| 19th January
1996 | Issue
57 | PDF
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S
DIRECT ACTION STATIONS!
More people needed
to beat the bulldozers at Newbury...
bypass was conceived in the 1960's, planned in the 1970's and out
of date by the 1980's. Shouldn't the Department of Transport start
living in the 1990's?"
"We've got away
from the 'let's just cost them loads of money'. The idea is to stop
this road and with the preparation and organisation we've got, we
can. One of the biggest direct actions ever to take place was against
the proposed damming of the Franklin River in Tasmania when David
Bellamy got nicked. That succeeded because of the massive amount
of planning, preparation and imagination that went into it. If people
can do it there, we can certainty do it here."
Week Two of
the Third Battle of Newbury
As the March deadline
approaches (EC directive means that trees cannot be felled during
the nesting season) the cat and mouse game between security, police
and people trying to stop the bypass hots up. So far it's been estimated
that just half a mile of the eight and a half mile sire has been
cleared of trees! However more and more security guards are being
drafted in and people are needed desperately.
Police have now begun
to flex their Criminal Justice Act (CJA) muscles with the catch-all
The police are also using
their new powers to bail people off site. People being nicked are
being told not to return to within one km from where they've been
arrested. With trial dates often set months from the time of arrest
this results in an increasing number of protestors unable to participate
"The first week
was totally amazing and exhilarating but people didn't get any sleep.
People are now getting tired and we desperately need fresh energy
and imagination. The best thing people can do is come up for a couple
of days a week. There's so many ideas and skills we have that we
need people to come up and help make them work."
The campaign is taking
many twists and turns and is involving a cross section of people
involved for the first time in direct action.
On Wednesday a group
of Newbury businessman launched Business Against Bypass. Adrian
Foster-Fletcher, an executive headhunter who has attended protests
in his Jaguar, said the community had only woken up to this issues
when anti-road protesters arrived "We were told the M25 would
solve all our problems, but it didn't." And in the post SchNEWS
received a letter from Alan Page, a resigning Liberal Democrat sickened
by their support for the bypass.
"As a 30 + year
supporter of the Liberal cause and more recently as an executive
local officer I have no desire to be associated with a movement
which has torn up its environmental credibility in such an ignorant
manner. My personal observations of British provincial towns, including
Newbury is that we have become choked with heavy lorries and single
occupant private motor cars. Eradicate this and we have manageable
road space for all and we keep our countryside free of destruction.
I have informed my bank not to honour the direct debit agreement
with the Liberal Democrat Party. I will send the subscription to
the Newbury protestors."
And SchNEWS, when questioning
the Liberal Democrats Press Office on the contradiction between
their so-called 'green' transport policy and their support for the
road, were told "The time for protest is over"!
Which just goes to
show you that all the main parties show the same contempt for people
power and would have us wrapped up in endless debate and passing
round bits of paper whilst the Earth's life support systems collapse
round our ears.
Forget writing to
your MP - get on the direct action tip, get down to Newbury and
stop this insane road scheme in its tracks......
HOTLINE: 01635 45544
Cost of the
scheme 101 million plus VAT (118M) plus security costs - police
operation £100-£150,000 a week. Security costs: every security guard
(getting £3.50 an hour) costs taxpayer £15 - estimates one million
a month for security!
LONDON TO NEWBURY.
Coaches MON to FRI Call RecIaim The Streets on 0171 281 4621 / 0171
249 9144 to book. £4 each way.
BRIGHTON TO NEWBURY
Justice? buying vehicle soon! 01273 685913 and leave name and number
Blankets, bowsaws. burners,
carpets, climbing gear, first aid, food, D-locks, lanterns, quilts,
pallets, plastic sheeting, scaffold, shovels and other tools, sleeping
bags, socks, tarps, torches & head torches & MORE. TEL:
crap arrest of the
On Tuesday morning at
8am police barged into the ALF press officers house in Cambridge
and arrested him for: conspiracy in Hampshire or places elsewhere
on days unknown between Jan 4th 91 and the 17th Jan 96 (coincidentally
the day after the arrest!) did jointly with 5 others conspire to
unlawfully persuade persons unknown to commit criminal offences
(you what?). Later that day at 11.40 pm after being taken to Hampshire
he was released with hardly any questioning in Southampton (does
this mean that he'l1 now get arrested for the same charge but they'll
know where he was on the 16th/17th of Jan).
The others were left to the same fate in Southampton half an hour
DIRECTIONS TO VISITORS
From the A34 in Newbury
take the A343 towards Andover. After about 4 miles turn right at
the cross-roads (brown signpost marked Herb Garden). After about
50 yards. park on the left band side and walk up a dirt track on
the right hand side (signposted Blindmans Gate Cottage). Walk past
the yellow skip and keep going to the camp. There's water, electricity,
compost loos, wicked woods.
* It never rains but
it pours. Just when you thought the last major road scheme was starting,
a whole new generation of road building begins. The contract for
the first DBFO (Design, Build, Finance and Operate) privately financed
route was awarded, shrouded in much DoT secrecy... As the Carpenters
once sang "we've only just begun"
* If you'd like to argue
with a load of students about the pros and cons of the bypass go
to the Debating Chamber at the University Sussex Campus next Wednesday
(24th) 12.30 pm.
* The head of Gwent police
has refused to deny that CS gas, to be given to 2000 police from
16 forces at the end of March, would be used against anti-roads
protestors. "They will be used in the same situations that
we use truncheons and handcuffs at the moment." There will
be more on both CS and pepper gas in next weeks SchNEWS.
KNOW YOUR C.JA. Part
1: AGGRAVATED TRESPASS
You can only be charged
with this in relation to some lawful activity (eg bulldozing trees,
hunting foxes, playing golf, picking your nose).
To be charged under section
68 you have to be trespassing on open private land and the lawful
activity has to be happening or about to happen on that land. You
have to do something to try and obstruct or disrupt the activity,
or intimidate the people to stop them carrying out the lawful activity.(eg
lying in front a tree to stop the chainsaws.)
You can be done under
section 69 if you refuse to leave the land (or if you return within
3 months) after police have asked you to, because they 'reasonably
believe' you have committed, are committing, or intend to commit
During the Whatley Quarry
action, one (very small) part of the site was deliberately left
working so that people could be arrested for Aggravated Trespass
- work WAS taking place on the site, even though the work itself
SchNEWS In Brief
TESTING TIME - The
first national mass DNA testing has been announced by the Government.
All drivers of white Mercedes lorries are to be asked for- or forced
to give - samples in a bid to catch the murderer of a French student.
Concentrated testing in regions has taken place before. In a Cardiff
murder case last year anyone who refused was instantly considered
a suspect and therefore compulsory tested under - yes, you've guessed
it - the Criminal Justice Act. So far the police are estimated to
have 135,000 people on the world's first database since it was set
up less than a year ago.
*** According to a headline
in Construction News this week - "Newbury Bypass may be Scrapped!".
Its nice to know what those in the industry think about it all eh?
*** On January the 4th
every year, the Ogoni of Nigeria mark Ogoni day. This year
on Ogoni day, military opened fire on a procession of people, killing
six, injuring more and making a dozen or so arrests. Its likely
that within the next 2 weeks that 19 more Ogoni will be executed.
*** If you're group has
any information to do with Shell's activities in Nigeria then contact
Delta. They are a new networking group who plan to co-ordinate info.
and actions on Shell. They're launching proper on 10th Feb -3 months
after Ken Saro-Wiwa was murdered, and are planning to sort out a
conference soon. 01865 791 391
*** Any avin it activists
looking to buy a van can contact Jo on 0860444372 (incl. live-in
*** "TEMPORARY GAOLERS
are required for vacancies at The Custody Suite at Brighton Police
station" ran a recent ad. In other words there's three jobs
going guarding police cells at £10 grand a year. Custody Suite!
"Some experience in self defence would be desirable",
admits the blurb. "Those detained have traditionally been supervised
by police officers, continues Sussex Police plc. SchNEWS hasn't
been so taken aback since Avon and Somerset Police sang "let's
hang on to what we've got, don't let go girl." down the phone
to try to get us to sponsor them. (not a word of a lie)
*** Issue 5 of DO
OR DIE the mouthpiece for Earth First! is now out (honest, we've
seen a copy) 120 pages packed full of all your favourite monkey-wrenching
activities. It's well worth getting hold of a copy £1.20 + 50PP
(cheques payable to Earth First!) from South Downs EF! do Unemployed
Centre, Prior House, 6 Tilbury Place. Brighton, BN2 2GY
*** Andrew Lloyd Webber
has decided to open an ostrich farm... as if enough of his shows
haven't been turkeys already. Contact London Animal Action 0171
837 7557 who've organised a demo outside the Adeiphi Theatre, Charing
Cross on Thesday 23rd January
*** The SchLIVE tour
is getting together with 8 dates so far. If you want the latest
in yer face news and video at your place in late April give Justice?
a call NOW 01273 685913
Party and Protest
MON 22 Cool
Tan Party Possee "It Shouldn't Be Allowed" presents
Freedom Network Rainbow Benefit. 10am-10pm. Technol Trance! Jungle!
Cold taps turned on. Chill-out room and cafe. **WHERE IS THIS BENEFIT**
TUE 23 Demo against
slaughter of wolves in Canada. Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London,
noon. (01373 473711)
THUR 25 Whatley
Quarry benefit @ Beachcomber, Brighton. feat. NEW! Flannel and
some other dodgy band plus DJ Dora (Jungle) Two quid, mate.
THUR 25 The
Land Is Ours open planning meeting to organise a major occupation
of derelict urban land sometime in the spring Hackney Squatters
Centre, 75a Mildmay Park, London, N1 01865 722016
SAT 27 British
Aerospace Campaigning Dayschool in Manchester Campaign Against
The Arms Trade 0171 281 0297
SAT 3 FEB Live
exports Rally and memorial for Jill Phipps (killed at Coventry
airport during a no live animal exports demo) Birmingham 12 noon
SAT 3 FEB Rainbow
Circle benefit. Glastonbury Assembly Rooms 01458 834677
THURS 14 Reclaim
the Streets in Brighton, MASSIVE Valentines Day street party
v's pollution, more info to be announced. Phone Justice? office
tel. 01273 685913
Coventry Cathedral, this
Wednesday, played host to a surreal ceremony, celebrating 100 years
of the largest pollution-puffing, congestion-causing invention of
all time. The industry s big bosses and minor VIP's who turned up
for the service were subjected to the choking fumes of a Coventry
Daimler driven down the aisle - and a sermon from the reverend,
starting with him asking for Gods forgiveness for "environmental
pollution from exhaust fumes, the relentless encroachment of new
roads into our countryside and the appalling toll of dead and injury".
All of this before the roads protesters, who were there to sab the
event, did a thing!
be holding a religious ceremony about a piece of machinery"
- A mother whose son was killed in a car crash.
One protester, Angel,
went to the front of the Cathedral naked and said "In the spirit
of Lady Godiva, I'm here to mourn the death of my mother and the
17 million people killed directly by the motorcar,". She managed
to have quite a long rant at the assembled car worshippers before
being taken away and arrested under section 2 of the Ecclesiastical
Courts Jurisdiction Act, 1860. This is basically disorderly conduct
in a church (unlike blessing a Peugeot after driving it through
Relative to earnings,
a car now costs a third of what it did in 1960. What ever happened
to the Tory belief in the "polluter pays" approach to
cleaning up the environment? Obviously it has been abandoned, as
it would cost the Tories the earth, or at least, so they believe,
a car showroom-full of Middle England seals come the election.
warns all readers not to attend any illegal gatherings or take part
in any criminal activities. Always stay within the law. In fact
please just sit in, watch TV and go on endless Xmas shopping sprees
filling your home and lives with endless consumer crap. you will
then feel content. Honest.
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