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(en) demos in UK

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 22 Mar 2003 08:19:36 +0100 (CET)

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The Anarchist Federation is reporting demonstrations all over the country -
Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Hereford, Nottingham to name but a
few - the spread of people protesting is large but no significant
assistance/participation from the unions (as usual in UK). Roads are being
blocked by spontaneous marches and sitdowns and the police are overwhelmed
by the numbers - if they can't prepare, they can't defeat us.

> Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 6:11 PM Subject: AUT: demos in UK

> Well I've just got back from an afternoon demo in Leeds, UK. About a
> thousand people I would say, quite good for a more or less
> spontaneous demo. The atmosphere on it was up beat, not sombre but
> pretty raucous. Very loud, lots of chanting, spontaneous sit downs
> then pushing past the police to march on. In fact the police didn't
> seem to know what to do. When the demo first spilled onto the street
> there was a sit down and the police issued a section 60 order on bits
> of paper declaring that we must disperse then when people decided to
> march the police had to run to get to the front of the march to lead
> it. It was quite funny. I think the atmosphere on the march can be
> explained by the unusually high number of young people, lots of
> school kids, many in school uniform who'd bunked off school to
> demonstrate. Over the last few days school kids have taken the lead
> in walking out of school and self organising demonstrations right
> across Britain. Don't know what it means and it's hard to gauge how
> widespread it is but it's something no one would have predicted. When
> the kids are united and all that.
> The day started with about 40 people from the direct action scene
> blockading the busiest traffic junction in Leeds and holding it for
> about 3 hours right through rush hour causing complete grid lock
> around the city. They managed it by just d-locking their arms
> together through plastic tubing, the police took a long time to deal
> with it. I've heard a bit of grumbling about the disruption today but
> it certainly wasn't just another day and IMHO it acts as a disruption
> to the otherwise seamless media shift into action shots and away from
> discussions of right or wrong.
> There's another demo in Leeds planned for 6pm which promises to be
> bigger. This situation is being replicated around the country. The
> anti-war movement doesn't seem to be declining and a spontaneous
> eruption of feeling by young people and school kids seems to be
> escalating it. We've already won a major victory by stripping the fig
> leaf of democracy away from the war. The anti-war movement needs to
> continue to stop pro-war triumphalism snatching that victory away
> from us.
> Ok enough from me but it's always good to let off a little steam on a
> day like this.
> K.

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