UK Climate Camp 2008 Newswire Archive
07-08-2008 17:26The Children of the Eco Warriors will lead the Children's Revolution march with children of local residents from the site of the Camp for Climate Action near the Kingsnorth power station on Saturday.
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07-08-2008 15:45Kentnews reports Medway Ports Authority has "empowered" the police to represent them in the "enforcement of Section 21 of the Medway Ports Byelaws".
I can understand the attempt to deter the rebel regatta action, but can't find any relevance of section 21:
Extracts from Medway Ports River Byelaws 1991
21. The Master of a power driven vessel underway shall either be on the
bridge or control position of the vessel himself or ensure that there is
on the bridge or control position a member of the crew who is capable
of taking command of the vessel and, when a pilot is on board, is
capable of understanding the pilot’s directions.
Maybe they are confused with section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act, 1847 - which covers obstruction and road closures for processions.
There's been so much coverage, with some of it quite well balanced... obviously there's been some rubbish, but i'm pretty impressed overall.
There's been ups and downs what with the police raids and the so called weapons cache and the police feeding out lies, but there's been pretty good coverage of rebuttals from camp, tons of good interviews with campers, and of course the politics and science has also come to the fore, with news stations scrambling to get to grips with the issues. This is just a small sample of the voices that have been heard.
Maybe someone wants to play it on cc radio if people are interested to hear some of the voices?
The audio ends with a short piece from a camper who talks about what it's like at camp, which is the only bit which hasn't been broadcast on TV.
(nb this is just voices, no analysis or anything like the cc radio piece posted a few newswire items earlier)
Action press release here:
07-08-2008 14:34Local press claims Section 60 in force on Hoo peninsula
07-08-2008 13:28Collection of mainstream and activist videos from the Climate Camp 2008 - updated daily.
A faceless corporate stooge from E.ON was also seen embracing Gordon Brown, and smothering Hilary Benn as the Giant caricatures toured the camp.
Following the previous days mass 'walk-in', where a large group of people simply walked through the police search area after complaining that 2 hour waits to be searched were not acceptable, on wednesday a group of around 30 people left the camp as a protest and refused to be searched.
It's interesting to note that the Police later lied about this to the media in their latest press release saying:
"More than 30 people leaving the camp on Wednesday morning with their belongings approached police and told officers they do not want to be associated with any criminal activity. ACC Beautridge commented: 'It is unfortunate for all concerned that there appears to be a hardcore minority, intent on criminal activity or unlawful protest, who are diverting attention away from the issues that most people have come here to raise."
This outright lie was refuted by the Climate Camp media team and on the CC website, but of course it hasn't stopped mainstream media publications from running with the story, with The Herald printing the headline "Coal-power protesters shun criminal activity".
The Climate Camp website hit back saying: "This press release is totally consistent with the police's ongoing campaign to disrupt, deligitimise and smear our campaign against building a new coal-fired power-station at Kingsnorth. Climate camper Terry Graves said, "Another day, another totally unsubstantiated claim from top cop Gary Beautridge. None of this is stopping us from having the conversations we need to have to tackle climate change. We won't be distracted."
There were also several other incidents throughout the day with police being heavy handed over the imposition of searches. The pictures below are video captures from Medway Messenger video filmed by Steve Bodycombe as police move against a group objecting to the searches and the long waits to get into the camp in what their reporters described as distressing scenes. Several arrests were made.
Despite the behaviour of the police, people are still arriving at the camp, although several people are complaining that the police action is designed to put off local people visiting the camp.
07-08-2008 11:23A Big Thank You to everyone making the Climate Camp a success even before the main action - this from the CC website : http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/home
entrance to RBS London HQ at Liverpool Street . Students are staging a
'die-in' blockade to highlight the devastating effects of climate change.
The protesters are demanding RBS stop funding destructive fossil fuel
projects which will create climate catastrophe. The action is taking
place as part of the climate camp and is co-ordinated by the student
action network PANDA .
07-08-2008 09:04Nine protestors from the anti-aviation group ‘Plane Stupid’ have left the Kingsnorth Climate Camp to mount a protest against short-haul flights from the nearby Gatwick Airport. The nine climate activists had been planning to protest against the government’s plans to expand Kingsnorth coal fire power station. However continual police intimidation and violence forced them to leave the camp, choosing instead to protest against the popularity of short-haul flights, especially during the Edinburgh Festival, from Gatwick airport.
07-08-2008 08:48I have been impressed and inspired by campers resistance to the repeated police encursion attempts. The police are shooting themselves in the foot!
07-08-2008 08:15This morning climate activists from around the country have shut down the
South's biggest agrofuel depot.