Anti-Nato event week ends with ‘outreach’

South Wales Argus: GV of front of window in Newport Commercial Street, where Anarchist Action Network are holding a week of events, ahead of NATO summit (6563268) GV of front of window in Newport Commercial Street, where Anarchist Action Network are holding a week of events, ahead of NATO summit (6563268)

A MEETING on building resistance against this year’s Nato summit took place in Newport city centre yesterday afternoon.

Thousands of police officers from every force in the UK will descend on South Wales to police this September’s summit, being held at the Celtic Manor resort, and protestors are anticipated to arrive in equal measure.

Billed as a talk followed by a discussion, yesterday’s event held at a former Thai restaurant on Commercial Street was closed to journalists, and the Argus was asked to leave as a member of the mainstream media.

The event, which was attended by around 25 people, was part of a week-long series of workshops and discussions organised by the Anarchist Action Network, dubbed the Newport Rising Festival (unconnected to Newport Rises), where free food and drink was also handed out.

The Argus reported earlier this week that protestors wish to hold an alternative summit on August 31, which could see between 400 to 600 people attend talks focusing on non-violent conflict resolution.

Yesterday’s agenda included a discussion about drone technology and military recruitment in South Wales, as well as a presentation by Stop Nato Cymru.

The organisers wrote online that they hope these events will address issues including problems with housing, welfare cuts, austerity, poverty, environmental destruction and racism.

On Saturday several dozen people walked through the city centre and around Pill with banners and paper masks of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Yesterday a man who wished to be known as Fred said the walk had not been a demonstration but more of an ‘outreach stunt’, handing out leaflets and speaking to residents who had questions.

“This has been about people from Newport, from lower income communities and migrant communities mainly, coming here and hearing presentations about different issues that affect their day-to-day lives,” he said.

“This meeting today is for local residents to discuss how they feel about the Nato summit and deciding what they want to do. The organisers want residents of Newport to be in charge of it.”

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2:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

In my day anarchists wore big black hats and cloaks....very like Vince Cable does now. Tory boys looked like Clegg so no change there then.

(Nice new clean front layout to the Argus website! Much better. Congrats to all...)
In my day anarchists wore big black hats and cloaks....very like Vince Cable does now. Tory boys looked like Clegg so no change there then. (Nice new clean front layout to the Argus website! Much better. Congrats to all...) KarloMarko
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2:56pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Karlo
As a matter of interest, are you viewing the site on mobile or PC?
Karlo As a matter of interest, are you viewing the site on mobile or PC? Kevin Ward - Editor
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3:25pm Mon 2 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

A mobile Kevin (Samsung). Really like the new home page. A much cleaner design and easier to read.

Make sure those anarchists dont leave their empty claret bottles on it! Joking.
A mobile Kevin (Samsung). Really like the new home page. A much cleaner design and easier to read. Make sure those anarchists dont leave their empty claret bottles on it! Joking. KarloMarko
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3:55pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Thanks. We've launched a new responsive mobile platform today so glad to hear some positive feedback.
Thanks. We've launched a new responsive mobile platform today so glad to hear some positive feedback. Kevin Ward - Editor
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5:55pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

KarloMarko wrote:
In my day anarchists wore big black hats and cloaks....very like Vince Cable does now. Tory boys looked like Clegg so no change there then.

(Nice new clean front layout to the Argus website! Much better. Congrats to all...)
And carried a bomb like a Christmas pudding, with a fizzy wick-oh yep, substitute burka for cloak and hat.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: In my day anarchists wore big black hats and cloaks....very like Vince Cable does now. Tory boys looked like Clegg so no change there then. (Nice new clean front layout to the Argus website! Much better. Congrats to all...)[/p][/quote]And carried a bomb like a Christmas pudding, with a fizzy wick-oh yep, substitute burka for cloak and hat. Dai Rear
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6:39pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

If there aren't enough cops to around, maybe Ukip could organise themselves into a freikorps to fight ze leftists?;) Seriously, whether you agree with them or not surely anarchists have as much right to freedom of speech as the lib/lab/con brigade.
If there aren't enough cops to around, maybe Ukip could organise themselves into a freikorps to fight ze leftists?;) Seriously, whether you agree with them or not surely anarchists have as much right to freedom of speech as the lib/lab/con brigade. Katie Re-Registered
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7:46pm Mon 2 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Somehow I don't see Maj. Farage driving his iron clad Range Rover anywhere near the angry Spartacusbund as they storm the Obama hilltop retreat.

He even bottled out of going to his OWN UKIP carnival in Croydon! Terrified of a steel band and draft red stripe.
Somehow I don't see Maj. Farage driving his iron clad Range Rover anywhere near the angry Spartacusbund as they storm the Obama hilltop retreat. He even bottled out of going to his OWN UKIP carnival in Croydon! Terrified of a steel band and draft red stripe. KarloMarko
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7:43am Tue 3 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Somehow I don't see Maj. Farage driving his iron clad Range Rover anywhere near the angry Spartacusbund as they storm the Obama hilltop retreat.

He even bottled out of going to his OWN UKIP carnival in Croydon! Terrified of a steel band and draft red stripe.
He does seem to be overly fond of hanging around in beer halls, though:)
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Somehow I don't see Maj. Farage driving his iron clad Range Rover anywhere near the angry Spartacusbund as they storm the Obama hilltop retreat. He even bottled out of going to his OWN UKIP carnival in Croydon! Terrified of a steel band and draft red stripe.[/p][/quote]He does seem to be overly fond of hanging around in beer halls, though:) Katie Re-Registered
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7:59am Tue 3 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
If there aren't enough cops to around, maybe Ukip could organise themselves into a freikorps to fight ze leftists?;) Seriously, whether you agree with them or not surely anarchists have as much right to freedom of speech as the lib/lab/con brigade.
Reading a report of a man being detained 8 HOURS by police for "impersonating" them by wearing a pig mask and a toy police helmet it would seem to me there's precious little freedom of speech for anyone in our horrible uber-sensitive, obsessed-with past-misdeeds country.
Still it's interesting to know that's how Sergeant Bigears sees himself.......
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: If there aren't enough cops to around, maybe Ukip could organise themselves into a freikorps to fight ze leftists?;) Seriously, whether you agree with them or not surely anarchists have as much right to freedom of speech as the lib/lab/con brigade.[/p][/quote]Reading a report of a man being detained 8 HOURS by police for "impersonating" them by wearing a pig mask and a toy police helmet it would seem to me there's precious little freedom of speech for anyone in our horrible uber-sensitive, obsessed-with past-misdeeds country. Still it's interesting to know that's how Sergeant Bigears sees himself....... Dai Rear
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