UK Repression Newswire Archive
12-07-2007 13:15London demo in support of John Bowden tomorrow.
12-07-2007 07:50A text message and short phone call last night revealed that three Shell to Sea protestors have been jailed on assault charges against the Garda.
It was to protest over the death of Karen Anne Fletcher. Pauline was arrested but the charges were later dropped as they usually are. The Prison system is decidedly nervous about giving the Pauline the platform of a courtroom to relay embarrassing facts. One such fact is that since the death of Pauline’s daughter in Styal Prison in 2003 a further 38 women have died in Prison in dubious circumstances. Pauline was at Holloway on this occasion to mark the death of Marie Cox who died inside the walls of Holloway on June 30th.
N.B. Two Policemen were primarily involved in the incidents described below. As referring to them as NI 649 and NI 463 seems a bit impersonal so I have decided to call them ‘Porky’ and ‘Porkier’.
____ EUROPE: COMMUNITIES OF RESISTANCE <<< 8.00 PM
Between the 22, 23 and 24 june 2007 in St.Denis, Paris, was held the
NATIONAL SOCIAL FORUM of the BANLIEUES. The event was attended by lots
of different local grassroot movements. Among the participants was Ahmad
Rahman member of the Black Panthers of Detroit and Cilius Victor member
of a Police watchdog in London against racial abuse.
Presenting a night of debate and movies about the event with invited
The event is supported by No Borders and Detainee Support group.
11-07-2007 11:20Actions In Support of John Bowden – Friday 13th July. The Zoo Cafe Hull
11-07-2007 10:42A report on a recent conference for Shaker Aamer, a Biritish resident imprisoned in Guantanamo. Includes details of his story, including previously unpublished information about his current hunger strike, a poem by one of his daughters, and a speech made on his behalf by one of Moazzam Begg's daughters.
11-07-2007 00:20On the 20th February 2007 dawn raids were executed at four addresses in Yorkshire involving over a hundred police officers from Humberside and West Yorkshire Police,. The aim being to arrest four people for what the media and police agencies dubbed animal rights extremism.
10-07-2007 13:31I just received a lovely letter from John Bowden. He has been told in writing why he isn't allowed to hear the CD I made for him. An assistant governor at Glenochil listened to it and deemed it contained sectarian songs. When asked for an example she said it was the Seize the Day song "Club X-Ray". She wrote this clearly criticised Guantanamo Bay and such criticisms would offend prison staff.
During their UK speaking tour of Birmingham, MOVE Minister of Communication Ramona Africa and long term MOVE supporter Fred Riley were interviewed by Sammi as part of his 'Face the Nation' show on Unity FM. Unity FM is a Muslim community radio station that was keen to interview MOVE, whereas the mainstream media chose to ignore the plight of the MOVE 9 and death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.
09-07-2007 09:14Show your support for prisoner John Bowden as part of the International Day of solidarity in support of him and the Anarchist Black Cross. The Common Place, 12-3pm, Friday 13th July.
09-07-2007 00:47The Stroom Restaurant in Leeds have now confirmed that they have removed foie gras from the menu and have provided copies of the updated menu to relevant sources. This now only leaves 2 hotels in one of the UK's largest cities selling the delicacy of despair. Please politely contact Thorpe Park Hotel and Haleys to complain about their support for animal abuse. Thorpe Park's sister hotel, the Solent, recently gave foie gras the boot following pressure.
08-07-2007 15:04"Black resistance and pink blockades go hand in hand, and pink clowns were defended by black anarchists when the police roughed them up during the actions and demonstrations: pink and black are complementary and not substitutes, like many, including myself, were led to believe in the past few years."
On extremely rare occasions Mikey was prone to bouts of depression, and during an episode the Police were called. Mikey was arrested outside his mother's house in Lozells Birmingham. Whilst in Police Custody in Handsworth, Birmingham on September 7th 2003, Mikey died at the hands of West Midlands Police.
'This is what happened. Officers drove a police car at Mikey, hitting him, beat him with batons, CS gassed him, restrained him and, knowing he was injured, and drove him to a police station not a hospital. At the police station the officers simply did not call for an
ambulance for over 4 minutes. Mikey was dead by the time it arrived.'
His family and friends continue the campaign for justice.