| 12th May
1995 | Issue
Justice? Brighton's Campaign in Defiance of the Criminal
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Hunt Sabs 151
Footie Fans 44
Road Protestors 18
Tree Defenders 11
No Live Exports 3
Fascist Printers 2
Peace Campaigners 1
* at least 500 arrested under the 1986 Public Order Act this
# not including
grief and harassment
POLICE ATTACK AFTER
TV DEBATE -
TACTICAL SUPPORT GROUP
One woman was hospitalised
and two arrested when riot police jumped 'No M11' protesters
as they left a TV studio last week.
Kennington Tactical Support
Group (TSG) were wailing outside LWT's studios after Richard Littlejohn's
Live and Uncut show had conducted a "farcical debate"
on the roads programme. Protesters had stormed the stage (Cue Ads!)
spraying silly string and holding the banner "LIVE AND DIRECT
ACTION!". They were escorted out by Group 4 security to waiting
police. No-one from Group 4 admits to calling them.
"The Police jumped
out of the van, truncheon's ready, ten on one man in seconds. I
went to help and that's when I got hit', said Pob, who is recovering
from neck and skull injuries after two days in St Thomas'
Hospital. At first Kennington police denied the incident had occurred.
When they were told that there was photo evidence, they backtracked
and claimed there had been a "minor incident to clear rowdy
One woman was thrown
against a wall and knocked unconscious and several others attacked.
Heather, an M11er and a member of the NUJ had her camera smashed
but the film survived and the last picture is of a large hand ...
and an identification number.
Aileen, a Wanstead resident
against the No M11 Link, was invited on to the programme. "It
was farcical - he was championing the road lobby despite ITC code
of practice which stares he 'must treat the running of the show
impartially'. The little shit bag was inciting hatred, marginalisation
- the typical sort of thing," said Aileen. "It was a setup
from beginning to end. All of this put together looks very dodgy."
Pob, now sporting a neck brace, is scared. "They are gonna
shoot us next, someone's going to die".
That night Kennington
TSG inflicted the same injuries to the 22-year-old man who died
of a fractured skull in the same hospital. Meanwhile it was announced
on Wednesday that the Metropolitan police are to be issued with
body armour and more police will be armed with CS gas and soon,
20-inch batons for their "personal protection". The number
of petrol cars carrying guns will double. Expect to see more tragedies.
RAVE AGAINST THE
Summer's here and people
wanna party! But not if the powers that be have their way. The Criminal
Justice Act (CJA) has been used for the first time to stop a party
and confiscate vehicles and sound systems. On (RA)VE day, while
the country was celebrating freedom from oppression, police moved
in to halt a three-day 'leaving party' on a soon-to-be evicted traveller
sire in Rendlesham Forest. Suffolk.
On Monday about 80 officers
- backed up by 100 riot police - moved on to the site. They claimed
to have received 200 noise complaints even though there are no houses
for miles. One, raver commented 'They fly airplanes all day around
here, they're pretty noisy but no-one confiscates their equipment."
Road blocks were set up on the Sunday turning party - goers away.
Cheba City Sounds had their vehicles and sound equipment confiscated
and Virus and Giba had their amps taken. Some coppers said they
didn't want to do this but had orders from above. Four people were
arrested for conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.
"A rave is an unlicensed
gathering of 100 of more people, in the open aim which amplified
music ("sounds wholly or predominately characterised by the
emission of a succession of repetitive bears') is played during
the night. If an outdoor festival or rave has not been licensed
the police can stop it. It is a criminal offence (with a maximum
sentence of three months) if a person refused to leave the site
of such an event. New powers enable the police to confiscate sound
system equipment. Police can arrest anyone whom they 'believe' is
going to such an event. Now the hunt sab season is over is it time
for a clampdown on ravers?
· In North Wales
a party of 600 people danced over the weekend. Local bobbies didn't
seem that interested. Police kept a distance, hiring a helicopter.
As one sound system was leaving police pulled them over and confiscated
their equipment under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
for public nuisance. Having discovered that this law was in adequate
the police are now claiming the CJA was quoted and notice given
to leave the land. The entire youth of the village was at
the rave and only a handful of complaints were made.
· Three weeks ago
in Loughborough police stopped a party using the illegal camping
sections of the CJA because a marquee had been set up on a site
· In Brighton parties
have been happening on the beach every week without any problems.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said "We are all for people enjoying
themselves. If people are behaving themselves and not causing a
nuisance, we are not going to destroy peoples fun". Other forces
take note, at least Sussex Police realise ravers aren't criminals.
United Sound Systems
0171 652 5602/0181 959 7525
Keep JULY 7th free
- pass it on...
crap arrests of the
· Man arrested at
Shoreham for hitting policeman with woolly hat! That must have hurt
· A protester at
Dover was arrested for holding an "extremely offensive"
banner (YOU CUNTS!). The protester was deaf and couldn't hear the
police shouting at him. When a friend and someone else tried to
help communicate with him, they were also arrested.
· Laughing is not
a criminal offence!
Shoreham protestor Dan
Johnson who was nicked for the crime of 'playing hopscotch and joking'
back in January was acquitted this week. Brighton magistrates ruled
that the men from the Met lied about Dan "spitting" and
"screaming like a lunatic" and now he will sue them for
wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
Call SchNEWS with your
crap arrests - they make us laugh!
SHOUTS FROM THE TREE-TOPS!
"You can't evict
the spirit! - you can't even tickle it!"
The No M65 Campaign celebrated
a year of protest yesterday with a walk of defiance from Cinder
Path Woods to Stanworth Valley, Feniscoles nr Blackburn - site of
Britain's longest post-war eviction which ended last Friday. At
the final count there had been 63 arrests. They used ladders, knives
on poles, two teams of mountain rescue climbers, hundreds of police,
bailiffs and private security two cherry-pickers, two caterpillars,
miles of fencing, a press blackout, and several hundred thousand
pounds of tax-payers money to plough through ancient woodland and
continue the government's insane £16 billion roads programme. Will
they ever get the plot?
"It was like Jurassic
Park - huge yellow cherry pickersaurus and prehistoric attitudes."
quogged!" (Cheers went up as the cherrypicker was stuck in
the mud for two hours)
"It took God seven
days to create the Earth and you can't even evict a valley in five!"
you move aside a second" (Message to the mountain rescue climbers
before a pile of slop was tipped on ascending bailiffs)
(the bailiffs, moments later)
"Group 4 Securitas!
You are helping to destroy our and your children's future by protecting
this site. Shame on you, we hope you sleep well at night" (posted
on every tree)
"The Sheriff is
a liar" (daily clarion call to Lancashire Under-Sheriff Andrew
Wilson who protestors charge with endangering life)
Treeless? Lonely and
depressed? Why not join other like-minded individuals? Why not try
fabulous Fairmile! Tree-houses have been erected along the 16 mile
long A30 road "improvement" near Exeter. Yet another Euroroute
in disguise, it is one of the first roads to be put out "to
tender" by the government who are having difficulty in finding
anyone to take it on. Shame. Will private investors be able to afford
the cost of a major direct action campaign? Go and find out for
yourself. 01392 438015/0385 278157
Construction work is
set to commence this Monday on the A299 Thanet Way in Kent. The
County Council have stopped archaeological work on the 12 km route,
which will cost £65 million (already £10 million over budget).
People needed urgently to occupy trees, houses and an air raid shelter
along the route! 01635 521 770
ROAD SECURITY COSTOMETER*
M11 £10 million
M65 £2.4 million
costs which are part of original contract (eg M77) Hit them where
it really hurts - their pockets.
The government's attempt
to criminalise peaceful protest has suffered another blow. Hampshire
police dropped charges of aggravated trespass against 6 people who
were trying to stop the desecration of a memorial to Canadian servicemen
who died in World War 11. 350 sycamore trees were planted
in their memory and cut down last month. Tree-huggers were charged
instead with breaking local traffic regulations. The offence was
so obscure that the prosecution hadn't heard of it and had to wait
for the Crown Prosecution Service to fax through details of the
charge! 'Next Court appearance is June 12th at 10.45 am, where they
will decide if they have enough evidence to continue with this farcical
It was a VE Day celebration
with a message: "We have gathered with the most peaceful of
intentions to honour the brave men and women who fought and died
to keep this island free from a totalitarian police state".
And so it was that 300 people arrived at Stonehenge before daybreak
on Monday forming a giant ring round the monument, singing, drumming
and dancing. English Heritage were powerless to stop the (oh no!)
mingling of protestors and tourists who were ecstatic at the chance
to visit this 'jewel in the landscape" unhindered by fences
or prohibitive admission charges. Happy happy day.
JUNE 1st, Wiltshire -
Day of Peaceful action in remembrance of the Battle of the Beanfield.
Ten years of Criminal Injustice. Contact Freedom Network 0171 738
Jim Chambers still
on remand for alleged criminal damage to aroad construction site
Chris Cole inside
for six months for breaking an injunction against British Aerospace
PBO 538. Both at HMP Pentonville Prison, Caledonian Road,
London, N7 8TIT
Tracey Hart for
criminal damage to perimeter fence of Menwith Hill Spy Base in Yorkshire.
Low Newton Women's Prison, Brasside, Durham, DH1 55D.
- 9171 434 3800
Web - http//www.mistral.co.uk/cbuzz
Or email address
below to be on e-mailout
SchNEWS IN BRIEF
There will be more live
animal exports from Dover starting this week as The Northern Cruiser
which has been exporting from Shoreham starts using the port. Protests
are expected to escalate
*** Greenpeace activists
have squatted a Northsea Oil platform owned by Shell! They're promising
to stay till September if necessary to stop the company dumping
the platform - which is contaminated with toxic materials - in the
sea. In the last 30 years, Shell have done lots of environmental
damage to the lands of ethnic groups, on the Niger Delta. Hundreds
of these people have died after Shell have called in troops to control
protesting people. Shells AGM is on the 18th of May - be there and
let the shareholders know what's really going on. For info. contact
Earth First! 0171 254 2290
*** 38 people who were
arrested at a SHUT SELLAFIELD! blockade last June had their court
cases in the last week. All but one were found guilty of obstructing
the highway and charged about £150 each. Tel: 01706 371387 ***
Party and Protest
FRI 12th-14th DiY Conference
somewhere in Manchester including Liberty legal briefing about the
CJA on the Saturday 0171 738 6721
SAT 13th Procession to
stop the extension of Ashton Court Quarry in Bristol Bristol Friends
of the Earth 0117 942 0129
SUN 14th Huge Reclaim
the Streets party! 0171 254 2290 - As seen in the Times!
FRI 19th - 21st Duneichan
Free Festival, East Coast of Scotland.
SHELL AGM London Earth First. 0171 254 2290
Glasgow Road Action 0141 946 270
FRI 19th-28th Amazon
Festival. Menwith Hill Womens Peace Camp. women only 0585329313
SUN 21st Mass trespass
somewhere near Lewes, East Sussex 01273 685913
MON 22nd Mass digger
dive at the No M77 Pollok Free State in Glasgow 0141226 5066
WED 24th Club pashm @
The Warehouse, Brighton £1.50
FRI 26th - 30th Earth
Spirit Spring Awakening Camp, Crowborough, Sussex 01323 811632
MON 29th Maidstone Green
Fair Noon till 8pm Mote Park, Maidstone
FRI JUNE 2nd Calling all
peoples! SchNEWS half birfday @New Kensington, Brighton.
Zealots, airheads, dysfunctional
anarchists, supreme idealists? We've been called it all and yet
93% voted trees not tarmac Ceefax
95% of callers were in favour of non-violent direct action
Call Nic Ross - Radio 4
police were wrong to hold up a help export lorries get to Dover
For further copies of
the SchNEWS send stamps/donations (payable to Justice?) SchNEWS
c/o on-the-fiddle PO Box 2600 Brighton East Sussex . Tel: (01273)
685913. Or pick one up @ Peace Centre, Gardener St, Brighton and
around town e-mail: Justicefirstname.lastname@example.org
Justice? meet every wednesday
7pm @ the (71) grand parade squat
Shoreham? Dover? Radio
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