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(en) Britain, Dissent!* G8 newsletter #2 summer 04 - next g8 in Scotland - we will shut it down!

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Date Fri, 22 Oct 2004 07:31:34 +0200 (CEST)


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The next G8 Summit is to take place at
Gleneagles golf course and hotel, in Perthshire
Scotland from 6th-8th July 2005. The Dissent
Network is calling for a convergeance in
Scotland with the aim of shutting down the G8,
while building ongoing resistance to capitalism.
A lot of work will be needed over the next year
to make this a reality, from educating people
about the G8, mobilising people locally through
actions in the run-up to the summit to sorting
out spaces for people coming to Scotland to
protest, so get in touch with us if you want to
be involved.

dissent solidarity actions against the us g8 summit

In solidarity with the protests against
the G8 summit in the US, the Dissent!
Network, called for local actions and
events between 8th-10th June. Through
a diversity of tactics Dissent hopes to
make people aware of next years G8
summit in the UK and the growing move-
ment, which opposes it. Actions ranged
from educational films and events, to
street parties and targeted direct action
against the UK government. Here are
just a few of the actions that happened
through out the UK!

NOTTINGHAM
Colwick 'Oil' Demonstration / Blockade
This was Nottingham's contribution to
these matters: by taking direct action to
blocade the Oil Terminal at Colwick.
After erecting the tripod, there were a
few instances of threats of violence, by
lorry drivers and others, inconvenienced
by the blockade. But all turned out well,
People voluntarily lifted the road block
at 12.30. Other actions in Nottingham
included a Critical Mass bicycle protest.

CAMBRIDGE STREET THEATRE
A group of Cambridge activists set up a
stall in market square to distribute
(counter-)information about the G8. To
attract the attention of passers-by, four
of the activists participated in a 'guerril-
la theater' performance.

IN WORTHING, on the West Sussex coast
of England, the local Dissent-affiliated
group opened a squatted social centre to
coincide with the Sea Island summit.
'Shut the G8' took over a large and
prominent nightclub in the town centre,
which had closed a couple of months
previously. The colourful 23TOPIA cen-
tre remained open for a month, kicking
off with an intensive week-long Festival
of Resistance focused on the G8 but also
embracing, and linking into, local issues
such as a proposed Greenfield develop-
ment and road-widening at Titnore
Woods, the crisis affecting a 93-year-old
Worthing cinema and opposition to vot-
ing in the local and Euro elections.
Said a statement from the group:
"23TOPIA was an act, a beautiful act of
defiance, an explosive device spraying
colour shrapnel across the monotone
wastelands of the great ghetto of chron-
ic consumerism and terminal TV depend-
ency we know as Worthing."

CARDIFF
a section of the main shopping street in
Cardiff was reclaimed by members of
the Cardiff Social Forum, including
Cardiff Anarchist Network, and turned
into an anti corporate, pro-peace space
for the afternoon. Large banners were
draped everywhere, Hundreds of
Beanburgers were cooked and given out
to the public, a small amp and mic was
set up for folk to play music, street-the-
atre was performed, and stalls handing
out anti-G8 and anti-occupation flyers
were set up. Hundreds joined the party
throughout the afternoon.

Dublin mayday EU summit

The leaders of the European Union met in
Dublin on May 1st, international workers day,
to celebrate the integration of 10 new member
states. A concert planned (called a "Beautiful
Night") in O'connell Street was cancelled due
to the threat of resistance during those days.
Even though the Irish government had promot-
ed the Dublin "celebrations" as open event and
down playing any social conflicts, the various
mobilisations and the extent of propoganda
that was distributed meant that the potential
for participation in the protest was height-
ened.

Though some saw the media was something
to engage with to get "our message across", it
fullfilled its social role and spent months gen-
erating a culture of fear in Dublin. From "anar-
chists plan to gas 10,000 Dubliners" to "15,000
womble thugs on there way". This did how-
ever mean everyone knew there was resist-
ance to the EU

On Friday, the biggest critical mass in Ireland
(around 600 cyclists) and Mayday itself, with
over 3,000 people marching 7 miles to the
navan road. Dublin Grassroots Network who
called the march, after its initial assemble
point was deemed "within the redzone",
stopped around 100 metres from the police
line (as they guarenteed a "peaceful march")
a block of around 150 people, including most
internationals that were there formed a block
(above picture) and marched to the police
lines. Some scuffles broke out and the police
decided to withdraw to allow the riot cops and
watercanons in to disperse people. Dozens of
arrests were made. On the Monday a Reclaim
the Streets party was succesfully held with
over 700 people attending.

During the week previous 3 people from
wombles were arrested and spent a week on
remand. They have been charged with tress-
pass and have to wait until november for
there trials. They cannot leave Ireland before
that. For more info:www.wombles.org.uk

sainsbury's depots closed down in anti-gm action

In a show of the sort of targeted economic
disruption we can do, various groups including
some from the Dissent Network were
involved in a national shutdown of
Sainsburyschilled goods depots, whilst build-
ing links with pissed off small farmers in the
UK. Using tactics from lock on's, arm tubes,
tripods and d-locks, we blockaded depots in,
Birmingham, Rotherham, Essex, Liverpool and
Bristol. The blockades lasted from 3 to 9
hours and cost Sainsburys £3.5 million. A
month later a second attempt was prevented
by a police presence at all sites

newcastle repor

Mothers in Gateshead have defeated plans for
a mobile phone mast above their toddlers
group, anti-war protesters stormed the roof
of Newcastle civic centre during a 'gas
attack' training exercise, Wilkinson's has
been picketed in Newcastle and Hexham for
profiteering from slave labour, and residents
of Cresswell have mobilised 99% of their
neighbours to oppose plans for a major devel-
opment on the sands.
PROJECTILE - Festival of Anarchist Film and
Ideas will take place at the Side Cinema on
Newcastle's Quayside from 10th-12th
December 2004.
More info: http://www.projectile.org.uk
An AUTONOMOUS SOCIAL CENTRE is being
prepared for Newcastle. For up to date info,
check the North East forums on
www.enrager.net

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* Ed. note: Dissent! is anticapitalist antiauthoritarian
direct action Network Of Resistance Against The G8


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