UK Smash EDO Newswire Archive
06-05-2009 18:04A personal perspective of the Smash EDO May Day actions on 4th May 2009.
Sorry but the pics aren't in any particular order..
05-05-2009 17:28Video and Demo report from Smash EDO/ITT demo 4th May 2009.
05-05-2009 15:16Last night HSBC bank in Five Ways, Brighton was attacked.
05-05-2009 11:23Businesses reopened this morning in Brighton with a redecoration, with the message 'Smash EDO' thanks to the mayday actions against the EDO arms manufacturers.
Solidarity. Militancy. Dynamism. Action. Diversity
04-05-2009 12:39Reports have been received that FIT teams have been physically stopped from operating at the Shut ITT/EDO Mayday demo
15:16: Police attempted to cordon a group at multi-storey carpark on Whitecross Street, were outfoxed. Protestors simply streamed through a carpark onto Trafalgar Street, massing behind the police lines and kettling them in. Police reinforcements running up Trafalgar road to rescue their kettled collegues. Now march is near Pelham Square heading towards St. George's Place.
14:52: March now at viaduct on London Road - heading back towards the city.
14:45: March got through police lines on Cleveland Terrace and withstood baton charges on Stanford Avenue. One snatch arrest reported on corner of Cleveland Road and Stanford Avenue.
14:38: March has moved into Lucerne Road from Chester Terrace
14:30: March on Preston Drove moving away from park being pursued by riot police.
14:26: People reported to be moving across the park - reports that park is surrounded by police.
14:21: March now in Preston Park.
14:02: March now on Preston Road. Line of police vans protecting the Royal Bank of Scotland - short shield officers now following the demo
14:02: Some marchers moving into Vere Road off Ditchling Road.
13:57: March is on Ditchling Road where reports suggest police have blocked the road. Reported that some marchers are turning down the hill back towards the city.
13:48: Police Horses are being forced away by thrown objects
13:47: March reunited at Druids Arms - North End of Level - reports are that march is very responsive and police are being outfoxed.
13:44: March seems to have been split - part of march being pushed towards the Level - front of march still heading up London Road - riot officers employing short shields
13:37: Police horses forcing marchers off the pavement outside McDonalds after cans were ineffectively thrown at McDonalds - police van being rocked and sprayed by the crowd - red flare under police van - riot police appear and baton charge protestors
13:30: March is heading to London road on Trafalger Street- earlier on a police cctv got sprayed and drove off - 'Smash bombs, dodge batons, bring the war home!' banner being displayed - estimated crowd now into the 1000's
13:20: March has reached Brighton Station
13:00: March reported to be moving up North Street, past the clock tower towards the station
12:55: Estimated now 500 - 600 people - lots of red flags - militant bloc at front - fluffier at the back - lots of leaflets being given out - riot vans at the back and front
12:48: Street Party now reaching Barclays on North Street
12:42: Street Party is on the move - about 500 people now - moving towards the City Centre/North Street
12:32: 8 police horses reported to be near roundabout.
12:30: Report that Fit Watch and others have driven FIT and police from the roundabout - a samba band has moved in
12:10: Sound system on roundabout - traffic stopped in one direction - people dancing in the streets
12:01: Mayday Mayday banner hung at the pier - about 200 people there - roundabout shut off - kids bloc en route - police being very hands off present
11:40: Meetup location announced - the aquarium roundabout by the pier
11:35: Critical Mass is on the move
11:13: Police presence at Critical Mass includes two police horses, Evidence Gathering Teams and a number of vans
11:08: 40 to 50 cyclists meeting up at Brighton Station for Critical Mass with two sound systems
10:30: SmashEdo Radio begins broadcasting on 101.4fm
04-05-2009 09:36Mounted police on the seafront - Madeira drive outisde Concorde.
London road pigged out - at Cowley Club front and back, and at convergence. 15 cops in all.
Cops in city centre talking photos outside McDonalds on Western Rd
03-05-2009 13:37FIT (the Metropolitan Police's Forward Intelligence Team) are monitoring people going in and out of the Cowley Club on London Rd in Brighton (2.30). There have been two officers opposite the front and back of the club entrance for the last few hours, so far just making notes.
03-05-2009 13:30FOR UP TO THE MINUTE UPDATES ABOUT THE DEMO - call the Mayday! Mayday! infoline - Save these numbers in your phone as this will be one of the only ways to find out the meeting point for the demo