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(en) Germany, Tuebingen, Minutes from International Anti-G8 Meeting Now Available I. (1/2)

From revolting <revolting2005@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Tue, 15 Mar 2005 13:55:16 +0100 (CET)


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Hi, The minutes from the International Anti-G8 Meeting that took place
in Tuebingen, Germany from 26th-27th February 2005 are now available in
full from a number of sources [Including below...].
They are on the enrager.net discussion board (feel free to post up
comments etc...): http://enrager.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=42719#42719
The PGA (Peoples Global Action) G8 page in an easy to read format where
you can go directly to the part of the minutes most useful/interesting
for you by clicking on the relevant part of the introduction. It's also
available from here as a downloadable pdf document:
http://www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/agp/resistg8/news/index.htm

They've also been posted to Indymedia UK and will hopefully be up on the
Dissent! website soon.

If you have anything to add to the minutes, or comments or corrections,
write to info-g82005@riseup.net <mailto:info-g82005@riseup.net>

*Note: The meeting was organised by the Dissent!* International
Networking Group. For more about Dissent!, check out: www.dissent.org.uk
<http://www.dissent.org.uk>
==================================
* [Ed. Note: Dissent! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative against the G8.]

International Anti-G8 Meeting Minutes: Tuebingen, Germany
26th-27th February 2005

The following are the minutes of a two day international meeting to
co-ordinate radical resistance to the 2005 G8 Summit to be held in
the UK. The meeting took place in Tuebingen, Germany and was
hosted by the Tuebingen Infoladen. The meeting was organised by
the Dissent! International Networking Group.

To contact the Dissent! International Networking Group for
comments upon, or corrections to, these minutes, email:
info-g82005@riseup.net

For more information about Dissent! see: www.dissent.org.uk or
email the above address.

Note: the original agenda and the invitation to the meeting, in
English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Greek, can be found
on the Dissent! website: www.dissent.org.uk

Introductory Note
The weekend's agenda was put together by the Dissent!
International Networking Group in early January 2005 and
circulated for comments. An open meeting was held on Friday
February 25, 2005, the night before the meeting began to
incorporate comments into the agenda. The final agenda was as
follows:

Saturday February 26, 2005
*First Session: Opening Session
Introduction to the venue, go-round for everyone to introduce
themselves.

*Second Session: Introduction to the Mobilisation
An introduction to: Dissent!; the other groups organising around
this year's G8 Summit (specifically: G8 Alternatives and Make
Poverty History); the political situation in Scotland; the presentation
of the Summit and the protests in the UK mainstream media until
now; the alternative and independent media coverage of the
mobilisation; the issue of climate change and the G8 Summit.

*Session Two: Police Tactics and Legal Information
An introduction to police tactics commonly used in the UK, and
some Scotland specific legal information.

** *Lunch** ** Practicalities Working Groups
Working group sessions on various practical aspects of the
mobilisation.

*Action Working Groups
Working groups to discuss: the blockades, climate change actions
and "People's Golfing Action".

*Final Plenary and Finalising the Agenda for the Following Day


Sunday
*Small Group Sessions
The day mostly consisted of groups meeting to discuss specific
aspects of the mobilisation and how people from outside of the UK
can feed into them. These sessions took place in two blocs. Small
group meetings included: medics, roadshow, hill walking, the
mainstream media, precarity, indymedia, organising against
repression, preventing and dealing with trauma, overcoming
problems on borders, and translation.

*Final Plenary
Feedback from the small groups and the working groups from the
previous day about what had been discussed and decided.
Evaluation of the weekend.

Additionally: A German-language meeting and the UK-based
Dissent! International Networking Group also met. Minutes
available at the end of this document.

Saturday 26th February

First Session: Opening Session
Countries people are from and where mentioned groups.
Approx- 90 people.
Finland, Germany, Ireland (Gluseicht), France (Anti-G8 networks),
Russia (IMC network), Netherlands (Rampenplan, IMC), Israel,
Lebanon (Marhaba tour), Switzerland (G8 group) Sweden,
Barcelona, Italy, Netherlands, England (IMC, Trapese), Chile,
Scotland, US, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Finland. Belaraus

Second Session: Introduction to the Mobilisation
Brief introductions to: Dissent!, and the other mobilisations against
the Summit (such as G8 Alternatives and Make Poverty History,
the attitude of the mainstream media to the Summit and the
protests, and some of the actions being prepared were given. Here
are the notes taken from those introductions:

Introduction to Dissent! (UK)
Dissent was formed around the fall of 2003- to create a mobilization
against the G8 but also to try and build a network beyond that. It is
made up of various autonomous and radical movements and
organizations. Dissent has a number of local and working groups
throughout Britain. Dissent! Has adopted the PGA hallmarks and is
based on principals of consensus decision making decentralization
and a direct action.

Dissent has bi-monthly meetings and the minutes are available to
download on the website. Since 2003 Dissent! Has continued to
expand and grow. There are two other groups mobilizing to
Scotland.

Note: An intervention was made, commenting that the PGA
Hallmarks do not cover everything and do not, in themselves, make
a movement. Some found the Hallmarks problematic. Some groups
present at the meeting would not join the mobilisation under the
Hallmarks, due to the problems they have with them."

Scottish Situation
The political context of Scotland. There is a strong history of
resistance in Scotland- miners, crofters and rent strikes- there is a
strong working class. There is a tradition of rural and urban
struggle. Rurally people are less likely to come out in mass protests-
recent acts of resistance have included rent-racking (people coming
down from the highlands to protest against increased rent) More
recently in Edinburgh- there has been poll tax strike and various
occupations, including the occupying of the Autonomous Centre in
Edinburgh. The anti war protests brought record numbers of people
out to protest. There is also strong resistance to GM crops.

Differences you may expect- Scottish people are quite reserved- but
not unfriendly. They become involved in political issues if they
believe they are right. The main point is to try and build on the
strong undercurrent of feeling of right and wrong and builds on
that. We have the largest population of box dwellers (people living
in social housing). They have tried to put the G8 in an inaccessible
place the best way to deal with this is to come to Scotland to protest
this. There will be infrastructure in Scotland to support people.

It's important to remember that Scotland is not a colony of
England

Make Poverty History
Make poverty history (MPH) is the biggest campaign coalition of
NGO's there has been in the UK and is made up of people
from Oxfam, local churches and big relief groups. It's
important specifically because they are organizing a large
demonstration several days before the summit starts. They are
talking mostly about third world debt and also talking about
increasing aid and changing some of the trade rules that govern
trade.

The UK labour government is making a very big media and political
strategy around the G8. The UK government propaganda is arguing
that the G8 summit is all about poverty and climate change and
how the labour government is dealing with this. Many people in the
UK are beginning to think that this G8 is about making the world a
better place.

Some of the smaller NGO's are critical of forced economic
liberalization (WTO, GATTS etc) and are much more radical- they
have been trying to make a stance but they are a small voice within
the bigger coalition. The picture that is being painted that Make
Poverty History is the good protestors and Dissent! Are the bad
protestors?

Senior people from MPH are saying it's not a march it's a
walk and they are working with the Scottish tourist board. They are
not encouraging people to stay after the Saturday, July 2nd march.
MPH is part of a much world wider coalition of NGO's
mobilizing for the WTO ministerial in Hong Kong and Millennium
Goal seminars.

MPH is absolutely terrified that the bad protestors will attempt to
disrupt their march.

G8 Alternatives
G8 Alternatives was set up by Globalize Resistance- a front group
for the Socialist Workers Party- whom a number of groups have
had problems with in the past. The Scottish CND, free party people
and the Green Party also make up G8 Alternatives. G8 Alternatives
are trying to get permission through the Scottish parliament for a
rock concert for the duration of the summit. They have also called
for a protest on July 6th at Gleneagles train station.

It is important to note that the SWP is different from the SSP (The
Scottish socialist party who are a respected Scottish political party).

Climate
Climate change and Africa are big topics at the G8. Climate change
is fuelled by oil, which is fuelled by capitalism, and we are trying to
break the climate issue from just being centered on the
environment into a wider anti capitalist context. We are
coordinating an International day of action on the 8th of July to link
oil, war, climate change and the G8 summit.


Corporate Media
There has been a lot of publicity about the summit. Most of the
articles are about the issues- climate change and debt or about
potential protests and security arrangements. It is important to note
that the mainstream media get fairly hysterical in the build up to
such summit. It will get considerably worse before the summit. In
the past with actions such as reclaim the Streets, June 18th and
Mayday the press has gone insane and just lied. Headlines like
"Protestors will use samurai swords", "We will use
children as a shield against police"

We have to be aware of this. G8 Alternatives and Make Poverty
History are speaking to the media and this is perpetuating the myth
that Dissent! are the bad protestors?


Independent Media Centers
There is going to be IMC facilities in Scotland but IMC will not
organize accommodation for people. There is a grassroots political
group in Glasgow called Camcorder Guerillas that make
documentaries. They are currently working on a G8 video. IMC is
not affiliated to DISSENT! Or any other political organisation. IMC
UK stands for United Kollectives not the United Kingdom.


Mobilisations Taking Place Outside of the UK
Lyon, France
We are organising a festival of resistance for three weeks during
April and May. 1 week will focus on the G8 summit. In our meeting
in Lyon people did not really want to go to Edinburgh, however we
will explain to people that there is a mobilization to Scotland. We
are not enormous amounts of people in Lyon.
During the G8 summit we will build urban zones of resistance in
solidarity with the G8 summit.

Russia
We see the G8 in Scotland as an opportunity to bring attention to
the G8 in Russia as not many people know about them and their
next meeting will be in Russia. We cannot create very much in our
country because there is a lot of repression. There will be solidarity
actions in Minsk, Moscow and Kiel. One idea is to play golf near
the UK embassy.

Germany
There is a German-speaking Dissent! Network to mobilise people
from German speaking countries. A lot of posters for the German
speaking world have been produced, there are 30,000 stickers,
40-50 CD's, newsletters. There is a big meeting in Hamburg
from the 4th-8th of May. The German network is organizing
info-tours and evenings around German speaking countries about
the legal situation and the G8. In 2007 the G8 summit will be in
Germany and this is an important part of the outreach work being
done.

Middle East
In our countries the movements are not really connected to the G8
and WTO. We are doing a tour called "Marhaba" around
Europe we would like to use this tour as an opportunity to open
space for debate about the role of the G8 in our countries through
terrorism and security issues. We are bringing people to Scotland to
form a Middle Eastern block and to make the links and connections
with the situation in our countries.

Netherlands (Report given by: Rampenplan)
There is a festival which around 25,000 people will attend and we
would like to use this as an opportunity to outreach and mobilize
people. There are also info nights and local groups preparing to
come to Scotland

** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *
Other Comments made during this session:
Britain/UK
There has been a war going on in Northern Ireland for the last 500
years that has seen many people killed. UK includes Northern
Ireland, Britain does not. Both are complicated terms with lots of
issues but its better to say Britain.

London/Berlin Refugee Issue
The idea is to use the G8 summit to highlight the plight of refugees
and asylum issues. There is an appeal to the international network
mobilizing against the G8 to discuss how to build asylum issues
into the G8 protests and Dissent! Network.
** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** *


Third Session: Legal Advice and Police Strategies
An extensive briefing was given on this topic, followed by a
question and answer session. The basis of the presentation was
taken from the Legal Guide which is now available online from:
www.g8legalsupport.info


** ** *Lunch Break** ** *



Practicalities Working Groups
Working Group I: Camps, Convergence Centres, Catering,
Fundraising, Local Transport
An update was given to the meeting on the situation as it stands in
the UK.


The Convergence Centre(s)
Dissent! is looking for a large convergence centre, currently there is
not one. Convergence spaces are being looked for in Glasgow,
Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth. Due to the location of the G8
summit a lot of comparisons are being drawn with the protests in
Evian against the G8. It is assumed unlikely that the government
will give a space to protests as they have done in Evian, Genoa and
Prague.

We would like to get both an urban and rural space. We will need to
get around 20,000 more Euros to pay for these convergence
centres, as we are unlikely to be given anything by councils or the
government.

Dissent! has come to the consensus decision to squat if a legal
convergence can't be found. There is a lot of countryside
around, however it would be safer to get a legal convergence space.
Dissent! also has an agreement with groups like Scottish CND to
have autonomous zones within a wider convergence centre.

Political Aspects of the Convergence Centre:
Quite early on in the G8 mobilization it was explicitly decided one
of the most important aspects is creating a convergence space
where there are new experiences of collective self-management,
where people organize themselves and facilitate autonomous
action, build unity and networks.

The idea would be to run the convergence centres a month before
hand to encourage groups to come and have their meetings in
Scotland.
Part of the reason we are having difficulties.
1. We need more support from within government
2. Money
3. More people to help find the convergence centre.

There will be a training course on setting up a large rural campsite
at the end of May to the beginning of June.

The issue of convergence centres has been brought up in Scottish
parliament by MSP's. There is a great deal of hype surrounding
the issues of convergence centres in the media and the police are
rumoured to have approached land owners and warned them not to
rent their land out.

The following things are needed for the convergence centre
Supply of water and cheap ethical food
Electricity
Marquees (i.e. big tents)
Transport
Bicycles
Tools
Kitchens
Toilets
Paper
Indymedia Centre
Insect Repellent
Medical Equipment
Communication Equipment (CB radio/ phones)
Wood/nails building materials
Straw
Lighting
Effective and participatory decision making processes
Effective ways of integrating and including people in the process
Site infrastructure
Internal camp communication structure
Children's Space
Skilled people
Security


Catering
The Anarchist Teapot kitchen in Brighton is the contact point for
anything to do with food (email: anarchisttpot@yahoo.co.uk
website: www.eco-action.org/teapot). They are trying to find local
suppliers for things like propane gas, water, dried food suppliers.
Also the Anarchist Teapot are compiling information so that
it's accessible to other food collectives. So far there is
absolutely no idea how many people are coming so it's been
hard to estimate how many kitchens would be needed.

Cooking Capacity of Kitchens
Rampenplan: When they have enough people they can cook for
2000-3000
Anarchist Teapot: Can make good food for 500 and lots of soup for
1000
Heidelberg: Can cook for 50-60
Other big kitchens in Hanover and Belgium will be contacted. A list
will be made of kitchens that are coming and also of kitchens that
need to be contacted.

Anarchist Teapot are sourcing local organic food suppliers where
possible.

There is no guarantee that all the kitchens will get into the country
so it is important that people think about being as self- sufficient as
possible.

Action Points
Anarchist Teapot has 3000 pounds that they can put into the
kitchens.
A team of drivers and vans to get food into the camps (around 17
tones will be needed per day) is being found
Contact other food kitchens that were at the VAAG


Marquees (Large Tents)
Currently there are no marquees. It must be noted that even though
it is summer in Scotland it does rain a lot. However we can build
geo-desic domes if we can source the wood and tarpaulins.

Action Points
** Some one from Germany can bring two large tents
** Someone from Holland who works for a tent company will see
what possibilities he has to bring tents over.
** Everyone should bring his or her own tents where possible
** People in the UK will contact various festival organizers to try
to source tents
** Dissent! will set up an email address and make sure the
convergence list is sent out to everybody.
** Vaaag recommends making a wish list and sending this out.

Discussion about structure of decision-making processes for the
convergence spaces
In Strasbourg in the camp was sub structured into different barrios.
These were autonomous and people came together in a spokes
council with the whole camp on a daily basis.

It is very important that we build an alternative within to the camp
but not to set our objectives too high and to make them
unattainable. It is difficult to organize truly participatory processes
for 10,000 people and decision-making structures need to be very
clear and accessible to all.


Fundraising
Everybody needs to do as much fundraising as possible in their own
country. Dissent! is fucked for money and really needs help.

Rampenplan are cooking at a commercial festival two weeks before
the G8 and will donate around 10,000 euros.

There is a question about the structure of funding, how money is
spent, where it goes, how the decisions are made.

Clarification point: groups and individuals who donate money can
specify where they want it to be used


Local Transport
There are fairly good public transport link between Edinburgh,
Glasgow, Stirling and Perth. Drivers are needed for buses. People
with transport need to work out in advance how much their van/bus
will be available for public use.


Practicalities Working Group II: Refugees, Aliens and International
Networking
International Mobilisation - invitations to come to Scotland for G8
Summit

These notes cover what various people said and are not agreements
of whole meeting.

General go round brain storming
What would the people like to talk about? explanation about the
workshop, by people from the last night meeting planning. the
invitation: we should consider different factors, and make it really
international, we have to clear it because it is, vague, it might be
difficult in for everybody. talk about transportation, border,
travelling? how we build and engage people to be part in the
mobilisation? and linking up with them.

Agenda
what to talk about? mobilisation, invitations. who will organise this
thing and how to stress the immigration issue. using the pga. for it?
working together with no borders of that, talks in Porto Algiers
about the G8 and the the globalisation bodies, and outcome a
translation movement. know more about other countries . problem
of transportation, to organise border travelling, emphasis from a lot
on that, how to mobilise, provide resource for information.
financially very hard to get people here, so make anther sort of
solidarity action, the visas, have a group that would help in that. to
have a network for mobilisation, travelling, bicycle. how to mobilise
people to go there and groups to work locally, would like to make
discussion more practical. to mobilise inside asylum seekers home
in UK, and depending on resource, and going beyond borders, to
highlight the restriction of movement to asylum seekers. how can
we get the people in the mobilisation and to be in the action of the
PGA. problems at the borders, to think about the other people that
would face such thing and to focus on it. talking about going to
buses, and how, when to mobilise. transport and getting more
people. we are not few, and a lot of people are sympathetic, there is
a way to get people to be involved and supportive. start building
links with the people. set a strategy of solidarity. to network to link,
refugee and G8. planning and action. 26th of March a meeting in
London, anti repression, having a mobilisation meeting as part of
Dissent. How to expand the fact that people from all over should be
there, not an additional thing. points: transportation; how do we get
people? sharing skills, resources to mobilise? linking networks.

sharing skills. in Berlin a lot of materials, they have posters and
stickers for German speakers. the "trapese", having a cdrom, has
movies and presentation templates and infos about G8 , there is no
time for other projects. there is website from Canada about it. to
post it in all imcs, and fundraise through parties to make ads for G8.
and to break the anti G8 circle and just people looking it up for
themselves. to get people interested. throught Marhaba Europe,
need more materials . project of people in Scotland to host people
from Middle East, East Europe, and Africa, we can take the
discussion to our local group and then, work it out with the people
from Scotland. news letter in German, and info cds, about G8. info
evening about migration and G8, and announce this on the list and
media as well. languages as it is hard for people to read English, to
find a native website, wiki is the name.
http://www.dissent.org.uk/


TRANSPORTATION AND BORDER PROBLEMS
if you are not an EU citizen you may need an invitation to the UK.
helpful if from company. those from Scotland to go back to find
groups to take this on, to see if the invitation, and there is a
collective working on many issues, and it is important to start now.
no firm answer. We should continue discussion about invitation.
create a mailing list to help link invitation and invited. how can we
get to Scotland, which is cheap, safe, and what routes . suggestion :
ferry boat, and mostly single, or just in cars or small minbuses and
look main stream: also when do you plan to come? 2 day early or 2
weeks, and what do you get in leaflets . Flights direct to Scotland
with such as ryanair.com can be cheap and then ferry, the best
might be individually, and to set different direct action before the
G8, and make a lot of noise. making actions and free movement
issue, building a campaign about that and borders. hitch hiking eg
with Lorrys can be interesting. to pressure the NGO people for
more action. the immigration control if you are illegal, and some
people should be with you, going to Gastons court case, and
witness because he might have movements restricted. is it possible
to sneak in the political groups, like socialist groups, trade unionist?
how can we get people to help others in the borders issue. do direct
action is case if buses got turned from entering Scotland. get copy
of meeting minutes, and everybodies email. So people can start
working. and focus on this subjects. Check various ferry routes. If
we will have no borders day of action it should be with the NGOs,
trade unions demonstration.

NO BORDERS NETWORK. They are busy. check the email list,
but nothing for G8. The Strasbourg people want to do something
but not enough people. Suggested to use an Internet Relay Chat
channel, to talk more about initiatives.

Summary of possible initiatives
** Solidify information and arrangements for travel.
** No Border efforts over 2 days to welcome international
comrades across border.
** Bring refugees / stateless people, whose movements are
restricted, themselves into core of mobilisation.
** Direct linking up specific groups of possible attendees from
afar i.e. outside EU with hosts in Scotland who engage with each
other before hand to enable them to come, with visas, travel
arrangements and secure place to stay.


Additional Notes
Next Dissent International Working group meeting 26th of March
in London hosted by the Voice Refugee Forum with outreach being
done to bring in other groups.

There is already existing g8refugee action:
http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/g8refugee-action

another list yet to be worked out coming from makebordershistory
initiative from this meeting may be set up.

http://www.makebordershistory.org domain now obtained.


Action Working Groups


Group I: Blockades
Intro (by organisers)
Blockades list address is on the Website.

Trident Ploughshares and CND are organizing a blockade of
Faslane nuclear submarine base on 4th July. They've called for
a non-violence approach.

Dissent! blockades early on the 6th, with the aim of stopping the
delegates arriving. Dissent! is trying to work out a way of
coordinating autonomous blockades using different styles.

Discussion Points:
** Does everyone support the strategy of blockades (given the
impact on people in northern Scotland)?
** Timing, is 6th too late to disrupt the summit?
** Road or rail blockading?
** Should we focus on Gleneagles, or are there other hotels/sites
of value to the summiteers?
** The top delegates can be moved by helicopter, but not all the
personnel (aides, translators, chefs, etc.) cannot. Police and media
are expected to be at Stirling; caterers at Crieff.

History of pickets/blockades in Britain
In 1970s there were many successful mass blockades in strikes,
including miners strikes; in 1980s police tried and often succeeded
in preventing movement of pickets.

There has also been a tradition of using smaller numbers with
special equipment, i.e. lock-on tubes, tripods, etc. but there is a
pool of expertise amongst the police in dealing with this.

Crowds of school children in antiwar protests have routinely
out-manouvered police in Scotland.

Brain-storm
** Blocking the A9 only would divert a high volume of traffic on
to minor roads, which can't handle them.
** The size of the red zone is not known yet.
** The number of people who turn up will dictate tactics.
** Terrain dictates tactics, so reconnaissance important.
** How do we organize communication? (Separation of blockades
dictates autonomy anyway).
** Do we respect diversity of tactics (in different places,
obviously)?
** There was some discussion and criticism of the colour-coded
approach (as per Prague).

Proposal: "We object to the illegitimate G8 summit going
ahead, and we call for a blockade of the routes into Gleneagles
Hotel on 6th July; if the G8 does not go ahead, we will reconsider
our call", (carried by unanimous consent).


Group II: Climate change group against the G8
July the 8th: international day against the profit makers of
climate change

There is an environment minister meeting before the summit.
16th/17th of March. Often the ministers meetings are very
important as decisions get taken there and problems get smoothed
out before the actual summit.

A climate group has been created between climate chaos groups,
road protests network and is trying to work together with other
environmental groups.

Research has been done by Corporate Watch and produces a lot of
information about the oil industry in Scotland. A booklet about the
different action targets is being put together.

The day of action on the 8th has been announced publicly, but not
the target. If we only work with affinity groups then we could avoid
announcing it and keeping the target secret. There is also an idea to
do simultaneous actions at different targets.
An email list has been set up to co-ordinate events and actions
g8climateaction@lists.riseup.net

Opinions:
** There was a proposal to ask the caravan to Katmandu start on
the same day as the climate day of action.
** It would be good to have one kind of public action.
** The question is if there actually are affinity groups who would
like to work on that.
** People in Paris are working on decrease in consumption and
are also thinking about doing actions.
** It would be good to have the public action as a reclaim the
streets party


Group III: Action Group Meeting: People's Golfing Association
About 20 people attended the meeting:
** Enthusiasm was expressed for two events:
o The PGA tournament called for July 7th will go ahead with the
goal to get to Gleneagles golf course or as close as possible for a
game of golf. It was suggested that this could take the form of a
competition with various foursomes and other affinity groups
scattering towards the course in a "scramble" type golf
tournament (which is an actual type of tournament).
o The second idea came from a concern that as people may be
tired, arrested or have low energy for July 7th, using mini/crazy golf
as a mobile blockade in a similar fashion to the pink fairies in
Prague. Thus, golfers would just pop-up for spontaneous golfing
actions and therefore, if there were blockades, there would be an
opportunity for spontaneous golf. Golf was thus viewed as a
theatrical device.
** There was recognition of the symbolism behind golf, the
various metaphors and how it can be drawn upon. One suggestion
was give around the G8 countries "playing with" the rest of
the world i.e. Developing world countries are golf balls to be played
with. Rich countries are playing with poor countries. It was also
suggested that countries not in the G8 could be portrayed as
caddies.
** It was noted that people in Russia are looking to do a parallel
golfing action during the G8 Summit which may involve golf in
front of the British embassy.
** Suggestions were made to
o Develop alternative rules for golf
o Graphically design alternative score cards
o Develop alternative dress codes for golf
o Suggestions were made to put up a score board during the lead up
to the Summit to advertise the event and recruit more golfers for the
July 7th action. It was also felt that a strategic meeting at the
convergence space would be necessary to coordinate the
tournament.
** As golf is a Scottish national past time, it was felt that the
emphasis should be clearly placed on Gleneagles and the G8 so as
to not confuse Scottish people that golf in general is being critiqued.
** It was recognised that golf was able to converge with hill
walking and/or blockades
** It was suggested that there should be certain meting points
devised for golfers to meet.
** A suggestion was made to contact the UK group "Space
Hijackers"
** The dilemma of the July 7th date was mentioned. It was felt
that is was necessary to have a date for people to focus towards but
also that golfing actions can be throughout the Summit. It was
noted that a tee time was needed for July 7, 2005.
** The question around a media strategy for the golfing action
was raised. Is there a media strategy? If so, what is it?
** Questions around "What the point?" of the golfing
action were raised.
** Guerrilla gardening was suggested for golf courses.
** Security concerns were raised over the police perception of
hundreds of golfers with clubs and it was felt that this must be
tactically thought out as the police could easily "Section 44"
golfers and say that clubs constitute a weapon. One suggestion
around this was to build giant papier-mache golf balls that can
be pushed around by various golfers along with or in lieu of clubs.
Giant cardboard golf clubs could also be built from cardboard tubes.
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