Anarchist Federation bulletin - Resistance 82 - March 2006
NO TO NEW KILLER
Nuclear power: expensive, dangerous and polluting. A one time
by-product of nuclear weapons production, it remains indivisibly linked to it.
In the 1960s the industry promised ‘electricity too cheap to be
metered’. It never happened.
The industry is in steep decline. Their latest PR stunt is to say
nuclear is carbon free, that it can solve global warming. However, nuclear
technology is extremely dangerous, relies on dwindling supplies and is
so expensive that it needs massive government subsidies. It’s vulnerable
to terrorism and to nuclear weapons proliferation. It produces volumes
of toxic waste with no safe storage solution.
less reliant on increasingly expensive oil from volatile areas such as the
them greater control and making more uranium for their weapons of mass
destruction. Last but not least, it’s a way of throwing technology at
a problem, which avoids tackling the causes: over-consumption of oil
based transport and industry, pollution and waste.
The nuclear process uses energy intensive industries which depend on
huge amounts of oil and coal-uranium mining, enrichment and transport
across the world, construction and decommissioning of nuclear facilities,
transporting and storing radioactive waste.
Nuclear produces almost twice as much carbon dioxide as wind power
production. Power stations themselves release chloro- and hydro-
fluorocarbons as well as sulphur hexafluoride. Electricity production globally
only contributes 16% of greenhouse emissions. The vast majority is
produced by transport, mining and manufacturing, which are heavily dependent
on fossil fuels. If all fossil fuel power stations were replaced by
nuclear and exploitable reserves of uranium, it would run out in 3-4 years
(as it is now they will last only 30-40 years).
Between 1953 and 2002 the Canadian government gave the nuclear industry
$14.5 billion; between
1948 and 1998 the
industry $67 billion. The European Union spends 61% of its research and
development budget on nuclear, although the industry only supplies 13% of EU
The real alternative is to generate power from renewable sources:
solar, tidal, hydro, wind, geothermal etc. This would mainly be small scale,
locally produced for local consumption, to avoid the waste and
surrender of control of the national Grid.
Renewable energy should also be under genuine community control, rather
than government or private hands. Large scale insulation of homes and
workplaces is essential to minimise energy waste. The current oil
powered traffic system should be replaced by free public transport, with
cities and towns designed for people rather than cars.
AND THE WAR DRAGS ON...
The Blair regime has now been responsible for at least 100 dead British
soldiers and it is sending a large number of British troops to
British casualties will surely mount. This is not to mention the numbers of
injured and maimed who are carefully hidden from view.
Alongside all of this have been the recent video revelations of British
prison at Abu Ghraib showing more scenes of humiliation, torture and
These images cock a snook at the much vaunted claim of the American and
governments that they were bringing freedom and peace to
Let’s not be under any illusion that these scenes are the work of a
minority. The military machine-the armed forces – is a killing machine.
Its function is to kill and intimidate. The face of the murderer might
have a thick layer of cosmetics from the House of “Peacekeeping” but it’s
the face of a murderer just the same.
The British and
Americans are now bogged down in
and the war will drag on, with the possibility of hostilities against
to growing disaffection in the armed forces and increasing unrest at
home as the casualty figures mount. Show piece demonstrations are not the
answer. As the American anti-war activist Mario Savio said at the time
machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't
take part; and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the
wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make
it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the
people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented
from working at all."
IAF DAY OF ACTION
As in previous years IAF, the International of Anarchist Federations,
has called a day of action for the 18th of March. On this date,
thousands of anarchists around the world will show their refusal of the state
of permanent war into which we have been led. The tension that has been
created by politicans and the State is a means to create consensus in
societies that feel under threat. Then internal dissidence can be easily
right). There will also be a book stall during the demonstration on
Saturday morning (see back page).
*Wed 15th march - Jose Couso: State murder. Plus anti-war films. 7pm at
*Thursday, 16th of
March - Hostage cities:
17th of March - Inside
and War). 7pm
at Conway Hall,
The Federation of
Bulgarian Anarchists staged a protest in
Saturday 11th February, handing out circulars with anti-EU and anti-IMF
messages. According to the protesters, the European Union and the
Fund were "thieves," applying restrictions on
regardless of people's needs. The message also slammed the Bulgarian
government for allowing a recent increase in the prices of many products
and services, including energy, heating, transportation, food, alcohol
and cigarettes. The anarchists marched through
called on people to "stop the social genocide."
Three anarchists were
The arrests started at 8 in the morning when one anarchist was coming
out of work, he was arrested by balaclava wearing Mossos d'esquadra (a
police force belonging to the the
local government of
taken to his home where the police arrested his housemate and began to
search the house. Later on as another anarchist was leaving his home in
the center of the city he was also arrested. In the afternoon one of
the anarchists was released without charges. For the moment the other two
are being charged with arson and public disorder. Apparently the
charges are related to attacks on the company CIRE, a public enterprise whose
business it is to make a profit from prison labour in the Catalonian
prison system. So far in
about 150 people that took place in the city centre. These arrests are
part of a continuing attack on the anarchist movement in
2003 four other anarchists without trial. International solidarity is
needed now more that ever.
ON THE FRONTLINE
on the industrial disputes and struggles of the
and the world.
The notoriously arrogant and bullying Royal Mail Management goons have
faced trouble almost everywhere they’ve looked these past few months.
200 Post office workers
constant harassment and intimidation and staged a wildcat walkout on
January 31 - the union immediately repudiated the action and the bosses
thought they’d together managed to put out the flames, but 18 days later
the unofficial strike is still going strong and stopping deliveries to
most of the city as well as all mail being sent to
Well done to those who’ve stayed out and sent a clear message to the
bosses that they’ll not be intimidated away from their livelihood - which
is what many people put the arrogance of the RM
bosses all over the
down to, deliberate management provocation in order to avoid redundancy
payments come full privatisation.
Whilst this was going
forty 24 hour strikes in various London PO’s in protest at plans to shut
down yet more local offices in restructuring plans designed to cut wages
- managers were forced to fill in as ineptly as they could on these
days. Meanwhile, up in Dundee PO depot staff also staged two 48 hour
strikes in response to proposals to switch all full time jobs to part time
positions - management have again been drafted in to some proper work
The low paid and highly exploited cleaners at Parliament have won all
their strike demands after staging a number of 24 hours strikes - for
the fist time they now have the right to both 28 days paid holiday a year
and sick pay - they also won the wage raise they were demanding, they
now will earn £6.70 ph compared to an M.P’s £60 000.
The government and the fire-fighters may once more be heading for a
national showdown with plans to raise the retirement age for full pension
rights from 50 to 60. A strike ballot has been postponed for 4 weeks
until a mid-march conference to discuss a tiny concession by the
government, but all indication suggest that the fire-fighters are in an angry
mood and fed up the last 5 years disputes dragging on and want a clear
and quick victory that can’t be grabbed back afterwards on this one.
Some horrible news from the long running lock out at the tea picking
money to feed themselves have started dying of hunger. First to die was a
three year old girl, this was followed by two adults shortly after -
five dependents have since also died. The stranded workers are being
force to scavenge and eat roots and tubers of wild plants, many of them
potentially poisonous. Further research into the owners of this estate
WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT?
Tough times for the Respect bunch, indeed! Last time I saw someone
wearing the badge I couldn’t stop myself. I know it was cruel, but I had to
ask. So, how’s George Galloway in the house? And I didn’t mean the
House of Commons, but the Big Brother one. A sigh and lengthy explanations
followed: well, you know, he’s not the party, etc.
But I’m sorry, actually he is. That’s the problem of following a
leader. That’s the problem when a bunch of people rally behind someone, and
send him to parliament. The bloke is the cause. All Respect’s efforts in
the last months were to get him to parliament. They succeeded. But how
did they benefit from it? Or better still, how did any one in his
constituency benefit from having him in
It doesn’t really matter who is your leader, who you follow. When you
give someone the power to decide for you, you’re done for. Granted,
politicians mock their voters, once they’ve got the seat. So the moral is
clear. Make away with leaders of any kind.
All that said, it would be a nice idea to gather all politicians and
put them in a BB type of house and make them do some proper work.
Scaffolding or whatever. See how many nervous breakdowns we can see in a week.
NOT A NUMBER - TIME TO REFUSE ID
As predicted, most of the Lords amendments to the ID cards bill have
been ignored. Labour has now voted itself the power to give anyone
applying for a passport (or any other 'designated document') an ID card and
at the same time build a vast database of personal and biometric
information, starting in 2008/9.
Four out of five of us already have passports and just one more act of
parliament will be needed to force ID cards on everyone.
So what if compulsory ID wasn't in the Labour manifesto as some
opponents have complained. Why should anyone want us to have faith in
authority-obsessed warmongers? Politicians who voted to impose war in
now voted to invade our lives, for our own protection!
Forget the media sound bites about identity theft and terrorism, which
are designed make us fearful of other people, and make us feel like we
need a State to protect us. What will hurt most in the long term is the
State's use of the National Identity Register and other database
schemes like 'Government Connect' to control access to public services, and
give the majority of us the day-to-day hassle of having to produce
evidence of 'entitlement'. Labour is intent on taking away any privacy we
have left, tracking every part of our lives, and selling our details to
How long will it be before we start getting billed for healthcare if we
don't appear on the register for any reason?
How long before we are stopped in the street (more than now) and get
asked to produce our cards, or perhaps worse still, have our private
information read invisibly from a distance, just to show we are entitled to
The real work must now begin to make this scheme completely unworkable.
This world should not belong to the ruling class who, if you look back
through history, have always used force and laws to take land,
resources and make people do what they wanted. It's time to take back our lives
- we should not have to prove who we are to these State and corporate
Defending Anonymity is the AF's anti-ID pamphlet. Send SAE for a free
copy or read online at http://www.libcom.org/hosted/af/ace/anon.html
Right now, anarchists
in south east
a libertarian revolutionary group and are interested in making contact
with people in the area who would like to get involved.
Anarchist Federation members are among those looking to organise an
anarchist presence in the Lewisham and Camberwell areas of the city.
If you would like to get involved or are from these areas and would be
interested in joining the AF then please contact London AF, BM ANARFED,
...Continued from last issues article on the Portuguese revolution in
After April 25th people began occupying empty property, unwilling to
wait for governmental action. The government, afraid of people's anger,
decreed a rent freeze and allocated money and tax exemptions to
builders. The increase in homes built was inadequate and more and more people
occupied empty buildings. 260
families from a shantytown in
into an empty apartment block near the city. The military ordered them
out but were forced to back down when the families refused.
In response to the housing crisis people began to organise
collectively. In older working class and lower middle class areas Autonomous
Revolutionary Neighbourhood Committees were set up. The committees were
elected from general assemblies of local residents. They arranged
occupations of property for use as free crèches, workers' centres and for other
empty houses to be taken over. A "social rent" was paid that went towards
improvements. Another organisation set up was the Federation of Shanty
Town Committees. It was independent of political parties and came to
represent 150,000 shantytown dwellers. It called for new housing estates
to be built in place of the shantytowns, for expropriation of land and
for rent controls.
When the rural workers saw their opportunity for change they seized it
whole-heartedly and began taking the land. There was co-operation
between agricultural and industrial workers. In Cabanas an abandoned farm
was occupied with the help of a local neighbourhood committee. Machines
were taken from a nearby factory to help clear the
meeting of 354 farm workers declared that a massive amount of land was
to be occupied. Other workers, armed with pickaxes, arrived in trucks to
aid the agricultural labourers and at the end of it over ten major
farms were collectivised.
Gradually the political parties destroyed the gains of the working
class. But the Portuguese Revolution had been a great experiment in how to
start organising for a future society.
Support Tomasz Wilkoszewski!
Tomasz Wilkoszewski was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a
nazi in self defence. He has now served almost 10 years of his sentence,
which means he is now eligible for parole. Tomasz has a hearing coming
up soon to decide if he will be released early or not. Please support
him by sending the letter below (Polish translation at
http://www.brightonabc.org.uk) to the Polish authorities responsible for his case:
Post to: SAD OKREGOWY
III WYDZIAL PENITENCJARNY I NADZORU
NAD WYKONANIEM ORZECZEN KARNYCH
UL. AL. ZWYCIESTWA 1
“We would like to add this appeal to the files of Tomasz Wilkoszewski’s
case. We, the undersigned would like to express our support for the
attempt by Tomasz Wilkoszewski to obtain early, conditional release from
his 15 year sentence. Tomasz Wilkoszewski has been in prison since March
1996 (10 years) which means he can now try to obtain earliest,
conditional release. We think that he has spent enough time in jail, he didn’t
cause any problems there and now its time for him to start living like
a free man again. Further imprisonment will only destroy his chances to
come back to the society.
We request that you look into this case closely and consider his
attempts and our appeal.”
Tomasz would also love to get more letters. He can understand some
English, but finds it difficult to write, so don’t necessarily expect a
Tomasz Wilkoszewski, Zaklad Karny, ul. Orzechowa 5, 98-200 Sieradz,
Italian anarchist extradited and jailed
Francesco Gioia, c.c. Rebibbia, via R. Majetti, 165, 00156 Roma, Italy
Francesco Gioia has been extradited to
one of the libertarians in
association’ under the infamous article 270 BIS. They’re being charged of making
up a group called Cells for Offensive Revolution.
2nd - Worthing Alliance meeting with updates on local campaigns. All
welcome. Upstairs at The Rest,
8th - Dave Morris will give a talk on the history of the Tottenham
tube: Wood Green.
10-12th - Radio 4A On Air Around
11th - Peak Oil and the Capitalist system. London Anarchist Forum talk
with Adrian Williams. At Freedom Press, 84b
17th - Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, 5th anniversary.
BENEFIT EVENT with MARK THOMAS - Comedian, SOFIA BUCHUCK - Peruvian
musician, DOUBLE NEGATIVE - Rappers, NAWROZ ORAMAR - Kurdish singer
ODYSSEY - International songs, KURDISH DANCE GROUP. KURDISH COMMUNITY CENTRE,
Haringey-Green Lanes rail station (Gospel Oak-to-Barking line)
7.30pm. £8, £5 concs 07811 253600 http://www.campacc.org.uk
18th - Control Your arms. Amnesty and The Anchor Project, a youth club
for young asylum seekers, join forces for a special event against the
arms trade and the marginalisation of asylum seekers. Photo exhibition,
stunts, bands and djs. One not to miss. All cash raised goes to
charity. 6pm till 2am, Truman's
18th - International day of action against the Iraqi occupation
Assemble 12 noon,
18th - Punkpurim - a night of radical jewish counterculture from
jewdas.org and heeb magazine. Reviving the jewish anarchist tradition in the
east end there will be live klezmer hip hop, punk visuals, films,
radical torah and much much
more. 9pm rampART,
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