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(en) Britain, Report from Manchester anarchist anti-war demo

Date Tue, 26 Sep 2006 09:08:38 +0300

Anti-War ActivismThe anti-war demonstration in Manchester on September
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.
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
Solidarity Federation: http://www.solfed.org.uk/ including Catalyst bulletin.
Starbucks Union: http://www.starbucksunion.org/
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