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‘Eco Struggle’ Archives

SHAC activists convicted and imprisoned (UK)

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

On 25th October six British SHAC campaigners were convicted on charges related to their role in the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences. Alfie Fitzpatrick was given a 12 month sentence suspended for 2 years. Sarah Whitehead received 6 years. Nicole Vosper received 3 and a half years. Thomas Harris received 4 years. Nicola Tapping received 15 months. Jason Mullen received 3 years. (more…)

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Letter from Silvia Guerini (Italy)

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

SILVIA’S COMMUNICATION FROM THE BIEL’S PRISON

Message for the animal and earth liberation meeting – 10-11-12 September 2010 (ITALY)

Much to my regret, I can not be present at these three so important days, at the first meeting of animal and earth liberation.

But I’m there with you, with my thought and my heart.

I send you this message and a big hug.

We are constantly bombarded by an infinity of toxic substances, released in the air “in the soil” in the rivers and in the seas.

We are submerged by industrial and technological poison. Biotechnologies and technologies are going to identify themselves into the whole fabric of society. (more…)

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Mainshill Open Cast attacked with paint and locked shut (UK)

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

18 October 2010

“In the early hours of Monday morning, to mark the first day of Scottish Coals consultation on its three new open cast mines in the Douglas Valley, people took action at the newest mine in the area, Mainshill.

The gate onto the A70 was d-locked shut, the Works Traffic sign was painted with Stop Coal Chaos! and the security building was paint bombed.”

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Sabotage at Broken Cross Mine (UK)

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

17 October 2010

“Last night four earth movers, two dump trucks and an explosives handling truck were sabotaged beyond use at Broken Cross Open Cast Mine in South Lanarkshire. The mine is one of three active mines in the Douglas valley owned by Scottish Coal. Scottish Coal is attempting to open three more open cast mines in the valley, totally engulfing the communties in mines and infrastructure, destroying their way of life and their health.

It’s time to stand up to these bullies and hit them where it hurts. We won’t stop until they leave the Douglas Valley, and leave the coal in the ground. Fuck Scottish Coal!”

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12-15 Nov Days of Action for Khimki Hostages (Russia)

Monday, October 18th, 2010

12 to 15 of November 2010: The new Days of Action for the final and unconditional liberation of the Khimki hostages: Aleksei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov

Update: Khimki town court released Maxim Solopov from the arrest. Khimki town court has ruled to change the pre-trial restriction for Maxim Solopov from arrest to a written pledge not to leave town

On the 27th and 28th of September new court sessions were held where the question of freeing Aleksei Gaskarov and Maxim Solopov, arrested on the 28th of July 2010, was dealt with. Shutting their eyes to the lack of evidence, turning their backs on public and international support for the detainees, described as “pressure on the court” by the prosecution, the Khimki judges prolonged the detention of the two social activists for two more months. (more…)

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Coal trucks locked out at Mainshill Open Cast Site (UK)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

13 October 2010

“This morning people locked the haulage gate of Mainshill Open Cast Site on the B7078 with a d-lock preventing coal trucks entering the site and transporting coal to the Ravenstruther Rail Head.

This action was taken in solidarity with The Happendon Wood Action Camp and the people living in the Douglas Valley who are facing an onslaught of coal mines from Scottish Coal. Our actions will not stop until Scottish Coal stops ripping apart the Douglas Valley for profit. “

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Machine sabotaged against destruction of Happendon Wood (UK)

Friday, October 8th, 2010

3 October 2010

“Extensive damage has been caused to a mining machine at the Broken Cross open cast coal mine in South Lanarkshire. This action, taken during the night of third of October, was carried out anonymously by those acting in solidarity with The Happendon Wood Action Camp (THWAC), and in support of the residents of the Douglas Valley.

The sabotage was carried out as an act of opposition to Scottish Coal’s recently submitted proposals to extend the Broken Cross mine and to begin work at two new sites in the area, at Townhead and Auldton Hights. ”

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Dolphins freed from captivity in Taiji (Japan)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

29 September 2010

Divers from the European conservation organisation The Black Fish have last night cut the nets of six holding pens in Taiji, Japan, that were holding dolphins caught during a dolphin drive hunt a few days earlier. During this hunt a number of dolphins were selected for the international dolphinarium trade and transferred to these holding pens. In rough weather conditions the divers swam out and cut the nets of six of these holding pens, allowing a number of dolphins to swim back out to sea. No arrests were made.

Every year, between September and April, the sea around the fishing village of Taiji on the east coast of Japan turns red as it becomes the scene of one of the biggest mass slaughters of marine wildlife in the world. The dolphin drive hunt, which recently made global headlines through the Oscar winning documentary ‘The Cove’, is responsible for capturing and killing over 2,000 dolphins of Japan’s annual quota of 20,000. Fishermen drive the dolphins from sea into a cove, where some animals are selected for dolphinariums while the others are killed for their meat.

The Black Fish and other marine conservation and animal welfare organisations run ongoing campaigns to push for the closure of the remaining dolphinariums in Europe, where some of the dolphins caught at Taiji inevitably end up. Dolphinariums are already banned in United Kingdom. The Black Fish believes that it is unacceptable to keep dolphins, orca’s and other marine wildlife in captivity, given the vast areas which these animals normally inhabit, the miserable and squalid conditions under which they are often kept and the stress that public performances put on them.

Co-founder of The Black Fish, Wietse van der Werf, explains their decision to intervene: “The connection between the dolphin entertainment industry and this annual drive hunt can no longer be denied. To be successful in our campaigns in Europe we need to get to the root of this illegal trade, which is right at Taiji.”

The Black Fish is aware of the sensitivity surrounding the hunt at Taiji this year. With an international media spotlight on the Japanese dolphin hunts, tensions within the country have heated up and Japanese nationalists have seized the opportunity to defend this ‘traditional’ activity. While we acknowledge that change also needs to come from within Japanese society, we vow to continue to work for the protection of these defenceless dolphins and push to make dolphinariums and the drive hunts which supply them history.

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Hunger strikes by anarchist prisoners Marco, Billy, Costa and Silvia (Switzerland)

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Eco-anarchist prisoners Marco Camenisch, Luca Bernasconi, Costantino Ragusa and Silvia Guerini started an hunger strike the past 10th September.

Translation by ABC Bristol

Communique:

We – Billy, Costa, Silvia and Marco – eco-anarchist and revolutionary individuals hostages of the Swiss state have decided to start a hunger strike from 10th September 2010. (more…)

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Molotovs against Russian Embassy in Minsk (Belarus)

Monday, September 13th, 2010

30 August 2010

“On the evening of 30.08.2010 a group of anarchists have attacked by Molotov cocktails Russian embassy in Minsk. One of the diplomat cars was burnt. By this action we express our fury and protest to the arrests and repressions against defenders of Khimki forest in Moscow.

While our friends are beaten up by fascist mercenaries, riot police are pressing and arresting innocent people – treats and arrests became everyday routine. Our friends now have to suffer in jails or live in fear to be imprisoned just because they fight for freedom, people and environment.

But bureaucrats and capitalists care just for their bribes and profits, they don’t care what happens tomorrow, they are ready to abolish every protest or disagreement with cruelty. What comes next – the death squads?

We declare solidarity with our comrades and support only method of direct action, because government are afraid of power only and nothing else.

It is really funny to read some comments on Internet forums. Both clans, called “Government of Republic of Belarus” and “Government of Russian Federation” disgust us. Poor workers of both countries never take any benefit from this fighting for power. It is foolishly to imitate politicians. People, come to your senses! Is it really impossible to explain any act of protest by theories of conspiracy? We meet stealing and humiliation every day – but around there are only fear in the eyes and whisper in the kitchens. It is time to summon our forces and believe that we are worthy of a better life.

Free all imprisoned comrades! Stop political repressions! Down with officials, gangsters and policemen!

Human rights and social justice!”
(more…)

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In solidarity with Silvia, Billy and Costa (Switzerland)

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Costa, Silvia and Billy continue their struggles from the Swiss prisons they’re locked up in. They’re accused of possession, transport and attempted use of explosive materials, and of planning to attack an IBM centre under construction. An IBM centre that will be among the focal ones in Europe’s nanotechnology research. (more…)

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Khimki forest is saved! Now save the prisoners! (Russia)

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

To friends of Russia and forests everywhere:

The Khimki forest is saved ­ – Now save the activists!

Thanks to an impressive solidarity and historically courageous struggle, activists in Russia from all parts of society supported by people in common have been able to save the Khimki forest close to Moscow. The plan was to build a toll high way through one of the last forests in the green belt surrounding the city. Direct action to save the forest and wider and wider support at street rallies and in opinion polls made president Medvedev decide in favour of protecting the forest for the moment. (more…)

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AntiFa & anarchist militants fight for the forest (Russia)

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

In recent days, the battle to stop the destruction of the forest in the Moscow suburb of Khimki has heated up. Activists have been protesting the building of an $8 million high speed toll highway between Moscow and Petersburg. This highway would destroy beautiful forestland around Moscow. Environmentalists say the highway can bypass the old oak forest.

The flashpoint has been in the city which is called Khimki, right outside Moscow. There is a history of violence sponsored by the local authorities in this town. In the most famous case of political terrorism, in November 2008, Mikhail Beketov, outspoken editor-in-chief of the regional «Khimkinskaya Pravda» (Khimki Truth) newspaper, was savagely beaten in front of his home. The attack was clearly related to his criticism of local authorities and the highway being built. As a result of his injuries one of his legs was amputated, and head traumas he suffered during the attack have left him unable to speak. Current reports on his condition indicate that his second leg may have to be amputated.

Khimki authorities thus have a reputation for dealing brutally with anybody who dares oppose them. (more…)

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Three Cellphone antennas destroyed (UK)

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Over the past three week three mobile phone antennas have been destroyed by fire in the Nottingham area. In each instance the action was performed with fervour and carried out in anger at the capitalist culture. A culture which seeks to dominate its surroundings in order to increase it’s power over it’s inhabitants.

These actions were simple and repeatable. The tools were old rags, flammable liquids and a lighter. They were carried out against a telecommunications industry which facilitates capitalisms ongoing destruction of the planet and the manner in which it deforms the social relationships we engage in.

We carry out this action, and actions like it in solidarity with all those who choose to fight against repression, the state and capitalism whenever and wherever the opportunity arises.

We dedicate this action to all those who are imprisoned by civilization, but continue to struggle against its cage.

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Direct action against High-Speed Railway (Basque Country)

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

1st of July, 2010

Last night four people locked themselves inside the shafts of the old Itsasondo mines in the Basque Country (on the Spanish side of the border) in order to “stop the construction of the High-Speed Railway (HSR)” and to denounce the “social model of which these construction sites are just the outer mask”. They are demanding the “immediate cessation” of the tunnelling work taking place in that same area.

“We know that the risks are high. We’ve gone deep down underground in order to strengthen with our bodies this very earth. We are locked inside the mines so as to defend our ideas and denounce the lack of sense of those who hold power. Our bodies are our weapons and direct action is our path”.

This is what the four people who have locked themselves inside the mines of Itsasondo had to say about their act of “resistance” to the HSR. The statement was communicated to the press by fellow opponents of the mega infrastructure in a press conference in which they also warned of the dangers of the Ordizia-Itsasondo tunnel.

They reported that of the 37 surveys and test drillings that were meant to be done before the construction project, only one actually took place.

From inside the mines, the activists who have locked themselves in explained that the construction work is taking place in Mariaratz, Olaberria, San Martin, Berostegi and Itsasondo. “Near here, in the Mariaratz construction site, there are daily explosions… explosions which destroy the earth and everything on top of it. It’s highly possible that the mines will collapse if the explosions and drillings continue, threatening the lives of these four people. Therefore, we demand the immediate stop of the works taking place”.

The protesters have called on people to participate in the meetings that will take place every day at 19.30 in Itsasondo and in the demonstrations called for this Friday in various places and also in the protest march
which will take place on Sunday, departing at 17.00 from the square of the town of Ordizia.

Anyone able to spread information and to express solidarity with this protest action in other parts of the world is asked to do so as soon as possible! The action of these four comrades must not remain isolated!

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