| Friday 2nd May
2008 | Issue 630
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SHAC RATTLE & ROLL
SHAC was on the move again last Saturday (26th) as they marked World Day for Lab Animals by marching through the town of Horsham - not only a stomping ground for the Crawley and Horsham hunt, also home to the HLS (Huntingdon Life Science – see SchNEWS 581) supplier Novartis UK, where experiments see primates, guinea-pigs and other animals tortured for profit. Around 400 campaigners gathered at Horsham Park to listen to speeches before setting off on the march through the town centre to Novartis.
At first cops were claiming to be softly policing the event by only having a few scowling offi cers at the meet up point. What they didn’t mention was that people driving past Novartis on the way had already noticed a paranoid looking amount of riot vans parked 'secretly' across the road. in a car park. The amassed plod (what is the collective noun for police? A thicket?) included the London FIT team and the ever so smug looking Seany McDonald from Sussex police (see rival publication www.roughmusic.org.uk issues 8 &15).
This fun cast was completed by members of the Crawley and Horsham Fox hounds who turned up and started trying to fi lm people. Not to be intimidated, the march passed off and somehow it remained a calm day with no known arrests. Unfortunately the only excitement came from a merry band of about seven black-mask-clad kids who started a bit of argy bargy...
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