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(en) Britain, Gagged #12 May 2006 Anarchist Newsletter of South-East Wales

Date Tue, 16 May 2006 21:54:31 +0300


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> Housing Stock Transfer - Don't be Conned!
The Welsh Assembly Government is demanding all homes meet "Welsh Quality Housing
Standard" (WQHS) but is unwilling to invest properly for fear of increasing
'public sector borrowing requirements'. Desperate to dodge these difficulties
several south Wales councils are resorting to lies & deceptions to offload their
housing stock to private landlords.

Tenants & members of Tenant Compacts should be aware
that a 'Community Housing Mutual' (CHM) is in reality
a 'Registered Social Landlord' (RSL). The propaganda
churned out by Councils claims this model will empower
tenants like a co-operative or Tenant Management
Organisation would. It will not! Tenants will only be
allowed to elect a few fellow tenants onto the board.
They will have no say over which council officials or
professional private business members make up the rest
of it. The structure of the board would ensure that
the elected tenants could be outvoted on any decision
or proposal. The principle of the co-operative
movement is that people get together to create &
manage something for themselves from the bottom up, on
a small scale. Successful housing co-ops do exist, as
well as co-operative food stores & bookshops.
Though CHM might have a 'not for profit' label, it is
meaningless. BUPA is 'not for profit', but would you
trust it to run the NHS? They are not being set up
because tenants want them. The driving force is coming
from the top, the government's privatisation policy &
the desires of private investors.

The difference with RSLs is that they borrow money
from banks, behave like private companies & can
provide fat-cat salaries for senior executives. Money
borrowed has to be paid back with interest, meaning
higher rents & the introduction of new 'service
charges'. The culture within such organisations is
based around keeping the banks happy, branching out
into market development to maximise returns - in other
words, profit. Sunderland Housing Group (an RSL) set
up a profit making subsidiary to build new homes for
sale on the private market. With 'regeneration' comes
the bulldozing of tenants' homes & a lack of
affordable houses (the waiting list in Sunderland has
gone from 5,000 before the transfer, to more than
19,000 after).

Tenant Compact members should be aware of the other
side of the argument when it comes to housing stock
transfer. That councils have chosen to ignore it
speaks volumes.
As anarchists we want all housing to be socially owned
& held in common by everyone in a genuinely
co-operative manner that will truly empower people.
But at this time whilst the most affordable housing
supposedly managed for the good the tenants is in
danger of being privatised by Torfean, Monmouthshire &
Newport councils we are supportive of the campaigns by
‘Wales Against Stock transfer’ (WASTe) & 'Defend
Council Housing' which backs the fourth option of
direct government investment in repairing & updating
of homes to 'Welsh Quality Housing Standard'. In
2003/4 tenants paid, on average, £2650 in rent but
only received £1773 in services (Government figures)
that leaves £877 per tenant that could be used to fund
the investment programme required to fund homes
reaching the 'WQHS', which will according to Institute
of Welsh Affairs will cost £3.3 million over 30 years.
Stock transfer leads to higher rents - with it a
higher housing benefit bill for the treasury,
estimates based on 1 million housing transfers put
this at approximately £249 billion per annum.
Government ministers claim stock transfer means more
improvements for less money. The opposite is true
stock transfer wastes billions.
see: www.walesagainststocktransfer.org.uk &
www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk for info

HUNGER FOR A NEW LIFE!
On Saturday 8th April, over 300 people from all over
Britain (including south wales) converged outside
Harmondsworth & Colnbrook, two of the UK’s ten
detention centres to protest the racist & unjust
immigration & border regime as well as the brutal
treatment that inmates face within detention prisons.
The demonstration began at around 11.30 but a large
police presence forced the majority of demonstrators
into a ‘pen’ outside the detention centres preventing
inmates & demonstrators establishing a line of sight.
However, around 40 activists who approached Colnbrook
from the rear were able to make contact with the
inmates who could be seen waving through windows &
banging could be heard. While a choir & brass section
played a number of activists went over a small wooden
fence to bang on the huge perimeter fence in
solidarity with the inmates. Police then began to
forcefully move the activists who continued to bang on
the fence while being pushed, shoved & knocked the
full length of the fence & onto the main road. As many
officers lost their cool, more arrived & were able to
construct a poorly organised ‘bubble’ around the
activists.

Inside of the prisons, inmates were forbidden to go
into the exercise yard or near the windows in case
they make contact with protesters. A number of inmates
were beaten by guards when they tried to see the
protesters outside & were forced (in many cases
violently) back into their cells.
In protest at their inhumane treatment by security
guards, 150 inmates in Colnbrook refused food & water
on that day beginning an indefinite hunger strike with
one hunger striker stating:
"The hunger strike in Colnbrook will go ahead until
we're dead, because to deport us to our countries is
like killing us. So we've decided to die with hunger".

On April 15th over 120 inmates at Haslar detention
centre, Portsmouth, began a hunger strike against
arbitrary detention & in solidarity with the inmates
at Colnbrook who remain on indefinite hunger strike.
On Thursday 20th April around 20 Turkish Kurdish
inmates in Harmondsworth began a hunger strike.
Meanwhile on the same day a solidarity demonstration
took place on Queen Street, Cardiff. About 30 people &
a ‘No Borders, No Nations, No Deportation’ banner
gathered to hand out flyers & talk to people about the
situation of the hunger strikers & immigration
detention & borders in general.
Despite recent media bile & hysterics about asylum
seeker criminals, we believe that the real crime is
the imprisonment of thousands of people whose only
crime is to dream & seek out a new life free of pain,
fear & poverty. We call for the ABOLITION OF ALL
BORDER CONTROLS & FOR ALL DETENTION PRISONS

> Cardiff airport: flying into a storm...?
“Air travel is the world's fastest growing source of
greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which cause
climate change.” That’s the verdict from
Airportwatch.org.uk, along with huge numbers of
environmental groups & research bodies. Yet despite
the fact that aviation is killing our planet, Cardiff
Airport is planning a multi-million pound expansion to
damaging flights in & out of Wales. At a recent public
meeting, the airport’s head of commercial development,
Steve Hodgetts, was exposed as telling porkies to
shore up the arguments in favour of more flying. After
claiming that aviation contributes less than 1% to the
total of carbon emissions in the UK, persistent
questioning from the public forced Hodgetts to admit
that this figure was arrived at without counting the
emissions from international travel (the huge bulk of
UK flights)!
At the meeting the airport made it clear that it does
not answer to the wishes of the people of South Wales
– only the national government (i.e. big business).
Even though the airport claims that expansion will
bring economic benefits, Friends of the Earth estimate
that by 2020 Wales alone will lose around £19billion
from money leaving the country, with Welsh tourists
spending abroad over four times what tourists spend
here. The airport’s profits come at a cost to the
local economy which hurts everyone in Wales, not just
those lucky enough to afford a holiday in the sun. The
BBC recently reported that the campaign of direct
action against the road building frenzy of the 1990s
contributed to doubling the costs involved in some
cases. Given the airport’s lack of local
accountability, perhaps it needs to start thinking
about how much more its expansion plans might cost if
they run into concerted resistance? More info:
www.airportwatch.org.uk TO BE SHUT DOWN.


> The STATE We’re In!
On the 23rd March ‘Aerolink 2006’ was held at the
National Cricket Centre in Cardiff. Aerolink is an
aerospace “International Industry meet the Buyer
Event" with an exhibition & conference. Arms dealers
BAe Systems, Rolls Royce & Thales were in attendance,
as were the police to protect these dealers in death &
make sure business ran smoothly. However a protester
was able to walk right past police & security into the
sports hall filled with suited & name-tagged war
profiteers, glossy weapon brochures, films of the
latest fighter planes, military salesmen & cosy,
private cubicles where you could go & speak to a
salesmen in a ‘secure space’. When the protester
sensed he'd out stayed his welcome, he began handing
out information leaflets complete with photos of
victims of BAe war machinery. However distribution was
soon disrupted by security asking "have you paid?"
tickets being £175 "what do you think?" was the reply.
The protester agreed to leave & headed for the door
when the (better late than never) cops grabbed his
arm, stopping him leaving.
The protester finally left the building in the arms of
the coppers after personal details & a search of his
bag were requested & (legally) refused. The redfaced &
ever angering coppers couldn't tolerate not getting
their own way & politely offered the protester arrest
under trespass or breach of the peace.
It’s ironic that a protester can be arrested & locked
up for 4 hours under beach of peace when being
surrounded by so many murdering businessmen. The crime
(actual wording on custody record) was the person,
when asked, refused to leave, so was then arrested to
prevent a breach of the peace. Refused! Surely they
mean prevented. It’s got to be a spelling mistake. The
police surely wouldn't lie! Would they? It couldn't
have been that they just wanted the details of the
protester could it!
The moral of the story is, profit from death &
destruction, wear a nice suit & you'll be protected by
the state. Distribute leaflets, question or attempt to
stop the war machine & you'll be locked up. Wonder why
we’re against the State!?
At the end of the day protesters gathered outside the
cricket club hall to confront the businessmen about
their involvement in killing people all over the
world. A banner that read ‘The arms trade, it’s just
not cricket!’ was hung on the side of the building.
Flyers with information & pictures of victims of war
were handed out. The response from salesmen was ‘war
makes money, it’s an honest trade’ or quite simply ‘we
don’t care’. Maybe they’d care if it was their
children with their heads blown off.

> Council Strike
On March 28th over a million Local Government workers
took part in a one-day strike that resulted in the
biggest walk out since the 1926 General Strike. In
Wales over 80,000 stayed away from work & the lack of
support staff meant the closure of 740 Welsh Schools.
The day of action by 11 unions was part of a defence
of the Local Government Pension Scheme, which is
currently under attack. Ironically legislation which
will mean, amongst other things, that council workers
have to work longer, was laid before parliament the
same day as the Government agreed improvements to
their own already outrageous pension scheme.
Needless to say, the media came down heavily on the
employers side claiming council workers are fat cats &
changes had to be made because people are living
longer & arguing that the pension scheme costs the
council tax payer a fortune. The fact is, the average
pension for council workers is £3,800 a year, manual
workers such as bin men are living no longer now than
they did 20 years ago & the scheme counts for a mere
2% of the council tax bill. Claims that the unions had
gone into strike action rather than talks were
ridiculous, as the unions had been trying to negotiate
for over two years.
Terry Evans, a UNISON activist, said “Council workers
have always been poorly paid but it has traditionally
been a secure job with a good pension. Privatisation
has put pay to the concept of a job for life & now
they want to make us work till we drop. We are not
asking for anything extra, we just want them to stick
to the pension arrangements we signed up for & have
been paying for since we started work. We are being
told that we must wake up to the real world & bring
our pensions in line with the private sector. That is
like saying ‘we have been mugged so you must be as
well’. Well we are not going to join in a race to the
bottom.”
Throughout Wales the strike was solid with around 98%
staying away from work. Public displays of anger such
as rallies & marches took place throughout Wales.
The solidarity of the action took the employers by
surprise & the announcement of further days of action,
including selective all out action, resulted in calls
for further negotiation. An offer is now on the table,
which is considered serious enough to suspend further
action. The offer includes protection for staff
already in the scheme. Grassroots activists are urging
national negotiators not to settle for a compromise on
anything but the workers terms.

> Stroll against climate change
On Saturday 22nd April about 150 people gathered in
Cardiff to march against Climate Change. As the future
of the planet becomes more uncertain the mainstream
media & the government are finally talking about the
effects of climate change. But is a bit of talk & a
stroll around a city going to combat climate change?
Well, we had the march &…nothing’s changed. It’s
brilliant to raise awareness about upcoming dangers
but it means nothing if serious action isn’t taken.
Even corporations are talking about climate change as
if they care, when it’s actually just PR to make sure
you keep buying their products guilt free! Whilst they
continue to destroy the environment in the search for
cheap resources!) For example, BP claims to be the
‘green’ oil company, but they are publicly committing
to expand their fossil fuel production by at least
3.5% a year & spend less that 1% of profits on
renewable energy. As the planet is getting hot &
furious, so must the resistance! Action must be taken
for finding alternative ways of living, & action must
be taken against climate killers. A camp against
climate change is happening in the North of England on
26th August to 4th September with the aim of bringing
together people campaigning against the many
industries that are at the root causes of climate
change & people promoting practical, human-scale
solutions. More info: www.climatecamp.org.uk

> PIPELINE!
A 115 mile long Liqufied Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline is
planned stretching from two terminals at Milford Haven
to Gloucestershire. Work on the first section of the
Pipeline which runs to Aberdulais is already underway,
a pressure reduction station is also planned at
Cilfrew. The pipeline goes through many areas of
natural beauty & very close to many homes. Resistance
by community groups has already begun. More
information next issue.

South Wales Sabs look back on a long season
With the "ban" in place from the start of the season,
Sabs were interested to see Hunt activities &
surprise, surprise (sabs were not) we found every hunt
still hunting & killing animals; making use of the
loopholes in the law saying that they are "hound
exercising, flushing to guns or bird of prey". South
Wales Hunt Sabs visited Cotswold Vale Farmers, Brecon
& Tal-y-bont, Llanyibbi, Ledbury, Leadon Vale Bassets,
Gelligaer Farmers, Monmouth, Llanginor, Golden Valley,
& Glyn Celyn Beagle Hunt - none were keen to see us &
took great measures to avoid us - blocking our
landrover in, using false vehicles to avoid being
followed or just staying great distances away. Cops
were called on numerous occasions, only to be respond
with dumb questions like "how do you know they’re
hunting?".
Hunt violence is on the increase, on January2nd at
Gelligaer Farmers hunt we picked up on CB radios ‘a
fox has just crossed over into the valley’, then ‘they
got the fox’. Our Landrover was surrounded, punched,
kicked, rocked & had a tyre slashed by farmers on quad
bikes.
Whilst filming the Golden Valley hunt illegally
hunting on January 14th, three sabs were assaulted,
one being dragged off his landrover bonnet & having
his video camera stolen then smashed up. A police
helicopter arrived & a hunt supporter was arrested &
charged with three assaults & criminal damage. Whilst
sabs "thank" the cops for their response its a shame
they cant deploy their resources to stop illegal
hunting in the first place.
In response to the Worcestershire Hunt intimidating &
assaulting sabs we joined hunt saboteurs from across
the country to sab the Worcestershire hunt on January
28th. Early on we were successful in taking the full
pack of hounds from them but were attacked without
warning by hunt supporters later on. Both a hunt
saboteur & a hunt supporter were taken to hospital
with head injuries.
At a meet of the Gelligaer Farmers hunt on February
11th, the hunt even attacked a Channel 4 journalist
who was documenting the day!
On February 25th the Leadon Vale Basset Hounds were
well & truly sabbed. We saw the hunt’s beagles hunting
close behind a hare just minutes after leaving the
meet. We chased after them & the hunt decided to
pack-up after just 50 minutes!
Using horn calls & a Gizmo (a recording of other
hounds, played through an amp), we managed took the
hounds from the Cotswold Vale Farmers hunt on March
11th, leading them away from the fox they had been
chasing. Later on in the day the hunt’s whipper-in,
Nick Target, attempted to steal one of the saboteur’s
video cameras, failed, & became very violent. 8 police
cars & a helicopter turned up, not to police the hunt,
but to police the sabs! The police blocked our
vehicles on the road, manhandled sabs in the field &
nearly ran one sab over.
We sabbed the Cotswold Vale Farmers on March 18th.
who, fuming at the presence of the sabs, even kicked a
saboteur in front of the police! As the group took
some of the hounds from the hunt using horn calls,
they were attacked by the hunt & their followers. two
sabs needed hospital treatment, both having surgical
staples to head wounds & one with broken ribs, cops
arrested & released one hunt supporter with no
charge,(even though it was caught on tape!). The group
stayed with the hunt until the end of the day, the
police told them they would arrest any sabs they could
catch to prevent a breach of the peace!
That's it for another season, south wales sabs would
like to say a big cheers to Birmingham,
Worcestershire, Bristol, Bath, Pewsy Vale, Sheffield,
Northants & Nottingham sabs for the hook ups & help,
CHEERS!

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> World Animal Day
Saturday 22nd April was World Lab Animal Day. South
Wales Animal Rights activists joined others from all
over the UK in Oxford for a rally & march against
Oxford University trying to build a new animal testing
laboratory. The University has been trying to obtain
an injunction against activists even entering the
city, the last court hearing was held in secret, but
the judge did not allow the injunction, adjourning the
case until 18th May.
After some rousing speeches 2000 or so protesters
headed off making lots of noise, then fell silent as
we proceed along the High street to the library where
a horrific model of a monkey being experimented on was
revealed which the police had previously tried to
cover, it being too upsetting for the public, it can
go on behind closed doors, but a model of the torture
& suffering cannot be seen by the public! The march
passed off peacefully, despite usual police
provocation, & finished with speeches & delicious
vegan food by Veggies!

> Opposition to the G8 is as important as ever
Working locally against the policies & practices of
the G8 is essential but mass mobilisations are
crucial. They are a rallying call to the millions who
oppose the G8 in their daily lives, a direct challenge
to their ability to control movement & repress
dissent, & a chance to show our collective strength.
On July 15th 2006 there will be a mass mobilisation
against the G8 in St Petersburg, Russia. There has
been a call for international support for this
mobilisation. Russian activists have called for as
many internationals as possible to the G8 summit.
g8-2006.plentyfact.net

> Gagged! can be found at: CARDIFF: Spillers Records,
Hayes Island. Europa Cafe Bar, Castle Street. AJs
Cafe, City Road. Ozone Cafe, Charles Street. Buzz &
Co, High Street Arcade. Spice of Life, Inverness
Place. Claire's Buttons, Castle Arcade. CHEPSTOW:
Tattoos, Beaufort Square. CWMBRAN: Metalbodies,
Inshops. NEWPORT:The Murenger, High Street. Le Pub,
Caxton Place. Rockaway Records, Indoor Market. Meze
Bar, Market Street. Negative Zone, Indoor
Market.O.S.S.S, Market Arcade. TJs, Clarence Place. &
all sorts of other strange places. Send an email to
gagged-subscribe@lists.riseup.net to subscribe online.
Help distribute Gagged!

> Diary Dates
MAY
15th: CAN meeting, 8.30pm, upstairs at Glamorgan Staff
Club, Westgate Street, Cardiff. Fortnightly.
17th: PAD Meeting, 7.30pm upstairs at Glamorgan Staff
Club, Westgate Street, Cardiff. weekly.
20th: Global boycott of Procter & Gamble
www.uncaged.co.uk/pg
22nd: Gwent Anarchists meeting, 8.30pm at Murenger,
High Street, Newport. fortnightly.
24th: PAD Meeting,
26th: Subhumans, The Viktims & This System Kills. £8,
7pm at Tjs, Clarance Place Newport. Classic
Anarcho-Punk!
29th: CAN meeting
31st: PAD Meeting
JUNE
3rd - 5th Street Medic Training, London.
Training in the basic information & skills you’d need
to provide 1st aid at protests & direct action.
www.actionmedics.org.uk
5th: Gwent Anarchists meeting
7th: PAD Meeting
9th - 11th Weekend of Resistance Against "Greenscare"
a call out for action & solidarity with earth/animal
liberation prisoners everywhere.
www.freefreenow.org/june2006.htm
10th: Road Block national conference. Birmingham.
www.roadblock.org.uk
12th: CAN meeting
14th: PAD Meeting
15th: Emcee Lynx, Japonica & Pondlife Mcs. £3 8pm at
Le Pub, Caxton Place, Newport. Anarchist Hip Hop!
16th: Emcee Lynx, Japonica & Pondlife Mcs. £3 8pm at
the Old Howardian, Clifton Street, Cardiff.
19th: Gwent Anarchists meeting
21st: PAD Meeting
25th: Conflict & the Varukers £10 8pm at Clwb Ifor
Bach, Womanby Street, Cardiff. Classic Anarcho-punk!
26th: CAN meeting
28th: PAD Meeting
Gagged! is produced by GA & CAN. Both are very
simular, contact your local group or set one up!
Cardiff Anarchist Network (CAN) is a collective of
people who want to pursue political demonstrations
through direct action. There is no membership, no
leaders, just like minded individuals. Email:
cardiffanarchists@riseup.net Web:
riseup.net/cardiffanarchists
Gwent Anarchists are like-minded individuals believing
in autonomy, respect & justice; against all forms of
exploitation & bigotry. Aiming to increase the
knowledge of & create a resistance to governments &
big business abusing people & the earth. Post: PO Box
70, Newport NP20 5XX Email:
gwentanarchists@yahoo.co.uk
No Borders South Wales organises on migration issues &
acts to break down boundaries; racial, cultural,
gender, sexual, class & political that divide us.
Email: noborderswales@riseup.net
South Wales Against the G8 (SWAG8) is a coalition of
groups wishing to mobilise against this year's G8
Summit both in St Petersburg & in the UK. Email:
s_w_a_g_8@yahoo.co.uk
Anarchist Federation Cymru is the regional contact of
an organisation of class struggle anarchists in
Britain & Ireland which aims to abolish capitalism &
all oppression to create a free & equal society.
Email: wales@afed.cjb.net Web: www.afed.org.uk
Peoples Autonomous Destination (PAD) aims to create
physical space in Cardiff for groups & individuals who
cannot or will not work within the constraints of
governmental or corporate control. Email:
thepad@riseup.net Phone: 07910973876 Web:
www.thepad.org.uk
Queer Mutiny Cardiff creating an alternative to the
commercial gay scene. Opposing gender & sexual
binarism, collapsing boundaries & challenging
hierarchy. Web: www.cardiffqueermutiny.co.uk
Western Animal Rights Network (WARN) is a regional
animal rights network Web: www,warnetwork.org RHONDDA
Email: rhonddaanimalrights@yahoo.co.uk Swansea Email:
swansea_ar@webtribe.net Post: PO Box 7, Swansea, SA9
2YE
Eatoutveganwales hold free vegan food fairs & produce
the welsh vegan guide Email:
eatoutveganwales@yahoo.co.uk
South Wales Hunt Sabs saving animals’ lives now,
actively sabotaging bloodsports. Post: PO Box 1894,
Newport NP19 4WZ. Swansea Phone: 01792475092 Newport
Phone: 0770815642
Now, in a Minute! are an anti-profit vegan organic
kitchen collective. For herbs, spices & revolution!
Food not bombs! Email:
cardiffkitchencollective@lists.riseup.net
Keep up to date with news from all over the world like
the sort you find in Gagged! online on a variety of
websites, here are a few that we’d recommend:
www.schnews.org.uk www.indymedia.org.uk www.libcom.org
www.anarkismo.net www.infoshop.org
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