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(en) UK, Resistance anarchist bulletin #49 - ANTI-WAR ACTION IN MANCHESTERWHAT

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Date Tue, 20 May 2003 08:45:59 +0200 (CEST)


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BEGAN AS a heavily controlled anti-
war demo in Manchester (29.3.04) ended
up as something completely different. And
wasn't it a lot more fun!
The march through Rusholme was sup-
ported strongly by passers-by, shopkeep-
ers and drivers. The initial, well publicised,
aim was to demonstrate outside the BBC,
criticising them for their censored dishon-
est reporting of the Iraq war. The crowd
sat down and blocked the road.
We walked down to the Peace Camp...a
large banner in the camp with "Fuck
Capitalism" on it was ripped down by the
cops and people started to get angry.
A quiet word went round to lead off
down towards Market Street without the
police. This is a pedestrianised area full of
shoppers. Now also full of demonstrators,
coppers and bloody massive police horses.
We were doing what we wanted ­ a lit-
tle bit of mayhem in a normally hemmed
in, consumer driven, Saturday afternoon.
That was too much for them. You can't let
people see that they can do what they
want and get away with it. Too dangerous.
So now the cops started to get nastier.
Some people went down a side street
which was really narrow. It was easily
blocked off by the horses. The police
corraled a group onto the grass. Loads of
coppers, many with horses, kept the rest
away, but inadvertently made a great am-
phitheatre for their production.
Significant numbers of people who had
previously scoffed at the demo or not un-
derstood what the police were doing
started to make connections.
Self organised action leads to much
more thought and understanding all round
and doesn't half authority them off.
From Greater Manchester AF


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