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Issue 162, Thursday 9 April 1998
They had gone to the valley at the invitation of the Nuxalk First Nation hereditary chiefs and took part in a nineteen day blockade in June of last year. 14 other defendants had the same sentence suspended, whilst six more, including chiefs, will stand trial in May.
They were the first Greenpeace activists to be imprisoned since the blockage of the radioactive discharge pipeline at Sellafield ten years ago.
Meanwhile in Europe, Greenpeace have been giving Saga Wind, a ship bringing timber from the British Colombian rainforest, the runaround.
At Greenock Harbour in Scotland, four activists occupied the ship's crane.
An injunction, served after a three day stalemate, spelt out the cheeky technique activists used to occupy the ships cranes "Four men approached the vessel dressed in yellow oilskins, wearing hardhats and carrying clipboards, whereby they announced themselves to the captain of the ship as from the Department of Trade and Industry.
"The master believing the declaration true, allowed them board the vessel. They said to him they understood from information from Canada there was a potential problem with the cranes on the vessel, and that they wished to inspect those cranes. The master admitted them to ascend the crane over the hold of the vessel..."
One of the men, Al Baker from Greenpeace told SchNEWS "I hit the crane's emergency stop button. The driver came out of the cabin wondering what the hell was going on. I said "Hello, we're from Greenpeace', and walked past him and locked myself in the cabin."
And that's where the activists remained for three days and two nights preventing any unloading.
During this time, Magnet - the UK's largest buyer of British Colombian timber - agreed to stop buying anymore.
The ship next met a Greenpeace team at Antwerp, where they tried to paint slogans on the ship but were fought back with water cannons, and barges which threatened to squash them in their inflatables, against the ship.
Next stop, Brake in Germany on the 7th April where 6 more activists attempted to mount the same crane that had been occupied in Scotland. However, they were removed on the same day.
Eighty per cent of the valleys in the British Colombian temperate rainforest have already been logged, and Greenpeace are calling for a moratorium on the remaining intact valleys. The government meanwhile has announced more than 500 changes to the Forest Practices Code, many weakening environmental protection.
In the UK several smaller buyers are now using sustainably supplied wood, but Harcross and Jewson are dragging their heels, although following the crane antics have now agreed to meet Greenpeace. If they can be persuaded to pull out, the end of the UK trade is nigh, as any remaining smaller purchasers will not be enough to warrant delivery here.
GANDALF Liberation Tour comes to Brighton next Thursday, 16th April at Brighton Unemployed Centre, Tilbury Place 7pm - entrance is free. Editors of Green Anarchist and the Animal Liberation Front will be speaking about the 'conspiracy to incite' trials (for simply reporting about direct actions) a move which has profound implications for free speech and the alternative press.
Let the SchNEWSdesk know about your experiences of New Deal.
- White Dot magazine
A study by Roger Putnam at Harvard University revealed that the generations since 1950 have stopped 'participating'. People know less and join in less. From bowling clubs to national politics, people are staying home and doing nothing. The study isolated a single cause: television.
"Let's stay at home and watch it on TV."
Did you know that most people in Britain, spend four hours a day watching the box. Media is very big business.Program makers are constantly telling us how educational and informative TV is, but, just who is informing us and about what?
"We insist on a broadcast environment that reinforces our corporate
We are 'educated' by the 'soaps'
to buy into the lifestyle of the characters, documentaries are hi-jacked for
multi-national's interests (Channel 4's Against Nature) and
large amounts of the 'News' we watch is often an
"opinion from an expert". SchNEWS gets countless calls
from TV researchers desperate for, "anyone who can sound like they
know what the're talking about". Television's
priorities aren't to give you what you want but to make profits,
"We are a company geared to increasing revenue for our shareholders
every six months."
Recomended Reading: Test Card F - Television, Mythinformation and Social Control £4 from AK Press, 22 Lutton Place, Edinburgh, EH8
It's International TV Turnoff Week from 22-28 April. Last year four million people turned off their TVs during the week - to find out more contact White Dot, PO Box 2116, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3LR E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.tvfa.org/
On May 16th tens of thousands of people all over the world will take back their streets. So far the tally stands at 27 towns and cities in 18 countries and counting.
Welcome to the Global Street Party: Bogota, Berlin, Bielefeld, Thuringen, Lyon, Birmingham, Sydney,Tel Aviv, Geneva, Turku, Madrid, Ankara, Brisbane, Melbourne, Berlin, Gothenburg, Dublin, Derry, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Prague, Olympia, Turin, Toronto, Vancouver, Athens...
May 16th is also the day that leaders of the eight most industrialised nation-states in the world will meet in Birmingham, helping to increase the pace of the global market economy. But as the system is global; the resistance, if it is to be effective, must also be global.
Birmingham Reclaim The Streets May 16th Meet 4pm New Street Station. Bring: clown gear, face paint, custard pies, noisy instruments and plenty of imagination.
Don't forget Cambridge Reclaim The Streets on Saturday 25th April Meet 1pm outside the Railway Station. Transport should be going from Brighton - ring SchNEWS to book a place.
MORE NEXT WEEK
Merele was one of the MOVE 9, found guilty of murdering a police officer in 1978. After a siege lasting nearly four months (because of a housing code violation!) over a hundred heavily armed police surrounded their home.When the twelve adults and eleven young children took refugue in the basement, fire department water cannons were used to flush them out. Cops then began a "mad minute" exercise wildly firing their weapons despite the fact that they were in positions directly opposite one another. As the smoke cleared they realised they had killed one of their own, and injured six other cops and fireman. Police swifly bulldozed the crime scene, then charged all the MOVE adults with murdering the cop - despite the bullet entering the back of his head at a downward angle. If MOVE members had fired he would have been shot in the front of his body.
Contrast these sentences to the scene in 1985, when another one of the MOVE homes was bombed by the Philadelphia authorities using a helicopter, killing eleven adults and children. The people responsible were eventually brought to court - and let off with a one dollar a week fine. Friends of MOVE, PO Box 14129, London, England, W12 8GR
'Dark Night field notes' - is a highly recommended magazine on the privitisation and brutilization of the American prison system. Send £5 which should also cover postage, cheques payable to Dark Night Press, PO Box 3629, Chicago, IL 60690-3629
The man, Subhasinghe Premasiri, was remanded by the chief magistrate for insulting the dignity of the court, which had to be cleaned before proceedings could continue.
CHEERS TO LOUISE FOR THE XMAS CARD WE'VE JUST RECIEVED
WHEN DO WE GET OUR EASTER EGGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Last updated 11 April 1998
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