UK Newswire Archive
28-12-2011 22:14On the otherside of the pond, a hefty campaign is being waged by activists at Negotiation is Over against the use of primates in experimentation at the University of Florida.
28-12-2011 16:14Occupy the London stock exchange will be hosting a free pop concert outside St Paul's Cathedral on the 31st of December starting at 6pm until 1am. Some big name bands will be playing there aswell.
Now almost two and a half months in, the Occupy Nottingham protest camp in Market Square continued through Christmas. The campers have now invited supporters to join them in Market Square on New Year's Eve, to "stand together to begin 2012 as one voice for change & an end to greed!" Meanwhile, occupiers in Leicester have decided to move indoors in order to help "sustain us over the cold winter."
Previous feature: Occupy Notttingham: Two months in | Student photographer hassled by Notts Police | Occupy Nottingham: No plans for eviction. Yet. | NSAFC Report on @OccupyNotts 36 Days In | Occupy Nottingham: Still there | Occupy Nottingham: Moved but still in occupation | Nottingham Occupation Continues | Nottingham is occupied
The Nottingham camp, part of a global network of occupations, was started on October 15th.
On Christmas Day itself, the campers sent out a brief seasonal message to supporters: "Merry Christmas & Yuletide Greetings from all the occupiers on the Market Place! :-)"
Local photographer Alan Lodge (Tash) visited the camp every day over the Christmas period and reported finding "many there in good spirits. It was so nice to get the occasional greetings from passers-by."
Before the Christmas period, a larger structure was constructed to shield those campers against the elements. The weather becoming increasingly changeable.
28-12-2011 11:03Early on 28th December 2011 the long abandoned Salvation Army Citadel on Cross Burgess Street, Sheffield, was occupied and renamed the Citadel Of Hope.
28-12-2011 00:01A national campaign against Flannels in order to end their sale of fur and urge them to sign a fur-free policy is set to be launched on a national scale, further information can be found within this article.
27-12-2011 15:52This article reproduces a job request spotted on peopleperhour.com - I hope ukindymedia will accept it as relevant to the UK as although originating in America, the request was published on a London-based website and is therefore seeking to attract UK based writers. The request is reproduced verbatim. Read on!
27-12-2011 15:07Planning decision to be decided on another unnecesary McDonalds being built.
27-12-2011 01:51aidan burley MP
formerely hammersmith councillor 2007
nazi uniform ???
CONSPIRED WITH OTHER IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
Monday 26th December 2011
The occupation at Market Square, Nottingham continues .......
Before the christmas period, a larger structure was constructed to shield those campers against the elements. The weather becoming increasingly changable.
I visited the camp every day over the xmas period and found many there in good spirits. It was so nice to get the occasional greetings from passers-by.
I think those holding out against the elements for these issues, need to be congratulated for their commitments and deserve help and support from us.
Please drop by and offer your time, help, donations of food, bedding, waterproofing, warm clothing ...... oh, a bit of love.
Loads of earlier postings ...... but, here are the main features
Nottingham is occupied [Feature]
Nottingham Occupation Continues [2nd Feature]
Occupy Notttingham: Moved but still in occupation [3rd Feature]
Occupy Notttingham: Still there [4th Feature]
Nottingham Occupy Nottingham: No plans for eviction. Yet. [5th Feature]
Occupy Notttingham: Two months in [6th Feature]
Characters I've met during Cuts & Occupy Campaigns
Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham. UK
Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]
"It is not enough to curse the darkness.
It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"
26-12-2011 19:25Join Occupy London at St Pauls and be guided by the Occupiers through
the connections between Old London, the church and the economic
injustices of today.
Watch vid: http://blip.tv/okupemlesones/occupy-london-2011-5834206
Eight former lovers of undercover cops have started legal action against police chiefs for the psychological suffering they’ve endured. The women include three former lovers of Mark Kennedy, two former lovers of Jim Boyling, and women who had relationships with “Mark Cassidy”, Bob Lambert and “John Barker” – a name that doesn’t seem to have been associated with undercover policing of activism before.
Birnberg Peirce and partners have commenced legal action against the Metropolitan Police on behalf of eight women who were deceived into having long term intimate relationships with undercover police officers. The five undercover officers* were all engaged in infiltrating environmental and social justice campaign groups between the mid 1980’s and 2010 and had relationships with the women lasting from 7 months and the longest spanning 9 years.
The women assert that the actions of the undercover officers breached their rights as protected by the European Convention on Human Rights, including Article 3 (no one shall be subject to inhumane and degrading treatment) and Article 8 (respect for private and family life, including the right to form relationships without unjustified interference by the state), The women are also bringing claims for deceit, assault, misfeasance in public office and negligence, and seek to highlight and prevent the continuation of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers.
After deceiving at least one woman into having a relationship with him, one of the officers, Bob Lambert, went on to supervise other undercover officers who had long term intimate relationships with campaigners. This, and the extended period in which these relationships were undertaken confirms that recently exposed police spies were not ‘rogue officers’, but were in fact part of an unacceptable pattern of engaging in long term intimate relationships (including embedding themselves in extended families) as part of the infiltration of environmental and other activist groups, which seems to have been condoned at high levels.
Through their collective experiences the women have identified a pattern that covers more than two decades of police operations and is therefore indicative of systemic abuse of female political activists involved in a range of different groups. Officers are given extensive training in how to spin tales, groom, deceive and embed themselves deeply in protest movements. After the women formed loving relationships with these men, they disappeared when their posting ended, leaving the women to cope with the trauma of not knowing whether or not the person they were in love with would return, not knowing if they should be worried or angry and trying to discover what was real and what was not. In one case where the officer re-appeared, his training enabled him to create a new deceit and further abuse the woman who had been left in a state of shock and trauma. She extricated herself with the help of Women’s Aid and left for Refuge with her children. The responsibility for the lasting damage this caused goes right back to the undercover operation by the Metropolitan police and the training they gave him in the art of duplicity
The subsequent discovery that the men they had loved were in fact undercover police officers spying on them and others they knew was a horrifying experience, leaving the women with both a sense of violation and difficulties in trusting others and their own judgement. Discovering that the fundamentals of the relationship were lies has left them trying to comprehend how someone they shared dreams with, knew so intimately and trusted so deeply had never actually existed
This abuse has had a severe and lasting emotional impact on those affected.
“We believe our case highlights institutionalised sexism within the police. It is incredible that if the police want to search someone’s house they are required to get the permission of a judge, yet if they want to send in an agent who may live and sleep with activists in their homes, this can happen without any apparent oversight!”
”We are bringing this case because we want to see an end to the sexual and psychological abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers. It is unacceptable that state agents can cultivate intimate and long lasting relationships with political activists in order to gain so called intelligence on those political movements.”
So far twelve inquiries have been set up in relation to undercover officers, however none of them are focussed on the human rights abuses perpetrated by the unit, none is independent and none of them are open and transparent.
- The five undercover officers are Mark Kennedy, Jim Boyling, Bob Lambert and two others who have not yet been exposed, known when undercover as John Barker and Mark Cassidy.
26-12-2011 16:15Just read this unbvelievable story concerning Chris Cole, a peace activist from Oxford who was approached by plain clothed police during his attendance at court for a hearing concerned with action he took outside Downing Street during the 10 year anniversary week of the beginning of the Afghanistan ‘war’....
26-12-2011 10:25Calais has killed a person, a young Ethiopian man, who has spent some time Calais and is known to a lot of people there. He was found at the bottom of a bridge in the center of Calais in the early hours of Thursday 22 December.