| Friday 18th July 2008 | Issue
WAKE UP!! IT'S YER TIME
FOR KICK OFF...
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Links: Down, Wembley Way | Bodge
Up | The Look Of The Hunted | Cops
Beat Mob Ruling In Genoa | Mend Of An Era In Nigeria?
| SchNEWS In Brief | And Finally
...BUT NOT OUT AS LONDON
ANTI CITY ACADEMY PROTESTS CONTINUE IN SHADOW OF STADIUM...
Campaigners against a new city academy in Wembley (see SchNEWS
639) are keeping up their protest despite the camp they set-up being evicted
on Wed 16th July.
On Tuesday, a court hearing against
Wembley Tent City in North London served an injunction against one of the protesters,
Hank Roberts, and fined him £3,500. Undaunted Hank and others swiftly returned
to the camp and moved their tents on to the roof of one of the buildings facing
demolition. He was later joined by other protesters resisting the eviction.
academies were dreamt up by the government as a way of offloading some of that
terribly burdening cost of education, and turning it into a money-making scheme
for wealthy types wanting to set up their own schools. As they are privately owned
they dont come under the same strict guidelines faced by state schools,
allowing them to come up with their own curriculum. And, of course, there is no
evidence that they are any more successful than standard state schools.
Tent City is part of the campaign against the Wembley Park Academy, an American
and British educational charity sponsored and run by The Ark, a group of millionaire
merchant bankers and hedge fund speculators. It will still require £30 million
of taxpayers money as initial funding. If the building gets the go ahead it will
see the demolition of a community centre and a sports field used by local children.
On Wednesday, cops turned up to issue an injunction to the protesters with threats
of arrest if they were ignored. Displaying their usual over-zealous tendencies,
they even threatened to arrest some journalists who had joined the protesters
on the roof.
As well as getting a lot of media coverage
for their campaign - with journos from the BBC and ITV turning up to have a nose
around, Wembley Tent City has also received a great deal of support. A spokesperson
for the camp said there were over a hundred supporters on-site after the court
case on Tuesday, and there were still about 50 people there when council bailiffs
turned up later in the day. Perhaps in light of the strong support, the bailiffs
slunk away without removing so much as a tent peg.
of the support has come from the neighbourhood, with many recognising the good
the campaign is doing for the local community. Bailiffs are expected to remove
the last of the protesters on Friday at the just plain unnecessary time of 6:30am,
but protesters are quick to point out that this is just the beginning of the campaign
and on Friday the High Court will decide whether their court case against the
company will be heard.
* Find out more about the campaign
and how you can get involved at www.tentcityoccupation.co.uk
The Bodge House occupation in Derbyshire - stopping
a proposed open-cast coal mine - are in court this Friday (18th), and could be
facing bailiffs soon after then.
After having their eviction
case adjourned until that date due to a dodgy name-changing exercise by the mining
company (See SchNEWS 638), and with the camp getting
visits from National Eviction Team people, next week could see an eviction attempt.
Earth moving has already begun in the vicinity of the protest
camp, which has been hampered by some digger-diving direct action. The squatters
have been sorting out barricades, but are requesting more people now. A wish list
includes water bots, ladders, gardening equipment, scaff, tarps and polyprop.
* Site mob 07503335870, www.leaveitintheground.org.uk
For map to the site see www.schnews.org.uk/archive/pdf/640-map.pdf
LOOK OF THE HUNTED
The Crawley and Horsham Hunts
attempts to stop animal lovers filming and disrupting their illegal fox hunting
(See Schnews 637) are not going according to plan.
slimy solicitor, Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden (TLC), had booked a day in court to
get a temporary injunction to create criminal offences of trespass
on hunt land. Up to his usual tricks, he tried to get the injunction on the flimsiest
of evidence - using a shortcut procedure normally reserved for cases with no dispute
over the facts. This legal manoeuvre backfired when it was pointed out that virtually
every fact was in dispute.
Instead of granting the interim
injunction, the judge ordered a speedy trial now set for the 28th July for 4 days.
Those members of the hunt able to understand what was going on looked decidedly
uncomfortable by the end of the day when the judge ordered them to pay most of
the costs of the hearing, due to TLCs underhand delaying tactics.
monitors are determined to stop this injunction saying, We cannot let these
people get away with illegal animal abuse by buying their own private laws, just
because they are stinking rich. Just as we have not been put off by regular violent
attacks from hunt supporters, we will not be deterred by attacks to our civil
The murdering inbreds at the Countryside
Alliance have already pointed out that if this hunt succeed in banning effective
monitoring then other hunts around the country could follow suit, leaving the
foxes totally unprotected.
* Meanwhile in other hunt-related
courtroom news, one hunt monitor was acquitted of criminal damage at Lewes
magistrates. The case revolved around the cracked indicator light and bent bumper
of a hunt vehicle which had been used to block monitors in (see SchNEWS
623). The mags accepted that his behaviour in attempting to shunt the Land
Rover out of the way with his own vehicle had been reasonable.
most confusing aspect of the case was the role of PC Caroline Ross, who had been
riding with the hunt in the morning when they were observed illegally hunting.
Flashing her warrant card she ordered monitors off of private land. At about 4.30
pm, after riders had trampled two female sabs and the hunt had packed up, there
was an altercation between hunt and monitors.
then used vehicles to block in the the monitors. PC Ross was at home with her
husband - police sergeant Graham Ross. On receiving a summons via mobile phone
from the Lady Master of the hunt, the pair returned in plain clothes and in their
own car to direct police operations. Curiously, although all the hunt supporters
in court claimed to be acting on orders from the police Caroline Ross denied
having issued any such instructions. Even more strangely she denied being friends
with the Lady Master saying she wouldnt invite her round for dinner.
Unfortunately her husband rather blew that during his turn on the stand saying,
Theyre great friends they go hunting together (No worries
Graham were sure a bunch of flowersll do the trick.)
a series of 999 calls from the trapped monitors, cops at Lewes HQ were assured
that everything was in order. It took a further 50 minutes for the monitors to
be allowed to go on their way, and not before the driver had been nicked for criminal
SchNEWS always knew the police and hunt were in
it together but rarely has the conspiracy been conducted with such cack-handed
BEAT MOB RULING IN GENOA
...The cops had sent
in cleaning teams, but it was still a mess. Blood was smeared on walls and the
floor, the gear of everyone was torn open and thrown everywhere. Doors and windows
were smashed. The computer terminals were lying on the ground in pieces. Absolute
chaos. Eyewitness to the Diaz social centre raid aftermath.
were some of the scenes back in 2001 when hundreds of thousands used to come out
for a spot of democratic peaceful protesting at G8 meetings. Carabinieri cops
in Genoa ran riot, injuring many hundreds and shooting one activist, Carlo Guiliani,
dead. The extreme force used - tear gas, water cannon, tanks and bullets and beatings
left the city centre a war zone.
After the dust
settled, legal battles for justice began. Attempts to bring some of the police
responsible before Italian courts, by some of the hundreds of victims as joint
plaintiffs, have not been straightfoward.
First off, in 2003, the Carabinieri
accused of shooting Guiliani, Mario Placanica, was completely cleared without
ever going to trial. The presiding judge ruled the fatal bullet had merely ricocheted
off plaster and, anyway, he had acted in self-defence.
Placanica claimed later that year that, Ive been used to cover up
the responsibility of others... and that the bullet found in Giulianis
body was not of the calibre or type used by the Carabinieri. He thought the deadly
shot had come from somewhere in the piazza outside (ah, the grassy knoll theory!)
Shortly after this totally unneeded blabbering, in a completely unrelated incident,
he was involved in a serious car accident days after observing someone
tampering with his car. He hasnt said much else since.
meanwhile have been dragging on; the Bolzaneto trial of police involved
in horrific arrestee treatment and brutality back at the cells, and the Diaz
trial of those involved in the full-force raids on a school-turned-activist social
Last week, after four years of wrangling, delaying,
denial, and at least one more mysterious car crash of a star witness
later, verdicts were finally handed down to the paltry forty-five police up before
the beak in the Bolzaneto case.
Unsurprisingly, two thirds
of those charged were duly acquitted for lack of evidence.
fifteen fall guys who just really couldnt be found not guilty, given all
the proof, received mostly light sentences. The heaviest dished out was 5 years
and 8 months for the chief of security of the jail, Antonio Biahio Gugliotta.
Jail doctor Giacomo Toccafondi, especially criticized for his violence, was sentenced
to just fourteen months.
In any event, the convicted have
all announced that they will undertake lengthy appeals, meaning that, according
to Italian law, the sentences will be suspended until lawyers get them off at
a later date.
Despite the lack of convictions, the judge did rule for immediate
compensation (of between 2500-15000 euros) for the many victims obviously
untroubled by this tacit admission that events happened as alleged, but no-one
is to blame.
Results are expected in the Diaz trial in the
autumn... but with Berlesconi having been so busy lately further dismantling the
legal system, who really knows.... Roll on G8 Sardinia 2009!
This weekend, the seventh anniversary of Genoa will be commemorated with several
events. Today (19th) - showing that the authorities attempts to crush resistance
never work - Haidi Guliani, Carlos mother, is holding meetings to make preparations
for the protests against the next G8 summit on the island of Sardinia in 2009.
Tomorrow, the annual memorial ceremony for Carlo will take place at the Piazza
Alimonda., with many international solidarity groups in attendance.
For a history lesson (or a trip down memory lane), see SchNEWS
314-5 and www.schnews.org.uk/sotw/genoa-eyewitness.htm
OF AN ERA IN NIGERIA?
Concerned that not all of the
worlds energy-rich areas are violent enough, the British government/military
has decided to stick an even bigger, heavier oar into Nigeria. In a not-subtle-at-all
way, Gordon Brown publicly announced that the UK military would weigh in to support
Nigerias Shell-sponsored government in its quest to defeat the insurgency
thats been raging in the Niger Delta.
to send equipment, trainers and advisors to the Nigerian military
to ensure oil production can bring prosperity (to Shell & Co),
and to make sure that theres a sustainable peace in the area.
Its very hard to make an obscene profit when locals keep attacking your
oil platforms, as the oil giants have been finding out to their cost since the
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) began its campaign in
For an insurgency thats been going on for three
years, in one of the worlds top oil producers, the Niger Delta insurgency
(led by the MEND) has received surprisingly little attention from the worlds
press. It does get reported however in the financial pages; even if the human
cost of multinationals drilling and poisoning of the area remains strictly
off limits for mainstream journos.
But the MENDs habit
of attacking oil platforms & installations gets a mention alongside how its
caused a further multi-dollar jump in the cost of a barrel of oil. Their insurgency
has dropped Nigerias oil production by at least a fifth as a result of the
direct targeting of the oil industry and in the knock-on effects caused by the
multinationals reluctance to exploit such a dangerous area.
so, its Gordon Bulldog Brown to the rescue. Willingness to bend
over backwards to support the oil industry is perhaps the number one trait in
any British PM, and so, true to form, another conflict is duly escalated.
much as soon as Brown had made his speech at the G8, the MEND responded by saying
their ceasefire with the Nigerian government was over, and that British interests
would suffer the consequences. And theyre not known for making
This Thursday, the 47,000 barrels-per-day
Eni pipeline was blown up by attackers in what the company, in a rare candid moment,
called a community dispute. The dispute in question is pretty clear;
one between the community and the oil industry. Within 24 hours of this attack
more than 30 militants attacked the naval boat protecting oil facilities belonging
to Shell Petroleum Development Company.
and mercenaries are getting drawn into fighting a dirty war for control of Nigerias
oil, and the locals join the dots connecting the UK government, UK oil interests
and the killing of their people. If the MEND really take up their threat of targeting
British interests, how long can it be before we start seeing an escalation (a
surge) of UK/US/NATO troops into the area, and how long before we
start getting told that the War on Terror (tm) is being redirected to West Africa?
Animal activists from Brighton have been
aiming to liberate eight thousand Chickens this week during their legal liberation
event. After 3 days they had rescued over 3000 - sent on to friendly sanctuaries
and gardens around the country and will easily top last years 3500
The annual legal liberation has been taking place
on a organic free range chicken farm for the past few years. The owner has given
permission for the group to spend a week catching and re-homing the chickens at
the end of their profitable laying cycle of 18 months. After this time the chickens
are sold for as little as 15p and taken off to slaughter. Cock-a-doodle-well-done
EDO call out: Noise
Demos are still going on outside the Brighton bomb builders EDO MBM on home
farm road every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm. Head down there and show some support
- Sussex police have been resorting to making complaints about the noiSse themselves
when EDO MD Paul Hills fails to - so desperate they are to trot out the infamous
noise by-law to halt the noise-making. See www.smashedo.org.uk
News just in from the big smoke that LibDem MP for Carshalton
and Wallington, Tom Brake, has put forward a Private Members Bill to outlaw cannabis
seeds. Will this germinate into the latest goverment attack on sacred 'erb?
even the cops spoke out against the criminalisation of cannabis (saying it took
precious police hours away from eating donuts and persecuting minorities), the
government first dabbled in a bit of harmless decriminalisation before going back
to the hard stuff mainlining law n order hysteria.
we say it here of course, its all pointless. Researchers, policy-makers
and stoners alike all said exactly the same thing during the last debate:
i.e. criminalised or not, itll make no difference to whether people choose
to smoke. When it was decriminalised the numbers of people smoking went up by
exactly 0%. Now its criminalised again, the number of puff-heads has gone
down by, er the same.
Whats needed is a mass campaign of spontaneous
and organised action on the part of the pro-hemp community. A radical campaign
of direct skinning-up action, converging on a sit, lie and slouch-in at Westminster.
A carnival for dope, possibly sponsored by Dorritos, culminating in a blockade
of bong-smokers outside parliament; the chants of We shall not be moved
- we cant be arsed, and Whose treats? Our treats? resonating
around central London. Er, OK...its stoners were talking about here:
more likely is a mass sit-in...an-armchair...
warns all readers - when we want our kicks, last to score is out. Honest!
THE VERGE - The Smash EDO Campaign Film - is out on DVD. The film
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THREE - SchMOVIES Collection DVD 2007 featuring thirteen short direct
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£6 including p&p.
For Video Activist - the SchMOVIES 2006 DVD Collection - twelve
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DVD Collection 2005 - all the best films produced by SchMOVIES in 2005.
Running out of copies but still available for £6 including p&p.
At Ten - A Decade of Party & Protest - 300 pages, £5 inc
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