EVIAN FOR A RIOT?
The anti-G8 protests kicked-off on Friday with a march of 4,000
winding its way round Genevas international institutions.
It started at the headquarters of the World Trade Organisation where
protesters pulled the gates off and threw bangers into the courtyard.
Tear gas was fired outside the headquarters of the International
Organisation of Migration responsible for forceful deportations
in a world where the free movement of money (but not people) is
a religion. Meanwhile in the French suburb of Geneva, the French
Socialist party decided to hold a counter conference about globalisation
which the local French told SchNEWS was like Neo-Labour trying
to tell you they were against the corporate takeover of hospitals.
The conference got surrounded, barricaded and attacked by a mixture
of locals and protesters throwing stones inside while undercover
cops inside threw tear gas out.
Sunday was the day of the main blockades and demonstrations, with
about 100,000 people taking part across three towns in two countries.
There were three camps, the idea being to stop the roads that led
to the conference. In Geneva three bridges were occupied by one
camp. Later on, the city saw the smashing of bank windows and other
corporate symbols. The streets of Geneva became a graffiti artists
dream with slogans in all languages adorning the boarded up shops.
In Lausanne the pink and silver marched out first, decorating the
police with glitter and stars, followed by the Black Bloc who were
somewhat less polite. The locals cheered them on as they headed
for the red zone, which contained the hotels of the ever-so precious
delegates. Meanwhile on Lake Geneva delegates were crossing by ferry,
as the roads to Evian were not safe to open. A crew of new age pirates
on rafts and pedal boats tried to cross the lake to sink the summit
and would have made it if it wasnt not for those pesky police.
Then, of course, the protesters had to pay the price for delaying
the summit for hours. In Lausanne, police with tanks, guns and gas
had herded demonstrators back to their council-provided, out-of-town
campsite by mid-morning where hundreds of them were illegally detained
The police were as brutal and arbitrary as protesters have come
to expect. A British protester, Martin Shaw, was seriously injured
during an action blocking a road to the summit. While hanging from
a bridge on a rope stretched across the highway police turned up
and cut the rope. He fell 20 metres and suffered injuries to his
back and legs. On Monday a march with yet more extremists - this
time calling for water to be available for everyone, were surrounded
by riot police who began escalating the situation dramatically.
One protester described it as: being put in a kettle and boiled.
Surrounded on all sides the police shot rubber bullets into the
crowd. Thousands of German police in unmarked, military
uniforms joined in, stopping, searching and shouting instructions
in German at locals along the lakefront. French speaking Geneva,
in not-so-neutral Switzerland, didnt take kindly to this German
military invasion. By the evening thousands of locals were chanting,
police off our streets, only to be met with water cannons,
tear gas and plastic bullets. Local youth were soon masked up and
took to the streets. Dozens were injured in clashes with the police.
One of the main local organisers said We have to question
their actions. They are using indiscriminate force against peaceful
protesters and attempting to criminalise the whole movement.
In the much-attacked global justice movement, local forums and
alliances of creative, committed groups rooted in communities are
working together, supporting each other and forming the basis of
a growing movement against capitalism. Its a movement that
celebrates diversity, taking strength from the rich variety of people
involved. Inevitably politicians, the media and some monolithic
sects try to dictate how to protest and fragment people by condemning
anyone involved in property damage or self-defence. But as one protester
put it: One illusion that needs to be dispelled right now
is the ritual separation between good and bad
protesters, manufactured yet again by the corporate media. All the
blockade actions had the clear objective of obstructing the arrival
of G8 delegates. Whether this is done through a sit-in, a street
party or symbolic assaults on corporate property we have (a) common
For more on the protests: www.indymedia.org/g8/
Crap Arrest of the Week
For being into Heavy Metal!
14 devil worshippers in Morocco received jail sentences
ranging from three months to one year for undermining the
Muslim faith and possessing objects contrary to good
morals. Nine of the men, belonged to local heavy metal bands
and the rest were fans. Among the objects exhibited in court to
show they were in league with the devil was a black T-shirt with
heavy metal symbols on it. This prompted the judge to comment that
normal people go to concerts in a suit and tie.
Have your say over whether the government should allow the commercial
planting of genetically modified crops in UK, you can register your
opinions via the website www.gmpublicdebate.org, or phone 020 7261
8528 for a paper form. It is worth putting in yer tuppence worth,
even if the government will be more likely to listen to their multi-million
pound big business chums who want to monopolise the food chain.
There are a series of public consultaion meetings in June: 7 Holiday
Inn, Taunton (2pm). ** 9 Kings Hall, Belfast (2pm). ** 9 Shire Hall,
Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, (1.30pm) ** 11 Quality Hotel, Glasgow
(6pm). * *13 Pavilions, Harrogate, (Yorkshire Showground, 2pm).
** 17 Awelon Hall, Ruthin, Denbighshire (7.30pm). ** 18 Church House,
Llanfair Town Hall, Denbighshire (7.30pm).
Interesting to see there are no meetings in areas where most GM
crops will be grown! More information about the flawed and biased
governement consultation : www.genewatch.org/Debate/Debate.htm
Over the last year an incredible wave of social protest and action
has engulfed Argentina. In the midst of a severe economic crisis
people are improving their own lives without bosses and politicians:
over 200 factories are under workers control, over 300 cooperatives
have been formed by unemployed people, countless neighbourhood associations
formed and many other autonomous popular initiatives. Two women
from the Piquetera (Unemployed Worker Movement) along with a full
length puppet show are touring the UK about these inspiring grassroots
organisations for global economic justice and social change. www.autonomista.org
June: 16 Brighton 6pm, Cowley Club, 12 London Road. 18
Guildford 19 London 7pm, London Action Resource Centre,
62 Fieldgate St. 21 Durham Durham University part of the
North East Social Forum www.dur.ac.uk/durham.socialforum/NESF 23
Manchester TBC 25 Hebden Bridge 7.30pm The Trades Club.
July: 1 Glasgow 7:30pm, Alexander Thompson Hotel, 320 Argyle
St. 2 Edinburgh 7.30pm Forest art space/café, Westport.
3 Edinburgh 7.30pm, CWU, 15 Brunswick Street. 5 Lancaster
8.30 pm, Lancaster Gregson Centre, Moor Lane 7 Bradford 7pm,
1in12 Club, 21-23 Albion St. Leeds (8) Liverpool (9)
Cardiff (11) and Belfast & Dublin.
For more details, venues and times see www.londonarc.org
or ring 020 7377 9088
4th July, Party for Independence from the USA
You are cordially invited to the Gatecrashers Ball, Menwith
Hill Spy Base, North York Moors. Put on a party mask and wear your
best tuxedo or ball gown. Bring food, a bottle of bubbly, party
poppers, ladders, etc.
For your entertainment there will be sound systems, samba, bands
and speakers including comedian Mark Thomas.
Menwith is Americas leading spy base outside the US and played
a crucial role in both Gulf wars. It is also central to plans for
the Star Wars National Missile Defence programme.
Transport from Brighton - tickets from Community Base, Queens Road
and Cowley Club, London Road.
More information: 01943 466405 www.caab.org.uk
NEW SchNEWS ANNUAL OUT FOR GLASTONBURY
A new SchNEWS annual is out soon. This year
it is a collection of our stuff since April 2002 - which means
that its heavily focussed on direct action against the
war in Iraq. Read about all the stuff that the meeja
didnt cover - like the repeated direct action against
military bases in England, around Europe and elsewhere. Add
to that articles about Palestine, Argentina and the usual
range of piss-taking cartoons, subverts graphics, photos and
Were taking advanced orders now - to
help us pay the printer - and youll be posted one as
soon as we get back from Glastonbury (and when we sober up).
Copies will be available at Glastonbury and many summer events
after that. If you can distribute a box in your area get in
contact. Copies of SchNEWS Of The World (Annual 2002) - still
a cracking read - is available at Strawberry Fair for a cut
down price of £5.
Information and Entertainment
Keep up to date with whats happening with our Party and Protest guide on the web
and submit your events. And heres some more useful resources...
- Festival Eye. £3.50 (postal order/cheque to Festival
Eye) plus an A4 addressed envelope from BCM 2002, London, WC1N
- Guilfins Something For the Weekend a weekly
info-burst, keeping you up to date with the latest festival, party,
gigs dates, and all the upcoming campaigns. www.guilfin.net
- Free parties: check out www.partyvibe.com/freeparties.htm
- www.protest.net reports actions around the world
- Animal Rights Calendar - www.veggies.org.uk/calendar,
or in ARCNEWS, 0845 458 0146
- Indymedia for latest reports of protest and news you
wont see on TV. www.uk.indymedia.org
Summers here and despite the best efforts of the authorities
free parties are still happening up and down the country. While
people were dishing out a fortune during the last Bank Holiday to
go to Homelands to see superstars DJs... the internationalist
elite a few thousand were partying for free at an illegal
rave in Leominster, Herefordshire.
Avon and Somerset cops however are promising therell be no
free fun for those unable to afford a ticket for Glastonbury: Local
police are working to identify likely sites for illegal raves. The
police have particular powers to deal with these events and will
use them in accordance with the Human Rights Law. The enlightened
Smeatharpe Parish Magazine has also promised that steps have been
taken to prevent a repeat of last years festival , when several
thousand unwashed drug-addicts and criminals partied
on the old airfield near Honiton, Devon. Infact if ever there was
a perfect site to put on a free party it is here. Miles from the
nearest village, lots of space and hard standing the last
time SchNEWS went there, half the village told the cops to get lost
and then turned up to enjoy the festie themselves!
Corporate cocksuckers like the Mean Kiddie Fiddler have been busy
over the years moving in on the dance scene (and now Glastonbury)
which is great if you like overpriced water, being spied
on by cops, big fences and dumb shit bouncers. Infact SchNEWS cant
wait for their Tribal Gathering anniversary bash in
a ready made dirty warehouse in Manchester for £30 to relive
the old aciieeed house days.
Meanwhile people going to this years V festivals can look forward
to having to provide swab samples from their hands to see if theyve
taken drugs. A small, sensitive detector will pick up microscopic
traces of drugs in four seconds and flash green, amber or red to
show whether or not theyre a drug crazed maniac. Its
voluntary but anyone refusing to take part will no doubt be searched.
Free festie info: www.guilfin.net/extra/freeparties.php3
Read why Mean Fiddler are such tossers www.urban75.com/Rave/raverant.html
SchNEWS in brief
- Evolving Minds - new Undercurrents video offering a radical
perspective on alternatives to the mental health system, exploring
shamanism, nutrition, psychotherapy, meditation and protests against
mental health legislation. Available from Organic Shamanic, Brighton
(£6.50) and Undercurrents 01865 203661 (£8 including
UK p&p) www.undercurrents.org
- Dont Back Down! detailed manual of how to take
direct action and avoid the consequences. Published by the Revolution
Now Press & Distro of 808, 14th Street, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,
Canada S7N 0P8 Donations.
- Congrats to Squall, the online broadsheet of radical
journalism, on reaching their 10th birthday. Heres to ten
- If you want a giggle then SchNEWS recommends you get yerself
the latest copy of Now Thats What I Call Marxist.
Send an SAE to SchNEWS Towers or check out www.worldsocialism.org/spgb
- Fanning the Flames is the new guide from
Campaign Against Arms Trade - giving the low down on the UKs
weapons sales to conflict zones around the world. For copies call
020 7281 0297 www.caat.org.uk
- SchWOOPS! Last week we reported that President Mobutu
of Congo was assassinated in 1996. He was in fact overthrown when
Rwandan and Ugandan forces (with US support) invaded the country
in October of that year, forcing him to flee.
DU Unto Others...
Last Thursday was the second International Day of Action Against
Depleted Uranium (DU). Actions included die-ins at test sites and
people in chemical suits in town centres handing out leaflets. Some
people were nicked in Tuscon, USA, for warning people about the
health effects of DU ammo at an army recruiting centre.
In London protestors were warned by cops that they could be nicked
for displaying a poster of a deformed new born baby because they
were obscene images! Er, exactly. Dropping DU bombs is obscene,
but then we dont want to upset the commuters do we?
DU is quite simply a nuclear weapon and already troops have started
reporting symptoms of Gulf War syndrome. According to Dr Chris Busby,
a nuclear physicist and Gulf war veterans representative,
this is probably caused by the massive amounts of depleted uranium
weaponry used in the recent war on Iraq (see SchNEWS 406). While
the neurological effects of Gulf War syndrome are most likely caused
by vaccinations and anti-gas pills. Genetic effects such as chromosomal,
immune system damage and cancer are caused by radiation. Dr Busby
said The Government is turning a blind eye to the problem...
If they acknowledge that depleted uranium munitions cause horrendous
problems for civilians and for their own troops, theyll have
to withdraw those weapons from service.
Campaign Against Depleted Uranium. 0161 273 8293 www.cadu.org.uk
* In Afghanistan high levels of uranium have been found in the
urine of Afghan civilians, 400 to 2000% above normal levels. Civilians
in Kabul have reported pains in joints, back/kidney pain, muscle
weakness, memory problems and confusion and disorientation. Many
of these symptoms are found in Gulf War and Balkans veterans and
civilians. Those exposed to the bombing report symptoms of flu-type
illnesses, bleeding, runny noses and blood-stained mucous. The report
by the Uranium Medical Research Centre says that it has not detected
depleted uranium, but that the military may have used other sources
of uranium (still toxic and radioactive) thanks to their new cave
busting bombs. Of the contamination the report says These
levels of uranium internal contamination are considered medically
significant. They point to a potential public health disaster for
Afghanistan if corroborated by on-going studies of a wider population
and bombsites. So much for liberation.
Read the report at www.umrc.net/AfghanistanOEF.asp
With confirmation that US and British military forces in Iraq used
cluster bombs in built-up areas, the extent of the continuing danger
to civilians of death or injury from unexploded bombs and bomblets
is coming to light. Children are particularly threatened as they
scavenge for firewood or for metal components of shells to sell.
There are reckoned to be up to 10,000 unexploded bombs and mines
littering Iraq, and with the onset of the hot season the situation
is made even more dangerous, as the heat alone can cause them to
explode. Paul Hannon, editor of the Landmine Monitor Report explains
they are designed to destroy heavy armour
they explode near people, they can injure or kill anyone in a 150m
area. One cluster bomb contains between 200 and 300 tiny bomblets,
and they often do not all immediately explode
do not recognise the danger of them.
Two weeks ago, six Iraqi children were killed and another ten injured
trying to dismantle an unexploded bomb. Christian Aid emergency
officer Dominic Nutt says: This is happening every day, it
doesnt always get reported officially. www.landmineaction.org
For the past two weeks seven hundred Kosovo Romani, Ashkaelia and
Egyptian refugees have been stuck on the Macedonian border, huddling
together on a bare plateau, without tents, blankets or fuel while
Macedonian border officials stop them from entering Greece. This
is in violation of the European Convention for the Protection of
Human Rights, which states: Everyone shall be free to leave
any country, including his own.
The refugees arrived at the Macedonian town of Medzitlija, near
the Greek border, after their camp in Skopje was closed by the United
Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The camp had provided
them with surrogate protection since their escape from
ethnic cleansing in Kosovo in 1999, which claimed 80,000 Roma victims.
The UNHCR, gradually withdrew basic services including schooling,
medical provision and food aid, then closed the camp at the end
of March. They advised the refugees to seek alternative settled
accommodation, or else their temporary status would not be renewed
and their presence in Macedonia would be considered illegal.
Doctors are warning that, denied proper shelter, food, water and
medical care, deaths could occur at any time among the refugees,
which include 270 children and ten pregnant women. The Macedonian
Helsinki Committee has urged Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovki to
wave a visa agreement and give priority to the right of the refugees
to leave the country. However, despite appeals, the border remains
To email your objections to Macedonian Foreign Minister Ilinka
Mitreva go to: www.romanetwork.org/protest2.htm
More information at: www.lafn.org/~romanokongreso
* Refugee Week runs from 16-22 June. For details of actions see
There are lots of trials coming up for people nicked during anti-
war protests and they would love your support.
On June 20th a British court will have to decide for the first
time whether the Iraq war was legal. This is because various people
who were nicked at Fairford airbase, will argue that they had a
lawful excuse for commiting criminal damage at the airbase
where bombers were bring loaded up to drop bombs on the people of
* The trial of over 20 people charged with highway obstruction
at a mass blockade of Britains military HQ at Northwood takes
place on 17th June at Hemel Hempstead Magistrates Court. Support
welcome, phone 020 7937 0561.
* Four people from Pitstop Ploughshares who disarmed a US warplane,
at Shannon airport in Ireland are in court on the 24th June. www.ploughsharesireland.org
* Danish grandmother Ulla Roder is on trial later this month after
disarming a Tornado jet. She is currently on remand after breaking
into RAF Leuchars in Fife and smashing up the jet, causing over
£1 million worth of damage www.free-ulla.org
Forget terrorism, poverty, disease and capitalism, according to
the King of Swaziland the cause of all the worlds troubles
is women wearing trousers. In a state radio sermon the absolute
monarch complained that human rights were an abomination before
God and that The Bible says curse be unto a woman who
wears pants, and those who wear their husbands clothes. That
is why the world is in such a state today.
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