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(en) Britain, Edinburgh, Tuesdays' report from the Irish Dissent camp at the G8 protests

Date Tue, 05 Jul 2005 15:42:36 +0300


A report on yesterdays police riot in Edinburgh followed
by details of what is going on in the campsite in preparation
for the Gleneagles blockade. The author is a writer for
Anarkismo.net Yesterday the Irish Barrio emptied as people
headed either to Fastlane or to Edinburgh. Throughout the days,
reports and rumours indicated the the protests were been dealt
with in very different ways. The Fastlane protest proceeded
without the expected mass arrest, while in Edinburgh the
RTS-type activity was shut down before it even began.
In a particularily sinister move, the police targeted in
particular the Medics and the Legal Teams, with a number
being detained, beaten and arrested. One member of the
Irish dissent group is unaccounted for an presumed arrested
(though the police have not confirmed names or nationalilites
of those arrested).

Throughout the afternoon protesters returned with stories
of being penned in and chased by extreemly heavy handed police
action.

In the camp, however, attention turned to organising the
next days actions. At seven o'clock a Spokescouncil
debated different proposals for blocades. Similutaneously
throughout the campsite barrios and affinity groups met.
Periodically thoughout the Spokescouncil meeting,
representatives were sent back to the barrios for feedback
and reactions to the unfolding plan. Slowly, bit by bit,
a consensus emerged. Concerns were raised. Logisical issues
identified. The meeting ended at 10.00, and immediately
different working groups convened to tease out the many
different problems that had to be solved.

As I walked through the camp last night, I could see small
circles of people dotted here and there, discussing which
actions to take. Althought many related stories of
considerable harrassement during the day, there wasn't
a sense of defeat, or even particular paranoia within
the campsite. We sang (badly) around our campsite, we
took our turns at the front gate, we talked about the
days events and what we were thinking of doing in the
future.

There was a brief flurry of activity after one o'clock
when the site alarm went off and a call went out that
the police had entered the site. Sleepers were quickly
woken, people gathered at their barrios, sending delegates
to the front gate to find out what was happening. Luckily
it was a false alarm, although some police had turned up,
they left without seeking entry.

In an earlier report I should have mentioned that the
Irish Barrio held a site wide meeting on Sunday to inform
others of the shell situation. This lead to a decision to
carry out a solidarity action while here in Scotland.
Early this morning many left the campsite to participate
in that.

Those who stayed in Stirling continued to plan for the
blocades. This morning, as I walked through the campsite,
I kept passing small groups of people staring intently at
opened maps.

Finally I am happy to report that the Bitchin Kitchen/Sudden
Death Vegan Cafe are up and running. Whatever else, we have
to eat.

This report comes from the Indymedia centre in the Stirling
campsite and was first posted to indymedia.ie

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