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euskalinfo | 30.06.2005 00:27 | Repression

As you all know, on 27th July 2005 at about 5.30 the police seized Bristol Indymedia’s server. The server was seized as part of an investigation. However, it’s natural if people have doubts on the nature of the seize:

- it has occurred one week before the G8 Summit and when many Bristolians are busy in attending protests in Scotland and locally
- it is not the first time that Indymedia looses servers, - the national server was seized last October – it hosted 20 other Indymedia pages
- if we understand the nature of the accusation we can have more doubts too…

The reason for this communiqué is to add another issue to the equation. That server hosted also other pages, or at least our one, Euskalinfo ( – cache still available), the only update page in English o the Basque conflict in the world. We just noticed it when we went to update it and we have waited to confirm it and to see what happened.

Now we will act and find out how to get the server and the webpage back and to ask an explanation for such action. We believe tht the seizure of Bristol Indymedia is a huge violation of freedom of expression. However in the case of Euskalinfo there is not excuse, as this page is out of the investigation but totally affected a question: do you have to put pages down in order to investigate the source of some postings?).

In terms of Euskalinfo we have to say that the situation in the basque Country is tense. Possibilities of dialogue between the government and ETA are suggested. In the meantime the Spanish far-right has been mobilised to prevent them, while ETA is doing actions without casualties (this month ETA issued a declaration of not targeting politicians and it’s two years of not committing any deaths) to draw attention and to demonstrate its capability. In this situation, Euskalinfo feels necessary to inform and to provide alternative version of the conflict.

Euskalinfo will be spreading the information of this police abuse nationally and internationally.

Euskalinfo will work with BIndymedia to recover the server

Euskalinfo will approach relevant organizations and solicitors to ask advice and to challenge this attack.

Euskalinfo wants to thank in advance for spreading this information and to those who have helped us until now providing us technical support.

Euskalinfo wants to show its solidarity with Bristol Indymedia and those who have been arrested and are on bail.

Stop repression, stop censorship!

Bristol, 29th June 2005

More about Bristol Indymedia’s seizure:

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30.06.2005 21:02

All donations towards new server / legal costs will very much appreciated.

Other methods of donating may follow shortly. For the moment it's the old-fangled cheque / postal order way of doing things.

Cheques can be made out to:
Bristol Indymedia. Box 3. Greenleaf Books, 82 Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5BB


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Alternative Bristol Information Outlets

30.06.2005 21:03

In the days before the BIMC server was seized an 'unofficial emergency response network' was publicised on BIM in anticipation of the seizure. The re-routed page to an extent, thankfully, makes this less necessary, but it doesn't have such a Bristol / South West focus.


The Bristol Social Forum & Bristol Stop-The-War message boards have now been opened up so that anyone can currently post to them from any email account (although posts will continue to be moderated and there may be a delay of a few days on the Bristol Social Forum so that emails can be sent out in more user friendly batches direct to people's inboxes.)

As it has a subscription base of 350+, it is a valuable outlet.

Bristol Social Forum. (Bristol / South West focussed posts please)
Anyone can post to:
You can also subscribe if you like, instructions at bottom of page.

Bristol Stop The War. (National level posts are also welcome here)
Anyone can post to:
99% of subscribers only receive the monthly newsletter direct to their inbox, but it is widely publicised as a public message board too, so it has it's uses.


Bristol Indymedia : Back and Now on Oscailt!

09.07.2005 15:27

Bristol Indymedia Is Back!

The delay in getting it back up was partly caused by us being right in the middle of testing a new (and apparently infintely better) codebase when it got seized (that and G8 summit distractions.)

There seemed little point plugging the old clunky DADA code back in, but the new Oscailt code is still a little under tested.

We're also currently missing the archive, partly because CID are in possession of it, and partly because getting our DADA back-ups to be compatible with the new Oscailt set-up is a job in itself.

So, here you go, BIM is back! If you find any bugs please do let us know, there's bound to be a fair few, and some bugs will show up on some packages and not others, so it is very necessary to have your feedback.

Please email us with any bug reports:

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