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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER "MUM ME TOMATOES JUST RAN OFF DOWN THE STREET"...
FROM NORWICH TO NEW ZEALAND EVERY WEEK
Issue 169, Friday 29th May 1998
"It now seems that direct actions of this kind are the only way left for
people to put this genie back in the bottle."
Last Saturday saw the UK's first occupation against the growing of genetically
engineered crops (GE). The occupation, in Kirby Bedon near Norwich, Norfolk,
promises to last a month and is on a field previously used to test GE sugar
beet. We say 'used to' cos the sugar beet was mysteriously trashed a few weeks
The idea of the occupation is to transform the land into a working alternative
to industrial agriculture, with organic gardens, compost toilets and an
Genetic engineering basically means taking genes out of one thing and splicing
them into another. You can pick'n'mix genes with everything from bacteria,
viruses, plants and animals. Over 3,000 GE foodstuffs are poised to enter the
food chain around the world despite the fact that we don't know what effects
eating them will have on our bodies - or on those of future generations.
On March 3rd an American cotton seed company and the US Dept of Agriculture
announced they had received a patent on a technique that genetically disables a
seed's capacity to germinate when planted again. So far only cotton and tobacco
seeds have responded to the new technique, but in time it could mean that
farmers would no longer be able to save their own seed - and instead have to
buy seed each year from the massive agribusiness companies. The company in
question (Monsanto) has now been bought in by leaders in the frankenstein
technology. Massive agribusiness companies like Monsanto say this is all needed
to help feed the world, and is of course nothing to do with profit. They could
be right. If they can patent umbiliacal blood, why not sperm, then we will all
have to pay to produce more job slaves and if we don't... there will be a
smaller world to feed!
There are currently 332 GE test sites in the UK, but resistance is blooming -
with around a dozen sites trashed in the past year. One of the occupants, Chris
Cooper from Action Against Genetic Engineering, explained: "By seizing this
land, our aim is to establish a working demonstration of the alternatives to
the genetic engineering of crops... The action is a protest against genetic
engineering and the companies responsible. It is certainly not an attack on
farmers... who are losing even more of their freedoms to the big seed
and chemical corporations."
Join the camp! The site is located near the sewage
works near Kirby Bedon, approx. ten minutes drive from Norwich with buses from
the city centre running nearby. They can be contacted on: 0831 332520 or 0961
- To find out where your nearest GE site is check out
or call the Biotechnology Unit, Floor 2/G9 Department of the Environment,
Ashdown House, 123 Victoria St., London SW1E 6OE 0171 890 5275. Don't take no
for an answer - they are required by law to provide this information to the
- For an in depth look at genetics get a copy of New Internationalist issue
293 (August '97) PO Box 79, Hertford, SG14 1AQ Tel: 01992 822899
For getting yer kit off! Cast your minds back a year and a half ago, when
people stripped off at the World Food Summit in Italy, to draw attention to
" the naked truth about genetic engineering". They had thought the
matter dropped but now are in court in july charged with 'obscene acts'
Yet another new housing development is being proposed on contaminated land,
this time an old $hell depot in Wokingham. The depot was used for storing
aviation fuel, petrol, diesel, and paraffin and is acknowledged by $hell and
the council to be contaminated by Hydrocarbons and Lindane (a petrol additive).
A report in 1994 commissioned by Shell recommended restoration of the site for
industrial use, this was ok'd by Wokingham District Council. But a second
report has since been commissioned on behalf of Persimmon
Homes who now want the site for property development, but
unfortunately for Persimmon the report has "Identified significant
hydrocarbon contamination over most of the site", and says, "further
works would be needed in order to reduce contamination to levels acceptable for
residential development." The report also says that contamination could
have "migrated off site" but more tests are needed. One local man
claims it has indeed 'migrated off site', to his back garden via a pipe line
installed by Shell in 1961. He is now gathering enough evidence to sue Shell
for the illnesses he now suffers from (including Radiation Poisoning!) After
getting nowhere with doctors or Health Authorities he had to go to Germany to
find out what was wrong with him, and was told his body contained fatal levels
of Urainium and Plutonium There is more to this story, to be continued when we
have more space...
- Reading Road Busters are begining actions on the site this
Monday 1st June at 2pm at Wokinham Rd, Earley Tel: 0118 986 6362
A new twist of the screw is being attempted by Staffordshire Police, in charge
of policing protestors on the route of Britains first pay road in Birmingham.
On Thursday they called a press conference, and in another attempt to
persuade the press and public that all activists are terrorists, started with
a video of the squatted cottage evicted recently. As the camera zoomed in on
the various defences, a top-cop kept up a running commentary, accusing the
people who had lived in the house of booby trapping it "This was a
dangerously unsafe building that could have collapsed and killed either a
protester or anyone else who might have gone into it. We felt it highlighted
the risks and dangers that arise as a direct result of what is termed a
peaceful protest". They were also shown footage of other evictions.
According to an activist who attended, Mr. Plod then delighted the assembled
meeja whores with the news that if anyone, be they a protester, a bailiff, or
the police was injured during the eviction, all of those on site would be
arrested and charged with "conspiricy to commit murder".
The old bill then spent the rest of the day nailing the following notice to the
trees at the site.
"This land or building is being unlawfully occupied by tresspassers in
order to prevent a proposed road scheme. It is believed that tunnels, shafts,
fortifications and other devices, capable of causing harm to people, are being
constructed on the land... By your presence as a tresspasser on this land...
you can be assumed to be personally aware that such tunnels, shafts,
fortifications... are being constructed. If you were not previously aware, by
virtue of having read this notice, you are now. Although the role of the Police
in dealing with peaceful and lawful protest is one of complete impartiality,
the service does have a duty to maintain the Queens Peace and to protect life
and property. You should be aware that any digging or tunneling... are bound to
be highly dangerous... such works create an environment in which people can be
asphyxiated, not to mention being a fertile breeding ground for disease. You
should be aware that... a major criminal enquiry would be conducted by the
police. Any person shown to have carried out such works or to have incited,
conspired towards or aided and abetted such works, would be liable to arrest
- No Birmingham Relief Road Camapign 07970 301978
- Every day in the UK 25 people die prematurely from air
pollution - 20% of this pollution is caused by traffic (Source New Scientist)
and 15 die on the roads. (Government road accident stastic figures)
30 activists paid a quick visit to the Europol Headquarters in The Hague last
Sunday. They attached two large banners to the entrance of the building and
spraypainted slogans on the walls. They also covered the front of the building
with posters and replaced the Europol logos on three large garden boards by the
word 'Gestapo' in gothic letters - all of which took just four minutes! When
the action was finished, the The Hague city police started a hunt for the
activists, eventually catching eight people, locking them up for 20 hours, and
charging them with suspicion of membership in a criminal organisation.
"Who is waiting for a powerful, uncontrollable policeforce in an
undemocratic Europe? Probably the political and economical elites, that want to
protect their interests in a Europe which is marked by growing social
contrasts, growing poverty, pauperization and civil protests."
From the group's statement
This is what they don't like about those decent Eurocops:
Before you know you will be registered in the Europol databanks as a "threat to
- There is no parliament that controls Europol. National parliaments have
nothing to say about it, and the European Parliament only receive a vague
annual report afterwards.
- There is no judge that controls Europol. Europol controls itself. Citizens
for example cannot go to a judge when they feel badly treated by Europol.
- Europol officers do not have to testify in front of a judge. In this way,
no-one can confirm whether an investigation is carried out correctly.
- Europol police officers have the same status as embassy personal: they
cannot be prosecuted if they break the law.
- Europol members can store data about someone's political ideas,
sexual disposition, ethnicity and lots of other things of which Europol thinks
may ever be of use.
- Europol can store data of people they suspect maybe doing something
wrong in the future.
- All this information is being exchanged among European countries. But
Europol also exchanges information with police forces from non-European
countries. Also countries that violate human rights. Information gathered in
torture chambers from befriended police forces can and will be used by
- For more info on dodgy Europol plans see the brilliant Statewatch
magazine: PO Box 1516, London N16 0EW.
- Also see: www.dsl.nl/eurodusnie
2000 indigenous people from 30 Zapatista communities marched on the 11th of May
to demand the release of their comrades who are hold in custody after the
eviction of the autonomous municipality Tierra y Libertad on May 1st. 300
police, backed by the Mexican army smashed up buildings, terrified the
inhabitants and arrested 53 people. Women were beaten when they tried to defend
their sons and husbands. This is the second municipality to be attacked in
this way. Foreign observers are becoming more central to the struggle as
civilian Zapatista organisations try to find a peaceful solution; much to the
annoyance of Mexican authorities who are deporting 80 Italians for breaking
visa restrictions. Contact: Chiapas Link, Box 19, 82 Colston Street, Bristol
- Benefit gig for the Anarchist Teapot and Kate Evans Book launch
with P.A.I.N., Headmix Collective and others at the Concorde, Thursday
June 4th, 9pm, £4/3
- Barking Students who occupied their uni's finance department
are carrying on their protest and are about to serve the University management
an injunction as we go to press
- If there are any builders out there, the protesters at crystal
palace (South London) are in need
of scaffolding, concrete mix, sand and aggregate. The camp's been set up to
stop a £56 million 20 screen multiplex cinema complex with 1,000 car
parking spaces being built in the park. 0181 761 7826
- The National March Against Vivisection and Cruelty-Free
Exhibition takes place on Sat 6th June, and is this year in SHEFFIELD. The Rage
'98 marquee opens 11am-5pm, with a carnival march kicking off at 1pm. Coach
from Kings Cross and transport from many other areas arranged - call 0114
- Apparently discussion is afoot about reintroducing the
beaver into SCOTLAND - a move which would bring about other ecological
restoration. Send for a consultation document to Design and Publications
Section, Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW or
write to Scott Porter, 31 Bernard St, Edinburgh, EH6 6SH (before 17th July)
telling him what a great idea the restoration proposal is.
- Take note: RevolutionFest, scheduled for 4th July is off,
no new date has been set as yet
- EUROSATORY 1998, protest against the arms fair in Le
Bourget, near Paris June 1-3. Contact European Network Against Arms Trade, c/o
Pesthuisalaan 39, 1954 RH Amsterdam, Netherlands. Tel: +31 (0) 20 61 64
Two weeks ago New York City's Mayor, Rudolph "Zero Tolerance" Guiliani issued
an emergency decree to eliminate all the city's 741Green Thumb community
gardens. In one of the most highly populated cities on the planet, space is at
a premium and these vital green oases sandwiched between high rises, just ain't
"Which type of worm do you want in the Neighbourhood?" ask the flyposters
featuring a picture of an earth worm ... and a property developer. The decree
comes in response to community garden protesters disrupting the Department of
Citywide Administrative Services auction in late March and reduces ALL
community gardens to squatting status, like the Chico Mendez Mural Garden in
Manhattan's Lower East Side, which was bulldozed the day before New Year's Eve
(the garden was defended using tripod techniques lifted from a photo in the
Gardeners from the Lower East Side, the Upper West Side, Harlem, Brooklyn and
the Bronx united as The New York City Coalition For The Preservation of
Gardens, mobilising thousands in defence of the 20-year-old gardens and
demanding their preservation as vital ecological treasures for generations to
come. "These gardens are more than open space, they are the pride
and soul of the people and the neighbourhood."
- NYC's only anarchist bookshop, Blackout, will keep you updated on
- Faxjam Mayor Rudolph (Sieg Heil) Giuliani, City Hall, New York, NY
10007 Tel: +1 212 788 3000 Fax: +1 212 406 3587
Did you know? Eighty five years ago those
peaceful protesters The Suffragettes set fire to the Royal Academy and Emily
Davison sacrificed herself under the hooves of the King's racehorse.
His Grace the Duke of Northumberland is not only raking it in at Syon House
with the Butterfly House, he's also getting his 40% tax break on the property.
He's also claiming land exemption on a castle. To rattle his cage, visit: Syon
House, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF 0181 560 0881 or Alnwick Castle, Alnwick,
Northumberland, NE66 1NQ 01665 510 777
"While out with my baby daughter (then aged just six weeks) and a family
friend, I was attacked by 15 drunken students...I was hit over the head with a
bottle or glass, punched, kicked, and cut with a knife. I was chased 150 yards
and received a number of substantial injuries including a broken nose, broken
and damaged cheek, broken ribs, a number of open wounds to my head, face and
hands, and cuts and bruises covering my entire body, but in the course of the
struggle, to stop myself being stabbed, I managed to gain possession of the
knife produced by one of the attackers and five of the students were injured
with it...Despite the fact that every single independent witness formed the
clear view that I was the person being attacked I was the only person arrested.
After spending over a year on remand, and following a trail characterized
by...every dirty trick in the book I was convicted on 2 of the 5 counts of GBH
and received a sentence of 12 years imprisonment.
"My own 20 odd year history of revolutionary anarchism frequently brought me to
the attention of the police and I maintained a high Special Branch profile for
many years. It may be no co-incidence that the Special branch Detective
Inspector involved in my arrest in Dover in 1980 on an explosives charge was in
charge of the police station in Sheffield which dealt with my prosecution 14
years later. Following the Pomona Incident (the attack took place outside the
Pomona Pub) they really pulled out all the stops to secure my conviction and a
lengthy prison sentence."
On Monday 8th June Mark Barnsley, will have been in prison for 4 years and has
called for an anniversary day of action on Monday 8th June. He will be
hunger-striking for 72 hours from Saturday till Tuesday, while supporters will
gather outside Sheffield Crown Prosecution Service offices (Greenfield House,
32 Scotland St) @ 10am.
Drop him a line WA2897, HMP Full Sutton, York, Y04 1PS or Support Group, PO Box
567, Sheffield, S5 OYS
The Low Pay Comission reckons the minimum wage should be a pocket bulging
£3.60 an hour! The bosses union the CBI say the level is workable - but
failed to mention anything about it being liveable. For a 38 hour week this
would mean £137 - just over £7,000 a year before
tax. Take away rent, gas, electric, phone, water rates, and luxuries like
food...and you'll be left with... Mind you, the figure goes down to £3.20
an hour if you're aged between 18-21 - and forget it if you're on the New Deal.
SchNEWS didn't have the time to dig much dirt on the list of trade union
big-wigs and academics who come up with these figures but we do know one
commissioner is Stephanie Monk, of Granada Plc, the people who sacked the
Hillingdon Hospital Workers for refusing to take a pay cut. What we want to
know is just how much a week do these people live on?
Disclaimer: SchNEWS warns all readers not to turn into a mad
scientist and start sticking tomatos and scorpions, fish faces and bananas
together. People will only look at you strangely and your're never get a
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