November 18, 2009 : News in Brief - Resisting
RESISTING THE CORPORATIONS
- Climate change activists 'swoop' on Ratcliffe power station
- Tree felling stopped again by Mainshill protesters
- Carmel Agrexco depot blockaded for three consecutive days
- Anti-militarist campaigners march against Heckler & Koch in Nottingham
- Morrisons and Waitrose stores taken over by Boycott Israeli Apartheid protesters
- Anti-vivisectionists march against Novartis after court victory
Climate change activists 'swoop' on Ratcliffe power station
Around one thousand climate activists attempted to shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar, E.ON's coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire, on 17th and 18th October, taking direct action with repeated breaches of the security fencing.
Tree felling stopped again by Mainshill protesters
Activists from the Mainshill Solidarity Camp stopped a massive harvesting machine from working at the site of a new open cast coal mine on 10th November, with one protester locked onto it by the neck. The Mainshill Camp has been occupying the site in Lanarkshire with a great deal of local support, seriously delaying work with digger diving, drill rig occupations and other acts of sabotage.
Carmel Agrexco depot blockaded for three consecutive days
The Carmel Agrexco depot in Hayes, Middlesex, was blockaded for three days (6th - 8th November) by Palestine solidarity campaigners to raise awareness over the continued sale of illegal settlement produce in the UK. Protesters endured freezing temperatures,and violence and aggression from both Carmel staff and the police. Five protesters were arrested.
Anti-militarist campaigners march against Heckler & Koch in Nottingham
Anti-militarist activists held a relatively big protest against Nottingham-based gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch on 13th November. The demo, which saw 100 protesters marching with a 25ft gun, was described as a success.
Morrisons and Waitrose stores taken over by Boycott Israeli Apartheid protesters
A Waitrose in South Woodford, north-east London, unwittingly played host to a group of demonstrators from Waltham Forest Palestine Solidarity Campaign (WFPSC) and Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG) on 7th November. The campaigners were protesting against Waitrose's policy of stocking illegal settlement produce. After Waitrose, protesters emerged at Morrisons in Chingford, where they stickered some Israeli-produced citrus fruit and dates with boycott slogans. The actions were part of a 'week of supermarket boycott action' in protest against supermarkets stocking Israeli goods, the sales of which fund the Israeli apartheid system of oppression and occupation in Palestine.
Anti-vivisectionists march against Novartis after court victory
Around 70 people turned out for a demonstration and march against Novartis in Horsham on 31st October. Novartis is an animal research centre and one of Huntingdon Life Sciences's top shareholders. Earlier in the month, the company had unsuccessfully attempted, using notorious solicitors firm Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, to gain an interim injunction against protesters to prevent them from holding banners bearing the word 'Novartis' or carrying posters showing images of animal suffering.