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Police herd Gaza demo out of Kensington 17th January - video

18-01-2009 05:37

Video the thick yellow line
As the police blocked people marching from Trafalgar Square to the Kensington, causing chaos on many Westminster streets as a result, there was also a small demonstration at the Israeli embassy, with a massive police presence.

From 7pm the protesters were repeatedly told that their time was up, and that they had to leave the area, at 7:30 police began to push them out of the barrier cage towards Kensington High Street tube, but as on nearly every day people tried to take the road rather than the pavement. There was a standoff, and reinforcements were sent in before the protesters, now numbering around 80, were slowly marched into the underground station by at least 100 police in riot gear. Another 50 police and several horses remained at the embassy.

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Ex-officer in BART shooting pleads not guilty

17-01-2009 12:35

Victim: Oscar Grant
The former BART police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man early New Year’s Day pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder charge during a brief but tense court hearing, at which his attorney said he planned to seek a bail reduction that could allow his client to be released from jail before trial.

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Why the police riot? - part 1

17-01-2009 11:54

The Met's Territorial Support Group march through Kensington
The British police public order tactics manual is a secret document establishing a paramilitary third force in the UK, under the control of a private company ACPO with permission from the home office.

It's long overdue that more information about their plans was put in the public domain, so in a series of articles over the next 11 weeks, it will be.

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call-out for legal observer volunteers at israeli protest tomorrow

16-01-2009 20:12

after unlawful policing actions at previous demonstrations at the israeli embassy, lawyers and civil rights campaigners are working together to provide massive evidence gathering and legal support at tomorrow's protest - they are asking for volunteers to help

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Why I renounce my vote.

16-01-2009 17:33

Ever since The suffragettes won the right to vote for women of property over the age of 30 in what was called the "1918 Representation of the People Act" we have, as a gender had a continuous uphill struggle for equality, that has prolonged up until this very day, and are we actually any closer to being equal to a man?

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Phosphorus denial outweighed by evidence: Uncomparable pain and horror for the

16-01-2009 16:20

"There are many ways to “light” a battle field. In Gaza, no such area exists anyway. There are just people’s hovels, holes and “homes.” Such as they are after years of blockade and bombardment by Israeli forces. The White phorpous is a terror weapon perfect for driving people away, “never to return.” The Zionist dream is and has always been for many, at least, to remove the native Arab population and posses all of “Greater Israel.” This inhuman weapon nicknamed “Willie Pete.” is perfect for the effort. When it comes into contact with human flesh it moves down toward the bone, tissues evaporate. Victims may survive for some time before vital organs are compromised, effecting death. Parents may be forced to end their children’s wild sufferings by shortening their lives in “other ways.”

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16-01-2009 13:31

A group of socialist activists in Lambeth have produced a manifesto which they hope will politicise UNISON members and provide the platform on which to build a "fighting, member-led branch" based on clear socialist politics. The manifesto was the basis for candidates to contest elections at the Lambeth UNISON AGM on a "Lambeth Activists" platform.

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Remembering Revolutionary Anarchist Harold H. Thompson, 1942-2008

16-01-2009 12:56

The following was forwarded to us by Jerome White-Bey, who asked us to publicise this joint tribute to Harold H. Thompson and appeal for Jerome's legal fund.

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SHAC sentencing and festering hypocrisy

16-01-2009 11:59

It is one thing to condemn direct action which may be illegal. It is quite another to cherry pick certain causes, condone direct action whilst condemning others or using the same tactics.

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No Heathrow vote.

16-01-2009 08:49

Another example of the lack of democracy here in the UK

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National Anti-Vivisection Days of Action next week

16-01-2009 02:24

In solidarity with SHAC campaigners in court for sentencing, starting on Mon 19th Jan. Also in solidarity with Mel Broughton of the SPEAK Campaign, whose re-trial starts on Tuesday. In solidarity with ALL animal rights prisoners of conscience, TAKE ACTION next week!

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LSE-Palestine Solidarity Initiative Supports University Occupation

15-01-2009 23:54

The LSE-Palestine Solidarity Initiative supports the dozens of students who have undertaken an occupation of the Old Theatre at LSE in protest at the School's refusal to support the right to education for Palestinians.

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The army at the door…

15-01-2009 12:31

Short texts & updates from the blogger -
9:45 am GMT/11:45 Gaza time:
Families from neighbouring buildings trying to run to safety to hospital from fire & gunfire. Most staff wearing masks due to fear of phosphorous gas attack.

9:04 am GMT/11:04 Gaza time:
fire out window 10 yards from babies in incubators, putting out fire with pots and pans as hose does not reach.

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lembit opek "orders" arrest of barbara tucker in parliament square

15-01-2009 00:16

early this afternoon, lembit opek had barbara tucker arrested outside the gates of parliament because the noise from her campaigning for the children of gaza was interfering with him being filmed prancing about on some electric bike - she intends to sue in the high court and give the money to the children of gaza

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Actions Report from Greece, 14 January

15-01-2009 00:13

brief translation from todays reports in Athens IMC newsire (numbers in brackets are references to articles)

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Leeds Social Centre in court next week

14-01-2009 23:32

This article was written by volunteers at the Leeds-Bradford Independent Media Centre following interviews with volunteers from The Common Place, Leeds' radical, autonomous social centre.

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A systemic crisis in Greece

14-01-2009 22:59

The cold blooded murder of a 15 year old student ―part of a long sequence of murders and police brutalities that characterized the entire post-civil war period in Greece, including the post-junta period― acted as a catalyst for a social explosion and, at the same time, made abundantly clear the continuous worsening of the multidimensional crisis to which we have referred many times in the past.

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We will not be pushed around - a Fitwatch response to criticism of militant protest

14-01-2009 14:36

This post started as a repsonse to a thread on the blog, which is why it references FIT from the outset, rather than tackling other types of cops. Some of this stuff has been said before, and it is a personal response, but I have been asked to copy the article here, so here it is!

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An overview about the resistance against the NATO summit in Strasbourg and Baden

14-01-2009 11:09

Smash we can!

One purpose of the meeting in Strasbourg from January 16th to 18th (see is, apart from networking and common planning, to get a mutual knowledge of powers and weaknesses of the movements in different european countries.

For this, we translated a text that was published in a german lefty monthly newspaper and gives a summary of activities. But the text does not regard the current situation of a "non-dogmatic" radical, anarchist, autonomous left in Germany. To provide that, see this brief summary.

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Is Gaza a testing ground for experimental weapons?

14-01-2009 07:59

“I fear the thinking in Israel is that it is in its interests to create as much mutilation as possible to terrorise the civilian population in the hope they will turn against Hamas.”