Just in time for the start of the month, the september issue of the Autonomist is here! Download the PDF, or see below for the text-only version.
Autonomist September 2010 (pdf)
Police Violently Evict Squatters
Avon & Somerset Police showed that they have no understanding of the law when they illegally evicted squatters from 54 Fremantle Road. 20 police officers, mobile CCTV, 2 dog units, armed response units, helicopter, plain clothed officers and CID were present at the eviction.
They accused the occupiers of causing criminal damage to the property, using this as a reason to break down the door. This is despite them turning up at the premises on two separate occasions in the past and agreeing that this was a civil matter.
Occupiers resisted the illegal eviction with impromptu barricades, fire extinguishers and at one point a packet of frozen food to fend the fuckers off! After dismantling the door and most of the porch the officers entered the building to find it empty – most of the squatters being long gone by this point. Two occupants who had become trapped in the basement were later arrested at taser-point after the filth broke the window and forced entry.
The Rich At Play
The countryside is filled with death all year around, but as autumn arrives the killing will rise with the start of the shooting season and the more notorious fox hunting season. From early September Fox Hunts will be out across the country at first light, training the new hounds of their pack by setting them on fox cubs to be ripped apart. Then from the 1st of November the main killing season starts. Fox Hunting may be illegal at present but that doesn't stop them, just as laws against us stopping them killing will never stop us.
Stepping in and saving animals' lives by Hunt Sabbing can be just as much about fighting a class war against the ruling class as it is about saving wildlife from being ripped apart in the name of sport. Knowing that you have saved an animal from being ripped apart is a great feeling as is knowing that you've ruined the day of the ruling class scum.
See the back for contact details to get involved.
The 13 members of Bristol & Bath Rising Tide who blockaded the train line out of Foss-y-Fran opencast coal mine have been granted conditional discharges. They're also banned from the area of the mine, but this may be challenged in the court of appeal.
The offices of G4S were attacked on the evening of Wednesday 11th August. Their plaque was removed and the intercom was left hanging from the wall by 5ft of wire. The growth of the security industry was cited as the reason for the action.
Also in the firing line this month cleaning firm MITIE. 43 windows were smashed at their national headquarters at Emersons Green.
Two vehicles were attacked in Staple Hill and Lockleaze for the same reason. The actions were claimed in solidarity with workers who have been mistreated by MITIE.
EdF have begun work at the 400-acre Hinkley site, even before they get planning permission to build two giant reactors. The “preparatory works”will include removal of the majority of trees, hedges and habitats, including ancient woodlands, stripping topsoil and vegetation to make a terraced area for the proposed reactors, and the demolition of three historic agricultural barns.
Local people turned up outside Crown Prosecution Service to show solidarity with the family of Ian Tomlinson, who was murdered by the police during the G20 demonstrations in 2009. The CPS had recently decided not to press charges against the officer filmed striking the fatal blow.