Benefit Gig For Edo Decommissioners and Greek Prisoner

•March 13, 2009 • 1 Comment

On April 11th we will be hosting a gig to benefit the EDO/ITT decommissioners and Greek prisoners involved in the riots in December.

Bands include AXIS OF (myspace.com/axisof) From Northern Ireland. Energetic, powerfull, melodic, thash, crust pop, punk. NO CHOICE (myspace.com/nochoiceuk),  KilnAboy (myspace.com/kilnaboyngal) and Politrix   (myspace.com/ politrix21stcentury).

EDO DECOMMISSONERS
On 17th January 6 people entered EDO MBM/ITT and caused over a quarter of a million pounds worth of damage. The intent was to decommission the factory to prevent the manufacture of
weapons that could be used against the people of Gaza. Two of the decommissioners have been remanded into custody.
“Windows had been smashed and offices turned over in what I would describe as wanton vandalism, but with machinery and equipment so targeted that it could have been done with a view to bringing business to a standstill. The damage is significant and the value substantial.”  DCI Graham Pratt
A support campaign has been set up and money raised to help with their case and to support the two prisoners.

GREEK UPRISING
on the 6th of december 2008 police shot dead a sixteen year old boy in athens. this sparked two weeks of intense rioting in all major greek cities. it quickly became evident that this was more than mindless vandalism, this was innsurrection.
more than 270 people have been arrested in connection with the actions. 67 of them have been detained, while 50 immigrants that were arrested were rapidly condemned to 18 months of imprisonment and are being deported. 19 arrestees in larissa face charges under the anti-terrorist law. countless people were brought to the police departments but were released with no charges in the end.

With information stalls and practical information about how to support the prisoners and campaigns.

Model Inn, Quay Street, Nr Westgate St,  Cardiff

Doors at 7pm until 2am. ONLY £5

Mel Broughton gets 10 years for animal rights attacks

•February 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Animal rights campaigner Mel Broughton has today been sentenced to 10 years. The jury at Oxford Crown Court convicted the 48-year-old of conspiracy to commit arson. Mel has been the public face of the anti-vivisectionists’ campaign against the construction of an animal experiments laboratory in South Parks Road, Oxford. He is a member of the campaign group ‘Speak’.

Judge Patrick Eccles said: “The firebombs that you planted at these two buildings were out there as part of a ruthless campaign to instill fear to all those connected to the laboratory, whether they were workers, managers, academics or tradesmen. “.

Mel has been told he must serve atleast five years before being eligible for release. This was the second trial Mel had faced over the allegations. A jury was discharged in November 2008 after failing to reach a verdict.

A spokesperson for ‘Speak vowed to continue the fight; “We are more determined than ever to continue the campaign against Oxford University’s abuse of animals,”

But despite the protests, the £20m Biomedical Sciences Building took its first delivery of mice in November last year.

You can write to Mel at:

HMP Woodhill, Tattenhoe Street, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK4 4DA.

What you can send: SAEs; a small, non ring-binded calendar; Postal Orders made out on front to “HMPS”, with the inmate’s name and number on back, and also the sender’s name and address if there is room.

SHAC ACTIVISTS SENTENCED TO A TOTAL OF 50 YEARS

•January 26, 2009 • 1 Comment

Seven SHAC activists were this month sentenced to a total of  50 years in prison for conspiracy to Blackmail. They did not commit any direct action themselves rather they may have encouraged others to do so as a result of running the successful SHAC campaign.

A full report on this can be found on the South Wales Anarchist website.

Their address and info of what you can send in:

  • Dan Amos (VN7818 )

    Birthday: 19 November

    HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5DF

    Sentenced on 21 Jan 2009 to four years in connection to the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences.

    The following items may be sent in: writing pad (non ring binder type); envelopes; £5.00 worth of stamps; 20 normal size (5×7 or 6×4) photos (check with inmate first). Cheques and postal orders must be made out to ‘HM Prison Service’ and the inmate’s name/number written on back, together with a return address.

  • Gregg Avery (TA7450)

    Birthday: 5 December

    HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DF

    Sentenced on 21 Jan 2009 to nine years in connection with the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences.

    The following items may be sent in: writing pad (non ring binder type); envelopes; £5.00 worth of stamps; 20 normal size (5×7 or 6×4) photos (check with inmate first). Cheques and postal orders must be made out to ‘HM Prison Service’ and the inmate’s name/number written on back, together with a return address.

  • Natasha Avery (NR8987)

    Birthday: 28 December

    HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middx TW15 3JZ.

    Sentenced on 21 Jan 2009 to nine years in connection with the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences.

    What you can send: Cheques/postal orders made out to ‘The Governor’. Books, stationery, stamps; saes. Write prisoner name and number on the back.

  • Gavin Medd-Hall (WV9475)

    Birthday: 20 March

    HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5DF

    Sentenced on 21 Jan 2009 to eight years in connection with the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences.

    The following items may be sent in: writing pad (non ring binder type); envelopes; £5.00 worth of stamps; 20 normal size (5×7 or 6×4) photos (check with inmate first). Cheques and postal orders must be made out to ‘HM Prison Service’ and the inmate’s name/number written on back, together with a return address.

  • Heather Nicholson (VM4859)

    Birthday: 30 January

    HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middx TW15 3JZ.

    Sentenced on 21 Jan 2009 to 11 years in connection with the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences.

    What you can send: Cheques/postal orders made out to ‘The Governor’. Books, stationery, stamps; saes. Write prisoner name and number on the back.

  • Dan Wadham (WV9474)

    Birthday: 3rd February

    HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5DF

    Sentenced on 21 Jan 2009 to five years in connection with the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences.

    The following items may be sent in: writing pad (non ring binder type); envelopes; £5.00 worth of stamps; 20 normal size (5×7 or 6×4) photos (check with inmate first). Cheques and postal orders must be made out to ‘HM Prison Service’ and the inmate’s name/number written on back, together with a return address.

Below are Heather Nicholsons words from the Wales on Sunday:

“I have never hit or attacked anyone. Even the judge said I was not accused of actually intimidating anyone. It was just this amazing charge they came up with, “conspiracy to blackmail,” that was some kind of catch-all.

Our Government is big on allowing people the democratic right to protest but when you become effective at protesting they clamp down on you like the worst form of dictatorship. We formed SHAC because we were genuinely heartbroken that trusting animals were being bred to be led into laboratories to have all sorts of unspeakable things done to them. We had no trouble raising money because millions of people out there are horrified at what goes on in animal testing but it was extremists, not us, who carried out attacks on people?s homes. We went out of our way to ensure our campaign was above board and legal but they found a way to bring us down.

When I get out I plan to establish an animal sanctuary, maybe helping animals who have been tested on. The Government has me targeted so I want to help in any effective way I can. I find it incredible that as someone exercising a right to protest against cruelty I land up in jail next to people who have killed and tortured children.

I am working as a listener helping vulnerable prisoners while in jail and making the best of it. My legal team is currently considering an appeal.”

Three new Anti-militarist Prisoners- EDO smashed!

•January 21, 2009 • 1 Comment

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Six Anti-militarist activists entered the ITT/EDO MBM arms factory in Moulescombe, Brighton in the early hours of Saturday the 17th January, where they are believed to have caused extensive damage to the offices, and to equipment used to make arms, including the ‘zero retention force arming units’ and ‘ejector release unit 151’ which the Smash EDO/ITT campaign says are supplied to the Israeli Air Force. The campaign became aware of the action when they received a phone call from those inside the factory this morning who said that they were ‘decommissioning’ the factory in solidarity with the people of Gaza, who are currently at the receiving end of the factories products.

A video of the action including an interview with Elijah Smith – http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=iQhzTn3H4sE

Three of the arrested were remanded into custody at Brighton Magistrates court on Monday, They are:


Christopher Osmond VT7548
HMP Lewes
1 Brighton Road
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1EA

Chris has now been released on bail. Elijah and Robert have not and desperatly need your support!

Elijah Smith VP77551
HMP Lewes
1 Brighton Road
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1EA

Robert Alford VP7552
HMP Lewes
1 Brighton Road
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1EA
Please now start sending letters of support to keep their spirits up.

We will try and find out what can be sent in to this prison, but envelopes, stamps, paper, postal orders and newsletters are usually ok.

If you’re interested…

UK arms companies known to have supplied Israel include:

Sub-systems/components for F-16 fighter aircraft:

* BAE Systems. Headquarters: 6 Carlton Gardens, London, SW1Y 5AD
Tel: 01252 373232. Specific location(s) relevant to Israeli F-16s are not known. BAE Systems has numerous locations around the UK (see BAE Systems website), several of which might produce F-16 parts.
* MPE. Hammond Road, Knowsley Industrial Park, Liverpool, L33 7UL
Tel: 0151 632 9100. MPE website
* Smiths Group. Aerospace headquarters: 765 Finchley Road, London, NW11 8DS
Tel: 020 8458 3232. Smiths Aerospace website
Specific location(s) relevant to Israeli F-16s are not known.

Components for Merkava tanks:

* Airtechnology Group. 111 Windmill Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 7EF
Tel: 01932 765 822. Airtechnology website

Sub-systems/components for Apache attack helicopters:

* AgustaWestland (exports the ‘Jesus nuts’ produced by Redmayne Engineering)
Lysander Road, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 2YB
Tel: 01935 475222. AgustaWestland website
* Brimar (Helmet-mounted display systems)
Greenside Way, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1SN
Tel: 0161 681 7072. Brimar website
* Meggitt Avionics (Air data system)
7 Whittle Avenue, Fareham, Hampshire PO15 5SH
Tel: 01489 483300. Meggitt website
* Page Aerospace (Light dimming system)
Forge Lane, Green Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 6EQ
Tel: 01932 787661. Page Aerospace website
* Penny + Giles Controls (Rotary variable differential transformers)
36 Nine Mile Point Ind. Est., Cwmfelinfach, Gwent NP11 7HZ
Tel: 01495 202000. Penny + Giles Controls website
* Redmayne Engineering (‘Jesus nut’)
Station Approach, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7TW
Tel: 01590 623153. Redmayne Engineering website
* Senior Aerospace Baxter Woodhouse & Taylor (Air ducting)
Adlington Park, Adlington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4NL
Tel: 01625 870700. Senior Aerospace website
* Smiths Group (Electrical power management systems)
Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8SF
Tel: 01242 673333. Smiths Aerospace website
* SPS Aerostructures (Engine air intakes)
Willow Drive, Sherwood Business Park, Annesley, Nottinghamshire NG15 ODP
Tel: 0115 998 0000. SPS Aerostructures website

Main sources: The Guardian 29.7.06; Airforces Monthly, June 2004; The Guardian 9.7.02

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/img/extlink.gif http://www.caat.org.uk/issues/israel-suppliers.php

smashy smashy

Ronnie Easterbrook – “Britain’s oldest political prisoner” – on Death Fast

•December 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The following post was written by Brighton ABC
Ronnie Easterbrook is a 78year old career criminal, who is serving a ‘whole life’ tariff s
entence after a failed armed robbery in 1987. Following his recent transferred to Gartree prison in Leicestershire, he has decided to try one last hunger strike to highlight his claims for a retrail.

Ronnie, from south London, was convicted in 1988 of the attempted murder of a policeman during an armed robbery that was set up by the police and in which the only person who died was his fellow would-be robber who was shot dead by the police. Through information from an informant, Police had lain in wait, with a TV camera crew in-tow and ambushed the gang. The man shot dead by the Police, Tony Ash, was unarmed and already surrendering to them.

Ronnie has campaigned relentlessly since then for his conviction to be overturned, refusing to become involved in applications for parole or early release. He had wanted to mount a political defence at his trial, arguing that the infamous ‘shoot to kill’ policy adopted by the British state in Northern Ireland had now been taken up by the Met. Police in pursuit of criminal gangs. However his barrister at the time refused to follow his instructions and Ronnie himself refused a prosecution deal, so he was forced to defend himself in court, without legal representation.

Handed down a Life sentence (originally with a whole-life tariff, itself highly unusual given the circumstances of his case), Ronnie held one of the longest dirty protests in the British prison system and undertook a 60 day hunger strike 10 years ago to try to force the authorities to review his case. Now at 78 years old this hunger strike, after 20 years fighting the system, is likely to be his final act of resistance to the unfair trial and unjust treatment he has received. Physically weakened by previous protests and in ill health (he only has one lung), Ronnie has made an advance directive/living will to refuse any medical intervention in this hunger strike. He writes:

“Many will say: ‘ Well he is only a criminal.’ True but if the protective aspects of the law do not apply to me, it follows that there is no law. Hitler started by excluding sections of the German populations from protection of the law. State evil can always find ‘reasons’ disguised as righteousness. “After 20 years inside, I have been held a political prisoner, or a prisoner of politics. I refuse to go through a parole process. Why should I when the authorities, Home Office and Judiciary, know they are holding me illegally?”
It’s vital that all efforts are made to get the authorities to re-open Ronnie’s case so the callous indifference shown by the powerful to one of the powerless is reversed.

Ronnies sentence was reduced twice, from whole life to 16 years and from 16 to 12 and a half years. As he went to prison in 1988 his tariff expired in 2000. Ronnie refuses to participate in the parole process, saying like many other prisoners who consider they are wrongfully convicted, that he is only prepared to leave prison by the front door.

Write to him at;
Ronnie Easterbrook (B58459)
HMP Gartree
Gallow Field Road
Market Harborough
Leicestershire
LE16 7RP

Jacqui Smith, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office
3rd Floor, Peel Buildings
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF
Fax: 020 8760 3132
e-mail: smithjj@parliament.uk

Also to local MP for Market Harborough:
Edward Garnier QC MP
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA
e-mail: garniere@parliament.uk

Tel:
020 7219 4034 or
020 7219 6524
Fax:
020 7219 2875

Letter from Sean Kirtley

•December 15, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Below is a letter received from Sean Kirtley sent to Cardiff ABC to be used as an article for Gagged! More info about Sean’s case can be found here http://supportsean.wordpress.com and you can write to him at this address: Sean Kirtley WC 6977, HMP Stafford, 54 GAOL RD, Stafford, ST16 3AW (remember to send a SAE with your letter)

At 7:00am on May 9th 2006 police raided nine homes across the midlands and subsequently arrested twelve activists over a 48 hour period. The door on my house had been so violently battered that there was only two shards of wood hanging of the remaining hinges. Police arrested me and spent nine hours searching the premises while my partner remained in the house, not pleasant at all. A megaphone, banners, thousands of leaflets, mobile phones, computer, digital camera, clothes, letters, discs were all seized as evidence of my involvement in the campaign against Sequani animal testing lab in Herefordshire. The others that were raided all had similar property seized.

After being charged and bailed for almost two years the case went to court in January 08 at Birmingham crown court. Seven of us were charged with ‘conspiracy to interfere with an animal research organisation’ and put on trail.

The bulk of the evidence against me related to the stop Sequani animal testing website, which I ran and my use of PGP email encryption and other privacy tools that were on my PC. It was suggested that I organised demos outside Sequani and companies that did business with Sequani although the SSAT website had a policy of not advertising demos! It was then suggested because of the amount of phone calls between myself and other defendants (phone logs submitted by the relevant telephone providers) that I must also have been ‘organising’ over the telephone. Even though the defendants were friends and friends call each other to chat and socialise. Even if I had been organising demos all were peaceful affairs anyway usually involving a mega phone or two and plenty of placards.

After an 18 week trial where the jury were bussed in from a secret location, the press and other reporters were banned from covering the case, police were ‘on guard’ outside the courtroom, where supporters were banned from wearing any animal welfare logos on clothing, the merest mention of experiments on animals at Sequani was outlawed. I was the only one to be found guilty of conspiracy after the jury had been out for many days deliberating. My appeal against sentence and conviction was launched on June 20th this year and has yet to be heard.

I was remanded to Winson Green prison in Birmingham on May 14th and sentenced at Coventry crown court on May 30th 08. The judge called me ‘a sinister criminal’ who ‘ has done nothing for my cause’ sentenced me to four and a half years in prison and imposed a five year supper ASBO on my release in August 2010 banning me from Herefordshire and from contacting Sequani for the duration.

The unlawful action that contravened section 145 SOCPA mentioned during the trial were:

· Lengthy and informative faxes had been sent to suppliers of Sequani during demos, there was no evidence to suggest that I or any other defendants had sent these faxes.

· Aggravated trespass had taken place at demos by defendants (including myself) standing in the car parks of suppliers even though there were police present, also entering buildings but leaving when asked to.

· Sequani workers, and workers of companies that supply Sequani had been ‘upset’ by the demos also a few neighbours in the vicinity of the lab had been ‘upset’ by the demos.

During prosecution evidence being given there was no suggestion that any ‘home demos’ or direct action’ had been at Sequani or its workers.

This was a campaign that had ‘upset’ those that are licensed by the home office to experiment on innocent, defenceless animals and because of that ‘upset’ I sit here in my cell writing this short recall of how I ended up here.

I’ve always fought for the oppressed whether human or non human, either by encouraging mutual aid or exposing the truth regarding the way we treat other sentient beings for our own selfish ends.

The support and outrage, inside and outside, continues to be brilliant, from supporters, family and friends and continues to get my through this time of repression.

‘If you aren’t being effective at changing the world for the better, they aren’t interested, if you are, be careful. The Future of the world is in your hands.’

In Solidarity.

Sean Kirtley

Mel Broughton NOT found guilty but still locked up

•November 8, 2008 • Leave a Comment


Mel Broughton of the oxford anti vivisection campaign Speak still imprisoned despite not being found guilty of anything. What happened to the presumption of innocence? Perhaps this is what happens in a “dirty war”? He has spent last christmas in prison. Will he have to endure the same this year?

The following article was published in the Guardian on Friday, 07/11/2008:

A prominent animal rights activist accused of planting petrol bombs at Oxford University was yesterday cleared of possessing an explosive substance – packets of sparklers – with intent.

The verdict in the trial of Mel Broughton, 48, is a setback for the police investigation into a series of attacks aimed at preventing construction of a £20m animal testing research laboratory in Oxford.

The jury at Oxford crown court was unable to reach a decision on two other charges, of conspiracy to commit arson and possession of articles with intent to damage or destroy property. The prosection has asked for a retrial. Broughton was alleged to have caused £14,000 damage when the Queen’s College sports pavilion blew up in November 2006.

Two similar bombs were planted under a temporary building used as an office at Templeton college three months later but failed to go off. The bomb attacks were claimed by the Animal Liberation Front on its website, Bite Back, the court was told.

Broughton was accused of having planned and possibly carried out two arson attacks on buildings belonging to the university as part of a “terrorist campaign” against the research laboratory.

The two improvised devices which exploded at the sports pavilion were made with fuel and a fuse operated by sparklers. Two similar bombs were planted under a portable building used as an office at Templeton college in February last year but failed to go off.

The jury heard that the university had been the target of animal rights campaigners since it announced plans in 2004 to build a biomedical research laboratory. Broughton was said to be the leading figure in the animal rights group SPEAK which was set up in 2004 in protest at plans to build the animal experimentation laboratory at Oxford. The jury was told that a DNA sample found on part of the fuse in one of the failed Templeton devices matched Broughton.

When police arrested him at his home in Northampton, in December last year, they discovered 14 packets of sparklers and a battery connector in an unused water tank in his bathroom. Underneath his carpet was a university employee’s security pass and a notebook containing a list of those identified as targets for “direct action”, the court heard.

Broughton told the court he was involved in organising legal demonstrations against the lab in South Parks Road, Oxford. He denied having anything to do with the bombs. He told the jury that he was “too high-profile” to risk carrying out the attacks, being a well known activist.

The judge, Patrick Eccles, discharged the jury and remanded Broughton in custody until a hearing on a date to be fixed. A new trial is expected next year.

David Bentley, defending, said he wanted Broughton’s remand in custody reviewed at the next hearing in the light of the not guilty verdict.

 
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