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(en) Britain, Edinburgh, Protest at US consulate

Date Fri, 06 Oct 2006 08:40:20 +0200

A protest organised by Rising Tide Scotland* involving around 30 people
took place outside the US consulate in Edinburgh. We were there to protest
against the war and environmental destruction perpetrated by Washington in
the name of maintaining the oil addicted "American way of life." Our action
was in response to the call by Rising Tide North America for an international
day of climate action which coincided with the end of the G8 climate talks in
Mexico city. There were banners saying "Stop climate change, Start social
change", "No war for oil", "George W Bush is a Climate Terrorist", etc.
We politely invited the officials out to talk to us about the environmental
atrocities and human rights abuses of their fascist regime, to which they declined.
They then ordered us to disperse because we didn't have a permit to
protest, to which our only response was to laugh hysterically. As our
diplomacy broke down we then resorted to ranting at the consulate over
our megaphone detailing the said atrocities of Bush and his cronies.

After a little chanting the protest dispersed. When the police
eventually arrived, they forced some of us to give our details,
threatening arrest if we "perverted the course of justice" by
refusing to. After a police check, we were told that in the
future, if we attempted to talk to the consulate, we would be
arrested because apparently our actions were intimidating, not
exactly shock and awe but a breach of the peace nonetheless.
Yet we were granted our "human right" to protest by the police,
but then were told that we could possibly have been arrested
under anti-terrorist legislation. We told them we've heard it
all before, they left a little disillusioned by our lack of
fear from their intimidation.

US government officials were made aware that there is resistance to
the policies of their leaders here in Scotland and around the world.
Those mobilising against the G8 in Mexico will know that we stand
in solidarity with them as they fight the hypocrisy of environment
ministers and privatisation of our atmosphere.

Keep up the good fight, no compromises, no regrets! Peace out children
of the tide.
* rising tide is an anti-authoritarian network
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