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(en) UK, Manchester, The War Agaianst Us All

From ManchesterOldham AF <anarchist_federation@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Sun, 30 Mar 2003 10:39:46 +0200 (CEST)

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As we march men, women and children cower in their
homes in Iraq. Bombs explode, bullets fly and the
number of dead and maimed increase. It?s easy to see
the human cost in terms of suffering and death.
That?s why we are here today. Under cover of the war,
the state here and in the USA is preparing other
attacks on us all.

· Legislation to make strikes illegal. The fire
fighters are to be forced to accept the pay deal
they?ve been fighting for so long. The state can?t
face major industrial unrest at a time of war. It
needs the troops to kill Iraqis.
· Ecological disaster. The US claims it is occupying
the oil fields to stop ?ecological disaster?. This
comes from the government that is planning to ravage
Alaska, voted down the Kyoto agreement and is trying
to make us all eat GM foods.
· More GM. The British government plans to sneak
legislation on GM foods through while our attention is
turned away.
· Sanitised language. The first casualty is truth.
The news uses ?safe language? ? pockets of resistance,
Saddam loyalists, suppressing enemy positions,
precision weapons. This language tries to make us
forget what is happening. It brutalises us all.
· The expense. A cruise missile costs $750,000. They
shot off 1000 in one day. That?s over 20 times more
than people raised on Red Nose Day!
· The USA wants another $75 billion to fight the war.
That?s 40 times the annual UN budget to fight AIDS.
Meanwhile our hospitals can?t treat sick people, our
schools are crumbling, pensions are slashed and taxes
will have to rise to pay for the war.
· This is not the only war going on right now. Don?t
forget Chechnya, the Congo, Sierra Leone, Kashmir,
Afghanistan ?.

This is the perfect time to turn the screws on the
state and the bosses. Strikes in World Wars 1 and 2
were common and led to massive pay rises, yet these
are not the only things we seek. Most of all we need
freedom, freedom to express ourselves, freedom to
change the world and most of all freedom to think.

This is the time to keep up the pressure over the
government, as the current situation shows, they do
not care about the environment or about the people of
this and other countries. The only thing they care
about is money, power and dominance, the dominance to
do what they please.

When this war is over, where will be next? A
?democratic? coup in Saudi Arabia, regime change in
Iran or more and more help to the Columbian state to
arm its death squads?

War will continue as long as we allow ourselves to be
divided by nations, states and religions. We need to
group together whatever our backgrounds to fight this
oppression in the world. If we come together we can
build a society that is not founded on lies and power,
we can build a world that is truly free.

This leaflet was produced by the Anarchist Federation
(Manchester)and distributed on marches on 27th and
29th March.
On the 29th, a very small march (500ish) went to the
BBC buidling. After it was supposed to end, marchers
continued partying round Manchester. 4 were arrested,
including, we believe, one comrade from the Northern @
Network. We'll post more info when this is confirmed.
We can be contacted at

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