Contempt for GMOs
Donnie MacLeod, an organic farmer whowas called as a prosecution witness at thetrial of Matthew Herbert, has been sent toprison for 21 days for contempt of courtwhen he refused give evidence againstMatthew. Matthew had been charged withcutting the ‘X’-shaped swathe through thefirst GM trial crop at Munlochy onelection day in June last year (see pictureIssue 76). The case against Matthew hasnow been dropped.
“Donnie MacLeod wassent to prison for having the courage tostand by his principles and show support for fellow anti-GM protestors”
said Matthew.“By refusing to give evidence againstanother activist he showed clearly that hewould not do the work of a system thathas failed to protect the people of Scotland against the threat of GM crops.”To contact Matthew Herbert call 01865245678 (office hours) More info: KennyTaylor on 01349 877625.
The genetiX snowball campaign started onJuly 4
1998 when five women peacefullyand accountably removed GM crops at afarm near Watlington, Oxfordshire. Thelast snowball action was in August 1999.Now that the outstanding legal issuesarising from that final action are completewe have decided to close the snowballcampaign. Our website is now beingarchived and it has moved fromwww.gn.apc.org/pmhp/gs towww.fraw.org.uk/gs. The genetiX snowballcampaign was made possible by the manypeople who participated in it and manyothers who supported it in various ways.Thanks to everyone for their support overthe years. Please remove genetiXsnowball’s mailing address or our emailaddress, email@example.com from your address lists, email lists orwebsite.
Manchester Animal Protection (MAP) iscurrently focussing on Marsh UK,provider of insurance to animal crueltylaboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences. OnMarch 19
, when 20 activists descendedupon two Marsh’s Manchester offices. AtOxford Road, protestors laid siege to theMarsh offices on the 6th floor. Workersinside were effectively imprisoned bytheir own security guards until policearrived, during which time activists let itbe known via megaphone that there wouldbe no let up in the campaign until theysevered their links HLS. Work wascompletely disrupted not only within theMarsh offices but in neighbouring officesas well, which only puts more pressure onMarsh. On City Rd activists occupied themain entrance with a noisy medley of drums, sirens and air horns. Paranoidsecurity guards would not let anyone in orout of the building. To get involved ring07932 547785.
The Forest Lodge in Nottingham has beensquatted since September 1998. It is agrade two listed building and was found inan awful state of disrepair. Over the threeand a half years of occupation thesquatters have secured the building,protecting it from vandalism and carriedout repairs. The Lodge has afforded manypeople the opportunity to have somewhereto live and to go on to find more secureaccommodation, often in local housingco-ops. On March 19
, the Council took the occupiers to court and won the rightto evict them from the property TheForest Lodge Collective along withmembers of the local community are veryconcerned about this, as the council haverefused to enter into any dialogue.Support and publicity is much needed.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org orgoto www.forestlodge.150m.com
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In Hamburg on Thursday, 28th February,Greenpeace Germany blocked the MVEnif from entering the port of Hamburgand offloading another shipment of Brazilian mahogany. Greenpeace iscurrently taking the UK government tocourt over the failure of the governmentto stop Britain importing illegally loggedmahogany from the Brazilian Amazonrainforest. The actions are part of aninternational Greenpeace campaign calledSAVE OR DELETE - which is urginggovernments to take action at theforthcoming Ancient Forests Summit inthe Hague to protect the world’sremaining ancient forests. For moreinformation check the backgroundbriefing onwww.greenpeace.org.uk or callLouise Edge in the Greenpeace PressOffice on 0207 865 8115. For more onthe save or delete campaign visitwww.saveordelete.com.
International activist meeting inTurkey Ankara. email@example.com:www.all.at/baraka
Mass trespass Hatfield Moor (see page 1)
Sources of Radicalism , Manchester. Forinfo/booking contact
. Protest against German AtomicForum, Stuttgart www.antiatomforum.de
Netherlands. Weekend celebrationand skill sharing in remembrance of struggleagainst the Amsterdam port.
Save Titnore woods. Protest walk todefend ancient firstname.lastname@example.org or seewww.worthinga27freeserve.co.uk
Climate conference prepcom, Bonn,Germany.
World Environment Day
Commonpoverty and theCommonwealth, Manchesteer email: email@example.com. For more infowww.loombreaker.org.uk.
Stop the Arms Trade Week www.caat.org.uk
International Young Naturefriendsiynf@iynf.org
World Food Summit +5, Rome,Italy
Latin American StudentSymposium on Negotiation and ConflictResolution. Monterrey, Mexico.www.iimcr.org/symposium/ symposium2002-mx.asp
Critical Mass, Utrecht.
Eurosatory Arms Fair, Villepinte,France. www.caat.org.uk
EU summit in Sevilla, Spain.
Utrecht RTS. 6 Years of Dutch EF!goto www.groenfront.nl.
World Bank ABCDE Summit,Oslo, Norway
G8 in Kananaskis, Canada.
EF! SUMMER GATHERING
International no border-actioncamp, Strasbourg. firstname.lastname@example.org
- August 17
International StudentSymposium on Negotiation and ConflictResolution. The Hague. email@example.com orgoto www.iimcr.org/symposium/ symposium2002-intl.asp
Vegan Camp, Park Foot Caravan andCamping Park,Penrith, Cumbria.www.vegancamp.org or contact 0845 3303918 before 9pm or firstname.lastname@example.org
.Earth summit, Jo’burg, SA.
European Youth Centre Strasbourg,France
NATO summit in Prague. Contact:email@example.com