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Carnival Against Vivisection - some thoughts

One behind a mask | 06.09.2008 22:56 | Stop Sequani Animal Testing | Animal Liberation | Repression

Here is a brief summary and some thoughts about the Carnival Against Vivisection, which took place in Ledbury today.

Summary of events

After gathering at the meeting point just round the corner from Sequani labs, it seemed wrong to turn away towards town and go on the march (for which the cops had given everyone ‘permission’). Activists therefore spontaneously decided to make a break for the labs. Unfortunately, the cops soon noticed what we were up to and formed a line, leaving most people stuck under a bridge and unable to get to the site.

What followed were multiple attempts to try out different access routes, only to be thwarted and shoved around by the police each time - which resulted in a few people getting nicked. We eventually went on the march about town.

Some thoughts

The fact that most of us were unable to get to the labs seemed to be mainly down to two things:

- Low numbers. It’s understandable if you expected this to just be another kettled march, but it’s a shame that more did not come. This event was clearly designed to be more than just another a-b march, and solidarity was needed. Also, in comparison with some events, there really didn’t seem to be a huge police presence.

- Failure to think tactically. Even with low numbers, we could have achieved much more if only people were thinking strategically throughout. People didn’t seem to notice when there were major gaps in police lines, or failed to react when one random cop decided to walk amongst the crowd to de-mask us. This is precisely why only some of us got past the police at the start - the group was fragmented and pretty slow. I got the impression that many - although not all - were stuck in a march mentality, too used to being told when and where we could protest. We need to respond quickly and creatively!

Overall though I definitely think it was well worth it!

One behind a mask
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Display the following 29 comments

  1. if at first you dont succeed... — antonio
  2. if at first you dont succeed... — antonio
  3. If at first you don't succeed... — Steve
  4. Shame on you — vd
  5. More Thoughts. — SG
  6. Yup we're all stupid. — Ledbury Lover
  7. insulting them? — vd
  8. Sorry — ARC
  9. Trains cancelled due to weather conditions — Southern Antispeciesists
  10. more thoughts — Steve
  11. fun — Steve
  12. Hans Ruesch was a paranoid conspiracy theorist — Auntie Viv
  13. The movement has evolved! What a great day — fuck socpa
  14. re Auntie Viv — Steve
  15. Too much ego not enough thought — Sabby
  16. re: Hans Ruesch — Auntie Viv
  17. ..... — SG
  18. re: Sabby — Auntie Viv
  19. Don't you dare... — participant
  20. When will stop telling everyone how to organise? — Ex-Supporter
  21. Who has failed? — Uncle Viv
  22. final say — Steve
  23. @Steve — Bobby Roberts
  24. reply to Steve — Auntie Viv
  25. Effectivness Of Demos — Anon
  26. final word (again) — Steve
  27. excuse me. — tonto
  28. Only accusing BUAV, not so — VF Watch
  29. Infighting serves no purpose — Sparky The Clown