| 21st July
Justice? Brighton's Campaign in Defiance of the Criminal
Hunt Sabs 151
Road Protestors 66
Footie Fans 45
No Live Exports* 38
Tree Defenders 11
Peace Campaigners 1
* at least 500 arrested under the 1986 Public Order Act this
# not including grief and harassment
COWARDLY LAST ACT
The Third Battle of Newbury
will soon commence, thanks to a cowardly u-turn by the former transport
Secretary Brian Mawhinney - who gave the go ahead for the by-pass
just half an hour before leaving office in the Cabinet reshuffle.
'One of the most environmentally
contentious proposals of recent history. The damage to the Lambourne
Valley and Snelsmore Common (both SSSI's) would be quite unacceptable.'
So said the report of the Government's own Landscape Advisory Committee
- and for once they are right.
The proposed 13 km long
road will trash three SSSI's (sites of special scientific interest),
skirts both a Conservation Area and a Countryside Heritage Area,
destroys a riverside nature reserve, takes out an historic garden
and two ancient battlegrounds, ploughs through two river valleys
and one ancient navigation, obliterates a Wildlife Heritage Site,
cuts through several woods (one of which is a Wildlife Trust Nature
Reserve), and manages to 'pass' three times through the North Wessex
Dowus Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty...!! They're obviously
learning.. 'Twyford Down only destroyed two SSSIs, one ancient monument,
AONB, one river valley..
Not content with this,
it also destroys the protected habitats of bats, dormice, kingfishers,
hobbies; badgers, and a rare snail that has survived since the Ice
THE STORY SO FAR...
Because of huge pressure
from both local people and national environmental groups, the scheme
was put on hold last year pending 'a YEAR long review into other
options'. This also coincided with the launch of the so-called 'Great
Transport Debate' with Transport Minister Brian Mawhinney asking
direct action groups to stop digger diving, come and meet him, and
start talking. So, both local and national direct action and environmental
groups dutifully wrote to Mawhinney asking for the promised meeting.
Nothing was heard (although pro-road and pro-bypass delegations
were welcomed with open arms). So the groups wrote again. and again.
Still nothing - the DoT refused to meet with any direct action groups
Meanwhile Friends of
the Earth (FoE) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) commissioned a
£15,000 study into alternatives to the bypass. They wrote to Mawhinney
in May, letting him know that the report would be ready in August.
"Thank you, we look forward to receiving a copy" came
the reply from John Watts, the Roads and Railways Minister
Then, on 5th July, 30
minutes before he left the DoT, Mawbinney announced that the 'review'
was complete and the road was to go ahead. What Mawhinney didn't
mention was that the review even failed to fulfil its own terms
of reference - to Look at other solutions to the traffic problems
in Newbury. He also seems to have forgotten the fact that the road
proposal itself is illegal; nobody is quite sure what else the road
will destroy as the Government has refused to commission an Environmental
Impact Assessment - as required under BC law. The breaches of two
other EC Directives on Habitat and Birds were also absent.
According to Simon Festing,
Habitats campaigner for FoE: "The so-called 'review' is little
more than a charter for road building. It is bad news for the many
wildlife sites across the country under threat from road construction".
Tony Juniper, campaigns director at FoE went on to say: "This
makes a mockery of the 'Great Transport Debate'. This decision will
further unite the diverse UK environmental movement against Government
transport policy and reaffirm Newbury as a focus of opposition to
The pro-bypass .group
meanwhile have enjoyed the support of, amongst others, organisations
such as the British Roads Foundation, The Road Haulage Association,
developers (there are already over 700 planning applications for
infill!!!) and other vested interests. They have been given FREE
offices by the Council (cost to the taxpayer £8000+), a FREE shop
in the local shopping mall and huge corporate donations (One example
is £10,000 from Vodaphone....You can always ring them to let them
know what you think.)
At Newbury, phone trees
have been set up by local people to co-ordinate nation-wide actions
against the unlucky contractor who gets the contract. A camp has
been set up along the route, and all hard working eco-defenders
are welcome. And a HUGE rally will take place at the end of July.
According to Road Alert!:
'They we using this campaign to stage a stand off between the anti-roads
movement and the pro-roads lobby. If the road goes ahead the destruction
will be much worse than at Twyford. But this will not be another
Twyford it will be another Oxleas Wood. People MUST come to the
rally on the 29th July. This is a battle we must win'.
RALLY DETAILS: Meet 2pm,
Saturday 29th July, at Donnington Castle, near Newbury.
FURTHER INFO: Road Alert!,
RECLAIM THE STREETS
Meet 1pm Battlebridge
Rd, Kings X call 0171 254 2290 on the day
Police have now arrested
eight people alleged to have been organisers of the anti-Criminal
Justice Act (CJA) 'Mother' festival which sort-of happened weekend
They are bailed to appear
at Corby magistrates on the 7th and 8thAugust. Some have been charged
with 'conspiracy to cause a public nuisance', a common law charge
which can carry a maximum life sentence! Others have yet to be charged.
Hampshire Police have been involved in all the raids - apparently
police 'intelligence' thought the festival would take place in Hampshire.
In the end parties went off at Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and
The whole operation to
stop the party ranged from phone lines going dead (including all
mobile phones in the South-West area at one point) to road-blocks,
helicopters and 5 mile exclusion zones using new powers under the
CJA. Michelle from Advance Party commented: "The forces which
want us muzzled are upping the stakes and are continuing to waste
huge sums of the public purse on chasing hunt sabs, road protestors,
musicians, party people and travellers all around the country. We
have solutions we have ideas and together we'll crack it!!"
RECLAIM THE LAND!
Solsbury Hill, Bath
crap arrests of the
* Three ladies who used
the toilets during a demonstration against live exports at Dover
were arrested by police for leaving the designated area for protestors!
* For jumping over the
fence at Glastonbury and landing on a police landrover. Opps!
LUTON TSG ATTACK
What you didn't see on
TV was the violence of the police during the Luton 'riots', or the
footage of the TSG heckling and inciting the crowds. Until Small
World decided to investigate. All was about to be revealed to the
world until the TSG realised their exploits were being filmed. Their
reaction was to beat up the camcorder activist, smash his camera,
and destroy his film. So much for the freedom of the press... If
you want to know more about getting the footage they don't want
you to get, write to the Conscious Cinema at PO Box 2679, Brighton,
Sussex BN2 1UJ or Small World at 1a Waterlow Road, Archway, London,
On 21st June
DAVID BOWEN was found guilty of escaping from prison custody and
not guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm against prison
officers accompanying him from Hull prison to Manchester Crown Court
where, in December 1992, he was being done for participating
in the 1990 Strangeways Prison revolt (see SchNEWS 20).
David represented himself
at the escape trial, which lasted eight days at Nottingham Crown
Court. He attempted to establish a defence of duress, i.e. that
the brutality and persecution he received from prison officers at
northern gaols in the wake of the Strangeways uprising was so severe
it left him with no option but to escape. Not an easy task in a
British court, but he had a very good try, calling both witnesses
to specific events in Preston and Hull prisons and a wide range
of general witnesses who gave evidence about the prison system.
On the first day of the
trial 25 supporters demonstrated outside the court in solidarity
with David. Despite the judges attempt to have us arrestod for contempt
of court we leafleted members of the public and displayed placards
saying 'Free David Bowen end retribution for Strangeways!'.
David was held in Lincoln
prison throughout the trial. On the evening of the fourth day he
was placed on 'Good Order and Discipline' and moved to the gaol's
segregation unit This was undoubtedly a deliberate move to increase
the pressure of him in the second week of the trial.
JOHN KAMARA ,
who is serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit and
who continues to be held in gaol on the grounds that he has not
'come to terms with his crime' (didn't seen to hold up the release
of Private Clegg much), was recently tried and found guilty in an
internal prison kangaroo court of refusing to provide a urine sample
for the compulsory drugs test introduced under the Criminal Justice
Act. He was 'sentenced' to have his next four visits from family
or friends under 'closed' conditions, i.e. with a glass screen between
prisoner and visitor. If you don't think this is a particularly
serious attack on human rights, try not seeing your best friend
for a few weeks and then catch upon all their news through a closed
To find out mote about
John Kamara's campaign for freedom, write to him at HMP Wakefield,
5 Love Lane, Wakefield, WF2 9AG.
JIM CHAMBERS is
now on trial with Stuart Edwards for alleged criminal damage to
road construction site. Jim has so far spent over 160 days in jail
on remand! Write to him at PV2504, HMP Pentonville, Caledonian Rd,
London N7 8TT
sentence for anti-BNP march at Welling is at EJ3496, HB2, HMP Elmley,
Kent ME12 4AY
on death row for 13 years, is a former Black Panther charged (framed)
with the murder of a policeman. His Execution is set for 10pm Thursday,
August 17th 1995. Send letters of support to AM8335, SC1 Green,
1040 E. Roy FurmAn-Hwy, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, PA 15370 USA.
There is a national demonstration this Saturday (22nd July) 12 noon
Whitehall Place, London, SW1 (nearest tube: Charing Cross) More
info: 0171 485 1396.
Thursday l0th August
is PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY. This year the focus is on deaths
in police custody. The horrific murder of Brian Douglas on May 8th
this year by Kennington police officers, who had struck him seveeral
times on the back of the head with a US style long baton, is one
terrible example. Another is Shiji Lapite, a 34 year old father
of two, who died at the hands of Stoke Newington Police in December
last year, a lethal neck hold crushing his voice box. Picket Stoke
Newington Police Station on the day12 noon till 2 pm, 33 Stoke Newington
High St N16. Info 0l7l 274 6655
If you would like to
be a legal observer at demonstrations, which could help to keep
people out of prison, the Legal Defence & Monitoring Group would
love to hear from you c/o B.M. Box Haven, WCIN 3XX.
WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST
Network Action Line 0171 501 9253
SchNEWS IN BRIEF
After driving a car -ad
straight through a dreadful article on [anti-road] protests, the
Guardian printed one from Nissan last weekend headlined; "The
village wants a bypass. Make one". The blah continued "Avoid
all the placard waving and interminable public enquiries. If you
want action now simply switch the Nissan Terrano II into 4-wheel
drive and make like you're from McAlpine's". Leave it out!
Money speak louder than words, eh?
*** Farmer Robert Peel,
great great grandson of Tory PM Sir Robert Peel has switched to
Labour in protest at plans to route a motorway across his land
*** Grouse shooting season
begins again on August 12th. The hunt sabs are planning a big action
on the Yorkshire moors on this day and will hopefully save hundreds
of birds. Po1ice are expected to use trespass laws in the CJA to
keep protestors off the moors. If you want to go, ring HSA Shoots
Officer on 0115 959 0357.
*** The Flat Oak
Society fighting the A299 Thanet Way bypass in Kent have opened
an information centre in Whitstable. On the arrest front the group
have the highest rate for a road protest under the CJA. So far 44
people have been done for "aggravated trespass". Some
of these have been re-arrests where people have broken bail conditions
which banned them from going near the construction sites. One man
successfully challenged his bail conditions saying that they were
an infringement on his human rights - and the judge agreed. People
who have broken bail have spent a night in the ce1ls, then been
hauled up to court and given a conditional discharge with £40 costs.
They need more support 01227 275 404
*** The main contract
at Wells, Somerset, kicked off yesterday. 2 chestnut trees were
chopped down in a school field (to ensure that if the pollution
from the cars doesn't get them, the lack of trees will). Christiani
Neilsson are the main contractors, Reliance are the security...
If you were at Solsbury Hill or the M11 you can always pop down
and remake old acquaintances.6 trees are currently occupied - but
people are only sitting on the branches... an appeal is out for
old tree houses, or failing that someone with treehouse building
*** The McLibel Court
farce continues. Getting more frantic by the day, McDonalds have
now prevented the defendants from having copies of the daily court
transcripts, thus restricting their ability to properly cross-examine
witnesses McWanker have said however they will allow them access
if they don't tell anyone what they say. Needless to say, Helen
and Dave decided to keep their right to free speech and politely
*** Open Cast Mine Protest
Camps explosion! Following on the footsteps of the highly successful
Selar Nature Reserve tree village near Neath, sites at Durham (01325
356586), Leeds (0113 262 9365) and another in South Wales
have been established (01222 383363). People needed - urgently in
the case of the latter, which we're told is relatively midge-free
and extremely beautiful. At the Selar site work has now stopped
on 're-locating' the water meadow - 18 people in all were nicked
under 'aggravated trespass'.
*** On August 26th
Marian Bienes, survivor from Belsen Concentration Camp, will be
spending a week - including her 70th birthday - in a monkey cage,
to highlight the plight of monkeys at Shamrock Farm, the largest
supplier of primates for vivisection in Europe. 01273 857077
Party and Protest
MON 24th Trial of six
people in Brighton Sea Action accused of obstructing the Northern
Cruiser (the ship used to transport live animals from Shoreham).
Support wanted! 10 am Worthing Magistrates.
Activists from the No A39 campaign in Wells, Somerset up in court
for ag. Trespass 01227 275404
26th - 30th Big Green
Gathering 01747 870667
August International Anti-War Conference 0171 607 3616
FRI 28th -30th Balloch
Festival nr. Loch Lomond, Scotland
28th - 30th Cambridge
Folk Festival 01223 463363
28th - 31st
Sellafield Womens' Peace Camp 01706 371387
4th Aug Hiroshima: the Week. International Anti-War
Conference. 0171 278 9908
FRI 28th Soundhouse Festival,
Lowestoft 01502 538538
SAT 29th -2nd Aug No-fit State Circus Multi-media version of Autogeddon Cardiff
SAT 29th Deptford Free
Festival, Fordham Park 0171 7323611
SAT 29th Stop
The Newbury By-pass Rally
SUN 30th March
against the Criminal Justice Act. 2pm Hodsoll Rd. Recreation Ground
Organised by Reading Advance Party/Reading Coalition Against the
CJA 0589 637352
SUN 30th Contraflow Benefit
Cafe. Political Guilt at 121 Centre 0171 274 6655
MON 31st Demo outside
High Court in support of Twyford defendants. Road Alert 01635 521770
31-9 Aug Unicorn Camp
'Lammas Family' Sancreed Cornwall 01256 893 369
"Feral Cheryl is
the barbie doll for alternative lifestylers. She has dreadlocks,
unshaven legs, tattoos on her thighs, pierced nipples, pubic hair,
vagina and clitoris and no knickers." Launched at the New South
Wales toys convention, the feral doll is named after the 'extreme'
fringe of the Australian environmental movement who live a hunting
and gathering existence on the east coast. Makers are urging people
to order, because stocks are limited!"
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criminal activities. Always stay within the law. In fact please
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