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(en) UK, worthing's anti G8 movement - 23TOPIA - New anti-G8 social centre - Open from friday!!!

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Date Thu, 3 Jun 2004 18:15:24 +0200 (CEST)

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Shut The G8 group, part of the national Dissent! network, are
opening the 23TOPIA squat to the public on Friday June 4.
And from June 8 to 12 they are planning a Festival of Resistance
to coincide with the G8 summit in the USA.
Explained a spokesperson for the group: "Next year the G8 will
be meeting in the UK and our aim is to show them that they are
not welcome here.
"The message is loud and clear - expect thousands of us to be
gearing up for massive protests against the capitalist scum,
everywhere from Scotland to the English South Coast."
23TOPIA is in Chapel Road, Worthing, in the spacious landmark
town centre building previously housing the 3TO nightclub
(previously known as Area 51 and Flappers).
The space will be opened up to campaign information and
meetings, art installations, music workshops and lots more stuff
still being planned.

The group is making three general call-outs:

1) For people to come along and help out in what ever way they
can, even if it's just for an hour or two after work. There is an
infinite amount of cleaning and tidying still to be done!

2) For individuals and groups to make use of the space and bring
plenty of literature, posters etc to get a positive message across to
the people using the centre. If your group has some spare leaflets
or papers, please consider donating them to 23TOPIA. You can
also give talks, run workshops or just come and meet others.

3) For everyone to spread the word as quickly as possible. Please
post this info on websites and pass on via e-mail. Tell people by
word of mouth. This is a glorious opportunity not to be wasted!

Postal mail should for the moment go c/o The Porkbolter at PO
Box 4144, Worthing, W Sussex BN14 7NZ and email can be
handled at worthing@eco-action.org
Shut The G8 website is at www.freewebs.com/shuttheg8
23Topia can be contacted on the following number: 07837942373


Pollution. Poverty. Starvation. War. The world's in a mess. But
who put us there? Step forward the eight most powerful industrial
states in the world, otherwise known as the G8.

Up until a few years ago, this unelected wannabe world
government went about its business quietly and effectively. That
was until people started getting wise to its agenda and turning up
outside its meetings in rather large numbers.

Remember the human chain in Birmingham in 1998? The
solidarity protests for the Cologne summit held in London on
June 18, 1999? And who could forget the G8's meeting in Genoa
in 2001 when semi-fascist Italian police smashed heads left and
right leaving one young man, Carlo Giuliani, dead in the road.

None of this has swayed the G8 from its relentless march towards
corporate colonisation of the planet, imposing ruthless capitalism
everywhere by means of economic blackmail, corruption, state
terrorism and warfare. Make no mistake these are the "bad guys"
of the early 21st century.

In 2004 the G8 will be meeting on Sea Island, an island off the coast of Georgia,
USA, from June 8 to 10, protected from the students with banners and the peasants
with megaphones by the full might of the US military. And then in 2005 the whole
travelling circus of greed, profit, exploitation and brutality is coming to the

Nobody knows exactly where yet. But that doesnt matter. Because they are sure to
encounter a massive wave of opposition when they come to flaunt their power on
our shores. People are already organising to voice their anger. A national
network, called Dissent!, has been set up.

SHUT THE G8 is just one of many autonomous, non-hierarchical, local groups
springing up to pave the way for these protests. We happen to be based in Worthing,
West Sussex. Our aim is to educate the public as to what the G8 is, why we oppose
it, and why they should join us on the streets - in solidarity for the US protests
this year and for real in the UK in 2005.

The website is slowly taking shape so please bear with us while we fill it with
information and links you may be looking for. If you want to join our efforts in
any way, just get in touch by emailing shuttheg8@hotmail.com.

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