Stop NATO Cymru Day of Action against Militarism

On the morning of Friday, July 25th, supporters of Stop NATO Cymru took action in London and Cardiff, locking themselves to the front doors of missile developer MBDA, occupying the HQ of arms company Airbus Group and closing the Armed Forces Careers Centre in Cardiff by occupying the roof. This was part of an ongoing anti-militarist campaign in the run up to September’s NATO Summit in Newport, targeting all institutions which perpetuate violence on a global scale.

Cardiff Armed Forces "Careers Centre" closed

Cardiff Armed Forces “Careers Centre” closed

MBDA is jointly owned by arms companies Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmecanica (25%), companies guilty of providing arms used by Israel to bombard communities, demolish hospitals and murder innocent children in schools. Palestinian solidarity activists stood with us against these monsters, with Israel having used British bombs on playing children, family homes, schools, independent journalists, rescue vehicles and hospitals in the last week alone.

In solidarity with Stop NATO Cymru, anti-miltarist activists from Stop the Arms Fair entered the lobby and picketed the entrance to the London HQ of Airbus Group (aka EADS). Airbus Group is a major profiteer of war. They manufacture jets, drones (including some with nuclear warheads) and surveillance technology. They are the second largest arms producer in Europe, with investments in authoritarian regimes such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kazakhstan. Airbus has recently announced new contracts worth £50mil, and have urged the arms industry to take ‘full economic advantage’ of the NATO Summit. The summit is an opportunity for them to showcase their killing machines and  blood-stained business through NATO procurement. Stop NATO Cymru opposes the NATO war machine, arms production and the murder of anyone for corporate profit.

When the rich declare war, the poor die.

When the rich declare war, the poor die.

Earlier this month the British Army launched a recruitment drive entitled ‘More Than Meets the Eye’, aiming to dispel myths surrounding life in the forces, boost their falling recruitment figures and secure the flow of “a new stream of young blood” as head of recruiting, Major General  Chris Tickell, so aptly put it.

They are right about one thing, there is more to life in the army than meets our eyes – more to what the media, charities and the state show of the idealised soldier. Waves of forced redundancies are leaving thousands unemployed, many of them young people, promised adventure and reward at the recruiting office before being spat into the jobcentre, often injured, with thousands wounded over the last decade.

Even those who keep their job are constantly exploited y the state. The fact is that every individual within the armed forces – from the musician to the infantryman – is part of an effort to further the state’s  expansionist agenda. In Afghanistan, war for oil saw the deaths of almost 4,000 coalition troops and an estimated 20,000 Afghan civilians killed to bring NATO’s version of democracy to the Afghan people. Now we see conflict flaring in Ukraine, with British companies having armed the Russian dictatorship, America throwing its weight behind a neo-Nazi backed government and the  people of Ukraine and the world suffering the consequences.

We took action to show that we will not stand by and watch ordinary people suffer in the wars of the wealthy. We are anti-militarist, opposed to states, their armies and the world that creates them. When NATO brings its circus to Newport in September, we will make our feelings known.

NATO is the militarist juggernaut that encourages military spending in times of austerity, stokes the flames of conflict in places like Ukraine and represents the armed wing of capitalist exploitation. In spite of the power behind NATO – and all militarist institutions in a world of government by violence – we will keep up our fight on the streets, doing all that we can to bring change, until every gun is cold, every bomb is dead and every cage is empty.

Stop NATO Cymru and Anarchist Action Network Meeting

Stop NATO Cymru and Anarchist Action Network National Convergence

Saturday 19th July 11am -5pm in Newport, South Wales at the Community Space Partnership, 128 Lower Dock St, Newport, NP20 1EG

Sunday 20th July 11am- 5pm in Cardiff, South Wales at the Owain Glyndwr Pub, (Tair Pluen function Room) Cardiff, 10 St John’s Street, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1GL

Stop NATO Cymru is a group initiated by local activists to mobilise against the NATO summit. Stop NATO Cymru joined with the Anarchist Action Network as a group with the same fundamental principles and as a group with the experience and skills gained from the anti-G8 mobilisation in 2013.

The Anarchist Action Network is working with Stop NATO Cymru to mobilise against the forthcoming NATO summit. This is the penultimate organising meeting before the summit – come and join the mobilisation!

Please email us in advance to discuss any queries about disabled access, childcare or crashspace at: stopnatocymru at riseup dot net.

Police harassment in Merthyr

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On Wednesday, July 9th, the otherwise successful Day of Action against Nato in Merthyr Tydfil was marred by an intrusive police presence, the attempted intimidation of Stop Nato Cymru activists and the harassment of a public meeting that afternoon.

As soon as a stall was set up in the town centre the police made their  presence known, with a mixture of “Community Support” officers and actual coppers surrounding the table – groups of two standing at either end of the street and four walking passed repeatedly, taking leaflets and demonstrating their cutting edge intelligence gathering techniques with questions such as “What you up to?”, “Are you moving on?” and “Are you doing this anywhere else?”.

Later that day a meeting was called in a public community centre to plan local and national opposition to the Nato Summit, with a warm welcome to anyone who wished to attend – apart from cops, who couldn’t seem to grasp the fact that it wasn’t for them.

Two police (55608, plastic copper, and 4680, fully-grown porker) told staff at the community centre that they’d come to find a meeting – “something about Nato”. They hung around in the adjacent cafe, peering in to the meeting room, realised that they’d been noticed and proceeded to take a walking tour of the outside of the building. When confronted by activists they admitted that “We’d heard there was a meeting”, refused to disclose where they’d heard and walked off, ignoring requests for further details.

What’s clear now is that Stop Nato Cymru and South Wales Anarchists are networks that are well and truly on the state’s radar, with the likelihood that this website, social media and possibly emails are being closely monitored in the run up to the Nato Summit.

Making this so blatantly obvious was either an idiotic mistake by Merthyr’s police or an attempt to intimidate activists before the Summit, in which case they failed spectacularly.  That anti-war and social justice campaigners can be targeted in  this way, just for their attempts at social change, makes our reasons for targeting the state all the more justified. When 60 “world leaders” besiege Newport for two days in September and the heavy muscle of the state tries to keep their circus going by suppressing dissent, we will be ready and more determined than ever to make our feelings known.

Details of the police (pictured above)

Warning: These individuals could be dangerous, intrusive and potentially violent. Stay away if spotted in public.

4680, left, real copper: Grey hair, short-back-and-sides, balding, clean shaven, average build, between 5″7 and 6 foot, possibly late 40s.

55608, right, plastic cop: Dark hair, clean shaven, average build, between 5″7 and 6 foot, possibly late 20s or early 30s.

Day of Action against Nato – Merthyr

This Wednesday (9th July) there will be a day of anti-militarist outreach and actions in Merthyr Tydfil town centre, with local people and activists from South Wales Anarchists, Stop NATO Cymru and No Nato Newport uniting to raise awareness of why we will protest this September’s NATO Summit, why Nato’s expansionist agenda must be challenged and how we intend to do this.

This will be followed by a joint meeting of Stop NATO Cymru and South Wales Anarchists in the Canolfan Soar community centre.

Merthyr is a community which recently suffered cuts to some of its most vital services, with £15 million worth due to be made in oncoming years. Although figures on the exact cost of the NATO Summit – the 10,000 police due to descend on the city and the day-to-day cost of NATO membership itself – are curiously difficult to find, what we do know is that endless trillions is spent on imperialist powers fighting each other while ordinary people from Merthyr to the Middle East suffer under deprivation, poverty and the daily grind that keeps the system going.

All are welcome to come and help distribute leaflets, talk to the public or just to find out more information about our campaign.

Meet at 11:00AM, outside Specsavers for leafleting – 126 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8BT

Meet at 16:00PM at Canolfan Soar for the meeting – http://www.theatrsoar.co.uk/your-visit/how-to-get-to-canolfan-soar/

See you on the streets!

South Wales Anarchists Meetings – New Structure

It was decided that the South Wales Anarchists meetings would take a new structure.

Meetings will take place every fortnight , with a meeting in Cardiff on the second Wednesday of every month and a meeting in another location in South Wales on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Meetings will be at 8pm.

Would you like to host a South Wales Anarchists Meeting in your town? If so contact us at gaggededitorial [at] lists.riseup.net

The next South Wales Anarchist meeting will be in Cardiff as it is next month we will begin meeting in different locations in South Wales.

The next meeting will be at 8pm, Wednesday the 25th of June at O’Neills pub near the market (upstairs).

See you there!

Next South Wales Anarchists meeting in Newport

The next of our weekly meetings will take place in Newport. The venue of the Newport Rising week long event where this meeting will take place will be announced this weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!

The meeting will be on Wednesday the 28th of May and will start at the later time of 8.30pm. Why not come down early? The day’s theme will be class struggle and austerity.

 

Newport Rising Timetable – 26th May to the 1st June 2014

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Venue announced: 95-96 Commercial St, NP20 1LU. Map is here. If you get lost ring/txt 07440 192330.

 

The programme for the week, more TBC!

MAY 26 – JUNE 1
A whole week of events in a venue in Newport

Mon 26th
11am-5pm: Kids’ Chartist mural re-creation
 12pm Community Singing Workshop
1-4pm: Self Defence for Women taster session – Women only 
4.30pm: Know your Rights with the Police Training 
7.30pm: Community, Democracy and Chartism 
Tue 27th
11am: Animal Rights 
12.30pm: No to the new nuclear build. Nuclear Power = Nuclear Weapons by South West against Nuclear 
2pm Fracking in Wales 
2-5pm : Stencil/graffiti workshop 
4-6 pm: Basic first aid workshop 
7.30pm The Levels Motorway Campaign and Fracking in Newport 
Wed 28th
2-5pm: Banner-making workshop 
Time TBC: The Tea Tent Claimants Solidarity – Strategies for coping with 21st Century unemployment
2pm: IWW Worker’s Power in Under an Hour Training 
Time TBC: Beat the Bedroom Tax 
7pm: Stopping forced workfare labour by Boycott Workfare. 
Thu 29th
2-5pm: Badge-making workshop 
3-4.3pm:Why Men against Patriarchy?(all genders welcome)
Time TBC: No Borders Morocco Presentation 
7:30pm: Borders & racism, plus film screening about nationalism.
Plus! Anti-facist network stall
Fri 30th
12.30pm:Prison abolition talk 
Time TBC: The Historical Aspects of Anarchism 
Time TBC: Anarchism for beginners 
7.30pm – ‘How can we destroy capitalism and make new worlds of anarchy and freedom?’ – workshop by Kaput (https://network23.org/kaput/)
There will be an acoustic gig afterwards with Cosmo, Emu Lou and Raz plus “Dancing Queer” bellydanceing performance.
Sat 31st
Day of protest and street theatre
7.30pm: Talk by people on the Dignity March from Bristol to Cardiff.
Sun 1st
12.30 pm: Session on resisting the drone wars – with emphasis about resistance to Parc Aberporth in Wales and Barclays Bank, investor in drone technology.
2pm: Countering military Recruitment in South Wales.
4pm: Resisting the NATO Summit in Newport – presentation by Stop NATO Cymru.
6.30pm: Organising meeting to build resistance against the NATO summit. All welcome!
Every day:
Free tea and cakes all week.
Free hot meal each evening.
Anarchism Exhibition 
Zines and Books
All welcome!

Venue details nearer the time.

To help out or donate food, materials or money, pop round for a chat or email stopnatocymru@riseup.net

 

What is the Anarchist Travelling Circus

Anarchist Action Network is planning to hold similar Travelling Circus events around the UK with the aim of raising public awareness of anarchism and building a movement with the strength to take renewed action. Go to www.anarchistaction.net for more information.

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