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(en) Britain, MEDIA: NOVEMBER 5th Near Brighton: "Anarchists plotting to disrupt top summit" plot exposed by Brighton Argus.

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Date Wed, 10 Nov 2004 11:59:46 +0100 (CET)

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That's the sensational scoop paraded on newspaper posters
around Sussex this evening by the Brighton-based Argus.
In the paper itself, the headline reads: "Anarchists plotting to
disrupt top summit" with the smaller strap heading: "World's
most powerful business leaders to meet at centre".
There is a large photo of a clash between riot cops and protesters
at the IMF conference in Prague and and an inset photo of Wiston
House near Steyning in West Sussex, target of the N5 protest.
The story itself begins:

ANARCHISTS are plotting to disrupt a summit of the world's
most powerful business leaders at a country estate.
Anti-capitalists have vowed to cause havoc at Wilton Park
Conference Centre at Wiston House in Steyning next Friday.
Among the grandees invited to the 16th century country house
will be United States treasury officials and bankers from the
International Monetary Fund and German Stock Exchange.
Wiston House has hosted high-level conferences for the past five
years and said this was the first time it had been targeted by
Anti-globalisation groups have been using web sites, text
messaging and private email groups to gather hundreds of
protesters to disrupt the International Rule Making for Global
Capital Markets conference.
Campaigners will gather at a secret location in Brighton the day
before to discuss options for 'direct action'.
The protests are being backed by the Dissent network, which
boasts a 'confrontational attitude' in organising direct action, often
involving damage to property.
Groups affiliated to Dissent refuse to talk to the Press but details
of the protest have been posted on a web site.
The internet posting said: 'We are calling for people to resist the
meetings however they see fit.
'The purpose of the conference is to facilitate informal networking
and frank discussions between those who have the power to
facilitate the smoother management of the global economy.
'This is a system based on the daily exploitation of the vast
majority of the world's population, the pursuit of war and the
destruction of ecologies.
'We are calling for groups and individuals across the country to
resist the meeting of the international elite planned to take place at
Wilton Park.'
The lengthy article (not posted on the Argus website yet) goes on
to explain that Wilton Park is run by 'an executive agency of the
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and receives £1
million in private donations'.
It quotes chief executive Colin Jenkins as insisting the meeting
will go ahead despite the protest.
He adds: "We've never had a protest of this nature and I find it
slightly surprising they feel this particular conference should
attract their attention. We do not take this lightly and are liaising
very closely with the police, who are responsible for security."
The article states: "Sussex Police refused to comment on the
It then quotes Lib Dem MEP Chris Huhne as saying he was at the
IMF conference in Prague 'where there was massive protest and
riot police. They caused huge disruption. I have been to Wiston
House before and I would be surprised if they found it easy to gain
access because it's an old country house in the middle of
substantial gardens'."

Here's another article in the mainstream press
"Anti-capitalists to target conference" - report on N5 action in
local mainstream newspaper.

Article on N5 protest in West Sussex on local mainstream
newspaper site, www.horshamtoday.co.uk

Anti-capitalists to target conference

ANTI-CAPITALISTS are planning a protest in Steyning against a
major conference being held at Wiston House on Friday,
November 5.
Demonstrators are being urged to gather on the playing fields in
Vicarage Lane at 2.30pm with the intent of 'Resisting the
International Elite'.
An alternative 12.30pm meeting point in Brighton's Old Steine is
also being advertised.
Groups connected with the Dissent! Network are behind the
protest, organised in reaction to a meeting at the Wilton Park
conference centre at Wiston House expected to be attended by
leading figures including heads of business and industry,
government officials, bankers, regulators and academics.
Wilton Park said this type of conference was not unusual and they
were surprised that a protest was being planned.
A leaflet encouraging people to join the demonstration said: "On
November 5 and 6 some of the world's most powerful people are
planning on meeting in the Sussex countryside to discuss
International Rule Making for Global Capital Markets.
"The conference will bring together members of the US Treasury
Department, the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the
European Commission and the German Stock Exchange with
heads of business and industry and leading academics.
"The purpose of the conference is to facilitate informal networking
and frank off the record discussion between those with the power
to facilitate the smoother management of the global economy
– a system based upon the daily exploitation of the vast
majority of the world's population, the pursuit of war and the
destruction of ecologies.
"We have other plans!"
The Dissent! network, which includes the Worthing-based
movement Shut The G8, is primarily working on radical
resistance against the next G8 summit in 2005, but is also trying
to build a lasting anti-capitalist movement and is calling on people
from all over the UK to head to Steyning for this protest.
The information leaflet goes on: "We are calling on people to
resist the meeting however they see fit. Organise yourself into
small groups, talk about what you can imagine doing, organise
your own actions and communicate with others."
Chief executive of Wilton Park, Colin Jennings, said this was the
first time such a protest had been planned against a conference
"There is nothing unusual about this particular conference so
there is a certain degree of surprise that people think it's a target
for the sort of protest we have read people are advocating," he
"This is a technical financial markets conference, which happen
all over the world all the time, about rule making in global capital
"Wilton Park itself is a small academic independent institution
based here in Sussex since the 1950s and conferences are held
here for people all over the world on the global challenges being
He said previous events there had focused on a wide range of
issues, including poverty and conflict prevention as well as
economic and defence related conferences, and had also had
meetings of leading people from anti-globalisation groups.
Mr Jennings said he could not go into the specifics of security
arrangements at Wilton Park, but they were working closely with
Sussex Police.
"We want to proceed with it, not least because one of the issues
being discussed is whether existing ways of dealing with corporate
misdemeanour are strong enough to prevent it occurring in the
future," he added.
The conference chairman will be retired vice chairman of Citibank
and former minister of finance of the Netherlands, Dr H. Onno
A programme for the event said: "This year's conference for
senior market participants, regulators, central bankers,
government officials and academics will focus on their
relationship between international and EU rules and rule making.
"It will look at their combined coherence and cost effectiveness. It
will also look at techniques and mechanisms for producing better
regulation in the financial sector."

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