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(en) Freedom 6320 19th Oct. 2002 - News in Brief

From FreedomCopy@aol.com
Date Thu, 31 Oct 2002 07:14:34 -0500 (EST)

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- Hereford Up to 100 black-clad protesters marched
silently through the city on 5th October in a protest at
the threatened war on Iraq. The organisers of the event,
who included Hereford Anarchists, said the demo was
the county's first ever anti-militarist action. The march
ended when the marchers staged a 'die-in' in the city
centre. This attracted many passers-by to take anti-war
leaflets. The demo was heavily policed, but there were
no arrests.
For more information, pay a visit to their website at

- Stoke Activists staged an anti-nazi rally in the Civic
Centre on 6th October, as campaigning continued for
the mayoral election. The ballot, which was due to be
held on 17th October, was contested by the British
National Party. The BNP came within 72 votes of
winning a seat in council elections earlier this year. "The
scum have got to be destroyed", said one local
anti-fascist. "Otherwise the poison will carry on
spreading in the North West."
In recent years, major employers such as Corus and
Michelin have closed their plants in Stoke on Trent. Its
workers are now officially England's lowest paid.

- West Sussex A new social centre has opened in the
building previously used by the Brighton Peace and
Environment Centre, which was forced to close earlier
this year following massive rent increases on the
building in Gardner Street. Now the building has been
reclaimed as a space for workshops, films, a free shop,
politics and tea.
The new occupants made their anarchist politics clear
last week. "We reject parliamentary politics", said one,
"seeing it as one of the root causes of people's
alienation. The only source of lasting, positive social
change is when working people get together in the
places where they work and live, to fight directly for
what they need".
He said that the major focus of the centre would be on
spreading resistance to the impending war and
publicising the plight of the Palestinian people.
Drop in to the centre from 11am to 7pm every day, 43
Gardner Street, Brighton. No drugs, booze or dogs,

- North Yorkshire Around seventy activists gathered
outside the US spy base at Menwith Hill on 12th
October to protest at the American government's 'Star
Wars' project and at continuing threats of an attack on
Iraq. The demo began at the main gate, where the fence
was festooned with banners and flowers. Protesters then
staged a slow walk around the terror camp's perimeter.
The secretive base is known to house advanced listening
equipment which is used to intercept telephone
conversations, faxes and emails. It's suspected of
monitoring commercial and 'subversive' activities as
well as international military communications.

- Plymouth Around 500 people marched from Plymouth
Hoe to Devonport Park on 12th October, to protest at
Britain's continued possession of weapons of mass
destruction. There were no arrests.

- London The Italian foreign minister Gianfranco Fini,
who oversaw the police repression in Genoa last year, is
visiting London next week. Anarchists and other
militants are preparing to give the fascist boss a warm
welcome. Meet 8am outside Claridges Hotel, 53 Brook
Street on Tuesday 22nd October.

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