden
in the hills and forests around Gleneagles.
Some of the SchNEWS crew joined the Anarchist ramblers for a cross
After long and painful meetings, protesters trekked into
the hills on Tuesday night, hiding from helicopters in ditches and
schlepping through bogs. Over the night some two hundred dogged,
soggy protesters made the hike. They slept in the woods in the rain
for an hour or so then got up for
another meeting. Hooray!
Scouts found cops waiting for us at the point on the A9 where we
had planned to emerge, so we improvised and ran along a backroad
to the A9, meeting up with other protesters that had been holed
out up in the hills, swelling our numbers further. The crowd got
excited and energised as it started to look like we did have a chance
after a doom-laden morning. We saw the junction where our road hit
the A9 was blocked by police, so we spilled into a field and charged
down. The police were slow to respond and by the time they had formed
a line and called for backup there were fifty people blocking the
road out of Gleneagles. While the police had their hands full cleaning
that up, we heard that another blockade had been formed further
up the road. We regrouped, moved and did a series of smaller blockades
further down the road. These were the rolling blockades
and they worked a treat. In the end the road was shut most of the
time till early afternoon and we went home buzzing.
We met locals along the way who were supportive one
farmer came out to meet us and said we were welcome to walk on his
fields, but to stay off his barley crops. We were happy to oblige.
We met a couple out for a walk taking photographs of the coppers,
who said We havent seen a policeman in our village for
25 years and now theres thousands!
Big Bad Black Block Battle of Bannockburn Bonanza
If you believed the national press youd think five thousand
anarchists had gone on the rampage in a small Scottish town with
no other motivation than mindless destruction. Hellbent on an
orgy of pointless devastation, these mindless thugs
(Daily Record) and losers (Bob Geldof )* ripped satellite
dishes from houses and trashed personal cars. Scottish First minister
Jack Connell went so far as to say they are not protestors,
they do not have a cause.
SchNEWS correspondent on the march saw things bit differently
One thing united the marchers who left site at that time
in the morning, a determination to get to the M9 motorway and blockade
it no matter what. People were fed up with police tactics of encirclement
and indiscriminate violence. A sudden torrential downpour at 3am
concealed us from the prying eyes of police helicopters. A crowd
of about five hundred masked anarchists armed with sticks and bricks,
split into three blocs to avoid being hemmed in by the familiar
kettle tactic, marched out of the camp and set off for the centre
Frustrated by a line of police across the bridge into town and
their own inability to make a consensus decision, anarchists
initially dithered but soon vented their anger at corporate symbols
in Springkerse Industrial estate. The destruction of Burger King
(well there wasnt a McDonalds) was followed by a surge
onto the A91, which leads directly through Bannockburn to the M9.
Police kept throwing lines of shielded cops across the road but
they were pushed or battered out of the way with surprising ease.
Anarchos pushed looted shopping trolleys full of bricks to provide
a constant supply of ammo. The bloc literally fought its way from
the centre of Stirling to the M9. The keys to its success? Solidarity
and organisation. (and the fact the road was lined with fist sized
lumps of granite). Attempts to make arrests were collectively shrugged
off. Although police action split the bloc they never regained the
initiative and as different groups made their way to the road they
lost control of the motorway for three hours. In all that time only
one unmarked vehicle was attacked and that had a police hat on the
dashboard. Despite corporate press reports we saw no random destruction
of private property. What violence there was was targeted at police
attempts to stop the marchers. Locals in Bannockburn (including
one middle aged woman in a pristine white dressing gown) seemed
happy to direct people onto the M9.
*Ok so weve never had a hit record in the eighties but weve
never cuddled Tony Blair either.
Lock On Barricades
Big actions took care of the main transport arteries but the police
were bound to have a back up plan for that.
Minor routes were taken by small affinity groups
who had been meeting in secret in the weeks leading up to the summit.
Early in the morning, we struck, focusing on locations close to
where staff were staying. We also blockaded the rail lines. Most
of the blockades used sophisticated lock-on techniques like perching
up a tripod made of scaffold tubes. People also locked onto cars
were also used. The first blockade to hit was the one at Crieff,
where staff and American delegates were staying. The first car we
stopped was a group of American delegates trying to get to the summit.
Some of the affinity blockades lasted the entire day, while a few
were taken down in about two hours.
Actions flowing out of the convergence centres were so varied that
we simply dont have eyewitness reports. Heres some other
stuff wot happened.
Bike convoy www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/316608.html
Kids protest www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317186.html
Glasgow M74 Protest www3.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317994.html
Those in Edinburgh decided to blockade the Sheraton Grand Hotel,
where a number of delegates were staying. The delegation from Japan
ended up being delayed an additional half hour, just to get out
the hotel. While this blockade would turn out to be small, it had
the effect of creating a diversion, drawing most of the police resources
into the city. It also had the added bonus of forcing Bob Geldof
to switch hotels, from the Sheraton to the downmarket Balmoral..
A car crash blocked the main route out of Edinburgh
There were six days of action against the G8 and here's a few
other events which happened during the week...
2000 descend on Faslane Naval Base home to all of Britains
nuclear armed submarines - with all entrances closed and people
locking-on to gates.
Several hundred gather for the No Borders/Migrants march
at Dungavel Detention Centre, linking neo-liberalism and
the policies of the G8 with the fact that they cause people to flee
danger and war in their countries and seek asylum elsewhere. The
Home Office ordered Dungavel to be emptied of detainees and staff
for the duration of the G8.
In Glasgow six people lock onto entrance to Weir Pumps, one of
the first UK companies to win contracts in Iraq.
With a lot of people either arrested or on bail conditions to leave
Scotland, many are involved in prisoner support, including an action
at Saughton prison with Infernal Noise Brigade.
Fifteen people visit the nearby Raytheon factory to alert
people to the US firm's war mongering trade.
The Commerce St Bridge is occupied in a Street Party in Glasgow
to highlight opposition to the M74 motorway, which if built
would cut a swathe through communities in the Gorbals. The police
cordoned one group and marched them to the M74 protest site. www.jam74.org
Also prisoner support continues with 100 demonstrating at Saughton
prison in Edinburgh.
G8 ACTIONS - RING OF
Having been taken so thoroughly by surprise in the early hours
of Wednesday the police werent gonna get fooled again. At
three on Thursday morning large numbers of police began to appear
outside the Horizone. Mad paranoia swept the camp and rumour ran
like a rabid dog biting and infecting all in its path. Probably
the best rumour doing the rounds was that the football stadium on
site had been completely done over by the Black Block despite it
being clearly visible and undamaged.
What had happened was that police had blockaded all exits from
the site in massive numbers. Nobody was allowed to leave until daybreak
and then only with a plane ticket or dentists appointment
or the like. Nobody seemed sure what law they were using, police
included, but a legal debate seemed off the cards in the face of
such a naked display of force.
Police helicopters hovered and circled continually over the site.
At this point the news of the London bombings began to filter through.
Sleep deprived, boxed in and worried about the scale of what was
happening in London and for the safety of friends and relatives,
our action plans ended up on the back burner. A candlelit vigil
was organised for the victims of the London bombings, and for all
victims of war and terrorism worldwide.
The police retained their tight control until the weekend. Wednesday
had been excellent for most people, but by Thursday the energy had
peaked and many people had not slept in days and were ready to drop.
Getting out in numbers proved impossible. Even the team who came
to empty the portaloos were denied access, leading to some seriously
nasty toilets. Dozens got stomach bugs and spent a day or two running
laps from tents to bogs.
The focus for peoples energy moved to prisoner support and
keeping the site liveable. There was a solidarity demo for those
in jail and a hygiene blitz in the kitchens. Some great music and
film footage from the week made the camp feel like a festival.
The morning after a day of protest like Wednesday, you can rely
on getting a good laugh out of the right wing tabloid newspapers,
and seeing how the hacks have turned their bile-ridden pun-tastic
scribing skills onto twisting events to fit every little-Britain
prejudice they stand for. Thats if you dont get trampled
in the rush of anarchists buying the Mail and the Sun to see if
their mates are in it. Heres some slap-stick comedy moments
from the tabloid papers which make you realise how desperately we
need alternative media like Indymedia, SchNEWS et al.
* The Sun is famous for sloppy right wing journalism and predictably
described actions at Gleneagles as Protesters Spark Orgy Of
Violence with an army of anarchist thugs attacking
blood soaked cops.
* Taking the biscuit was News Of The Worlds article on July
10th about their mole who went undercover at the Stirling
camp to expose the anarchist thugs plotting a violent
riot. The article names and photographs the ringleaders
who had apparently called on every yob across Europe of all political
stripes to join in the fun. To them the Dissent Network was a well
funded international organisation hell-bent on causing disruption,
and they were joined by the French European Anarchy Terror
Network, along with far right groups like the Ultras - Italian
football hooligans - and even the infamous Nazi hate-gang Combat
18. (In truth if any fascist groups had shown their faces they wouldnt
have lasted five bloodied minutes).
*Our favourite infiltrator in the Hori-zone was Kate Ginn of the
Scottish Daily Mail. In a stunning expose she reported that There
are several portaloos, but only the hardiest campers use these after
the first few days
. among the middle-class students with Home
Counties accents were the militant activists. Dressed all in black,
the members of Dissent! kept to themselves. Their tent was strictly
out of bounds to strangers. (Well so was mine). Cannabis
was openly smoked and other drugs were freely available (News
to us, we spent three days trying to find a bit of weed) It
is no place for children, who run around unsupervised. One mother
wandered past with a F**k the G8 sticker on the side
of her pram. (Call Social Services!) They seemed to
see themselves as support for the more militant groups to unleash
their violent mayhem. Were just here to back up the
big boys, said Dave from South London. (Did he really?)
And for genuine investigative journalism you cant beat In
the evening, we queued to buy chickpea dinners at £1.50 in
the strictly vegan camp.
* Journalists at Rupert Murdochs Fox News were in fine form,
commenting about the London bombs. Speaking about the reaction of
the financial markets one said: Just on a personal basis ...
I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I
thought hmm, time to buy. Another said the attacks
had the effect of putting terrorism back on the top of the G8s
agenda, in place of global warming and African aid. I think
that works to our advantage, in the western worlds advantage,
for people to experience something like this. While a third
Fox News host complained that the International Olympic Committee
missed a golden opportunity by not awarding the 2012
games to France. If they had picked France instead of London
to hold the Olympics, it would have been the one time we could look
forward to where we didnt worry about terrorism. Theyd
blow up Paris, and who cares?
During the protests against the G8 over 700 people were detained
or arrested by the police, often overnight, and around 366 people
have been arrested and charged. The courts have imposed draconian
bail conditions, which not only prevented those arrested from continuing
their protests against the G8 summit, but forced those not resident
in Scotland to leave at an impossible speed, making the conditions
impossible to comply with. As a direct result of this tactic, some
people were rearrested for breach of bail. People unable to give
an address in the UK have been remanded in prison, even though in
all the cases we are aware of, none faces serious enough charges
to result in a prison sentence even if convicted. Amongst those
remanded in custody was one person aged 16 and a woman with a child.
Huge numbers of people were photographed and/or filmed just for
participating in protests or because they were staying at a campsite,
again a form of policing designed to intimidate.
At the time of going to press: The 5 men who have spent
a week in prison in Edinburgh (Saughton prison) and were heard in
court on Tuesday, got released on bail. This means at the moment
there is one man left in Edinburgh prison, arrested during G8 protests
but now held for other unrelated matters. There are two women in
Stirling (Cornton Vale prison). One convicted for previous unpaid
fines, probably out on Friday, one on remand until court on Friday.
There are two men in Glasgow (Barlinnie prison). One convicted for
previous faslane stuff, one on remand.
To support prisoners contact: G8 Legal support team
or Brighton Anarchist Black Cross firstname.lastname@example.org
TAKING THE PEACE
On Thursday peace campaigners in Brighton were prevented from
holding a two minute silence for all victims of bombing outside
local missile manufacturers, EDO MBM (of injunction fame - see
SchNEWS 492). Employees of the company
conducted a bizarrely hypocritical two minute silence for the victims
of Londons bombings, then went back to make their own bombs.
Meanwhile protesters who attempted to hold a vigil were intimidated
into leaving by security guards who had assaulted a protester the
The day before four private security guards arrested
and handcuffed protestor Jaya Sacca after a demonstration
outside EDO to highlight the links between bombs dropped on Iraq
and the bombs in London. The police arrived and arrested Jaya for
ABH! The judge heard that he bitten one of the guards and remanded
him in Lewes Prison.
Two weeks ago (see SchNEWS 502) one protestor
was remanded for three days for attempting to video aggressive behaviour
by Guardian Security. A campaign spokesman said This is a
direct attack on our right to protest. In a democratic country how
can a private security force be allowed to handcuff members of the
public on the public highway? They are unaccountable to anyone.
When the police arrest someone there are procedures for complaint
and redress, but with these untrained hired goons there is nothing.
They constantly video us, except when they want to break the law
- we must have the right to video the security personnel. EDO MBM
are again trying to enforce the injunction they would like rather
than the one they have got.
Support letters to: Jaya Sacca, HMP Lewes, Brighton Road,
Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1EA. www.smashedo.org.uk
- During the G8 protests three people from the World Development
Movement climbed a crane in central Edinburgh to call for
the end of Gordon Browns attempts to co-opt the aims of
the Make Poverty History campaign and twist them to the
UK governments own advantage. They hung a banner demanding
No More Brownwash. One of the climbers said The
Labour government is hypocritical. It is still pushing the free
trade agenda. Brown and Blair are leading the charge towards further
liberalisation and privatisation of developing markets.
- There will be a vigil tonight (15th) called against all
terrorism with the slogan London, Fallujah, No More Bombs.
6pm in Altabali Park, East London
- London post G8 debrief tonight (15th) at rampART social
centre 8pm 15-17 Rampart Street, London E1 2LA (off commercial
- Gleneagles feedback meeting Wednesday (20th) 8pm at Dempsies
opposite Cardiff Castle
- Stop the War vigil Sunday (17) 2pm, Russell Square, London
WC1. For details of other vigils 020 7278 6694. www.stopwar.org.uk
Not that we in SchNEWS Towers have anything against the idea of
Presidents cycling into policemen, but in the interests of road
safety we recommend George W(heelie) Bush heed the offer of some
Safe Cycle lessons from the nutters who made up the G8Bikeride.
These people cycled the 700 mile journey from Brighton to Gleneagles
to join in the protests, and despite a massive police presence,
avoided ramming the constabulary completely. A spokesperson for
the G8Bikeride said We feel it is an essential matter of health
and safety that George finds time in his busy golfing schedule to
deal with the perils of cycling in a world addicted to cars.
SchNEWS warns all readers... don't abandon your car and start
using a bike - they are not idiotproof. Honest.
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