Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla

By Ann Hansen

Direct Action chronicles the exciting fast moving motion of the Guerrilla workforce that blew up the political activist scene of the 80's. Hansen and her Anarchist workforce Direct motion have been accountable for quite a few dramatic political acts, together with the bombing of the Litton structures plant in Toronto. After criminal protest activities didn't cease Litton from making suggestions structures for Cruise missiles, Direct motion defended the Earth, explosively. also, Hansen with different radical feminists confirmed the pink sizzling Video chain simply how sizzling their unlawful motion pictures depicting rape may well turn into after being firebombed.

Ann Hansen served seven years in criminal and is now rather at domestic in Vancouver along with her 3 horses, 3 canines, one cat and a bird.

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Heritage used to be now not choosing our lives — we have been picking out background! i didn't are looking to return to Canada. I remembered attending an important demonstration on March 23, 1979, geared up via a coalition of exchange unions protesting unemployment and executive plans to lessen the variety of staff within the ill metal undefined. My attendance had not anything to do with my aid paintings for the RAF yet every little thing to do with my hunge for political adventure. I had by no means walked in this kind of huge crowd — with over 100000 humans it looked to be one colossal dwelling, respiring organism. It started out as so much demonstrations do, with millions of individuals marching jointly in small curiosity teams, banding jointly less than comparable placards proclaiming a standard target. yet as I marched i spotted that the main lively contingent used to be a bunch of autonomists who have been spearheading the demonstration. Autonomists have been the political model of punks — anarchists who believed in dwelling and performing autonomously from society and the govt. each element in their lives mirrored their politics. They lived in "squats," vacant constructions they reclaimed as rent-free houses. They shoplifted all their fabric wishes in open defiance of society's legislation, they usually dressed unconventionally in used garments obtained on the French an identical of the Salvation military and Goodwill shops. primarily they lived as overall outlaws, present outdoor the bounds of legality, rejecting all political events in an try to stay the revolution of their day-by-day lives. The demonstration's alternate union organizers made noticeable, yet annoyed, makes an attempt to maintain the autonomists below regulate. They have been afraid that the anarchists wouldn't stay peaceable and arranged and hence could reason chaos on the finish of the demonstration. Their fears weren't unfounded. Going Underground / 27 The nearer we got here to the prearranged finish of the demonstration, the nearer i attempted to get to the autonomists. i used to be interested in either their strength and philosophy. by the point we reached the top of the march the autonomists had accumulated in a gaggle of milling black-clad adolescence, dressed thoroughly for militant activities in crash helmets, ski mask, leather-based gloves, or even fuel mask. Their costume code used to be evidently geared in the direction of hiding their id and maintaining them from police brutality. the click photographers had additionally gravitated in the direction of them, sensing that this used to be the place the genuine information tale used to be going to spread. however the autonomists weren't attracted to showing within the front-page photo of the day-by-day papers and had come ready. first thing they did because the demonstration started to disband was once to assault the clicking photographers, throwing stones and blatantly attempting to seize and ruin their cameras. The police, expecting difficulties, had situated themselves in large numbers on the finish of the demonstration, developing steel barricades in entrance of all of the streets. I felt my backbone tingling with a mix of worry and pleasure as I regarded round me on the ambitious strains of police officers with large shields, fuel mask, and batons on the front to each road keep one who were preordained because the dispersal direction for the millions of demonstrators.

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