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(en) Britain, Manchester, Anarchists at Manc demo - report & pictures (plus IWW picket)

Date Wed, 25 Oct 2006 20:18:52 +0200

The anti-war demonstration in Manchester on October 23rd was supported
by a colourful and vocal ‘anarchist block’ with attendance from anarchist
organisations and non-aligned anarchists from Manchester and across the
county, at least 40 bodies in all. The block was called by the Anarchist
Federation and Solidarity Federation, two of the class struggle anarchist
organisations in Britain with international links. (Story continues after
photos). See http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/09/351646.html
Placard from Starbucks picket. Keep up the boycott!
Anarchist flags on the anti-war march - red and black
Eye in the sky - cop helicopter surveys demonstration

Pigs eye view - surveillance by the repressive state
Fight the bosses not their wars - the only way to win
In the morning, prior to the demonstration, an International Workers
of the World (IWW) union picket of Starbucks was well supported. This
took place at the Starbucks next to Albert Square, and another branch,
in solidarity with a ‘wobbly’ activist in New York who has been
threatened with the sack for being involved with setting up a workers
union to fight for better wages and conditions. It was great to find
that many potential coffee-drinkers opted to go elsewhere on hearing
the facts, and for most of the picket the Albert Sq. clientele seemed
to consist mostly of cops and going to the loo and at times drinking,
we believe, free drinks provided by the management.

In the Peace Gardens before the rally started, home-made banners
encouraged soldiers to desert, and called for opposition to the
tools of state repression like ID cards. More than a two dozen
red-and-black flags, well known from the Spanish Revolution as a
symbol of anarchist-communism and anarcho-syndicalism, flew high
in the air. Also in the sky, a police helicopter droned on, while
cops on the ground did their best to snap anarchist faces on camera,
presumably to be used when they get tired of harassing other
potential ‘terrorist’ suspects with the raft of new repressive laws
brought in by this government. Haven’t they realised that
governments, elitist groups and the capitalist arms companies who
supply all sides for profit, are the real terrorists?

On the march, chants of “no more leaders, no more laws, no more
lies and no more wars”, could be clearly heard. Or was it no more
pies? Certainly “no Gods, no masters” was included amongst the
other slogans that were shouted by anarchists that day. Who cares
if the war is technically ‘illegal’ or not, wars are never in the
interest of ordinary people. When we get rid of capitalism with
its ownership of the Earth’s resources by wealthy minorities who
force us to work for them, and nation states with their borders,
armies and police forces, only then we will finally get rid of war.
Unlike the terrorist tactics of groups who just want to take another
form of power over our lives and impose a new set of rules, our
refusal of work and mass revolt against all authorities are the
tactics that will eventually win freedom and equality for all.

We are against all wars. All wars are against us. No war but the
class war!

Anarchist Block on 23rd:
Anarchist Federation (North): http://www.af-north.org/
Anarchist Federation: http://www.afed.org.uk/ including Resistance bulletin.
Solidarity Federation: http://www.solfed.org.uk/ including Catalyst bulletin.
Starbucks Union: http://www.starbucksunion.org/

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