Some bits and pieces from here and there:
- According to a post on their website, War Resisters’ International plans to go to the tax agency in London today and pay the last five years of taxes that they have been withholding. They say they will do so “under protest” and they invite like-minded people to demonstrate with them. (I think I’d rather watch a bunch of vegetarian activists eat hamburgers “under protest” myself.) According to a press release, the organization had its back to the wall, with the tax agency threatening to come to “confiscate computers, printers and other equipment that will make it impossible [for WRI] to continue working.” They opted to pay rather than remain vulnerable to this property seizure.
- The Greek government has indicted several activists whom it accuses of having been part of the toll gate raids. In response, the “Won’t Pay” movement stormed three toll gates on , opening the gates for free passage, and handing the passing drivers leaflets describing the anti-toll movement.
- The campaign against the Household Tax in Ireland continues. Hundreds of activists met for a strategy meeting last to discuss the ongoing household tax resistance, a new property tax, and the possibility of augmenting the campaign with registration resistance, with a general strike, or by fielding candidates for political office. Richard Forbes of the Drogheda Campaign against Household and Water Tax said, “’s rally clearly shows that there is a determination to defeat this tax and that many see it for what it is: an austerity tax on peoples’ homes to pay for the banking crisis. The Drogheda campaign was instrumental in ensuring that tens of thousands of households in Drogheda and Louth did not pay the household tax. This has laid a solid basis for building a mass campaign of resistance and boycott of the property tax.”