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(en) From esistance #16 - http://flag.blackened.net/af/ireland/resistance/resistance16.htm

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Date Sat, 5 Oct 2002 05:11:54 -0400 (EDT)


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Paying the Blood Price

BETWEEN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR and
June of this, an average of 6 American war planes a
day have re-fuelled in Shannon airport. This is
because they can carry more weapons, troops, and
supplies if they stop in Ireland, than in Britain, as that
way, being a shorter journey, they need less fuel.

Protest

On August 17th a 70 strong group of protesters defied
police orders to stay outside the airport, and by mere
fact of entering caused a warplane to leave without
refuelling. On August 31st there was a 24 hour
women's peace camp outside the airport, with an
information stall in Shannon town itself which got a
good reception. On September 1st there was a small
picket outside the main terminal building.On the
night of September 3rd activists got onto the runway
and spray painted a warplane. A national
demonstration at Shannon airport has been called for
October 12th. See local posters or www.indymedia.ie
for further details. In August two American warships
carrying ammunition to the Middle East were due to
stop over in Cork Harbour, but this visit was
cancelled because of planned protests.

Arms Trade

At least 14 companies with operations based in the
Republic of Ireland are involved in the international
arms trade. Each one has to get export licenses from
the government. Furthermore some them get IDA
subsidies. Moog, a U.S. arms corporation with a plant
in Cork, got a IR£4.4 million grant from the
government. In Ireland this company makes parts for
tanks and anti-aircraft guns (including ones which
have been sold to the genocidal Indonesian military).
It's main business worldwide is in the production of
parts for bombers and missile systems.

PFP

In it's previous term in office Fianna Fail brought the
Irish state into the NATO led Partnership for Peace
(P.F.P.). The P.F.P. is described in U.S. military
documents as part of an "engagement strategy"
which "serves to enhance both sides capability for
successfully making the transition to war and
participating in initial stages of combat in any future
conflicts.Through the P.F.P. the Irish army
participated in NATO military exercises in Poland in
the spring of this year.

Nice

In the Nice Treaty it is planned that the E.U. will take
over the functions of the W.E.U., which is the
European based arm of NATO. It will be in command
of the Rapid Reaction Force, a European Army with
65,000 troops (plus 200,000 in reserve), and aircraft
carriers, combat jets and submarines.Through the
E.U.'s Common Foreign and Security Policy, a
common front on international affairs from all E.U.
governments, the Irish Government lent diplomatic
and practical support to the NATO bombing of
Yugoslavia (3,000 dead), to the Anglo- American
bombing of Afghanistan (9,000 dead) and to the
government side in Columbia's civil war -3,500 dead
per year.

Mox Protests

WELL, THE SHIPMENT OF MOX (a fuel for
nuclear plants made fromreprocessing nuclear waste
-see previous Resistances) got through, but not
before a large protest by a flotilla of boats from
Dundalk, Wexford, Arklow and Dublin joined Welsh
boats and Greenpeace's flagship, 'Rainbow Warrier'
at Holyhead in Wales. Irish environmentalist group
Gluaiseacht were there in force and four activists
staged a protest on the roof of the visitors' centre,
dropping banners calling on BNFL to 'tell the British
people the truth'. They were later arrested and
released without charge. The consignment, returned
to British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) in the UK after
failing safety protocol in Japan, had been on the high
seas for several months stoking up a storm of protest
through all the international waters it traversed. From
Holyhead, under tight security, it was transported by
rail to Sellafield.

The protest is a sure sign of the growing support of
the anti-Sellafield campaign in Ireland, but one which
needs to broaden its scope and involve the local
people in Louth and Cumbria, those directly affected
by fatal doses of toxic chemicals blown over from the
plant on a daily basis. If you are interested in joininga
grassroots anti-Sellafield group, contact us. In the
meantime, visit www.gluaiseacht.org for more info.
Let's Get Organised

FOR OPEN DISCUSSION AND WORKSHOPS on:
Banner making, drumming, direct action, GATS,
Housing Co-ops, Worker Co-ops, the fight against
Casualisation, Social Centres, the Russian
Revolution, Sectarianism and the Trade Unions,
Anti-War Activism, Reclaim The Streets, and
Indymedia. (This is an incomplete list of proposed
topics and may be subject to change) This is the third
in a series of meetings bringing together a diverse
collection of activists from non-hierarchical
movements. Venue is the Giros centre, 1 - 5
Donegall Lane, Belfast, (October 26-27) which is just
up a little lane on your right as you pass the 'Irish
News' offices, across the road from the 'Front Page'
bar. Work is in progress on providing childcare
facilities and on social events for the evening after the
workshops.
RTS Car Free Day

SUNDAY, 22ND OF SEPTEMBER saw RTS once
again take to the streets of Dublin to reclaim what
should rightfully be ours, public space! The party was
by all means a great success with 1,000+ people
attending the weekend party which coincided with
International Car Free Day. I took a one and a half
hour trip (on car free day!) from Kildare into the city
which should have only been a 40 minutes trip to take
part in the festivities and I wasn't disapointed. The
party began early with Critical Mass leaving Connolly
station at around 1.15pm and reaching Baggott Street
at around 2.10p.m.. We met the main partygoersat
Stephen's Green at 2 o clock,where we followed one
of the two designated colour groups who if necessary,
would take two different routes to Baggott Street to
meet up with Critical Mass. We arrived at Baggott
Street 10-15 minutes later and it was here that we
saw that the crowd of 700 or so at Stephen's Green
had by now swollen to well over 1000 people.

The RTS organiser's had everything needed for a
party on Baggott Street, including a sound system
that was tucked away in a van. Within a few minutes,
the music was set up (despite some technical faults at
first), police desended on the areaand people started
partying. Among the other activities was free street
theatre, an Irish adaption of Death of an Anarchist by
Spacecraft, jugglers, dancing, fire jugglers,
skateboarding kids, families and even members of the
disabled community (who also took part in the
Critical Mass). Police activity unlike last year was
peaceful, except for buzzing the party for the entire
afternoon with a copper chopper. Party goers did their
own thing, that was the point of the event, to reclaim
a street, use it as a symbol of what our cities should
be like and to empower people. No doubt, people
walked away from the party later in the evening
possibly planning there own RTS, planning to take
part in activities that would change there
communities, challenege capitalism and perhaps
even changing the way they approach every day.
Bloody Students

On September 24th a mob of sixty UCD students
blocked T.D. Brian Lenihan's entrance to the opening
of a new Fianna Fail archive in the University. The
original scissors wielder for the grand unveiling of
what is presumably a collection of brown paper
envelopes, planning permission notices, and faded
photos of maidens dancing at crossroads, was to be
Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy. Alleged
"Hardman" Mcreevy appears to have been daunted
by the prospect of an encounter with the student
rabble, and so sent his minion Lenihan instead.
Probably has enough on his hands with his own
twenty something year old. Another action in
response to the beginning of the re-introduction of
Third Level fees took place during the next day.

Seven students from UCD, Trinity and Maynooth,
outwitted security guards and burst into
theDepartment of Education offices, to successfully
barricade themselves into a boardroom for nine
hours. Meanwhile outside hundreds more gathered in
fury at the Government's massive increase in bogus
"registration" fees, and their proposed return to the
days of full fees. In the aftermath of recent reports
showing the extent to which private fee paying
schools (which if memory serves me right, are
subsidised by the state) produce University students,
and the extent to which University access is class
determined, the Government has came out with a
"social justice" spin on fees. It is claimed that they
would just have fees for the privileged and use the
funds acquired to promote wider access to University.
Well that, as they say in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
manuscripts, is total bollox. For starters they are
currently cutting back on such access programmes.
Then there's the grant system, let's take a look at
that, supposedly there to help poorer students. About
half of one per cent of the University intake is of
students whose parents are employed in unskilled or
semi-skilled occupations. I'm one of that particular
elite. But judged by my parent's income I would not
be eligible for a grant. Non-PAYE persons, who, as
they can dodge their tax, and thus have a lower
official income than their actual one, can this way
have grants for their children. Rather than aiming to
end the two tier education system, the end result of
the Government's programme will be to expand it.
The Irish Government is committed to the E.U.
project, as they are so fond of telling us, and the E.U.
is committed to the introduction of the World Trade
Organisation's General Agreement on Trade in
Services (GATS). Under which, education, along
with just about everything else, is to be "liberalised"
with a far greater role for the so-called "private
sector", i.e. big business. Now as even Charlie
McReevy must know nobody is going to invest in
anything unless they are going to get a return, so
increased payment for services is an inevitable
component of "liberalisation". As we all know about
payment, there's some who can pay, and some who
can't. The Campaign For Free Education, whose
actions are described above, is mostly UCD based,
but is looking to expand outward and develop
contacts with like minded malcontents elsewhere.
Their aim is both to block the reintroduction of fees
and to expand the grant. Visit:
www.campaignforfreeeducation.cjb.net Carrickmines
Castle

SINCE LATE AUGUST ACTIVISTS have been
occupying the grounds of Carrickmines Castle, a site
of great historical importance, due to be obliterated by
road construction. This despite the rather obvious fact
the road could go around, rather than through, our
heritage. A medieval well at the site Cian
O'Callaghan, spokesperson for the occupation, said:
"575 million euro is been spent on the South Eastern
Motorway which is the final part of the M50 C-Ring
Motorway around Dublin. It is outrageous that such a
large amount of money is been spent without
preserving the archaeological site at Carrickmines
Castle. The excavations, which ended on Friday, are
still vastly incomplete. If the road goes ahead without
realignment we will never know what historical
artefacts have been lost. Carrickmines Castle has a
unique history and heritage value. It was a Norman
Castle that played a central role in the defence of the
Pale. This role was vital during the nine years war in
the 16th century. The castle was destroyed in 1642
when Irish Confederate rebels were besieged and
massacred by the English at Carrickmines. If you
want to go down to help, or contribute much needed
supplies, take the Dublin Bus route no.63 from Fleet
Street.The website for more info. is
www.carrickminescastle.org On the Frontline

Social Security Agency staff to strike

Over 2,000 social security workers in Northern
Ireland struck at the beginning of the month over
plans to extend opening hours and increase their
workloads.Workers at 35 social security offices
around the province are to hold a half day
stoppage.An overtime ban is also to be introduced
from Thursday. Social Security Agency bosses are
providing no additional resources to meet the extra
workload, workers are not prepared to take on the
extra work at the same time as losing the benefits of
their 'flexi time', or flexible working hours, scheme.

Another Blow ForWorkers in the North

Coming on the heels of devastation caused to local
textile workers, their families and communities, by
capitalism's shift in the industry to sweatshops across
the globe, electronics workers, particularly those in
high tech industries, are fast becoming
NorthernIreland's latest victims of multi-nationals
abilities to up sticks and dump them for cheaper
labour some where else on the planet. The
redundancy of another 80 people, previously profited
out of by Solectron, in Carrickfergus, County Antrim,
is the tip of the iceberg, and comes as the second jobs
blow for the area in days.The news follows the
announcement last week of 135 job losses with the
closure of Getty Communications in Carrickfergus.
Solectron first came to Northern Ireland in 2000. It
had taken over assembly work for
telecommunications company Nortel, a Canadian
owned multinational hi-tech corporation which
operates in over 100 countries. Blaming the downturn
in the technology sector, Solectron closed another
factory in Carrickfergus last year, with the loss of
more than 200 jobs.Nortel themselves have now
cutmore than 1,000 jobs in the province. In 2001,
Nortel made more than 800 people redundant at its
plant in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

Railway Workers to Join Low Pay Revolt?

Northern Ireland Railway workers are to ballot for
industrial action following the rejection of the
companies latest, 'revised' pay offer. Under threat of
privatisation following Peter Robinson's
announcement that Translink and the NITHCo are to
be wound up to make way for a public transport
company which can be legally privatised, having been
on the receiving end of worsening conditions,
company bullying and corner cutting and a low pay
high over time culture for years, workers are clearly
saying enough is enough in their rejection of this
latest offer. This is not enough! Workers must take
the only step now open to them industrial action.
Solid, decisive action to 'put manners on the
management', is a necessity both in terms of
advancing this pay claim and preparing the way for a
strong anti-privatisation campaign across the public
transport industry.

-a personal report from a member of the
Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation

Meanwhile, From across the water...

Wildcat strikes returned to the postal services with 30
workers at the Filton (Bristol) Royal Mail Cashco
depot walking out unannounced - to be joined later by
90 members of the morning shift. The walkout was
over the planned selling off of part of the business to
Securicor - who were also the inspiration for a wildcat
in Scotland where stoppages at Broxburn, West
Lothian and Glasgow took place after they were sold
part of Consignias cashhandling services. More
trouble on the London Underground - a 24-hour
strike on the 25th is to be followed by another on 3rd
October. Drivers are demanding a 5.7% pay rise and
moves towards implementing a promised 35-hour
week. All twelve lines were fully shut down - at a cost
of £60 million, and the bosses lose 3 million every
strike day.



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