Met with Cambridge Animal Rights last night to decide best actions in defence of the swan and against the rowing toffs. We’ve decided to cancel the demonstration on the 19th May and go for a really big action at the CAMBRIDGE BUMPS on Saturday June 16th. We are also cancelling the henley regatta trip so we can cocentrate on big mobilisation on June 16th. The animal rights group will be doing their own independent action and we will take ours. The Bumps are when allthe toff rowing clubs play bumper boats on the Cam with total disregard for wildlife. For us in Class war this is an ideal opportunity to see the toffs face to face nd tell them what we think of them…….tons of letter in the Cambridge Evening News very bitter at the toffs maiming the swan and their attitude to evyone else in the town. We can expect a lot of local support from narrowboat owners and we will hold a rally on one of the bridges over the Cam. Make every effort to come comrades. YOU WILL NEED TO BE IN CAMBRIDGE BY 11 AM.
CLASS WAR ON THE STREETS …………..CAMBRIDGE SATURDAY JUNE 16TH………………SAVE OUR SWANS………………..
A PROTEST march is planned after aggressive swan Mr Asbo was moved from the River Cam to “protect rowers”.
And campaigners demanding the return of the bird will call on the help of Trenton Oldfield to return it to its home.
Anarchists group Class War claims the cob was the subject of an “illegal rendition” when it was moved to a secret location to keep rowers from Cambridge University safe.
Ian Bone, an organiser of the protest from Class War said: “We are fed up with toffs from Cambridge University thinking they can do what they like – even riding roughshod over nature.
“For us the swan is heroic and has shown exemplary class consciousness by attacking Cambridge University rowers in the main – although there was some other casualties.”
The group said it will ask Mr Oldfield, the swimmer who brought the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race to a dramatic halt, to join the march.
The protest planned for June 16th comes after River Cam authorities were granted an emergency licence by Natural England after a series of attacks on rowers.
The cob and his mate were moved by volunteers under the orders of the Conservators of the River Cam.
Some rowers in Cambridge welcomed the move.
But Class War has described the act as “disgraceful” “It is the nesting season and all he was doing was trying to protect his young. The rowers knew he was there and could have simply stopped rowing if they had any respect for nature.
“Instead they just wanted to have their fun at the expense of this creature.
“This was an illegal rendition. They took the swan in the night and won’t tell anyone where it is.
The group has contacted Cambridgeshire police asking for permission to hold the march. If refused, they will hold a static protest in the city centre.
Natural England confirmed it approved the relocation to around 60 miles away last Wednesday, treating it as an “emergency licence”.
Mr Asbo has been championed by Robin Middleton, known as “Battleship Bob”, who lives on a boat moored at Upware, who will also be invited to the rally for Mr Asbo.
*****Any comrades living near Cambridge get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh dear – you can see from my Occupation post that I am being positive about OCCUPYLSX and have suggested that sometimes it’s best for radicals like me to just get out the way and let a new movement breathe. But dear oh fucking dear. Here we have the usual tired old lefties trying to organise the one thing they love – a useless march. So suddenly the shameless SWP hack weymann bennett and equally shameless Kate Hudson of CND and COR are speakers at a rally organised by Occupy. they have had nothing to do with this movement nor have Lucas or Pilger. they are all struggling to contain it in recognisable forms which they can control. Doubtless the SWP placards are ready and waiting. I can actually fucking visualise Andrew Burgin and John Rees cooking upthis menu of rancid leftovers.YOU WILL NOTICE FROM THE SPEAKERS LIST THAT THE ONLY PEOPLE NOT LISTED ARE ANY OF THE ORDINARY FOLKS WHO MAKE UP THE FUCKING CAMP – INSTEAD WE HAVE THE USUAL SUSPECTS INCLUDING THE OBLIGATORY FUCKING COMEDIAN.
CAMPERS AWAKE – THEY ARE TRYING TO WRITE YOU OUT OF YOUR OWN STORY YOUR OWN HISTORY. FUCK THE SPEAKERS. FOR A MEETING BY THE CAMPERS, FOR THE CAMPERS AND OF THE CAMPERS. DO NOT LET THE FUCKING LEFTIES POUR NEW WINE INTO OLD BOTTLES – THESE FUCKERS WILL BORE YOU TO DEATH AND STRANGLE THE MOVEMENT.
COMRADES – NO TO THE OLD WAYS! COMRADES – IF YOU TOLERATE THIS THEN YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT – A LIFETIME OF POINTLESS MARCHES AND SPEAKERS
AHA – all becomes clearer now. On Saturday the SWP’s big rival sect – the Socialist Party – is holding a march in London to welcome the marchers from their Jarrow march useless stunt. Speakers will include Bob Crow. Now the SWP/COR are organising a different march at the same time to get one up on the Socialist Party. One lot will be rallying in trafalgar square – the other a few hundred yards away at parliament. Fucking pathetic – really shows the petty nature of the Trots. Not exactly their finest hour……………
Spot on Ian.
by Ian Bone
IF YOU’RE A YOUNG BLACK MAN IN BRITAIN THIS WEEK BE VERY FUCKING AFRAID – THE COPS WILL KILL YOU OR ARREST YOU.TODAY’S COUNT AT 5PM – ONE DEAD FORTY ARRESTED – KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
Jacob Michael dies aftr 11 cops attack him with pepper spray and batons: Eye witness:
‘They started chasing him and hitting him in the back of the legs with batons. They said, “Why don’t you stand up and give yourself some dignity,” to him. But he couldn’t even stand up after they’d hit him with the batons.
‘It was so upsetting to see. I couldn’t believe the police could do that. It was like something you see on those TV cop shows.
‘I went to speak to his mum. She didn’t know what happened. She was mortified when they knocked on her door those hours later and told her, “Your son’s died”.
‘They had banged his head on the floor and they were giving him punches. He was already handcuffed and he was restrained when I saw him. I don’t know what happened in the house, I just saw when they were on the street.
‘He was shouting, “Help me, help me”. He wasn’t coherent. I don’t know why they were bringing him in for affray. It doesn’t matter, he didn’t deserve that.
‘He’s never been in trouble before as far as I know’.
by Ian Bone
‘Officers are considering a series of ‘pre-emptive strikes’, which could see anarchists being hauled from their beds and arrested on the morning of the wedding.’ ………..Daily Mail today. I looked up ‘haul’ in the dictionary and was horrified to read this…….’ to be transported or conveyed by cart’. Jesus – not even to be shoved into a car but humiliated by being placed in an open cart! But what’s the etiquette of being hauled from your bed – how should one prepare? I’d reccomend getting your best wincyette pyjamas on and sitting bolt upright in bed reading Freedom so you can’t be confused with other family members. I’d suggest decent breakfast – dippy egg, marmite soldiers. You might like to change the sheets – could be embarassing ..and get rid of anything you wouldn’t want others to see under the bed. Then compose yourself and wait for door to be battered down. If nothing’s happened by about noon it’s probably safe to get up.
by Ian Bone
‘ We are asking people to form up from 11am at Victoria Embankment, but we don’t expect the last marchers to leave until well after 2pm.’
‘The march will leave at noon and then head to Hyde Park for the rally. This will start around 1:30.’
Two quotes from the TUC website. People will be asked to form up at 11am but many will not move off to ‘well after 2pm’. So that’s a three hour wait at least – well handy for the old, kids. anyone who needs a toilet. Knowing that many won’t even move off by then nevertheless the rally will begin at 1.30pm – with breaks the TUC tell us for those who might have to get a coach home from Wembley! So many lining up for hours will never see any of the rally.
Fact is that the TUC are just not geared up for a million people. They require hundreds of thousands to leave before the others can get in. Everything is subordinate to getting a prime time slot for Ed Miliband and ed Balls.
THIS IS ENTIRELY THE TUC’S OWN FAULT. THEY NOT ONLY REFUSED TO ORGANISE FEEDER MARCHES WHICH WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF THREE HOUR WAITS BUT DENOUNCED THOSE THAT ARE BEING DONE AS ‘UNOFFICIAL’
Thus asks Andy Newman on his Socialist Unity site. His excuse for running the piece is the egging of Brendan Barber at Goldsmiths last night. This has given Newman - a supporter of Ed Balls, Galloway, Livingstone, Cruddas, Searchlight, Abbott, Sheridan etc etc – an excuse to re-run his hoary old stalinist anti-anarchist lies.
The egging is compared to Class War’s assault on Neil Kinnock in Hyde Park in 1983.
In the build up to March 26th we can expect much more of the same from the Left as they see their tired old formulaic A-B marches and Vote Labour aims discredited.
A clear attempt to frighten the punters on the march from taking any action promoted by these ‘enemies’. It might have worked in the past Andy – Spain 1936 – but this time the horse has bolted with a red and black flag on it’s head and thousands of punters failing to accede to Brendan’s pleas to GO HOME at 5pm from Hyde Park.
You’ve been rumbled Andy – I’d check the flights to caracas if i were you…
by Ian Bone
Dora Kaplan recently commented on this blog that for the student movement to tie itself to the trade unions would be like chaining thmselves to a corpse. How true. Today VICKY EASTON – London regional organiser of UNISON – warned against outside troublemakers hijacking the march to cause violence. Already singing from the pre-scripted police songsheet. Vicky said she believed peaceful marches were the way to change things – without being asked for one example! Quite how anyone can be an ‘outsider’ on a march open to all Vicky did not elaborate. Already we can see the cop/trade union leadership developing their narrative to enable them to provide thousandsof stewards to pen people in.