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(en) UK, resistance issue 48. Monthly bulletin of the Anarchist Federation (Britain)

From "E W" <nastyned@email.com>
Date Thu, 27 Mar 2003 13:41:17 +0100 (CET)

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The public reaction to the intense bombing of Iraq has been
inspiring. The spontaneous demonstrations and blockades that have
erupted around the world in reaction to the US and UK led military
offensive have caused huge disruption to the functioning of the
These actions - from the schoolkid protests to the storming of
military airbases are too numerous to report here. Following are some
reports from Anarchist Federation members around the country that
give a flavour of what has been going on the world over:

"There were three demonstrations in Liverpool. The first was at
lunchtime on Wednesday 19th, about 500 people who moved off and
blocked roads in the city centre. The second was the day the war
started at lunchtime, with only about 50 people but later joined by
about 30 students from an all-girls school (the school let all 1000
students out for the day). Later, about 800 people rallied and moved
off to block roads throughout the city centre. I produced 600 of the
AF North anti-war leaflet and gave 500 of them out during the day.
There have been smaller demonstrations and vigils throughout

"With a sizable group, we managed to reach a lot of people on a
road junction this morning with leaflets, banner and placards - lots
of horns beeping but also abuse: I think it is good to clearly show
we are against Saddam's govt (and all governments... of course) in
tonight's protests. Well done to all the school students who left
school to protest!
Later, we had a brilliant demonstration starting in the Market Square
at 5pm. Must have been 1000 people. After an hour we left the square
on a spontaneous march around the city centre, which included a 45
min sit down on one of the main roads in/out of the city. The small
number of police had no chance to move us so they let us be.
Disruptive, and angry- the best demonstration I have ever been to in
Nottingham. Traffic reports must have reached a lot of people trying
going home from work, but didn't get any TV news coverage this
morning as far as I know. This morning at 7.30am we repeated the road
junction demos at two of the seven points we did yesterday."

"School kids in Bristol demonstrated that they're more sussed
the liberals and Vicars leading the Stop The War Coalition when they
staged a number of wildcat anti-war strikes.
200 pupils at St.Katherine's school at Pill, walked out of lessons
and gathered on the school field for three hours to protest the
attack on Iraq. They also blocked traffic on the road outside the
school till police were called.
Another 300 students, mainly from Cotham school, also took strike
action and protested in the City Centre - no disciplinary action was
taken. Pupils from St. Mary Redcliffe were only stopped from staging
their own strike by teachers rushing to lock the school gates when
they realised people were about to walk out - nevertheless a number
of committed pupils ignored these rule-following idiots and clambered
over the fences - one breaking his ankle in the process - at least
he's got something to show when people ask what he did to try and
stop the war.
Two local people have been locked up for an act of direct action, in
which they disabled thirty vehicles which provide essential support
to the US B52 bombers at Fairford Airbase (see article inside).
The usual round of anti-war graffiti and pacifist peace vigils have
also taken place - but the spontaneous and inspiring actions of
school students, unencumbered by party positions, surely points out
the way to go if we wish to stop the war machine in its tracks."

"Anti-war protesters brought many roads around Hereford to a
standstill on 20/3, as there were scenes of protest against the
current war on Iraq.
Approximately 200 demonstrators took civil disobedience against the
war, disrupting `business as usual' and bringing the war home to the
and politicians.
The day included a mass `die in' outside the army recruitment office
and another in `High Town', as well as a blockade of the busiest road
in the city. Five arrests were made, for minor public order offences.
One witness explained how she observed a police officer
declare, `Don't be afraid to use force, even if they are

"Demo in Glasgow was great, about 10,000 at the start, but
moved through police lines when Tommy Sheridan was speaking and from
there ran up the hill towards Charing Cross, unfortunately everyone
got cut off by police so there were around 2,000 people trapped
between police lines in Sauchiehall Street.

The AF contingent managed to avoid this by hanging back, but it'll be
interesting to see what happens over the next few hours. Mostly kids
at the front."

"In London, smaller local protests starting with school
walk-outs in
the morning converge into Parliament Square around noon and remain
centred around that area into the evening. Schoolkids in a sit-down
protest are punched or thrown aside in an attempt by cops to clear
the streets - but some of these teenagers prove to be the most
valiant in resisting the police. Later on, as the square fills with
several thousand protesters, graffiti, and bonfires, breakaway
marches head towards Victoria but are pushed back, and others block
Westminster bridge. The square is surrounded by police."

"We managed to distribute 1000 leaflets and a number of
without too much effort. Lots of people also took our stickers and
wore them throughout the march. It was reassuring to see people
clutching scrunched up Trotskyist pamphlets whilst reading our one

"The first day of war in Iraq saw some of the largest and most
militant activity that Newcastle has experienced in recent times.
Events began at 8 am at the Haymarket. At 8.20 the crowd of 80-odd
that had gathered moved into the road and blocked traffic for three
quarters of an hour.
Eventually, the crowd moved on. Some went to work but the schoolkids
present weren't finished yet. They marched to the Monument and spent
half an hour chalking anti-war slogans all over the area. Then they
got off and made straight for the Tyne Bridge. Stopping traffic on
the Tyne bridge was child's play. No coppers showed for ages.
The group then marched back into Newcastle, this time accompanied by
police vans the whole way. At lunchtime, it met up with the 1,000
strong main march and again stopped traffic at the Haymarket. A large
group hung about until the end and then marched up to the Haymarket
and again stopped traffic by sitting in the road. Then they tried to
march onto the main road north out of Newcastle but were stopped by
large numbers of police vans. They turned round and tried to march
the other way, moving towards the civic centre but again were
corralled by the cops. So, the crowd ran over the park by the church
and sat in the road back where they'd just been; the cops didn't have
a clue what to do.
The Socialist Workers Party regional organiser then announced that
the demo was over and everyone should go to the next one. After, some
argued that loud hailers should not be allowed on marches. But it's
not really the loud hailers, but the fuckers using them. The way in
which such a high level of solidarity, spontaneity and militancy was
effectively killed by people who were meant to be supporters of the
cause was nothing short of a disgrace. It remains to be seen whether
the experiences of that night will encourage people to hold their
nerve in the future or whether the shiteness in which it ended will
put people off doing similar things again. It didn't need to end that
way, and we need to find ways of combating those who elect themselves
to sell us out.
Hopefully, the kids, who were the main inspiration of the days'
events, will learn to deal with this in the future, and won't be put
off by it."



The leaders of the Fire Brigades Union seem to be suffering
from "Shock and Awe" after the start of the latest Gulf
War. The
executive called off a strike on the day the war started, the time
when the firefighters had the most leverage, and recommended a 16%
pay deal with strings attached be accepted.
However, a delegate conference of the union rejected this and it will
now be put to a vote of the membership.
Train guards will still be striking though on 28 and 31 of March and
17 April. So if you do have to travel by train why not hit the rail
companies where it hurts and save yourself some money at the same
time by fare dodging? The resources section at www.anarchistyouth.net
has a leaflet on the best ways of avoiding paying, just in case some
scab does try and check your ticket.
In other countries the start of war has has encouraged workers to
Tens of thousands of protesters in Greece took to the streets hours
into the war. A general strike was held on 21/3.
Millions of people took part in protests. The three main trade union
federations called a general strike.
Large protests took place in Madrid, Malaga and cities across Spain.
In Barcelona there were 13 miles of traffic jams.
Thousands of people spontaneously walked out of class and out of work
to join protest rallies in town and city centres.
Anit-war demonstrations swept France on Thursday (20/3), with over
100,000 taking part. In Paris around 80,000 people joined an evening
protest, after a day of marches and protests which had seen large
numbers of high school and university students take part.
Thousands of workers walked out in protest at 12 noon, including
government and factory workers.
In Toronto between 15,000 and 30,000 marched. Dockworkers in Saint
John, New Brunswick, on the Atlantic Coast, members of the
International Longshoremen's Association, voted to halt military
goods headed to the Gulf.
In Charleroi the Caterpillar factory has gone on strike against the
war, with workers from many different unions taking part and
distributing leaflets to locals explaining why they are on strike.



School kids across the UK walked out of lessons to stage
demonstrations against the start of the war with Iraq starting on
Thursday March 20th.
Hundreds joined crowds protesting at Westminster.
School kids have been played a big part in many demonstrations across
the UK while others have staged their own protests at their schools.
In Carlisle, the police were called to a school after hundreds of
pupils staged an anti-war demonstration.
Around 200 11-to-16 year olds from the Caldew School in Dalston
marched into the centre of the village chanting anti-war slogans.
A demonstration in Edinburgh caused extensive disruption in the city
centre. The demonstrators were mainly school-age youngsters who
gathered near the Scottish Parliament and then split in to smaller
groups which stopped traffic
Stirling University was closed due to protest action.
There were two separate demonstrations in Belfast with more than
1,000 students and schoolchildren mounting a sit-down protest,
blocking the road outside Queen's University.
In Nottinghamshire, more than 100 pupils walked out of lessons at
West Bridgford School to stage a demonstration on a nearby playing
In Manchester, about 200 school students joined a big demonstration.
In Sheffield, two schoolchildren were arrested by police for alleged
criminal damage during a demonstration.They occupied Lancaster town
hall, shut down the centre of Leamington Spa and took to the streets
of Northern Ireland Meanwhile a Manchester head teacher took up
police tactics to intimidate pupils who protest against the war.
In Bristol, the centre of the city was gridlocked as thousands
joined protesting students in blocking roads. Crowds pushed through
police lines and the M32 was blockaded.
In Edinburgh, demos and student strikes started on the Monday before
the war broke out. Protesters stormed the castle and Princes Street
several times. Up to a thousand school kids were holding a
demonstration inside school grounds in Glastonbury - supported by the
school authorities who even called the local media to come and film
the event.
Students rallied on campus in Keele, and in Leeds council workers
joined students for a day of protest, and further actions took place
in Aberdeen, Barnsley, while in Cardiff evening protests brought the
city to a standstill, which were later attacked by police
Near the City of London, kids blocked a road, whilst over 400
schoolkids in Walthamstow were blocking traffic and causing mayhem;
demos of mainly schoolkids all over the place. In Edinburgh, they
stopped the city centre. In Lewisham, schoolkids had a walkout to
demonstrate at the town hall. When many of them took a bus to join
the protests in Central London they were violently stopped by the
police. Most were forced to go back to school but some were detained.



The current war on Iraq has seen the return of a great U.S. military
tradition: soldiers throwing grenades at their own officers! This
practice known as "fragging" was a popular way of getting
rid of
unwanted officers during the Vietnam war.
On the 23rd of March Army Sergeant Asan Akbar made a well planned
assault on the command centre of the elite 101st Airborne Division's
1st Brigade. He knocked out a generator that supplied electricity to
the three tents the command centre was based in before throwing a
grenade into each. An officer was killed and 15 others wounded.
He is also alleged to have opened fire with his rifle before he was
tackled and detained when found hiding in a bunker.
The attack took place around just as members of the 101st Airborne
Division, a fighting force that specialises in rapid air assault
advances, was preparing to move into Iraq to join the U.S. and
British invasion force.
One military source, who did not wish to be identified, said of
Akbar: "He's a Muslim, and it seems he was just against the
An officer added: "It is just unbelievable. It's terroristic, it
truly is, Everybody is a bit jumpy, edgy. You never want, especially
at a time like this, to have to think whether you can trust the guy
to your left or your right." A journalist who witnessed the
described scenes of what he called chaos and carnage when the
grenades exploded, saying soldiers thought they had come under Iraqi
missile attack and pulled on gas masks.



In Fife activist Ulla Roder broke into an airbase on 12/3 and damaged
a Tornado jet. She said that the Tornado jet which she damaged at
Leuchars airbase is unlikely to fly again. She was remanded to
Cornton Vale Prison in Stirling. Write to her at: Ulla Roder, HMP
Cornton Vale, Cornton Road, Stirling, FK9 5NY.
On 14th March thirty B52 support vehicles were disabled at RAF
Fairford in Gloucestershire by two Trident Ploughshares activists.
These vehicles provide essential support to the B52 bombers stationed
Margaret Jones and Paul Milling used bags of sugar to contaminate the
fuel, grinding paste and treacle to add to the oil systems, spikes to
puncture the tyres, and crowbars & hammers to damage the vehicles.
They were arrested but are currently out on bail. More info from:
The Saturday after the war started hundreds of thousands marched
against it on the streets of London and thousands protested at U.S.
bases in Fairford and Menwith Hill.
The police presence at Fairford had increased considerably since the
demonstration last month when protesters forced the gates open (see
resistance 47). Despite the anger of the crowd we were unable to get
in this time, in fact some people were even unable to get to
Fairford. Three coaches were stopped two miles from Fairford by over
a hundred police.
An Anarchist Federation member on one of the coaches reports:
police] searched every single person on the coaches, taking about two
hours, arrested one person, confiscated a few scarves, masks, helmets
and foam shields, then told us we were suspected of intending to
cause a breach of the peace, and we were escorted by police vehicles
all the way to London, causing a massive tailback.
On the way in to London we found out that there were 10 extra police
vans waiting for us at Euston. By this time we were pretty pissed off
with being held up like this so we decided to make a run for it -
seeing some people escape from one of the other coaches I jumped out
of the emergency exit and others followed ...
The police didn't know what to do and couldn't react until they had
been given orders. We ran through Shepherd's Bush, blocked the roads
for a bit until the pigs regrouped and attempted to arrest a few of
us - there was a bit of a running battle.
We eventually made it to Hyde Park at around 5:45 and joined the road
blockade at Oxford St., then the one further down until around nine



Anti-war action prisoner
Easton resident Josh Richards has been imprisoned after being accused
of attempting to enter RAF Fairford. He faces prosecution for several
alleged crimes including property damage and possessing a mixture of
petrol and detergent with intent to endanger life, cause injury or
damage property.
Write to:
Josh Richards JT5130, c/o Prison Governor, HMP Gloucester, Barrack
Square, Gloucester GL1 2JN.
More info from Bristol ABC : www.geocities.com/bristol_abc/

Shannon Solidarity
A total of 18 people are currently facing prosecution out of the
October and March mass direct actions at Shannon airport, a civilian
airport in the west of Ireland being used to ferry American troops
and supplies to the Middle East.
In addition five people are in the courts out of the Catholic
Worker/Ploughshares autonomous action, and four of them are in
Limerick prison. Also Mary Kelly is facing charges for taking a
hammer to a U.S. military transport plane.
Write to each prisoner individually:
Deirdre Clancy, Karen Fallon, Damien Moran, Nuin Dunlop c/o 210 Le
Fanu Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, Ireland
Donate to the Ploughshares Defence Fund by making cheques payable
to "Peace and Reconciliation" c/o Ploughshares 134
Phibsborough Rd.
Dublin 7 Ireland.
Donate to the 18 mass direct action defendants: Cheques to Shannon
Solidarity, and sent to Shannon Solidarity c/o Ecology Society,
Students Centre, NUIG, Newcastle, Galway. Or money can be sent to the
Bank of Ireland in NUIG, Newcastle, Galway, Account Number: 89174196,
Sort Code: 90 40 18, Account Name: Shannon Solidarity.
Send a message of support to Mary Kelly c/o Shannon Peace House, 19,
Inis Ealga Shannon Co. Clare Ireland.
Further Information on arrests et al: http://www.indymedia.ie/cgi-
Anti-militarism prisoners
In the beginning of February, 30 people were jailed in Finland for
total objection to military service.
The following would like to receive letters of support:
Pekka Kauhanen (7.10.02-24.4.03) Markus Mattsson (10.1.03-27.7.03)
Otto Miettinen (25.11.02-11.6.03) Henrik Murdoch (11.11.02-12.5.03)
Toni Maki (21.11.02-7.6.03) Timo Turunen (15.11.02-11.6.03) Helsingin
tyosiirtola PL 36 01531 VANTAA FINLAND
Heikki Ulmanen (30.9.02-17.4.03) Satakunnan vankila/Koylio PL 42
Jussi Ollikainen (2.12.02-15.6.03) Kuopion vankila, avovankilaosasto
Mikko Saarinen (2.1.03-14.6.03) Naarajarven vankila PL 1 76851
Naarajarvi Finland
Ilkka Lipsanen (13.1.03-8.7.03) Sulkavan vankila PL 40 58701 Sulkava
Markku Rintala (28.10.02-13.5.03) Pelson vankila Pelsonsuolinnantie 1
92800 Pelson vankila Finland


Subvert and resist

Take precautions when going on demonstrations and don't take cameras,
booze or drugs. If you're nicked give your name and address then
say `no comment' to any other questions.

APRIL: 5: Campaign Against Prison Slavery day of action. More info:
CAPS, The Cardigan Centre, Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ Email:

5-6: Reclaim the Bases - A weekend of protest and direct action at
military bases across the UK. planning meeting on 2nd March
22: Really Big Blockade, Faslane naval base, Scotland. Help close
down Britain's Trident base. Scottish CND Tel: 0141 423 1222 Email:

23: Picket court in support of asylum seekers detained for Yarlswood
fire 9 am Harrow Crown Court, Hailsham Drive, Harrow. (Nearest
station is Harrow & Wealdstone) Tel: 07767 414 714 Visit:
MAY: Mark Barnsley Speaking Tour - prisoners survival and prison
support - contact the campaign to help and organise an event in your
town/city. JfMB, PO Box 381, Huddersfield, HD1 3XX, England. Email:
Tel: 07944 522 001
1: London Critical Mass. Part of London Mayday 2003 a day of action
against capitalism & war (www.ourmayday.org.uk). Critical Mass is a
celebration of the alternatives to car culture capitalism. Calling
all bikes, skates, anything without an engine. Meet 11am NFT, under
Waterloo Bridge - South Bank, London. Email: londonmayday@yahoo.co.uk

Visit: http://cmlondon.enrager.net

Visit the West Midlands Anarchist website at: www.wmanarchists.org.uk


Join the resistance

The Anarchist Federation is an organisation of class struggle
anarchists aiming to
abolish capitalism and all oppression to
create a free and equal society. This is
Anarchist Communism.
We see today's society as being divided into two main opposing
classes: the ruling class which controls all the power and wealth,
and the working class which the rulers exploit to maintain this. By
racism, sexism and other forms of oppression, as well as war and
environmental destruction the rulers weaken and divide us. Only the
direct action of working class people can defeat these attacks and
ultimately overthrow capitalism.
As the capitalist system rules the whole world, its destruction must
be complete and world wide. We reject attempts to reform it, such as
working through parliament and
national liberation movements, as they fail to challenge capitalism
itself. Unions also work as a part of the capitalist system, so
although workers struggle within them they will be unable to bring
about capitalism's destruction unless they go beyond these limits.
Organisation is vital if we're to beat
the bosses, so we work for a united
anarchist movement and are affiliated to the International of
Anarchist Federations.
The Anarchist Federation has members across Britain and Ireland
fighting for the kind of world outlined above.

Contact us at:

Anarchist Federation,
84B, Whitechapel High Street,
London, E1 7QX. Tel: 07946 214 590
Visit: www.afed.org.uk
Email: anarchistfederation@bigfoot.com

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