Archive for the ‘Local News’ Category
There are a bunch of upcoming events that anarchists and other radicals around Norfolk may be interested in attending. Here are some of the ones that have caught our eye…
- Movement for Justice workshop @ UEA. MfJ are the group that have been organising noise demos at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. They are at the UEA to provide insight into the work they do. Weds 16th.
- Frack Off presentation about Sibelco sand mine at King’s Lynn, who have been providing sand to Caudrilla for their wells. Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich. Weds 16th.
- Three Acres and a Cow is a play about the radical history of land rights in the UK. @ Central Baptist Church, Duke St, Norwich. Sat 19th.
- Rojava Revolution film night by compañerxs in Cambridge. We’ll be heading down there so send us an email if you’d like a lift. Sun 27th.
- Public meeting of new anti-fracking group in Norwich, to continue discussion of what effective anti-fracking action could look like in Norfolk, particularly with regards to the Sibelco site mentioned previously. Marzano, The Forum, Norwich. 7pm on Thurs 1st.
- Breckland Compassionate Living Fair at the Guildhall in Thetford. Lots of vegan and animal friendly things.
- Being in the World, which will be our last screening of the year. It is about the philosophy of Heidegger and how it can be seen in the every day world. Space Studio, Swan Lane, Norwich. Sun 4th.
DIT Collective is proud to be participating in the newly formed EA-AFN. This is a network of individuals, groups, and organisations working to broaden communication about anti-fascism across the region. While Norfolk isn’t a hotbed of activity as some other parts of the region are, there is nonetheless an undercurrent that we must remain vigilant about.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to fascist, neo-nazi, traditionalist, or other far right activity and feel comfortable talking to us about it then please send us an email or message us on FB. All information will be treated with sensitivity and security.
Here is a Government-mandated list of local bastards, taken from an 11th August 2016 press release, that can’t even be bothered to pay their staff minimum wage.
- 53. Mr Snippers Ltd, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, owed £1,867.54 to 1 worker
- 60. AA Dispatch (UK) Ltd, Thetford, Norfolk, owed £1,669.41 to 1 worker
- 116. Mr Alex Okolidoh & Mrs Victoria Okolidoh, trading as Elite Property Solutions, Norwich, owed £511.20 to 1 worker (note: now trading as Century 21 UK.)
- 155. The Personnel People Ltd, Norwich, owed £298.58 to 15 workers
- 197. Silenster Building Services Ltd, Thetford, Norfolk, owed £103.48 to 1 worker
While this lot are horrible, let’s not forget that there are plenty of larger companies doing similar things that the Government turn a blind eye to because £££s.
West Norfolk Borough Council approves plans for a high intensity poultry farm near Sedgeford, in the north west of the county.
The farm will comprise four buildings, each 20.1m by 91.4m, that each hold 45,000 broiler hens (i.e. chickens raised for meat rather than egg production). According to Newcome Baker Farm’s own application this equates to 38kg/m2; at an average maximum weight of 2.5kg that broilers reach before slaughter, that means there are approximately 15 chickens per square metre. This falls below even the RSCPA’s already poor “Freedom Foods” expectations.
- Website for the proposed development. Note the use of the word “farm” rather than factory: a facile attempt at distraction and PR control that continues throughout the entire website. For example, there are almost no details about the actual development itself even on the so-called “The Facts” tab.
- The planning applications submitted by Newcome Baker Farms Ltd to West Norfolk Borough Council. These contain actual details.
- List of appointed directors. Other businesses owned by them include Fakenham Racecouse, South Pickenham Estate which holds regular pheasant shooting days, and “Countrywise Sports Ltd” and “West Norfolk Amateur Racing Club Ltd” that both seem to be shell companies for who knows what. A bunch of lovely people, in other words.
While the No to Poultry Factory campaign focuses primarily on the impact that Whin Close Poultry Farm will have on the local human community, this is an important issue for people in Norfolk that give a shit about animals and the earth.
An East Anglia branch of National Action recently emerged, covering Norfolk and Suffolk according to their blog. So far it seems their activities are limited to stickering but let’s not let it get further than that, eh?
Deface and destroy those stickers in the most creative way possible, then take photos and send them our way!
For those unaware of National Action, they are a grass roots national socialist group aimed at “youths” that have appropriated an anarchist aesthetic in attempting to make their nauseatingly dull politics slightly more interesting. The group has had limited success of the street elsewhere in the UK, most notable for their PR-winning “White Man March”.
Please spread the word to your friends and comrades.
Unfortunately we were not able to make it down to Yarl’s Wood for the noise demo due to other, urgent circumstances demanding our attentions. Hopefully we can make it to the next one. Nonetheless here is video shot by someone unaffiliated with us.
The MFJ, and our friends and allies around the country organising for justice and equality and fighting racism, we have been breaching the walls and fences of detention centres, reaching inside with chants of FREEDOM. Our detainees friends, partners in struggle, though locked up have made their voices ring out.
At one stage the whole of Lodge Road from almost the top of the Hill, to the bottom of St John’s corner and onto the Bungay/Halesworth Road was completely blocked by hunt supporters vehicles. They had just got out of their cars and headed onto the fields leaving them in the road.. This showed complete disrespect for other road users, and what the hell would have happened if Emergency vehicles had needed to get through. All this evidence will be going to various authorities who have ask for photographic evidence, now they have it. The police were called but refused to come out because of lack of staff. Well that’s a joke, because the week before they deployed 3 vehicles on the word of this hunt, and the officers did nothing all day but sit in their cars, and state ” I saw something, but don’t know what it was being chased.”
Unsurprisingly Bungay Town Council didn’t shut down the Boxing Day Hunt from holding their starting ceremony in the town centre, so it was down to the sabs to do once again what they do every weekend throughout the autumn and winter months: take direct action.
For a view from “the other side” check out this laughable article by hunt-loving Archant newspaper Bungay amd Beccles Journal.