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SchNEWS 776, 24th June 2011
Squatting on Heaven's Door - As expected: Following the opportunistic yelps of a jumped-up tory media-whore, against the background of a right-wing ideological crusade, the criminalisation of squatting is now on parliament’s agenda. This week the government announced a brief consultation period was under-way on the issue of occupation without authorisation. The sights of the Tory legislative blunderbuss are slowly being zeroed in, battle lines are being drawn and arguments rehearsed. As every day goes by, the corporate press prejudice people further against one of the few remaining laws that empowers the many against the few.

SchNEWS 775, 17th June 2011
Flaming June? - Is the big fight on? Union responses to the Tory cuts have so far been fairly muted - the M26 outing, resembling a cross between a family picnic and a Labour Party rally. However on June 30th the largest public sector strikes since the 80s are planned. With the Daily Mail claiming that ‘Union Barons’ plan to ‘unleash hell’, what’s actually going to happen?

SchNEWS 774, 10th June 2011
Going to Hell-as - Over a thousand migrants have been arrested and made homeless over the last two months after the Greek government launched a sweeping crackdown in the port city of Igoumenitsa. Last month the Greek government announced the scorched earth policy at Igoumenitsa alongside plans to begin the construction of 14 new detention and deportation centres.

SchNEWS 773, 27th May 2011
No Spain, No Gain - We've got the Arab Spring – what about a European summer? It's a week since thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators pitched up in central Madrid - and revolution fever is spreading across Europe like nits in a playground. With the Spanish sit-in still going strong, street demonstrations have also hit Greece, Georgia, and, er, Bristol. Protests are spreading to Italy, France, Portugal, Austria even German - could it be that last year's initial protests against austerity measures are maturing, one year on, into a broader demand for political reform?

SchNEWS 772, 20th May 2011
A Bit of Hows Yer Intifada? - A mass non-violent (or at least unarmed) resistance movement is on the move in Palestine. Inspired by the events in neighbouring Arab countries but drawing on decades of resistance - the Third Intifada may be here. The waves of the Arab movement are beginning to lap at the Israeli shore.

SchNEWS 771, 13th May 2011
Fracking Hell - A few months since Fukishima, nearly a year since Deepwater Horizon but the global elite aren’t resting on their laurels and it looks like we won’t have to wait too long for the fossil fuel industry to cause the next environmental apocalypse. New kid on the block is the appropriately named ‘fracking’ – or, more explicitly: hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers thousands of feet deep – and its coming here soon.

SchNEWS 770, 6th May 2011
Baa Baa Black Block - Operation Brontide swung into full force last week, coincidentally just before the Royal wedding. Cops claim to be after 276 people for offences including violent disorder and criminal damage committed during the March for the Alternative on 26th March. In fact this is  a legally dubious fishing exercise designed to seize equipment and display state power.

SchNEWS 769, 29th April 2011
Stoking the Fires - Last Thursday (21st), the Stokes Croft area of Bristol was the scene of violent clashes between police and protesters of  he kind not seen in the city since 1980. The hours of rioting that lasted from 9pm until five or six the following morning were prompted firstly by the eviction of the Telepathic Heights squat, and then tapped into deep anger in the community against the opening of another unwanted Tesco store

SchNEWS 768, 22nd April 2011
Watch My Lips - A hunger strike by 6 Iranian asylum seekers, five of whom have sewn their mouths shut, is currently in progress in London. Three are camping outside Amnesty International's offices in Clerkenwell, and three are at the Home Office in Croydon.

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Friday 1st July 2011 | Issue 777

WAKE UP!! WAKE UP!! IT'S YER NEVER ON STRIKE...

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Story Links : Libya: Anti-Nato Classes | Africa House Evicted | Simon Levin RIP | A Ship Off The Ol'Bloc | Campaign for Real Bail | Greece: The Golden Fleecing | Peru - What A Scorcher | Turn On The Waterways | Sheikh-Down | Holding the Fortnum | [Headline on Strike] | And Finally

LIBYA: ANTI-NATO CLASSES

AS SCHNEWS ANALYSES THE NEW GREAT GAME SHAPING THE LIBYA CONFLICT

The Euro-American attack on Libya has nothing to do with protecting anyone; only the terminally naive believe such nonsense. It is the West’s response to popular uprisings in strategic, resource-rich regions of the world and the beginning of a war of attrition against the new imperial rival, China.” - John Pilger - award-winning journalist and lefty fire-brand

The bombs are still falling on Tripoli in yet another British intervention on behalf of Arab human rights in the Middle East (the 46th since 1945). What started out as a U.N backed campaign  supposedly to protect anti-Gaddafi elements from a massacre has turned into reckless use of air-power to oust Gadaffi from power. And yet the UK peace movement is virtually nowhere to be seen. It was only in May that UK troops were supposed to be withdrawing from Iraq and the end of the battle in Afghanistan has just been signalled - yet here we are, at it again.

The same justifications for war as ever have been rolled out - accusations of war crimes against Gaddafi’s forces - including allegations of systematic rape which have been made by senior US politicians and publicised throughout the western media. However while both Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have found evidence of multiple war crimes by both sides, neither organisation has found any evidence for the claims. When the dust settles will these allegations end up in the dustbin of history, next to the stories of Iraqi troops pulling babies out of incubators in Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War? Those stories, pushed by senior U.S politicians to justify military action turned out to have been crafted by P.R agency Hill Knowlton. And then of course we have the lies used to drag us into the disastrous Iraq conflict - and yet nothing seems to have been learned. The very same journals that were determinedly ‘anti-war’ in 2003 are now swallowing the propaganda whole and pondering ‘the sensitive politics of humanitarian intervention’.

Does SchNEWS really need to hammer home the real nature of this conflict?....It’s the oil, dummies. Oil reserves in Libya are the largest in Africa and the ninth largest in the world with 41.5 billion barrels  as of 2007.  Libya is considered a highly attractive oil area due to its low cost of oil production (as low as $1 per barrel at some fields), and proximity to European markets. Also due to the country’s erratic poltical course large chunks of the country remain unexplored. As an independent actor Gaddafi could be courted, hence Tony Blairs rather smarmy visit in 2004. However as ever with dictators he was showing worrying signs of waywardness - Prior to the uprising China was the third-largest buyer of Libyan crude behind Italy and France, a month into the uprising and Gadaffi was promising to re-negotiate all contracts away from western corporations.

Nato is now into  the third month of its bombing campaign - which includes aerial attacks on cities and  the use of unmanned drones. Effectively the coalition has placed itself as the air arm of  the ‘rebels’. Interestingly, this time, although the U.S is still heavily involved, it is taking a backseat to the British and French. It was S.A.S troops who were caught on the ground back in May - and only this week it was confirmed that the French have been dropping arms to the rebel forces. It’s becoming clear that the mass popular uprising has become a proxy war. That isn’t to say that some of those who are fighting aren’t doing so to overthrow Gadaffi for legitimate reasons. But the rebels are loosely organised and the factions most likely to receive western military aid - and therefore most likely to pre-dominate - are those most likely to be amenable to a pro-Western sentiment.

The man in charge of the military wing of the “pro-democracy rebels” is Colonel Khalifa Haftar who, according to a study by the US Jamestown Foundation, set up the Libyan National Army in 1988 “with strong backing from the Central Intelligence Agency”. Funnily enough Colonel Haftar’s home from home for the last twenty years has been Langley in Virginia - base of the CIA. Other senior figures in the movement were until recently part of Gadaffi’s regime - so a victory for the rebel forces would hardly be the clean slate one might hope for after the overthrow of a dictator. There are already indications that the rebels might not be quite the lilywhite freedom fighters portrayed in the mainstream press, with evidence of atrocities carried out against sub-Saharan (i.e black) Africans in the rebel-held areas.

A BAD TRIPOLI

Plans have already been drawn up for the division of power in post-Gaddafi Iraq. According to the Guardian, the proposals have been drafted by the Department for International Development, all in the best possible interests of the Libyan people naturally. The 50 page document, which is hoped to be ratified at the forthcoming meeting of the ‘Libyan contact group’ in Istanbul in mid-July, only deals with the possibility of regime change in Libya, effectively boxing the dictator into a corner, to fight or die.

Largely unreported have been the Gadaffi regime’s overtures for a negotiated ceasefire. At the end of May, Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmou-di wrote to Britain, France and other governments proposing an immediate ceasefire monitored by the United Nations and the African Union, unconditional talks with rebel forces, an amnesty for all fighters, compensation for victims of the civil war and the formation of a new constitution for a “radically different” Libya. This offer was rejected out of hand by the NATO powers.

Increasingly reports of civilian deaths in Tripoli are filtering through. The familiar language of targeted attacks against military tactics, used in every ‘intervention’ is surfacing again, casting a smokescreen over the indiscriminate nature of aerial bombardment. This war carries strong echoes of the NATO’s ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Serbia in 1999. The reasons given at the time -  prevention of ethnic cleansing by Serbian forces - were a stage managed exaggeration: The ethnic cleansing in fact massively intensified after the bombing. Civilian targets were hit repeatedly in Belgrade. The much feted Kosovan Liberation Army turned out to be a mafia organisation that indulged in its own bouts of ethnic cleansing once in power.

The Arab Spring, a genuinely radical moment in history initially full of optimism, is moving into a dangerous new phase as the Western elites and regional powers seek to manipulate the outcome. In Egypt the state remains intact despite the change of regime and the bringing of criminal charges against Mubarak, with clashes between protesters and riot police taking place yet again in the iconic Tahrir square. Meanwhile in Bahrain, home of the U.S 5th fleet and satellite kingdom of Saudi Arabia  - the repression enthusiastically backed by the West is claiming civilian victims. The Middle East is caught in the balance of the new cold war - China vs the U.S.

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AFRICA HOUSE EVICTED

The Africa House squat in Calais, home to hundreds of migrants and No Borders activists over the last year, was finally completely evicted on Monday (27th).

The industrial complex was raided by PAF border police accompanied by city workers and plain clothes police at 6am. Most of the migrants without documents had already fled and only around 30 people remained. The PAF manhandled activists off the site before forcing those that remained out the back, out of sight of the journalists waiting at the front. An empty factory nearby was squatted by many of the migrants, only to be evicted the same evening by private security heavies.

The migrants were left to camp out in makeshift shelters in the jungle, in the parks, under bridges or in other abandoned buildings. On Wednesday (29th) migrants staying in the old university buildings at the back of Africa House were also raided and evicted, despite a visit the night before where police told the migrants they would be evicted in 10 days time.

With the authorities stepping up their campaign of harassment and migrants more vulnerable than ever, now is the time for a booze cruise/solidarity work.

See www.calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com

* Calais Migrant Solidarity activists have released a dossier of police violence and repression collected over the last  few years. Last week they presented the evidence to France’s new ombudsman for Human Rights and human rights organisations.  

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SIMON LEVIN RIP

Long-term Brightonian activist for social justice, Simon Levin, passed away on Friday 24th June, at the age of thirty-six. He spent much of his life fighting against injustice . Attending pickets during the miners’ strike when he was a young boy, Simon was then an active supporter of the Irish struggle against imperialism and, during the last decade, involved in action for Palestine and against the Iraq war.

Simon was from a Jewish background; his great grandparents were murdered at Auschwitz. This was one of the reasons that he joined the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid. In 2004 Simon travelled to Palestine and spent months as an international volunteer in Balata refugee camp. During Israeli army incursions Simon provided an international presence designed to make people in the camp safer and support Palestinian resistance. In 2008 he led a delegation to the Jordan Valley and worked with Palestinians to establish Fasayil School (see SchNEWS 608), despite Israeli military orders that building was prohibited.

Involved in the Smash EDO campaign from the beginning, he was part of the first blockade of EDO in 2004 and fought against EDO’s planned injunction against protesters.  Simon helped the decommissioners break into the EDO factory in 2009 - and was with the others found not guilty of conspiracy to cause criminal damage on the basis that he had acted to prevent war crimes SchNEWS 729) . His own experiences in Palestine were used as evidence. On hearing the verdict he said, “Considering that the whole point of this is that we have broken no law, hopefully it will set a precedent for the people of this country to realise that in a liberal democracy we are the checks and balances.”

Despite personal battles, Simon never gave up on the struggle for justice and the well-being of those lucky enough to count him as a friend.

One such friend said, “Simon was not only a dedicated activist in the name of liberty, against oppression in all its forms, but a sublimely passionate human being, whose eccentricities, eloquence and wild imagination will never be forgotten.”

For those who wish to celebrate Simon’s life there will be a wake at the Cowley Club, Brighton Thursday 7th July at 4pm.

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A SHIP OFF THE OL'BLOC

Westminster got a flavour of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza today as campaigners from the Free Gaza movement and OneWorld sailed along the Thames to Parliament to deliver a message of freedom for Palestine.

Draped in a huge Palestinian flag, and pumping out the online hit “Freedom For Palestine” by OneWorld, a boat packed with campaigners, press and supporters sailed from Festival Pier to the Houses of Parliament.

They were there to raise awareness and to build support for the Freedom Flotilla currently preparing to sail to Gaza in order to break the Israeli siege.  

A police boat tailed along behind. Unlike the Israelis in international waters last year, the police did not board the vessel while sailing. In 2010 Israeli commandos boarded the first Freedom Flotilla and killed nine peace activists on board Turkish aid ship the Mavi Marmara. (see SchNEWS 725)

Meanwhile the Gaza flotilla itself waits in various Mediterranean ports after suspicious acts of sabotage delayed the sailing date.

* see www.freegaza.org

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CAMPAIGN FOR REAL BAIL

Since the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) came into effect it has been routine for cops to arrest and lock up suspects for most of the day, interview, then release on police bail for weeks or months. This bail often comes with restrictive conditions like banning use of the internet, curfews, restriction on movement and association, the forcing of ‘suspects’ to sign on at ridiculously inconvenient times and places and more.

The period of bail and the conditions attached to it are arbitrarily decided by the police themselves, who have a particular penchant for applying them to political cases - restricting people’s ability to protest and making their day-to-day life a struggle (see SchNEWS 1-776). In many cases police bail has been used as a form of extra-judicial punishment, with long bail periods and more draconian conditions often hinting that police feel they have little or no chance of successful prosecution.

This may all be set to change, after the High Court upheld a ruling that police bail should be treated as detention and, therefore, can only be applied for a maximum of 96 hours. Of course, this won’t mean police can only investigate an offence for four days, merely that they would have to gather evidence and charge people prior to punishing them, so surely a step forward for the ‘justice’ system?

Apparently not, if the police and politician’s pleas are anything to go by. Having spent the past 25 years abusing the power of indefinite police bail, officers are now understandably upset they may have to investigate crime and put a case before the courts in future. No longer will not liking someone’s politics, attitude or skin colour be enough to make someone’s life a misery.

Chief Constable Norman Bettison of West Yorkshire Police stated that his force is “running round like headless chickens...wondering what this means to the nature of justice.” Fortunately these powerless coppers have friends in high places with Home Secretary Theresa May “looking at a number of possibilities” including appealing the ruling for a second time or bringing in emergency legislation.

Even Liberty have come down on the side of the cops with their legal director saying “Being out on bail pending investigation is not the equivalent of being detained. Limits on the time that suspects can be held in police custody are necessary but there are good reasons why the police should be allowed to bail suspects for more than 96 hours.”

Until the scales of justice can be fully rebalanced back in the state’s favour it is unclear exactly what this will mean if you are on bail now or expecting to be in the near future. After the ruling, the CPS and Acpo received legal advice which stated that it set new case law and had to be adhered to. However, senior officers have already indicated they will continue to use police bail as before, regardless of whether or not it is actually legal. Meanwhile Greater Manchester Police (the hapless force that brought this state of affairs about in the first place) is attempting to appeal at the Supreme Court.

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GREECE: THE GOLDEN FLEECING

Greece kicked off with a 48-hour general strike on Tuesday (28th) ahead of the vote on the £25bn austerity bill that finally passed on Wednesday (29th).

The austerity bill is a prerequisite for additional loans from the EU and the IMF. And, sadly for the Greek people, those ‘bail outs’ ultimately only add to the deficit, not reduce it. But the government signed up for it, by 155 votes to 138. The resultant austerity measures will include tax increases (with a ‘solidarity levy’ of between 1% and 5% on all Greek wage earners), a lower tax-free threshold and VAT hoisted from 13% to 23%. Cuts will see public sector wages slashed by another 15%, 150,000 public sector jobs cleaved, reductions to social benefits and the retirement age raised to 65. That’s one uncompromising package deal.

Following the vote the streets became a battlefield as the people went head to head with the police at Syntagma square. Protesters set up barricades to block access to Parliament, with several fires blazing in the area. Tear gas, hand grenades and even rocks were used by police on protesters, with many non-violent demonstrators getting caught up in the fracas. Some protesters used Maalox, an antacid, to protect themselves against tear gas.

Tactics deployed by the 4000 police included attempts to kettle demonstrators in alleyways and side streets so they could throw tear gas at them all the more successfully. In turn the protesters hurled chunks of marble and paving stones ripped from the ground.

Reports from the Red Cross show that at least 500 people received medical care at the Metro station in Syntagma square, a hundred at the Gennimatas general hospital in Athens while at least 170 protesters visited the A&E of Evangelismos hospital. There were 14 arrests and 29 people detained.

In the city of Thessaloniki, a 600 strong demo marched through the streets towards the town hall. In Kozani, the occupation of the labour centre continued. On the island of Chios, the town hall was occupied by demonstrators. The list goes on. As Wednesday came to a close, riot police had their work leave recalled for the foreseeable future and were instructed to be on high alert.
Hundreds of people assembled outside Parliament again on Thursday (30th), as the key second vote was won - allowing the government to change laws necessary to implement the cuts more quickly. Violence once again ensued on the streets.

And it is likely to continue, until the government acknowledge that this crisis was caused largely by businessmen’s greed, tax evasion and widespread corruption – and it is making pensioners and  poorly paid workers pay for it. That is why people are angry, forced to clean up a mess they didn’t cause. “Whatever happens we will stay on and fight,” says Pavlos Antonopoulos, an activist schoolteacher.

The £350bn question now is will these measures ever be successfully implemented? A Greek default is still plausible. The government hope the flames of resistance will die out – but it won’t if the Greek public have anything to do with it. How long before the military is sent to march on its own people?

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PERU - WHAT A SCORCHER

The Southern region of Puno in Peru has been hit by a wave of riots, occupations, blockades and strikes for the last two months as corporate interests have faced off against determined indigenous groups.

In the district of Huacullani, protesters resisting a proposed silver were victorious last Friday (24th) as the government gave in to their demands and annulled Canadian company Bear Creek’s mining concession. The result came after thousands took part in a relentless campaign of strikes, protests and blockades led by indigenous Aymaran organisations (see SchNEWS 680).

In the province of Azángaro,  protesters seized control of the Manco Capac airport and attacked banks and a police station after deadly clashes with police had left a reported six dead and around 40 people badly injured. The violence flared after the area was paralysed by strikes and blockades by thousands of protesters waging a separate campaign against the contamination of the Ramis river.

Other struggles are also taking place right across the region, including protests in Carabaya province against mining concessions and the Inambari hydroelectric power plant and protests in Melgar, Juli, and Sandia over local mines.

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TURN ON THE WATERWAYS

The struggle is intensifying for travelling boat dwellers trying to protect their homes and way of life. Changes currently ‘in the pipeline’ for the waterways authorities include stricter implementation of rules regarding boats without moorings. This targets a marginalised sector of the population, Bargee Travellers - from Romany families who have been on the canals for generations, to ‘New Wave Travellers’ looking to for the quay to a better life. These measures will leave thousands vulnerable to homelessness – needlessly shunted on to the housing lists and dole queue.

The government is making canal overseers British Waterways a charity and wants to give it more power in the process – including the ability to force entry, stop and search and make subordinate legislation. While the prospect of unregulated quasi-police jumping aboard your vessel uninvited is daunting, it’s the latter that’s causing the most concern for the 6,000-10,000 people living on boats trundling up and down the canals.

British Waterways has spent years trying to get those “continuously cruising” to cough up and settle down. The body tried to criminalise boaters without moorings when the 1995 British Waterways Act was being debated – pushing for a £1000 fine for living as a traveller on the waterways.

Parliament stopped this on human rights grounds. It included in the final Act a ‘14 day’ rule on stopping in one place but never stated just how far a boat has to travel between moorings. British Waterways has since waged a harassment campaign against boat travellers, threatening in letters to “remove and demolish” homes it considers to have contravened the made-up-as-it-goes-along rule.

Making people homeless is not the usual remit for charitable bodies, something which has been brought up by boat dwellers during the government’s “consultation” period.

* For more info see www.gypsy-traveller.org/where-you-live/boat-dwellers and
www.bargee-traveller.org.uk

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SHEIKH-DOWN

On Tuesday (28th) Sheikh Raed Salah was arrested in London, having been invited by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to speak at a meeting. Sheikh Raed leads the Islamic Movement in Israel - the largest movement for Palestinians in Israel - and has been the subject of criticism from the pro-Israel lobby. The sheikh has been banned from the UK and is now expected to be deported as a result of this pressure. This ban came as a surprise to Raed who had strolled in via Heathrow airport only 3 days earlier.

Despite being described as a hate preacher by sections of the UK media, Sheikh Raed has repeatedly distanced himself from racism and anti-Semitism. What prompted the ban or even when it came into effect has not been revealed. Given that the main engagement of the Sheikh’s tour was in the houses of parliament, we wonder which of her colleagues Home Secretary Teresa May feared would be radicalised by hearing him speak.

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HOLDING THE FORTNUM

The first thirteen defendants in the Fortnum & Mason trials will enter their pleas on 5th July at Westminster Magistrates Court. They stand accused of aggravated trespass after the UK UNCUT action on M26 (see SchNEWS 765).

The first group consists of those flagged up by the Crown Prosecution Service as being in the following four categories.

1) Organisers or ringleaders

2) Those with previous convictions

3) Those caught with large amounts of leaflets

4) Most weirdly those who were considered to be ‘exercising territorial powers’ in the store.

The bloke on the end of the phone at UK Uncut reckoned they would ‘probably all go not guilty’. Altogether 145 people are facing charges

* See www.ukuncut.org.uk

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[HEADLINE ON STRIKE]

On Thursday (30th), as SchNEWS were busy working away, hundreds of thousands of public sector workers went on strike. Ostensibly in opposition to pension changes, it’s more of a more a ratcheting up of union resistance to the entire Tory agenda. Thousands marched in towns and cities including Manchester, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Bradford, Nottingham, Glasgow, Cambridge and London. Pickets were also formed at many job centres, customs offices, universities and schools (most of which were closed for the day).

The majority of marches were fairly peaceful/ineffectual, but attendances were high. Targeted actions by groups such as UK Uncut, saw more police attention and arrests, including four in Churchill Square, Brighton.

*For more detailed updates on local actions see indymedia.org.uk

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AND FINALLY

Hands up - we don’t go to Glasto anymore ‘cos we thought it had lost its edge, Beyonce and supervised pedestrian traffic just ain’t for us - but throughout the nineties we never found anything in the bogs quite as weird as a dead Tory. Was it the full suspenders, gas mask and amyl nitrate job we wondered as we chortled. No doubt they’ll have to gloss over the ‘bizarre and untimely’ circumstances at the funeral.

Here at SchNEWS we welcome the return of the bizarre, the macabre and the downright odd to what used to be three days of lawless dreamlike madness with some bands thrown in. Maybe next year the fence’ll come down!

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