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(en) Britain, MEDIA: Revealed - G8 chaos plans of anarchists

Date Mon, 30 May 2005 10:09:59 +0300


ANARCHISTS are plotting to sabotage the G8 summit of world leaders
at Gleneagles with burning lorries and “human shields” hung from
railway and road bridges. The plans were disclosed in a secret meeting
of anti-capitalist activists that was infiltrated by an undercover
Sunday Times reporter. Protesters hope to disrupt the transport system
around the 850-acre Gleneagles estate in central Scotland to prevent
support staff such as interpreters and civil servants reaching the
three-day summit in July. The summit, to be attended by leaders of the
eight richest nations including President George W Bush and President
Vladimir Putin, could grind to a halt if administrators are kept away.

The anti-capitalist groups include Dissent and The Wombles, who
were responsible for much of the violent disorder that broke out
during May Day protests in London in 2001.

One plan is to set fire to an overturned lorry on the A9, the main
road from the north to Gleneagles hotel, and to blockade smaller
roads with burning piles of tyres, telegraph poles and trees. Other
plans include 12ft high “gallows” built from scaffolding
rods, holding suspended
activists and placed in the middle of busy roads. Hotels housing
support staff will be blockaded.

Anarchists intend to bring chaos to Edinburgh in the week of the
summit by disrupting a march planned by the Make Poverty
History campaign. They will provoke a confrontation with police by
diverting the march from the official route in what they describe as
a “reclaim the streets” tactic. Similar tactics led to running
battles between police and anarchists during another London May
Day protest in 2000.

Protesters also intend to storm Edinburgh’s leading financial
institutions including Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland
and stage sit-ins.

The plans were unveiled at a conference of anarchists in
Nottingham last week. A Sunday Times reporter, posing as a
maths teacher and environmental activist, attended the two-day
meeting after he infiltrated Glasgow Reshape, an anarchist
organisation affiliated to Dissent. During his time undercover, the
reporter also attended a training weekend in Glasgow in February
and a military-style camp in Lanarkshire in April.

About 100 activists attended the Nottingham conference,
representing groups including the Cardiff Anarchist Network, the
South East Assembly, Cambridge Anarchist Network, Critical
Mass, Wimmin Against The G8, Carnival for Full Enjoyment and
Edinburgh Reshape.
Taking centre stage were a group of hardline activists dressed in
black bomber jackets and trousers and military boots.

They discussed final preparations for the protest that will start on
July 6, the first day of the summit. Locations expected to be
targeted include the Forth rail and road bridges and the main road
links between Edinburgh and Gleneagles.


Anarchists also plan to blockade Crieff Hydro hotel, where
American embassy staff are staying, and two hotels in Glasgow.
The main organisers are expected to include Alessio Lunghi, a
senior member of The Wombles, and Mark Aston, a university
administrator. Lunghi, 27, son of an Italian wine importer from
London, is believed to
have been directly involved in anti-G8 groups in the run-up to the
summit. Aston, who works at Cardiff University and was the
vice-president of Cardiff branch of the Association of University
Teachers, led much of the discussion at Nottingham.

“We want to do more than just wander around Edinburgh —
we have to persuade people that a blockade is more effective,”
he told delegates. “The G8 summit is more than a photoshoot
for the multinationals to turn up and tell the politicians what to do.
We have to stop the translators,
administrators and lobbyists from getting there. The conference
can’t function without them.”

Aston urged the activists planning to block the A9 with the blazing
lorry to contact Lunghi to finalise the details. More than 200,000
demonstrators are expected to take part in the Make Poverty
History march in Edinburgh and demonstrations at Faslane nuclear
submarine base on the Clyde and the Home Office’s detention
centre at Dungavel, in South Lanarkshire. The anarchist groups
have accepted that they will be unable to breach tight security
around the luxury Gleneagles hotel and golf course. The first
sections of a five-mile security cordon, to be formed from 10,000
wire mesh panels, were erected last week. Organisers are
determined to avoid a repeat of the clashes between police and
demonstrators that marred the Evian summit in 2003 and the
Genoa summit in 2001.

More than 10,000 activists are expected to travel to a campsite
north of Dunblane, about 12 miles from Gleneagles.

Last week a deal with a landowner collapsed but anarchists are
negotiating with Stirling council to find an alternative campsite.

One man at the Nottingham meeting who claimed to have been at
the riots in Genoa said: “It’s bad for the environment, but
burning tyres make a hell of a mess and the police cannot cope
with the smoke.”

When contacted by The Sunday Times, Aston said: “You seem
to be telling me about a lot of stuff that I haven’t even heard
about and I would be interested to hear where you heard it.” He
declined to comment further.

A spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers in
Scotland (Acpos) said: “We are fully prepared for any
eventuality. We have said along that, while we will facilitate lawful
protest, we will deal with anyone who wants to cause disruption
accordingly."

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