UK Newswire Archive
Occupy Manchester will shortly return, at a new location in the city centre.
In fact, Occupy Manchester never did really go away, it just quietly relocated. It was originally at Albert Square, then soon afterwards it set up camp at the Peace Gardens in front of the town hall. The campers were forced to move from there late in October because they were getting too much hassle from homeless people with alcohol and drug issues. They went to Spinningfields, a safer but quieter location but with few people walking through except the office and court staff who work in the neighbourhood. Now that they have been served with an injunction for Spinningfields, the campers have asked the Quakers if they can camp on the front lawn of the Friends Meeting House on Mount Street. The Quakers may agree, and say they are treating it as a request for a 'room booking', although the 'room' will be outdoors. If agreement is reached, the occupation will have a licence to occupy the space, which will make it somewhat more difficult for the police or city authority to move them on, and it will be a more publicly visible location which would make leafletting and holding public debates easier.
17-11-2011 21:36…And here we go again! Italy’s streets were put under occupation once again today, as part of the “International Student’s Day”, originally created to commemorate the students deported by the Nazi regime after a protest in Prague. Thousands of college and university students all over Italy took to the streets to protest against the progressive dismantling and privatisation of the education system and the new measures announced by the government. There were in several towns and cities, with often violent clashes with the police. Here’s a summary on some of the biggest protests, based on communiques and articles published on InfoAut:
The Defendants released the following statement:
17-11-2011 16:55Glasgow Anarchist Fair
Saturday 10th December 2011, 11am – 11pm
Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall Street
Next to Kinning Park Underground Station
17-11-2011 16:55The £1/2 Million Breach of the Peace charge, 13 hearings, 15,000 travel miles, Cross Border Police seizures, surveillance & a former Lord Advocate.
17-11-2011 15:46Now fascists are turning their attention to gypsies in the wake of the Dale Farm eviction. They are busy whipping up hatred against them in the run up to a vicious violent pogrom against them.
Ten of the Fortnum and Mason 145 were today found guilty of “Aggravated Trespass” with Judge Snow saying that they intimidated F&M staff. They were part of the 145 people arrested during the end of the ukuncut planned occupation of Fortnum and Mason during the massive anti cuts demonstrations on March26th 2011.
A statement by those found guilty said: "As the government’s cuts continue to destroy the economy and people’s lives we will not be put off by these attempts at humiliating and punishing us." [see full statement below]
"Today, the 10 of us who were on trial have been found guilty of taking part in a protest. A protest that was dubbed ‘sensible’ by the senior police officer at the scene. We were standing up, or more accurately sitting down, against our government making harsh cuts to public services, whilst letting companies like Fortnum and Masons get away with dodging a total of tens of billions of pounds of tax every year. Then we are put on trial, whilst it’s clear the real criminals are the tax dodgers, the politicians and the bankers who caused this financial crisis and who continue to profit. We are supposed to have a democratic right to protest yet people like us, exercising that right and expressing our discontent feel the force of the law and receive harsh and disproportionate sentences. We have been convicted of Aggravated Trespass, an example of a law created in the 1990′s as an attack on our rights to protest and which is used in situations like this one to turn protesting into a crime. We will, of course, continue to fight this and will be appealing the judgement.
As the government’s cuts continue to destroy the economy and people’s lives we will not be put off by these attempts at humiliating and punishing us."
War on Want's new report "Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming the global food system". The report outlines the pitfalls of the current corporate-led food system which has created a global food crisis affecting millions across the planet. More importantly it presents the framework of food sovereignty as an alternative solution which has been endorsed by hundred of thousands of people. It also presents case studies showing how farmers are already implanting the food sovereignty principles.
War on Want has been engaged with the fights against global hunger throughout its 60 years of existence. Our work has focused on challenging the roots causes of the crisis and supporting social movements in the Global South. We are also committed to build the food sovereignty movement in Europe.
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17-11-2011 13:25Deborah Glass Woodin of Oxford, green activist, mother of two and widow of Mike Woodin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Woodin, is due in Reading Magistrates Court on Tuesday 13 December at 10am for refusing to complete the 2011 Census.