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(en) Britain, Class War* Statement ON CURRENT EVENTS: Its Great At the G8!

Date Wed, 06 Jul 2005 22:04:09 +0300

Class War commends the protestors who have taken the battle
to the police and authorities in Scotland, in an attempt to
prevent the G8 gathering at Gleneagles. In particular we were
delighted to see the significant number of people who
spontaneously got involved in action and activities against the
police in Edinburgh on Monday 4th July. Many shoppers,
passers by and local "teams" did not need to ask themselves
whose side they were on when they saw it kicking off.

The G8 summit exists for only one reason - to secure the
positions of the leaders of the G8 nations. They may talk of
national interest, the greater good of all humanity, and even of
suffering in Africa, but that is all it is - talk. The sooner all this
nonsense is swept away.

For more details on the actions against the G8, see one of our
members blog at:


Get Lost Geldof!

Being called a bunch of losers by Sir Bob Geldof is praise
indeed. This is after all the man who 20 years ago led Live Aid
to end suffering and starvation in Africa.

You might not have noticed Bob, but the situation in that
continent, and indeed any other, cannot be resolved by
charitable donations. The people throwing bricks at the police
in Scotland can work that out, yet Sir Bob, for all his wealth
and influence, cannot.

So 20 years after the failure of Live Aid, Sir Bob repeats his
actions of 20 years before. If only he pleads, people can make
politicians listen. This from a man who grovels to George
Bush and Tony Blair, to the extent that criticism of both men
was expressely banned from the Live8 gig in London. So much
for Bob's version of democracy.
Worse, Geldof appears unable to recognise that far greater
number of people mobilised world wide in 2003 to lobby
politicians against the invasion of Iraq. George and Tony did
not listen then Sir Bob, so why should they now?

In opposing direct action, Geldof is at least consistent. When
protestors in Genoa were beaten, tortured and in the case of
Carlo Guilani murdered by the police, Geldof stood full square
behind the Italian authorities.

Bob Geldof is part of the problem, not the solution. He is part
of the problem at the G8 demonstrations, and he is
increasingly part of the problem in Africa. By promoting
charity, and "fair" trade Geldof is only offering Africans what
they have had for generations.

The only question that remains about Sir Bob is why he is
outside the G8, not inside serving the drinks.

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