Whatever else you do on MayDay, please do this first
9am - Horseferry Road Magistrates Court, London
SW1. (nearest tubes: Victoria, Westminter)
We are currently trying to build up support for a solidarity
action on May 1st, during the trial of the "WOMBLE 7". The following
is the text of a leaflet TACT (Temporary Anti-Capitalist Teams) is distributing,
which explains the background of this action.
We are hoping to get as many people as possible to gather outside Horseferry
Road Magistrates Court at 9.00 a.m to show solidarity with the WOMBLE
7 and to show the State that we will not be intimidated by the harassment
of Anti-Capitalists (we are asking people that whatever else they do on
MayDay, please do this first).
We think it's so important that the WOMBLE 7 do not stand alone that it
doesn't matter whether or not you agree with their particular politics
or tactics - when the State tries to crush dissent in this way, the attack
is directed at all who oppose them, and then we are all WOMBLES.
Please publicise and support this peaceful solidarity action if you can.
Copies of this leaflet can be downloaded for distribution from http://www.temporary.org.uk.
TACT can provide speakers for meetings if this would help to encourage
people to come along. If you need any further information, please email
us. WE ARE ALL WOMBLES!
As soon as they first hit the headlines in the press hysteria before MayDay
2001, the W.O.M.B.L.E.S. have been relentlessly harassed by the police.
Falsely portrayed in the media as violent criminals out for trouble, their
only crime is to stand up for themselves in a culture where the police
look more like robocops in their stab-proof vests and NATO helmets, the
WOMBLES are attacked because they have white overalls on and cushions
stuffed up their jumpers!
Since the anti-Capitalist movement has grown big enough to scare the politicians,
and especially since September 11th, a campaign of intimidation has begun.
All across Europe activists have been detained and harassed. The State
is trying to criminalise dissent, using new laws and ruthlessly enforcing
old laws. Surveillance and information are being exchanged throughout
Europe: peaceful protestors are being designated pre-terrorists.
Their only crime is to rock the boat!
The police were scared of the WOMBLES before they had even carried out
any actions they were scared of the very idea the WOMBLES represented.
Before MayDay WOMBLES were visited at their homes, followed and photographed.
Since then individuals have been repeatedly arrested, charged and assaulted
- sometimes purely for wearing white overalls. Activists have been singled
out in crowds and referred to by name during these arrests.
Naughty or Nice?
The WOMBLES are being targetted as part of a strategy to divide the anti-Capitalist
movement the police want to decide whats naughty and whats
nice, they want the power to draw a line : which protest is allowed and
which is not. It must NOT be up to the police to decide how we can protest.
We cannot let them criminalise dissent or decide how we can protest. On
April 29th, as a finale to this campaign of intimidation, a week-long
show trial begins. A trial of seven WOMBLE activists attacked and arrested
last Halloween night. The HALLOWEEN 7 trial is an attempt to crush a group
of people who tried to stand up for themselves against the bullies in
blue. The WOMBLES should not have to fight this trial alone when the State
tries to criminalise dissent then WE ARE ALL WOMBLES!
London Animal Action is holding two protests against
the fur trade on Mayday, Wednesday 1st May.
10am - Action Against Fairheads of Ilford, 60-64
Cranbrook Rd, Ilford, a shop that sells fur products. Call 0845 4584775
the day before to check the demo is still going ahead.
12pm - Demonstrate against Hockleys, which is the
biggest fur shop left in London. Meet at Phillip Hockley Furs, 20 Conduit
Street W1. (off Regent Street).
For further details of these 2 actions contact London Animal
Action: BM 2248, WC1N 3XX. Tel: 0845 4584775 or http://www.londonaa.demon.co.uk
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by International Union of Sex
Workers and GMB London No.1 Region.
Assemble: 5pm Old Compton St., London W1
Dresscode: Sexy - be your fantasy!
Celebrate Sex Workers Pride on Mayday. Show
your solidarity with the International Union of Sex Workers and the Sex
Workers' Branch of the GMB. One of Britain's strongest unions has made
history by welcoming sex & fantasy workers into full membership.
We demand an end to crimimalisation and workers' control over our own
bodies and conditions of work.
No One Is Illegal - Our Bodies are Our Business