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(en) Workers Solidarity #74 - International Direct Actions against the war

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 23 Feb 2003 11:24:29 +0100 (CET)

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The large demonstrations in Britain (300,000) Italy
(1,000,000) and the US (200,000 DC, 150,000 San Francisco)
against the war have got some media attention. Alongside
these is a spreading wave of direct action. These protests
are far, far smaller, in part because the mainstream
anti-war movements have failed to promote (or even
opposed) them. But they are significant because as the
politicians continue to ignore the popular anti-war
sentiments direct action is a way we can bypass them and
start to bring this war to a halt.

The actions in Ireland have received some coverage. Last
year there were at least seven anti-war direct actions at
Shannon airport, including one occasion when 150 people
tore down part of the perimeter fence and invaded the
runway. Three separate actions actually involved damage
to US warplanes on the tarmac.

In Britain there have been many military base invasions
and attempts to blockade bases and naval ports. Airbases
where activists have entered the base include RAF
Fairford and Midenhall. Military bases blockaded have
included Feltwell and Northwood. An ex-marine attempted
to blockade the gates of Portsmouth Naval base. Days later
the greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior accompanied by
smaller boats blockaded the entrance to the port. The
most significant action that occurred in terms of future
possibilities was in Scotland where two train drivers,
taking advantage of their unions (ASLEF) anti-war stance,
refused to drive a munitions train.

In the US itself actions have varied from minor ones like
the smashing of the window of a Marine Corp recruitment
office during a demonstration in Pittsburgh to a 2,000
strong breakaway march in San Francisco that attacked the
British consulate and the INS offices (The INS are
involved in interning hundreds of Middle Eastern men). 

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