| Issue 11
Justice? Brighton's Campaign in Defiance of the Criminal
Hunt Sabs 107
No live exports
"When you see the
area what's about to be destroyed you'll understand why this issue
has grown into the largest environmental campaign of direct action
ever seen in Scotland"
Seven more MT people
have been arrested since the lovely Valentine's Day attack on Pollok
Free State under breach of the peace charges as an attempt to keep
people away firm the camp as tree-cutting continues. Two protestors
from the car convoy who were arrested for sitting in a Wimpey van
were told by a Glasgow chief superintendent "you've got no
fucking rights, you're English" before being banged up in blood-stained
Govan police cells in solitary confinement for three and a half
days and released through lack of evidence.
Four more were arrested
at Patterton Woods when work resumed on Wednesday morning for "swearing"
and shouting "Shame!" at cutters working round one 15-year-old girl
up a tree.
Jake Hunter and Paul
Murphy refused bail conditions banning them from the Free State
and are awaiting trial on Feb 27th. Yet another, Colin
McCleod, was jailed for 'assault' but in a new twist one of the
security 'mutineers' returned to the camp to reveal a conspiracy
to frame him - and he says he'll back him in court.
Meanwhile Phil Gallie,
Conservative MP for Ayr has called on the police to use the Criminal
Justice Act to clear the camp of protestors and it remains to be
seen whether landowners Strathclyde Regional Council stand by last
November's statement where they "strongly object to the provisions
of the Act which seek to restrict citizens from the freedom to use
Scottish land". That has been no Environmental Impact Assessment
carried out on the M77 which means in effect that the motorway is
being built illegally. As work continues Glasgow is hotting up for
Saturday's illegal mass protest march organised by the Scottish
Defiance Alliance to Pollok Free State.
Kids from Bellarmine
school, fresh from stopping work on Tuesday after "coming over
the hills like a scene from Zulu" and climbing all over the
diggers are ready to strike from Monday demanding at least two hours
a day off school to protest against the destruction of their natural
playground. Hailed as heroes in Glasgow, they have been distributing
leaflets, staging demonstrations and faxing Blue Peter and Newsround.
New research from Bristol University has proved a link between exhaust
fumes and childhood leukaemia to add to the fact that one in six
suffers from asthma. The motorway will run close to several schools.
"The strength of passion
and support in Pollok is such that you cant help thinking this is
one road scheme that can be defeated...
This is the place
where the Anti-Poll Tax Federation was born - that ended up finishing
Thatcher. Sitting round the cosy fire at the Free State, enjoying
the mad Celtic vibe you can't help dreaming that the same fighting
might do it again. Get your arse down there - it's closer than you
sitting, digger diving, serious barricading, freezing your bollox
warm feeling inside
TEL: 0141 636
1924 or 0860 728244 for more details.
we are an equal
It took 100 police a
day to evict the M65-ers from their squatted row of terraces in
Blackburn this week arresting fourteen people in the process. The
main focus of the campaign is now Stanworth Valley - deep in the
woods of rainy Lancashire, with walkways linking 17 tree-houses
60 feet up, mud and the steep sides of the valley making cheny-pickers
all but useless.
The eviction is due in
April. Tel 0161 861 7895.
Fastest with the facts. Accurate with the truth!
@ The New Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Brighton. Every Friday
Wickham Lane, Abbey Wood,
nr Plumpstead is a DoT owned street of 250 houses. Fifty of these
houses are empty and the DoT are purposely letting them rot in order
to demolish them as unstable. The whole project is part of the old
river crossing plans which included taking a large part of Oxleas
Although the DoT shelved
work because of the high profile of the Oxleas Wood campaign there
are signs that they are going to continue the work in 1997. Out
of the occupied houses about 20 are squats - the rest are being
leased out. All the lease contracts end in '77. Dick Turpin's old
stamping ground, Bleak Hill, also faces the chop if plans go ahead.
The fifty empty houses need occupying as soon as possible.
If you judge actions
by the amount of media attention given to them, (nice pictures,
shame about the content), then Sunday's "mass trespass" was a success.
But as one of those trudging through homepark in the drizzle surrounded
by police on horseback, foot and boat, and being videoed holding
the leaflet kindly given me by the Thames Valley Police telling
me if I so much as sneezed out of place I'd be nicked, I'd say It
was a flop. Either we keep our actions secret and take the authorities
by surprise or we publicise massively. 5000 people would have done
nicely; as it was the surrounding areas weren't even flyposted.
Too few of us meant we
were outnumbered, photographed, frogmarched then shoved back on
our waiting coaches, escorted to the M4 and see yer later.... And
the folk of Windsor hardly knew we were there, save our two minutes
P.S Dear Coalition. Next
time be less specific- just say "meet at Windsor."
"Today between 50 and
75% of Britain is owned by 1% of its people. In Scotland just 600
lords own half the country.
"The argument used by
the Country Landowners Association in favour of the Criminal Justice
Act is that travellers damage hedges, fields and features of historical
or scientific value. Yet, every year throughout the 1990's country
landowners have overseen the loss of 18,000 kilometres of hedgerows.
Since the war, they have destroyed nearly 50 percent of our ancient
woodlands, and, this century, they have ploughed over 70 per cent
of our downlands."
The Criminal Justice
Act is an attack on everybody - the powers the Act gives the police
to disrupt and stop any activity the don't like should worry anyone
concerned with people's basic freedoms. But travellers arc not just
going to be harassed, bullied and intimidated by this law -their
very way of life is to be criminalised and stopped.
A sane society would
value diversity and different ways of life - this government is
determined to make criminals of any group like travellers, with
a way of life not given official approval. Travellers - just like
Jews, the Irish or black people - have always been a useful scapegoat
for repressive corrupt politicians because they are outside 'normal'
society and an easy target for bigotry. The way the press describes
travellers as 'scum', 'vermin', 'sub-human' and so on is exactly
how the Nazi press described Jews in the 1930s as they started to
build the gas chambers.
Part five of the Criminal
Justice Act gives the police increased powers to remove travellers
and seize travellers' vehicles from land even when the owner of
the land has given the travellers permission to stay there. The
owners of the vehicles will have to pay for having their vehicles
destroyed by the police. At the same time as making it a criminal
offence for six or more vehicles to be on an unauthorised site the
Act takes away the duty of local authorities to establish sites
where travellers can stay legally.
There are hundreds of
disused airfields and other government-controlled sites that could
be given over to travellers but ideas like that are far too sensible
and obvious for our politicians to take seriously. Instead, we re
going to see the police chasing travellers around the country arresting
the adults and needlessly taking their children into care -just
so the government can blame another 'marginal' group for society's
We live in a mixed up
world . If you're rich and go round the world selling guns to corrupt
dictatorships so they can kill their own people you get a medal
and are seen as decent and upstanding. If you're poor and go around
the country in a caravan because you want your children to grow
up in clean air and a communal lifestyle then you are 'scum'. Travellers
aren't all angels, but they all have rights - and if we don't stand
up for their right to live the way they want then we are all one
step nearer having no rights ourselves. Unlike the government, Justice?
believes in diversity and choice for everyone, not just the rich.
That's why we will be actively supporting ALL travellers victimised
under the Criminal Justice Act.
Friends and Families
of Travellers 0258 453695 Travellers Legal Advice Line 01222 874
580 9am - 1pm weekdays only.
A major occupation of
land is planned to take place on Sunday 23rdApril. Details SAB Land
Reform, Box E, I 11 Magdalen Rd, Oxford OX4 1RQ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crap Arrests of the
* For possessing a sense
of humour in Wales. Footie fan arrested at Swansea v Middlesborough.
Asked a cop 'are you escorting us to the station mate?'. He replied
'Shut your mouth and keep moving'. Footie fan: 'If you or any of
your mates are going to police the Shoreham protest could you give
me a lift?' Copper 'Shut your gob or your knicked sonny'. FF: 'I
didn't realise that being in possession of a sense of humour was
a criminal offence In Wales'. He was then nicked and charged under
S5 of the Public Order Act for threatening and abusive behaviour.
In the police van he was told to sit on the floor 'where he belonged'.
When he said he was a teacher the cop said 'Yeah, and I'm Mickey Fucking
* For pressing button
on traffic lights at Shoreham and not crossing.
* Six people nicked at
Edinburgh CJA rally for cheering on news of alcoholic Scottish Tory
This weekend a series
of attacks occurred against anti-hunt activists in Manchester and
Liverpool. Masked thugs, described by witnesses as "just like
the IRA punishment squads", broke into their victim's homes with
a variety of weapons including baseball bats and balaclavas, and
went completely mental, causing damage to the people concerned,
their property and terrorising other local residents.
What we'd like to know
is how these hoods knew the addresses of the people involved in
hunt sabbing? They are usually a closely guarded secret because
of attacks like these. Could they have come from an official source?
Local hunt activists do not expect any arrests in connection with
THE POETRY OF DISSENT
is searching for poetry
and scribblings capturing the spirit of protest and rebellion currently
rife around the country. Contact Rachel 081 461 4380.
JUST US IN ART?
Interested in getting
involved in open art workshop using only recycled materials. Nat
01273 622 648
Jim Chambers (M11er)
is currently banged up in Wormwood Scrubs for alleged criminal damage.
His commital trial date is on the 28th February. Send letters to
JAMES CHAMBERS, PV2504, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, PO Box 757, Du Cane
Road, London, W12 0AE.
SAT 25th FEB...Congress
of Networks, Exodus Collective 0582 508936 or 0582 561627.
SAT 25th FEB...GLASGOW
DEFY THE CJA DEMO 12PM George Sq. Glasgow. 041 9462700.
SAT 25th FEB Mass Trespass
1.30 pm Congletown Town Hall Manchester 061 232 9218.
FRI 3rd MAR Five Hunt
Sabs nicked for Aggravated Trespass. Bailed to appear in court today:
SUN 12th MAR SUSSEX &
SURREY ALLIANCE AGAINST CJA Brighton Unemployed Centre 1.30pm 01273
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