Anarchist Action Network National Meeting – Sat 15th November

Anarchist Action Network National Meeting – Saturday 15th November 2014– London Announcing the next national meeting in LONDON of the ANARCHIST ACTION NETWORK and STOP NATO CYMRU. To be held at midday until 5pm on Saturday 15th November at FREEDOM BOOKSHOP in Whitechapel

Address: Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Nearest Tube: Aldgate East, Aldgate, Whitechapel

All are welcome except cops and journos. Please email us in advance to discuss any enquiries at anarchistactionnetwork [at] riseup.net

Callout to resist the G7 summit in Germany in 2015

On June the 4th and 5th 2015, the Group of Seven (G7) will be meeting at the castle of Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. There the Heads of State and Government from Germany, the USA, Japan, the UK, France, Italy and Canada want to consult on foreign affairs and war policies, world economy, climate, and ‘development’ issues. The representatives of the richest and most powerful countries in the world lay claim to decide the fate of the entire world, without having any legitimation for this. The G7 politics means neoliberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and the closing-off towards refugees.

For more information visit http://stop-g7-elmau.info

CALL TO ACTION AGAINST THE G7

On June the 4th and 5th 2015, the „Group of Seven“ (G7) will be meeting at the castle of Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. There the Heads of State and Government from Germany, the USA, Japan, the UK, France,Italy and Canada want to consult on foreign affairs and war policies, world economy, climate, and ‘development’ issues. The representatives of the richest and most powerful countries in the world lay claim to decide the fate of the entire world, without having any legitimation for this. The G7 politics means neo-liberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and the closing-off towards refugees.

A multitude of individuals, organizations and political parties from varying spectra and convictions won’t let this summit commence undisturbed.

We will stand our ground against the politics of the G7 with diverse and creative, open and determined action, demonstrations, blockades, and rallies directly by the castle as well as a mass rally and counter-summit in Munich. Get involved, come numerously, join us!

Fight the G7 policies:

-Get rid of the free trade agreements TTIP, TISA and CETA – the world is not for sale

-Against militarization and war – stop the wars by NATO states

-Open the borders for all people – solidarity with migrants and refugees

.-Stop the exploitation of mankind and nature – regain the natural basis of life from profit driven economy

-Against cutbacks in the social system – make the corporations pay for their own crisis

-Stop watching us – against surveillance society and the dismantling of democratic liberties

We regard the mobilization against the G7 summit as part of the diverse protest movements for social justice, for the preservation of the natural foundations of life, for peace and universal human rights. Therefore we fight alongside the Blockupy movement, the anti-war movement, the anti-racist movement, the struggle for better living and working conditions, and the protests against environmental degradation.

www.stop-g7-elmau.info (this is where you can also get the supporter’s declaration)

 

Report of Stop Arming Israel demonstration at UAV Engines, Shenstone 17/10/2014

On Friday 17th October 2014, the Anarchist Action Network supported a demonstration outside Elbit’s UAV engines arms factory in Shenstone, Staffordshire. The demonstration was attended by over 80 people who demanded a military embargo on sales to Israel and from Israeli companies and the closure of the factory.

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Opposing the DPRTE arms fair in Cardiff

On the 8th of October, DPRTE – “The UK’s Premier Defence Procurement Event” was held in Cardiff’s Motorpoint arena. A demonstration had been called by Stop NATO Cymru, Anarchist Action Network and South Wales Anarchists to oppose it, starting at 8.30am to coincide with the start of delegate registration, when the those buying and selling weapons and toys of war would be entering the arms fair.

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Several times people managed to get very close to the entrance before being kicked out by security, giving the delegates a piece of their mind in the process. At around 9am 3 men in suits entering the arms fair were covered in red paint. Two people were arrested and subsequently kept for 12 hours. They were both charged with criminal damage for staining the suits.

Food not Bombs Cardiff gave vegan breakfasts to passers by and the demonstrators. Food not bombs are a group who draw attention to food waste, and also the absurd fact that under capitalism we can afford to go to war but yet so many are going hungry and in many parts of the world people are starving to death.

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The arms industry benefits from perpetual war that has become the norm. Arms dealers make money from the deaths of innocent people. They came to Cardiff, a city that had a small taste of what it is to be in a militarized zone with the NATO Conference coming to south Wales just a month ago. If DPRTE come back next year people will be there to oppose them again. We don’t want these dangerous psychopaths in our city, buying and selling weapons that kill people.

Protesters continued to have a frank exchange of views with delegates at the fair for the remainder of the day.

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Callout to Demonstrate against 2014 DPRTE arms fair in Cardiff

From StopNatoCymru:

8.30 am at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Wednesday, the 8th of October

“When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

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On the 8th of October Cardiff will host one of the UK’s biggest arms fairs at the Motorpoint Arena. Let’s show them what we think of their dirty business! We call on people from south Wales and beyond to come and picket outside the arena that day from the time they open for registration at 8.30 am.

DPRTE this year will be attended by some of the UK’s biggest arms companies, as their exhibitor list shows. They also host a conference, with keynote speakers from industry and government.

The arms fair was previously held in Bristol, but was forced out by protests.

We hope to see you there. If you would like to be a legal observer contact us at stopnatocymru@riseup.net . You can also contact us by that email address for any additional information regarding the demonstration

Newport Action Centre launched!

Inspired by the recent Week of Action against the NATO Summit in Newport a group of local activists took control of an abandoned office block on Lower Dock St., secured the building and now announce their intention to launch a new social centre and creative space for the Newport community.

The Newport Action Centre will host a weekly free vegan café, info-talks, various workshops, skill-shares and an art space, regular events to raise money for local causes, and a home for some of us who need it, to run the space from.

Full announcement

No Borders Noise Demo outside the UK Home Office Buildings, Cardiff.

Babylon outside the borders agency

Babylon outside the borders agency

On the 2nd of September, at 12pm around 50 people gathered outside the Cardiff Home Office Buildings for the noise demo planned as part of the Stop NATO Cymru week of action.

In the past, there have been monthly noise demos by No Borders South Wales group, with many different points of focus, ID cards, destitution, dawn-raids and anti-deportation. The focus of this particular demo was how border controls relate to militarism and the NATO war machine

This was called because NATO are part of the samesystem that divides and isolates through borders. Borders are a mechanism for the divide and rule of working class people. Borders kill innocent people around the world as does militarism.

The sound system fired up with revolutionary tunes blasting, people were making sounds with all the tools at their disposal, including lamp-posts and sauce pans. People were engaged as they passed, waving from buses, cars beeping, and people stopping to find out what we were calling for and why we were taking the action. There seemed to be an air of appreciation towards it that a group would undertake the action with 9,500 police currently in the area for the NATO summit.

This noise demo shut down UKBA for the day, asylum seekers arriving to sign were told to come back another time, one said to the protestors “Can you do this every day?”.

FIT (Forward Intelligence Team) thought they were in a good position on top of a wall over the road to gather intelligence on those present but their camera soon got targeted with big posters that covered up their lenses.

There was a spontaneous march to Cardiff prison where the noise demo continued, messages of solidarity were called to the prisoners as prison officers gathered outside the front but made no attempt to intervene.

There were several arrests that day. One man was arrested for walking too close to the Home Office building with a handle-les saucepan, the charges against him were changed three times before he went to his plea hearing.Of the 4 arrested at that demo currently there are only two court cases ongoing, the other two has been withdrawn. If you are available to support these individuals in court email stopnatocymru@riseup.net.

There will be another demo soon as No Borders South Wales continues the struggle for freedom of movement, justice and equality for all.

Friday 17th October 2014, 1-3pm Stop arming Israel – Demonstration at Elbit Systems in Shenstone, Staffordshire

AAN is part of a coalition of groups supporting this demonstration:

During July and August 2014, 2,150 Palestinians were killed as Israel carried out another massacre of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza strip. Entire neightourhoods were destroyed and mosques, market places, UN relief compounds and schools were deliberately targeted. There was no safe place for the 1.7 million people in Gaza to take shelter from the Israeli bombardment. Israeli unpiloted planes, known as drones, carried out over 800 major strikes. Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company, supplied many of the drones used by the Israeli military.

Through its subsidiary UAV Engines, Elbit Systems operates a factory in Staffordshire. The company regularly exports military equipment to Israel. Elbit is also a part of the U-TACS partnership manufacturing the Watchkeeper drone for the Ministry of Defence. Continue reading

Timeline of actions during the NATO conference

During the course of the week of action a diverse range of actions were taken by many different groups and individuals. Here is a summary of what happened:

Friday 29th August – Stop NATO camp set up at Tredelgar park in Newport
- BAE systems attacked with fire in Filton and vehicles torched at army cadet base in Bristol as acts of resistance against NATO

Saturday 30th August -
-Mass march and radical bloc against NATO in Newport
-Effigy of Obama burned in Cardiff

Sunday 31st AugustAction against securitisation and repression at the ‘fence’ in Cardiff

Monday 1st September – Sabcats anti-austerity action at Newport jobcentre and army recruitment centre.

Tuesday 2nd September – No borders noise demo at UK Borders Agency in Cardiff
-Activist locks himself inside Cardiff Keep in Cardiff Castle where the NATO dinner is due to be held

Wednesday 3rd September – Activists hand in a demand for the arrest of NATO leaders to police in Newport, based on evidence leaked by Chelsea Manning of war crimes.

Thursday 4th September – No to Nato March on Celtic Manor from centre of Newport and mass demo against the NATO dinner at Cardiff Castle
- Activists chalk out the connections between NATO and arms companies in Newport

Friday 5th September – Activists again try to present evidence of war crimes at Newport police station
- Occupation of Barclays Bank in Newport calling for Barclays to ditch their shares in Israeli arms company, Elbit. Four activists arrested.

Saturday 6th September – Solidarity demonstrations outside Newport Magistrates Court in support of Barclays occupiers.

The struggle continues

Last week we saw a diverse struggle against NATO in Cymru. Marches against NATO in the streets of Newport and Cardiff; actions against the forces driving war in the banks and the securitised zones; workshops and discussions at the camp about connected issues from Gaza to police repression at the camp; people spreading the word in a hundred different ways, from conversations with locals, to the camp, to the web. But the struggles against capitalism and militarism are not a one-day, or even a one-week, event. The actions taken this week by Stop NATO Cymru, the Anarchist Action Network and other organisations are a small part of building up a movement capable of bringing about radical change.

So, when we look back, does it make sense to ask whether we “succeeded” in the week of action? We think it does. If one more mind went beyond the distortions of the mainstream media because of what we did, then yes we ‘succeeded. If one more pair of feet was spurred onto the streets by what we did, then we succeeded. And if one more pair of hands joined with ours, yes, we succeeded. In the coming struggles, those hands will again pick up the tools to take action, until the last drone is smashed. We hope to see you there.