Direct Action

Direct Action

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Ann Hansen stood trial as one of the so-called qSquamish Five.q Sentenced to life in prison, she served seven years. Now she tells her story for the first time. Direct Action captures the excitement and indignation of the counterculture of the early '80s. Missile tests were fuelling a new arms race. Reckless megaprojects threatened the global environment. Alienation, punk rock, and militancy were on the rise. Hansen and her fellow urban guerillas believed that sabotaging government and corporate property could help turn things around. To prove their point, they bombed the Litton Systems plant in Toronto, where components for Cruise Missiles were being made. Hansen's book poses unresolved ethical dilemmas. In light of the recent explosion of anti-globalization protests, Direct Action mirrors the resurgence of militant activity around the world.Weapons of all kinds were strewn about the room, on racks, on tables, but not in locking gun cases. ... barely see over them to walk when my partner put his basket down and picked up an old single-shot Mossberg, which had to be manually loaded with gun powder to fire. It was a collectora#39;s piece with no practical use, but I could see by the affectionate way he handled it that we werena#39;t leaving without it.

Title:Direct Action
Author:Ann Hansen
Publisher:Between The Lines - 2001


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