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(en) Britain: Anarchist Federation bulletin - Resistance 82 - March 2006

Date Tue, 7 Mar 2006 11:54:53 +0100 (CET)

Nuclear power: expensive, dangerous and polluting. A one time by-product
of nuclear weapons production, it remains indivisibly linked to it. In the
1960s the industry promised ?electricity too cheap to be metered?. It
never happened. The industry is in steep decline. Their latest PR stunt is
to say nuclear is carbon free, that it can solve global warming. However,
nuclear technology is extremely dangerous, relies on dwindling supplies
and is so expensive that it needs massive government subsidies. It?s
vulnerable to terrorism and to nuclear weapons proliferation. It produces
volumes of toxic waste with no safe storage solution.
Governments, including Britain, are set on nuclear programmes to be less
reliant on increasingly expensive oil from volatile areas such as the
Middle East. They also like it because it is highly centralised, giving
them greater control and making more uranium for their weapons of mass
destruction. Last but not least, it?s a way of throwing technology at a
problem, which avoids tackling the causes: over-consumption of oil based
transport and industry, pollution and waste.

Carbon free?

The nuclear process uses energy intensive industries which depend on huge
amounts of oil and coal-uranium mining, enrichment and transport across
the world, construction and decommissioning of nuclear facilities,
transporting and storing radioactive waste.

Nuclear produces almost twice as much carbon dioxide as wind power
production. Power stations themselves release chloro- and
hydro-fluorocarbons as well as sulphur hexafluoride. Electricity
production globally only contributes 16% of greenhouse emissions. The vast
majority is produced by transport, mining and manufacturing, which are
heavily dependent on fossil fuels. If all fossil fuel power stations were
replaced by nuclear and exploitable reserves of uranium, it would run out
in 3-4 years (as it is now they will last only 30-40 years).


Between 1953 and 2002 the Canadian government gave the nuclear industry
$14.5 billion; between 1948 and 1998 the US government gave the industry
$67 billion. The European Union spends 61% of its research and development
budget on nuclear, although the industry only supplies 13% of EU energy.


The real alternative is to generate power from renewable sources: solar,
tidal, hydro, wind, geothermal etc. This would mainly be small scale,
locally produced for local consumption, to avoid the waste and surrender
of control of the national Grid.

Renewable energy should also be under genuine community control, rather
than government or private hands. Large scale insulation of homes and
workplaces is essential to minimise energy waste. The current oil powered
traffic system should be replaced by free public transport, with cities
and towns designed for people rather than cars.



The Blair regime has now been responsible for at least 100 dead British
soldiers and it is sending a large number of British troops to
Afghanistan, to a particularly dangerous area in the South. The number of
British casualties will surely mount. This is not to mention the numbers
of injured and maimed who are carefully hidden from view.

Alongside all of this have been the recent video revelations of British
Army brutality Basra and the appearance of more photos of the American
prison at Abu Ghraib showing more scenes of humiliation, torture and

These images cock a snook at the much vaunted claim of the American and
British governments that they were bringing freedom and peace to Iraq.
Let?s not be under any illusion that these scenes are the work of a
minority. The military machine-the armed forces ? is a killing machine.
Its function is to kill and intimidate. The face of the murderer might
have a thick layer of cosmetics from the House of ?Peacekeeping? but it?s
the face of a murderer just the same.

The British and Americans are now bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan and
the war will drag on, with the possibility of hostilities against Iran now
in the picture. As with the war in Vietnam, this opens the way to growing
disaffection in the armed forces and increasing unrest at home as the
casualty figures mount. Show piece demonstrations are not the answer. As
the American anti-war activist Mario Savio said at the time of the Vietnam
war in 1964: ?There is a time, when the operation of the machine becomes
so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; and
you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the
levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make it stop. And you've
got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that
unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."



As in previous years IAF, the International of Anarchist Federations, has
called a day of action for the 18th of March. On this date, thousands of
anarchists around the world will show their refusal of the state of
permanent war into which we have been led. The tension that has been
created by politicans and the State is a means to create consensus in
societies that feel under threat. Then internal dissidence can be easily

In London the Anarchist Federation will be holding two events (see right).
There will also be a book stall during the demonstration on Saturday
morning (see back page).


* Wed 15th march - Jose Couso: State murder. Plus anti-war films. 7pm at
The Square, 21 Russell Square, London.

* Thursday, 16th of March - Hostage cities: London and Madrid. 7pm at
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1.

* CANCELLED: Friday, 17th of March - Inside Iraq today (Civil Society,
Occupation and War). 7pm at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1.



Sofia, Bulgaria

The Federation of Bulgarian Anarchists staged a protest in Sofia on
Saturday 11th February, handing out circulars with anti-EU and anti-IMF
messages. According to the protesters, the European Union and the
International Monetary Fund were "thieves," applying restrictions on
Bulgaria regardless of people's needs. The message also slammed the
Bulgarian government for allowing a recent increase in the prices of many
products and services, including energy, heating, transportation, food,
alcohol and cigarettes. The anarchists marched through downtown Sofia and
called on people to "stop the social genocide."

Barcelona, Spain

Three anarchists were arrested in Barcelona, Spain on the 9th February.
The arrests started at 8 in the morning when one anarchist was coming out
of work, he was arrested by balaclava wearing Mossos d'esquadra (a police
force belonging to the the local government of Catalonia). He was taken to
his home where the police arrested his housemate and began to search the
house. Later on as another anarchist was leaving his home in the center of
the city he was also arrested. In the afternoon one of the anarchists was
released without charges. For the moment the other two are being charged
with arson and public disorder. Apparently the charges are related to
attacks on the company CIRE, a public enterprise whose business it is to
make a profit from prison labour in the Catalonian prison system. So far
in Barcelona there has been one demonstration with about 150 people that
took place in the city centre. These arrests are part of a continuing
attack on the anarchist movement in Barcelona, it?s the same repression
that has imprisoned since September 2003 four other anarchists without
trial. International solidarity is needed now more that ever.



Resistance reports on the industrial disputes and struggles of the UK and
the world.

The notoriously arrogant and bullying Royal Mail Management goons have
faced trouble almost everywhere they?ve looked these past few months. 200
Post office workers in Belfast decided that they?d had enough of the
constant harassment and intimidation and staged a wildcat walkout on
January 31 - the union immediately repudiated the action and the bosses
thought they?d together managed to put out the flames, but 18 days later
the unofficial strike is still going strong and stopping deliveries to
most of the city as well as all mail being sent to Britain.

Well done to those who?ve stayed out and sent a clear message to the
bosses that they?ll not be intimidated away from their livelihood - which
is what many people put the arrogance of the RM bosses all over the UK
down to, deliberate management provocation in order to avoid redundancy
payments come full privatisation.

Whilst this was going on in Belfast, London PO workers staged over forty
24 hour strikes in various London PO?s in protest at plans to shut down
yet more local offices in restructuring plans designed to cut wages -
managers were forced to fill in as ineptly as they could on these days.
Meanwhile, up in Dundee PO depot staff also staged two 48 hour strikes in
response to proposals to switch all full time jobs to part time positions
- management have again been drafted in to some proper work for once.

The low paid and highly exploited cleaners at Parliament have won all
their strike demands after staging a number of 24 hours strikes - for the
fist time they now have the right to both 28 days paid holiday a year and
sick pay - they also won the wage raise they were demanding, they now will
earn £6.70 ph compared to an M.P?s £60 000.

The government and the fire-fighters may once more be heading for a
national showdown with plans to raise the retirement age for full pension
rights from 50 to 60. A strike ballot has been postponed for 4 weeks until
a mid-march conference to discuss a tiny concession by the government, but
all indication suggest that the fire-fighters are in an angry mood and fed
up the last 5 years disputes dragging on and want a clear and quick
victory that can?t be grabbed back afterwards on this one.

Some horrible news from the long running lock out at the tea picking
colony at Roopacherra, India - workers there with nowhere to go and no
money to feed themselves have started dying of hunger. First to die was a
three year old girl, this was followed by two adults shortly after - five
dependents have since also died. The stranded workers are being force to
scavenge and eat roots and tubers of wild plants, many of them potentially
poisonous. Further research into the owners of this estate will follow.



Tough times for the Respect bunch, indeed! Last time I saw someone wearing
the badge I couldn?t stop myself. I know it was cruel, but I had to ask.
So, how?s George Galloway in the house? And I didn?t mean the House of
Commons, but the Big Brother one. A sigh and lengthy explanations
followed: well, you know, he?s not the party, etc.

But I?m sorry, actually he is. That?s the problem of following a leader.
That?s the problem when a bunch of people rally behind someone, and send
him to parliament. The bloke is the cause. All Respect?s efforts in the
last months were to get him to parliament. They succeeded. But how did
they benefit from it? Or better still, how did any one in his constituency
benefit from having him in Westminster?. Not a bit.

It doesn?t really matter who is your leader, who you follow. When you give
someone the power to decide for you, you?re done for. Granted, Galloway is
an extreme example, but there are countless others in which politicians
mock their voters, once they?ve got the seat. So the moral is clear. Make
away with leaders of any kind. All that said, it would be a nice idea to
gather all politicians and put them in a BB type of house and make them do
some proper work. Scaffolding or whatever. See how many nervous breakdowns
we can see in a week.



As predicted, most of the Lords amendments to the ID cards bill have been
ignored. Labour has now voted itself the power to give anyone applying for
a passport (or any other 'designated document') an ID card and at the same
time build a vast database of personal and biometric information, starting
in 2008/9.

Four out of five of us already have passports and just one more act of
parliament will be needed to force ID cards on everyone. So what if
compulsory ID wasn't in the Labour manifesto as some opponents have
complained. Why should anyone want us to have faith in authority-obsessed
warmongers? Politicians who voted to impose war in Iraq have now voted to
invade our lives, for our own protection!

Forget the media sound bites about identity theft and terrorism, which are
designed make us fearful of other people, and make us feel like we need a
State to protect us. What will hurt most in the long term is the State's
use of the National Identity Register and other database schemes like
'Government Connect' to control access to public services, and give the
majority of us the day-to-day hassle of having to produce evidence of
'entitlement'. Labour is intent on taking away any privacy we have left,
tracking every part of our lives, and selling our details to private

How long will it be before we start getting billed for healthcare if we
don't appear on the register for any reason?

How long before we are stopped in the street (more than now) and get asked
to produce our cards, or perhaps worse still, have our private information
read invisibly from a distance, just to show we are entitled to exist. The
real work must now begin to make this scheme completely unworkable. This
world should not belong to the ruling class who, if you look back through
history, have always used force and laws to take land, resources and make
people do what they wanted. It's time to take back our lives - we should
not have to prove who we are to these State and corporate identity

Defending Anonymity is the AF's anti-ID pamphlet. Send SAE for a free copy
or read online at http://www.libcom.org/hosted/af/ace/anon.html



Right now, anarchists in south east London are coming together to form a
libertarian revolutionary group and are interested in making contact with
people in the area who would like to get involved. Anarchist Federation
members are among those looking to organise an anarchist presence in the
Lewisham and Camberwell areas of the city. If you would like to get
involved or are from these areas and would be interested in joining the AF
then please contact London AF, BM ANARFED, London, WC1N 3XX or email



...Continued from last issues article on the Portuguese revolution in 1974.

Housing struggles

After April 25th people began occupying empty property, unwilling to wait
for governmental action. The government, afraid of people's anger, decreed
a rent freeze and allocated money and tax exemptions to builders. The
increase in homes built was inadequate and more and more people occupied
empty buildings. 260 families from a shantytown in Lisbon moved into an
empty apartment block near the city. The military ordered them out but
were forced to back down when the families refused.

In response to the housing crisis people began to organise collectively.
In older working class and lower middle class areas Autonomous
Revolutionary Neighbourhood Committees were set up. The committees were
elected from general assemblies of local residents. They arranged
occupations of property for use as free crèches, workers' centres and for
other community services.

In Lisbon one local Neighbourhood Committee organised for some 400 empty
houses to be taken over. A "social rent" was paid that went towards
improvements. Another organisation set up was the Federation of Shanty
Town Committees. It was independent of political parties and came to
represent 150,000 shantytown dwellers. It called for new housing estates
to be built in place of the shantytowns, for expropriation of land and for
rent controls.

Land occupations

When the rural workers saw their opportunity for change they seized it
whole-heartedly and began taking the land. There was co-operation between
agricultural and industrial workers. In Cabanas an abandoned farm was
occupied with the help of a local neighbourhood committee. Machines were
taken from a nearby factory to help clear the land. In Santarem a meeting
of 354 farm workers declared that a massive amount of land was to be
occupied. Other workers, armed with pickaxes, arrived in trucks to aid the
agricultural labourers and at the end of it over ten major farms were

Gradually the political parties destroyed the gains of the working class.
But the Portuguese Revolution had been a great experiment in how to start
organising for a future society.



Support Tomasz Wilkoszewski!

Tomasz Wilkoszewski was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a nazi
in self defence. He has now served almost 10 years of his sentence, which
means he is now eligible for parole. Tomasz has a hearing coming up soon
to decide if he will be released early or not. Please support him by
sending the letter below (Polish translation at
http://www.brightonabc.org.uk) to the Polish authorities responsible for
his case:

Post to:

?We would like to add this appeal to the files of Tomasz Wilkoszewski?s
case. We, the undersigned would like to express our support for the
attempt by Tomasz Wilkoszewski to obtain early, conditional release from
his 15 year sentence. Tomasz Wilkoszewski has been in prison since March
1996 (10 years) which means he can now try to obtain earliest, conditional
release. We think that he has spent enough time in jail, he didn?t cause
any problems there and now its time for him to start living like a free
man again. Further imprisonment will only destroy his chances to come back
to the society.

We request that you look into this case closely and consider his attempts
and our appeal.?

Tomasz would also love to get more letters. He can understand some
English, but finds it difficult to write, so don?t necessarily expect a

Tomasz Wilkoszewski, Zaklad Karny, ul. Orzechowa 5, 98-200 Sieradz, Poland

Italian anarchist extradited and jailed

Francesco Gioia, c.c. Rebibbia, via R. Majetti, 165, 00156 Roma, Italy

Francesco Gioia has been extradited to Italy. He was arrested last May in
Barcelona after he had run away from his house arrest. Francesco was one
of the libertarians in Pisa being accused of ?subversive association?
under the infamous article 270 BIS. They?re being charged of making up a
group called Cells for Offensive Revolution.




2nd - Worthing Alliance meeting with updates on local campaigns. All
welcome. Upstairs at The Rest, Bath Place, Worthing. 8pm

8th - Dave Morris will give a talk on the history of the Tottenham
Claimants Union since 1983. Organised by Radical History Network of North
East London. Takes place in the evening at Wood Green Labour Club,
Stirling Crescent, London N22 (opposite Civic Centre on High Road).
Nearest tube: Wood Green.

10-12th - Radio 4A On Air Around Brighton on 101.4 (ish) FM.

11th - Peak Oil and the Capitalist system. London Anarchist Forum talk
with Adrian Williams. At Freedom Press, 84b Whitechapel High Street,
London, E1 at 2.30pm.

17th - Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, 5th anniversary.
musician, DOUBLE NEGATIVE - Rappers, NAWROZ ORAMAR - Kurdish singer
CENTRE, 11 Portland Gardens, N4. Ten minutes from Manor House tube. Near
Haringey-Green Lanes rail station (Gospel Oak-to-Barking line) 7.30pm. £8,
£5 concs 07811 253600

18th - Control Your arms. Amnesty and The Anchor Project, a youth club for
young asylum seekers, join forces for a special event against the arms
trade and the marginalisation of asylum seekers. Photo exhibition, stunts,
bands and djs. One not to miss. All cash raised goes to charity. 6pm till
2am, Truman's Brewery, off Brick Lane, London. £2.
controlyourarms@hotmail.co.uk http://www.anchorproject.org

18th - International day of action against the Iraqi occupation. Assemble
12 noon, Parliament Square, London. Nearest tube: Westminster.

18th - Punkpurim - a night of radical jewish counterculture from
jewdas.org and heeb magazine. Reviving the jewish anarchist tradition in
the east end there will be live klezmer hip hop, punk visuals, films,
radical torah and much much more. 9pm rampART, 15-17 Rampart Street E1 2LA
http://www.jewdas.org http://www.rampart.co.nr

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