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SchNEWS 599, 14th August, 2007Ground Control - Climate activists caught the Met's finest flat-footed on Saturday night as they pre-emptively seized land for the climate camp. Also undeterred by being the only group affected by the injunction the Plane Stupid crew have taken their objections to the aviation industry to the Airbus 'superjumbo' factory in North Wales, a protester has been given a 28-day sentence for refusing to pay a £750 fine, after arrest at Prestwick Airport, Scotland and more....

SchNEWS 598, 27th July, 2007Airbusted Heathrow Airport slaps an injunction on climate change protesters in the lead-up to the Camp For Climate Action in two weeks at a site near Heathrow. Also Wiradjuri Aboriginal take action against toxic gold mine on their sacred sites, Gordon Brown announces new attacks on civil liberties in the UK, anti-arms-trade protest at Nottingham weapons factory, Nagasaki survivor arrested at Faslane and more....

SchNEWS 597, 20th July, 2007Eire We Go Again Seven protesters against the motorway planned at the Hill Of Tara in Ireland were arrested on Weds 18th trying to stop diggers from illegally destroying the important archaeological site at the proposed Blundlestown interchange in the Tara/Skryne Valley. Also more on the resistance to Shell's proposed gas refinery and pipeline development in County Mayo, activists again managed to disrupt business at Agrexco Carmel in Middlesex and more....

SchNEWS 596, 13th July, 2007Smother Earth So that's it - after years of denial (crucial years when a difference could perhaps have been made) global elites are ready to admit that climate change is a reality. Also a report from a British roads campaign veteran at the Hill Of Tara protest in Ireland, protecting one of the most important archaeological sites in the world from a motorway, over here, Herefordshire council are planning to tarmac over their own recently discovered henge and more....

SchNEWS 595, 6th July, 2007Shells Angels Major construction is scheduled to begin on the controversial Shell onshore gas refinery in County Mayo, Ireland within the next month. Also at The Hill Of Tara a huge ancient monument near Baronstown was razed to the ground by machinery this week, tax on using vegetable or plant oil as motor fuel has been slashed and more....

SchNEWS 594, 29nd June, 2007
Dancing on the CeilingTwo anti-war activists who scaled the well-trodden roof of Brighton arms dealers EDO MBM for a rooftop occupation were acquitted on a charge of Aggravated Trespass this Wednesday at Brighton magistrates. Also US-Australian war games were halted this week by a big hump back whale, the UK's first Tent State at Sussex Unversity, the Schnews 'Blair Charge Sheet' and more.....

SchNEWS 593, 22nd June, 2007
Put the Kettle On Now the cheap red wine hangovers have faded it's time for some critical reflections on the G8 Summit party and protest - and some endless rambling war stories. Also The Hill of Tara in Co. Meath, Ireland, one of the most important archaeological complexes in the world, is under threat due to a motorway being built nearby, Numbers of Bees are declining rapidly, the solstice at Avebury and more...

SchNEWS 592, 15th June, 2007
GHETTO BLASTED Forty years on from Israel's seizure of the West Bank and Gaza during the '67 Six Day War and it still never seems to be good news in Palestine. Also why in some US states it's illegal to give food to homeless persons, G8 Actions, Michael Moore's new film and more...

SchNEWS 591, 8th June, 2007
Who's the Baghdaddy Iraq's 'government' has issued arrest warrants for the leaders of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions - on strike since 4th June. The oil unions are protesting against the new oil law and for improvements to wages, health and other working and living conditions. Also G8 update, Turkish special forces have invaded Northern Iraq/Iraqi Kurdistan and more.

SchNEWS 590, 1st June, 2007
PIG IGNORANCE Fourteen campaigners against the Oxford Animal lab, charged with various public order offences, walked free on May 30th after revelations of a police stitch-up, heard because a police tape recorder was left on. Also more on the build up for the G8, a UK resistance round-up, Pine Gap 4 and more...

SchNEWS 589, 25th May, 2007 - Prepare for the Wurst Despite the jackboot problems of the last month, preparations on the ground have continued across Germany for the G8 and the mass convergence has already begun, with people, clowns and bicycle caravans all pitching up in readiness for the main events. Also a little on what the politicians will be talking about at the G8, the latest on the B52 two and the met being mean to nice people on bikes....

SchNEWS 588, 18th May, 2007 - Brothers in Arms Last Tuesday saw an international get-together for hi-tech arms-dealers - The Shephard Group's Electronic Warfare 2007 at the Olympia Conference Centre. The conference punters arrived expecting to find out the latest on assassination by email but were met by a crowd of vocal protesters. Two managed to scale the roof and unfurl a banner saying 'Smart bombs - stupid wars'. Also Al Gore planning big concerts, Shell has AGM and Argentinean commuters get fed up with privatised railways....

SchNEWS 587, 11th May, 2007 - Never mind the Bolivars - At the same time that Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez was announcing the re-nationalisation of the last parts of the country's oil industry still in private hands, several other countries joined in with May Day calls to leave the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. Also the build up to this years G8 has begun with state forces across europe using violence and intimidation to try and spoil the party, France has elected a Right Wing leader and the police in Philadelphia go on a fortune teller round up....

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If nothing else, police attitudes at the climate camp indicated that the road to sustainability is likely to be a rocky one. If the camp's media collective seemed to be pumping out the message that a peaceful negotiated solution to climate change is just on the horizon, and airhead mass-media celebs confuse low-carbon living with the Atkins diet, the Metropolitan Police at least seem to realise that any genuine attempts to push our society towards a carbon-neutral and eco-friendly future will mean a total smashing of the status quo. And needless to say that's something the boys in blue and their bosses are none too keen on.

Almost as soon as the climate camp was established cops began to make their presence felt (see SchNEWS 599). A site invasion by the police on Monday morning enabled the presence of four officers permanently on site. However a later incursion spearheaded by the FIT team was repelled a day later as 150 campers surrounded the thirty cops and pushed them off site. For the first three days police blocked Sipson lane (the main access route to site) forcing everything to be brought onto site by hand.

Throughout the week campers were subjected to assaults, constant stops and searches, sexist comments, aggression and sarcasm from the Met. One element of police repression which attracted some mainstream media attention were the searches under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act. In fact by Wednesday most stops were being conducted under Section 1 of PACE (this meant that the police claimed to suspect everyone of 'going equipped to cause criminal damage'). One man was stopped on the basis that he was thus 'equipped', even though two minutes before he was being kicked out of West Drayton police station with no possessions and wearing a paper suit! Stops and searches were carefully coordinated with a team of police photographers making sure that everyone stopped had their mugshot taken. People were forcibly and illegally detained until the happy snaps could be shot. Of course 99% of these searches produced no evidence of anything (see Crap Arrest of the Week).

Although most campers were aware that it is not a legal requirement to give your identity when stopped and searched, cops soon began to arrest people refusing to give their details for being in possession of their own bank/credit cards. These arrests didn't make it to the police station and were a way of extorting peoples identities out of them in the threatening confines of a police van. The object of the exercise was clearly intelligence gathering. FITwatch activists ( did their best to prevent photographers from getting a clean shot by holding banners in front of the cameras.


On the day of mass action the tension boiled over. Following a media stunt march round the site, protesters equipped with home-made shields forced their way out south from the back of the camp making a bee-line for BAA headquarters. Mounted police began trying to break up groups and riding down individuals. Gloriously one horse-borne copper fell off... twice! Seemingly caught by surprise the Met - in full public order gear - soon regrouped in the estate to the south. This time there were few cameras in evidence as squads of hate-spitting, baton-wielding Tactical Support Group masked up, removed their shoulder numbers and began laying into anyone they could find. Numerous activists received head injuries. One group were chased into residential back gardens, pinned down and punched in the face. One commented, "At least we held up the police so others could get to BAA. Anyway, I'd rather have a black eye than spend 12 hours in a cell."

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Apart from the day of mass action there were loads of small affinity group actions:

Thursday started with lock ons at Farnborough, Biggin Hill and Northolt airports - all private airports catering to super-rich binge flyers. Blockaded by two teams of climate activists, our elites found that their flying taxi services were running a little later than usual.


  • The doors of six London travel agencies were chained shut and plastered with signs saying 'Closed, gone to the Climate Camp'
  • Ten people occupied the office of private charter company XL which has a contract with the Home Office to deport rejected asylum seekers to the Congo.
  • Out came the superglue as people stuck themselves to the front doors of the Department for Transport's London headquarters.


  • Kids and parents blockade at the World Freight Centre in Heathrow, protesting at the damage caused by unnecessarily flying of food around the world.
  • 30 campers brought a banner to a picket of striking cargo workers at the Nippon Express depot.
  • 50 people occupied Carmel Agrexco's Heathrow warehouse in Hayes, where produce is air freighted in from territories occupied by Israel. Highlighting the issues of food miles and the unjust and unlawful distribution of natural resources in the Middle East, activists kept up the pressure on Agrexco for three hours before six people were arrested, four on suspicion of burglary.


  • The day kicked off with three teenage girls dropping a banner reading 'Make Planes History' from the roof of Heathrow Business Academy, close to BAA headquarters.
  • Carbon offset companies were occupied by protesters dressed as red herrings with fifteen people occupying the offices of Climate Care in Oxford, and ten more leafleting the offices of the Carbon Neutral Company in London.
  • Five protesters locked on to concrete barrels outside Sizewell A and B nuclear power stations, Suffolk.
  • Eighteen occupied the office of the owners of Leeds Bradford airport, Bridgepoint Capital.
  • Later on in the evening, the BA World Cargo depot was blockaded for about four and a half hours by eight protesters locked to each other.


For being on the chain gang...
Climate camp was a fine week for any connoisseur of police misbehaviour but this arrest grabbed the attention of the SchNEWS crew... One hapless camper was arrested during a stop and search for possession of a key-chain! Apparently his 18 inch long metal chain could be used 'to cause criminal damage'. Police have refused to be fobbed off and are now investigating his alleged links to al Key-eda.


The battle to save the Hill Of Tara from a motorway continues. Carving a path of destruction through one of the most important archaeological areas in Europe, several ancient buildings and burial grounds have been already been destroyed despite the discovery of more relics during excavations (see SchNEWS 597, 585). The 8,000 year old henge discovered recently at Lismullen was trashed after a rushed archaeological effort to catalogue it. There is protest camp at the site, and direct action continues to fight it every step of the way.

Last Thursday a group of twelve took a walk along the route, and managed to play hide and seek with security and do some digger diving. After blockading a gate at Collierstown, they moved onto a digger preventing it from moving. With three on the roof, they sung and banged on the roof until the driver got out. After half an hour they were gone, avoiding the Gardai (police), when they returned to the first gate and rushed onto a site with four diggers and other trucks working. Although Health & Safety laws require the machines to be turned off in this situation, some carried on, while other drivers were amicable. Many workers and Gardai themselves have said they don't want the road to go through either.

Later that day there were more hi-jinks as protesters moved around several work sites, evading security and interrupting digging work. At one point a woman separated from the group was surrounded by thirteen security intent on holding her until the cops arrived - but when informed them said that she wouldn't move, that the road was illegal under EU laws and that she was protecting land and ancestors, the security just let her go.

On Friday there was more digger diving when the Roestown site was hit with 25 protesters spreading out over the site occupying eight diggers and over fifteen other machines for an hour and a half; again without arrests. This followed a blockade of the gates at the Lismullen Henge as National Road Authority-sponsored lackey archaeologists arrived at the site. Police seem reluctant to arrest to avoid media coverage of the protests.

What sites are remaining are under imminent threat and the protest camps are urging more people to get down there. The camps also need to usual tat - tents, tarps, food, CB radios, climbing harnesses, technical support, donations etc.

* To get to the camp take a bus from Dublin to Tara Cross, 20-25 minute walk from the Tara Vigil Camp. For more call Vigil Camp 00353(0) 861758557, Rath Lugh Action camp 00353( 0) 867372983 Or see


27th-30th August
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For the past four years, the SmashEDO campaign has targeted Brighton arms firm EDO MBM, who make bomb rack parts for the UK, US and Israeli military. Its successes include beating a High Court injunction, the resignation of five directors, and stimulating a 'freedom to protest' coalition that has defied police repression of protest marches.


Angry party-goers laid siege to a police station last week in Great Yarmouth. It all kicked off after police seizure of a soundsystem at a warehouse on the Harfrey industrial estate. After the killjoys confiscated the rig some revellers turned riotous and attacked Great Yarmouth nick in an attempt to liberate their tunes. Put on the defensive, but keen to ensure that no-one had unlicensed fun, 100 cops responded by dishing out liberal amounts of CS spray and battering heads left, right and center. "This was by far the worst amount of police brutality I have seen" said one party-goer. "The fact that they use their shields as weapons is appalling - I saw them smash a girl's car windows and drag her out by her hair - she was terrified."

With the free-festival scene effectively squashed under the Tories, Neo-Labour have turned their sights on non-profit events. New licensing laws mean more money has to be spent on hired goon security who must now come with certificates to prove their respectability. Regulations also mean that organisers need a higher blockhead to punter ratio, raising the cash stakes even more.

And that's without mentioning the Al-Qaeda threat - if you're thinking about putting on an event you now need written plans to show how you would deal with a bunch of terrorists blowing up the DJ stand. This year the Big Green Gathering saw its security costs rise to £200,000 - up from 40 grand in 2005. A serious blow to this and other festivals, calling into question their future survival. It seems UK plc is more than happy to embrace the pierced masses as long as they've paid handsomely for the ticket, the event is heavily policed and comes laden with lucrative sponsorship deals.

At the Glastonbury 'Make Poverty History' moment thousands of people held hands in unity against poverty by standing under an advert for the Orange mobile phone network! Although the festival organisers argue that the ticket price of the £145 (plus fees) just about covers the cost of running the event - sponsorship and pitch rental deals are huge. Some reckon the festival is worth 20 million nicker a year. Mean Fiddler Holdings plc - the company with an increasingly large stake in Glasto managed to turn an £8.3m loss in 2002 into a £2.7m profit in 2004 - the year it took a 32% stake. Nice little earner.

Then again - why bother with the licence? Despite the confiscation of a sound system and resulting stand off with cops in Norfolk last weekend, the free party scene is having a bit of a well needed revival. Many more events have gone ahead trouble-free, reversing recent declines in night time sub cultural activity. Dust off yer dancing shoes and have a look at and to see what's coming up…


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Despite Gordon Brown recently hinting about maybe possibly rethinking some of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act restrictions on the right to protest, none of his populist liberty soundbiting has managed to turn into anything real. Under SOCPA if you want to run a demo near parliament you've got to ask police persmission.

Milan Rai, the first person to be convicted under the SOCPA for "organising an unauthorised demonstration" in the 1km no-go zone around Parliament Square (See SchNEWS 583) was sentenced this week to 14 days imprisonment. Failing to cough up (on principle - not necessarily cos he was broke or forgetful) the £600 levied in various court room shambles has now left Milan banged up in Wandsworth prison for a fortnight. See



August: 31 - No Borders Benefit Gig, for the upcoming Gatwick No Borders camp (see below) With live acoustic sets and DJ, 7.30pm-midnight, RampART Social Centre, 15-17 Rampart St, London, E1 (Tube - Whitechapel) £5/£3/free asylum seekers.

31 - Critical Mass - The peddle powered direct action where cyclists retake the road en-masse. Events are held in cities around the world, including several in the UK - for list see

September: 9 - Urban Green Fair - Brockwell Park, Brixton. Music, cafés, kids' zone, speakers, poets, workshops, DJs, craft and campaign stalls, all powered by renewable energy.

11 - Disarm DSEi - a day of actions against the Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi), the arms sales expo held every other year at East London's ExCel Centre.

19-24 - Gatwick area No Borders Camp. A space to share information, skills, knowledge and experiences, and to plan actions together against the system of border controls.

23 - Big name benefit gig to raise money for court costs to get the Serious Fraud Office to investigate BAE Systems bribes in Saudi arms deals, with Mark Thomas, Russell Brand, Omid Djalili and others. Hammersmith Apollo. Call Ticketmaster (0870 606 3400)

Brecon The Law

The Brecon Beacons gas pipeline works were sabotaged during a night of covert action this week. It's the latest effort in the campaign to fight the building of a high pressure gas pipeline across southern Wales (see SchNEWS 593 and 576). A small crew managed to bypass security and equipped with just a wrecking bar were able to immobilise eleven earth working machines including tippers and excavators, and hole the pipeline itself in several places. Protesters badly damaged engines and hydraulics on the machines. Check for background.

...and finally...

THERE'S NOWT AS QUEER AS VÖLK: Here's a tip for our far-right readers - it might not be best to give your homophobic opinions a public airing on the hottest day in the gay calendar - Brighton Pride. While you might see big gangs of skinheads in cherry red doc martens - look again and you'll see that they're holding hands.

Undeterred by common sense, Sid "I'm the only Nazi in the village" Williamson of the National Front, along with three kids, six 'fighting fit men', two pensioners and a dog, held a demo on the route of the Pride Parade. Holding a banner saying "Bring back Clause 28" in the middle of a 150,000 strong march, the odds were stacked against them.

Clearly expecting an easy fight with a bunch of fairies, the NF got the pink pounding they deserved. Afterwards Stormtrooper Sid's been reduced to moaning on far-right hate sites like Stormfront about how they only had "two very disinterested coppers" to protect them. Sid is particularly aggrieved that so few brothers had joined in the fight for race and nation, exposing him to copping a black eye and broken glasses after someone had lobbed a bottle of pop his way (even whinging that it had not been opened!). "We will not forget this treatment by the reds or the homosexuals" he blusters, "Turn up next year nationalist comrades and don't leave us in this sh*t ever again!"

Anyone interested in supporting Suicidal Sid can no doubt join him on his 72 hour one-man white supremacist action at this week's Notting Hill Carnival...


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