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March 23rd 2009 Strasbourg/ Baden-Baden - London

- Call for Summer of Resistance‭ ‬2009‭ ‬

- LEGAL TEAM during the NATO-summit

- NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO: Possible legal consequences of our action

- "We are your crisis" A rebellious call for days of action against the London G20 Summit

- Summit police fear attacks on hotels used by the G20 leaders

- Biggest police operation for a decade to be launched at G20 summit in London

Call for Summer of Resistance‭ ‬2009‭ ‬

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Collapse the security architectures‭!
Against NATO, G20, G8, Frontex and the “Stockholm Programme”!

Since the end of the last millennium a modification of the‭ “‬security architecture‭” ‬within the EU takes place,‭ ‬which have been accelerated by the attacks of‭ ‬11‭ ‬September‭ ‬2001‭ ‬in the United States.‭ ‬Visible phenomena are for example the entanglement of internal and external security,‭ ‬a‭ “‬pooling‭” ‬of prosecution authorities and intelligence sevices and a simplified data exchange.‭
‬At the technical level we are confronted with new digital surveillance cameras,‭ ‬satellite surveillance,‭ ‬biometrics,‭ ‬drones,‭ ‬software for intelligent search in databases and new broadband networks to manage this huge flood of digital data.‭
‬New institutions and authorities have been created,‭ ‬including the‭ “‬European Police Office Europol,‭ ‬the police academy CEPOL,‭ ‬the border agency Frontex and the‭” ‬Committee for the Management of Operational Cooperation‭ " ‬of all police agencies of the EU within its intelligence operation assessment center.
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At the initiative of former French Defense Minister‎ (‏and current Interior Minister‭) ‬Michèle Alliot-Marie the‭ "‬European Gendarmerie Force‭ (‬EGF‭) ‬was founded and has been established in‭ ‬2004.‭ ‬The EGF shall ensure the‭ “‬public order‭”‬,‭ ‬combat insurgency,‭ ‬obtain intelligence information and protect property in conflict areas.

The security industry is likely one of the few branches that profits massive from the current crisis of capitalism and the resulting battles.‭

‬Europe’s police forces are preparing themselve for protest and resistance against the impact of the crisis.‭ ‬Even the chairman of the International Monetary Fund IMF admits that in future more riots are expected.‭
‬The institutions of the‭ “‬leading economic nations‭” ‬are forced to re-organize themselves.‭ ‬The‭ “‬summits‭” ‬of NATO,‭ ‬G8‭ ‬and G20‭ ‬are of central importance for this reorganization.‭ ‬Topics such as climate,‭ ‬migration and agriculture are considered as threat to the security of a‭ “‬western lifestyle‭”‬.‭
‬Within the European Union,‭ ‬domestic political changements are taking place,‭ ‬whose effects are currently difficult predict.

Every five years,‭ ‬the interior and justice ministers of the new EU adopt new directives for a common domestic policy.‭ ‬The‭ “‬Tampere Program‭”‬,‭ ‬terminated in‭ ‬1999‭ ‬under the Finnish Presidency,‭ ‬was primarily a‭ “‬management of migration flows‭”‬:‭ ‬In addition to the appreciation of the police authority Europol was the establishment of a‭ “‬Task Force of EU Police Chiefs‭’” ‬which‭ ‬deals with‭ “‬international terrorism‭” ‬and‭ “‬violent political activism‭”‬.

With the‭ “‬Hague Program‭” ‬in‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬it has been agreed upon the creation of an‭ “‬area of freedom,‭ ‬security and justice‭”‬.‭ ‬Again it was decided on intensifications of migration policy,‭ ‬including the construction of Border Agency‭ “‬Frontex‭” ‬and the interception of refugees already in their home countries.‭ “‬The Hague Program‭” ‬puts the‭ “‬defense of terrorism‭” ‬in the center.‭ ‬At the level of information exchange and cooperation was now count on the‭ “‬principle of availability‭”‬.‭
‬The guidelines of‭ ‬2004‭ ‬are already implemented by many EU member states:‭

Standardization of the‭ “‬terrorism‭” ‬legislation,‭ ‬data retention,‭ ‬expansion of existing databases and shared access,‭ ‬cross-border police cooperation for example at sporting events or political mass protests,‭ “‬Border Management‭”‬,‭ ‬fingerprints when application for EU visa,‭ ‬from‭ ‬2009‭ ‬new biometric identifiers in identity documents,‭ ‬the development of security research,‭ ‬cooperation in criminal matters,‭ ‬police abroad etc.

‎"‏The Hague Program‭" ‬is running out and a new program should be decided on in autumn of‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬in Stockholm under the Swedish EU Presidency.‭
‬During the German EU Presidency‭ ‬2007,‭ ‬the German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble created with the,‭ ‬then European Commissioner for Internal Affairs‭ ( “‬Justice and Home Affairs‭”)‬,‭ ‬Franco Frattini,‭ ‬the‭ “‬Future Group‭”‬.‭ ‬This‭ “‬Future Group‭” ‬describes itself as‭ “‬informal body‭” ‬of European interior ministers,‭ ‬which drafted guidelines for European home affairs.‭
To adopt the new‭ “‬Stockholm program‭”‬,‭ ‬the‭ “‬Future Group‭” ‬submitted a wish-list for‭ "‬police cooperation,‭ ‬fight against terrorism,‭ ‬management of missions in third countries,‭ ‬migration,‭ ‬asylum and border management,‭ ‬civil protection,‭ ‬new technologies and information networks‭ "‬.‭ ‬Priorities are the maintenance of the‭ “‬European model‭”‬,‭ “‬coping with the growing interdependence between internal and external security‭” ‬and ensuring of‭ “‬Europe-wide the best possible data networks‭”‬.

The measures which shall be decided in Stockholm will only be noticeable by the member states within its ratification in a few years.‭ ‬There are profound changes in the game:‭
development and standardization of police databases,‭ ‬a central population register,‭ ‬"cross-border online search‭"‬, more control of the Internet,‭ ‬better satellite tracking,‭ ‬risk analysis‭ “‬software, ‭”‬e-borders‭" ‬and‭ “‬e-justice‭”‬,‭
Common deportation planes and flights,‭ ‬new refugee camp in‭ “‬third countries‭”‬,‭ ‬the use of the military defense of migration,‭ ‬more police interventions outside the EU,‭ ‬the expansion of paramilitary‭ “‬European Gendarmerie Force‭”‬,‭ ‬more cooperation between domestic and foreign secret services,‭ ‬etc.‭

The aim is a kind of domesticalNATO,‎ ‏with the creation of a‭ “‬Euro-Atlantic cooperation in the area of freedom,‭ ‬security and justice‭” ‬from‭ ‬2014.

Also the NATO attaches value to the central role of the European domestic politics.
On one hand,‭ ‬more and more police missions in‭ “‬third countries‭” ‬were launched,‭ ‬which perform there tasks of the military,‭ ‬strike down local uprisings and train local police units.‭
On the other hand,‭ ‬NATO-strategists play the ball back to the European interior ministers and refer to the importance of European‭ “‬Homeland Security‭” ‬without a‭ “‬strong defense‭” ‬to the outside wouldn’t be possible.‭ ‬The NATO sees itself within member countries as the guarantor of security of‭ “‬critical infrastructure‭” (‬like energy,‭ ‬transportation,‭ ‬communication‭)‬.‭
‬The strategy document‭ “‬Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World‭” ‬by five ex-generals,‭ ‬which areanchored in the defense industry,‭ ‬calls for the expansion of‭ “‬civil-military cooperation‭”‬.‭ ‬Considered as a‭ “‬civilian elements‭” ‬are for example Police,‭ ‬intelligence,‭ ‬research,‭ ‬academies,‭ ‬civil protection but also the private security industry.‭ ‬NATO wants to intensify the fall back on the‭ “‬European Gendarmerie Force‭”‬.‭
‬With the‭ “‬civil-military cooperation‭” ‬the militarization of social conflicts is increasing,‭ ‬underpinned by domestic political rearmament and new‭" ‬anti-terror‭ "‬laws.

The former EU Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs,‭ ‬Franco Frattini,‭ ‬has changed in Berlusconi’s Cabinet after the elections in Italy‭ ‬2008.‭ ‬As the new foreign minister,‭ ‬he is now responsible for the G8‭ ‬on the Sardinian island of La Maddalena.‭ ‬Frattini sees‭ “‬security‭” ‬as the central profile of the new G8‭ ‬structures:‭ “‬Europe can,‭ ‬rather than just a consumer,‭ ‬be a producer of safety.‭ ‬But EU and NATO need to integrate,‭ ‬rather to interfere with each others.‭ ‬We back up these thoughts in the context of the G8‭”‬.‭
‬Italy has adopted a‭ “‬security package‭” ‬in May‭ ‬2008‭ ‬with far-reaching tightenings for Migrants.‭ ‬After the EU already equipped Libya with financial help for refugee defense,‭ ‬also Italy signed a new cooperation agreement.‭
The Italian arms corporate group‭ “‬Finmeccanica‭” ‬delivers speedboats and the Interior Ministry is pleased that migration would now be diminished on‭ "‬zero‭"‬.

Frattini traveled early‭ ‬2009‭ ‬to Angola,‭ ‬Sierra Leone,‭ ‬Senegal and Nigeria to negotiate over‭ “‬readmission agreements‭” ‬for migrants,‭ ‬to equip the countries with refugee camps,‭ ‬and to introduce tamper-proof passports.‭ ‬It’s again all about the securisation of raw material and police enforcement:‭ ‬In return Frattini acknowledges an audience with the G8‭ ‬summit for the countries,‭ ‬to‭ “‬promote the dialogue between oil producing and‭ ‬-‭ ‬consuming countries‭”‬.‭
In the delegation travelling Frattini,‭ ‬the Italian police chief who immediately implement new contracts for police training and cooperation procedure.‭

‬As the consequence of the collapse of global capitalism around the world,‭ ‬more uprisings are expected.‭ ‬With the recent riots in Greece,‭ ‬Iceland,‭ ‬Sweden,‭ ‬Lithuania,‭ ‬Latvia,‭ ‬Bulgaria,‭ ‬France,‭ ‬Guadeloupe and Lampedusa,‭ ‬the EU became the venue of intense contradictions and militant struggles which.‭
In the numerous directives,‭ ‬bilateral agreements and treaties,‭ ‬of the past few years concerted measures for‭ “‬Europe as an area of freedom,‭ ‬security and justice‭”‬,‭ ‬are long ago brought into position against anti-communist resistance and radical projects and movements are covered with investigations and prosecutions for‭ "‬terrorism‭"‬.‭ “‬Joint investigation teams‭” ‬research‭ ‬-‭ ‬supported by Europol‭ ‬-‭ ‬international networks.‭ ‬Manuals and databases on‭ “‬Troublemakers‭” ‬will be bring protests at major international events under control.

Resistance against the increase in surveillance and control,‭ ‬against repression and anti-riot is still stuck too much often on a national level.‭
‬Therefore we call to push the development of a transnational struggle against the‭ “‬security architecture‭”‬,‭ ‬in‭ ‬2009‭ ‬at several cross-border mobilizations,‭ ‬whether they are timbered by the NATO,‭ ‬G8‭ ‬or EU.‭

‬We see the action day at the NATO summit as the kick off of the campaign for a‭ “‬Summer of Resistance‭ ‬2009‭” ‬against the global‭ “‬security regime‭”‬:‭

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Collapse the security architectures‭!


LEGAL TEAM during the NATO-summit

During the NATO-summit we will be there to support you, if you have trouble with police an repression. The legal team works together with lawyers in solidarity.

Most important infos:
You can contact the Legal Team on both sides of the river from of march.
Legal Team Strasbourg: +33 (0)
Legal Team Germany: +49 761 4097251

You can call both numbers, doesn`t matter from where to where. Just be sure to tell the country you are, to the Legal Team.

If you get arrested
Always: Call your name to the people arround you, when you get arrested. Don´t tell anything to the police, just your name and personal datas from your ID. Don´t talk with others about what you might have done, its better to exchange legal-tips and your contact.

In France: If you are stopped and put into police custody, you will not be able to contact the Legal Team. You must ask for “a lawyer assigned by the court”.
If you are presented to a judge after being taken into custody, ask the State-appointed lawyer if s/he is part of the Legal Team. If not, tell her/him that you want a lawyer from the Legal Team.

In germany you can call the Legal Team directly and tell them about your arrest. Insist on this phonecall!

If you see someone getting arrested, ask for her/his name, date of birth and tell it to the Legal Team in France or Germany.

After your release
Write down a short memory. Make fotos of you insuries and let attest them by a doctor. Don´t forget to inform the Legal Team about your release.

Legal Team direct
At the camp, in Molodoi and at the infopoints are people from the Legal Team. There you can get legal-tips in different languages. At the camp there will be probably consultation hours with lawyers from the Legal Team.

What you can do
For sure we need your help! Spread this information, print out the french and german legal tips and give them to your friends. If you have a car, go to the camp infopiont and join the prisoners support. These are people, who pick up released prisoners.

Before, during and after the protest you can contact us, even if you are hit by repression after months.

antirep-nato09 [at]
legalteam-strasbourg [at]

More news, legal support etc.

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NATO-ZU/Shut down NATO: Possible legal consequences of our action

A nonviolent blockade is likely to constitute an "unlawful assembly" according to CP 431-3 (CP = Code Pénal or French Penal Code) [1]. The possible punishment for "Wilful participation in an unlawful assembly" is - according to CP 431-4, a prison sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to 15,000€ [2].

While this might sound shocking, people should bear in mind that these are maximum sentences. French police practice often is not aimed at arresting everyone, but rather at dispersing a crowd, and arresting randomly a few people (more on French police tactics below). The French experience with punishment is that usually people receive a fine of about 500€ or in rare cases a suspended sentence of one month imprisonment. However, we have to point out that there is no guarantee.

An additional possibility is a charge under CP 431-9, "the organisation of a demonstration on the public highway without filing a prior notice pursuant to the conditions laid down by law" [3]. This carries a potential punishment of six months in prison and a fine of 7,500€.

This is a potential charge for anyone viewed to be an "organiser" of the blockade. In practice, French activists are not aware of anyone having been charged or sentenced under this article. Put the police might use it to put pressure on people, or to scare people.

Also the traffic law provides charges which can possibly be applied to our action. CR 412-1 (CR = Code de la Route or Highway Code) [4] about [the placement of objects on a public road which form an obstace to cars or] using whatever means to obstruct traffic allows for a punishment of up to 2 years imprisonment and a fine of 4500€.

While a crowd of people cannot be seen as placing an object on a road, it can be seen as a means to obstruct traffic. However, as far as French activists are aware, this article has so far not been used against blockades. The more likely charge is CP 431-4.

Possibly relevant are other charges which carry a lower punishment, but which provide an easier legal procedure. This would make it more convenient for these to be used. These charges can be:

* Code Penal CP R644-2: leaving objects which obstruct traffic on the public road, which can be punished with a fine [5]
* Code de la Route CR R412-51: placing an object or dispositive on the public road which obstructs traffic and refusing to obey the order of the police to remove this object or dispositive. This can lead to a fine. [6]

In both cases it is a contravention of the 4th class, which means a maximum fine of 750€ is possible.

According to French activists, human beings cannot be seen as objects or 'dispositives', while lock-ons can. However, while these charges might allow for a simpler procedure, we are not aware of them having been used in the past. They are included here just as a possibility.
Legal procedure

A good explanation of French criminal procedure you find in french on More extensive legal guides in other languages are in production. Here we just give a basic overview of the procedures.

In France the police always has the right, even if you are not doing anything wrong, to hold you for up to 4 hours for what is normally an ID check. All what you have to answer is what is on your ID or passport. The advice is to not say more than what's on it (Code of Criminal Procedure CPP 78-3). The French for '”No comment” is “Je n'ai rien à déclarer”. If after these 4 hours you are not notified if being detained (garde à vue), you may just leave.

The police has then the possibility keep you under arrest for 24 hours for the investigation (called garde-à-vue) – however, the first 4 hours are included in this 24 hours (CPP 78-4). This period can be prolonged by another 24 hours.

In this period you can see a lawyer 'commis d'office', that means lawyers which are standby and are provided by the judicial authorities. Several of these lawyers are part of the legal team. You can also ask for an interpreter or a doctor.

Following this garde-à-vue, apart from being released without further prosecution several possibilities of prosecution exist:

* you are released with a summons to a court case on a later date. Such a summons can be sent to you as well later.
* you are brought before the district prosecutor (procureur). S/he can decide to bring you before the court. In this case you have a court case in 10 days until up to 2 months. In this case pre-trial detention is not possible (CPP 394), but bail conditions might be imposed.
The prosecutor can also decide to bring you before court through the fast procedure (comparution immédiate). In this case you can have a trial on the same day (CPP 395) and until up to 3 working days later. In the latter case, pre-trial detention has to be approved by a judge. For an action on Saturday 4 April that means the latest Wednesday 8 April). You can only be tried immediately with your stated consent (given when a lawyer is present). If you do not consent to be tried immediately, the trial takes place within 2 months. The big risk in this procedure is that you can be put in pre-trial detention and that penalties are usally harsher than after a well defended case with the time to prepare it.
* the prosecutor can also decide that further investigation is necessary and send you to a judge of investigation. In this case no fast procedure is possible anymore. This case is rather unprobable for the envisaged action.

A prosecution is also possible for the 'contraventions' or the minor category of crimes. In this case a simplified procedure is possible which excludes the contradictory debate. The 'juge de proximité' or 'juge de tribunal de police' decides to give you a fine based on the police reports and without hearing you first. You will receive an announcement of this decision and an order to pay. You then have 30 days to file opposition to the decision, in which case you will have to appear later for a trial.

As this is a much lighter procedure, it has a higher probability to be applied. But this does not exclude the possibility for heavier prosecutions.

In the worst-case scenario (comparution immédiate) you will have to give guarantees that you will appear in order to avoid pre-trial detention. This means proving that you are a reliable person who has a stable position in society For this it is important to be able to prove you have a fixed address and a stable occupation (job contract, student card, ...). Although this is the worst-case scenario and not very probable to happen, it is good to be prepared and have such proofs at hand for the lawyer.
Legal justification

Penal Code CP 122-7 states: “A person is not criminally liable if confronted with a present or imminent danger to himself, another person or property, he performs an act necessary to ensure the safety of the person or property, except where the means used are disproportionate to the seriousness of the threat.”

It can be argued that the imminent danger is the preparation of war crimes and breaches of international law at the NATO summit, which we aimed to prevent through our blockades. However, it is unlikely that a court will follow our argument.
The position of foreigners

If you are sentenced to a prison sentence, which is not a suspended sentence, than such a sentence is usually served in your own county (your country of residence). This is based on a treaty of the transfer of prisoners to serve their sentence in their home country.
The limitation period (until when you can be charged or a sentence can be enforced) depends on the article you have been sentenced under:

* Petty Offence (contravention) (CR R412-51, CP R644-2): 3 years according to CP 133-4
* Misdemeanor (délit) (CP 431-4 / CP 431-9 / CR L412-1): 5 years according to CP 133-3

Generally, as a non-French citizen, an interdiction to the territory is only possible when participation in an unlawful assembly is armed, so not in our case (CP 431-7, 431-8, 431-11, 431-12).

There also exists the possibility to deport people for public order reasons (this in an exception to the EU law on freedom of movement for workers/services/...). This is a purely administrative act not connected with criminal law. In itself it does not prevent you from later entering France again.
We don't know if these measures have been used in France. See the text of the legal team for more information.
French police

The French police might act differently from what you are used to from your own country. French police is known to often use tear gas to disperse crowds, and to easily use violence against demonstrations. This is something we need to take into account when planning our tactics.

It is important to avoid anything which can be percieved by the police as a threat. This means that some tactics, which might have worked well in Germany in the past, are likely to lead to a violent response from the French police, possibly involing the use of tear gas and truncheons.

As NATO-ZU, we aim to communicate to the police in advance the nonviolent character of our action. We will have people responsible for police liaison in the action.

As a general advice:

* avoid running
* avoid confronting police lines in a big group
* sit down or lie down when confronted with police, possible more spread out than usual. However, don't do so when police is alreafy charging at you.
* actively police liaison needs to seek contact with police units once any kind of blockade has been established, or a confrontation is likely.

None of this is a guarantee that the police will not use tear gas or violence against us, but these are aimed at minimising the likelyhood of a violent response from the police.

Please look out for updates on NATO-ZUs contact with the police on our website.
Notes and original legal documents

The French penal code is available at:
- Francais:
- Deutsch: (nicht unbedingt 100% aktuell)
- English:
- Espanol:

[1] CP 431-3 reads:
"An unlawful assembly is any gathering of persons on the public highway or in any place open to the public where it is liable to breach the public peace.
An unlawful assembly may be dispersed by the forces of public order after two orders to disperse have been issued without success by the prefect, the sub-prefect, the mayor or one of his deputies, any judicial police officer in charge of public safety, or any other judicial police officer, bearing the insignia of their office.
These orders are made in a manner appropriate to inform the persons taking part in the unlawful assembly of the obligation to disperse without delay; the manner shall be specified by a Decree of the Conseil d'Etat, which shall also determine the insignia to be borne by the persons referred to under the previous paragraph.
However, the representatives of the forces of order called to disperse an unlawful assembly may directly resort to the use of force where acts of violence are carried out against themselves or if they are not in a position otherwise to protect the place they are occupying."

[2] CP 431-4
"Wilful participation in an unlawful assembly, after the orders have been issued, committed by a person not carrying a weapon is punished by one year's imprisonment and a fine of €15,000."

Note that the French penal code always states maximum sentences, although the wording might suggest that the courts have no choice.

[3] CP 431-9
The following offences are punished by six months' imprisonment and a fine of €7,500:
1° the organisation of a demonstration on the public highway without filing a prior notice pursuant to the conditions laid down by law;
2° the organisation of a demonstration on the public highway which has been prohibited pursuant to the conditions laid down by the law;
3° drawing up an inaccurate or incomplete notice liable to mislead about the objective or conditions of the proposed demonstration.

[4] Code de la Route: CR L412-1
Le fait, en vue d'entraver ou de gêner la circulation, de placer ou de tenter de placer, sur une voie ouverte à la circulation publique, un objet faisant obstacle au passage des véhicules ou d'employer, ou de tenter d'employer un moyen quelconque pour y mettre obstacle, est puni de deux ans d'emprisonnement et de 4 500 euros d'amende.
Toute personne coupable de l'une des infractions prévues au présent article encourt également la peine complémentaire de suspension, pour une durée de trois ans au plus, du permis de conduire, cette suspension pouvant être limitée à la conduite en dehors de l'activité professionnelle.
Lorsqu'un délit prévu au présent article est commis à l'aide d'un véhicule, l'immobilisation et la mise en fourrière peuvent être prescrites dans les conditions prévues aux articles L. 325-1 à L. 325-3.
Les délits prévus au présent article donnent lieu de plein droit à la réduction de la moitié du nombre maximal de points du permis de conduire.

[5] CP R644-2
Le fait d'embarrasser la voie publique en y déposant ou y laissant sans nécessité des matériaux ou objets quelconques qui entravent ou diminuent la liberté ou la sûreté de passage est puni de l'amende prévue pour les contraventions de la 4e classe.
Les personnes coupables de la contravention prévue au présent article encourent également la peine complémentaire de confiscation de la chose qui a servi ou était destinée à commettre l'infraction ou de la chose qui en est le produit.

[6] CR R412-51
Le fait, pour toute personne ayant placé sur une voie ouverte à la circulation publique ou à ses abords immédiats un objet ou un dispositif de nature à apporter un trouble à la circulation, de ne pas obtempérer aux injonctions adressées, en vue de l'enlèvement dudit objet ou dispositif, par un des agents habilités à constater les contraventions en matière de circulation routière, est puni de l'amende prévue pour les contraventions de la quatrième classe.
Lorsque la contravention prévue au présent article est commise à l'aide d'un véhicule, la mise en fourrière peut être prescrite dans les conditions prévues aux articles L. 325-1 à L. 325-3.


"We are your crisis" A rebellious call for days of action against the London G20 Summit

G20 London Summit: A rebellious call for days of action, March 28th - April 2nd 2009

March 28/09 // Militant Workers: Direct Action Bloc

'Put People First' Anti-G20 demonstration, 11am Central London

As the financial crisis has spurred a global economic recession the reality of the situation is being faced by us all – price hikes and wage cuts, job losses, spiralling debt and repossessions.

The institutions of government and global finance are making us pay for their mistakes, giving themselves hefty bonuses for the privilege.

As big banks get billions of our money to bail them out, the Post Office is threatened with privatisation and mass redundancies to claw back the pension hole!

Government and bosses, while protecting their own interests, are steadily losing their grip as the anger of the working class becomes more and more apparent after a decade of enforced 'social peace'.

Putting working class anger first

The recent wildcat strikes at the Lindsay Oil Refinery saw workers take action for themselves, without union backing.

Thousands of workers across the country walked out in sympathy strikes – a practice still outlawed under the Thatcherite anti-trade union laws. No repercussions were suffered by the workers - a lesson to us all.

And although we oppose such slogans as “British Jobs for British Workers”, we do not dismiss the experiences, anger and positive action of those workers to develop a pro-working class position, based not on capitalism's demands for inter-worker competition, but on international class solidarity.

If we want social change we must fight without prejudice for it.

Solidarity is not a word but a weapon

Our purpose is to put direct action at the core of any fightback - against the repossessions and redundancies that we will face over the coming months and years, to restate our commitment for an international unity amongst all working class people regardless of nationality, race, sexuality or religion.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with all those who take direct action against their current situation (against the state and its institutions, against the bosses and the capitalism they cling to), and confront those who seek to hinder or recuperate that action - fascist parties like the BNP, government forces, the trade union elite and the corporate media. The memory of the miners strike, Wapping, Poll tax lingers long and hard.

2009 is our summer of rage - we are only as strong as the power we give ourselves.

Join the direct action bloc on the Put People First mass demonstration on Saturday March 28th 2009. Meet in Victoria Embankment Gardens, 11am. Look for the red and black flags.
April 1/09 // Reclaim The Money

Meet in the Square Mile (London's Financial centre) to take back what's ours

World leaders, including Barak Obama, are set to meet at Docklands Excel Centre in London's East End, for the G20 financial summit on April 2nd, to sort out the global crisis they themselves conspired to create.

While unemployment escalates along with debt and poverty - we are told to tighten our belts, not to complain, to have faith in bankers, bosses and politicians, these leaders are preparing the biggest shake up in the history of capitalism since the 1930s.

We can only imagine what is on offer as their solution - from the people that brought us wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, from the heads of economies that continue to concentrate the world's wealth in the hands of a tiny minority from the obscene rich and powerful who continue to steal the products of our labour and time, forcing us to fight amongst ourselves for what's left.

We are living in uncertain, dangerous times, where we can either allow our futures, and the future of our children, to be decided by the same class of people that have brought us into this crisis (and continue to profit from our misery) or we can decide to get rid of the lot of them and organise society differently - for our own benefit and of the benefit of those around us; those we work with, those we live with, for a future based on our collective needs.

We are their crisis

Let's make this a chance for a fundamental change in society. Let's reclaim the history of working class struggle for a new free world, for a global human community fit for all, not the undeserving rich elite who are happy to see our lives ruined if it means that they stay in charge and at the top.

Join thousands of disgruntled, angry, pissed off people on the streets of the financial district. As the bankers continue to cream off billions of pounds of our money let's put the call out – RECLAIM THE MONEY, storm the banks and send them packing.

April 1st in the square mile, City of London financial district

A day of fucking up the summit and other adventures. Be warned. Be aware. Be ready!


Summit police fear attacks on hotels used by the G20 leaders

Security will be bolstered against ‘guerrilla’ raids
Sean O’Neill, Crime Editor

Security for the world leaders attending next month’s G20 summit in London is being stepped up amid fears that violent protesters will find out where they are staying.

Police have received intelligence reports that hotels and other buildings could become the target of “guerrilla-style raids” by anti-globalisation groups and are increasing the number of close protection officers that will be stationed at each location.

All police leave has been cancelled in London for the first two days of next month – the summit is on April 2 – and thousands of uniformed officers will be on the streets to prevent legitimate protests from being hijacked by violent activists after indications that there will be the worst public disorder in a decade.

Anarchist groups and environmental activists are already collaborating on a series of demonstrations, which are being advertised with slogans such as “Storm the Banks” and “Bash a Banker”. One website urges demonstrators to “express their rage” and promises “a day of f***ing up the summit and other adventures” on April 2.

The security operation to protect politicians attending the event will be the largest seen in Britain since the G8 met at Gleneagles in July 2005. Some of Scotland Yard’s key security personnel were stranded in Scotland when the July 7 suicide bombers detonated their devices and killed 52 people on the London Underground and on a bus as the meeting took place.

The Times understands that there is no intelligence pointing to a terrorist attack to coincide with G20, but that a detailed anti-terrorist contingency plan has been drawn up.

A senior source said: “We could never rule out the idea that the G8 event might have been the inspiration for the 7/7 terrorists. There’s no intelligence of an attack now but we would be foolish if we weren’t thinking along those lines – you cannot afford to discount any possibility.”

Three police forces – the Metropolitan, City of London and British Transport Police – have joined under a single command structure to prepare for the leaders’ arrival.

Protests begin on the Saturday before the summit with a “Put People First” march in Central London. Police resources will be further stretched when the President of Mexico arrives on March 30 for a state visit that will include attendance at the summit.

The day causing senior commanders the most concern is April 1, on which activists have planned demonstrations focused on the Bank of England, calling for a “mass street party”.

The anarchist Wombles protest group says on its website: “As the bankers continue to cream off billions of pounds of our money, let’s put the call out – reclaim the money, storm the banks and send them packing.”

Plane Stupid, the group that has staged demonstrations against airport expansion, is promoting a Climate Camp in the City on the same day. BP’s centenary celebrations at the British Museum that evening may also attract protests.

The protest organisers, however, are emphasising the flexibility of their plans and have set up text message alert systems to keep their followers informed of changes in the choice of venue or tactics.

A police source said: “To some extent we’re always going to be one step behind them. It will be like dealing with flying pickets.”

Police are confident that they can protect the summit venue, the ExCeL Centre, which is bordered by railway lines and docks and is close to an airport.

The source added: “The protest groups are intent on causing as much disruption to the summit [as possible] but we think a lot of their talk is aspirational rather than achievable.”

There was severe disorder in London in 1999, when 4,000 people took part in a protest against Third World debt, and on May Day 2000 when the Cenotaph and a statue of Winston Churchill were vandalised. The following year, police thwarted a protest by trapping a large crowd of demonstrators inside a cordon.


Biggest police operation for a decade to be launched at G20 summit in London

The biggest police operation for a decade will be launched next month for the G20 summit after protesters said they planned to bring chaos to London.

Business groups are warning staff not to schedule important meetings in the capital because of the likely disruption.

Tens of thousands of protesters are preparing to descend on the City and the Excel centre, where the two-day summit is being held.

Whitehall officials are also understood to be preparing contingency plans to move the conference elsewhere in the country if the security of the summit is jeopardised.

Although the summit is dubbed “the G20” there will be 22 countries represented at the meeting, including Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

As well as the heads of state, more than 1,000 officials and civil servants are expected on April 1 and 2, including the heads of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Police are preparing to launch their biggest street security operation in Britain since the May Day riots nine years ago, with more than 5,000 Met and City of London police expected on the streets to maintain public order and protect the foreign leaders.

Sources said that it is a “unique” challenge.

One potential flashpoint is in the heart of the City, where thousands of climate change protesters are already planning to set up camp at the Carbon Trading Exchange.

An umbrella group called “G20 Meltdown”, representing 67 different protest groups from anti-war demonstrators to anarchists, promises to “reclaim the City, thrusting into the very belly of the beast: the Bank of England”.

The Daily Telegraph has learned of plans by four columns of protesters to march on the Bank of England from different train and Tube stations on the eve of the summit, April 1.

Local shops said police had already started to warn firms in the City and eastern parts of London of potential trouble in two weeks’ time.

Police will brief community groups and businesses next week on the latest intelligence of potential threats.

Part of the challenge for policing the operation is that many of the heads of state will be staying at their embassies in Belgravia.

This will mean that their motorcades will be travelling across London to where the summit is being held in a conference centre in the Docklands.

Sir Gus O’Donnell, the head of the civil service, said: " It is going to be challenging to move so many heads of state and government around London.

“Obviously we will do all we can to minimise disruption but we need to keep these various heads of states secure.”

Sir Gus also made reference to the particular risk around American presidents, after previous attempts on the lives of former heads of state.

He added: “American presidents, you know we know the history, so they are rightly very careful about security.”

The cost of the summit is already mounting. Yesterday the Cabinet Office said the cost to the taxpayer of the two-day event would be £19million.

This estimate includes all major costs – staffing, the venue, and event security and policing.

However, it does not include the disruption costs to businesses, which the London Chambers of Commerce said would be £5million a day. If there is trouble, this will rise “significantly”.

Colin Stanbridge, the chambers’ chief executive, said: "We are immensely proud that the G20 is coming to London but there is concern about the possible disruption to day-to-day business.

“We are confident that the Met and City police will be well prepared, but we would ask the authorities to consider the full implications for firms when making their security arrangements.”

The Federation of Small Businesses, which represents more than 200,000 small firms across the UK, has warned its members not to try to hold important meetings in London that week.

Stephen Alambritis, a spokesman, said: “We are warning our members not to arrange important meetings in London that week.”

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: "The Metropolitan Police is very experienced in policing events and demonstrations and deals with 4,500 a year.

“There will be a large security operation surrounding the G20 event, to deal with the event itself and any demonstrations that may occur.

“The Metropolitan Police are committed to, and will always facilitate, lawful protest.”

By Christopher Hope, Richard Edwards and Oliver Gregory