TORY HQ RIOT : REPORT FROM CLASS WAR STUDENTS

I’ll be putting my own account of the day up later but in the meantime here’s a report from Leeds Class War students:

‘Was good to see you on the demo today, thought i’d share some thoughts for you to use in a write up tomorrow. First and controversially i want to give credit where it is due to the student members not only of the SWP but also of the other “trot” student groups. I’m not one to usually say this as the SWP are a hundred times more annoying to deal with in the small pond of the university than they are in the real world. But these comrades, and I today have no difficulty calling them comrades, actually followed their words with deeds and got stuck in with the rest of us, paper sales forgotten. Today these people acted like class conscious students and not like the pawns of their political cliques and I only hope they can keep it up.

Secondly and to some equaly controversially, i am pleased to say that the anarchos and libertarians were completely out done by our “non-political” fellow students. I don’t want to sound all wanky and go on about Temporary Autonomous Zones but something did seem to happen when that glass broke, it seemed that peoples inhibitions smashed with it. We all suddenly came to realise that the police were not only out numbered but out manoeuvred and out gunned. Students baring placard with slogans like “I only popped out for a pint of milk” were in no time at all happily breaking them over the heads of the nearest copper. And the first chant that these silverspooned students began after the doors went down and people got inside: “burn it down!-burn it down!- burn it down!” We realised that we not only controlled the entire building but also the square in front of it and the road it was on, the police were kettled in by us! Fires started to appear as people began stripping the card board from their placards in order to pass the wooden sticks to the front line burning the resulting piles. As the smoke rose so did the song (which leeds class war students did have the honour of singing first at the millbank) sing along with me: “build a bonfire, build a bonfire but the tories on the top! Put the libdems/coppers/bosses in the middle and we’ll burn the bloody lot!”. The samba band was met by a huge cheer, seriously, and believe me comrades there is nothing better than fighting against a police line with a tribal drum beat at you back.
.At the climax it started to snow. Students from the roof had located large foam fire extinguishers and set them off from the top of the building, dubstep blaring from the bike sound sytems and chants and songs rippling across the crowd the violence against the building and the coppers seemed to become part of the dance, quite litterally in some cases, students would dance in the buffer zone infront of the police.Bouncing along to a samba beat with an in time rendition of “lets go fucking mental” I felt that this could really be the beginning of something big, hopefully now the anarchist movement and in particular our elders and betters, and all those who still beleive that you can’t be working class and go to uni will give the students the support they deserve AND stop treating them as a seperate class in society, use us! We are workers, in fact we are paying huge sums of money to be trained in to better workers we’re angry and have litle to lose.

Leeds Class war students favourite chant: “we ‘ate tories and we ‘ate tories, we ‘ate tories and we ‘ate tories, we ‘ate tories and we ‘ate tories, we are the tory [clap] haters!    
   
It helped that the anarchist students were fairly on it: smashing down the cctv cameras and sending the fit team off  very early on in the proceedings, but all in all I’m happy to announce we were outclassed by the ingenuity and fighting spirit of students who had never been on a demo before.

at current count there were 32 arrests, not bad on a demo of 45,000, (and we lay-about students managed to hospitalise 5 coppers at the last count.) THIS IS IMPORTANT COMRADES, THOSE ARRESTED WILL BE FACING SERIOUS CHARGES AND MANY FOR MANY OF THEM THIS WILL BE THERE FIRST DEMO AND POSSIBLY FIRST ARREST, FIND OUT FROM YOUR LOCAL UNI WHAT SOLIDARITY ACTIONS ARE GOING ON (leeds comrades look out for the new and imroved leeds class war blog) AND OFFER WHAT EVER SUPPORT YOU CAN, IF WE WANT THIS SORT OF STUFF TO CONTINUE AND ESSCULATE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THEY’LL BE LOOKED AFTER.

I’ll leave the last words to my fellow students, chanting in unison against the terrified and out numbered metropolitan police: “You ain’t seen nothing yet, b-b-b-baby you just ain’t seen nothing yet”….

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27 responses to “TORY HQ RIOT : REPORT FROM CLASS WAR STUDENTS

  1. Chris Freeactivist

    Fucking loving it, lets keep the momentum!

  2. Well done to all involved, and what an excellent report.

  3. LONDON CLASS WAR

    Now get that ponsy NUS president and string him up for being a toff

  4. I’m sorry, but that’s utter tosh. I have no problem with direct action (christ, I was involved in enough of it during the anti-Iraq stuff…), but glorifying some random and senseless violence not just against property (fair enough, you might argue, although exactly how that’ll help, I don’t know), but against people as well is pretty disgusting…

    Apart from giving the papers some good pictures of trots and anarchists kicking in windows, what exactly was achieved?

  5. Adam J

    This is so funny. I can’t believe there are actually people like this left in the world. I wouldn’t be too surprised if this turned out to be an elaborate spoof like Christwire.

    I am in favour of the tuition fees rises and I’ll be circulating your blog as much as possible to various journo friends of mine, see how much fuss some of the right-wing rags can kick up. I’m sure you don’t mind the publicity but it’ll be the moderate-left who loses out which is fine by me. Well done, sir. You’ve made my day.

  6. guy

    Interesting to watch the 24 hour news channels yesterday with almost rabid condemnation for the ‘violence’ (it was a bit of broken glass and a handful of police and protesters with cuts and bruises for fucks sake). Boris called for the full power of the law to be used. Can’t, however, remember boris or these professionail commentators using the same fury and emotive language when a newspaper seller was beaten to death on his way home from work just 19 months ago. Or when a young brazilian student was pinned to the floor of an underground carraige and shot many times at point blank range.

  7. DF

    Alasdair, can you not see the symbolic importance of trashing the Tory HQ building?

    And of battering the police – the people who impliment Tory policy?

    The government make the laws, but it’s the police who carry them out when people try and rebel against it.

  8. Liam

    The direct action taken by the students was an inspiration and great to see. Lets hope it is the beginning of something bigger.

  9. Russ

    What class are Police officers? They are working class people many of whom are sympathetic to the causes of rallies but it is their job to protect the public. The uphold the law. Not the Tory law, the Tories haven’t been in power long enough to change all the laws. Class War is a disgrace and they don’t represent my class. Vain, conceited hypocrites who think individual acts of violence trump mass solidarity.

    • rab c.nesbitt

      the people at my school who became policemen were the prefects who when not arselicking were grassing people up for smoking in the toilets.throw in racism and bullying and being over 6 feet……….a fucking pig who has a job for life.but you know this russ —–eh.

    • Harry White

      They WERE working class people. Many of the laws (eg Public Order Act, 1986, Criminal Justice Act, 1994, Local Government Finance Act, 1992) were written and put in by the Conservatives. So, from the Council Tax to the law against music with repetitive beats the Tories have played their part in creating the laws. Many of the people arrested at demonstrations are charged under the POA, things like threatening words/behaviour, violent disorder, affray. What you miss out is the role of the police, which is (as their name would suggest) political – police, from polis, the state.

      The police do not uphold ‘the law’. If they did people who commit anti-social crimes like mugging would be more targeted. They ignore laws they can’t be fucked to enforce (eg people cycling on pavements, putting pedestrians at risk – it’s by no means a victimless crime).

      And the police are by no means impartial, despite what you claim. Young working class people, both men and women, are all too frequently subjected to low-level police harassment. I don’t know anyone I grew up with who hasn’t at some point been arrested, or beaten, or searched on a regular basis. This never makes the news, but it’s pervasive, almost a rite of passage. What’s high jinks for people in the Bullingdon Club is treated with the full severity of the law (not justice) for people outside their rareified circle.

      One day you or yours will fall foul of the police. I wonder if you’ll recall your ill-chosen words here then.

  10. M

    You are a moron. Class is not decided by a persons background, but their relation to production. And what is a coppers relation to capital and production? To defend it ofcourse (“uphold the law”). So therefore they are the enemy – no matter what their personal background is.

  11. “The uphold the law. Not the Tory law, the Tories haven’t been in power long enough to change all the laws.”

    You’re not seriously trying to infer that the law has somehow been created by the working class or the wider population in general are you? The law has always been used as a weapon against the working class. The law IS the ruling class!

    What’s more the Tories were instrumental in implementing some of the worse anti-labour laws. The original student arrests were made with the charge of ‘aggravated trespass’, which the Tories introduced with Section 68 of the 1994 Criminal Justice Act specifically in order to use it against road protesters, ravers, office/factory occupiers and hunt-sabs (to name but a few). New Labour, of course, were just as bad and managed to create 3000 new ‘crimes’ whilst they were in power between 1997 and 2010. Which goes to show what the government – ALL government – and the state really is.

  12. Peter Good

    Just be cautious about getting involved with the SWP, or any other Marxist abbreviation for that matter. As any Anarchist involved with Trade Union activities will relate to you – it’s OK to be fighting the common enemy together. But as soon as progress is made calls for stronger action quickly gets dismissed as “opposition” by The Party.

    Really cheered me up to switch on the news last night!

  13. Alasdair you wet fucking fart .

    Class fightback returns to the streets. Drinks all round!

  14. Paul Marshall

    We had a fucking blast. WHAT A DAY! @

  15. anon

    just to say as an anarchist it was really inspiring, but the one bit i disagree with in this report is the mention of the fire extinguisher being thrown down as if it was no big deal. It fucking was – there was a collective intake of breath when we saw it drop, and then after we all chanted “Stop Throwing Shit!”. If that prick had killed someone, then all the positive result of the action would have been nullified.

  16. Matt Taylor

    you may not of heard us singing

    Nick Clegg is a wanker
    he wears a wanker’s hat
    and no one really likes him
    cos he’s a massive twat
    he’s hated by the left wing
    he’s hated by the right
    he’ll never be the P.M.
    cos he’s a fucking shite.

    i just felt the need to put that in writing somwhere

  17. FenTiger

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/211435/-Score-points-if-you-injure-police-

    Leeds Class War have now made the front page of the Express.

    Good work comrades! 😀

  18. A

    Come on comrades, lets not get in to this trap of a parody of ourselves. The real violence is that of the state not us and we shouldn’t be playing up to the media’s stereotype. It will close more doors than the windows that were broken on the 10th.

  19. Banana

    One thing not to DO is Follow the Leader. We are always GIVEN our Leaders. Not always as obvious as that soon-to-be MP, Aaron Porter.

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