Plans emerge to disrupt Newport's Nato summit

Plans emerge to disrupt Newport's Nato summit

Shop window in Newport's Commercial Street where Anarchist Action Network are holding a week of events, ahead of NATO summit

Shop window in Newport's Commercial Street where Anarchist Action Network are holding a week of events, ahead of NATO summit

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WITH less than 100 days to go before the Newport Nato Summit this September a group of anarchists and anti-Nato campaigners have set up shop in the city, while plans emerge to disrupt the summit’s first day.

A former Thai restaurant unit on Commercial Street has been transformed into what organisers have called a “festival of radical change” dubbed Newport Rising.

The week-long event, organised by anarchist and anti-Nato groups, will see a range of workshops on everything from opposition to nuclear power and fracking in Wales, to the protests against the summit itself.

One of the groups planning protests, Stop Nato Cymru, says it is planning a “mass action” to disrupt the first day of the Celtic Manor Resort summit on September 4.

Other action planned by the umbrella No to Nato Newport group includes the “Long March to Newport” of walkers and cyclists across Wales during August, reaching the city by August 29.

A march in Newport is planned for August 30, together with a counter summit on August 31.

Organisers of Newport Rising were cautious about talking to journalists yesterday but some visitors did speak to the Argus.

One attendee, Helen, said: “I think it’s shameful that South Wales is welcoming Nato after everything that Nato does to communities.”

Simon Lewis, who is originally from Gwent, said Nato “aren’t accountable to anybody. They enforce the interests of a few governments.”

Iestyn Jones, from North Wales, said he was primarily interested in anarchism but said people should protest against the event, citing millions in cuts planned in the city over the next few years.

Newport Rising, organised by Stop Nato Cymru, the Anarchist Action Network and South Wales Anarchists and which is taking place in a unit, the Argus was told, is being rented, is running until June 1.

It is unconnected to Newport Rises – a separate non-political group set up to promote the city.

Meanwhile, the 100 days-to-go milestone was yesterday marked by the Conservative Secretary of State for Wales David Jones.

“Governments in London and in Cardiff are working hard to ensure Wales derives the maximum benefit from the summit and is promoted as a great place to visit, do business and study,” he said.

Mr Jones said it is important to educate young people about Nato and therefore a teaching resource for 11 to 18 year olds will be made available to schools.

“The Newport area itself boasts Europe’s largest and most advanced centre of military armour technology... It is essential we take advantage to ensure Welsh expertise in the defence sector is highlighted to delegates,” he said.

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9:43am Wed 28 May 14

KarloMarko says...

Set up shop? Good to see the followers of Bakunin and Prince K. are supporting our local business renewal.

I will be selling my Obama civilian killer half scale model drones on my stall...a great gift for the kids. Range two miles. Batteries extra

Expect loads of Anarchist shock horror stories in our local "fearess" press.
Set up shop? Good to see the followers of Bakunin and Prince K. are supporting our local business renewal. I will be selling my Obama civilian killer half scale model drones on my stall...a great gift for the kids. Range two miles. Batteries extra Expect loads of Anarchist shock horror stories in our local "fearess" press. KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

10:43am Wed 28 May 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Yawn, it's like a throwback to the swampy days.

Predicted impact on nato summit by the great unwashed - zero.
Yawn, it's like a throwback to the swampy days. Predicted impact on nato summit by the great unwashed - zero. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 4

11:06am Wed 28 May 14

welshmen says...

All non voters ordered to attend, need to do something for our Country than just moan on here....
All non voters ordered to attend, need to do something for our Country than just moan on here.... welshmen
  • Score: -1

12:10pm Wed 28 May 14

JJ1980 says...

Great. So now we'll have a band of smelly "trust fund crusties" smashing up our city centre. They'll smash the system from 11am-5pm then get daddy's chauffeur to pick them up.

I hope Gwent Police are drafting in some water cannons. Maybe they can fill them with soapy water and kill two birds with one stone.
Great. So now we'll have a band of smelly "trust fund crusties" smashing up our city centre. They'll smash the system from 11am-5pm then get daddy's chauffeur to pick them up. I hope Gwent Police are drafting in some water cannons. Maybe they can fill them with soapy water and kill two birds with one stone. JJ1980
  • Score: 16

12:20pm Wed 28 May 14

arjwain says...

ive seen some of these at the destruction of the mural .
i was there for a reason i was disgusted.
these people go to do something for the day .
bored warriors something to winge about .
would be a refreshing change if the one lady could stay sober .
ive seen some of these at the destruction of the mural . i was there for a reason i was disgusted. these people go to do something for the day . bored warriors something to winge about . would be a refreshing change if the one lady could stay sober . arjwain
  • Score: 3

12:41pm Wed 28 May 14

Stalinist says...

I'm there!

I hate NATO.
NATO = Imperialism
I'm there! I hate NATO. NATO = Imperialism Stalinist
  • Score: -29

1:11pm Wed 28 May 14

KarloMarko says...

Face it, if the Waffen SS had held a conference at the Celtic, our lickspittle politicians and press would have shouted, "it's really good for local business and our small traders and puts Newport smack on the world stage...let's make sure we get the full benefit and not Bristol!"

And sold Caerleon postcards.
Face it, if the Waffen SS had held a conference at the Celtic, our lickspittle politicians and press would have shouted, "it's really good for local business and our small traders and puts Newport smack on the world stage...let's make sure we get the full benefit and not Bristol!" And sold Caerleon postcards. KarloMarko
  • Score: 8

1:48pm Wed 28 May 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Stalinist wrote:
I'm there!

I hate NATO.
NATO = Imperialism
Down with Nato but ok for you to sport the name of a man responsible for the deaths of tens of millions? Seems like you need to review your logic or seek some help.
[quote][p][bold]Stalinist[/bold] wrote: I'm there! I hate NATO. NATO = Imperialism[/p][/quote]Down with Nato but ok for you to sport the name of a man responsible for the deaths of tens of millions? Seems like you need to review your logic or seek some help. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 9

1:52pm Wed 28 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Stalinist wrote:
I'm there!

I hate NATO.
NATO = Imperialism
I take it that you're not a national of one of the Baltic States then. No doubt when the oil runs out and Putin's successor sends the Red Army through Poland into Germany , you'll be at the Brandenburg Gate to greet them, as will, no doubt old Marxie above who is soo cross about 89 and the Fall of the Berlin Wall because as a little 'droid he'd always wanted to be a Commissar if he grew up.
But, practically, if any of the Useful Idiots in this congregation are on welfare , surely it could be stopped.
[quote][p][bold]Stalinist[/bold] wrote: I'm there! I hate NATO. NATO = Imperialism[/p][/quote]I take it that you're not a national of one of the Baltic States then. No doubt when the oil runs out and Putin's successor sends the Red Army through Poland into Germany , you'll be at the Brandenburg Gate to greet them, as will, no doubt old Marxie above who is soo cross about 89 and the Fall of the Berlin Wall because as a little 'droid he'd always wanted to be a Commissar if he grew up. But, practically, if any of the Useful Idiots in this congregation are on welfare , surely it could be stopped. Dai Rear
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Wed 28 May 14

irisheyes says...

I hope D.W.P. gets photos of all these protesters as,whilst in Newport protesting they are not actively seeking employment therefore not entitled to their dole money !!
I hope D.W.P. gets photos of all these protesters as,whilst in Newport protesting they are not actively seeking employment therefore not entitled to their dole money !! irisheyes
  • Score: 5

2:23pm Wed 28 May 14

Dee-Gee says...

Anarchists are nothing but a pain in the hole - their last meaningful contribution to political discourse was making a bunch of commuters late by fiddling around on the railway lines in Bristol, as I recall. People evolved to form comple societies for a reason. Idiots.
Anarchists are nothing but a pain in the hole - their last meaningful contribution to political discourse was making a bunch of commuters late by fiddling around on the railway lines in Bristol, as I recall. People evolved to form comple societies for a reason. Idiots. Dee-Gee
  • Score: 7

2:30pm Wed 28 May 14

JoJoJoJo says...

Nice to see "Helen" making her usual contribution to the Argus. I wonder how Argus reporters would manager without her?
Nice to see "Helen" making her usual contribution to the Argus. I wonder how Argus reporters would manager without her? JoJoJoJo
  • Score: -1

2:49pm Wed 28 May 14

KarloMarko says...

"The man in charge of keeping
Wales safe during September’s
NATO Summit said it will see
the largest amount of police
resources ever brought into
Wales.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris
Armitt is Gold Commander of
the event. He was unable to
give details on the specific
number of officers who will be
involved in the summit but said
the number would be in the
“many thousands”. W.Mail.


Well the anarchists are wasting their time then! With many (tens of?) thousands of fat lardy overweight coppers squeezed into Greggs and Subway each lunchtime, the entire Zooport infrastructure will be at a standstill....all that overtime, all those pies, so little time...
"The man in charge of keeping Wales safe during September’s NATO Summit said it will see the largest amount of police resources ever brought into Wales. Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt is Gold Commander of the event. He was unable to give details on the specific number of officers who will be involved in the summit but said the number would be in the “many thousands”. W.Mail. Well the anarchists are wasting their time then! With many (tens of?) thousands of fat lardy overweight coppers squeezed into Greggs and Subway each lunchtime, the entire Zooport infrastructure will be at a standstill....all that overtime, all those pies, so little time... KarloMarko
  • Score: -4

5:18pm Wed 28 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Anarchy in the UK: watch out Ukip, here come the real political anti-establishment!
Anarchy in the UK: watch out Ukip, here come the real political anti-establishment! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

6:08pm Wed 28 May 14

displayed says...

WITH less than 100 days to go before the Newport Nato Summit this September a group of anarchists and anti-Nato campaigners have set up shop in the city, while plans emerge to disrupt the summit’s first day."

Its that time folks, for hordes of do-gooders descend upon an unsuspecting populace to protest about a conference of extremely powerful social manipulators, who wont change the world an neither will the protests!
The state of the nation awaits the outcome, avoid the area at all costs!

Cos its gonna cost, in policing, security, resources, reputation, traffic and pedestrian disruption.
A complete waste of human an social resources, just the Ryder Cup!

Cant wait for them to vacate the area!
WITH less than 100 days to go before the Newport Nato Summit this September a group of anarchists and anti-Nato campaigners have set up shop in the city, while plans emerge to disrupt the summit’s first day." Its that time folks, for hordes of do-gooders descend upon an unsuspecting populace to protest about a conference of extremely powerful social manipulators, who wont change the world an neither will the protests! The state of the nation awaits the outcome, avoid the area at all costs! Cos its gonna cost, in policing, security, resources, reputation, traffic and pedestrian disruption. A complete waste of human an social resources, just the Ryder Cup! Cant wait for them to vacate the area! displayed
  • Score: 5

6:46pm Wed 28 May 14

VoiceOfDaPort says...

Thousands of UK police, security services from a range of other countries and private security.

NATO 1 - 0 The Great Unwashed
Thousands of UK police, security services from a range of other countries and private security. NATO 1 - 0 The Great Unwashed VoiceOfDaPort
  • Score: 4

6:56pm Wed 28 May 14

stow hill says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Anarchy in the UK: watch out Ukip, here come the real political anti-establishment!
You are joking i hope, i went to art school in the 90's with this bunch of lazy spliffed-up morons, they'd go to the opening of an envelope then because they had so little to do with their time and have changed little in 20 years. I doubt they could even tell you what political party is in power. Lazy, work shy dolites the lot of them.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Anarchy in the UK: watch out Ukip, here come the real political anti-establishment![/p][/quote]You are joking i hope, i went to art school in the 90's with this bunch of lazy spliffed-up morons, they'd go to the opening of an envelope then because they had so little to do with their time and have changed little in 20 years. I doubt they could even tell you what political party is in power. Lazy, work shy dolites the lot of them. stow hill
  • Score: 9

7:53pm Wed 28 May 14

Limestonecowboy says...

"hate Nato " yes the bearded lady will hand out flowers to an invading force see the errors of their way & turn round ... dream on !
"hate Nato " yes the bearded lady will hand out flowers to an invading force see the errors of their way & turn round ... dream on ! Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 1

8:54pm Wed 28 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Anarchy in the UK: watch out Ukip, here come the real political anti-establishment!
No,sunshine, just the usual bunch of petty bourgeois non-entities.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Anarchy in the UK: watch out Ukip, here come the real political anti-establishment![/p][/quote]No,sunshine, just the usual bunch of petty bourgeois non-entities. Dai Rear
  • Score: 4

9:14pm Wed 28 May 14

Stevenboy says...

irisheyes wrote:
I hope D.W.P. gets photos of all these protesters as,whilst in Newport protesting they are not actively seeking employment therefore not entitled to their dole money !!
Good call. Great idea.
[quote][p][bold]irisheyes[/bold] wrote: I hope D.W.P. gets photos of all these protesters as,whilst in Newport protesting they are not actively seeking employment therefore not entitled to their dole money !![/p][/quote]Good call. Great idea. Stevenboy
  • Score: 8

9:36pm Wed 28 May 14

Antiloquax2703 says...

I'll bet they're not so anarchic that they don't pick up their benefits. Get a bloody job and contribute.
I'll bet they're not so anarchic that they don't pick up their benefits. Get a bloody job and contribute. Antiloquax2703
  • Score: 9

7:14am Thu 29 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

JJ1980 wrote:
Great. So now we'll have a band of smelly "trust fund crusties" smashing up our city centre. They'll smash the system from 11am-5pm then get daddy's chauffeur to pick them up.

I hope Gwent Police are drafting in some water cannons. Maybe they can fill them with soapy water and kill two birds with one stone.
Yes like Charlie Gilmore, the son of the Pink Floyd guitarist.
[quote][p][bold]JJ1980[/bold] wrote: Great. So now we'll have a band of smelly "trust fund crusties" smashing up our city centre. They'll smash the system from 11am-5pm then get daddy's chauffeur to pick them up. I hope Gwent Police are drafting in some water cannons. Maybe they can fill them with soapy water and kill two birds with one stone.[/p][/quote]Yes like Charlie Gilmore, the son of the Pink Floyd guitarist. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 4

1:34pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Gurl12 says...

FYI The interviewee was Cardiff Helen not Newport Helen.
FYI The interviewee was Cardiff Helen not Newport Helen. Gurl12
  • Score: 0

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