April 2003

On Saturday 3rd May 2003 London & 230+ Cities Worldwide – A peaceful celebration of Cannabis for an end to prohibition.

March 12 Noon sharp! Kennington Park. Oval Tube.

with Ascension sounds, Rhythms of Resistance Samba Band, dress up, noise up,

Festival Brockwell Park, Brixton 1pm – 8pm. £3 donation. Hemp Tent, Kids Area, Cannabis College, Food & Craft Stalls, Grow Tent, Sounds from Negusa Negast, RDK Hi-Fi, Ascension, Access All Areas, SQUALL, FEMI 9, Trojan, BASS, Rinky Dink, King Beat Sound system – UK Hip Hop. Info Spaces – Spike, Pirate TV, Green Party, Stop the War, Lambeth Community Police Consultative Group, Indymedia, Comtech, Festival bars (please bring no glass bottles), two live stages, Main Stage – Ooojami, Babyhead, Tarantism, Spacegoats, Didgi Dub, HashBash Stage – Pain, Headjam, Bryan Wilson Band, Orginal African Idians, Nomadix Roots, Soulclyde, Howard Marks, Dr Nuke, MC Vic Lambrusco.

Due to the oil wars this festival will be powered by renewable energy, bio-diesel, love and tolerance.

Info Line: 07931 243 855 Festival Site:


So mayday is nearly upon us again….. and, London again!

Am told that there is a strong anti-war theme, this time round.

2pm: Main meet up @ Lockheed Martin [the biggest arms company in the world]

corner of High Holborn &Endell St, WC1.


In the past, it has turned into a bit on annual punch up with the Metropolitan Police. They have had 6000 officers on the line, in the past.

This year the MP say:

What to expect?

“Thursday 1st May 2003 will once again see Central London as the site for a number of demonstrations by groups and individuals aligned with anarchist, anti-capitalist, environmental and pacifist ideals, as well as a number of non-aligned individuals.

We will have a policing operation in place with sufficient resources to be able to deal with whatever it occurs …….”

Oh god …. here we go again.

May Day 2003 advice to businesses and local communities

What to expect?


This is the ‘general advice’ – been the same for a few years …

Protest Action: Guidance paper for personal safety


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News just in ……….

Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2003 13:51:10 +0100

From: peacewatch <fairfordpeacewatch@blueyonder.co.uk>

Subject: latest on Peacewatch Fairford and Welford

The really great news is that the last of the B52 bombers left on Thursday at 5.10pm. Some of us were skipping with delight as they began warming up to leave, others said they were as deeply saddened as when they first arrived, knowing what has been done in Iraq by weapons launched from our own glorious Cotswold countryside.

People at the Welford Peacewatch camp at Westbrook village in Berkshire, knowing that they may be witnessing the return of the bombs from Fairford to Welford, and thence hopefully ‘home’ to the USA, decided to break camp on Friday night.

There have been no ‘evictions’ at G10 or at Welford.

There are a few people still camping at G10 as I write, although this situation may change at any time. Efforts have been made to look for a new site or sites, as the health implications and vulnerability of remaining at the centre of the runway become more apparent.

So what next?

The Peacewatch continues. We have established a great number of contacts with local people in Fairford and surrounding villages, and with peace groups further afield. We have amassed a bank of intelligence about activity at the airbase while it was active and have a continual log of aircraft movement during the 52 days of the bombing campaign.

Plans are afoot for the next stages, but in the meantime, there are a number of things people can do:

· keep sending letters or cards to people at G10:

G10 Peacewatch, Near Dunfield

USAF Fairford

Gloucestershire. GL7 4HE

· we will have an additional address for mail soon, please let me know if you’d like to be put on our paper mailing list.

· to be kept up to date either via email with what we’re planning, join:


· a new website containing bomber spotting and peacewatch logs will be up and running in the next few days. Watch this space, or join the list above for details.

· ask one of us to come and talk at your peace group or local event.. we have lots and lots to tell, and we need your support for the next stages.

· tell your MP what you think about this appalling use of UK airspace and countryside to promote this illegal pre-emptive strike http://www.faxyourmp.com

· make a donation to Peacewatch so that we can get material like leaflets and spotter info together and help with minor costs like webhosting and phones. Cheques can be made payable to: peacewatch, please phone or mail me for our temporary address.

· if you live locally, please get more involved. We need places to store things and volunteer helpers who can offer baths or bedrooms or back gardens for overnight stays.

Most importantly, we haven’t gone away, so we need you more than ever !!!

Om Shanti, Salom, Pace, Salaam


info and news by, for and about Peacewatchers at USAF Fairford

Earlier entires on Fairford

US Bombers land in Britain


Bomb Convoy to RAF Fairford, stopped by Direct Action


A really bright and sunny day!

These last few weeks, I’ve been sat in front of the computer, correlating my anti war pictures / work.. [see earlier entries in this blog]. So, as summer has arrived early, [well for the next few days, anyway!] thought I would take my bike out, into the Peak District. There are many cycle tracks, created from the old railway tracks, that serviced the brick kilns and quarries of the area.

Lovely way to see some of englands finest countryside, oh, and being railway tracks, they don’t go up and down that much!!

Started out from Middleton Top, nr Wirksworth


then cycled north west to the very end of the off-road track at Dowlow, couple of miles south of Buxton. A run of about 18 miles. Oh, then i had to go back again……..

Dowlow is a farm on the map. Absolutely nothing there on the moor. except this rikety old gate across the track and old sign the says “End of High Peak Trail”.

Gosh! I was a bit surprised. I thought it might have been marked with a shop full of ice cream, a cairn, a visitor centre, I mean, something at least!

So, anyway, took this picture, and cycled back again ……

For more info on the trail, check out



Cycled out to Trent Lock, past Attenborough nature reserve. Along the canal tow path, then along the River Trent. Nice day by the river. Lunch at Steamboat Inn. Vegi-burgger and chips, if you want to know. The pub Peacock and passing Swans ate a fair number of my chips……. Bastards.

Blast! puncture on the way back. Asked a passing cyclist if he had a pump. Invited me to drop in house in the village, for assistance. A really nice man. Such help doesn’t come for car drivers……

Multimap Map


Course of the River Trent: Aerial Photo


Posted by WAP phone.


Back to Nottingham shortly………

More news just in, an appeal for help from Peacewatch.

From: peacewatch

Subject: urgent ! Welford Peacewatchers needed !

A new Peacewatch is here, just next to the bridleway footbridge over the M4:


A military base near Welford north of Newbury in Berkshire is where the deadly bombs are made to supply the 16 B52s based at USAF Fairford in Gloucester. Every morning, lethal weapons convoys join the M4 between junctions 13 and 14 just north of Westbrook village and using ~public roads~ make their way via the motorway or the A417 and 419 to Gate 14 at USAF Fairford.

Two of the crew who started G10 Peacewatch at USAF Fairford (i’ve got the ‘flu ) have set up a Welford Peacewatch just next to the footbridge on the bridleway over the M4, within sight of the access road to the military base, where the convoys can be observed at a safe distance.

People, visitors and overnight campers are urgently needed. Please bring food, water and camping gear so that you are self sufficient. Visitors are very much needed, whether for an hour or two or a few days. Donations or loans of the following would be extremely useful:

 water, bottled or containers of tap

 tarpaulins

 gas in canisters for camping stoves and lamps

 torch

 wind up radio

 solar or wind up phone charger

 cooked food like cake or sarnies for the first few days

 flags and banners, esp ones which say Welford Peacewatch

There has been an upsurge in activity at USAF Fairford in recent days, with 10 b52s taking off over the past 24 hours, more than at any time since the bombing started. We urgently need to get this information out to the peace movement in general, so more watchers are always needed.

Peacewatch at Gate 10 was started on 2nd March 2003 by Kate, Nick and Brenda. The two reasons for keeping this round-the-clock watch opposite the centre of the runway at USAF Fairfield are to:

 peacefully protest by maintaining a continual presence

 inform the world about the build-up to and continuance of the bombing campaign.

Peacewatch at Welford will maintain the spirit and purpose of the G10 Peacewatch. The police have visited the site this morning, and to date reports are ‘all is cool’.

Do take care with parking in Westbrook village or surrounding area, and make sure you don’t block gates or drives, and stay quiet and respectful.

Phone 07932 628 269 for updates, directions and more information.

If you want your details added to the Fairford Peacewatch supporters list, please mail by return. Updates will be posted there.

See you at Welford Peacewatch !!

please pass this message on to anyone who you think can help



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Welford Watch – new peace camp started

In the early hours of 12th April 2003 the team that launched G10 Peace Camp at Fairford started Welford Watch. The watchers will stand vigil over the convoys of death that transport bombs bound for Fairford and onward to Iraq.

The camp needs support and more campers / visitors are invited. Parking can be found nearby but the final access is along the bridalway towards the footbridge. Please park carefully and try not to annoy the neighbours. At present they particularly need water and a solar charger for the mobile phones. Contact numbers are Nick 07736 964653 and Kate 07748 015601. Bright flags and peace banners are particulary welcome. The camp was found by police at around 9am this morning and no attempt has yet been made to move the camp or evict the campers.

Welford is the USAF munitions store where the daily bomb convoys start. These convoys bring the weapons, including cluster bombs, used to arm the B-52s.

The camp is situated near the pedestrian bridge over the M4 just north of Westbrook.


The main entrance to USAF Welford munitions store is at junction 13.5 on the east bound carriageway of the M4. This is a couple of miles west of Chieveley services (at J13). The convoys usually come out the main entrance of USAF Welford onto the M4 and head east. They turn around at Chieveley and head west along the M4.

At J15 they turn north and follow the A419 to Cirencester or turn onto the A361 to Lechlade and then take the A417 to Fairford. Convoys typically leave Welford at 9-10am arriving at Fairford approximately one hour later. Times and routes vary.

A convoy usually comprises 6 trucks with two 20 foot containers each and around 20 police vehicle escort.

On Thursday 10th April, at 3 p.m., a military convoy carrying bombs for use in Iraq was stopped en route from RAF Welford to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Five anti –war activists from Bristol blocked the A417 near Cirencester with a car. Two of the group chained themselves underneath their vehicle with bike locks. Police escorting the convoy soon arrived on the scene. One officer was heard to say “Shit, we’ve been looking for this sort of thing all week, and now it happens on our own back doorstep!” It took them 45 minutes to remove the activists with hydraulic cutters and clear the blockade. Four activists were arrested for obstruction of the highway. All were later released, three without charge, but one still facing charges.

This action was carried out as part of continued widespread opposition to the bombing of the Iraqi people. Bombs dropped by B52 bombers flying from RAF Fairford do not discriminate between military targets and civilians. There is no such thing as precision bombing, as events of the past few weeks have proved. Most casualties in any war are civilians and thousands of normal Iraqi people have been killed. This is not “liberation” by the forces of freedom and democracy. This is mass murder.

Despite the apparent collapse of the regime in Iraq, two convoys containing bombs arrived at RAF Fairford yesterday. These weapons of mass destruction continue to be used in the unjustified and illegal attack on Iraq. War without end?

Millions of people have objected to this war but the US and UK governments have consistently ignored worldwide calls for peace. Widespread direct action can have a real impact on the war machine. The people involved in the blockade yesterday believe it is up to normal people to work towards a world without the destruction and terror caused by war.

FFI contact Kebele 0117 9399469


Critics say journalism on the left has become turgid and earnest so does it have to lighten up and be more entertaining?

And, whatever happened to the underground press? In the 60’s and 70’s it offered an alternative outlet, a more authentic voice for the concerns and mood of the youth movement than the mass media, and the range of publications was formidable.

But is today’s so-called alternative press – with its focus on music, fashion and design – a pale shadow of its underground forebears from the sixties and seventies?

You want to know what I think, the answer is YES!!!!

listen again [for next 7 days] http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/rams/themessage.ram


Squall http://www.squall.co.uk

Schnews http://www.schnews.org.uk

IndyMedia http://www.indymedia.org

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As the death toll of journalists and media workers in the Iraq war moves into double figures, the NUJ has condemned the targeting of journalists as “war crimes”.

A Reuters camera operator was killed when US tanks fired a shell at the Palestine Hotel in the banks of the Tigris in Baghdad. Four staffers were injured. The death of cameraman Taras Protsyuk brought to ten the number of western media workers confirmed as killed in Iraq, nearly all by so-called friendly fire. It is likely that there will be more not to mention Iraqi journalists killed too in the attacks on media sites.

The American military said today’s attack was in response to sniper fire, but journalists at the hotel said they were aware of no such firing.

Two of those killed have worked for the BBC a translator and a camera operator — and two journalists for ITN. Two more were American; one was Australian. Two more have yet to be identified.

In the last few days “coalition” forces have attacked the offices of Al Jazeera and Abu Dhabi Television, as well as several Iraqi state broadcasting sites and the Ministry of Information building where the Baghdad media are briefed.

“It seems certain that the media are being targeted,” said NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear. “There must be thorough and independent investigations of all these incidents, and those responsible brought to book.

“The Geneva Conventions require combatants to protect the lives of civilians, yet here we have American forces taking aim at them. These are war crimes.

“The Americans say they have the most precise weaponry in history. Not all of these attacks can be accidents.

“Our member Terry Lloyd was killed, and his crew injured, when their clearly-marked vehicle was wrecked by coalition tank fire. This was three weeks ago but there has still been no explanation.”

And, please see what happend to a photographer aquaintance of mine, Kaveh Golestan, an Iranian Photographer was blow up by a landmine.

Am so sad. He was a nice man, and his work was / still is, splendid. We had exchanged views of photography, and critted each others work. I learnt loads and will miss him.


It appears, that by proportion of the numbers of soldiers / combatants to journalist.

The war in Iraq has resulted in 15 times more journalist killed than soldiers.

Anyone else find this strange?

Called by the Stop the War Coalition, the Muslim Association of Britain and CND.

Assemble York Rd, Waterloo, 12pm.

Our national protests get coverage all over the globe – let’s show the world the anti-war movement hasn’t gone away.

I do think that it is important to protest, at the continuation of the war. However, speaking personally, I don’t know if yet another London demo is going to ‘do it’. The object of such a march, is to demonstrate to our political masters, the degree of public objection to their activities. However, it is a feature of the news, within the numbers game, to show waning numbers as an indicator of such support. And, I have no idea at all, why were doing it in London, again. What about some kind of ‘inclusion’ of the rest of the country. I hate the place.

It strikes me, that this method is not stopping anything! It is not working, and the indicators of the numbers involved, is not affecting the democratic equations. I think it apparent that we’re past all this, and quite agree with those, ‘standing in the way’ of the machine! Just my opinion, but I know plenty still think yet another protest is required. I wish them well, of course.

This is my work from the first Stop the War demo in London on 15th February.



This happens to me from time to time. Folks say I shouldn’t be photographing people in a public place, without asking for their permission. On February 15, I photographed TWO MILLION people, that would have lead to an aweful lot of conversations! But really, it is only the police and a few nits, that seem to adopt this attitude.

Anyway, I’ve “put ’em straight”, and a few folks have stepped forward to help me out. I say thanks very much to them.

It is of course, such posts, that have lead to me being attacked in the past, and last time, having ALL my teeth knocked out!!!!!

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Postings on Nottingham ‘Stop thge War lists



Subject: Photographs

Regarding the posting/s by Alan Lodge.

Dear Mr.Lodge.

As you may or may not know, the extreme right-wing internet site Redwatch (covering the domain names .org/.net/.org.uk) is becoming increasingly professional in its coverage of ‘left-wing’ activities – now extended to include anti-war protestors.

When they have been successful in matching photographs and/or names and addresses the persons involved have usually been subject to physical attack, and in some cases have been forced to move address. These have by no means been isolated examples. The photographs taken by Redwatch at Nottingham Prison clearly identify several individuals.

Some of your photographs, for example the ones taken at Chetwynd barracks, clearly identify individuals. I hope that in future you will agree that it would be preferable to stick to general crowd scenes for the reasons mentioned above.



and ……



I was just looking at Alan’s photos and wondering if the people he had taken pictures of knew that their image would be on the web? I think people should be aware that their picture is being taken and that they consent to the image being put on the web.


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My response: photography in the street IS allowed!


Thank you all very much for your support. I have been contacted by many other anti-war groups, with respect to their own photography of local actions, no one else is ’embarrassed’ by their presence in standing up for the issues at hand.

Have photographed protest and actions for XXX years 🙂 it is interesting that this is the first time such objection has been noted. Just a few from Nottingham.

Oh, I forgot. and the police. So many officers who are also embarrassed by their activities in the street have also tried to actively prevent my photography. A thorough view of my website, might illustrate why.


They have tried various ploys including their right of privacy (ie. stood there in a public place in uniform! ), and a mis-reading of the Human rights act.

Gosh, don’t you hear it sometimes.

I am an anti-war protester, and am using my muscles, behind the issue as well as I am able. I think successfully, because of the positive feedback I have been getting, and people telling me that the work is ’empowering’ to folks involved. Except some people on this list.

To set the record straight. If you are in a public place, I have a ‘right’ to photograph exactly what I want, AND to use as I see fit. I am allowed to do anything I like, that is not against the law. Not into censorship, as I have also pointed out to the authorities, when they try to stop me.

Personally I’m proud to be involved in these issues and am surprised that some are not.

I also know that there is an issue with the right-wing, in the shape of redwatch and their sort. They are not only interested in protestors, the left etc, but also photographers. A friend had his own picture taken from his website and used to try and intimidate him by inclusion on the bastards site. It has also happened to me! I told him this had happened, I reported this to my union [NUJ], then I made a complaint to the police [ie. harassment, put in fear and distress etc] and employed solicitors to bring action against them for its removal.

My point is. I am allowed to photograph in a public place. However, if there was mis-use of my photography, but such folk, ie if they nick work of my site for intimidation reasons, I would stand up for it, and go after them. Perhaps some might find the legal threats page on redwatch, enlightening.


I hope that clarifies the situation.

Thank you so much to those that see the value of what I’m trying to do.

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In support, jonny and others chimed in. Hopefully, this settles it 🙂


Date: Wed Apr 9, 2003 3:59 am

Subject: Re:Press enquiry – RAF Cottesmore: LITTLE BRO

Dear N0012693,

the police,media & fash photograph all of us, tash is one of the only littlr brother dedicated activist photographers around. He has saved countless lives for nearly 40yrs in court cases etc & stopped police from attacking & abusing thousands of times with aid of intelligence & a camera.

I have never seen a photo published by tash that could be used to prosecute an activist, & fascists can get our photos from their mates in the police or from the media. We live in a state surveliance society, the way to survive is to turn it back on them & as Tash proves this tactic works!

He comes from a travelling community that has mostly been forced to flee this country due to state terror after beanfield & cja etc. He is one of only people to accurateley record our peace movement from the inside

are aia & N0012693 severley paranoid? or you coppers? real or sleeping?, if so kiss my bush!

Personally I am proud to be photographed by tash, I dont like to be photographed by fascists, policemen.

Tash needs our support, he does not get paid for his proffesional photography or for being an original organiser of events like glastonbury.

He has been attacked physically by thugs on “our side”, we only usually have to defend fellow activists from coppers on demos, but we will protect comrades from agent provacetuers & idiots if necessary too!

if you really dont want to be photographed by tash tell him, he will more than likely stop unless you are in a police uniform at the time.

respect the tash man!

for peace & love,

jonny m sparkeee1@hotmail.com

I think this, quite an endorsement. [if the 40 years is a little exagerated :-)]

Thanks for sticking up for us guys. Hope I’ve heard the last of it all, back to the bloody issues!

Here I stand,

I can do no other.”

Martin Luther

[up against the Catholic Church]

Went to the gathering, outside the Nottingham Tax Office on budget morn. A mixed response from the workers arriving. Some in support, some not. Posters displayed and leaflets handed out.


Also, added another shed-load to the Nottingham graffiti and poster collection. Please check out at:


All other ‘stop the war’ work remains available from http://tash.dns2go.com/stopwar.htm

The Activists’ Legal Project provides information about the law to people who are thinking of taking direct action, or who have taken direct action.

We provide briefing sheets and workshops by activists with first hand experience of the criminal and civil justice systems in Britain. We are not laywers or solicitors although we consult with them. The Activists’ Legal Project is run by volunteers.



People gathered from Leicester, Nottingham, Loughborough, Grantham. They came together at the gates of RAF Cottesmore in Rutland, to protest at the continuation of the war in Iraq. It was a very peaceful gathering / event, displaying banners and placards with an anti-war message. There was a small ‘counter demonstration’ from some of the base families there, in pleading support for the troops, committed there on operations.

There was some discussion about the issues, the prime mis-conception being that anti-war protesters were ‘against the airman and troops’. In fact, it was pointed out that this was not the case, but were against their current application and deployments.

The protest at Cottesmore on Sunday and at RAF Stafford that I attended on Saturday, were part of the ‘Reclaim the Bases’ anti-war action.

Reclaim the Bases http://www.reclaimthebases.org.uk

All designed to highlight the concerns felt by many about these issues.

Stop the War – Main Page: http://tash.dns2go.com/stopwar.htm

On saturday, I had gone to Stafford. Meet in the market Square, where we formed up a march, with a Samba Band and everything. Arrived at RAF Stafford, a base concerned with the logistical support of current operations


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