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(en) SchNEWS 383, Friday 29th November, 2002

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Fri, 29 Nov 2002 03:14:02 -0500 (EST)


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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! THERE AIN'T NO JUSTICE
SchNEWS

GONE TO THE DOGS

"This case is an attempt by the state to stop any demos other than those
organised with the co-operation of the police - with routes, times etc. all
on their terms. Anyone demonstrating now risks arrest and a charge of
conspiracy." - Sue, Shoreham Protester.

In September 2000, hunt saboteur Steve Christmas was deliberately run-down
by a Land Rover driven by Old Surrey and Burstow hunt supporter Martin
Maynard. Steve had to be airlifted to hospital with four broken ribs, a
crushed pelvis, a damaged lung and severe internal bleeding (See SchNEWS
274). The following day whilst he was fighting for his life, a group of
nearly 60 protesters went to pay their respects at the local hunt kennels.
Upon arriving at the kennel, the group was met by two friendly hunt
supporters wielding pickaxe handles. The two men taunted the group about
Steve and a scuffle broke out in which some windows were broken. Police, who
had been observing the whole thing, did little to prevent a confrontation
and made no arrests at the time. Instead, the powers-that-be decided to use
the corruption of our legal system to bring us their very own version of
justice.

Here's how it works - see if you can spot the bias. Martin Maynard, the guy
who ran over and nearly killed Steve Christmas, had his charge of 'grievous
bodily harm with intent' dropped, and instead paid a piddling £75 fine for
not having any insurance or licence when he ran Steve down. Maynard also
failed to turn up in court four times but of course was never punished for
this. And to top it all off, the violent thugs who provoked the protesters
at the kennels were never arrested.

Contrast this to the treatment received by anti-hunt protesters. A few weeks
after the incident at the kennels, 26 of them (who had been identified from
CCTV footage) had their homes raided. They were arrested for 'violent
disorder', but then the story suddenly changed and 18 were charged with
'conspiracy to commit violent disorder' as there was no proof who did the
damage. After three trials lasting months, with costs running at £8,000 per
day, five of those arrested have been found guilty and are due to be
sentenced today at Guildford Crown Court. It is expected that they will be
sent to prison for the hideous crime of breaking a few windows, even though
there is no suggestion that these five are actually the ones that caused any
of the damage! The Crown Prosecution Service alleges that those convicted
were part of a wider conspiracy. But according to the prosecution, this
so-called conspiracy happened in the few short seconds in which the group
walked up the lane to the kennels. And the damning evidence the prosecution
produced to prove this conspiracy? The fact that most people were wearing
black hooded tops (which is what most sabs wear all the time, even down the
pub!) and that the protesters weren't carrying placards (cos' that's the
only way you're allowed to protest nowadays).

While the CPS were scraping the bottom of the barrel to prove their pet
conspiracy theory, they presented as evidence a leaflet produced AFTER the
incident happened and a t-shirt found at the home of one of the protesters
which had a caricature of a fox with a shotgun saying "I'll give you
bloodsports pal".

A BREED APART

This sort of pro-hunt bias is of course nothing new, hunt supporters
magically seem to have a whole set of laws to themselves. In 1991, Mark
Bycroft, who is one of the main men at the Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt, was
ordered to do community service after being found guilty of assaulting a
hunt sab. Old Surrey and Burstow later promoted him to Huntsman. Last year,
rider Joseph Wilkinson was convicted of Criminal Damage & Causing Actual
Bodily Harm to a 58 year-old woman who he'd punched to the ground, busting
her lip and trashing her camera in the process. His sentence? A slap on the
wrist Conditional Discharge!

Justice like this had nothing at all to do with having friends in high
places. In the Steve Christmas case, the MP for Mid-Sussex, Nicholas
lardarse Soames, who rides with another hunt, arranged a meeting with
himself and the Huntsman of the Old Surrey and Burstow hunt to discuss
matters with the then Home Secretary Jack Straw. Shame no one ever rang up
Steve to see if HE wanted to have a chat with Straw. One of the protesters
arrested over the kennel incident told SchNEWS, "It's obvious that the order
to proceed with this trial came from very high up".

ARNIMATED

The animal rights movement in this country has definitely proved that it is
a force to be reckoned with. The movement is unlike any other with the wide
range of people and tactics involved. There is also a unity not seen in many
other movements, those writing letters are not dismissed as wet-liberals and
people who take direct action are not condemned as mindless yobs. This
combination has enabled activists to set their sights on specific targets
and in many cases win. Recent years have seen vivisection breeders such as
Hillgrove and Shamrock Farms bite the dust, a ban on the testing of
cosmetics on animals, as well as the start of serious debate about fox
hunting. This success, however, has come at the high cost of serious
harassment, grief, and bullying from the media and the state. As
surveillance expert Alan Lodge, says "Large scale news manufacturers have
helped engineer an image of prevalent animal rights terrorism, whilst
constructed charges worse than the actual crime have also ensured long
prison sentences. The whole animal rights movement has been manoeuvred into
the category of potential terrorism." This terrorism label means that animal
rights activism has it's own Special Branch unit accumulating information
for the Animal Rights National Index (ARNI).

The real motivation behind the prosecutions in the kennel incident is likely
to have been the further intimidation of those involved in the animal rights
movement. Seems the State wants to send a message out that if you support
animal rights activism in any way, you are not safe. The verdict could have
serious implications for anyone involved in any sort of protest that extends
beyond banner waving behind a police barrier. Full updates on the outcome of
the trial at www.sahc.org.uk or www.huntsabs.org.uk

* The hunting season resumed at the beginning of this month. There are local
hunt saboteur groups all over the UK who take direct action each week to
save the lives of animals. Hunt Saboteurs Association - 0845 4500727

* Marsh UK, the insurance brokers for vivisecters Huntingdon Life Sciences,
are spending £103,000 per week on security. Since February this year they
have received 4718 emails, 324 faxes, 1198 letters and on occasions up to
400 telephone calls per hour! All of their 36 offices have been "visited" a
total of 244 times. More info www.shac.net. Phone messages of condolence to
Marsh on 020 7357 1000, calls may be monitored for "quality control"
purposes!

Huntingdon Life Sciences "celebrates" its 50th birthday on 1st December.
www.december1.net

* A Public Enquiry about a potential primate lab in Cambridge started on
Tuesday. Cambridge Against Primate Experiments: 01223 311828
www.x-cape.org.uk

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CRAP ARREST OF THE WEEK

For Doing A Stall!
Two people from Dorset Animal Action were doing a stall in Bournemouth when
police asked for their details. The activists had the cheek to ask if they
were being nicked or issued with a summons, which led to their arrest for
deception. After being strip-searched and kept at the station for 8 hours,
the activists were released without charge, but not before the greedy
coppers stole all the money that had been collected by the stall.

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SchNEWS IN BRIEF

It is ten years since the battle of Twyford Down, the beginning of the UK
anti-roads movement, and there's a camp to 'Remember, Rejoice, and Resist!'
8-9 Dec, St. Catherine's Hill, Winchester. www.roadalert.org.uk **
Manchester has another Radical Bookfair next Saturday (7 Dec) Find out about
radical activity in Manchester - stalls, workshops, and veggie food, 1-5pm,
Bridge 5 Mill, 22A Beswick Street, Ancoats. www.radicalbookfair.org.uk **
Privacy International host a public meeting on the government's proposal for
an Entitlement (identity) Card. 11 Dec, 2-4.30pm, Old Theatre, London School
of Economics. www.privacyinternational.org 07960 523679 ** Defy-ID is "an
adhoc network of groups and individuals prepared for active resistance to
increasing surveillance and the introduction of identity or 'entitlement'
cards in the UK" www.defy-id.org.uk ** A book about the proposed Baku-Ceyhan
pipeline is now available entitled 'Some Common Concerns - Imagining BP's
Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Pipelines System'. BP intends to begin
construction on its proposed pipelines system in spring 2003, a system that
would run from Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea to the southern shores of
Turkey via Georgia. Copies of the book for £11.50 made out to 'The Ilisu Dam
Campaign', to: Baku-Ceyhan Campaign, c/o Ilisu Dam Campaign, Box 210, 266
Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7DL. 01865 200 550 baku@gn.apc.org ** Public
meeting about the Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline. 5 Dec. 7.30-8.30pm, London School of
Economics, St Clements building, Room S75, Claremarket St., London.
01865-241097/200550.

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TO B-2 OR NOT TO B-2

On Saturday 14th December at 12 noon, Gloucestershire Weapons Inspectors and
Bristol Stop-the-War coalition will hold a "citizens inspection" of US
airforce base RAF Fairford. This sleepy home of good old unsinkable aircraft
carrier HMS Britain hosts the largest US bomber base in Europe, refurbished
earlier this year at a cost of one hundred million pounds-the largest single
NATO expenditure since the end of the cold war. The B-2 bombers at Fairford
are thought to already be carrying the new generation of "more useable"
nuclear weapons designed to attack deep bunkers and other super secret evil
guy hideouts. These weapons will be fully involved in any attack on Iraq.
"We want all weapons of mass destruction to be open to inspection," says
Grace Trevett, one of the citizen inspectors. "The US is tearing up treaty
after treaty and they act as if they have the right to do whatever they
like. But rights are universal and apply equally everywhere. Iraq is
prepared to allow weapons inspections, let us see if USAF Fairford can do
the same."

Fairford is on the A417, 10 miles north of Swindon & 20 miles west of
Oxford. Coaches are going from Brighton (details -
brightonagainstwar@hotmail or 01273 298 192) and Bristol (0117 9211369:
james@venables.plus.com) http://bristol.indymedia.org/ and www.gwi.org.uk

* Next Wed (4), the Easton Community Centre, Bristol & i-Contact Video
Network are showing the films 'Not In My Name' and 'Proud Arabs and Texas
Oilmen' followed by a debate /plan of action to stop the city on the
outbreak of war with Iraq. The Centre is at Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol.
Kick off is at 7.30pm and its all for free.

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WAR BRIEFS

CND are taking the Labour Government to the International Criminal Court
over their plans to attack Iraq. The CND are being represented by the law
firm Matrix Chambers, who just happen to be the firm that Cherie Blair, the
Prime Minister's wife, works for! 020 7700 2393 www.cnduk.org ** Benefit
gig, Tuesday 3rd to raise funds to pay for the CND court case. With Mark
Thomas, Jeremy Hardy, Ahmid Dhjihi and Michael Moore. Bloomsbury Theatre,
London W1. Call 020 7388 8822 for tickets. ** Warzone Whitehall, a
nonviolent die-in against war and sanctions on Iraq next Monday (2),
10.30am, Whitehall Place, London SW1. Prop-making, nonviolent direct action
workshop & teach-in, the day before (1 Dec) 11am-5pm, Kingsley Hall, Powis
Road, London E3. Accommodation available Sunday night. 0845 4582564.
www.j-n-v.org/warzone.htm. ** Witnesses are needed for arrests in London
during the Halloween anti-war demo. People are facing ridiculous charges of
Violent Disorder for the privilege of getting shoved around by the police!
Any information contact Moss and Co. Solicitors on 020-8986-8336 ** Norwich
Critical Mass this Saturday (30), meet midday outside the Forum (the new
library). All non-motor wheels, pedestrians, and saucepans needed. "Stop the
City, Stop the War" is the theme.
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POSITIVE SchNEWS

In the seemingly gloomy soil of Argentina, something positive is taking
root. In this country, where over 6 million people now live below the
poverty line and 20 percent of children suffer from malnutrition, people are
re-taking control of their lives. Since the financial crisis last December,
when Argentineans saw most of their savings wiped out, disillusionment with
the corrupt state and greedy capitalism has led to the creation of
neighbourhood assemblies and worker-controlled factories. Communities meet
weekly in 'asambleas' to decide on what is vitally necessary for the
community and then communicate their needs to one of the 100
worker-controlled factories.

Grissinopoli, a bread stick factory, is one example. When it was still under
capitalist control, workers saw their weekly salary decline from 150 to 40
pesos in under a year. Finally in June their generous boss offered the
workers 10 pesos (2 quid) and encouraged them to get lost. Fed up, they
began a battle for their jobs. They took turns guarding the closed factory,
making sure no equipment was removed, until the city council expropriated
the factory and handed it over to the workers in October. Now the bread
sticks are rolling out again.

Grissinopoli is just one factory amongst dozens of others that have seen
workers taking control. Such factories are self-managed by workers' councils
which means each worker has an equal say in how the factory should be run.
Of course it's not easy work, as many workers in such factories are working
longer hours as they balance labouring with admin tasks. But they're in
control and because of this wages and productivity have risen in many
factories.

With 17 factory expropriations in the Buenos Aires province in the past two
years, capitalist forces have put pressure on the local government. Because
of this, state repression is increasing, and just last March riot police
attempted to 'reclaim' the worker-run Brukman factory but were chased off by
hundreds of irate community members. www.ainfos.ca

*Days of civil disobedience are planned for the 20th and 21st of December in
solidarity with the Argentinian people's social rebellion. www.ainfos.ca
www.uk.indymedia.org

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LEED STORY

Late last Saturday night, 100 tooled up riot cops used a battering ram to
gain access to a building and randomly sprayed people with CS gas. So what
provoked such a heavy police response? Er, a party in Leeds at the A-Spire
squatted social centre. Once again the dance-police have been out in force,
executing a pre-planned operation against unlicensed fun. Fortunately no one
was injured in the panic, thanks to safety procedures put in place by the
organisers, but 20 people were arrested and 4 have been charged with affray.

The A-Spire squat had been used for housing homeless people, hosting
workshops, talks, film shows, a vegan café and children's area. SchNEWS
reckons that Leeds Council and local police didn't like that the A-Spire
crew had been providing free space, outside the confines of consumer
culture.

As SchNEWS went to press on Thursday, it became apparent just how far Leeds
Council and police will go to protect their new yuppy-friendly image. On
Thursday afternoon, police apparently stormed two squatted buildings
connected to the long-running Leeds housing co-op, Cornerstone. When alarmed
activists arrived on the scene, they found both buildings boarded up and
many of the squatters missing. It still remains unclear exactly what
happened and or how many people have been nicked, but there's one thing for
sure-Leeds police are on an arsehole roll!

* A group of party goers who were attacked by riot police at a rave in the
Cumberland Basin, Bristol, back in July are looking to sue the police. They
want witnesses of the night's events to come forward and write a statement
of what they saw. If you can help email disruptive@dangerous-minds.com. The
attack seems prompted by the massive rave that took place on Steart beach
over the Jubilee Weekend (SchNEWS 363). The cops came under a lot of flack
for not stopping the Steart beach party and afterwards promised to do better
next time. To see the letter from the cops
www.guilfin.net/reports/?id=rwINET1494

_____________________________________

...and finally...

Two people on a demo in Germany got whacked on the head by police recently.
Er, not exactly major news, except the two injured people were actually
undercover cops! The two had been monitoring a rally of 3000 people
protesting against the demolition of a trailer site in Hamburg called
'Bambule' (an old fashioned German word for riot!) when violence broke out.
Apparently, the undercover coppers tend to communicate their real identity
to the riot police by using a secret code word - but in the chaos, no one
took notice of this and the plainclothes ended up experiencing the blunt end
of the justice system just like everyone else! The local police say that the
incident is in no way "evidence of more widespread aggression within the
police force", but the undercover police officers are still taking legal
action over their injuries. But SchNEWS reckons that since riot police NEVER
harm peaceful protesters, it only follows that the undercover cops must have
been violent anarchist thugs who were really asking for it!

_____________________________________

Disclaimer

SchNEWS warns all readers if you don't believe Santa Claus exists here's
something for yer granny's stocking or that anarchist who hasn't got
everything... As a Xmas offer we're flogging from our grotto the new SchNEWS
Of The World - issues 301-350 for £5!! Past books are also goin' cheap...
SchNEWSround issues 51-100 - nearly sold out - £5; SchNEWS annual issues
101-150 - going for £3!! Survival Handbook issues 151-200 - also at £3;
SchQUALL issues 201-250 - almost sold out - £7; Yearbook 2001 issues
251-300 - bargain £5. Add £1.50 p&p for each book, cheques to Justice?
Honest!

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