UK Newswire Archive
Extensive damage has been caused to a mining machine at the Broken Cross open cast coal mine in South Lanarkshire. This action, taken during the night of third of October, was carried out anonymously by those acting in solidarity with The Happendon Wood Action Camp (THWAC), and in support of the residents of the Douglas Valley.
06-10-2010 16:39This evening, the Officer Training Corp (OTC) stall at Oxford University Freshers' Fair developed a conscience, grew legs, and walked away(!), leaving the organisation severely lacking in propaganda with which to indoctrinate young minds..
Saturday 9th October 2010
The King Edward VII, Aylesham Rd, Norwich.
After years of controversy a planning application for the huge UKCMRI bioresearch laboratory proposed for central London has now been registered with Camden Council. Anyone living anywhere can email or write to the council with objections/comments - there is a limited amount of time for people to put in objections, officially until 14th October 2010. More details below......
It is a very controversial issue - the laboratory is planned to handle "Biosafety Level 3" extremely dangerous pathogens in 79,000 square metres of building on 3.6 acres of land behind the British Library, alongside a huge international Station, 6 underground lines and near King's Cross and Euston stations. It would be estimated to cost £600 million and a further £100 million per year to operate. It would involve massive amounts of Government money at a time of major cutbacks. Also housing, facilities for the public and open areas are badly needed in that area.
Anyone from any part of London or anywhere else can register objections or comments.
There are certain reasons for objections that are taken into account eg. size/style of the building, congestion, inappropriateness for area, overcrowding, loss of land use for housing, public facilities/open land, loss of daylight/sunlight/privacy, noise nuisance, parking issues etc. Other possible issues could be: potential disruption to area with policing/security, possible cost for extra policing. Certain reasons are not taken into account eg. loss of value of property, noise and disruption from building work. Objections or comments can be made directly through the planning application on the Camden Council website: http://planningrecords.camden.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer17/PLComments.aspx?pk=246856 - or sent by letter to c/o N. McDonald, Customer Support Team, Planning and Public Protection, 5th Floor, Camden Council Town Hall Extension, Argyle Street, London, WC1H 8EQ. Emails and letters need the sender's postal address, planning application reference number (2010/4721/P) and site address (Site to the rear of the British Library, Brill Place, London, NW1 2DB).
05-10-2010 23:06On the first of October squatting in the Netherlands has been criminalised.
05-10-2010 20:06A butcher has been fined ten thousand pounds for animal cruelty after sheep were left without water for days. Premier Halal Meats in Calderdale were fined £9401 after pleading guilty on 4 counts of animal cruelty. The butchers claimed that there was a "mix up" over delivery times and dates as an excuse for not giving the animals any drinking water. The Halal butcher also flouted religious rules on cruelty
05-10-2010 18:00Current fascist groups such as the BNP and EDL claim not to be racist....it is instructive, however, to compare their utterances with those of the British Union of Fascists in the last century.
In the early hours of the morning on Thursday 9th September 2010, 170 Zapatista supporters were expelled from their homes in the Tzeltal community of San Marcos Avilés, in the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas. They were attacked by members of the Mexican political parties PRI, PRD and PVEM (the green party), in retaliation for the construction of an autonomous school.
In response to the Home Secretarys ban on the EDL their leadership have announced that they are going to "pull all police liaison", "remove all stewarding" and "will still march in one way or another". It seems like the moderates have thrown in the towel and the extremists are coming to the fore. It also looks like a bad tactical move for the right wing group.
The move seems to be a way of heading off frustration amongst members who are fed up of being "caged" by heavy policing and want to be out on the streets having a fight. The EDL Bradford demo turned into a farce with members attacking their own stewards because they were the only targets on offer. Their leaders want to avoid a repeat of the infighting and want to throw a sop to those who are tired of playing along to the OB's tune and want to kick off.
Having turned down the offer of a static demo they have basically made their presence in Leicester illegal. While it will certainly give the complacent Leicestershire cops a headache trying to stamp out any illegal march or demo it will also give them much wider powers to disperse the EDL when they arrive. As is being pointed out in the media, organisers and participants of illegal marches can be given prison sentences and heavy fines. Trying to do a flash march in this situation, with 1400 police in town, looks like a big financial risk.
It also makes things a lot less safe for EDL turning up in dribs and drabs rather than as a big mob. They were already sounding cautious about the Leicester demo on their forum because they know they will face a large and angry opposition from local people. Now, rather than having safety in numbers on a big demo, it looks like they will be drifting around in small groups leaving many members vulnerable.
There is a lot of bravado and unlikely plans being hatched on the forum. People are throwing around ideas about flash mobs and last minute demos in other towns. The fact of the matter is that after Bradford the EDL need a big demo to show they've still got the numbers and support. A few hundred members turning up in Market Harborough looks like a big flop and they know it. There's also the question of whether after all the arrests of members, including the leadership, and infiltration by police and opposition groups, they have a secure communications network or not. Given how quick some of them are to reveal all their plans on the internet it seems unlikely that they are all in the loop. To securely organise a big flash mob they wouldn't be able to get the numbers.
It seems like the end of the "peaceful, law-abiding" front of the EDL and a sure way of alienating the more moderate members in their midst. We'll have to wait and see.
05-10-2010 16:35"With Friday's raids, the federal government under "change" huckster Barack Obama, has taken their repressive program to a whole new level, threatening activists with the specter of being charged with providing "material support of terrorism." A felony conviction under this draconian federal law (Title 18, Part I, Chapter 113B, § 2339B) carries a 15 year prison term."
05-10-2010 16:23Ok, so we are back home now, bruised but far from beaten, obviously there were some rather glaring failures of the Unauthorised March which we will cover first. Then we will move onto post march actions and how we can look at future resistance in our communities.