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(en) Britain, Lanarkshire, Press Release Anti-G8 Festival of *Dissent! 6th-10th April 2005

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Date Fri, 8 Apr 2005 10:04:42 +0200 (CEST)

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From Wednesday the 6th until Sunday 10th of April 2005, the
"Festival of Dissent!" will take place in rural Lanarkshire, near
Coalburn, Scotland. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the
event, which is one of many aiming to inform people about the
issues behind the G8 Summit and what it represents. The Festival
is a space in which people can learn new skills, meet others interested
in the issues, get inspired and plan actions to be taken around the
Summit. People from across Scotland and beyond are invited to attend.
One of the organising collective explained, "For many people, the
G8 represents a great deal that is wrong with this world. The G8
exists to secure the continued political, economic and military
domination of the world by the richest eight nations- it's about
oppression, exploitation and the pursuit of profit for the few at the
expense of everyone else. We want to use the opportunity presented
by the Summit to build new spaces, open to everybody, in which we
can demonstrate our very real alternatives: of self-management, of
non-hierarchical and consensus based decision making and of
ecological sustainability. The Festival of Dissent! will provide
exactly such a space."

Workshops at the festival include training sessions on the G8,
consensus decision making, hill walking and navigation and direct
action training. On the Sunday afternoon there will be bands and
entertainment. Sarah, who will give a workshop at the festival said
"I don't believe the G8 are going to do anything about climate
change or Africa. Any suggestion otherwise is more of Blair's
public relations nonsense. The G8 Summit is about opening up
markets, extracting oil and carrying on business as usual. These
type of policies are killing the planet and its people, and we simply
can't afford to do this any more"

Liam Spencer, a resident of Glasgow who will attend the Festival
later this week said, "I am going to the Festival of Dissent! to find
out more about what people want to do, about direct action politics
and how I can get involved. This is an interesting and inspiring

The Festival is being organised by a collective belonging to the
Dissent! Network. Dissent! is a loose network of groups and
individuals planning to use creative direct action to resist the G8.
The Network has grown and successfully spread across Europe. It
has no central office, no spokespeople, no membership list and no
paid staff. It is simply a mechanism for communication and
co-ordination between local groups and working groups involved in
building resistance to the G8.

Notes to the Editor

•For more about the Dissent! Network, see: www.dissent.org.uk

•The Festival of Dissent is not a media event, and in order to
minimize disruption, we ask that journalists respect the privacy of
those attending the Festival. The Festival itself will not be open to
the media. There will, however, be press reception available near to
site on Thurs-Sat, 7-9 April, 11am-1pm. For more information
please contact: 07813 406159/ 07904452297 or e-mail
* [Ed. Note: Dissent! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative against the G8.]

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