Next Anarchist Action Network Meeting

Date: Saturday 30th May & Sunday 31st May 2015
Time: 12-5pm
Place: Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton

Anarchist Action Network consists of individuals and autonomous local
groups, based in towns and cities across the UK and further afield. Join us to help organise a week-long temporary anarchist space in East London this August. The main meeting is on Saturday May 30 and on Sunday May 31 there will be practical workshops.  All welcome, except cops or journos.

If you need accommodation please email anarchistactionnetwork@riseup.net

Making merry on Mayday – and other dates

Mayday has traditionally been a time of both celebration and rebellion – and 2015 will be no exception. Here are a few events taking place this year that we have heard about – let us know of others to add to the list over the next couple of weeks.

Milan: International anti-capitalist protest

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Six weeks after the massive protests against the opening of the European Central Bank HQ in Frankfurt, European anti-capitalists will be gathering again, this time in Italy, to take on another major showcase of European neoliberalism. The mobilisation on Friday May 1 is being billed as “a joyful angry international demonstration through the centre of Milan” and starts at 2pm at Piazza XXIV Maggio on the south side of the city centre. It is focused on the opening day of Expo 2015, an extravagant six-month “world fair” celebrating the corporate wealth built on the exploitation of workers and the destruction of the environment.

London: Mayday street party

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Reclaim the Beats – join the Fuck Parade! Class War 12V multi rig street party at 1 Commercial Street, London, from 6pm on Friday May 1.

London: Occupy Democracy

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As Britain gets ready to go to the polls,Occupy Democracy has announced a ten-day occupation of Parliament Square, from May 1 to May 10,  to continue building “a movement for real democracy: free from corporate control, working for people and planet”. They say: “We will return to Parliament Square to expose our broken democracy and work towards real democratic solutions through engaging workshops, lively discussions and creative direct action”.

Cardiff: Radical Workers Bloc (May 2)

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South Wales Anarchists will be demonstrating in Cardiff on May 2 to celebrate this year’s May Day. We call on all those struggling for a world of justice, dignity and freedom to come together and join us this May Day in Cardiff. Bring your red and black flags and class struggle banners! Meet at 12 noon on Saturday May 2 at the southern end of St Mary St, under the railway bridge near the Great Western Wetherspoons. March starts at 12.30 through the streets of Cardiff City centre to…. somewhere with no bureaucrats’ speeches!!!

Future events

Didcot, UK. Reclaim the Power: Direction action camp May 29 – June 2. 

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Reclaim the Power is holding a direct action camp near Didcot Power Station (Oxfordshire) as part of a global day of action, ahead of the UN climate talks (COP21) in December 2015.

Basque Country: International anti-fracking camp, July 13-19

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The Frackanpada is an international protest camp against fracking that will take place this summer in Euskal Herria (Basque Country), called by the local movement against fracking (Fracking Ez) and with the support of a committed team of people based in different European countries.

Rhineland, Germany: Climate Camp – mass civil disobedience, August 14-16

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“In a big colourful action of civil disobedience we will obstruct the exploitation of lignite (soft coal) with many hundreds of people. Thus we will resist one of the crucial root causes of climate change. We will use a variety of actions, about which we will communicate in an open and reliable way. Let’s make the Rhineland the focal point of a strong and powerful anti-coal-movement!” Also Degrowth Summer School,  August 9-14

Peak District, England: Earth First! Summer gathering, August 19-24

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The gathering is billed as “five days of skills sharing for grassroots ecological action” revolving around the struggle against fracking, new roads and lots more, with a particular emphasis on community-based campaigns. It is “a chance for people and groups from across the country and beyond to get together to network, share practical skills, ideas and inspirations to help our actions and campaigns be as strategic and effective as possible “.

Other sites with events info

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AAN join rooftop occupation

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Anarchist Action Network took part in the occupation of an arms company in Kent on Tuesday February 17 2015.

Instro Precision, an arms company near Broadstairs, was occupied for more than 12 hours, from 5am, to protest its sales to both Israel and Afghanistan. Four people took the roof with banners to shut the factory down, with ten more on the ground, one of whom locked herself to the front gate.

The activists decided to leave after shutting the firm down for the whole day. There were no arrests.

Instro is owned by Israeli arms company Elbit Systems, who make drones that are used to kill Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Optical and camera systems like those made at the Instro factory are also supplied by Elbit for use in drones flown over Afghanistan, as well as in Israel’s apartheid wall.

Elbit Hermes drones have been flown over Afghanistan and the new Watchkeeper drone, based on the Hermes, was deployed by the MOD last year. Although the Watchkeeper is ostensibly a surveillance drone, it has been displayed with missiles under its wings at the DSEi arms fair in London.

During last Summer’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ attack last Summer, armed drones killed 830 Palestinians in Gaza. 85% of the drones used by the Israeli military are supplied by Elbit. Elbit’s share price rose in July off the back of the extensive use of its technology during Israel’s massacre,and the company recently reported a backlog in orders worth $6.2 billion. Elbit advertises its products as “combat proven”, by which they mean their products are tested on the bodies of Palestinian civilians.

Comms Blockade: Stop Police Repression by the Guardia Civil!

The Anarchist Action Network is calling for a communications blockade of the Spanish embassy on Monday the 9th of February in solidarity with those suffering at the hands of the Guardia Civil (the Spanish Police Force).

Recently, Spanish Anarchists have suffered a wave of repression.  Raids, arrests, imprisonment, seizures of books and computers and a sinister “Anarchist Terrorism” charge. The reasons given by the judge for their continued detention include the possession of certain books, “the production of publications and forms of communication”, and the fact that the defendants “used emails with extreme security measures, such as the RISE UP server”.

If the Spanish state think they should be able to read anarchists’s emails, why don’t we send them some mail directly telling them exactly what we think of their repressive policies.

In addition to this the Guardia Civil are responsible for the cold blooded murder of innocent people simply seeking to move. This brings us to another reason for calling this comms blockade.  This February will be the one year anniversary of the killing of dozens of migrants by Guardia Civil on the Moroccan-Spanish land border at Ceuta. No one has ever been held to account for these actions. When tweeting, calling, emailing the Spanish Embassy, let them know that these murders have not been forgotten. There are also demonstrations to mark the anniversary happening across Europe, including in London.

Before you send emails to the embassy, consider your own security too – see Tech Tools for Activism for tips.

Details of the Spanish Embassy in the UK:

Phone: 020 7235 5555
Twitter account of the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at the Spanish Embassy: @SpainCultureUK
Email: emb.londres@maec.es

They Won – DPRTE campaigners victorious!

On the 6th of January 2015 two local people stood trial, accused of disrupting last year’s Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) Arms Fair, now an annual occurrence in Cardiff.

The defendants were accused of throwing red paint at delegates entering the fair, damaging their luxury goods worth hundreds of hundreds of pounds. They were charged with Criminal Damage and breach of s.4A of the Public Order Act (“Causing harassment, alarm or distress with intent”). They were advised that the prosecution would be seeking custodial sentences.

The defendants sought to run separate, distinct defenses. The first was to put forward a factual defense that the police had grabbed him and wrestled him to the ground for no reason. The second defendant contended that they had been acting out of necessity in an attempt to prevent war crimes based on the arms fair’s various links to Israel and the horrific attacks against Gaza that took place over the summer, in the context of the continuing oppression of the Palestinian people.

Before the trial started some 30 supporters gathered outside Cardiff Magistrates court for a solidarity demonstration with the two defendants. Several groups came out to support, including Food not Bombs Cardiff, Anarchist Action Network, Afed Bristol, Cor Cochion Caerdydd, Bristol Defendant Solidarity, Bristol Against the Arms Trade, disarmUWE as well as South Wales Anarchists.

Outside Cardiff Magistrates Court before the Trial

Throughout the day defendants and their supporters were followed and surveiled by Police Liaison Officers, who largely failed in their documented intelligence gathering role since all attendees wisely declined to engage with them from the outset.

Court proceedings were delayed for hours as there was no prosecutor – the Crown Prosecution Service was called and the prosecutor who had been appointed to the case said he knew nothing about it. A replacement prosecutor was then speeded to the court.

As the arms dealers and lay prosecution witnesses had also failed to turn up, the prosecution sought to amend the charge to Criminal Damage of the arresting officer’s uniform. One of the police witnesses had claimed paint damage to his uniform – which surely, if it had occurred, would have been the result of manhandling and grabbing the defendants when they were arrested. The District Judge said that this was “moving the goalposts” considerably and that Criminal Damage by paint transfer during an arrest when the police grabbed the defendants would be “ludicrous”.

After lunch the CPS informed us that it would drop all charges. The many supporters in the public gallery broke out into applause and the judge scolded them saying “this is NOT a football stadium!”.

Outside Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

The DPRTE arms fair will be returning to Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on the 8th of March 2016. To flog their machines of torture and death. The people of Cardiff and beyond stand ready to oppose them and we ask that you will join us.

For more info on how to get involved with the campaign against DPRTE arms fair, email: stopnatocymru@riseup.net

Anti Militarist Court Solidarity – 6th January

6th Jan 2015
Time: 9:15am
Date: Tuesday 6th January 2015
Location: Cardiff Magistrates Court
Address: Fitzalan Road, Cardiff CF24 0RZ

Court solidarity demonstration to support two much-loved people who are facing excessively harsh charges for allegedly seeking to disrupt the DPRTE arms fair in Cardiff last year. They stand accused of damaging the luxury goods of arms dealers and organisers with childrens play paint.

There will be a short solidarity demonstration outside the court from 9:15am on Monday 6th January 2015. Antimilitarist banners and well-wishers welcome. Afterwards some of us will be supporting the defendants from the public gallery.

URGENT WITNESS APPEAL:
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Were you present at the protest against DPRTE Arms Fair at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena in October 2014? Even if you think you didn’t see anything you may be able to provide useful defence evidence as to the nature of the day.
If you think you may be able to help please email: bristoldefendantsolidarity@riseup.net

Stop Arming Israel day of action – Saturday November 29th

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#StopArmingIsrael

Find out details of an action near you here.

We are calling for action on Saturday November 29, the UN day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, to pressure the UK government and British companies to end all relationships with Israeli arms companies and to end all forms of military cooperation with Israel. Continue reading

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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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