| 16th November
1995 | Issue
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! THE
WORLD IS UNDER ATTACK!
Port Harcourt Prison, south-east Nigeria. Ken Saro-Wiwa,
John Kpuinen, Baribor Bera, Saturday Dobee, Felix
Eawoh, Paul Levurah and Daniel
Gbokoo are executed.
repeat that we all stand before history. I and
my colleagues are not the only ones on trial.
Shell's day will surely
come for there is no doubt in my mind that the ecological war that
the Company has waged in the delta will be called
to question and the crimes of that war be duly punished."
Saro-Wiwa at his trial.
Friday in a two fingers gesture to the world,
the Nigerian military regime put to death nine
people who paid the ultimate price tor campaigning for the most
basic of human rights:
the right for clean air, land and water for
people of the Nigeria delta.
took five bungled attempts to hang Ken Saro Wiwa. His final words
"What country is this? What are you doing to me?" should be
shoved down the throats
of the Commonwealth
governments who only offered 'gentle persuasion' to the Nigerian
carry out the death penalty and Shell Oil,
who expressed its
"deep regret" but
in the next
breathe, indicated it
would press ahead with fresh investments in Nigeria. This said the
government 'vindicates the executions.'
Ogoni land is one of the most polluted places on the planet with
gas fires burning 24 hours a day, fountains of oil pouring into
villagers fields, contaminated water, leaking pipelines, pools of
sulphur and drainage problems.
- The land is so
devastated environmentally that fishermen and farmers cannot sustain
Hunt Sabs 170
Footie Fans 116
Road Protestors 88
Peace Campaigners 48
Tree Defenders 14
animal rights activists nicked this year
# and 125 CJA
monitored by FFT
1989 in despair at the continuing destruction of
their land Ken Saro-Wiwa, well-known author and playwright,
established the Movement for
People (MOSOP). demanding autonomy for their region and a fair share
of oil wealth. Shell are the
biggest oil firm in the
country currently producing 900,000 barrels a day in Nigeria, half
the country's output - where 80 per cent of the governments revenue
comes from oil it is Shell that helps to prop up the military
300,000 Ogoni staged
a peaceful protest to coincide with the start of the world year of
As the protests escalated
Shell had to pull out of Ogoni land. A leaked memo stated that
operations were still impossible "unless ruthless military
operations are undertaken for smooth economic activities to
that year military force was used in a series of brutal attacks
which left 750 Ogoni
dead and 30,000 homeless. In May '94 Saro-Wiwa was imprisoned by the
military police on fabricated charges of
murder - he
spent 63 of these days in chains. Two weeks later
all nine were
had ample opportunity to demonstrate concern over the 17 months of
my fathers incarceration and
They chose to maintain their cosy relationship with the military
dictatorship to secure oil profits rather than
condemn the brutal and unjust arrest and later sentencing on
non-violent environmental campaigners."
minutes released between the Nigerian High Commissioner and four
senior oil executives at the Shell Centre in London
showed no attempt to intervene on the activists behalf. The sole
topic was how to handle the
bad publicity. When Ken Saro-Wiwa was incited for murder,
Shell said the verdict was not its concern...
deaths have outraged the whole world.
People are being urged to boycott Shell but "Shells
Nigeria actions are indicative of the nature of multinational
companies. Through the exploitation of oil,
the Ogoni's chief 'livelihood, their land, is being poisoned. Soon
have no choice but to become players in the economic system from
which Shell derives it dominance."
gross income for 1990 was 132 billion -
more than Tanzania,
Bangladesh, Zaire, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya and Pakistan combined! 500
million people, 10% of the worlds population, live in these
whole issue brings into question the way our
run and controlled by huge multinational
companies unaccountable and
uncaring, continually over-riding
and the planet in their ruthless quest for profits.
Boycott Shell - but
Oil companies the world
over are devastating the environment and displacing people. It
than a simple boycott. It must be about
the way the world is being destroyed for greed by a few. So where to
do we begin? Get yourself informed, get yourself active. Fight back
as well as working
towards sustainable lifestyles.
by these organisations is greater than that of many, if not all
governments and makes a mockery of certain countries claims to
beholden neither to local communities nor to national electorates,
the chief obstacle to the resolution of our environmental and social
70% of all world
trade is now
controlled by just 500 corporations."
On the Friday spontaneous actions at Newbury, Oxford, Cambridge and
Brighton took place at Shell garages, along with a demonstration
of 150 writers outside the Nigerian embassy. People were nicked
outside the embassy after locking on to the railings. Giving the
names of the nine Ogoni
killed they were charged for trespassing on diplomatic territory and
kept in the
cells for 26 hours for their troubles.
Wednesday people picketed the
"Management Summit 95" in London. Top-notch
executives from a whole host of multi-murdering corporations came to
hear speakers (on a mere £5,000 for a 40 minute chat) such as the
president of McDonalds on "how to successfully manage the
globalisation of corporations" or the head of Nestle, no doubt
avoiding the issue of their companies relish in telling
mothers from the third
world that powdered
milk is better than breast. Or what about the
MD of Minolta Europe, who sees every future market dominated by four
of five global corporations, each "infinitely caring" for
billions of customers. "Global corporations must love
people". Just like Shell love the
Give Shell a bell 0171 934 2371/5522/4943
- how best to research rotten companies. Send SAE to Bow CW, 111
Magdalen Rd, Oxford, OX4 1RQ.
Or Ethical Consumer, 16
(0161 237 1630).
Whose Common Future? Reclaiming the Commons book by The Ecologist
Essential if you want to understand the worlds accelerating
environmental crisis brought about by 'nation building', 'economic
growth' and 'development'. "What communities need is not
outside 'management', but control over their own resources and the
scope to run their
Earth First! offer no compromise in defence of
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DAY OF ACTION AGAINST
NOVEMBER 0171 354 5100
- information for action - photocopy! distribute!
again the race card is being played by the Conservatives. The Asylum
and Immigration Bill is
just part of the package to ensure electoral success. The Bill
(presently in its early stages) will be accompanied by an aptly
named 'white list' - countries considered by
the Home Office to be safe and which asylum seekers from that
country will be automatically deported back. It is believed to
include Sri Lanka, Algeria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland and Nigeria
(though the later would now almost be impossible to include due to
last weeks executions) Since the Nigerian military annulled the
presidential elections in June 93 out of 9,000 Nigerians who have
applied to Britain for asylum, only 4 nave been granted refuge
status and 15 exceptional leave to remain.
these so called 'safe' countries have severe human rights problems
or are in civil war. Many people have already been deported back
into the arms
of dictatorships to face imprisonment or even death.
an arms embargo by the British and US Government against Nigeria -
sales continue. The recent sale of 80 British tanks are classed
as non lethal - are they to be used for stockcar racing!
workers, already being used by the
government to implement the hated JobSeekers Allowance are, along
with teachers, NHS staff and council workers
to be held responsible for checking the immigration status of the
public and to grass on any suspect illegal immigrants. Obviously
black and Asian people will be targeted for harassment and could be
refused services until the immigration checks are complete. If a
racist is working
in the public sector they will have
the power to deny
benefits, housing, medical assistance,
October Peter Lilley,
the Social Security Secretary, announced the abolition of benefits
for Asylum seekers. Using the 'if we can't kick 'em out, then let's
starve them out' approach the treasury will save an estimated £150-200
million. Most Asylum
seekers find it virtually impossible to find jobs due to prejudice
and their uncertain immigration status, combined with the fact that
for the first six months asylum seekers can't legally look for work.
For the 30,000 + people affected it will cut off
their only lifeline.
Bill also threatens to fine employers who have taken
on illegal immigrants, giving rise to more discrimination. Already
the unemployment rate for blacks and Asians is 18.8% - more than
double that of whites. On average Afro-Caribbean's earn 98p less
than whites and Pakistanis and Bangladeshis £2.52 less per hour!
There are more
people leaving Britain each year than coming in. Can you blame them?
Council, 0171 820 3000. Campaign against the Asylum and Immigration
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great traditions of British democracy were disgracefully flouted
this week when a small group of nasty extremists protested outside
the state opening of parliament - simply because the government is
bringing a new racist law (the Asylum Bill) that will mean
starvation and death for thousands of asylum
these protesting yobs care nothing for great British traditions such
as the state
opening of parliament - and state racism? In a particularly
disgraceful scene the miscreants threw paint over Brian Mawhinney,
the chairman of the Conservative Party, forcing him to go
into a TV discussion without his rather wet jacket. Just as
well Labour Party deputy leader John Prescott was in the studio to
join Mr Mawhinney in roundly condemning the "violence" of
these cowardly paint-throwers. A government that
refuses entry to families
fleeing war and genocide is one thing, but an anti-racist
demonstrator throwing coloured liquid at a fellow politician - that
really does need condemning!
well-to-do landowners from Newbury petrol bombed a sleeping family
in their coach at the Redden's Copse site, one of the camps set up
to fight the proposed town's by-pass. Jerry, Amanda (who is
pregnant) and Ben (6) were woken by flames coming from their vehicle
late one night. Two
'people' wearing balaclavas were seen driving away from the site.
Their registration number was taken and the Boys in Blue arrested
some real criminals (for a change).
family were unharmed, but a spokesperson for the Third Battle of
Newbury said of the attack. "It was only due to Jerry
being awake that possible deaths were prevented."
An action outside the court is guaranteed for when these inbred
animals come to trial Get on the action phone tree for the Newbury
campaign. Ring 01635 45544 / 45545.
DIRECT ACTION CONFERENCE SAT 9TH DEC
on road protesting, getting arrested, media tarting...
speakers from Youth C. N. D. , Road Alert.'. . . debates,
conscious cinema and loads of other shit 01273 685 913
Baker, a Manchester Earth First!er
arrested for aggravated trespass during a solidarity action against
the M77 in Glasgow, was imprisoned in Strangeways for 7 days for non-payment
of fines. He should be back on the streets by the time this reaches
you. Meanwhile Iggy, the Kent road protester who spent 22
days inside on remand for 2 cases of aggravated trespass and
breaking bail conditions received 120 hours community service.
Thanking people for the letters he
received in prison, he told
SchNEWS how important it is to write to those inside.
people were jailed in September for their involvement in Anti
Nazi League demonstrations in Welling a couple of years back.
Their sentences range
from 16 months to 3
years drop 'em a line.
Elmley, Church Road, East
ME12 4AY:- Kari
(RN0599), Sanjiv Karia (RN0598),
Russell Wild (RN0597), Paul Gay
(RN0593), Gary Haynes (RN0591), Mark Gay
Lindholme, Bawtry Road, Hatfield
Woodhouse, Doncaster, DN7 6EE:
John McFeely (H
At HMP Aldington, Ashford, Kent, TN25 7BQ: Steven Kelly (RN0318)
and Charles Ryder (RN 0595)
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Justice? meeting Wednesday
29th November at
(Carlton hill, behind AmEx) 7.30
pm - film about the Ogoni & multinational companies.
are winning the battle against the new Interim Possession Orders
(I.P.O.'s), which came in 10 weeks ago under the Criminal Justice
Act. (CJA.) The I.P.O.'s were meant to make squatting harder by
making it an imprisonable offence not to leave a building within 24
hours of being served one or to return within a year. There's only
been 4 cases since I.P.O.'s came in and the squatters have only lost
once (because they didn't bother contesting it). If you get served
one, ring the Advisory Service for Squatters the same day on 0171
*** Greenline magazine
are being sued by COPEX for warning people in the mag. that
COPEX will sue you if you even mention them in print (hang on...)
They need money and free legal advice - 01726 850500
*** 45 workers at J.J. Fast
Food Distribution (North
London) have been sacked for joining the Transport and General
Workers Union. Out of JJ.'s 75 employees, 45 joined the union to
protest against low wages, (new workers got £130 a week 6 years ago
compared to £180 now,) no sick pay, no holiday pay, it goes on.
Support the sacked workers by sending donations or joining the daily
protests - 0181 802 9804.
Next Saturday (25th) there's another Groundswell
Conference in Oxford. If you want to get active in the Campaign
against the JobSeekers Allowance (JSA) ring 01865 723750
Meanwhile in Edinburgh claimants besieged High Riggs Unemployment
Benefit Office then occupied the Grand Met Training Agency in
protest against the ghastly JSA 0131 332 7574
Police officers need retraining to deal with demos, according to
police bloke Commander Kendrick. He came to this conclusion after
the shambles at the C J.B. demo last October, when riot police
"seemed reluctant to withdraw" after being ordered to. He
noted the "indifference to evidence gathering and successful
prosecution" during the demo. Other new projects on the 'public
order' front are a Public Order Intelligence System to gather info,
on potential "trouble makers" and video cameras in riot
shields so they can see what they're hitting ***
- Michael has been shooting his
mouth off about getting together an army of "youngsters"
to combat crime. He wants them all to go out and join Neighbourhood
Watch schemes. He doesn't realise they're already fighting crime -
the criminal exploitation of the planet and its inhabitants by
nuclear testing, car culture, open cast miners, multinationals,
coppers enforcing barmy laws, the list goes on and on and zzzz...
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