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(en) Britain, Anarchist Class War Cambridgeshire trouble-making rag FEN TIGER page 5 - The Littleport Riots 1816 + Smash the system 2010

Date Sat, 12 Jun 2010 10:22:41 +0300

The Littleport Riots 1816 by Johnny Ely: Since the creation of private property there has always been Since the creation of private property there has always been contradictions in the interests of the owners and the workers, here I present a interesting piece of local history that we can use to inspire and learn from in our own struggle against the owners. ---- Like now, the economy was in recession. Workers were returning home, after defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, to find very few jobs, and extremely low paid for the people lucky enough to get one. Hereâs a few facts and figures: âfarm labourers were paid 8 or 9 shillings a week (40 â 45 pence in todayâs money) and some war veterans found work building roads for 2 shillings and sixpence a week (12p approx.) However this was barely enough to survive on.

At the start of 1816 wheat, a basic food commodity, was 52 shillings
a quarter (Â2.60). This rose during the year to 103 shillings a quarter
(Â5.15) by December.â Very grim. However, like always, this economic
crisis largely effected the workers, as the owners of the workplaces
kept their luxury at the expense of jobs and a sufficient living wage
for their employees.

So what to do when such injustice is more visible than ever?
At the time most of the workers in the county where members of
the âBenefit Clubâ, a organisation that provided help for the poor
and needy. The meeting of this club, prior to what is known as the
Littleport riots, took place in a pub named the Globe, in Littleport.
Here they came to see that the vast majority of themselves and
fellow workers were in need , and thus didnât have the abilities to
provide sufficient goods to support everyone. Tensions run high as
the group were informed of three more workers had been fired, by
a local magistrate, who was known to regularly spend more on one
shirt than the weeks pay of the three workers combined.

Action was needed. A crowd of several hundred came together
to discuss what was to be done, the conclusion being, take back what
you need from the fuckers! After all, the owners such things only have
what they possess by force.

Armed with an array of weapons, clubs, pitchforks, cleavers
and a few guns, the desperate workers took to the street. In a proper
mob fashion, shops where broken into and goods shared out, as well
as demands of money.

A local vicar, also a local magistrate, read to them the âRiot Actâ,
the mob, acknowledging that such laws are only there to protect
the property owners right to starve fellow humans, ignored it. The
homes of the rich were ransacked as the mob gained confidence
and momentum, in a truly Robin Hood fashion, after all it was these
people whom merely brushed aside the suffering of the starving

Next on the list was the vicarage, where they were confronted
by the local vicar again, this time with a pistol as he threatened to â
blow the brains outâ of the first person to cross the threshold (what
about turning the other cheek, mate?). Needless to say he was taken
down and the vicarage pillaged.

By now word had got to Ely and a messenger had been
dispatched to Bury St. to get support from the First Royal Dragoon
Guards who were stationed there.

The next day agitation was taking place in Ely as the Littleport
mob descended into town to join with the forming Ely section and
other workers from around the local area. Again they were confronted,
by another Vicar with the Riot Act! When asked to disclose their
demands the mob proclaimed âthe price of a stone of flour per dayâ
and â our children are starving, give us a living wageâ .

The Vicar agreed that the demands were reasonable and
said he would raise the subject with the magistrates, why did the
magistrates not discuss this before the mob was formed? After all the
riot was a reaction to the worsening conditions that they were living
in. However, things again kicked off after the mob was given free ale
after the agreement was made as emotions still ran high for a lot of
the workers. Needless to say the Dragoons were descending on Ely.

The next day the Dragoon contingent turned their eyes on
Littleport to dish out some âjusticeâ. A stand off between both sides
lasted one afternoon with many rioters wounded and one dead.
In the end 24 rioters where to be hung, while many others were
sentenced to imprisonment and deportation. This is the justice of the
Ruling Class, to conditions that they create.

The Globe, a revolutionary boozer.
Here lye interred in one grave
The Bodies of
William Beamis,
George Crow,
John Dennis,
Isaac Harley,
Thomas South,
Who were all executed at Ely on the 28th
Day of June 1816, having been convicted
At the Special Assizes holden there, of
divers Robberies during the Riots at Ely &
Littleport in the month of May in that year.
May their awful Fate
Be a warning to others.


Smash the system 2010

The Littleport and Ely insurrection showed how weâve done it
before and means we can do it again!

Instead of taking the boredom and powerlessness of
everyday life lying down, instead of accepting lack of access to
resources and getting bossed around, instead of accepting war,
economic chaos and ecological destruction -- LETS GET ON THE
ATTACK. Until we take control f our lives Working Class people
will always be getting cheated, done over and controlled by
the bastards at the top.

Lets organise together, take back the power and give
a massive V finger salute to the Ruling Class and their boot-
licking underlings! Instead of taking shit all the time from
anonymous âPowers that Beâ letâs start taking the fight to them.
The Ruling Classes have names and addresses and they are
directly responsible for 90 percent of the problems in your life
and the lives of all Working Class people.

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