Rest of Europe

Rest of Europe

Iceland Action Camp update

An international action camp in Iceland's eastern highlands against the destruction of this last great wilderness in Europe for the production of aluminium has been in progress since the 21st July. There have been other previous news postings, so I will just add the latest news...

19 arrests at eviction of Belgian occupied forest!

Borsbeek camp 1

At 8am, Wednesday 9th of August, the eviction of the action camp in Borsbeek (near Antwerp in Belgium) started. GroenFront! fears of a violent eviction were correct. The police have refused to accept a security coordinator from the activists, despite the offer of an experienced activist who had offered to be present to prevent the situation from escalating dangerously. Police have also tortured the people out of their lock-ons using pain holds on pressure points.

Dutch/Belgium EarthFirst! set up treetop camp in Belgium

Borsbeek woods


Monday night Earthfirst activists occupied woodlands surrounding an old fortress in Borsbeek. Both the fortress and the surrounding woodlands represent a fine piece of nature supervised by local ‘Natuurpunt Schijnvallei’.

Iceland - protest camp against destruction of nature

News from the protest camp which is happening at the moment in Iceland to fight against the destruction of nature for heavy industry.

Iceland, with its last great expanse of true wilderness in western Europe, is under serious threat. Multinational companies, in partnership with the Icelandic government, are establishing large-scale heavy industry across the pristine countryside that has made the country so famous. Protected areas and even internationally protected vegetation will be directly affected.

Two simultaneous blockades at Eyjabakkar and Kárahnjúkar

Iceland '06 blockade 1
Iceland '06 blockade 2

26th July 2006
A bridge was blocked at Kárahnjúkar by ten people at the same time that over forty people blocked a crossroads by the worksite at the dams that are being built at Eyjabakkar. Both blockades were successful and although police arrived with riotshields there was no violence or arrests.


‘A protest camp has been established at the Hill of Tara, County Meath, Ireland, to oppose the monstrous M3 Motorway project due to begin this year…

Protesters have been camped in Tara since the solstice. For the time being the camp is situated near the hill down into the woods. Campers have kept a flame burning since the solstice and intend to keep it burning until the 2nd of August, which is Lammas. They will then relocate to a new location directly affected by the proposed motorway.

Repression against Italian eco-anarchists and the paper 'Terra Selvaggia'


About the arrests in Pietrasanta and Pisa (Italy)

At the beginning of May eleven anarchists were arrested in Pisa and La Spezia accused of ‘subversive association (conspiracy) with terrorist aims and subversion of the democratic order of the State’ (article 270bis). Some are accused of sabotaging pylons and mobile phone masts.

NO BORDER CAMP 2006, a summer of freedom, Gorizia, north-east Italy, from 19 to 23 of july.

For some months the Detention Center of Gradisca d'Isonzo (GO) has been up and running with around 150 persons imprisoned there.

A few kilometers away, in the Center of Enternment of Postojna in Slovenia, there are inmates - including women, children detained for for years , refugees without any hope either of release or to see the most elementary rights satisfied.

Faslane Peace Camp - End of an Era

Faslane Peace Camp, situated outside the gates of the Faslane Naval Base and its Trident nuclear submarines, has been a permanent protest camp since 1982, but is now to close down. The decision was made last weekend during the 24th birthday gathering, with closure planned for 25th birthday in June 2007. Activists reckon that the static camp is no longer the best tactic – mainly because of police surveillance and problems with residents - with plans to move towards a range of actions, some open, some not, linking up with the broader movement of other anti-authoritarian and peace groups. But the process of clearing the site, and discussing how to move forward will take the following year. The first event will be a clean-up bonfire on June 23rd, and then an ‘Independence From The Peace Camp’ weekend of clearing with discussions over the weekend of July 1-4th 2006. This will all culminate in a 25th birthday weekend gathering of tatting down and organising from June 9th 2007.

Rossport Solidarity Camp Gathering

Rossport anti-Shell T shirt
Rossport morning circle

On the weekend of the 2nd to 5th of June the gorgeous weather enabled one hundred and fifty people to enjoy the beach location and stunning landscape of the gathering at Rossport Solidarity Camp. Many people took pleasure in being able to cool off in the sea. The gathering was well attended by interested individuals and groups from all over the country, Cork, Dublin, Mayo, Westmeath, Roscommon, Galway, Derry, as well as people from Britain. Workshops were inspirationally opened by one from Jose Sagarnaga from the Bolivia Solidarity Campaign and successfully linked global struggles and stories of success from other cultures with the campaign to defend Erris from Shell. The issue of privatisation of natural resources was discussed and debated in a forum which was addressed both by Jose and by Maura Harrington of Shell to Sea.

Dutch occupy runway for 3 hours on European Day of Aviation (& demo photos from around UK)

Schipol 06 Action 1
Schipol 06 Action 2
Schipol 06 Action 5

The Dutch did direct action for European Day of Action against Aviation. They invaded Schipol Airport under the cover of darkness and blocked the taxiway for three hours by locking themselves on using a variety of instruments. Meanwhile, Belgians let off black helium balloons in the terminal building, French wandered about the airport in night clothes, armed with leaflets. An ASBO was served on Luton airport, and there were other events around the UK & the rest of Europe.





// SATURDAY 10TH JUNE, 7.30PM >>


over 1,000 protest against nanotech & technologies of control, in Grenoble

Minatec demo

Over 1,000 people took to the streets to protest against the Minatec, the prime public nanotech centre, in Grenoble, France.

French President & Prime Minister cancelled coming, and the opening was delayed.

Resistance to Nanotechnology in France - week one

Report of the first days of a week of actions against the inauguration of minatec, the world's largest centre for nanotecnology, this week in grenoble.