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(en) UK, Direct Action #28 - Wage Slavery - Independence from America day

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Date Tue, 7 Oct 2003 07:42:56 +0200 (CEST)

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About 400 people came from all over the country - north, south,
east and west - to the Gatecrasher’s Ball at the American
base at Menwith Hill, calling for Independence FROM America on 4th July.
The weather was kind - blue skies and sunshine. People came in
costumes, including beautiful, imaginative ball gowns and masks
(some men included!), and top hats and tails.
After an initial hold up because of problems with the generator for
the sound system not working, people joined in a public reading of
the Declaration of Independence FROM America (adapted from
the original).

Two police horses were positioned at the front of the walk around
the base - the first time police horses have ever come for a
demonstration at Menwith Hill. They seemed inexperienced
horses, and their riders were clearly not in control of them as they
reared up, backed into protestors, and were generally dangerous.

Nevertheless, the guided tour around the base continued, with
stops at various places. As time went on, things got a bit tense
because of the chaotic policing. Several people walked a short
distance on the base until stopped by Ministry of Defence Police
Agency officers on base. The police were over-heavy and
unreasonable. The public footpath was closed by a row of police,
who refused to say under which Act they were doing this.

There was a wonderful line-up of artists - musicians and poets,
which was hosted by Mark Thomas with his usual combination of
wit and satire. There was dancing in the road, and later, a
drumming workshop, before things came to a close at about 7.30
pm, by which time there had been three arrests, and people were
charged with a variety of alleged offences. All in all, it went rather
well, considering that there could easily have been serious injuries
because of the incompetent police.

There has been a weekly witness and protest outside the main
entrance to Menwith Hill for over three years - organised by
CAAB every Tuesday evening (7-9 pm).

Info: Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases
(CAAB), 8 Park Row, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 1HQ,
England, U.K. Tel/Fax: 01943 466405 or 01482 702033
Email: anniandlindis@caab.org.uk Website:

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