This Time Last Year
440, 6th February, 2004
DUSTING DOWNER More on Depleted Uranium weapons in Iraq and the
movement against their usage and in aid of their victims. Also: forced
evictions in Chiapas, Mexico, Sydney Opera House "redecoration"
case, WHISC worldwide (the School of the Americas), camp updates, and
439, 30th January, 2004
PRIMATE CHANGE Cambridge University finally abandons controversial
plans for a primate vivisection lab. Also: Chelmsford travellers evicted,
Costain tree-felling, Trident sub trials, Old Kent Road Asda, and more...
438, 23rd January, 2004
BOMBAY MIX The fourth World Social Forum, held in Mumbai, India,
examines the real impact of Globalisation, and also offers an
international alliance to battle the multinationals. Also: crap
jobs, FSB harassment of Russian activists, Monsanto rapeseed case rapes
farmer's living, seed swap, free Vanunu campaign and more...
437, 16th January, 2004
FLAW AND DISORDER The proposed Civil Contingencies Bill, Neo-Labour
wet dream come true, would further erode civil rights in Britain. Also:
travellers fighting eviction in Coventry, Nine Ladies anti-quarry camp
in the Peak District, finger-printing Americans in Brazil, and more...
436, 9th January, 2004
UP THE INJUNCTION Bayer wins an injunction severely limiting
the rights of anti-GM protesters. SchNEWS takes a look at Bayer's legal
history. Also: "strategy of tension" steps up in Italy?, IDF
sniper arrested for murder of ISM volunteer, and all the usual...
435, 19th December, 2003
FUEL BE SORRY Bigger airports, failed Climate Change summit,
no plans for tax on flying, stinking carbon sinks and more all add up
to a bright future sun cream sales in Scotland. Shame about the 120,000
deaths a year. Also US repression of Iraqi trade unions, tidal electricity
and festive cheer...
434, 12th December, 2003
RIGHTS SAID FRED A run down of the human rights abuses metted
out/supported by President Bliar and Emperor Bush while Bliar spouts
off about "Freedom not tyranny. Democracy not dictatorship".
Also info on writing to prisoners, the media ignoring terrorist suspects
releases and more...
433, 5th December, 2003
FUEL'S GOLD With Western oil supplies shrinking and reserves
declining, the petrochemical junkies must look elsewhere for their fix
- and they've got qutie a few strategies for doing just that. Also -
Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, positive SchNEWS from Costa Rica, anti-awards
for mining companies, and more...
432, 28th November, 2003
MIAMI VICE FTAA demonstrators enjoy George Bush's "freedom
to protest" amidst a carnival atmosphere of tear gas, rubber bullets,
water cannons and worse. Also - Thessaloniki hunger strikers released,
animal vivisection in Cambridge, ESF reports, and more...
431, 14th November, 2003
CARD SHARKS Blunkett announces the introduction of ID cards by
the back door despite them being massively unpopular and technologically
unfeasible. Thessaloniki Hunger Strikers In Critical Condition. Bush
bashing plans, Urgent, Bar End protest camp update, European underground
art and more.
430, 7th November, 2003
POSTIE MORTEM Executives pushing to "modernise" Royal
Mail beaten by wildcat strikes, showing that despite betrayal by union
bosses, workers are still prepared to fight back.
429, 31st October, 2003
SIAM OLD STORY George W Bush takes a break from Disneyland to
visit Thailand and the Philippines, neo-liberal "paradises".
The locals welcome him with less than open arms.
428, 24th October, 2003
YOBSMACKED! In Manchester residents are beginning to take community
policing into their own hands after the official methods prove useless.
427, 17th October, 2003
IN LOZADA TROUBLE Tens of thousands flood the streets, set up
burning barricades and hurl dynamite at a murderous military as Bolivia
teeters on the brink of full-blown revolution.
426, 10th October, 2003
MUSICAL SHARES The music industry complains about falling sales,
blaming it on the punters. Their links with the arms industry should
keep their profits up though...
425, 3rd October, 2003
GM CONTAMI-NATION GM debate results come through load and clear
- "We don't want it!". GM companies and anti-gm activists
424, 27th September, 2003
CORPORATE PUNISHMENT Jarvis get a very poor report card for work
on privatised schools but are still laughing all the way to the bank.
423, 19th September, 2003
FLUSHED DOWN THE CAN-CUN Talks at fifth ministerial WTO talks
collapse as thousands pull down the fences outside.
422, 12th September, 2003
ARMLESS FUN Despite massive police operation DSEi arms fair attracts
a grand string of actions, dinghies block warships etc.
421, 5th September, 2003
MoD'S 'N' WRECKERS DSEi arms fair looms, a cool £1m is
being spent to keep us out. Isn't it us who should be afraid?
420, 29th August, 2003
AGRI-VULTURES WTO's ministerial meeting in Cancun - the world's
fat cats sustain environment-destroying, corporate agriculture.
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WAKE UP! IT'S YER HARRY AND THE BOYS...
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This is the frontline. Its not just about trees.
If people want to continue anti-war protests, it doesnt take
much to make the connection between this and the war for oil. This
is the Anti-Roads Movement Part II. Cast your mind back to the early
ninetiesthe first Gulf War had just ended, there was a Climate
Change Summit. Now things have turned a full circle and a whole
new generation are on board. Holly, protester at Blackwood
This week there are three separate protest camps all on urgent
eviction alert: ecological direct action camps at Blackwood near
Newport, Sherwood Forest in Nottingham, and Nine Ladies in Derbyshire
all competing for limited amounts of people and resources.
Are we back to the protest camp halcyon days of the nineties?
Five acres of St Davids Wood in Blackwood, south Wales, is currently
under threat of being trashed for the sake of an access road to
an industrial park and would already be gone if it wasnt
for some hardy protesters and a ten-year local campaign which involved
two High Court battles. This camp needs urgent help to protect the
site but before you go down to the woods, youd better
leaf through the dusty pages of Hogwarts book on tree protest
now know that magic can happen in the woods, but things got truly
surreal this week when Harry Potter weaved a spell into the story.
This new development has come about because contractors Costain
and the Caerphilly Borough Council have used the obscure Harry
Potter ruling to secure a High Court civil injunction on the
entire camp. In the Harry Potter case, some of the kid wizard books
went missing from the publishing company Bloomsbury and were then
given to the press before publication. Because the company didnt
know the specific names of the persons who had taken the books,
they simply described them to the court. The court then decided
for the first time that persons described, rather than actually
named, could be defendants to an injunction. This means an injunction
can be served against anybody no names are needed
so therefore any person entering or remaining in a specified area
(the woodland at Blackwood, in this case) can be immediately removed.
Bindmans, the solicitors giving free legal advice to the camp, told
SchNEWS its the first time the Harry Potter ruling
has been used against protesters.
The injunction is a useful legal tool for companies wanting to
get rid of pesky protesters. In the hearing for the Blackwood case,
the judge only heard evidence from the interested party
the developers leaving the defendants (the protesters)
with no chance to defend themselves. It is possible to later appeal
the injunction in court but it becomes a David and Goliath
battle between a cashed up company and a campaign which doesnt
get legal aid.
The woodland under threat owned by Costain and under the
spell of Harry Potter is now protected from protesters,
but while the trees are still under threat, the protest camp itself
is on adjoining land NOT owned by Costain, making it safe from eviction
for the moment.
Currently, the anti-roads campaigners are trying furiously to mix
a legal potion to fight the Harry Potter ruling throwing
in such ingredients as the Section 6 status of the camp and the
presence of dormice on Costains woodland site. Its a
shame that the dormice cant get an injunction so they can
live undisturbed. Work stopped on the site when dormice - were found.
Legally, dormice are protected and they must be re-located
(evicted) if the chopping of the trees is to continue but
work has continued, around their habitat. The presence of dormice
has meant that a wildlife group is taking Costain to court and maybe
even criminal proceedings will occur, but dont hold your breath
as courts tend to be more chummy with the likes of Costain than
We asked one protester on site, Holly, if the protest camp was
mostly Twyford Down or Newbury veterans like herself? She told SchNEWS
that while there is unbelievable local support, there is also a
whole new generation of protesters present. This is the generation
who took the anti-war protests by storm last year, so watch out
cos hopefully theres plenty more where they came from.
People and climbing equipment are needed at the camp now. To contact
the camp phone 07952 774525 or 07708 420446 For a map and details
CAMP IT UP
Sherwood Forest Protest Camp is also in urgent need of help. Bailiffs
have been on site recently and eviction seems imminent. Security
forces had planned an illegal eviction but were thwarted when extra
people and the cops turned up.
Bellway, the property developers, want to turn these magnificent
woods into sawdust and build almost 300 poor-quality overpriced
houses there instead.
A 300-year old beech tree is at the heart of the forest and serves
as the HQ of the Protest Camp. Massive local support has been apparent
since the camp was established 6 months ago. Meanwhile, 60-odd security,
an ambulance (!) and cutting machinery have been hovering near the
area, waiting to go in for the kill.
Support is vital over the next couple of days. 07050 656410 http://mysite.freeserve.com/sherwood_camp/
If you cant get down to the woods, you might want to phone
Bellway on 0116 2727000 to tell them what you think, POLITELY of
- The Nine Ladies anti-quarry camp is still expecting to be evicted
any day now. More people and climbing equipment needed. Contact
07005942212 for details.
- A camp has been set up to stop the construction of a privately
financed road at Bilston, 8 miles south of Edinburgh. Construction
work has started on the road, but at the moment the camp remains
untouched. The camp now has a kitchen/ cafe and infoshop and welcomes
visitors 07986 632429 www.bilstonglen-abs.org.uk
- A housing development of 2,500 homes is planned on a Greenfield
site in East Grinstead, West Sussex for 2006. If the plan gets
the go ahead, the council must build a by-pass around the town
which will destroy an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty and maybe
even encroach on Ashdown Forest. email@example.com
- Next Tuesday sees the opening of a public inquiry into proposals
to construct a new four-lane road through the Stonehenge World
Heritage Site. Campaigners warn that the public inquiry may simply
rubber stamp the road. www.savestonehenge.co.uk
- The Scottish Executive plans to build a 6-lane elevated motorway
through the southern suburbs of Glasgow. The M74 Northern Extension,
as it would called, would be raised on 40 feet concrete stilts
for parts of its journey and at £375-500 million, it will
be the most expensive transport project in Scotland www.jam74.org
Crap Arrest of the Week
For hanging a banner from a bridge
A man who was charged with Causing a Public Nuisance
after hanging a banner saying STOP BUSH at Cambridge railway station
in the run-up to Bushs visit in November last year was re-arrested
He has been charged on a public order offence for using threatening
or abusive words or behaviour. Yet, according to witnesses and video
footage from Cambridge IndyMedia and even the police officers who
arrested him, the activist didnt use offensive language. On
top of all the this, the man was also investigated for defacing
a local war memorial, something that actually took place at the
same time that he was on the bridge. So not only is the poor chap
a non-threatening threatener, he also seems to be a non-defacing
defacer as well.
Another Brick in the Wall
Ever daydream during one of those long, boring school lectures
on the periodic table and King Whats-his-face the 10th that
something interesting would actually happen at yer school? Like
the school closing down, for instance, and then becoming a battleground
between squatters who want to turn it into a space for alternative
energies projects and a community centre for local kids, and developers
who want to turn it into yet another soulless housing estate?? Well,
thats exactly whats happened at an abandoned primary
school in South London.
The squatters took up residence in Harland First School in Colliers
Wood last autumn following the local Councils decision to
close the school in August and sell the land to property developers
Kings Oak Homes, part of the giant Barratt group. Kings Oak Homes
want to demolish the school and build thousands of ugly, poorly-constructed,
identical boxes. The squatters, on the other hand, have been running
the school as a social centre and free space since Christmas, with
more than a dozen local children regularly using the facilities,
including a fully-equipped computer area. The group, which calls
itself Alternate Energies, say they want to protect the school for
future generations and have been forced to take action as the land
is protected by a covenant that forbids any use other than education.
In court this winter, however, the covenant was dismissed by a judge
who ruled that now that Kings Oak Homes has bought the property,
the company can do whatever they want with it.
On Monday, police and bailiffs moved in to remove the squatters
but were prevented when many, including local children, barricaded
themselves onto the roof, dancing in the face of the big heavies
whod come to turf them off their space. To try and force them
out, a representative from Kings Oak Homes entered the building
and disabled the electrical circuits. The water was also turned
off. But Alternate Energies is holding strong. A representative
for the group named Dave told SchNEWS that the local area has no
youth clubs or facilities for the local kids at all. We have
cleaned this site up and are only interested in ensuring it is preserved
as an educational and social space, says Dave. The group is
interested in getting more people down, people are who are interested
in permaculture, alternative energies, and hard work. If youre
interested in helping the group to save their space, contact Dave
on 07986 465552.
Britains first toll motorway - the Birmingham Northern Relief
Road - was built in part to divert heavily polluting trucks out
of Birmingham. Theres just one small snag. Midland Expressway,
the private company who built the road, have decided to charge lorries
£11 to use it.
Under a 53-year deal, the company can charge whatever price it
likes to motorists - without the regulatory restrictions that are
imposed on other toll roads around the world. Because of its weight,
a lorry damages the road infrastructure as much as 100 times more
than a car. So obviously, Midland Expressway want to attract cars,
which give them revenue, but not lorries, which cause damage.
The company are also preparing a multi-million pound advertising
campaign to urge motorists to use the road, despite the governments
official policy of encouraging people to switch to public transport.
Ill-informed Irish journalists are stirring things up in Dublin
over plans to celebrate this years May Day. The Irish Presidency
of the EU ends on the first of May, and 10 new states join the EU
capitalist gang-bang. The Irish government plan a Welcome
Celebration, including a state-sponsored street party, for
diplomats from such bastions of freedom as Turkey. To combat all
this capitalist clap-trap, Grassroots, an Irish anarchist network,
have put out a worldwide call inviting people to come and celebrate
resistance to the EU expansion. A Dublin-based week of action from
April 30 to May 3 has been called for, the highlight being Saturday
May 1st. This piece of information was seized upon by a journalist
from the Independent on Sunday (think an Irish Sunday Times). Armed
with the fewest of facts, the corporate journo has run a mile down
the road of fantasy. Apart from predicting 15,000 (wouldnt
that be nice) demonstrators from all over Europe, she also seems
to think that the Wombles apparently have strong links with
the PKK, a Kurdish communist group! This self-styled journalist
goes on to bemoan the fact that there are only 1,000 trained riot
cops in Ireland. She fears they will be unable to deal with the
likes of Italian and Greek anarchists who will flood
the city and fears the army may be called for!
Ireland is experiencing a growth in direct action at the moment,
especially since the use of Shannon airport as a refuelling base
for US warplanes during the last Gulf war. Recent years have seen
streets reclaimed and warplanes sabotaged. The Irish police have
even been getting lessons recently from the good ol Met and
Europol on how to stomp out protest. They were spotted hovering
on the edges of last years DSEI arms fair in London taking notes
and learning the ropes. Preparing for Dublin perhaps?
Links are being made between Ireland and European-based activists.
People fed up with the over-policing at recent London Mayday events
may feel Dublin is a good opportunity to forge alliances and affect
some positive action. A day of socialising and events for people
interested in going to Dublin for the week/weekend is happening
at the Occupied Social Centre at 93 Fortess Rd., Kentish Town on
Saturday 28th February.
Support for the EU expansion in Eire is weak. The first referendum
on whether to accept the new states or not was rejected, partly
because of the dire human rights records of some of the new members.
Turkey, in particular, is one place you dont want to do time
in. Torture in prison is rife and suppression of dissent endemic.
Showing their true colours already, the old-school EU have decreed
that citizens of the new, mainly Eastern European states will have
to wait a mere 6 years before being allowed to travel freely. Consumer
products, naturally, get the go-ahead straight away. www.geocities.com/eufortress
In the northern province of Santiago de Estero, Argentina, the
local government has banned all types of public meetings that dont
have prior consent. Anyone not complying is subject to imprisonment
between 1- 30 days or a fine of between 10-20 days pay.
The new law comes in response to demonstrations (all of which have
been peaceful) and a memorial service to mark the first anniversary
of the brutal torturing and murder of two young girls by an ex-policeman.
Witnesses in the case have received death threats from the governor
of the province. It seems the local authorities and police are closing
ranks to suppress protests against violence, corruption and impunity,
a return to the bad old days for Argentina. http://argentina.indymedia.org/features/santiago/
SchNEWS In Brief
- All those arrested by the Italian police at the brutal raid
on the Diaz school in Genoa following the anti-G8 protests
in 2001 (SchNEWS 314) have had all their charges dropped. But
there are still cases against 73 police involved in the raid,
including senior officers, who are facing trial for slander, false
arrest, assault, battery, and abuse of authority. http://italy.indymedia.org
- Radio 4A broadcasts across Brighton this weekend on 101.4FM
and on the net at http://web.ukonline.co.uk/radio4a/
- Ever ran out of breath sabbing a hunt or running away from a
friendly neighborhood officer? Do your hands get tired holding
a banner or a bunch of leaflets? Ever lost your stamina in those
marathon meetings? Then check out www.veganfitness.net
- Peace Not War Festival this weekend at the Hackney Ocean,
020 7515 4702
- Planning meeting for the next Big Blether, Scotlands
biggest activist gathering, 23rd February, 7pm, Forest Cafe, Bristol
- To celebrate the beginning of DISSENT! A Network of Resistance
Against the G8, Oxford Indymedia and Undercurrents are launching
monthly film nights starting with a showing of The Fourth
World War 22nd February, 7.30pm Northgate Hall, St Michaels
- Struggle and Solidarity - Discussion on Anarchist
Insurrection and Prisoner Solidarity in Southern Europe,
5pm, Sunday 15th. Occupied Social Centre, 93 Fortess Road, London
NW1 and a soundsystem on 21st Feb 8pm www.wombles.org.uk
- Six people charged with political crimes under the Terrorism
Act 2000 for importing a magazine on sale in Turkey and Europe
are in court this Monday (16) Picket from 9.30am, Kingston Crown
Court, Penrhyn Road, Kingston. firstname.lastname@example.org
- American James Borek has been sent down for four and a half
years for his part in the June 18th protests in 1999 (SchNEWS
217) and would appreciate letters of support. James Borek, B4-14,
HMP Wandsworth, PO Box 757, Heathfield Road, London SW18 3HS.
- Benefit punk night for animal rights mag Arkangel and Simon
Chapman, who was stitched up and imprisoned following demonstrations
against the EU meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece. Chats Palace,
49 Brooksbys Walk, Hackney East London on Saturday 21st Feb, 7.30-11:30pm.
- Simon Shaw, who was nicked in Edinburgh during a demonstration
against the war for carrying an upside down American flag with
a swastika and the words Fuck Bush imprinted on it,
was this week found not guilty of inciting racial hatred.
A US man is suing a cable television company for making his wife
fat and turning his two teenage children into lazy channel
surfers. I believe the reason that I smoke and drink
every day and that my wife is overweight is because we watched TV
everyday for the last four years, he said in a written complaint.
Timothy Dumouchel told his TV company to stop his cable service
in August 1999 but four years later he was still getting
it for free. So just before Christmas, Timothy paid a visit to the
companys offices, where workers said he intimidated them with
low level threats. Timothy is now demanding $5,000 or
three computers, and a lifetime supply of free Internet service
from the cable company in compensation for the suffering he has
endured at the hands of cable television we reckon he should
ask for an exercise bike instead.
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