Protest Poster From Paris
We will be publishing a special report on the strike and the new Department for the Advancement of Sciences Roadshow.
Events of the last few days have moved at such speed that I am having trouble keeping up with 'em. I am in transit at present so this note will appraise you of the situation but not much of the detail I'm afraid. That will have to wait till we meet in person or devise a more secure postal system.
Snatching me in the street is part of a larger plot against us. Whilst I lay in the gloom of a cell; the presses of The Spanner were seized, again under this accursed Special Provincial Powers Act. Not to worry too much on that account as replacement presses are already being prepared. And in secret!
More worrying is the seizure of our subscription records but again we were lucky as principally only the main distribution centres details were taken, and since they are largely factories and business addresses they shall not profit much from that knowledge.
But other union organisers have been seized, and a number charged with spurious charges. It is said that over one hundred people are being held under armed guard at Olympia in London. Many from all corners of the country.
A delegation of supportive lawyers and clergy are planning to visit them tomorrow and will demand to see the prisoners and learn their fates. A solidarity demonstration will be held this weekend at noon on Sunday. Talk to your branch about what act of solidarity you might attempt but save your strength for the strike.
I did learn that some union organisers were de-arrested, and like me are now on the run from the authorities, please help these comrades if you can. The more resources the authorities are forced to put into capturing us the less they will have for other events, and in related news a riot broke out in Peckham.
Police supported by hired thugs from local landowners attempted to evict an encampment of aesthetics who have been living for some months on Peckham Common. Inspired by William Morris and Gerrad Winstanley.
It seems that local landowners had attempted to evict the Artists and erect fences on the common. Hundreds of local women armed with saws and axes descended on the common, drove off the police and destroyed the fences.
I imagine that the officers that released me have been reprimanded by their superiors. They had hoped to arrest us all at once. I suppose they imagine that if they arrest the'ring-leaders' then the problem will just disappear. How foolish. There will always be others to step into our shoes and carry on.
I quickly decided that I should not return to my lodgings. Troops billeted in Hornsey for the Queens celebration, who were due to return to their barracks in Colchester last week, have remained. There are reports of plain clothes officers loitering in the area, so my neighbourhood is under occupation and I am wanted by the state. I will do my best to avoid them. You all know what to do.
The strategy remains the same. They stand on pillars and look down on us thinking that they are in control, but we can remove the pillars that support them and bring them crashing down.
We will strike with the Union For The Casual Labourer, and we will organise for further struggle.
Editor, The Spanner
British society is about to "embark on a cusade of ungodliness and moral decline", according to Henry Tibble, General Secretary of the Union for the Casual Labourer. Here is an extract from an interview we conducted over the weekend.
People now work in the knowledge that their jobs will never be safe if the dreaded Clockwork Project is successful.
Going on strike is the only thing workers can do to protect their liveleyhood. The government is blinkered by dreaming of the rich pickings on offer, if and when these soulless automatons replace human beings as labourers.
I am calling on workers of the world, be you a labourer, skilled scientist, religious person or domestic worker - support this strike, every job is threatened.
We are going to take the fight to the heart of government, we are appealing to the Church to take s stand on this ungodly technology - it must not be allowed to succeed! Industry has forsaken logic in the pursuit of wealth, we are a religious nation and must never forget people matter.
Our intention is to show Industrialists, and the Government that we are the machine that keeps the country going! Casual Labourers are the backbone of the workforce, without us the everything will grind to a halt.
We have no intention of bringing the country to its knees, but in the absence of any choice, we will do everything within our legal means to make our voices heard, and intentions clear.
I write this note in some haste after being released from the clutches of Government agents. I apologise for any ramblings and confusion in advance. I am sore exhausted and will clarify the events after some sleep.
Last Wednesday, some 5 days ago, as I was leaving my lodgings to attend a weekly reading group I was seized in the street by plain clothes policemen, thrown into the back of a van and hauled off to a cell.
(I have since discovered that) I was to be held under The Special Provincial Powers Act 1876 introduced to suppress revolt in Kenya. All I know is I was locked in a cell and frequently and regularly taken to be questioned, and questioned and then questioned further.
At all times of the day and night I hardly slept or ate. They asked about the recent raid but quickly moved on
to the forthcoming strike; What did I know? Who were the ringleaders? What plans had been laid? For my part I remained silent having been questioned many times by the law before and knowing that silence hurts no one, and their handling of you only hurts if you’re scared.
Luckily when I was taken some folk had raised the alarm and a search went out to locate me. For which I am most grateful. I hear groups came in solidarity to the police station in such numbers that the police fearing a riot would occur decided to release me.
After what was said to me in the station by certain senior officers I fear that I may lose my employment at the depot, but being another's chattel never agreed with me anyway.
I must to bed.