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From: "SchNEWS"
To: "SchNEWS Subscribers"
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 11:53:19 +0000
Subject: SchNEWS 176, 17 July 1998


At 7:30am on Monday morning train surfing Reclaim The Streets (RTS) activists climbed onto the roof of a tube train at Bank Station and shut down the eastbound Central Line. The action was in support of the tubeworkers' strike against privatisation. They unfolded a carriage-length banner reading, "Private Profit at Public Expense", while others dressed as 'fat cats' offered to buy Bank station, handing out peanuts and explanatory leaflets to passengers,underground signs were subverted to read 'Laughing all the way to the Bank'. More supporters holding a huge "Stop Privatisation - Support the Tubeworkers" banner picketed the station entrance.

A spokesperson for RTS said "...selling off the network, far from improving the service as the government claim, will bring only deteriorating conditions and higher prices for London's travellers while increasing car congestion and pollution on the streets". Three activists were arrested.

RTS have a history of supporting transport workers. During the 1996 tube strike activists organised a simultaneous Critical Mass bike blockade, while others occupied the office of the London Underground Manager

Reclaim the Streets
Tel: 0171 281 4621
PO BOX 9656 London N4 4JY

London meetings every Tuesday 7pm
At the moment we're at the Arsenal Tavern, Blackstock Rd, London N4. (Finsbury Park tube.)

Street parties coming up

Sheffield - August 1st
(acoustic - bring an instrument)

Bristol - August 15th
meet 12 noon Eastville Prk M32 junc 2
Tel: 0117 939 093

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