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SOCPA Victory? Campaign For Free Assembly Demo 1pm April 5th Trafalgar Square

04-04-2008 09:54

Jack Straw announced plans to replace SOCPA sections 132-138, which ban spontaneous demonstrations around Parliament, and make it a criminal offence to demonstrate with police permission - to get maximum positive PR from the ever compliant press, Straw only announced the repeal now, while the need for new laws was hidden in the small print. One battle may soon be over, the struggle continues on the streets.

We are meeting at 1pm at the roundabout on the South side of Trafalgar Square on Saturday 5th April. Come with your mates and discuss with them what you want to do with the day. Bring placards, banners, whistles or anything else you can think of. Let them know you won’t be easily silenced.

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Cops say they'll confiscate anti Chinese olympics banners

03-04-2008 23:18

It was just said on the news that the cops will be confiscating banners during the olympic torch crap going on in London this Sunday.

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The depopulation of the Green Zone in central Baghdad

03-04-2008 22:34

But the most important phenomenon, which overshadows most of the other developments in Iraq, is the exposure of the Green Zone, the most secure location in Iraq, to daily rocket bombardments, something that has motivated many diplomats and journalists and parliamentarians who went there seeking safety, to flee from the Green Zone to outside of Iraq, following the fall of a large number of injured persons in this attack.

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Free Mumia now! All out for 19 April united-front demonstration!

03-04-2008 00:44

Free Mumia now!

Mumia Abu-Jamal
is innocent!

Abolish the racist
death penalty!

Saturday 19 April
1pm, US Embassy,
Grosvenor Square, London W1A
(Nearest Tube: Bond Street)

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Riot police storms convergence centre at Bucharest anti- NATO protests

02-04-2008 22:58

Reports over email lists state that 46 persons were arrested and that they were severally beaten in the way to the police stations and they were also under death treat. when Romanian riot police raided a meeting place for anti-NATO activists. On guy from Iasi
(Gheorghe) was hospitalized and he was beaten even in the hospital.
Another girl ask the police to go to the hospital...Small protest was
organized in the front of the police station 11.

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China, Tibet and U.S.-sponsored counterrevolution

02-04-2008 22:52

How could progressive people be on the same side as Bush, the CIA and the ultra-right? How do we explain the paradox of progressive people supporting a movement that is financed and supported by the proponents of the U.S. Empire, as well as by all of the other old European colonial powers that had divided, humiliated and looted China for a full century prior to the 1949 revolution?

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Nottingham’s Zimbabwean Community stand together

02-04-2008 22:06

The Zimbabwean community, guest speakers and supporters attended an evening of traditional Zimbabwean food, music and testimonies from survivors of Mugabe’s regime on Friday 28th March and stood together again in demonstration in Nottingham’s Market Sq. on 29th March, the day of Zimbabwe’s elections.

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Boycott Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Sign Petition Now!

02-04-2008 16:59

EveryOne Group ( is promoting a petition ( and an international campaign to ask for an immediate halt to the harsh sociocultural repression underway in Tibet, a repression perpetrated by the Chinese authorities towards thousands of innocent people.

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SOCPA - chris coverdale arrested for non-payment of fines

02-04-2008 16:40

chris coverdale was arrested earlier today at his home in wimbledon for non-payment of fines imposed for a previous SOCPA unauthorised demonstration offence. he is being held overnight at wimbledon police station and will apear at the local court tomorrow morning.

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Brain First went to Cambodia to see what Pol Pot was up to

02-04-2008 12:23

Sao Sary
I spoke with a young man yesterday who moved me.

He told me of the present of what Brian Haw witnessed as begun so many years back.

85% of the people are farmers. There are presently huge land disputes between the very poor and big business/the goveernment. I assume it is similiar to china's situation where the farmers are being removed so that the nouveau riche may build their American Dream houses.

Rice is over $1.00 per kilo and petrol is the same - $1.00 per litre. Their are some irrigation systems in place and there is little rain fall.

When poeple can't eat, their children don't go to school - the only way out of poverty is through education.

There is a huge problem with families selling thier children as a means of survival.

We started off this problem. This is our responsibility in the West.

Brian saw the killing fields and now the country is on the raod to economic collapse as inflation is presently soaring.

Who pays the price?
the children, as always.

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Anti-NATO Convergence Centre in Bucharest attacked by Anti-Terror Police

02-04-2008 11:43

Police arrest all activists at the Anti-NATO CC in Bucharest

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Emergency Basra Protest at Downing Street, Wednesday 2pm

01-04-2008 22:28

Emergency Protest Against Attack on Basra this Wednesday - Downing Street


Emergency Picket
Wednesday 2 April
2-4pm, Downing Street

Protest against Iraqi, US and British military occupation action

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Kenyan Green tear gassed

01-04-2008 19:35

Nobel laureate and all round eco-warrior and politician Wangari Maathai was tear gassed in Kenya!

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World Against War National Rally - full report - videos, mp3s, photos

31-03-2008 17:34

March 2008 marks the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Over 50,000 people rallied in Trafalgar Square to protest the continued occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the on-going siege of Gaza, and the threats of attack on Iran.

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London Olympic Flame Route protests 6th April

31-03-2008 14:58

"Fears of violent clashes on London's streets grow as flame becomes symbol of protest over Tibet".
Its a crap article from the The Observer, Sunday March 30 2008, but it highlights some interesting informational material for those who wish to join in actions against the Olympics in China, the 2012 London Olympics and the historical part Olympic Games in general have in repression and gentrification in host cities. Affinity group action opportunity!! Spread the word!!

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Brutal arrest of 23 anti-militarist activists in Poland

30-03-2008 22:24

23 Polish antimilitarist activists were violently arrested on Sunday (30/03/2008) at a private flat of one of them morning after coming back from a demonstration after-party in Slupsk in nothern Poland.

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SOCPA: The GLA's campaign against Brian Haw

30-03-2008 19:03

Having failed to get rid of Brian Haw by force (see: ) the Greater London Authority is trying again by legislation, their responses to the government consultation 'Managing Protest around Parliament' all seem to be aimed at getting rid of the peace camp. And the government agrees with them, SOCrAP isn't buried yet and they're already robbing its corpse.

Time for a protest outside City Hall?

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UK government deports 60 Iraqi Kurds; no one notices

30-03-2008 16:53

Andy Worthington reports on the forced deportation of 60 Iraqi Kurds from the UK last Thursday, which has not been reported in any major media outlets at all.