| Friday 12th October
2007 | Issue 606
WAKE UP!! IT'S YER CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED...
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Blocked | And Finally
AS SUSSEX POLICE STEP
UP THE CAMPAIGN TO SMASH 'SMASH EDO'
This is the
most heavy handed policing weve seen outside this factory
in over two years. EDO have used Sussex police as their rottweilers
before and their efforts have ended in failure and humiliation for
the company. This is a desperate act by a failing company. The community
has shown time and again that this aggression will not silence us.
We will continue to protest against EDO until it has been shut down.
- Sarah Johnson, spokesperson for Smash EDO
Its been quite
an exciting couple of weeks up on Home Farm Rd, Brighton. The campaign
Smash EDO have been pulling out the stops, and Sussex Police
- for their part - have been clutching at straws with equal grit
and determination. It seems that the cops have finally woken up
after the humiliation of the failed injunction against Smash EDO
(See SchNEWS 531) and are now trying to
botch together a de-facto injunction through the selective application
of local bye-laws and ancient statutes. The past two weeks has seen
the highest numbers of arrests since the collapse of the injunction
in February 2006.
Last week an early-morning
action and some strategic application of super-glue saw Managing
Director Paul Hills having to smash a window of the company premises
so he could get to work (see SchNEWS 605).
A person filming the action had their camera confiscated under a
highly dodgy interpretation of the Police and Criminal Evidence
But in a more onimous
sign of legal battles to come, five were arrested that day, mostly
for aggravated trespass and obstructing police, but all have now
had their charges altered to Conspiracy to Cause Criminal
Damage a much more serious offence which carries a
maximum life sentence. They are in Brighton Magistrates Court on
Thursday October 18th at 10am to have their cases transferred to
the Crown Court.
The Bad Karaoke
demo this Wednesday (see Crap Arrest) saw police
use a 1972 council noise bye-law - designed for loud neighbours
and street drunks - to arrest two protesters and confiscate sound
equipment. The member of the public offended by the
racket was one Paul Hills. The police then imposed Section 14 of
the Public Order Act, nicking three more, penning the rest of the
demo and pushing them halfway down the hill, away from the factory
For the recent Smash
EDO Action Camp (See SchNEWS 601),
police trotted out the old 1875 Public Health Act originally
written to combat the spread of cholera as a pretext to break
up the camp.
Is this just the reaction
of a weary plod to persistent demonstrations, or could there possibly
be any connection between this recent excessive policing and the
hostile takeover of EDO being attempted by German firm ITT (ex-Nazi
former suppliers of planes to the Luftwaffe)? The campaign in Brighton
against EDO MBM has made tangible dents into US parent company EDO
Corporations share price, as ethics-bypass investors read
about the protests in the finance papers and kept away.
Either way, give them
what they dont want and make sure that you come along to the
Annual Masked Halloween Demo outside the factory on Wednesday 31st
October, 4-6pm, EDO, Home Farm Road, Brighton. Come in a costume
and dont forget your Halloween mask...
* Smash EDO Noise
Demo every week outside EDO MBM, Wednesdays 4pm-6pm.
* For more see www.smashedo.org.uk
ARREST OF THE WEEK
For singing 'We Are
A 16 year old was arrested
this week along with four others - at Smash EDOs awful
Bad Karaoke event outside the gates of the Brighton
Obviously the police
and EDO MBM Managing Director Paul Hills werent feeling in
the mood after having love songs sung to them plus an extraordinary
rendition of that hackneyed old gloating chant We are the
The cops singled our
lad out from the talent contest after he and another - also nicked
had earlier been spotted setting up the evil karaoke machine.
Obviously the police and Paul Hills arent fans of Queen (but
quite probably The Queen).
* For film of this crap
arrest and the rest of the days greatest hits see www.smashedo.org.uk/resources/jukeboxjuryeditMPEG1_VCD_PAL.mpg
Dont put yer
tent away just yet. Next weekend is Camp Hope, opposing
plans to extend the runway and radically increase services at Staverton
Airport, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Saturday 20th October
kicks off a day of planning and strategising against global warming,
followed the next day (21st) by a protest. The location of the camp
will be announced on October 19th for details contact email@example.com
or see www.campforhopeatstaverton.blogspot.com
* This Monday Manchester
Climate Action and Plane Stupid paid a visit to the
security check-in of terminal 3 at Manchester Airport for domestic
flights. Seven activists locked together using arm-tube devices
and banners reading Manchester City Council...supporting climate
chaos, Domestic flights cost the Earth were unfurled.
Leaflets were handed out to some wilfully ignorant and some newly
enlightened passengers. See www.planestupid.com
THAT GOT AWAY
Following on from last
Mondays Big Blockade at the Faslane naval base
(See SchNEWS 605), eight Swedes from the
anti-militarist network Ofog broke into RNAD Coulport two nights
The activists split
into two groups to break into the base where the warheads
for Trident nuclear missiles are stored some going by foot,
others swimming in. While seven were spotted and arrested, the eighth
managed to swim for two hours alongside the jetty where weaponry
is loaded from. It was only when protesters admitted that there
was one who got away that a search party went out, and he was eventually
spotted on the shoreline. (The BBC reported this as though hed
been saved from certain drowning by the navy).
Despite Coulport being
protected by the infamous SOCPA anti-terrorist law (the one which
makes protests at parliament illegal), the seven initial arrestees
were given verbal warnings and released without charge, and the
intrepid swimmer was charged for breaching a local by-law. Could
it be that they got off lightly because the MoD don't want to publicise
the fact that people can get into these bases?
* How's yer Swedish -
Last Monday saw an estimated
5,000 people gather in Trafalgar Square for the latest anti-war
extravaganza to listen to speeches and join the march to parliament.
The march had initially been declared illegal by police under the
arcane Parliamentary Sessional Orders, however Stop The War Coalition
(STWC) stated their intentions to go ahead with the march regardless
(See SchNEWS 605). According to STWC,
the march was given the all clear only minutes before the march
was due to start. Our SchNEWS correspondents arrived late, with
their balaclavas and bag of transit wheel nuts, only to find - to
their disappointment - that the police had caved in. The prospect
of nicking Tony national treasure Benn or giving Mark
Thomas material for his next show was obviously too much for the
The march ambled along
to the edge of Parliament Square where the police forced the thousands
of people to respect the green cross code and wait for the traffic
lights to change before being herded into a pen on the edge of the
fenced-off square, a process lasting two hours. The SchNEWS reporters
declined to be herded and found themselves thrown up against the
fence, searched under the Terrorism Act and then followed by an
escort of two police officers. The reason given was that you
didnt want to have your picture taken. (For more information
about the behaviour of the Metropolitan Intelligence Gathering team
Once in the pen some
of the demonstrators decided to make a point by taking down the
fences around the Parliament Square, which led to some push and
shove. The police showed special concern over the statue of Churchill
(remember the green mohican he was given one Mayday). The STWC stewards
tried their hardest to do the job of the police by making everyone
move onto College Green, with calls of move along nothing
to see here, leading one irate liberal to snap at a stewardess,
young lady I have been told what to do by people in yellow
jackets all day, I will not be told by you in your orange jacket!
It seems therefore that
although the STWC might have had one brief moment of rebellion against
the forces of law and order, as soon as they got their own way it
was back to business as usual and a distinct lack of support for
those who wanted to make the point that fencing off Parliament Square
and confining thousands of people to a pen was illegal and unnecessary.
Bath now has its own
free radical news sheet. The Bath Bomb is a monthly round
up of 'local news, scandal and rioting!' (SchNEWS has never heard
of a riot in Bath, so we can't wait to read about one). This months
issue has articles on anti-consumerism, climate change and nuclear
power. Theyve basically nicked a certain familiar format and
even adopted our tagline, changing it to: Soapy suds of truth
in a bathtub of bullshit! Its free/donation and anti-copyright,
so feel free to print up as many as you want. As the editors of
the Bomb say Best viewed through your bosss photocopier!
More info email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.myspace.com/bathbomb
SchNEWS is proud (and
a little surprised) to announce a first as a fox hunter was convicted
of GBH this week...
In January 2005, the
day after the landmark ruling which banned hunting with dogs, one
particular lunatic huntsman went mental after a hunt at Spear Hill,
near Horsham, attacking a hunt sab with his walking stick. John
Hawkins, 69, may have been enraged by the new government policy,
but hunt sabs are surmising that he was also pissed off because
the sabs out-foxed the hunters that day, and not many foxes had
Veteran sab Lynn Phillips
was looking for a hound she believed may have been injured when
ol Hawksy approached her and started swinging his stick wildly.
Hitting her on the head with his cane, he put so much force into
the initial blow that he fell over. After being helped to his feet
by his blood-sporting mates, he lashed at her again and broke her
arm. Sabs quickly moved in to get her away, but another pro-hunter
nicked their van keys, so they couldn't whisk her straight off to
When arrested, the twat
denied hitting anyone. In a strange but welcome bout of justice
some two years later, he was found guilty at Brighton Magistrates
Court of Grievous Bodily Harm.
* Despite the ban blood
sports continue across the country - for more see www.huntsabs.org.uk
Campaigners in Worthing
trying to stop the downgrading of Worthing Hospital have stepped
up a gear and are calling for people to take over a public meeting
on October 15th by the West Sussex Primary Care Trust. This meeting
will probably be the last chance for the public to participate
in the process.
The Primary Care Trust
has been engaged in a consultation under the banner
Fit for the Future. Playing off people from different
areas, they have presented three options of downgrading two of either
Worthing and Southlands, St Richards at Chichester or the
Princess Royal at Haywards Heath. Theres no fourth option
of keeping things as they are. If a hospital gets downgraded, itll
mean no Accident and Emergency Services and no Intensive Care. Maternity
services may also close, with people from Worthing or Haywards Heath
having to contend with the traffic and go to Brighton.
The leaders of the KWASH
(Keep Worthing and Southlands Hospitals) campaign (with the opportunistic
support of the local Tory MPs), are alarmed at this outbreak of
potential direct action, claiming that such tactics are dangerous
and could do harm to the campaign as they dont need such tactics
to be listened to. But as someone commented on Indymedia: Hope
is one of the greatest things that can be given to people to keep
them quiet. If you give them hope that things will change then they
will stay inside the law getting on with their lives thinking that
others will achieve the results for them.
* Theres a march
to the meeting, starting 6pm Homefield Park, Worthing and mass cycle
ride leaving 5.45pm from Worthing Station. Then at 7pm it's the
consultation meeting at the Pavillion Theatre, Worthing.
Theres been barrels
of actions against Total Oils involvement with the
Burmese regime in the last couple of weeks: three die-ins
at Totals head office in London, plus blockades at Total Service
Stations in Cardiff, Oxford, St Albans and Bradford.
Total has been targeted
because it is the biggest corporate investor in Burma, providing
the dictatorship with a third of its export revenue since 1992.
What you've seen on the news is just a glimpse of what this vicious,
highly militarised regime does to its population.
Theres bound to
be a Total Service Station near you...
* See www.totaloutofburma.blogspot.com
as Ches legacy leaves sight for sore eyes...
Commemorating forty years
since the death of Che Guevara (if you havent heard of him
you probably bought the t-shirt), heres one for all you latin
lovers of irony...
Operation Milagro (miracle),
a continent-wide health project to treat eye diseases, has so far
helped 600,000 people in twenty eight countries in the Americas
(including the US of A) - places which have suffered from neo-liberal
gutting of state-run healthcare programmes or a near total lack
of health infrastructure. The 'miracle' has been possible through
the winning combination of Cuban doctors and Venezuelan oil dosh.
In Bolivia over 100,000
have been treated for free including one Mario Terán, the
man who pulled the trigger on the worlds most famous guerilla
40 years ago in the Bolivian jungle. Working for the CIA obviously
didnt include health insurance or a decent pension, and so
in the decades following his dastardly deed he found himself living
in poverty and unable to afford an operation to treat the cataracts
that had left him blind for many years.
That was until Cuban
doctors cured him, courtesy of the same internationalist sentiment
that brought El Che to Bolivia in the first place. The revolutionary
spirit continues to sweep through Latin America bringing tangible
benefits to the people four decades after Ches heroic but
ill-fated foray in the jungle.
Sometimes revenge can
take strange forms - as in the words of Nicaraguan Sandinista freedom
fighter and victim of torture, Tomás Borge:
revenge will be your childrens right to schooling and to flowers.
My personal revenge will be to make you see the goodness in my peoples
eyes, implacable in combat, always generous and firm in victory.
My personal revenge will be to greet you good morning!
in streets with no beggars, when instead of locking you inside they
say, dont look so sad, when you, the torturer,
darent lift your head.
My personal revenge will be to give you these hands you once ill-treated
with all their tenderness intact.
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