[g8-sheffield] Re: [SheffieldRedRope] The G8 in Sheffield - revised and corrected!

Keith Richards richrout at yahoo.com
Fri May 20 13:33:01 BST 2005

just to correct one point - as far as I know Nether
Edge residents have been told nothing about the visit
let alone about carrying "passports"

The hotel in question is at the top of my road, so I
assume I will be inside some sort of security zone.

This week additional fibre optic cables were laid up
my road to be connected to a "police station" to be
installed outside the hotel. Nice to know our taxes
are being used so productively?


--- Jenny Patient <jenny.patient at blueyonder.co.uk>
> Many thanks for all your kind and helpful comments.
> Below is a slightly revised/corrected version - main
> thing to note is that the web site was wrong - it's
> www.sheffield.dissent.org.uk 
> Please feel absolutely free to use all/any of this
> for leaflets or whatever. I shall send it as a
> letter to the Telegraph and the Star, just as me,
> not on behalf of anyone.
> Jennny
> The G8 in Sheffield - why does it matter?
> Many Sheffield people will now be aware that the G8
> Interior and Justice Ministers are meeting in
> Sheffield on 15-17 June 2005 - but what is it all
> about?
> The G8 is not a democratic forum - it is an
> exclusive meeting of the seven biggest economies in
> the world, plus Russia. It's rather like the big
> boys ganging up in a corner of the school
> playground.
> The G8's agenda has never been to solve the problems
> of hunger and health experienced by three-quarters
> of the world's population. They meet to make the
> world safe for globalisation - a process that puts
> capitalists in control of everything, right across
> the world.
> The G8 states support globalisation through
> privatisation (e.g. of water supplies in Africa, as
> well as your bus services) and war (e.g. in Iraq,
> and the threats to Iran and Cuba). This adds to
> insecurity in countries in the global South, such as
> Bolivia and Ghana. Then people migrate, as they
> cannot survive or prosper in countries threatened by
> war or environmental catastrophe. 
> The Interior Ministers will be sharing ideas about
> combating terrorism, which they see as the worst
> threat. They have used terrorism as an excuse to:
>   a.. lock up suspects without a trial
>   b.. increase the state's control by keeping
> information about everyone, through ID cards for
> example
>   c.. play on people's fear of outsiders, and people
> with different beliefs, appearance or cultures
> When the G8 comes to Sheffield, we'll see some of
> their ideas in action:
>   a.. residents in Nether Edge have been told they
> will have to carry a passport to enter and leave
> their homes
>   a.. armed police will patrol the streets and
> helicopters will hang overhead for days on end
>   b.. your email and phone calls may be intercepted
>   c.. you will be excluded from your city centre
> while the G8 wine and dine there
>   d.. pubs, theatres, clubs and restaurants have
> been asked to close, and transport will be disrupted
> Your local MP and city council are, in fact, so
> proud of your city that they are prepared to exclude
> all citizens from it in order to show it off. 
> If you would like to add your voice to the protest
> against this way of running the world, join the
> peaceful demonstration in the city centre at 5.30 on
> Weds 15th June, and see
> http://www.sheffield.dissent.org.uk/ for more
> information.

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