Re: a great day for an action of some sort

From Replicant <replicant_x@yahoo.com>
Date Wed, 13 Oct 1999 03:46:36 -0700 (PDT)


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Robert sent us:
> GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION NOVEMBER 30, 1999
> 
> LET OUR RESISTANCE BE AS TRANSNATIONAL AS CAPITAL!
> 
> November 30th, 1999
> 
> A Global Day of Action, Resistance, and Carnival Against the Global
> Capitalist System

Ah, that's interesting. I read the following article about N30 a month ago in
the Sunset Times and couldn't be sure whether it was BS or not - although the
name Ungoed-Thomas is surprisingly absent from it. There wasn't any mention of
N30 on any of the sites for the sources mentioned at the time, obviously
because it's only just had the announcement released. So it makes me wonder
where the Times got its information from.

-R. (delurking)

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http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/99/09/12/stinwenws02018.html?0

Anti-City anarchists plot global riot 

Mark Macaskill and Jessica Berry

ANARCHISTS who masterminded this summer's riot in the City of London
are planning a second protest to target banks and financial institutions, a
Sunday Times investigation has revealed. 

Militant groups including Reclaim the Streets and Earth First, which
co-ordinated the June 18 (J18) action, have been in contact with their
American counterparts to launch a simultaneous campaign on November 30. 

A website set up to co-ordinate activists calls for a day of "civil
disobedience"
and "simultaneous actions in financial districts in major cities around the
world". Last week a member of the California-based Ruckus society, the
group behind the website, confirmed that it was in talks with British
activists. 

The date has been chosen to coincide with the meeting of the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) in Seattle, Washington, to be attended by representatives
of 150 countries. 

Detective Chief Inspector Kieron Sharp, of the City of London police, said:
"We are aware of this date and are taking the matter seriously. 

"We are trying to assess what is being organised, but it's too early to say if
it
will be on the scale of the June protest." 

The J18 day of action, billed as an international "carnival against
capitalism",
turned into a violent demonstration that left 46 people injured and damaged
property worth 2m. 

After the protest, a secret meeting was held by Reclaim the Streets at which
activists called for another attack "while the iron was hot". 


          Money talks: a demonstrator confronts police in the City

The worst violence occurred at the Liffe futures exchange building, and the
nearby Rabobank, where windows were smashed and offices wrecked. A
McDonald's outlet and a Mercedes-Benz dealership were also vandalised. 

Jan Dost, of Rabobank, said: "It was unfortunate that we were targeted last
time. I can only hope that this time we will be spared." 

A special action camp, called Smash the WTO - intended to train activists in
direct-action campaigns and street protests ahead of the event in November - is
to be held this week near Seattle. Among the speakers is John Jordan, a
leading figure of Reclaim the Streets UK. 

In an e-mail sent to The Sunday Times last week, an activist warned: "People
are really getting prepared for some good action. I guarantee that there will
be
some anarchist s*** going down, too." 

Dave, an eco-warrior with Earth First, said: "Direct action is the only way
forward and plans are being made for another protest. We are waiting for
further details by e-mail." 

Schnews, an activist newsletter based in Brighton, recently told activists that
plans were under way and said that regular updates would follow. 

In what is thought to be a trial run for N30, animal rights and anti-capitalist
protesters plan to travel to Bournemouth this month for the Labour party
conference. 

More than 16,000 members of the pro-hunting community will also be in
attendance at the conference to protest against a possible ban on hunting. 

"Some passionate anti-hunt campaigners see this as an ideal opportunity to
cause trouble," said one activist. However, the WTO conference at the
Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle is regarded as the
main event. 

Seattle police have been liaising with the American Secret Service and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to prepare for the 10,000 activists
expected, many of them travelling from Britain, Germany and the
Netherlands. 

Senior police officials in Britain have expressed concern that small activist
groups, which previously acted independently, have forged links with bigger
groups as a result of J18. 

They say this will make the co-ordination of a global event much easier than
ever before. 

Additional reporting: Justin Rigby 

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