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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

Next Anarchist Action Network Meeting

Date: Saturday 18th April 2015
Time: 12-5pm
Place: Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Anarchist Action Network consists of individuals and autonomous local
groups, based in towns and cities across the UK and further afield. In the
past we have come together to organise temporary Anarchist spaces in
London and Newport and resistance against the G8 and NATO summits.

No cops or journos.

If you need accommodation please email anarchistactionnetwork@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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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.

Continue reading

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

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