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(en) Freedom 6405 8 Mar, 2003 - Anti-war news

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 8 Apr 2003 11:03:29 +0200 (CEST)

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Up to 500 people forced an entry to the American
airforce base at Fairford on 23rd February. These
included activists from the Wombles and the
Anarchist Youth Network, who formed an anarchist
bloc under the banner 'Disobedience against war'.
Several of them said they'd been responsible for
starting the breach in the main gate. "People started
shaking it, first symbolically, then realising it moved,
more forcibly", said one.

"The police at first looked quite calm, thinking the
gate could never be pulled out, but when the side
gate flew open due to the rocking motions of the big
gate, the cops got more tense." Ropes were then
attached to the main gate itself, and after a few
minutes this too was broken through.

Ministry of Defence Police had already formed a
tight cordon inside, and they managed to grab all but
a few people who got through. Protesters then began
to march round the perimeter of the base. When they
reached an area of wooden fencing, this too was
pulled down and several people again managed to get
inside. The march ended at a peace camp which had
been established on 17th February.

There were ten arrests during the day, mostly for
aggravated trespass. One activist who was allegedly
found in possession of a police helmet was later
charged with theft. All those arrested were released

Claimants destroyed armed forces recruitment
material in Leith Walk Job Centre on 26th February
in protest at the threatened war with Iraq. Group
representative Ethel MacDonald said, "the army and
other armed forces try to take advantage of
unemployed people's poverty. They produce glossy
brochures portraying exotic locations. The reality is
killing and being killed."

The claimants removed a large quantity of army,
navy and RAF recruitment material, which was
shredded and returned through the letterbox. "We've
heard army recruiters in one of Edinburgh's Job
Centres tell a young man that he could spend his
time in the army playing football", Ethel said. "We
won't stand by while this vile propaganda is used to
recruit the unemployed as cannonfodder."

Edinburgh Claimants are an independent group of
single people receiving benefits and the low paid.
They're based in the Autonomous Centre of
Edinburgh (ACE), a self-managed resource centre
which acts as a base for several grassroots and direct
action groups.
Edinburgh Claimants
Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
17 W. Montgomery Place, Edinburgh
0131 557 6242

An anti-militarist activist was sent down for two
months on 28th February after she'd been convicted
of criminal damage to a fence at RAF Fylingdales. TJ
Hart said she'd cut holes in the fence and climbed
through in protest against the base's prospective role
in the forthcoming war on Iraq. But she said she was
acting in the public interest by trying to defend the
basic rights of Iraqi civilians who are sure to be
killed when the United States and Britain attack the
country later this spring.

Leeds Prisoners Support Group
Send messages of support to TJ Hart, HMP Low
Newton, Brasside, Durham DH1 5SD. TJ's prison
number was unavailable when we went to press. Ring
the jail on 0191 376 4000 to get it.

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