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(en) Britain, Dissent* a network of resistance - Against the G8 / G8 Update from the Dissent Network

Date Sat, 25 Jun 2005 16:21:01 +0300

This is an email from 'Dissent a network of resistance - Against the G8'
Message: The following is an update from the Dissent! Network on the
G8 mobilisation. It includes important information about anti-G8
Summit activities in Scotland, including arrival and accommodation.
Updates will be available on http://www.dissent.org.uk under "practical info".
If you wish to receive future announcements, please subscribe to
the announce list at http://lists.aktivix.org/mailman/listinfo/dissent-announce
The following sections are included in this email:
(1) General
(2) Transport to the Summit
(3) Arrival in Edinburgh
(4) Accommodation in Edinburgh
(5) Arrival in Glasgow
(6) Accommodation in Glasgow
(7) Rural Convergence Space
(8) Timetable of actions.

Protests and Resistance to the 2005 G8 Summit looks likely to
be enormous. Many people are arriving now, and asking about
accommodation and getting further involved. Others are asking
about convergence spaces and accommodation for the days
leading up to and during the Summit. The good
news, is that we have plenty of camping spaces, and even
some urban warehouses. This article should give the basic
information you require,
or point to sources of more information.

Finally, we need more people to get involved now, resources
and money. Help out with all of the below, donate things we
need (http://www.dissent.org.uk/content/view/195/125/), or
donation against the G8!


If you coming to protest and resist the G8 be as self sufficient
as possible. Bring a tent, sleeping bag, waterproofs, warm
clothes, strong
footware, plate, cup and cutlery and animagination! In general
head for convergence spaces' - places where people can find
information, meet, socialise, organise actions and get cheap
food. Some convergence spaces offer accommodation.

Enquiries can be sent to dissent-enquiries@riseup.net or
telephone 07913 263 515. But always check the website and
websearch (google') your enquiry first. You can also call the
following numbers Edinburgh numbers: 0131 477 2954
(London Road Anti-G8 office), and 0131 561 1356 (Leith
Walk InfoPoint).

There will be a free newspaper for the protests, with all the
practical information you need. Look out for this.


Anti-G8 Transport Hubs, offering lifts, and explanations of
how to get to Scotland, from the rest of the UK and from
Europe as cheap as possible are here:
You can add your transport offers here too.

Special trains from London to Edinburgh can be booked now at
[www.resistg8.org.uk]. Book now to guarantee a place.

Transport is also being organised by other mobilisations. See:


Go to Edinburgh Dissent! InfoPoint now open, 24 hours per
day at:
10 Albert Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh. EH7 5HN.

Forest Caf, 3 Bristo Place, is a volunteer-run caf and arts
space, and is also a useful point of information. It has a big
Anti-G8 noticeboard with
info about meetings. The street entrance next to Forest Caf
will go to the Indymedia space above, setup from 25th June.

University Convergence Space. Part of Edinburgh student
union is booked for Dissent! to hold convergence meetings,
and workshops etc., from 29th July to 7th July. The address is
Teviot buildings, Edinburgh Students Union Building, Bristo
Square, Edinburgh. Other parts of the university are being used
by other groups.


Before the Summit: Goto the Dissent! infoshop, 10 Albert
Place, Leith Walk, see above section, and we will find you
somewhere from there. Exact accommodation will depend on
numbers, and specific needs. Prepare to be flexible! It may be
necessary to send people to Glasgow for accommodation
before the 1st of July. We are still actively looking for large
warehouse space, and all other avenues. However, options in
Edinburgh are almost exhausted.

During the Summit:
Our ideal scenario is to have a legal self-managed space for the
week. However, the attitude of the local council, the volume of
people expected and the focus on the rural convergence site
(see below) mean this is not yet finalised, and may not be.

The following options exist. The council is providing camping
space on the outskirts of Edinburgh, near Craigmillar, a bus
ride from town.

Hunters Hall Park, The Jack KaneHunters Hall Park, The
Jack Kane Sports Centre (10), Niddrie. 208 Niddrie Mains
Road, EH16 4NE

The cost is likely to be 10 for the week. The council may put in
place some restrictions but people involved in Dissent! are in
dialogue with the council about this. The space is for 15,000
people, but the council also have a long list of back-up
accommodation sites.

The local media have repeatedly run stories that people will
camp in the parks of Edinburgh such as Holyrood, and action
will not be taken by the police to stop or evict city-centre
camping over the week of the main protests.


Goto the Dissent! InfoPoint, open 24 hours a day:

G42 Collective, Suite 3, 674 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow,
G41. This is on South Glasgow, get either the 44, 22, 23, 57 in
Central Glasgow and ask
for Eglington Toll. It is approx 30 mins walk from the city
centre. If you have problems call 07981 954 132.


Warehouse space is available now:

30 Dora Street, Dalmarnock, Glasgow, Scotland.
Phone no 0141 551 0401. For directions to the Glasgow space,
please visit


The rural convergence space is open now for those willing to
help set up. It will be a large self-managed outdoor space near
Gleneagles: a space for all who aspire to radical decentralized
alternatives to capital, power and ecological collapse.

It is large enough for thousands to sleep, eat, plan and act
from. Families and those with other legal concerns will be
prioritised space to stay on the legal sites. Other people may
want to form autonomous camping sites in the beautiful
countryside around Gleneagles.

The rural convergence space will operate around a
"neighborhood" system, similar to the "barrio" system used at
some previous resistance camps.
Neighborhoods will host camping, eating and meeting together
and will be the focal point of decision making on the site. The
neighborhoods will be information and discussion areas to aid
communication across the site and beyond.
Inter-neighborhood meetings will manage the whole site.
Many groups are already hosting neighbourhoods but more are
needed. You don't need to be a huge group or have loads of
equipment to host a neighbourhood. The neighborhoods
should be self running, once people start arriving. The aim is
for each neighborhood to be as autonomous as
possible, with its own kitchen or food serving facilities,
alternative-technology power sources and meeting space. A
neighborhood could also include anything else you would like
to bring, like a library, cinema, crche or spaceship.
A site plan has been created by the 40+ participants at the
recent Earth Activist training course'. People are needed to be
on site setting up the space on the 25th June until the site

Lots of stuff is needed for the site, see
http://www.dissent.org.uk/content/view/195/125/ for the full
list. Please provide what you can. Transport is available to get
larger objects to the site, although if you can find a way of
getting it here yourself, then all the better.

The site will be open to all from the 1st June. Bring a tent and
your dreams of another world!

The site is near Stirling, and more details can be found at


Friday 17 June
Anti-G8 Bike Ride, leaves Brighton for Scotland.

Sunday 29 June
Cre8 Summat. Community festival, Glasgow, until 3 July.

Saturday 2 July
Make Poverty History demonstration, Edinburgh

Sunday 3 July
Make Borders History. Tour in Glasgow

Monday 4 July
Day of Action against the armed wing of global capitalism.
Blockade of Faslane nuclear submarine base.

Carnival for Full Enjoyment, No wage slavery, No Benefits
Slavery, No Debt Slavery, No Army Slavery. Raucous party
visiting the institutions
responsible for the increasingly insecure way we experience
our lives.
Meet 12.00 @ West End of Princes St, Edinburgh.

Tuesday 5 July
Open Borders, Close Dungavel Asylum Seeker Detention
Centre! "Close Dungavel, No-one is Illegal!" mass protest near
Glasgow. Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees.

Beacons of Dissent! Lighting beacons on the hills to south of
the G8 Summit.

Wednesday 6 July
Mass blockades of the G8 Summit. A diversity of tactics will be
used to blockade the various routes to Gleneagles. Come along
to the Convergence Spaces, meet with others and start
organising how to disrupt the Superpower Summit!

Global Day of Action. An anti-capitalist day of action against
the G8 in cities, towns and villages worldwide.Peoples' Global
Action (PGA):

Hill-walking actions in the Ochil Hills, southeast of
Gleneagles. Continuing throughout the Summit.

Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army's Operation
H.A.H.A.A.' (House Arresting Half-witted Authoritarian
Androids) begins. www.clownarmy.org

Thursday 7 July
Peoples' Golfing Association (PGA) Golf Tournament at
Gleneagles! Dress for golf, rain or shine.

Friday 8 July
International day of action against the root causes of climate
change. Stop climate chaos - flood the G8!

Other actions are also being prepared by G8 Feminist Action
(g8feministaction.frockon.org), a queer anti-G8 group
(www.queeruption.org.uk/queerg8), an autonomous kids
group and many, many others.

's land and the blueprints of a new settlement to be constructed
* [Ed. Note: Dissent! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative against the G8.]

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