[Imc-uk-features] Menwith Hill 4th July Protest Feature

chip chiapas at riseup.net
Fri Jul 7 11:21:42 PDT 2006


hi
Chris wrote:

>This took longer than I hoped, but here it is:

very cool - i've corrected a few typos i spotted as below:

s/Americian/American
s/out numbered/outnumbered
s/speachs/speeches
s/wer/were

bests

chip
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http://sheffield.indymedia.org.uk/

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Title: Independence From America</h2>

Icon: /icon/2006/07/344189.jpg

<p>On 4th July 2006, <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_%28United_States%29">American
Independence Day</a>, the annual <a
href="/en/regions/sheffield/2006/06/342926.html">Independence
from America demonstration</a> was held at <a
href="http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/mhs/">NSA Menwith
Hill</a> [ Photos: <a
href="/en/regions/sheffield/2006/07/344150.html">1</a> |
<a href="/en/regions/sheffield/2006/07/344188.html">2</a> ].
It was a hot and sunny Tuesday and the 100 or so
protestors were outnumbered by the massive police
presence, after drumming, songs from <a
href="http://tomneilsonmusic.com/index.php">Tom
Neilson</a> and some speeches there was a circumnavigation
of the expanding spy base. One woman was arrested and
later released after a 'caution', see the <a
href="/en/regions/sheffield/2006/07/344411.html">report
from Lindis and Annie</a> for the full story.</p>

<p>The National Security Agency (<a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nsa">NSA</a>) base at
Menwith Hill, near Harrogate, is the biggest US spy base
outside America and it plays a key role in the <a
href="http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/mhs/mhsint.htm">interception</a>
of electronic communications, <a
href="http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/mhs/mhsstarwars.htm">missile
defence</a> and <a
href="http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/yspace/">star wars</a>.
The Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (<a
href="http://www.caab.org.uk/">CAAB</a>), the organisers
of the demonstration evolved out of the long campaign of
protest at Menwith Hill, which have been going on since
the 1950's, read on for links to reports of events held
there over the last few years.</p>

Read More:

<p>Earlier this year the first arrests in the UK under the
new Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
(SOPCA) took place at Menwith Hill, <a
href="/en/regions/leedsbradford/2006/04/337456.html">two
women were arrested</a> on Saturday 1st April 2006 within
hours of the new Act being brought into force.</p>

<p>Every Tuesday night, from 6-8pm <a
href="http://www.caab.org.uk/">CAAB</a> hold a protest
outside the main gate at Menwith Hill, in Feburary 2005 a
report from a <a
href="/en/regions/sheffield/2005/02/305359.html">Tuesday
vigil</a> was posted to Indymedia.</p>

<p>2004 saw the <a
href="/en/regions/leedsbradford/2004/03/287070.html">Block
the Base</a> protest in which <a
href="http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/">Yorkshire CND</a>
blocked 3 gates completely causing tailbacks for hours and
massively disturbing the shift change-over.</p>

<p>In 2003 there were 3 major protests at Menwith Hill, in
March there was <a
href="/en/regions/sheffield/2003/03/59007.html">Foil the
Base</a>, Independence from America [Reports: <a
href="/en/regions/sheffield/2003/07/273720.html">1</a> |
<a href="/en/regions/sheffield/2003/07/273725.html">2</a>
| <a
href="/en/regions/leedsbradford/2003/07/273830.html">3</a>
] and in October there was the <a
href="/en/regions/sheffield/2003/10/278770.html">Keep
Space for Peace</a> demonstration.</p>

<p>More information about Menwith Hill: <a
href="http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/caab/">Campaign for the
Accountability of American Bases  (CAAB)</a> | <a
href="http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/mhs/">Yorkshire CND
Menwith Hill site</a> | <a
href="http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/">Yorkshire Campaign for
Nuclear Disarmament (CND)</a> | <a
href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menwith_Hill">Menwith
Hill on Wikipedia</a></p>




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