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10-03-2003 23:00

Faslane Peace Camp needs more guests!

Faslane Peace Camp, exists to protest against nukes and war for 21 years, and has become the activist centre of Scotland.
The next big direct action will be at the Big Blockade in April- see Calendar, but at the moment, Faslane Peace Camp is in urgent need of guests.

[ report | Faslane Peace Camp | Blockade]

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09-03-2003 23:00

Videoactivist training for Indymedia Scotland

Indymedia Scotland hosted a three days event for video activists in Glasgow. The Camcorder Guerilla Weekend gave interested independent media makers a first taster of diy film-making with professional guidance, experiences and advice. Filmmakers from Undercurrents, I-Contact and Cultureshop mixed with community video workers and professional producers trained beginners and advanced camcorder activists in diy practical hands-on workshops, question and answer sessions, lessons by examining film-footage followed by a short introduction of the history of pictures and their composition.
The Camcorder Guerilla Weekend was also spiced with exceptional documentaries being shown for participants and public in the Glasgow Film Theatre and the Glasgow Media Access Centre.

[ report | report and video of red crew | Link to video of blue crew, realplayer format | Link to video of blue crew, windows mediaplayer format | Link to videos 2+3 | Camcorder Guerilla Weekend program]

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08-03-2003 23:00

Women against war- Womens' rights are human rights!

On International Womens' Day women all over the world made their voices heard. In Glasgow a two days diy-conference and gigs took place, named “ Frock On ”.
In Edinburgh an anti-sweat shop protest took place in front of GAP. Also in Edinburgh, “ Enact for Women ” has put together a weeks long program for, about and by women, located in various parts of the city, with the main focus on the conference about women and human rights taking place on Thursday, 13th of march. [Frock On | protest | Enact]

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08-03-2003 23:00

Aberdeen is marching against the war

The biggest march in Aberdeen for perhaps a decade took place on Saturday the 8th of March protesting the war on Iraq, and the persecution of the Palestinian people by the Israeli military state.
Activists in Aberdeen and beyond are preparing for the next direct action, taking place next Friday at 12 noon in front of the local army recruitment centre on Belmont St.
[full story | another report ]

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06-03-2003 23:00

Edinburgh March against the War - 6.3.2003

On Thursday, 6th of march, there were two demonstrations happening in Edinburgh, which joined together in front of the Scottish parliament.
Both demonstrations were quite large compared to other demonstrations in the last years.

[ report | pictures of SSP]

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02-03-2003 00:00

New structures.

ImcScotland is at the moment building up its own Independant Media Centre. Please get in touch with us via the imc-scotland discussion email list. Also please do join this list if you wish to be involved and help IMC Scotland.

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28-02-2003 00:00

Edinburgh Claimants destroy forces recruitment brochures

On Wednesday, 26th of february, Edinburgh Claimants have destroyed armed forces recruitment material in an Edinburgh Job Centre in resistance to the threatened war with Iraq. The shredded material was returned through the letter box. The group also explains its action, that “ The army and other armed forces try to take advantage of unemployed people?s poverty ”

[full story | Edinburgh Claimants]

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26-02-2003 23:00

Scotland February 03 Features

Content of the Indymedia Scotland February 03 feature.

1.) Edinburgh Claimants destroy forces recruitment brochures - Anti-war 26.02.2003
2.) National Asylum and Immigration Act breaks human rights - Human Rights 20.3.2003
3.) Huge demonstration in Glasgow! - Anti-war 15.2.2003
4.) No more speakers in our name! - Anti-war 13.2.2003
5.) International Demonstrations against War and Imperialism - Anti-war 15.2.2003
6.) Critical mass against the war in Edinburgh - Anti-war 26.1.2003
7.) Blockade of BAe and Ark Royal - Anti-War 13.1.2003

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21-02-2003 00:00

National Asylum and Immigration Act breaks human rights

Justice Collins, in his judgement yesterday on Section 55, said there were quite clearly breaches of Articles 3, 6 and 8 of the Human Rights Act and this has quite clearly influenced NASS to take the action to suspend issuing negative decisions.
Section 55 and 57 came into force on January the 8th and withdrew all support, such as food, shelter, clothing for refugees who claimed asylum in country without legally giving them the right to work, so to force them onto the streets and into complete destitution.
The National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns estimates that there are up to 7,000 asylum seekers who have received negative decisions since 8th January 2003. On average 60% of all applicants have been refused support.
These Sections are even more appalling as most asylum seekers in Britain come from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

[ NCADC| Scottish Refugee Council | Noborder | audio: interview with activist | audio: interview with NCADC ]

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15-02-2003 23:00

International Demonstrations against War and Imperialism, 15th of February.

On Saturday, 15th of February, masses will take the streets all over the world to protest against the forthcoming war in the greed for oil and economical control of resources. As the politicians are getting shit-scared, the suspension and abolition of democratic, constitutional and human rights to assemble on the streets to voice alternative opinions are excluded in the lie of "security". The demonstration in Glasgow is expected to be one of the largest Scotland has seen in a long while. The Labour conference will simultaneously take place, and Blair is planned in to speak at 2pm.
[more feature on global imc about February, 15th | feature on global imc about the cancelled demos | call for red and black block at Scottish demo | International anarchist call for global action against capitalism and war]

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15-02-2003 23:00

Huge demonstration in Glasgow!

The peace demonstration in Glasgow was absolutely massive. It was at least the 50 000 reported earlier, but numbers were also said to be 80 000 or even more.
The march was colourfull and peacefull, there were no incidents. Four “ arrests ” were made, but people were released without being taken to the police station.
Protests against politicians plans to bomb Iraq's citizens in the name of humanity and the greed for oil were held all over the world, and are said to be the biggest in a long, long time, probably since the Vietnam war.
Protests occurred even in small villages and cities, like the 600 persons strong demonstration in Lerwick on the Shetland Islands. (BBC)
Approaching the elections in Scotland on 1st of may 2003, there were people present across all political persuasions. The university of Strathclyde distributed an “ International survey of anti-war protesters ” (tel: 0141 548 2214). This survey is co-ordinated by Prof. Walgrave of University of Antwerp, Belgium and distributed at the protests all over the world, asking the protesters about their political beliefs and experiences.

[ report from Glasgow | personal account |another personal account | pictures of Glasgow demo | more pictures | even more pics | further pics | nice pics ]

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13-02-2003 23:00

No more speakers in our name!

Scotland's parliament was temporarily reclaimed today, when First Minister's Question Time was interrupted three times. Anarchists and allied anti-war protesters heckled their “ representatives ” over the Scottish Executive's disinterest in the wishes of the Scottish people - as exemplified by Labour's support of the war on Iraq.

“ No more talks in our name ” on Saturday either, when the after-demo rally is banned. Also there seem to be calls out to have also demos starting from the south of Glasgow and the East.

[ Anarchists in the Scottish Parliament | Glasgow rally banned| Anti-War webpage on infoshop]

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09-02-2003 23:00

The Camcorder Guerilla Weekend

Camcorder Guerillas’ Weekend
MARCH 7-9 – GLASGOW INDYMEDIA SCOTLAND is organising a weekend event for Scotland ’ s “camcorder guerillas ” , bringing together radical underground film – makers with activists who want to know more about how the alternative media works and how Indymedia and political film – makers can be of use in political campaigning.

Print out the descriptions of the weekend:
[short description | long description | timetable | link to all pdf]

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27-01-2003 00:00

Critical mass against the war in Edinburgh

On Sunday, 26th of January, a crowd of cyclists, drummers, pedestrians and wheelchairs took the street to protest against the forthcoming war and to deliver a clear message of “ Don't attack Iraq ” to the American embassy.

[full story | another report | more impressions]

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25-01-2003 23:00

Freedom of Movement is Our Right! Support Refugees!

with the introduction of “The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act” on January the 8th, 2003, thousands of refugees will have their support withdrawn and will be pushed into poverty, crime, prostitution, begging and discrimination.
Also new plans include to abolish the right of permanent settlement for those granted 'Refugee Status' or 'Subsidiary Protection'.

statewatch report
full story
Support refugees!
new law
statement of the NCAD

More links:

[National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns | Refugee Council | BarbedWireBritain | Noborder ]

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25-01-2003 00:00

Edinburgh: Solidarity Picket at Spanish Consulate

'In Valencia repression against political dissidents and grassroots social movements is becoming a common thing; the arrest of these four anarchist activists, the eviction of squats including "Malas Pulgas" where they were also involved, illegal home searches by the police, harassment towards solidarity groups.....It is a very long list. For all those reasons we are here today.'
[full story | pictures]

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25-01-2003 00:00

Scotland January 03 Features

Content of the Indymedia Scotland January 03 feature.

1.) Edinburgh: Solidarity Picket at Spanish Consulate - Repression 24.1.2003
2.) Solidarity with Glasgow Anarchists facing repression - Repression 19.1.03
3.) New law leaves Refugees hungry and homeless - Repression 17.1.03
4.) Global Days of Action against the War on the Gulf War anniversary - Anti-War 16.-19.1.03
5.) New variant out - january 03 - Alternative Culture January 03
6.) Freedom of Movement is Our Right! Support Refugees! - Repression 25.11.02,
7.) Stop the war, chuck out the army and remove the Chancellor!! - Anti-War 17.12.02
8.) Weapon inspection in Glenrothes- Anti-war 14.12.03

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20-01-2003 23:00

Global Days of Action against the War on the Gulf War anniversary

Glasgow Anarchist Students prepare for a weekend of direct action, starting Thursday 16th of January. This weekend will see global anti war actions on the Gulf War anniversary January 17-19th. Actions have been called in Argentina, the USA, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Pakistan, Australia, Egypt, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Italy, France, Japan, Indonesia, Britain, Germany, Austria, Russia, the Phillipines, Switzerland, Bahrain and South Korea.
[Glasgow events against the war | global events against the war ]

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19-01-2003 23:00

The new variant number 16 is out

The new edition of the "cross-currents in culture" magazine variant number 16 is now available for free from following outlets: Articles recommended for reading are in particular "Making waves" about the Save our Pool Community Campaign to resist closure of the Govanhill Swimming Pool in Glasgow, "Communities in resistance" about the autonomous Zapatistas Communities in Chiapas, Mexico, and Noam Chomsky's article about "Antisemitism, Zionism and the Palestinians." The content of Number 16 will be available on the web soon, about 2 month after publication of the newsprint edition.
[ variant ]

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19-01-2003 23:00

Solidarity with Glasgow Anarchists facing repression

Some of the brave Glasgow Anarchists who took direct action against the war by occupying the Adam Smith Lecture Theatre on campus for 21 hours are now to be facing the repressive intimitation methods of the powers that be.
As usual when the state and other representatives of power lack arguments, they try to suppress civil courage and resistance by abusing their bureaucratic hierarchies to prove their self-righteous, elitist, capitalist, sell-out neo-liberal attitude.

The demands are and were:

  1. to the Chancellor of the University of Glasgow to step down; because of him investing the universities pension funds in war-profiteering companies.
  2. the Army to be booted off campus instead of the brave Glasgow Anarchist students; because the army does not belong there, whereas courageous, independant-thinking ethically sound students do.
  3. For the university to keep the Slavonic and Philosophy departments. Because philosophy makes more sense than war.
  4. Read Adorno!
    Reading tip especially for university professors and politicians: Minima Moralia. For more brains and more discussions and less intimitation or superiority policy.

For all to support the Glasgow Anarchists Students meet on Friday, 24th, 9.30 outside Hillhead Underground to protest against the university hearing. [full story | link to former article]

For more demands on libertarian education go to: lib ed magazine
Free University Copenhagen
[ women | abz | all powers | publications | on knowledge production | all power ]

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