Green for Beltane, Black for the Haymarket
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A rip-roaring riot of rabble-rousing around the globe
A womble’s perspective
: Disguisingsofa cushions and banners as rubbish anddodging cops, a few wombles eventuallyemerged from a small dark alley. As theychanted, shouted and unfurled bannersfree money began to fly and cheers andshouts in Oxford Street greeted them.Banners were used in the front and tothe sides of the crowd to form a block some padding was handed out and otherwombles joined. As the block advancedup Great Portland Street it became moreraucous, it was really working, a line of riot cops retreated. Then onto JohnLewis, where came the first realconfrontation.The blows rained down but thepadding held and again the copsretreated. Next an attempt at the linesguarding those trapped at Oxford Circus.The cops struck back their lines being 2deep. At one point they were pushedback and surrounded on both sides bythe crowd.On New Bond St, numbers swelled toabout 1000. Then whilst leaving Soho,cops stood 3 deep and were extremelyheavy. A decision to retreat was made toprevent the crowd being trapped. Outmanoeuvering the cops people dispersedto avoid arrest.Hopefully more wombles will beencouraged to form and help facilitatecrowd movement to effectively opposethe cops, creating better mass streetgatherings.
Critical mass started at 8amwith music, banners, and leaflets aboutMay Day. Later people paraded towardsBroadmead to the rhythm of sambadrumming but one unlucky woman wasarrested for criminal damage aftertouching a police camera with swiss roll!!An army recruitment office waspostered with ‘To kill or to be killed,RAF jobs`. Traffic was stopped atBridewell police station but they had nointentions of releasing comrades. Thecarnival continued onto REED jobagency where demonstrators entered withdrums & banners and stuck ‘On strike’and ‘1
of May - No jobs today’ postersto windows. At REEDs accountancybranch, a parody of exploitation wasperformed a boss whipped a workerwhilst sucking her blood to fulfil hisgreed.Job centre staff were entertained bydrumming until many job seeking policeofficers appeared.Outside MacDonalds, where policehad been waiting since 8am, NobbyNobody performed some anti-capitalistsongs dedicated to the pigs and thecorporations. The day ended at the copshop where the one arrestee was releasedat 4.30pm.
The police stopped anysizeable protest occurring when firstarrivals were immediately surroundedand penned in. About 40 people were inthis group and 100+ more were outsidepolice lines. After being read section 14jthey were told to take the protest to anunderpass. The crowd, tightly surroundedmoved off whilst individuals were targetedand arrested. 14 people were arrested;one for having a 4 letter word on histrousers; 9 were charged. However thishas not dampened spirits and a campaignto defend the right to protest is now beinglaunched! email@example.com
A few hundred gathered inthe heart of the city to spontaneously playdance and be merry on a sunny day. Thedecorated pole provided as muchenterainment as the free tea & cake stallthough not nearly as much as the policeturning up with and installing toilets foreveryone!
Over 1200 peopleparticipated in peaceful demos.
a successful and well-attendeddemonstration forced the Dublin Stock Exchange to shut early.
Thousands protested plans bythe government to reform social securitypayments, as well as the threat of
Anyone who was on the Allsorts orReclaim The Streets info list needs to resubscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org their knackered old computerhas died. If anyone’s got a decentcomputer they can have get in touch.
3 GE tree research sites (up to1200 trees) were sabotaged in Oregon,USA in mid March. The felled and ringbarked poplars included transgenic treeplus traditional hybrids used as ‘rawmaterial’ for GE research. The actionhas latterly been claimed by anonymous‘concerned students and alumni’ of Oregon State University.
The Government is planning togive the go-ahead for the UK’s firstcomercial GM crop, T25 maize
Please don’t phone DerbyNational Front on 07932 566 702 ortheir hotline on 07932 547080. If yousign up to uboot.com you can bombardtheir phones with text messages free
On April 2
around 300 peopledemonstrated against the proposed banon demonstrations in Dublin citycentre. The council then voted againstthe ban. Source http://struggle.ws
14 beagles were liberated from theanimal testing laboratory HuntingdonLife Sciences in New Jersey, USA
On March 31
as part of a GEFree Zone ActioFestation inAmsterdam, about 100 peopleaccompanied by a salsa band, went to asupermarket and stickered products.
Pepe Rei editor of Basquemagazine ‘Ardibeltza’ (not part of ETA)has been imprisoned without chargesince the Jan 18
. “Conspiracy withETA” is being used by the Spanish Stateto silence this voice of Basqueautonomy. Ardibeltza’s offices wereraided and closed on April 27
andthere was a court hearing for Rei (whois in ill health) on May 3
. SchnewsMay 4th & www.euskalinfo.f2s.com
On April 5
FBI agents raided thehome, business, and vehicles of spokespersons for the North AmericanEarth Liberation Front Press Office.
Earth First! Journal new address.P.O. Box 3023, Tucson, AZ, 85702,USA email@example.com
There has been some editorialchanges at Green Anarchist magazine.They are looking to extend links withthe wider peace & green movement.New address: Green Anarchist, 9 AshAvenue, Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 ONP,England firstname.lastname@example.org