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The EF! AU is produced to aid the sharing of news, information and ideas amoungst those interestedin taking action. It is edited by a different collective each year to avoid the centralisation of power andinformation. We welcome submissions and articles (max 150 words) so if youve set up a group, takenaction or want to publicise a campaign or project please let us know. No matter how big or small itseems, wed like to share your news and inspiration. Feature articles and ideas are also appreciated.The philosophy behind EarthFirst! is the use of non-hierarchical organisation anddirect action to confront, stopand eventually reverse theforces responsible for thedestruction of the Earth and itsinhabitants.It is not a cohesive group orcampaign rather a convenientbanner for those interested inthese ideas.
 June 2001Issue 76
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“Freedom of speech is the right to shout THEATRE” in a crowded fire”
First vote carved in General ElectionJune 7
th
2001
NSL trials trashed
This year, 13 National Seed List
*
(NSL)test sites of GM winter oilseed rape wereplanted, 11 in England and 2 in Scotland.Of these, two crops are reported to havefailed and seven (all in England) have beendecontaminated, leaving just four in theground. The destroyed sites are BoothbyGrafoe, Lincs; Stanton, Glouc; AbbotsRippton, Histon and Girton, all inCambs; Picots end and Albury, Herts. Thecrops at Morley, Norfolk and Brigsley,Lincs have failed.For a full list of UK test sites visitwww.geneticsaction.org.uk/testsites orwww.gm-info.org.uk/ for a map based list.Please try and inform GENtestsites@geneticsaction.org.uk. of any decontaminations – butremember security!
Anarchists travellingcircus
A festive air in Manchester prevailed onelection day, though police fought valiantlyto contain outbreaks of responsibility andcommunity-empowering politics. Not somuch anti-vote as it’s irresponsible to justvote when faced with a corporate-drivensham democracy.Thus followed our on-the-hoof Maydayfun, when without anything having beenplanned, a ‘spontaneous’ loose and largemass of people wandered round the towncentre, instrument banging, agit-propdistributing, and generally giving thepolice the run- around. What preventedthe police containing the dynamic crowdtill late in the day was simply that, as no-one knew where they weregoing, the march was toospread out to surround!There was ‘No SuchThing as a Free Lunch’,with free plant give-aways,each wrapped lovingly with a rant.Also followingmassive opposition,two farm scale trialsin Mathry, WestWales, have beenhalted. The siteclose to HDRAorganic centre hasalso beenwithdrawn.*Note: NSL trialsare to enable thecrop grown to beplaced on theNational Seed Lists - a step necessary forthe commercialisation of the crop. If thetrial sites continue to be destroyed, thecommercialisation of the crop will bethreatened. The trials test whether or notthe crop grows properly, is stable, anddistinctive for the market-environmentalconcerns play no role.
Rebecca revived
Around 30 cyclists - many dressed like19th Century Rebecca Rioters - set off onMay 7
th
from Efail Wen in Pembrokeshire,bound for the Mathry symbolise the factthat they see the crop trials as a new formof social injustice. Planting was expected tobegin on land owned by the formerConservative MP Tony Marlow within amatter of days. However all test sites in theMathry area have been postponedindefinitely due to continued pressure fromconcerned villagers and protestors alike.
Continued on page 3
In the early hoursof Election Daycampaigners cut an‘X’ through acontroversial GMcrop growing atMunlochy on theBlack Isle inInverness. Thefarm scale trial of Aventis winter oilseed rape trial hasbeen vociferouslyopposed by thelocal community from the start.
 
News in brief...
The Trident Ploughshares disarmamentweek, May 10-15
th
, attracted over 100activists to camp on MOD land. On May11
th
, 12 keen cyclists set off from Bristoland completed a 70 mile route to attendthe camp at Aldermaston in Berkshire,delivering leaflets and attracting mediaattention on the way. At night decoyparties distracted the guards while wholelengths of perimeter fence were snippedaway, pixies danced on top of sentry postand sang protest songs, and football wasplayed in a maximum-security area.During a blockade on May 14
th
, ThamesValley police used some very roughtreatment on the most gentle and non-violent protesters and even arrested legalobservers. In all a very upbeat camp withlots of new contacts and a growingcommitment to taking action against thisappalling site. Total arrests for the week:65. Contact TP2000, 01324 880744.
Okasional Café Closes
After two months of hectic occupation, the8th OKasional Cafe in Manchester hasnow closed. It’s been a hotbed of activity,including a visit to court in May where a judge ruled that the licensees of thebuilding had no legal right to occupationand threw the case out of court though notbefore awarding the café £150. Otheractivities where numerous: art, drama,poetry, capoiera workshops, music &political workshops, taco & open micnights, bands, cabaret, cult & political filmevenings, meetings and a visit from theNew York Surveillance Camera Players, aFlash Gordon disco and various benefitsfor asylum seekers, the Nine Ladies protestcamp and Australian forest campaigns. It’salso seen its fair share of Wo/Menbehaving badly, and as a result, thesquatters have decided to rest up. It willre-open in the future, havingmetamorphosed into something different –watch this space for further details, or call07753-606723.
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What’s happening in Bonn?COP6½, July 26
th
-27
th
, climate changedemos following COP6 in Den Haag infoat www.foeeurope.org/lifeboat/ 
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Indymedia Global Bulletin #6 nowavailable! at print.indymedia.org includingAceh, Indonesia, Ethiopians inWashington DC, Activists set-back WorldBank, and more. PDF format to downloadand distribute
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Fires occurred on May 21
st
at theUniversity of Washington’s Center forUrban Horticulture and Jefferson PoplarFarms, Oregon, both significant Geneticstargets. Allegedly graffiti at one siteincluded ‘ELF’ and ‘You cannot controlwhat is wild’
«
During the first 3 months of 2001,93 Basques have been detained by theSpanish state under anti-terrorist laws and55 have reported mistreatment and tortureeuskalinfo@marsbard.com
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Do you need to contact M15? Incase you feel your liberties are at risk. MI5 / Security Service, PO Box 3255, LondonSW1P 1AE 020 7930 9000.www.access.lowtech.org/collectableanorak 
«
Over 100 anti-monarchists clashedwith riot police in Amsterdam on May26
th
. Discussions on the monarchy,preventing repression, action-tactics andcoalitions were also held in the squattedsocial centre at Overtoom 301groenfr@dds.nl
«
On May 28
th
, in Den Haag peopledressed as Columbian paramilitaries ‘shot’Columbian farmers made a bloody messand ‘bombed’ members of the Dutchparliament. The actions took place duringa parliamentary debate on the so-calledFOL treaty between the US andNetherlands, part of the infamous ‘planColombia’ 17were arrested groenfr@dds.nlAlso on the 9
th
May 60 people occupiedGeneva’s City Bank reception office todraw attention to the Bank’s links to ‘PlanColombia’
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Primate Products, an HLS monkeyand equipment supplier, had its web sitehacked by US ALFers. Pages werecompletely changed to show the horrificsuffering that the HLS primates endure
«
Pensioner’s blockaded the TyneBridge in May protesting lack of provisionfor the elderly. Their protest was greetedwith hoots of support from delayed drivers
«
Polish secret police forced the mayorof Krynki to shut down a multi-culturalfestival being held as part of a no-borderscamp after initial permission was granted
«
The death toll of hunger strikersprotesting inhumane isolation cells inTurkish prisons has reached 47. TheCampaign For Human Rights In Turkey020 7275 8440 www.daymer.org/humanr
AldermastonTresspassing peat
On May 26th a mass trespass took placeon Thorne and Hatfield moors, Yorkshire,near Doncaster to coincide with the startof the peat-cutting season. Thorne andHatfield are the largest remaining areas of raised peat mire in the UK - Hatfield willbe gone in 3 years if extraction continuesat the current rate.After a friendly pub lunch a processionset off to the peat works. Messages fromthe people of Thorne and the surroundingarea, who are well aware of the damage totheir moors, had been collected on cards,placards and balloons. Some messages werehanded to a poker-faced security guard.Around 50 people entered the plant, pastthe guard and 4/5 bumbling policeofficers. They had a good look round thevast site and buildings, they conga’dthrough the piles of compost bags andceilidhed alongside the railway line. Work was stopped for the afternoon and therewere no arrests.Other actions happening all summer.Leeds EF! 0113 262 9365 leedsef@ukf.net
Close Campsfield
A ‘No Borders Close Campsfield’ site wasset up in a field behind CampsfieldDetention Centre, Oxfordshire. For 3½weeks in June, people camped out to makea stand against racist immigration policies.Campsfield House, built like a prison andrun by Group 4, has been open for 7½years and imprisons up to 200 peoplebehind reinforced welded fences and razorwire. Many of those detained are politicalrefugees. Actions included an incursioninto the neighbouring prison complex, abrief roof occupation and redecoration of inside walls with ‘Freedom’ and ‘CloseDown Campsfield’. Contact was madewith those inside aswell as visitors to thedetention centre. Police raided the camplooking for spray cans and bolt croppersand arrests were made for obstructingGroup 4 shift changes. 0781 355 2570.
Fire sparks Protest
Early on May 14
th
, exasperated residentsand incinerator protesters chainedthemselves to the gates of the controversialByker Incinerator, Newcastle. One local 75year ‘chainee’ said, “We are desperate. Ourcomplaints have been ignored for over 20years!” After several serious fires at theplant involving waste containing heavymetals and cancer causing dioxins, theauthorities have failed to close the plant,review work practices or test the area fordioxins following. The blockade continuedfor 4 hours, and more surprise actions willoccur in the future. 0191 265 5241.
 
Diary Dates...
July
1
st
‘The Freedom To Be Yourselfnakedprotest wherever you are at 2pmwww.geocities.com/thehumanmind4
th
Menwith Hill, Independence from USAday 01943 466405 www.caab.org.uk 4
th
Sheffield Refugee and asylum seekersco-op meeting 6pm 0773 0068735
th
-12
th
2
nd
Int. anti-border camp PO box5, 60-966 Poznan 31, Poland0048 (0) 603 247 245 roshak@go2.pl7
th
National march for recognition of British Sign Language), University of London Malet Street, WC1, meet 12pm jenkd@tinyworld.co.uk fax 020 83403229 www.fdp.org.uk 7
th
Anti-Big Brother demo 12pmChamberlain Square B’ham city centre7-15
th
‘Megafestatie’ youth-fairNetherlands, actions against militarypropaganda machine, +31 6 23555247,onkruit@yahoo.com www.antenna.nl/ nvda/onkruit13-16
th
youth/student peace camp 0207607 3616 youth_cnd@hotmail.com13-20
th
No Pasaran! Gathering, southernFrance manu@iloveengland.co.uk 14-22
nd
Foot & Mouth Festival Edinburgh,following last years ‘Reshape Urban Space’event (see www.reshape.org.uk ) 8 days of radical events info@mouthoff.org.uk www.mouthoff.org.uk 15
th
until August int. env. action camp inVotkinsk, Russia P.O.Box 52, Kasimov,391330, Russia Tel. +7 (09131) 4-15-14rk@lavrik.ryazan.ru www.chat.ru/~rk200016-27
th
COP6 ½ climate change talksBonn risingtide@yahoogroups.com20-23
rd
G8 meeting in Genoa21
st
Brum Genoa action meet 1pm McD’sCorporation St. 07980 415577s26brum@hotmail.com27-11
th
Aug Coulport disarmament camp01324 562719 tp2000@gn.apc.org
August
1
st
-5
th
EF! Summer Gathering (Wayhey!)summergathering@yahoo.co.uk 8-16
th
World Festival of Youth andStudents in Algiers. 020 8546 7795.31-3 Sept. conf. on building permanentautonomous zones, USAwww.infoshop.org/paz/index
September
11-14
th
DSEi Arms Fair, LondonDocklands 07811 636263disarm@hushmail.com
October
2-14
th
Washington DC IMF/World Bank meeting www.whirles-bank.org20
th
Anarchist book-fair Camden Centre,Euston Rd, London10am-7pm http:// freespace.virgin.net/anarchist.bookfair22
nd
Faslane Blockade 0141 423 1222
November
5
th
-9
th
. The 4
th
WTO ministerial ,Qatar
Aggro Grief Mayhem
a round-up of shareholderactions
BAE Systems
About 50 CAAT (Campaign Against TheArms Trade) activists protested inside &outside the QE2 Conference centre inCentral London against BAE SystemsAnnual General Meeting. A group of 10activists blockaded the entrance and whenthe private security guards couldn´t movethem or shut them up, they had to open analternative entrance. The activists were notchucked out & so were able to get into themain hall. They managed to bring themeeting to a standstill by tying themselvestogether & chanting “British AerospaceDeals in Death” very loudly until theywere forcibly ejected by the heavy handedsecurity guards. Contact CAAT :0207 2810297. caat@caat.demon.co.uk orManchester EF! 0161 226 6814.
Premier Oil
On the 16
th
May a group of 15 activistsfrom the Burma Campaign and the FreeBurma Coalition attended the meeting of Premier Oil as shareholders. 70% of themeeting was taken up with targetedquestions about why Premier Oil is inBurma and, by association, complicit withhuman rights abuses and slavery on anhorrific and massive scale. Serious ongoingpressure is needed as an intervention totarget Premier Oil – a sick union of greed,pollution and ‘plausible’ propoganda. Anyideas? Free Burma Coalition, 110a RectoryRoad, Stoke Newington, N16 7SD, 07931753138aung.freeburmacampaign@breezemail.net.
Balfour Beatty
Kurdish shareholders protested at BalfourBeatty’s AGM in May against the plannedIlisu dam which will flood the ancient cityof Hasankeyf and leave 72,000 homeless.The Friends of the Earth motion that theyadopt guidelines from the WorldCommission on Dams was rejected. BB’sChair whinged “if we had known howcontroversial this project would be wecould have saved ourselves a lot of troubleby not taking part in it.” www.ilisu.org.uk 
You only need 1 share in a company toattend its AGM. Tactics can range fromtotal disruption to dressing smart andasking tons of awkward questions. Moreinfo and ideaswww.corporatewatch.org.uk/magazine/ issue7/cw7diytool.html
Crystal Palace Victory
Plans for a monstrous 18 screen cinema onthe highest spot in South London, abeautiful green open space, lie in ruins.Negotiations between Bromley Council(BC) and London & Regional Properties(LRP) failed when the lease was notcompleted after 4½ yrs of furiousopposition. Numerous legal actions byresidents and the occupation of the site byprotestors held things up and cost BC over£13m on legal costs, evictions and 24 hoursecurity. Although planning permissionexists until March 2002, a patching up of differences between BC and LRP, orinterest by new developers is very unlikelyto happen after the amount of hassle thedevelopment has received. Campaignersare hoping that the fences will soon comedown after the land has been safetyassessed. Then jubilation and muchrejoicing! Source Allsorts.
Rising Tide update
The Rising Tide Tour ended with a rousingnight in Oxford on June 9th.Many groups around the country willbe part of the local climate action week,called for July 14-21
st
, to coincide with thenext big climate trade talks in Bonn,COP6.5. There will also be a mobilisationin Bonn, but with a growing feeling amongRising Tide UK people, many wouldrather make an impact where they live.Travelling to internationally networkedactivist events is a luxury that not everyonecan afford. Solutions to this escalatingcrisis will be found by us, not by vast self-interested bureaucracies. To join amoderated climate action info listrisingtidenews@yahoogroups.com, contact01865 241097 16b Cherwell St OxfordOX1 1BG info@risingtide.org.uk,www.risingtide.org.uk 
Small is Beautiful
On 13th March, in the midst of the footand mouth crisis and the wider global crisisin agriculture, environmental activists andsmall farmers held a meeting in Oxford toexplore common ground for action. Oneof the key issues facing small farmers intheir fight for survival is blatantexploitation by supermarkets; its nowonder that they cut environmental andhealth corners when they are paid less fortheir crops and animals than it costs themto produce. Stickers and leaflets areavailable for actions on supermarkets tohighlight this issue to the 80% of peoplethat do their weekly shop in asupermarket. Contact Corporate Watch01865 791391 for leaflets and more infoand meanwhile support local farmers!

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