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(en) Seattle, Gothenburg, Prague, Genoa, Seville, Evian, Scotland.

Date Tue, 14 Jun 2005 17:36:38 +0300


This year the G8 are meeting in Gleneagles, an exclusive golf
club in the Scottish countryside. As on previous occasions diverse
groups are organising, in many different ways, many different types
of protests. The most publicised, thanks in part to the late arrival on
the scene of Bob Geldolf’s Live 8 concerts is the Make Poverty
History demonstration, which is to be held in Edinburgh on
Saturday. But this is only one, of a number of planned events.

No doubt there will be many readers of Anarkismo at the various
protests. We should use this summit as an opportunity to meet up


Some of us are cycling to Scotland!

In the calendar of events below, the background to the various
organisational groups are outlined.


*Friday 1st July*; Edinburgh Critical Mass

*Saturday 2nd July*; Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh.

Make Poverty History is a coalition of Trade unions and NGOs,
many of which work in developing countries. The demands of the
march are very tightly focused on their agenda; drop third world
debt, more and better aid, and trade justice. On this march, there
will be a Make Capitalism History block.

*Sun 3rd July*; Street Carnival organised by 'Community Anarchy
Project' which is born out of the community work that the
community anarchy crew have been doing. I don't have
anymore information on this group, but I think they are part of
Dissent, which is a network of anarchist, environmental and
libertarian activist groups).

Also on Sunday there is the G8 Alternatives Counter-Conference.
G8 Alternatives is a collation made up of some left wing parties,
Socialist Worker, the Socialist Party (and their front organizations),
with support from some Trade Union union branches, trades
councils and various activist organizations.
<snip>
*Mon 4th July*; Big Blockade of Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base,
called for by Trident Ploughshares and CND.
There have been a number of blockades of the Nuclear Submarine
Base in the past, which centers on the mass arrest of protesters, an
event that occurs in co-operation with the police (this sounds
strange I know, have a look on their webpage for more
information).

In Edinburgh there will be an action by the Working Group Against
Work, part of the Dissent network. This will be a carnivalesque
parade through Edinburgh, visiting places responsible for the
increasingly precarious way in which we experience work and life:
dole offices, debt collectors, employment agencies and more.

* Tue 5th July*

There will be a No Borders Demo at Dungavel Detention Center.
(I couldn't find any more information on who is organising this)


There will also be a Beacons of Dissent! Action. An attempt to light
beacons on the hills surrounding the G8 Summit the night before
the Conference begins.

*Wendnesday 6th July*

This is the first day that the summit actually meets.

The Dissent network and the G8 Alternatives group have both
called for blockades of the summit.

The G8 Alternatives group had called for a demonstration from
Gleneagles train-station to the hotel. The police said that this would
not be allowed so instead they are moving the protest to a nearby
park (though as far as I am aware, the police have said this will be
limited to 3,500 people) while the Dissent network are calling for
different styles of action to blockade the different routes to
Gleneagles. These will be organised during the week itself, from the
convergence centres, so meeting up points have not been advertised
in advance.

Dissent are also organizing an ‘Autonomous Kids 'Mad Hatters
Tea Party' near Gleneagles

*Thursday 7th July*

Dissent has called for this day to be put aside for prisoner support,
decentralised actions around the area coming from the convergence
spaces, and the possible continuation of blockades from day before

One of the groups within Dissent, the ‘Peoples' Golfing Action
(PGA) Actions’ will attempt to hold a people’s golf
tournament on Gleneagles golf course.

*Friday 8th July*
The Climate Action group, who are within Dissent, have called for
an international day of action against the causes of climate change.
It seems that there will not be one large action but rather different
environmental groups will focus on smaller events, but at the
moment it is not clear what these events will be.

Other groups organizing actions, include
the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (CIRCA:
www.clownarmy.org),
the G8 Feminist Action (http://g8feministaction.frockon.org)
and a queer anti-G8 group (www.queeruption.org.uk/queerg8).

Protests are just the more visible aspect of the summit interesting.
Less evident, and in a way more interesting, is the infrastructure
behind the protests which has been built by resistance groups.
Buses are been organised from Dublin, a train is coming from
London, and activists are arranging transport from all over Europe.

The Dissent network is attempting to set up a rural convergence
centre and a convergence centre in Edinburgh. These will be places
where people will be able to sleep, where food will be cooked,
where legal and medical support will be located. The rural space is
to be organised around neighbourhoods or barrios. These will
provide both infrastructure (cooking etc), decision making forums
and cultural spaces. Irish Dissent will be putting an Irish Barrio in
place. In the rural convergence space it is also intended to have a
kid’s space to facilitate parents who want to join in the protest.
These sites have not been found as yet, though the Dissent group
remains hopeful that they will be found.

With the mass of people intending on attending the protests, it is
likely that the city councils will be forced to provide some
accommodation, though it is also likely that they will announce this
at the last minute to prevent people from attending (this is just my
reading of the situation, ever the optimist, corrections welcome).

In addition, Indymedia is setting up its own team of reports to cover
the event, and sites at which activists can access the internet, so
spreading stories from our perspective.

No doubt there will be many readers of Anarkismo at the various
protests. We should use this summit as an opportunity to meet up,
however the fluidity of the situation and the uncertainty of transport
and accommodation makes organising this in advance difficult.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we solve this
problem?


*Websites of groups mentioned in this report*

Anarchist and/or activist;
Irish Dissent: http://www.dissenteire.tk
Dissent: www.dissent.org.uk
Peoples Golfing Action: www.tao.ca/~wrench/dist/g8/pga.html
G8 Climate Action: http://cca.movingpages.org/
www.faslaneg8.com
UK Indymedia: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/actions/2005/g8/

Mainstream and orthodox left;
Make Poverty History: http://www.makepovertyhistory.org/
G8 Alternatives; http://www.g8alternatives.org.uk/
Stop the War Coalition: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/
(Apologies for an inaccuracies, corrections welcome)
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