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International Solidarity Movement's trade fair protest

27-06-2003 00:00

On Wednesday 25th July, 7 members of the International Solidarity Movement from Brighton and Birmingham staged a protest at the Caterpillar/Finning(UK) stand at the Hillhead 2003 'Quarrying and recycling' trade fair, near Buxton, Derbyshire. Four of the protesters climbed onto the scoops of two Caterpillar bulldozers displayed outside the stand and unfurled a banner, reading: "Caterkiller - demolishing Palestine - demolishing peace".
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Arundel - a tale of two by-passes

27-06-2003 00:00

Arundel in West Sussex already had a bypass built in the 1970's, now they plan to build another one over the old one. A 5.2 kilometre area of ancient woodland is threatened with the chop at Binstead Wood and Tittington Common, and a protest camp is now up and running at Tittington.

Bypassing the existing bypass, it would cross the important River Arun wetlands south of Arundel on concrete stilts or a huge embankment, and then plough through a mile of precious Sussex woodland. Thousands, probably tens of thousands, of trees would be lost, including some fine 100 foot oak trees, yews, and one particular 100 foot beech tree, thought to be the oldest tree in the woods.

Protestors are meeting on Sunday 29th June for a walk along the proposed bypass route. Meet at 2pm outside the 'Red Lion' Pub, High Street Arundel.

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Thessaloniki - 8 Prisoners Remanded

25-06-2003 21:13

On 25 June, a court hearing took place against 8 protesters who were arrested during the demonstrations against the Thessaloniki EU Summit on June 22. A British protester, and 6 other people from Greece, Spain and Syria will be remanded in custody for the next three months until their cases are dealt in Court.
They were charged on three separate counts, all of which carry sentences ranging from 7 to 25 years in prison.

Supporters are calling for a protest at the Greek Embassy in London on Saturday 28th June, 2PM. Reports [1 | 2 | 3].

Update #3 | Update #2 | Support for Simon (UK) and Jonathan (US) | Anarchist Call | Situation in Thess Prison | International Solidarity Group

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Oxford peace activists seem to be winning the legal battle

25-06-2003 15:25

Coming out free...
Update: Charges of obstruction of the highway against Anna and David have been dropped. However, the case of another Oxford activist accused of causing 8,333 pounds worth of damage to the main gates of USAF Fairford has been transferred to Cirencester Magistrates Court.

Toby and Phil, the 'B-52 Two', were granted bail Friday the 20th and finally have their freedom! Charged with conspiracy to cause criminal damage when they tried to disarm a B52 warplane at RAF Fairford in March 2003, they pleaded not guilty as they acted lawfully to uphold international law. The Gloucester Crown Court will make a judgement on the legality of the war on 19 September.

Several other people with Fairford related cases had good news also. Two Oxford activists were offered bindovers in place of charges of aggravated trespass, a citizen from Oxford pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal damage and aggravated trespass - the case was adjourned, and two others had their charges of criminal damage to the main gate of Fairford completely dropped. Mysteriously the gate -related charge of another Oxford activist is still being pursued and was adjourned for the time being.

* The "B-52 Two" WEBSITE
* pictures of Phil and Tobi getting out of jail
* video of a vigil held by supporters of Phil and Tobi outside Gloucester Prison
* Prisoners for Peace website

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Thessaloniki EU Summit Protests Summary

24-06-2003 01:00

Protests against the policies of the European Union (EU) took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 17-22 June 2003. Singled out for criticism were the EU's refugee and immigration policies, complicity in the war in Iraq, and slashing of pensions. More than 125,000 people took part. A significant minority of demonstrators went beyond a condemnation of specific EU policies and proposed replacing capitalism with a directly democratic economic and political system. A full overview can be found in the Thessaloniki Action Archive.

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Celebrate the Solstice

20-06-2003 23:24

English Heritage decided to open Stonehenge on the wrong day! The Solstice is at 20.10h on Saturday evening, and the Solstice dawn occurs on Sunday June the 22nd. But free access to The Stones will only be permitted from Sat 2.00h to 12.00 h.
Campaigners demanded full restoration of their traditional rights of free access to Stonehenge and provision of land for camping while attending the Midsummer Solstice Celebration (21-23rd June)with: Music Fun and Agit Prop Morris dancing, with Seize The Day, Headmix, Celtica, Tarantism, Judge Trev, 2000DS and Nik Turner (of Hawkwind), Threefortenpound, RinkyDink + other cycle sound-systems.
Reports [1 | 2] Pics [Saturdays sunrise from Tash's mobile phone | Solstice Sunrise & Arrest

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Frock On and On

19-06-2003 01:00

Picture of frontpage of FrockOn leaflet with program
On 7th of june, the second "Frock On" Festival took place in Glasgow.
"Frock On and On" was helt this time at the Govanhill Neighbourhood Community Centre for the daytime workshops for women, and in the Queenspark Glasshouse for gigs and spoken word in the evening,the artists, audience and the bar in between exotic plants and small animals.

"Our goal is to make links with and strengthen/build on the existing feminist community with aim of making feminism cool again.
Frock On is against homophobia, racism, ablism, ageism, and men bashing.
It's about talking, having fun, making new friends, subverting, resisting, doing it yourself, gossiping/networking, respecting, listening, dancing, eating, rioting, drinking, laughing, relaxing, empowering ourselves and others, clothes swapping, cycling, supporting our music, creating, growing, expressing ourselves, challenging ourselves, learning, scheming, giggling, planning, cups of tea, taking care of ourselves, gaining confidence and self esteem, finding our voices and keeping it real."

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Welcome to the new imc uk site!

17-06-2003 00:00

IMC UK has changed to a new codebase (Mir). Welcome to the brand new site!
Users and moderators alike need to get used to the new code - please bear with us during this transition.
Click "Read more" for info on various browsers and instructions for publishing.
We had lots of feedback and hope you'll continue speaking up and getting involved by posting to the imc-uk list or the thread on Urban 75 [thread 1] [thread 2] Check our Documentation of the migration to Mir, the archives of the tech and features lists, and a summary of our working practices.
If you find any bugs please mail to the tech list - thanks!

we'll keep u posted
IMC United Kollektives

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16-06-2003 18:22

On monday 16th of june, after 15 years of non violent resistance the neighbours of the village of Itoiz are being evicted violently by the Spanish para military police: The Guardia Civil. Itoiz lies on the heart of the Longuida Valley which the Spanish Gouvernment and the Navarrian Regional Gouvernment want to flood despite the inhabitants opposition. After the tragic eviction of Nagore two months ago where a man, his family and his cattle were kicked out of their house and had to watch the bulldozers destroying the house they had inhabited for generations.

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Post-G8 - Injured getting better!

13-06-2003 16:37

Guy Smallman, the photographer who was shot in the leg by a concussion grenade during the G8-Protests in Geneva has returned to the UK. He posted a letter asking for people to support Martin Shaw. A press conference was held on Friday 13 at the NUJ headquarters. On June 7, Swiss security minister Spoerri failed in an attempted PR stunt at Guys hospital bedside [Report]
More Info
Video interview in different formats
Pics of Guy's injuries and police brutality [1 | 2 ]
Report & pics by Guy | witness reports & pics.

Martin Shaw, who fell from a motorway bridge during an action when the police cut the rope he was hanging from is still in hospital in Switzerland. He has found a reliable lawyer. Read a statement from Martin (06.06).

Updates [11.06 | 06.06]
Links on [imc uk | imc norway] Eyewitness report on Aubonne Bridge

A Call to Action" for Saturday June 14th was sent from Barcelona. Two activists have been hanging from Swiss consulate n Barcelona for moe then 80 hours. [pics 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 5]

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International Demonstrations Against The G8...

13-06-2003 16:28

Geneva No-G8

Since Wednesday June 3th, solidarity actions for those injured during the determined anti-G8 protests, and in outrage against police repression in Geneva and Lausanne during the G8 protests took place.

On June 13, the Swiss embassy in Barcelona has been occupied, particularly in support of Martin Shaw. The action enforces demands to the Swiss government, a petition includes a list of Swiss embassies.

The first solidarity actions were held on Tuesday 3 June in Barcelona and Berlin.
More followed on Friday, June 6: In Manchester, the Swiss Consulate was occupied [call | letter of Swiss Embassy]. In London, a demonstration took place at the Swiss embassy [ report/audio/pic], where placards were held up showing the injured leg of Guy Smallmann, who was hit by a targeted concussion grenade on Sunday June 1 [call].
A solidarity group for Martin Shaw has been set up in Berlin, where an abseiling action highlighted the outrage against the Swiss police's decision to cut the rope he was hanging from during an action on Sunday June 1st.

Oslo had a solidarity action on Monday 9th.

Post-G8 Statements: Disobbedienti communication from Evian | Press releases of Legal Team and L'Usine | Witness forms for complaints against police.

>> Collection of articles in english from the multilingual G8 Indymedia site.

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Italian Activists Detained And Beaten By American Troops

03-06-2003 10:19

Disobbedienti caravan In Iraq border
Over the course of the past four days, a delegation from Ya Basta, an Italian activist organization, was repeatedly refused entry into Iraq. Timed to coincide with the G8 Summit, the delegation was sent to establish links between elements of civil society in Iraq, Palestine, and Europe, including the Muajaha Newspaper - The Iraqi witness. Yesterday at 3:08 UK time, we began receiving text messages from the delegation: "They are going to shoot us...need pressures...we are at the border." Despite being told that they would be shot if they didn't return to Jordan immediately, the activists courageously staged a sit-down protest. The American soldiers then violently dragged them onto the rear of a lorry, injuring nine. Reports: 1|2|3|4|5
Photo galleries 1 and 2
Update on the refugee camps in no man's land between Iraq and Jordan.

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Repression Unites Protesters

03-06-2003 03:28

Tuesday 3 June 2003
The Camp de Bourdonette in Lausanne was evicted this Tuesday morning, and a peaceful demo (no teargas!) took place in Lausanne [video].
People are starting to evaluate the last few days. Although all demos in the last days started off cheerful and full of positive vibes, many people were injured during the anti-G8 demos by massive police teargassing, rubber bullets and concussion granades [report]. Peaceful protesters have stated their solidarity with the blockades carried out by Black Bloc activists. A disobedient solidarity action has taken place in Barcelona when 21 activists occupied the French consulate for 12 hours. Whilst in Berlin 40 activists just returned from Geneva demontrated outside the Swiss embassy, during which, the Swiss embassador stated his rejection to the police violence during the G8 summit..

Reports: Aubonne Bridge, eyewitness report
Photos 1 | 2 and video of today in Geneva.

Timeline of Events complete with Reports, Photos and Videos

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Tear Gas, the Smell of Frightened Capitalists

02-06-2003 05:21

Monday June 2

Monday's actions started peaceful. Activists creatively approached the red zone in Lausanne, and a pirate ship made of oil drums tried to reach Evian via the lake. In Geneva, a mixed crowd demonstrated against water privatisation. Another demo protested about Sunday's police repression. When both demos joined at Pont du Mont Blanc, where 300 had gathered for a sit down blockade, police escaleted the situation. The main Bridge of Geneva was blocked for 7 hours. The night was marked by teargas all over the old town of Geneva. The last protesters were gathered at 4am by a truck from the VAAG village.
Read the full Imc Uk Feature complete with links.

Collections and Resources
Summary | Imc Uk Timeline | Collection of Links
Background on Water & Report]
Geneva Evening Dispatch | Photo Gallery | Videos [1 | 2 | 3]

Two Men Injured on Sunday Protests
Guy Smallman Injury In the desperate police attempts to control the situation on Sunday June 1, many people were injured. Two British men are currently in hospital. One of them, Guy Smallman, an IndyMedia volunteer and photographer, needed a two hour long operation after police fired a stun grendade at his leg (report). The other activist, Martin Shaw, is also still in hospital with multiple serious injuries including his legs and back after police cut the rope he and another activist was hanging off a bridge from during a blockade (TV Video and photos). Activists managed to save the other climber on the other side of the bridge (pic). A petition was sent to Swiss embassies in various countries. Both are now stable.

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No Roads Lead To Evian

31-05-2003 21:09

Sunday June 1st
On the main G8 protest day, cheerful crowds delayed the G8 summit for two hours. As early as 5am, protesters blocked crossroads in Lausanne [pics] , bridges in Geneva and main access roads from Annemasse towards Evian. Later police moved in everywhere with increasing heavyness: mass arrests, heavy use of teargas, rubber bullets and concussion granades. All official demos during the afternoon were (unsuccessfully) prohibited. 2 men were seriously injured. Many locals took to the streets against german riot police who appeared out of control in Geneva, offered water to teargassed crowds in Lausanne and were generally very supportive.
Read the Full Feature.
Timeline of Events complete with Reports, Photos and Videos.

Resources & Collections
Maps Lausanne | Geneva | Annemasse | area
Summaries [1|2]
Press Releases (Legal Team): 03.06, en | Collection from 26.05 to 04.06 (fr) | 04.06. (fr)]
Video Collections: [imc it | v2v] | KanalB]
Pic Archives: [1 | 2]
Overviews: Dispatch | Global G8 Imc | Collection of most imc txt/pics/video/audio | Overview with extensive links (ne).

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"Fires On The Lake"

31-05-2003 05:28

Saturday 31 May
When someone overly panics, locals in the Lake Leman area calm him down by saying that "the Lake will not be on fire", meaning that nothing can be so dramatic that it would set the lake on fire. On the evening of Saturday 31st, protesters symbolically set fire to the lake.
On Friday night, more than 5,000 inhabitants in the activist "villages" debated the best strategies to blockade the G8 summit until the early hours. In the morning, a protest at the Socialist Party Conference in Annemasse was teargassed. Some G8 delegates were trapped in the building. Streets were blocked in Lausanne. Many fires were lit at night in Geneva, mostly using symbolic targets. Police was everywhere, particularly at the media center at L'Usine. The city was quiet at 3.30, only a couple of hours before the first blockades started.

Collections and Resources
Imc Uk Timeline | Imc Uk Full Feature
Maps of Lausanne | Geneva | Annemasse | area
Call [(en) | (fr)] Fire Map | Corporate Media Coverage
Manifestos on "violent direct action" | Queers Against the G8 | BioZone versus the G8.

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For Free Movement and Free Communication

30-05-2003 09:54

Geneva No-G8

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G8 - Convergence Has Started

28-05-2003 13:18

McDonnalds boarded in Geneva
On Wed May 28 and Thu May 29, protesters and locals are preparing for the next days. Geneva shops are boarded up [pics 1 | 2], while residents are taking pictures of their strangely changed town. Activists are streaming into the four protest camps near Lausanne (Switzerland) and Annemasse (France).

First demonstrations are held in both towns plus Geneva. The Schengen agreement has been temporarily lifted to control the borders while activists are on their way to the Anti-G8 protests.

Impressions from Lausanne and Geneva | Summary | Imc UK Feature
Protest Camps Annemasse Pics | Reports [1 | 2] Video | Personal Account
Lausanne, May 28, Pink & Silver [Report]
Demos Thu 29 Annemasse [Report]
Lausanne Pics [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6] Pic Reports [1 | 2 | 3] [Video]

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Protests Against G8 Summit In Evian

21-05-2003 16:43

evian g8 pic
Between June 1-3rd, the G8 ("Gang of 8") summit returns to Europe after last year's retreat to the mountains of Canada (more), following the mass protests in Genoa (more) Italy, in 2001. Activists have called for actions and protests to accompany the summit which will be held in Evian, France, near Geneva. Protestors will converge in several villages around lake Leman (Evian itself will be sealed off), and are planning a number of creative actions. Activists will hold counter conferences and meetings throughout the entire week.

noborder call | AQUA Bloc | fires on the lake |

Read on:
Background | pre-event roundup | Situation there + Links (12th May) | Amnesty: G8 countries arm human rights violators | links | More Good Evian Links + Info | video reporting | Official G8 Evian Website

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Resistance is growing!

21-05-2003 16:34

Not only GM crops, but resistance and direct action against these plants is growing. Anti-GM protesters destroyed the last GM-field in Scotland last week, in direct response to negotiations of the WTO to force GM crops into our food.

In Brazil landless farmers invaded a Monsanto Brazilian biotech test farm to replace it with organic farming. In the UK the headquarters of Bayer was blockaded and simultaneously protests took place at the company in Germany.

Most of the public continue to be critical of GM crops, yet their opinion has again been ignored or reinterpretated by politicians obeying economic pressure rather than enforcing their voters views.